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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Johnny Carson’
Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: August 21st, 2012

In this Associated Press file photo of Phyllis Diller, she was certainly stylish and way ahead of her time. That outfit is high fashion today. Here are a few of my favorite Diller quotes:

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

Diller was a class act and still acting at age 95. She appeared on the daytime soap “Bold and the Beautiful” this year. Read about her role on the show in my good Soapcentral.com bud Dan Kroll’s column here.

Diller was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1917. Wikipedia offers a terrific bio on her. Read it here.

I remember seeing her as a kid with Ed SullivanBob HopeJackie Gleason and Johnny Carson. She made appearances on The Jack Paar Show, Groucho MarxRowan and Martin’s Laugh-In7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show and she was the voice of many animated characters including herself.

Read a great tribute to her here.

She was a pioneer — one of the first female comics to make it big. She did it all when housewives were the norm — not comic women who made fun of themselves and their domestic inabilities. She paved the way for many other female comics. Read another bio here. Diller was married and divorced from two men. She gave birth to six children and three survive.

Rest in peace, Phyllis. I spent the morning smiling and watching some of her many gigs — and enjoying that iconic laugh.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.




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Posted: July 16th, 2012

It’s going to hit 93 degrees tomorrow, and the recent hot and dry spells remind me of air conditioner-less days as a kid when my dad got a kick out of Johnny Carson’s shtick on “The Tonight Show” that started off with news of a hot day in Burbank. The audience would all in unison, and on cue, ask, “How hot was it?” Some of his responses were pretty funny. Here are just a few of the memorable one-liners from http://www.jokes4us.com/peoplejokes/comedianjokes/johnnycarsonjokes.html and http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1326791/posts and http://voices.yahoo.com/how-hot-it-3705276.html

It was so hot today that

  1. I saw a robin dipping his worm in Nestea.
  2. Burger King was singing, “if you want it your way, cook it yourself.”
  3. Musicians were snorting ice cubes.
  4. I saw a Brinks truck with a screen door on it!
  5. Not only can you fry an egg on the sidewalk, but you can toast the English muffin, too.
  6. Your Odor Eaters have sent up a white flag.
  7. The greyhound, on the side of the bus, is carrying a bottle of Gatorade.
  8. At the beach, you can get sunburned underwater.
  9. The onion rings you have under your arm aren’t from Burger King.
  10. Fire ants are carrying personal fans.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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