2010-02-04 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Looking for something different to give to your sweetie for St. Valentine’s Day? How about a donation in his or her name to one of the 11 non-profits on the island? The suggestion was made by a member of the board of the Jamestown Medical Fund, which receives contributions at P.O. Box 236, Jamestown 02835.


Dorothy Strang’s observations this week concern cupolas, loosely defined as a small structure built on top of a roof or building for a lookout or to complete a design.

She writes, “Jamestown’s shingled, sea-side architecture encompasses styles from several historical eras. In the town’s residential architecture, older and newer, the cupola is a frequent addition or embellishment. This question, though, concerns Jamestown’s public and business buildings:

“How many of Jamestown’s in-town public and commercial buildings incorporate a cupola into their design? My dog, Lyla, and I have found nine. Can you name the buildings?

“Disclaimer: One of those nine cupolas may actually be a ‘tower,’ and one of them is, strictly speaking, on a private residence.”

Answers at the bottom of the column.


What would you like for Valentine’s Day?

“My boyfriend to take me out for a romantic dinner” – Katrina Westall

“A boy who’ll stay loyal” – Dakota Migliori

“A one-pound box of Godiva chocolates” – Laura Smith

“A candlelight dinner alone with my husband” – Karen Gordon

“A single red rose” – Christie Beebe

“A romantic dinner with my husband” – Kathy Cote

“Anything with dark chocolate” – Laura Brown

“Chocolates” – Neil Yeomans

“A quiet day with my wife and family” – Robb Roach


We note that the state D.O.T has announced eight new projects for the coming year, only one of which has anything to do with roads. Can you just fix the roads, please?


Is it just me, or does anyone else have sore thumbs and broken thumbnails from trying to open plastic food containers?


Was everyone off the island last week? We received no response from Beej’s poser or from the question about “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

“In you I found a fragrance, I’ll love you till I die

I just love you, love you, love you, I don’t even know the reason why.”

The line that follows is: “Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.” The song is “Hummingbird” by Seals and Croft.

The sharp politician in the movie was played by Edward Arnold.


Now that everyone is back in town, let’s try this poser from B.J.:

“If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me?

For I must be traveling on now there’s too many places I gotta see.”


Ran into Matt Bolles, whom I hadn’t seen for a long time, in Mc- Quade’s on Sunday. He said he’s teaching guitar, bass and voice, and is as happy as a clam.

*** The 1952 movie “Love in the Afternoon” was a four-star comedy starring Gary Cooper. Who was his co-star, who played the daughter of a Paris detective?


I feel sad reading about the fighting and lawsuits going on regarding the America’s Cup races in Europe. When they were here off Newport every four years, everyone had a wonderful and congenial time. Can we take the “America” out of the name of the thing that’s going on now?


Peter Pemantell writes that the answer to his question about who was Jingle Jones is Andy Devine. “He played the deputy marshal on the show “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok,” playing alongside Guy Madison, which was televised from the early 1950s to 1958 or 1959. I really thought John A. Murphy would jump on this one!”


No, but John did write: “Larry Lewis’ erudite comments on service men returning home from war brought to mind an incident that occurred shortly after the end of World War II. A black soldier, traveling in uniform and returning home after service overseas, stepped off the train in a rural town in South Carolina. The presence of a black man in uniform in this little town brought unwanted attention. He was set upon by thugs, beaten and blinded. This was one of the reasons that led the new president, Harry Truman, himself brought up in a section of Missouri sympathetic to the south, to order the integration of the armed forces.”


Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts.


Answers: (1) library, (2) firehouse, (3) firehouse museum, though this may really be a “tower,” (4) mini-mart at the Mobil station, (5) northern-most porch of the Bay View, though the building is, strictly speaking, private residences, (6) the Bay Voyage, (7) old section of the Town Hall, (8) Jamestown Early Learning Center on North Main Road and (9) Jack’s Electric at 14 Clinton St.

*** Be true!


Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760, or email us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com

Return to top