2009-01-29 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

More on Smith Florist from Kay Smith Murphy: "My grandfather, Samuel Smith, lived on Narragansett Avenue where the outdoor patio of Trattoria Simpatico is now. I was the last one to sell flowers on the front steps from 9 to 1 summers when I was in grade school. Eventually, about 1940, the flower shop moved across the street. It was called Ye Old School House and dad had a belfry built. My mother, Grace Smith, added a gift shop and cards. I went away to school and mom eventually went back to teaching. The shop was successful. My grandfather Sam was a charter member of FTD. He originally had a shop and gardens on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. There's a whole lot more but enough for now.

"Does anyone remember the cobbler from Newport who had a shop, I believe, next to Central Garage? And, does anyone recall that Elizabeth Westall sold penny candy. The display case was on the left when you walked in. Also, I have always wondered if the booths at Chopmist Charlies are the original ones from Westalls?"

Thanks, Kay!

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Speaking of Westall's, Kathy Westall says that the original ice cream recipes are alive and well within the family.

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Gaylin Cordes, Barbara-Ann MacIntosh, Sandra Harnedy and Thomas Gillis say that Dinah Shore sang "See the USA in your Chevrolet." Elizabeth Mancini added that after singing the song Dinah would bend back and blow big kiss to the audience. Ann Zartler explained that the Dinah Shore show was a variety show and was on Sunday evening. "A tiny memory is popping up that says it was carried on NBC. But, not in competition with Ed Sullivan who was CBS. This is all probably google-able but I'm depending on my memory. The night that the new Chevrolet models were unveiled was very exciting. I think Dinah went around whipping covers off five new cars. Those were the days when each make of car was identifi able."

Thanks, guys!

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Who was the comedian whose theme song was "Love In Bloom?"

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Anything planned for Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on Feb. 12?

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Mary Ann Joyce called to urge islanders with E-ZPass to keep track of their accounts. Curious about the status of her account she went to the RITBA E-ZPass website to check on it. "I was surprised to find that I had been charged, through my transponder, $3 instead of 83 cents to cross the bridge one way." She said it was difficult getting through by phone to the bridge office, but once she did a correction was made to her account. "I thought I had more money in the account than I had. From now on I will be checking it and I urge everyone else to also do so especially since most of us have automatic debit to replenish our accounts. When we had tokens it was very easy to know when to buy more... you didn't have any left. With EZPass who knows?"

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Barbara-Ann MacIntosh and Elizabeth Mancini identified the poser as "All of Me." Elizabeth said, "I remember as a little girl hearing my mother sing a song with similar lyrics while she completed her household chores. Her lyrics were:

Take my lips, I want to lose them

Take my arms, I'll never use them.

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Kathy Tiexiera called to respond to Jim Pemantell question of how many Jamestown fire horn blasts announced the closing of school. She said she thinks it was one blast at 6 a.m. Jim said it was four, followed by screams of delight from island children.

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Musica Dolce, the chamber music group that opened the season for the Jamestown Community Piano Association in September, will be performing this Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m at the Channing Memorial Church in Newport. The program includes Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

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Victor Richardson reports that stargazers are in for a treat next month when Venus plays the lead role as the stunning "evening star," gleaming in the western sky after sunset. According to Astronomy magazine, Venus will stand high in the west and shine at magnitude - 4.8, or 20 times brighter than Sirius. Venus will appear at its brightest Feb. 19. While you're out there gazing, keep you eyes peeled for brilliant fireballs.

Victor knows how to brighten up February blues.

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Who was the host of "I've Got a Secret"?

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The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 went swimming in the pool at URI last Thursday night. Just the weekend before they had been skiing in single digit temperatures on Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire.

*** Cardinals 31 Steelers 24

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A Snapple cap moment: There are more French restaurants in New York City than in Paris.

*** Be true!

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