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Sunday, March 25, 2007

(1) Foster Dulles; (2) and George Michael; (3) and Bernie Taupin

In honor of someone's 60th birthday today, I found these clues on the J-Archive for whom the answer is "Who is..." and the birthday person in question, except for the last three, for which the answer is this person, added to the footnoted person in the title of this piece.

HOT TUNES $600: He's recorded "Burn Down the Mission", "Flames of Paradise" & a big hit about a candle.
RAY CHARLES & FRIENDS $600: (Hi, I'm Larry King.) In 2005 I talked to this pop legend about his duet of "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" with Ray Charles
THE 1970s MUSIC SCENE $800: He sang "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" about a suicide he attempted when engaged to an onion heiress
DUETS $200: In 1994 he charted a new version of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", this time with RuPaul
POP STARS A.K.A. $200: "Rocket Man" Reginald Dwight
THE OSCARS $200: Though he's acted on screen, as in "Tommy", his first nomination & win was for a song in "The Lion King"
ROCK MUSIC $100: Although his 1974 hit "Bennie And The Jets" hit No. 1 in the U.S., it only reached No. 37 in the U.K.
NICKNAMES $800: This rock star, nicknamed "Captain Fantastic", has over $50,000 worth of eyeglasses
PEOPLE $400: When he auctioned off his wacky wardrobe, his Pinball Wizard boots sold for over $20,000
(1) BEFORE & AFTER $800: He sang "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" when negotiating a peace treaty with Japan & as Ike's Secretary of State
(2) POP MUSIC $400: These 2 singers, with 4 first names between them, had the 1991 No. 1 hit "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
(3) THEY WROTE THE SONGS $300: "Honky Cat" & "Crocodile Rock"

This doesn't count the clues where the person's name is in the clue, including a whole category on 4/11/2006.

Unfortunately, the J-Archive doesn't have out yet my favorite Final JEOPARDY! clue, about a musician who has had a Top 40 song every year from 1971 to 1995. Interestingly, this person didn't have one in 1996, but had his biggest hit in 1997.

And if you don't know who he is, then write to me. Privately.



Chris Black said...

Apropos of nothing, Roger - how easy is it to get from Boston to Albany without driving?

Roger Green said...


Not too bad. I used to take the bus with my ex all the time. I could check the schedule, if you'd like to know.

There is one train per day (other than the ones that go through NYC and are much more expensive). Takes 5 1/2 hours each way; a car will take about 3 1/2, depending. It costs $22 each way, but one could not make the roundtrip in one day, not that one would want to.

BOS-ALB leaves at noon; ALB to BOS leaves at 1 p.m.

I happen to think that travel by train is the only civilized way to go.

I mean you COULD fly, and the air time would be less if you got a direct flight (1:15), but the getting on and off would eat into the time savings, and the cost would be prohibitive. Most of the flights, BTW, go through Washington, DC or Pittsburgh and take over 3 hours total.

Chris Black said...

Roger- thanks - there's a very very long shot that I might visit some friends in Boston and then a trip by train to Albany would be a worthy quest....