Saturday 9: Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh (1963)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) TV writer Allan Sherman based this song on his own son’s letters of complaint from camp. Did you go away to summer camp?
I went to Girl Scout camp once when I was 8 or 9. I HATED IT! Not the being away from home part but it was just utterly boring. The only other camp I did was a 2-week music camp between my junior and senior year. That was pretty rad. Other than that, my family and I had a camp on the river, and that’s where I spent my summers.
2) Our camper is afraid of both bears and alligators. What animal scares you?
Spiders. I hate, hate, hate them.
3) One of his fellow campers developed poison ivy rash. Have you ever experienced redness and itching caused by poison ivy or poison sumac?
Nope, thank goodness!!
4) Early in his career, Allan Sherman created the game show I’ve Got a Secret, which became a big hit. What’s your all-time favorite TV game show?
I like the new To Tell a Truth. And I grew up watching Jeopardy and The Wheel of Fortune with my grandparents. Fun fact… did you know serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared on The Dating Game while he was actively killing? AND HE WON. Spoiler alert… she refused to go.
5) In 1959 he moved from New York to Hollywood, where he transitioned from writing to performing almost by accident. As a lark, he entertained at the parties of his next-door neighbor, Harpo Marx. A recording company executive heard him and offered him a contract. Tell us about the last party you attended.
I can’t even remember. It’s been awhile. Probably my now almost-20yo’s graduation party. And that was in 2019. And then the Coronapocalypse.
6) Allan Sherman got unexpected press attention and a boost in record sales when it was discovered that President John F. Kennedy was a fan. What’s something you purchased because of a recommendation from someone else (friend, relative, celebrity endorsement …)?
Books, all the time. And recently I got a couple hair products from Mane Club NYC after seeing them on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars. I got the Wavy Baby and the One Hit Wonder
7) In 1963, the year “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh” was popular, Studebaker stopped producing cars in the United States. What was your family car when you were growing up?
My mom had a orange Karmann Ghia, and my dad had a yellow Corvette.
8) Also in 1963, Vogue magazine did a cover story on how make wearing white “new and exciting.” What color do you look best in? Is it the color you wear most often?
Honestly, I have no idea what I look best in. Not yellow, usually.
9) Random question: Have you ever gone on to have a platonic relationship with a former lover?
Yup. I’m friends with an ex-boyfriend or two, an ex-husband.
The Dating Game story! That is so creepy and I watched the video you shared too. *shiver* Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.
I never knew that about the Dating Game killer. I will have to tell my husband. That is nice that you are still friends with your ex. Your parents had cool cars!
What a story about The Dating Game! I watched an episode recently on youtube with Karen Carpenter in it. The prize was a trip to my nearest city. She never claimed the prize.
You hit the jackpot with the Dating Game story!
I did go to summer camp, for a few years. Two week long ones. It was a Camp Fire Girl camp, from a nearby “rich” city, and it had horses! One of my friends went too. It was in the Sierras, and had a lake. I did get terribly homesick! My father actually sent me a card changing the words to that song! His were “Hello, Muddah. Hello, Busta. There you are at Camp Augusta!” Funny, my family did have Studebakers! Not when I was alive, then we have a series of VWs, bugs and a van. When I got married we had a red Karmann Ghia. I wish I still had it, it was fun to drive (once I learned a shift!).
I did not know that about the Dating Game! Wow!
You know how you can go your whole life without hearing a name, and then you hear it over and over? Rodney Alcala just died this weekend. Still in prison. Natural causes.
I read that later! Talk about coincidence!