Saturday, July 18, 2020

more fun questions to get to know you

Saturday 9: Flipper (1964)  from
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1) Flipper ran for three seasons, from 1964 to 1967. Are you familiar with the show? Were you a fan?
A:I watched it! As a young pre-teen  I would have loved being a part of the group and it left me wanting to study nature. I went on to major in biology at uni until I changed at the 3 year mark to social work.
I'm cute right? right?

2) Brothers Sandy and Bud consider a bottle-nosed dolphin, named Flipper, their pet. Do you currently share your home with any animals?
A: We currently have a standard poodle named Milo who shares our space and lives. He is one of us, very interested in all life and nature too.

3) Bud and Sandy's dad was Chief Warden Porter Ricks of the fictional Coral Key Marine Preserve. In reality, the show was filmed in Miami and Key Biscayne. When were you last in the ocean? Which ocean was it?

A: I grew up in Florida, and we went to the gulf of Mexico beaches, seldom going over to the Atlantic. When I married, we moved near Annapolis Maryland, and lived a block from rivers to the Chesapeake so we went to Atlantic beaches along the coast of Delaware.
I suppose the last time I was in the ocean was at Rehoboth Beach.

4) There was no one single "Flipper." In close-ups, the role was played by a dolphin named Susie. While Susie was good at interacting with people, she had trouble with stunts, and sometimes a male dolphin named Clown was brought in for action sequences. Do you consider yourself more social, like Susie? Or are you more athletic, like Clown?
A: easy answer, social. I love to visit with people, and can talk to anybody, anytime, anywhere about anything. Not athletic at all. It brought down my GPA back in high school

5) Without looking it up, do you know the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?
A: I seem to remember it's something about the nose visually, but they are different species genetically...

6) Flipper wasn't just a TV pet. He was an industry! During the show's run, Flipper comic books, coloring books and puzzles were very popular. As an adult, do you entertain yourself by reading comics, coloring, or completing jigsaw puzzles?
A: then and now... always loved puzzles, comics, coloring books...and as a pre-teen I was susceptible to advertising!  I now do most jigsaw puzzles online and it's still fun. 

7) The Flipper lunchbox was also a big seller. It came with a Thermos topped with a red cup. Do you own a Thermos?
A: I owned a flipper lunchbox! Getting a new lunchbox each school year was very important. I think we now own thermos mugs more likely than an actual thermos, but being a bit of a "keeper" I probably still have a thermos somewhere here...
8) In 1964, when Flipper premiered, it was up against The Outer Limits and The Jackie Gleason Show. If those were your only viewing choices, would you watch the family show about the dolphin, the sci-fi anthology show, or the comedy-variety show? (Or would you rather flip through a magazine?)
A: I watched all three shows at some point. My older sisters watched outer limits and it scared me to pieces as a little kid, so not that! The father watched Gleason so the family watched Gleason... pow to the moon Alice... oy vey...he was gross to me as a kid. I'd watch flipper.

9) Random question  -- Which would you be more comfortable explaining: how a car engine works, the current IRS tax brackets, or the rules of baseball?
A: as a fan of facts, and truth, I wouldn't even begin to explain any of that!!! It would be pure fiction! 

How would you all answer these?


  1. Yes, Milo, you are cute!

    I found Jackie Gleason creepy when I was a kid.

    Your answer to #9 is refreshing. So many people don't let facts get in the way of their online pontificating these days. (If I hear one more person say Gone with the Wind has been "banned," it's BAM! ZOOM! TO THE MOON!)

  2. Wow, you have a Flipper lunchbox! That is cool. I couldn't explain any of those things in #9 either.

  3. I'm with you on #9--don't know enough to even bluff it.

  4. Oh Milo! You precious baby! So cute! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  5. Never liked Jackie Gleason at all. Loved watching Flipper. And the last ocean I was in was January 2019 on a Caribbean cruise with some girlfriends.

  6. I had a flipper stuff toy that held PJ's

  7. Hello,

    I do remember watching the show Flipper! I always loved dolphins.. Milo is a cutie too. I could not explain anything in # 9 . Have a great day!