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May 9, 2003

Arlene Green, long-time friend and formerly a co-worker in this newspaper's editorial department, phoned the other day to ask if I saw the cable TV drama about the former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani. I had to admit that I saw only a few minutes of that show but I thought it was well done. Arlene agreed, but that was not her point. The actor who played the part of the mayor was James Woods, one of my favorites. Arlene was struck by Woods' resemblance to our own friend, the late Henry S. Johnston, former governor of Oklahoma, who also had a stormy political career not unlike that of the ex-mayor. Thinking back to Mr. Johnston's distinctive and distinguished appearance and demeanor, I had to agree with Arlene. Did anyone else notice that?

Maybe it was that brief conversation, but later I saw a TV movie starring Fred Dryer as detective Rick Hunter of the San Diego police department. In the course of watching, it struck me that Mr. Dryer looks just like the late Bud Wilkinson, who coached the Oklahoma University football Sooners when they began their ascent to gridiron glory a few decades back. I hope someone else agrees.

Here's a bit of froth for a spring day's reading, provided by Barbara Hamous Barker. (I've known her almost since the day of her birth, when her Daddy, the late Merrill Hamous, was a pharmacist at our family's City Drug Store. Merrill later worked for Charlie Watson at Brownie's Drug and still later Merrill and Jim Hopper opened the Hamous & Hopper pharmacy in the Masonic Temple building where Chris' Pharmacy is now located.) The following are under the general heading of "Fifty Year High School Reunion Songs. Here they are:

The Bee Gees—"How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?"
Roberta Flack—"The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face."
Johnny Nash—"I Can't See Clearly Now."
The Temptations—"Papa Got a Kidney Stone."
ABBA—"Denture Queen."
Leo Sayer—"You Make Me Feel Like Napping."
Commodores—"Once, Twice, Three Trips to the Bathroom"
Porcol Harem—"A White Shade of Hair."
Steely Dan—"Rikki Don't Lose Your Car Keys."
Herman's Hermits—"Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Walker."
Marvin Gaye—"I Heard It Through the Grape Nuts."
The Who—"Talkin' 'bout My Medication."

If you don't understand any of these, ask the nearest teen-ager.