Join us here! Saturday 9: As Time Goes By (1958)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song begins with, "You must remember this." Do you often write things down to help you remember?
I’m a big fan of sending myself texts or emails. If I really need to remember it, I put it on both my phone Google calendar AND my work Outlook calendar.
2) The lyrics tell us that moonlight and love songs are never out of date. Tell us about something else that seems timeless.
A good meal, shared with loved ones never goes out of style.
3) Originally written in 1931, "As Time Goes By" is best known as the love theme from the 1942 film, Casablanca. According to the American Film Institute, there's only one song from a movie soundtrack that's more expressly identified with the film: "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz. What song reminds you of your favorite movie?
One of my favorite movies is Hidden Figures, the story of three amazing black women in the 60s who worked for NASA in the early days of the space program. These women were GIANTS. Anyhow, the main theme song of the movie is the song Runnin’, by Pharrell Williams. It’s perfect, and I love it. Have a listen….
4) This version is from The George Sanders Touch, an LP recorded by an Oscar-winning character actor. There is scant evidence that it sold well. Tell us about something you thought was a good idea at the time, but looking back, would have done differently.
Ummmmmm, getting married at 18 wasn’t the brightest thing I ever did. But it informed the rest of my life, so I can’t say I would have done things differently. I don’t want to change what I have now, and doing something differently would have done that.
5) This album was really something of a consolation prize for George. He worked with a vocal coach, hoping to win the romantic lead in the film version of South Pacific, but alas, the role went to a younger man. He had fun making this record instead. Have you recently taken lemons and made lemonade?
Oh yes. Sometimes, you just gotta pivot.
6) He usually played suave but unsympathetic characters. That's why he gave his autobiography the self-aware title, Memoirs of a Professional Cad. What would you call your life story?
You End Up Where You’re Supposed to Be: A Life
7) The night he won his Oscar, George Sanders accepted the statuette, bowed deeply and then, safely behind the curtain and awa from cameras, surprised onlookers by crying. Have you ever cried tears of joy?
Four times that really stick out. The first time I held my daughter. When I got an email from my daughter after 13 years of not hearing from her, and when my Mom decided to move to New Mexico.
8) George Sanders wed perennial talk show guest and occasional actress Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1949. Sixteen years after their divorce, he married Zsa Zsa's less famous but also glamorous sister, Magda. After a month, George and Magda thought better of it and had the union annulled. Sam thinks this is one of the oddest romantic tales she's ever stumbled upon while researching Saturday 9. Have you ever known anyone who divorced one sibling and then married another? (Hallmark movies don't count.)
I can honestly say I don’t.
9) Random question: You're in a line of 25 people at the post office. How many of those other 24 are more patient at waiting than you are?
I never wait at the post office. I use the self-serve kiosk during off hours. I can’t STAND waiting in line.