Mom, it’s time for the quiz!!!
Firuzi called in a panic, she says to hurry up!
Shana, there’s only so much I can do at a moment’s notice.
We had a month!
OK, let me see if I understand this. We weren’t supposed to wait until the last minute. Is that the idea?
I think so. As you know, this month we’re seeing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at the movies! At least it should be this month for the Rolling Stones but I haven’t seen a theater listed anywhere.
With any luck, it’s been canceled.
Mom, don’t say that! Still, look for a full report on the Beatles movie, “Eight Days A Week”, in the October issue. We may be reporting on the Frankie Valli concert at the Borgata in October as well; so, stay tuned! First I have a few deaths to announce.
Oh geez, here it goes! What about MY announcements?
Mom, we will get to your announcements later! Announcement the first: The Bee Gees’ mom, Barbara Gibb, died last month.
Shana, is this really “news”, given that no one knows who Barbara Gibb is but you?
I’m not sure why that came as a shock. She was 95 so it was probably going to happen eventually.
Really???? Are you sure??? 95, you say!!!!!!
Still, I feel bad for Barry. He’s lost pretty much his entire family and all he has now is his wife Linda.
…and his sister Lesley, and his kids, and his nieces and nephews, his sisters-in-law, Linda’s mother and father…who live with him, by the way…!
At least mother Gibb is in heaven now with her husband Hugh, her youngest son Andy, and the twins Robin and Maurice. By the way Barry has a solo album called “In The Now” coming out in October. I watched him play a few tracks on a youtube live-stream. He also played “You Should Be Dancing” and dedicated “How Deep is your love” to his mom.
Oh geez! Shana, his best days are behind him, by about 4 decades! “How Deep is your Love” was the high point of his career and then he allowed low-lifes like Alice Cooper to derail him onto a path he’s never been able to get off of!!!
That may be true but I think I’m going to like “In The Now” anyway. If he goes on tour to promote the album, I plan to go if there’s a show in Philadelphia.
Shana, we just saw Barry Gibb 2 seconds ago!
Mom, it was actually 2 years ago.
Seconds, years…who’s counting?
Also, I just would like to point out that there are a couple of Bee Gees songs that came out after disco was over that I like. I hated the anti-disco movement as much as you did, but at least Barry was able to produce for other artists: “Heartbreaker” for Dionne Warwick, “Guilty” for Barbara Streisand and songs like “Chain Reaction” for Diana Ross…
…which sounds shockingly like “Helpless” by Kim Weston, by the way.
Mom, nobody knows who Kim Weston is, OK? (except for me)
She recorded for Motown with Diana Ross! Just an uncomfortable coincidence, if you ask me.
Mom, we’re getting bogged down in minutia–which is usually my job! Oh, and Barry’s birthday was September 1st.
Oy! Are we finished with Gibb family news now?
Announcement the second…
Last month, actor Jack Riley died.
Oh, what a shame! Not that anyone cares–other than Mrs. Riley, of course–but, he will be remembered as “Mr. Carlin” on “The Bob Newhart Show”. Mr. Carlin was chronically depressed and cynical.
I never saw him on the Bob Newhart Show but I will always remember him as the voice of Stu Pickles on “The Rugrats”.
For those of you who don’t know, Stu was Tommy’s father.
They don’t know who Tommy is either!
Isn’t that why I’m here?
I actually have no idea why you’re here!
Tommy is a baby, obviously.
Oh, well excuse me! How could we not have known that Tommy was a baby! Rick!!!!!
Do you have to call Daddy for everything? Tommy was a very brave baby…
A brave baby??????
…and was always trying to get his friends to go on adventures with him. You’d think people would remember Tommy Pickles from our “Odd Couple” quiz. Anyway, Stu was an inventor but his inventions never seemed to work.
He also argues with his brother Drew a lot.
I had nooooo ideeeeea.
Here’s a clip from the 1998 Rugrats Movie in which Stu shows his brother and father his new invention, the Reptar Wagon.
Shouldn’t you find a clip of him as Mr. Carlin on the Bob Newhart Show?
Can’t you find it? I still have announcements to make and I’m busy day-dreaming about rebuilding my Rugrats VHS collection.
Apparently Jack Riley had pneumonia and some sort of infection.
Another failure-to-have-a-homeopathic Emergency Kit-related death! Do you know what our quiz case is this month? Pneumonia!
That really is ironic! I also had no idea he was 80 years old. I don’t think my childhood can take anymore deaths.
Shana, you’re actually not a child anymore.
Mom, I’m still a child at heart!
For how much longer?
Also guess what?
Oh, I have to guess? Hold on, I’m usually very good at this. Um…..wait, don’t tell me….don’t tell me, don’t tell me….tell me!
Yiddish theater star Fyvush Finkel also died last month.
I was just about to say that! No, actually, Shana, we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel this time! Is this the best we can do? Barbara Gibb? A voice actor? A Yiddish theater star? What the heck is going on here?
He had been suffering from heart problems.
How old was he, 96?
He appeared in “The Simpsons” as an actor playing Krusty the Clown, he was also in The Rugrats as a friend of Tommy’s grandfather, and he played the Hearing Aid in “The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars”.
The what???? OK, I am really pulling the plug on this cavalcade of B-list celebrities!
But Mom, I was about to say that “Spin City” premiered 20 years ago today!
No one cares, Shana!
Here is a video of best moments from the Pilot episode which aired on September 17, 1996.
I know you like Charlie Sheen but for some reason I find Michael J. Fox’s cynicism and sarcasm funny. I do want to see Charlie Sheen though. I saw clips from an episode where he meets Michael J. Fox’s character and that might be interesting.
Not. OK, and now for the moment you’ve all be waiting for, the Hpathy Quiz!!!!! As I said earlier, this is an exciting case of a boy with pneumonia. See if you can find the remedy:
In a message dated 8/19/2016 6:34:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ****@gmail.com writes:
Age: 12 years old
Male or Female: Male
- Describe the complaint or complaints in your own words
He began last Friday with a small dry cough. By the next day he had a fever. By day 4 we were at the doctor with diagnosed Viral Pneumonia. It is in his lower right lobe. Of course he is on Antibiotics. It is touch and go though. (This thing has been going through the house!) He should be better in theory by now, but is worse. His cough has gotten really dry. He is not getting much up. He is coughing so much the last hour he is almost vomiting. Fever comes and goes. Right now it is 101.7. He is chilly I believe as he has laid down in bed and covered up. Eyes are glassy. Thirstless. Getting on his knees to press his forehead into the pillow because it hurts.
- Etiology–this means the CAUSE of the complaint.
Only cause I know was the virus he got from his brother.
- Sensation–describe the pain or other sensation you have.
He can’t tell me, but from my experience and my other children- the head feels bursting. Especially when he coughs. It is awful, but the headache stays even when not coughing.
- Appearance– anything remarkable? Red skin, droopy eyes, etc.?
Tired. Not saying or doing much. Eyes glassy and red.
- Location–where on the body is your complaint located?
- Modalities– This is a fancy word that means, “What makes your complaint better or worse?”
He seems to feel better right now in the bed. For me and my other children the warmth of the bed really helps.
- Concomitants (other symptoms that came with the complaint, are “along for the ride”)–Another way of asking this is, “What ELSE is going on at the same time?”
headache- he says in forehead.
- Discharges–color, odor, consistency and sensation.
I haven’t seen him cough up anything lately.
- Generals–these are all the symptoms that begin with the word “I”: I’m hot, I’m cold, etc.
He has said “My leg hurts. My arm hurts” Different things hurt so I believe he is having aches.
- The mentals: Is the complaint changing you mentally and emotionally?
He is quiet and staying to himself. Hardly answering me.
- What have you been saying?
Sorry, he doesn’t say enough for this.
- What are you doing?
Laying down and being quiet.
- Describe your thirst and appetite–
No thirst, although when the fever breaks he drinks. Eating OK when the fever is gone.
Fever comes and goes. The whole thing seems like a cycle. He coughs in between, but then the fever spikes and things get worse. I don’t have a time for when it is better/worse though.
When the fever breaks.
- What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?
It seems to come on gradual, but then gets worse fast-fast. Little cough, then boom! the fever comes and it’s on! Him wanting to put pressure on his head for his headache is interesting too.
- Is there a diagnosis?
- Describe your energy–
Right now he is just lying. When the fever goes he is more active.
- What does your tongue look like?