Saturday, July 19, 2014

Living on the Corner of Lead and Zinc - Saturday 9

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Recorded by Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire" was written by his wife, June Carter. Johnny's daughter Roseanne says it's about "the transformative power of their love." What's your favorite love song?  Unchained Melody by the 
Righteous Brothers.  All incarnations and covers..

2) Though more than 50 years old, this song is still popular today. Country Music Television named it one of the best and most requested of all time. Are you a country music fan?  Yes, I love most country music,  Johnny Cash is way up there with the classic artists.  I also love some of the newer singers.

3) This recording features mariachi horns, inspired by Mexican folk music. Have you ever been to Mexico?  Yes, living in CA, I have been over the border in Baja several times.  When I was 18 I went with a group tour to Mexico City and Acapulco. It was totally different from Baja California.

4) Cash's birth certificate said, "J. R. Cash," and "J.R." is what his parents always called him. When he enlisted in the Air Force, Uncle Sam refused to let him simply go by initials, so he chose the name "John." If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?  My mom wanted to call me Suzanne, but my dad said no....I still wonder why.  In the 60's I changed my name from Kathy to Katie.

5) Cash and his first wife, Vivian, had their first date at a roller skating rink. Tell us about one of your first dates. Mr BC and I went to a drive-in movie on a double date for our first date. He was very polite, but I can't say much for the couple in the back seat.  We never dated with them again.  We saw The Loved One and Cheyenne Autumn.  He kissed me during the second movie.  

6) Cash died in September, 2003, four months after he lost his second wife, and love of his life, June. The cause of death given was complications from diabetes, but his children believe he died of a broken heart. Do you think that's possible? I think that happens a lot to long married older couples with health issues.  But short of a heart attack, I don't think so.  

7) Cash was known as "The Man in Black." What color do you wear most often? Pastel colors, pink, blue, yellow. I don't wear dark colors much now that I don't work.

8) There's a Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. What's the last museum you visited? Crystal Bridges, it is an American art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  I wrote about it here.  It is a lovely spot to visit and is a great museum, you can visit for free.

9) A stretch of Tennessee Highway 31E is known as "Johnny Cash Parkway." What street in your town is named for a famous person? We have a Jefferson Street here in 'Craterville' (so called for our awful streets) I would assume it is for the president, of the same name.  We also have a Daugherty St. named for W.A. 
Daugherty, who opened up lead mines in the general area.  It has been a somewhat ugly area around the edges of our towns, ever since, until the government started cleaning up the chat piles and mines in the 90's.  We have a lot of streets named after miners and mines.


  1. I am intrigued that you changed your name from Kathy to Katie and am wondering why.

  2. I tried to be Katie instead of Kathy for a hot second (and actually was Maureen up until just before my christening). It didn't take. I'm curious about the couple in the back seat! My friend's parents were in their 80's, good health, no issues - and her mom came back from visiting a friend in the nursing home and they were found the next day by their son - murder suicide. It's scary to think that was what they thought their only option was. :(

  3. Gotta love naughty couples in the back seat! LOL

    I guess I should have elaborated on the street.... . Paul Henry was our Congressman in MI back in the 80's who as he was being re-elected to his 5th term was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He battled his cancer for 9 months and died at the age of 51.

  4. It seems like there were a lot of Suzanne's, Susan's, and Lisa's. You did the right thing.

  5. I've never understood such open public displays of affection. I could never have been making out with someone in the front seat. Maybe your dad had some bad connection to the name Suzanne?

  6. I love Johnny Cash. And I love your story about how the two of you met!

  7. My parent's agreed I would be named Michelle (along with thousands of other girls in 1974) but my Dad said only if Mom agreed that I would NEVER be called Shelly.....and I never have been.