Built to Last

Good morning, one and all. (Apologies on the late submission. Was assigned to WIFI Hell for a while! But no matter; let’s just make this a twofer today!!)

First off, let’s say “hello” to day 20 of our beloved countdown.

Hope the early part of the work week is treating you all well; the weekend will be in sight soon enough!

So, given that we’ve hit “20” on our countdown, if I asked your “20” would you know what I meant?

If you come back with something like “That’s a big 10-4, JFish, I’m southbound on Olympic, approaching Overland,” I’d know you were with me!

For those of us who happen to remember it, the CB radio craze of the 1970s certainly kept our attention. Whether you loved it or simply couldn’t stand it, the CB lexicon spawned a ton of commercials, TV shows, and even feature-length/first-run movies.

With characters like Sheriff Buford T. Justice, the “Foxy Lady,” and, of course, the Trans-Am-driving “Bandit,” the CB culture was quite a force in its day. (The CB radio actually originated back in the 1940s, when the FCC created the Citizens Radio Service, primarily to regulate use of remote-control units and then-mobile radio telephones. But it took several decades for the CBs to become popularized.)

For all the characters of that era, a country singer named C.W. McCall (born William Dale Fries, Jr.) is surely among the most memorable. McCall’s 1975 hit “Convoy,” spent six weeks at #1 on the Country Music charts, and it even managed to reach the top spot on the Pop Charts during that year.

McCall’s hit song even inspired a movie (also called “Convoy”) in 1978, starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw.

And the best part of all this?…

Mr. McCall, how ‘bout we call him “country strong,” is alive and well, and 92 years of age!

That’s what I call built to last, my friends.

Please tune in again later today, Wednesday, 2 December.

We are getting closer, mesdames and messieurs. (-:



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