In memory of what might have been, but couldn’t be …

France Nuyen, left, as Liat in the movie "South Pacific"

France Nuyen, left, as Liat in the movie "South Pacific"

Ahhhh, the enduring power of young crushes and lost loves.

I still remember Miss Osborne, the beautiful third-grade teacher who stole my young heart. But the fickle wench went and broke that heart when she returned to school next year as Mrs. Jamison.

Tom Middleton remembers too. As he tells us:

“Remember “South Pacific” and Bloody Mary’s daughter, Liat (pronounced Leah)? Since that movie first came out in the early ’50s, there were several popular songs that followed called “Leah,” and I suspect that I’m not the only one who fell in love with Bloody Mary’s daughter “Leah,” though I was very young at the time.

Anyway, I think Roy Orbison’s is the best, and every time I hear it, you guessed it – it’s me and Leah all over again. So am I sappy or what?”

Yes, Tom, you are sappy. But here’s Roy Orbison, breaking your heart once again to kick off the long weekend.

– Jay Bookman

155 comments Add your comment

Recon 0311 2533

May 25th, 2012
4:09 pm

skipper

May 25th, 2012
4:21 pm

Thanks, Jay….I needed that………

josef

May 25th, 2012
4:24 pm

School boy crushes? Seventh grade, Coach King. Track coach, Social Studies and Science…tough as hell and though I didn’t know it at the time, knew more about the pretty little blond fagling than he knew about himself and how to guide him in standing up and fighting back…and for the nasty minded, no, nothing of that sort ever happened…dammit… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D46_5m328Bg&feature=related

Jefferson

May 25th, 2012
4:27 pm

chic envey, or a prude — you choose number dude.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
4:31 pm

Wow, that voice. Range out the wahoo. He could reach three octaves, right?

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
4:34 pm

I had a crush on my hot first grade teacher…and my son’s third grade teacher too. Woops. Also had a crush on my Methodist Youth counselor, my 8th grade english teacher (Hey, teacher, can you turn around and diagram that sentence on the blackboard again??)

wink wink nudge nudge

Tom Middleton

May 25th, 2012
4:36 pm

Gleep. Thanks, Jay!

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
4:36 pm

Oh, and I have admired and worshiped someone from day one when we met 6 years before we were married (2004). I’ve only developed a crush in the last 5 years or so….

Life is good.

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
4:36 pm

Great. Del starts off the weekend by taking a crap in the FNM punchbowl.

In 1971 there was a coming of age movie called The Summer of 42.

I was 16 years old and though it was really sappy, it had a certain compelling aspect to it. And Jennifer O’Neill was most lovely.

The theme song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEzH0FuL8qo

josef

May 25th, 2012
4:39 pm

Orbison… hard to pick, but this is decidedly in the top choices for me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdPOwfw2gQ&feature=related

Jay

May 25th, 2012
4:41 pm

And for all of those who offered other suggestions, I’ll try to get to them too, and thanks. Tom just got his in earlier so I had it ready to go.

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
4:41 pm

Lots of great teacher/school songs and this was always one of my favorites…

You got somethin’ in you
To drive a schoolboy wild

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rls8cfomkBQ

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

You go, Tom!

OK, at the other end of the musical “school” spectrum from Elton John…

But a damn fine song in and of itself!

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qga5eONXU_4

Herman's Cane

May 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

My first crush was Catwoman. But not just any Catwoman, THE Catwoman: Julie Newmar. I was 6 and she was the most compelling creature on this planet. Until the final season of Batman introduced me to the lovely Yvonne Craig, aka Batgirl, and my eternal internal conflict of good versus evil waged war in my mind.

Alas, neither crush bore fruit, but to this day, I implore Mrs. Cane to don a catsuit in the evening hours.

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
4:49 pm

Another superb “teacher” song…

And I have a lesson
that I must impart to you.
It’s an old expression
but I must insist it’s true.

Jump up, look around,
find yourself some fun,
no sense in sitting there hating everyone.
No man’s an island and his castle isn’t home,
the nest is full of nothing when the bird has flown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esp_hOlFqiM

Jay

May 25th, 2012
4:49 pm

Mr. Cane, I was lucky enough to have dinner one night in Las Vegas with Ms. Newmar some 30 years ago, and she was as charming as she was beautiful and statuesque.

Look before I leap...

May 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

Mrs Carpenter.
10th grade English.

She coulda coo coo ca-choo’d me ANY day!

josef

May 25th, 2012
4:53 pm

HERMAN’s CANE

I gotcha Cat Woman..she ain’t no white lady… :-)
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArxBjpTOZEo&feature=related

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
4:57 pm

Dang, Jam, I was 5 in 1972. You old bahstahd.
I can pitch in to buy you a new walker?

hehehheheehehe

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
4:59 pm

statuesque?

The Imam likes the Amazons…….

wet wiccan

May 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

josef

May 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

FINN

From what I understand via the grapevine, Ole ZamVet’s still got it… :-)

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

ok, i gotta go research cars – Sienna, Ridgeline, or Avalon.

women……

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
5:03 pm

yeah, ole Jam is still mournin the loss of a BeeGee…I know.

Still wears white 3-piece suits when goiing out “dancing, dancing, gonna dance the night away….dancing, dancing…”

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
5:04 pm

See the Cons can’t say we give only Cons hell, we give it to our own just as much. We libs are a gentle people by nature.

William Pierce

May 25th, 2012
5:05 pm

Well you like Roy Orbison, so you do have 1 redeeming quality. Have a nice weekend.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
5:08 pm

oh wow, glad the wife didn’t see that. we were married in 1994 not 2004

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 25th, 2012
5:09 pm

Miss McClung. The county traveling music teacher in 1950. Ain’t no song that can express her. If they could of read minds when she come to visit us, I would of been locked up. Now that I think about it, if she’s still alive she’ll be around 85 now. Aging is heck. You got to be strong to go thru it.

And here’s my favorite Roy Orbison. A cute young thing named Linda Ronstadt that looked alot like Miss McClung did a pretty good cover of it a long while back. But when I’m tired of the world I live in and I want to escape for a couple minutes, I listen to this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dPBG86iQz4

Jay

May 25th, 2012
5:11 pm

Amazons kick butt, Finn.

That was also the name of the girls’ soccer team I coached for years….

Common Sense isn't very Common

May 25th, 2012
5:13 pm

josef

May 25th, 2012
5:20 pm

Finn

Sorry you missed it! “You know what I wanna do…?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkEiplH59uk&feature=fvst

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:22 pm

Enter your comments here

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

for all us products of Catholic School

Catholic school, either really bad experience or really good?

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

So the thme for today is broken hearted dreams huh?

well i can relate……..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9a9ZQU8eyM

In Memory of one of my favorite high school groups....

May 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
5:25 pm

Finn, you young whippersnapper!

Great Friday night music…

(And someone else that Jay has rubbed elbows with.)

When I get older they think I’m a fool
The teacher told me I should stay after school
She caught me pounding on the desk with my hands
But my licks was so hot
I made the teacher wanna dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZjavMEeXF4

getalife

May 25th, 2012
5:29 pm

Way to go del.

Anyhoo, going to a Cajun reunion tomorrow so:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnKOVPXhlnE

Common Sense isn't very Common

May 25th, 2012
5:30 pm

Finn

Great education lousy experience :-)

Back when the nuns resembled penguins

josef

May 25th, 2012
5:30 pm

I’m still tryin to find that “blue” bayou!

common sense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92bmlcmyq0&ob=av2n

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:31 pm

Oscar

May 25th, 2012
5:31 pm

Common Sense isn't very Common

May 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

John Q Public

May 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

Jacqueline Green – taught high school algebra in NC in late 70s. I think she move to Atlanta, and if she reads this she should know I’m still hot for teacher.

josef

May 25th, 2012
5:38 pm

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:38 pm

Ray Charles

May 25th, 2012
5:42 pm

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend everyone! Be Safe!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Wt4XlXUrc

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:43 pm

hijosef! — how did you know it was me? I’m A.Non. Emuss!

“I said goodbye in words, I died a hundred times, you go back to her and I go back to black, back to earth.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJAfLE39ZZ8&feature=autoplay&list=TLa9U0y4fqZRs&playnext=2

Matti

May 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

All I know is, it’s gonna be (and already is) a:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUrAZo50XGE

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
5:47 pm

The youngsters here missed out on all those awesome black girl bands.

Man, that Ronnie Spector sound used to make me melt. And I wasn’t even ten years old!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFK54KLaQCk&feature=related

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
5:53 pm

did someone say girl bands? here’s an old song by a girl band with a new groove, by just a girl who could really feel the songs she sang:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuanbnnzXQ4&feature=related

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:00 pm

getalife

Jambalya in the oven as we speak… :-)

…and the Cajun Anthem…what can you say about a people who’d make a love song their anthem…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbfYaSkPm44

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:07 pm

matti

Aw, take your problem to the United Nations…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeWC59FJqGc&feature=related

FEMINAZI

Great Winehouse….

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
6:07 pm

When you fall in love again boy

Take a tip from me oh yeah

If you don’t like the peach, walk on by the tree

That’s what you better do, honey

Find what you want boy

Keep it, treat it, sweet and kind, oh yeah

Oh let it breathe, don’t go making it the chokin kind

Oh no, don’t break your heart baby

Oh no, I know you love me really I do, honey

I tell you your love scares me to death boy

It’s the chokin kind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzdhian4-Co&feature=fvst

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
6:10 pm

No screwin’ around on this one, they just cut right to the chase.

This gem opens up with that driving beat, those killer horns and sweet, sweet vocals. And it never lets up…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQRIOKvR2WM

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
6:10 pm

there were several popular songs that followed called “Leah,”

My favorite “Leah” song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH5Arbm47IQ

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:16 pm

DDR
@ 5:53

Transatlanltic MOT music… ZamVet and I thank you for that one…

And awesome black girls from the Sixties…along with some eye candy for the Old Ladies Club…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxeN_vlVgw4

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:18 pm

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
6:22 pm

josef – :lol: no thank YOU! you’ve brought my mood up! I’ve got to think of a way to thank you……………hmmmm let’s see…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB9SJ3kH3Fw

you can’t be down when zyedco is around!!!!Heeee Yahhh!!! Geaux Daddy!!!

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Recently I started hearing all the hype about The Avengers movie. I was so disappointed to learn it was about comic book characters and wouldn’t have my childhood heartthrob – Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.

http://youtu.be/ve9N9oaXU18

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:25 pm

okay, pull it up later… but, well, if it’s girl bands from the sixties we’re talking about…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_cNoJbybmA&feature=related

Orange 12

May 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

If this government wants to really save some money they should shut the US Postal Service down and and fire every Postal employee. A private service would be much more efficient and a heck of alot more cost effective.

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:36 pm

Feninazi

Ain’t nothin quite like a little swamp rat music is there? Africa, America, and Europe all rolled into one great gumbo…

Erwin's cat

May 25th, 2012
6:37 pm

josef

May 25th, 2012
6:38 pm

ORANGE
It’s FNM, for the love of G-d! Say it in music…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4

:-)

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
6:41 pm

Tagged that video for later viewing, josef. The first couple of minutes intrigued me. And made me think of songs of teen angst. Here’s one a native of Thomaston, GA wrote, inspired by a car wreck on old Hwy 41 in Barnesville. A friend of mine is Wayne’s cousin. And how about that hair?

http://youtu.be/yKDMRZv4SYc

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
6:43 pm

ha, josef. Great minds think alike.

Erwin's cat

May 25th, 2012
6:43 pm

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
6:48 pm

And Aubrey was her name,
A not so very ordinary girl or name.
But who’s to blame?
For a love that wouldn’t bloom
For the hearts that never played in tune.
Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing,
Take away the words that rhyme it doesn’t mean a thing….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqXek853SDE

wet wiccan

May 25th, 2012
6:52 pm

Talk about unrequited love, AND girl groups….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McvWodRXA7k&feature=related

Josef – loved *He’s a Rebel* – you bad boys are such a temptation (smile)

Incognito Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

heathen, what a babealicious Diana Rigg was.

And that 6:42 was the first Motown song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. And the R&B chart as well. Of course the Fab Four made it a big hit again. And then in 1975 the Carpenters made it a #1 song again.

Not too bad, huh?

OK, you know me and my ADD.

Off on another tangent.

Bob Dylan gave full throated voice to the anti-war American counter-culture. And Roger McGuinn was the reason I bought a 12 string guitar…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2nKFmXlY38

Incognito Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

Josef,
To you and the rest of you educators out there…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40lVr6MQKtw&feature=related

weetamoe

May 25th, 2012
6:59 pm

When our UMass theater group performed South Pacific the guys immediately realized what Liat spelled backwards is. Think it was deliberate?

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
6:59 pm

DDR–Some great AWB @ 5:31.

I dedicate this next song to your boobs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svAs-6MiqxE

josef

May 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

heathen

:-) !!!

Normal

Awww! That was sweet…

Us and Allstate, eh? :-)

Incognito Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Incognito Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Incognito Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Josef,
Always wanted to be a teacher…maybe next life :)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 25th, 2012
7:11 pm

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
6:59 pm
DDR–Some great AWB @ 5:31.

I dedicate this next song to your boobs:

Well, that’s just plain nasty. Especially since she told us herself they were sorta like a couple sticky-outty skinny ice cream cones.

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

josef@ 6:18 – you’ve got very good taste! here’s an oldie but goodie – The O’Jays – nahhhh….

how aboutapersonal fave of mine – heard he was sick, i hope he gets well soon. this seems like a bad year to be a gifted, creative singer. we’ve lost so many “originals” in the last 5 years that i’m scared his time may be short too………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6KYAVn8ons

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
7:18 pm

how aboutapersonal fave of mine – heard he was sick, i hope he gets well soon. this seems like a bad year to be a gifted, creative singer. we’ve lost so many “originals” in the last 5 years that i’m scared his time may be short too………

I’ll never forget the spontaneous outpouring of grief worldwide when John Lennon was shot in 1980, only matched when Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995. I expect the same when EJ passes one day. Only a few artists are in that stratospheric category.

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

An Anonymous Feminazi

May 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

bruno too funny!!

found one just for you (and the singer bares a striking resemblance to you too!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCmZQ5S8ICU&feature=fvwrel

josef

May 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

JamVet

May 25th, 2012
7:41 pm

jo, great song.

It was clear even then that LA was going to rival London in musical prowess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qBJdpIglh0

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
7:44 pm

What do you get if you mix Zydeco and country twang with a little Latin rhythm on a classic country song about a hotness? (And I love the video.)

http://youtu.be/uRRW3aine6Y

josef

May 25th, 2012
7:45 pm

wiccan

Funny what comes to mind when you hear a song! That one…when Unmentionable and I were in the early days, I worked with a fellow named Scott who was always talking about how “straight” he was…but, well, I knew what he was thinking looking at my man. Anyway one day Unmentionable came by on his motorcycle and S. (I ought to give his full name since it would be recognizable!) got on the back and wanted Unmentionable to take him for a ride…HA! Not in this lifetime…I yanked him off and knocked the sh*t out of him…when I went back in the office, three of my female co-workers were singing that one to me…, :-)

Chief Media Urologist

May 25th, 2012
7:51 pm

You think you got problems? How about 24 years of unrequited love?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oekd2JJvXZ4

godless heathen

May 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

AmVet,

Another tragic season on Everest. Too many people trying at one time causes trouble again.

josef

May 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

heathen
@ 7:44

Much agreed…

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
7:53 pm

(and the singer bares a striking resemblance to you too!)

Well, thank God that PB is into nerds!!

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

wet wiccan

May 25th, 2012
8:01 pm

josef

When I was 16, my boyfriend had a motorcycle – great memories of riding fast and holding on tight. I have not always been lucky in love though and sometimes I just had to say …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr9vKWLgZzo

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
8:01 pm

Some more angst from David Gates and Bread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml5E0jGyvdE

Matti

May 25th, 2012
8:03 pm

Heh.. Enough of this unrequited nonsense! What have you done for me… lately?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9uizdKZAGE&ob=av3e

Soothsayer

May 25th, 2012
8:04 pm

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
8:04 pm

Well, PB is here. Time to surrender……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDZuPK63HKI

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
8:06 pm

Sooth @ 8:04–Let’s just say that I had to strategically carry my notebook in HS several times in order to avoid embarrassment after ogling some of the hot teachers…..

Bruno

May 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Alice Cooper knows what I was going through in HS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWIzyr1zP6Y