As some of you might know I spend a lot of time keeping my grandmother company with her TV constantly on. She watches EWTN (Catholic network) , news and musicals. One of my previous blogs was a memory triggered by her watching The King and I. Tonight the musical that was on her TV:
Sound of Music
Don Reese's expose in Sports Illustrated
1) November 24 1980 .
Yes I have the date exact. This was not a major trauma. It is just that it was a Monday night and Monday night in the fall in my high school days meant NFL football. This was 33 years ago and I still remember the other siblings out voting me for the TV. They all wanted to watch Sound of Music on TV. It did not matter that they saw it on Betamax three weeks ago. I wanted to watch the New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams. If I recall the game was on an hour tape delay in the West Coast which is no big deal at a time where there was no Twitter, full time sports radio or even the Canadian version of ESPN. The football gods in their own sick way rewarded me for not maiming anyone that night. i can not remember if I was able to switch to the end of the game after the movie was over or during commercial. The final score was 27-7 Los Angeles. So the game could not have been that good. I also bet not one of my siblings will be surprised that I remember this.
2) December 1991.
I think it was a Sunday night and Sound of Music was on. Then Christopher Plummer was on screen and for the sake of conversation I told my mom that he was in a movie I saw the other day.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
In his role there he looked something like this.
I just did the math. My mom's age back then is my age now. Dang. Mind blown. It has been a few years so I really forget my mom's exact words on knowing that the distinguished Captain Von Trapp twenty five years later was playing General Chang commanding a Bird of Prey. I seem to recall she thought the role was beneath him, degrading , scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Or was she just describing me?