2008-10-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Children who auditioned for a singing role in the Jamestown Community Theatre's cancelled production of "Miracle on 34th St." will accompany Jon Peterson in two songs in his upcoming presentation of "Song Man, Dance Man." They are, Dana Larkin, Jan Trousilek, Alexandra Trousilek, Damien Beecroft, Alexandra Brown, Caleb Brown, Raeshelle DeValerio, Rachel Warner, Julia Hirsch, Madeline Hirsch and Abigail Hirsch. The production will be staged Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

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So what costumes are kids going to be wearing when they come to your door on Halloween? Abby Tuttle, 5, will be a witch and her sister, Annie, 14, will dress as a soccer player. "A skeleton," said 5-year-old Isabella Sheehan. Ella Hutchinson, 8, will appear as Hermione Gringer and Emma MacIntyre, also 8, will be a fairy. Meadow Gouveia, 4, will wear a ghost costume and Polina Wright, 4, will be a firefighter. If Tinker Bell comes to your door, it could be Rebecca Heavey, 13.

BOO!

*** Who were the Book Ends?

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The 8th-grade students at the Jamestown School will have a yard sale Saturday, Oct.18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Jamestown Early Learning Center on North Main Road. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 19. Funds raised will go towards the class trip to Washington, D.C.

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One of the songs in next month's presentation of "Song Man, Dance Man" includes the lyrics, "Hurry right away, no delay, go today,

Make your daddy glad to have had such a lad......"

What is the song?

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Marlene Murphy, Ed Silvia, Mary Alice Lurgio, Sarah Young and Steve Moreau, and Larry Lewis all correctly said the answer to B.J. Whitehouse's poser is the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," written by Paul McCartney.

Larry went on to explain that "there really was an Eleanor Rigby and she is buried in a small cemetery by St. Peter's Church in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. I visited that church and cemetery in 1987 and saw the Rigby headstone (1895-1939), as well as the church hall where, on July 6, 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced by a mutual friend. John and Paul each spent a portion of their childhood in that area.

The church property is about equal in size to that of St. Matthew's or St. Mark on Narragansett Avenue, where there is an adjacent cemetery by either church. Reports differ on whether Paul nicked the Rigby name from the headstone, but it must have been at least a subconscious effort, as "the boys" used to sunbath in the cemetery! And, nearby is a headstone with "McKenzie" on it.

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In answer to the question of who was Jack Armstrong, Bob Kinder reports that Jack was the "All-American Boy," a radio show brought to you by the makers of Wheaties, 'The Best Breakfast Food in the Land!'"

Bill Sprague wrote, "Jack Armstrong was the 'All American Boy' on radio in the late 30s and early 40s in the afternoon block of kids' programs which also included 'Little Orphan Annie.' The voice of Jack was an actor named Charles Flynn and interestingly, his mother was the scriptwriter. About 1950, Flynn was the announcer for Canada Dry ginger ale on the ABC-TV program 'Super Circus.' He had also just finished law school. I was involved in a minor car accident and was being sued so I retained Jack Armstrong as my attorney. How can you lose if the 'All American Boy' is your lawyer? I knew Flynn because I was the stage manager on the 'Super Circus' show."

Thanks, guys! Also thanks to Ira Murphy who also knew that the House of David was a baseball team.

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We don't know whether or not you saw the ad on page 21 of last week's Press, but in case you didn't, Frank Scotti, 751-1579, is offering a $1,000 reward for the name of the person who shot his cat in the face in the neighborhood of the reservoir Sept. 25 or 26.

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A small art gallery has popped up in the office of Atlantic Lawn & Garden at 129 Narragansett Ave. Tiny spot lights focus on the beautiful photographs taken by company owner Nick DiGiando of landscaping projects he and his crew have completed. The images were printed on canvas by East Ferry's Benjamin Thomas Gallery. Stop by and take a look.

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A Snapple cap moment: The first human-made object to break the sound barrier was a whip.

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