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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

One of my most responded to columns was on the topic of iconic cars from TV and movies. I assumed it would be a hit, as when I broached the topic with a group of friends, the conversation went on for an hour. Let’s see if this one hits home, too.

Which TV theme songs are the most memorable for you? Of course, the answers will likely be tied to the decade you grew up in — but not necessarily. Think about the TV theme songs that make you smile when you hear them. The ones that make you turn up the volume knob. The songs you know every word to. The instrumentals you hum along with. The serious ones. The silly ones. The sitcoms. The cartoons. The kid shows. Nothing is off limits. Here are a few of my favorites to get the conversation rolling.

“Welcome Back” was the theme song of the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” It was written and recorded by John Sebastian, the former lead singer of Lovin' Spoonful. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May of 1976. Epstein. Barbarino. Washington. Horshack. They all made me smile, and this song still does.

“Meet George Jetson.” You know the rest. “The Jetsons” originally aired in prime time from 1962 to 1963, but most of us know the cartoon show from its reruns via syndication. His boy, Elroy. Daughter, Judy. Jane, his wife. And who could forget Astro? The theme song was composed by Hoyt Curtin, a musical director for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio from its beginnings. The song even became a pop hit in 1986. “Jane, stop this crazy thing!”

“Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.” “Good Times” aired for six seasons from 1974 to 1979. The Norman Lear production was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. It was a spin-off of “Maude,” which was a spin-off of “All in the Family.” The gospel-styled theme song has lyrics that might be a challenge to understand, but I still sing along with whatever I think the words are. “Keeping your head above water, making a wave when you can.”

“Bonanza” ran from 1959 to 1973 for a whopping 14 seasons and 431 episodes, making it the second-longest-running western series behind “Gunsmoke.” The snappy musical theme was written by Jay Livingston and Raymond Evans and became a 1961 hit for Al Caiola and His Orchestra, whose instrumental recording reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. I didn’t particularly like watching the TV show, but my parents, and seemingly everyone their age, did. I did, however, like the theme song and even unsuccessfully attempted to make it my ringtone a few years back.

No words. All soul. And this one was my ringtone… for a while. "Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)" is the theme to the 1970s sitcom named, you guessed it, “Sanford and Son.” Composed by Quincy Jones, “The Streetbeater” was first released on his 1973 album “You've Got It Bad Girl” and later on his “Greatest Hits” album. It did not chart on Billboard, but it did rank ninth in a Rolling Stone Reader Poll of Television Theme Songs.

And my last one to whet your musical appetite is the theme from “The Rockford Files.” The song is as iconic as the Pontiac Firebirds James Garner drove on the show. This 1975 instrumental by Mike Post features a blues harmonica solo, dobro guitar, an electric guitar solo heard in the bridges and a Minimoog synthesizer heard in the refrains. It spent four months on the charts and became a Top 10 hit in August of 1975 and even won a 1975 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

These tunes may get the ball rolling, but I clearly missed other great TV theme songs. Send me a note and let me know which ones are memorable to you.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Jordan Creek Area Store

1. Coachlight Clinic & Spa

2. Scheels

3. Costco


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances stick with us every day into Saturday, but the best of those chances look to come this morning and Friday morning. The heat sticks around, but we do drop to the mid-80s Friday into Sunday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: 'All I can say is wow': Unique flyover buzzes Ames

AMES, Iowa — Two planes cruised side by side over Jack Trice Stadium in Ames Tuesday to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first successful in-air refueling. Few knew the event was happening, but as word spread, people on the Iowa State Campus turned their eyes to the sky anticipating a show from the United States Air Force. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: WATCH: Stop sticks end 110 mph chase, Perry man arrested

MARION COUNTY, Iowa – A Perry man is facing multiple charges after leading law enforcement on a two-county chase that reached a top speed of 110 miles per hour and ended with the use of stop sticks.. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Multiple cars damaged by flung rocks on Grand Avenue, police searching for suspects

Multiple people reported that their cars were hit by rocks or chunks of cement while driving on Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Des Moines police searching for suspects who threw rocks at passing cars. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


In a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood, a vegan landlord has banned tenants from cooking meat or fish in his building. Apartments there rent for $4,500-$5,500. It appears that the landlord's decree is legal in Brooklyn.

In the Perth suburbs, celebrity chef John Mountain has declared his restaurant Fyre a vegan-free zone. That followed a negative review from a vegan on social media.

In Des Moines, owners of Paesano's Pizzeria (2804 S.W. Ninth St.) closed because they became vegans and customers wanted meat and cheese.

— Jim Duncan

On June 28 in history ...

1969. The Stonewall Riots begin in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Sometime after midnight on June 28, 1969, in what is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBTQ people, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a popular gay club located on New York City's Christopher Street—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the authorities.

Read more at History.com.


Haluska marks 50 years of autocross

Hobby is as much about the people as the cars.

By Rich Wicks

John Haluska of West Des Moines has a car hobby, but “hobby” doesn’t seem to be quite the right word to describe something that’s been his passion and his social life for half a century.

“I’ve been doing autocross racing since 1973,” he says. “I always liked sports cars for some reason when I was a kid. When I was 16, I got a job at McDonald’s on Merle Hay Road, and I bought a Triumph Spitfire brand new. So I started autocross in that, and the people involved were very welcoming. I took to it like a fish to water.”

Haluska soon bought a Porsche and raced that in autocross events as well.

For those unfamiliar with autocross, it is “time trial” racing in which cars take turns driving through a course marked by cones. Racers drive as quickly through the course as they can, and are scored based on time and precision. Haluska is a member of the Sports Car Club of America.

Read more in the June issue of West Des Moines/Jordan Creek Living Magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: John Cusack, Kathy Bates, Mel Brooks, Kellie Pickler, Felicia Day, Mary Stuart Masterson, Bruce Davison, Alessandro Nivola, Tichina Arnold

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Did you hear about the crocodile and rooster that had a kid together? IT'S A CROC-ADOODLEDOO! - Missy Bryant, Gail Tomlinson, Irving Stone, Chuck Golliher

Today's Riddle

Did you hear about the group of crocodiles that performed parody songs?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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