Saturday Nine: California Nights (1967)

Saturday, May 30, 2015
This week's Saturday Nine:
  1. Lesley Gore premiered this song on an episode of Batman. She played Pussycat, the protégé of Catwoman. (That explains her outfit in the video.) How many of Batman's nemeses can you name? The Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, The Scarecrow, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Bane, Harley Quinn... And that's all I can think of.

  2. At least five actors have played The Caped Crusader already (Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale) and Ben Affleck will play him in 2016's Batman vs. Superman. Who is your favourite Batman? Christian Bale, no contest. And I am not excited whatsoever about Ben Affleck playing Batman. Did they not learn from Daredevil?

  3. Unlike most superheroes, Batman doesn't have any superpowers. This Saturday, you're more fortunate. We're bestowing any superpower on you that you want. Which would you like? It's a tie between flight or telekinesis.

  4. Though she's singing of warm California nights, Lesley Gore was a New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and, in February of this year, dying in Manhattan. Which coast have you spent more time on, the West Coast or the East Coast? East.

  5. Not many people know that while she was making records, Lesley was also a student at Sarah Lawrence and graduated with her BA in 1968. What's something we would be surprised to know about you? Without bending my knees, I can touch the floor with the palm of my hands.

  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, the best selling new camera in the United States was the new Polaroid Swinger. Think about the most recent photo you took. Did you use a camera, a tablet, or a phone? My phone. What can I say, I have an Instagram addiction.

  7. The big fashion trend of 1967 was bright tights, in shades like Hot Pink, Shock Orange and Grass Green. Tell us about something you wore when it was trendy but now you look back and think, "Oh, God, that was awful!"? Low-rise jeans. Can we say "muffin top"?

  8. In 1967, drivers complained about "gas wars." The price  was unpredictable and would rise and fall, day by day, as much as 30¢ per gallon. How much does it cost you to fill up your tank today? If my tank is completely empty, then approximately $55 with the current prices (an average of about $1.10 to $1.15 per litre).

  9. Random question: Are there dishes in your kitchen sink right now? No dishes, but I did drink some orange juice about ten minutes ago, so now there's a glass in there.
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