Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ethel Merman: No Business Like Show Business

The Dollar Tree isn't usually the place where I find my summertime reading...but after combing through their books I found a biography of Broadway legend Ethel Merman entitled simply "Ethel Merman, a life" by Brian Kellow. It was well worth the dollar!

Ethel Merman was a superstar in the heyday of the musical theater. Her loud brassy voice was one of a kind -- no cookie cutter voice there.... Like many stars, her personal life was pretty sad. Through several marriages she never truly found love and her rude behavior at times alienated people. Of course that always makes for a great read.

After reading this book, I remembered that I had a classic recording of Ethel Merman and another show biz icon Mary Martin. It is the soundtrack to a 1953 tv special "The Ford 50th Anniversary Show." Amazing to think about, but when the Ford Motor Company was 50, they had a special seen simultaneously on both CBS and NBC. Ethel and Mary sing for about 12 minutes together and it apparently became the "stuff legends are made of." Sixty million people saw it. Amazingly I found it on Youtube so click here and enjoy it for yourself..... An interview with both ladies taped in the 1970s is also available here.

And don't forget to check the Dollar Tree for some interesting reading this week.

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