A Magic Carpet Ride To New Orleans

by Kevin Burton    While at the Quiet Knight bar in Chicago, Steve Goodman saw fellow singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie, and asked to be allowed to play a song for him, according to a story on Wikipedia.    “Guthrie grudgingly agreed, on the condition that if Goodman bought him a beer, Guthrie would listen to him play …

New Coke, The Worst Corporate Idea?

by Kevin Burton    Did you miss Bad Idea Day last week, April 23?     Well it wasn’t actually named, per se. But New Coke was introduced on that day, in 1985. That’s good enough for me.     What was the worst corporate idea of all time? Who’s to say?  But New Coke is often …

Wordle Is A Thing, But I Better Not

by Kevin Burton    There’s a new game, it’s a craze actually, called Wordle.    You have heard of it no doubt. Two of my favorite bloggers wrote about Wordle on back to back days this week. That qualifies it as a craze for me, I don’t get out much.    Here’s an explanation of …

The New Flying Car Is The Ride For Me

by Kevin Burton    Many of my blind friends have talked about getting a self-driving car. I have not been real interested…until now.    Why the change? Monday I found out that in Slovakia, cars can fly.     I don’t mean just go zoom-zoom fast. I mean literally take to the sky.     This is …

Steely Dan’s Link To WKRP In Cincinnati

by Kevin Burton    It was 1978 when FM radio overtook AM. But the song that marked the occasion was sort of a medium-sized hit.      We’re talking “FM” by Steely Dan.     So what’s your definition of a hit song?     Is it based on how much it sells? How high it gets on …

Yo, Hartville, Ready For Your Closeup?

by Kevin Burton    Apologies right up front here, because Garrison Keillor would do this story better than I.    The US Census Bureau announced Nov. 16 that Hartville, Missouri, population 594, is the “center of population” for the United States.    Here is what that means, according to the Census Bureau release:    “If …

This Artist Socked It To Us Twice In 1968

by Kevin Burton    In 1981 Dolly Parton hit number one on both the country and pop charts with the song “9 to 5.”     But which female solo artist was the first to hit those two heights, 13 years before that?    Hint: It’s her birthday today.    The song in question was country …