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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Saturday Night with Ice Skating Star Sonja Henie

     Lately our Saturday night entertainment consists of watching "Me TV", a station that plays old tv shows including Lost In Space and Star Trek. It's light fun watching the antics of Dr. "oh the pain" Smith and Captain Kirk.

   A few weeks ago we came out of our 1960s time warp to visit our friends who have Netflix. We were amazed at the number of movies that were at their fingertips. I was even more amazed when they all agreed to go back to 1945 for a Sonja Henie movie called "It's A Pleasure."  You can watch it on Youtube here.   I think Kolby slept through most of it, but the rest of the family was entertained.
 Sonja Henie was a three time Olympic champion ice skater from Norway who dazzled the entertainment world with her charming personality and spectacular ice skating.  Can you imagine an ice skater being one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood? Maybe not now, but in Sonja Henie's day she was it. Not only did she rake it in at the studios, she also put together dazzling ice shows at places like Rockefeller Center in NY. She brought in millions (of dollars and probably fans) with her shows, movies and tie ins like Sonja Henie dolls.
 The movie was entertaining to watch (despite what Kolby says) and although it is dated, the clothes and stylings still ooze class. I can imagine going to the theater in 1945 to watch Miss Henie. Unfortunately like so many other stars she wasn't as friendly as she appeared on the screen. She was obsessed with money and sex. She also alienated Norwegians for her rumored friendship with Hitler.
Several years ago I was lucky enough to visit The Sonja Henie museum in Oslo, Norway. I am fascinated with Norway and the museum was one of the highlights of my visit there...I say one of the highlights as there is SO much to see and do in Norway, but we'll save that for another time and place! Visit the museum's internet page for some bio info about Sonja and her great art and memorabilia museum.

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