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Trivia Question

Which 1950 film starred Bette Davis and Anne Baxter?

Talent-Show Show-Offs

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When I was in the fifth grade, our elementary school held its first-ever talent show. Possessing very little talent other than the ability to read aloud with a voice that didn't need a microphone (thus I was always cast as the boring narrator in every school play), I was stumped. I wanted to be in the show, but what could I do?

My mom came to the rescue. She told me to recruit two friends. She draped a large sheet over us, with three holes cut out for our heads, and sewed the sides of the sheet together. She taught us a little song to sing, and a kick line dance to go with it. On the day of the performance, she was there in the audience, as proud as can be and giggling the whole time as the three of us, helplessly connected by the sheet and looking like a three-headed blob with six legs, sang a song from the 1959 musical Gypsy:

Wherever we go, whatever we do,
We're gonna go through it together.
We may not go far, but sure as a star,
Wherever we are, it's together.
Wherever I go, I know (s)he goes.
Wherever I go, I know she goes.
No fits, no fights, no feuds and no egos,
Amigos, together!

Through thick and through thin, all out or all in,
And whether it's win, place or show.
With you for me and me for you,
We'll muddle through whatever we do,
Together, wherever we go.

I admit my friends and I knew nothing about the song or the musical, and I'm sure none of my schoolmates in the audience did either. Plus, we looked ridiculous. But somehow our singing and dancing trio managed to crack up the whole place and it was enough to garner us first prize. Nowadays, every event and play and show a student appears in is videotaped and shared everywhere. Back then, hardly anyone even brought a camera to our programs. I have no pictures of my one-and-only talent-show performance.

That's probably a good thing.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Were you ever in a talent show in your Good Old Days? What did you perform? Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Below is an email response from the Sept. 26 questions: What were your lunch periods like when you were in school? Did you eat cafeteria food, pack your lunch, or go home for lunch? What was your favorite meal?

Jennifer Broadstreet Hess shared this grade-school memory: "I was a young, shy fourth-grade girl at Moline Elementary in 1979. The lunch ladies at our small-town Kansas school always baked everything from scratch. The fresh, homemade rolls glazed with melted butter were my all-time favorite. Their irresistible aroma would drift through the open windows of the lunchroom building into the hallways of the school. At 12 o'clock sharp, the bell would ring and our small class of 15 students would line up, single file, according to our last name alphabetically. We would follow our teacher, Mrs. Rogers, into the small tiled lunchroom. We would grab milk first from the large cooler on the left side of the room. The kids at the front of the line who got the chocolate flavor were the lucky ones, as there were always less of those. The winning meal, most popular among my classmates and myself was homemade hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes with bacon-flavored green beans. The cooks always gave us heaping servings. Many of the students were from farm families and had worked up quite an appetite from the chores they performed before riding the bus to school. Sometimes, my girlfriends and I would challenge the boys we had crushes on, who were sitting across from us, in a race to see who could clean their trays first. The country boys in my class could inhale the large servings and would proudly race back to the line for seconds, as that was allowed back then. I vividly remember those lunchroom days with a smile, when life was much simpler."

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

All About Eve. Davis played Margo Channing, an aging Broadway star, and Baxter portrayed Eve Harrington, a young aspiring actress. The film won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

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