Dick Summer WBZ-- One Hen Two Ducks

Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
Sun Dec 21 20:23:23 EST 2003

At 11:28 AM 11/5/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>I woke up early this morning (4:00 AM) and tuned in WBZ. Morgan White Jr was
>filling in for Steve LeVeille and was playing one of his many trivia games.
>This one centered on identifying various items based on the numbers 1-2-3. 
>quickly they forget--a spreadsheet program wasn't one of the items.) One 
>of the
>items was a piece that Dick Summer claims to have authored and which Summer
>used repeatedly on his WBZ program back in the '60s.

Nah, he didn't author it.  It came from Vaudeville, and was called the 
Tibetan Memory Trick in later versions-- but he did make it popular as the 
"Nightlight Password" and if you recited it, he gave you a prize-- I always 
tried to call, but never got through...  Too bad I wasn't listening this 
morning, because I can absolutely recite it even today:  Oh, one hen, two 
ducks, 3 squawking geese, 4 limerick oysters, 5 corpulent porpoises, 6 pair 
of Don Alverso's tweezers, seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array, 
8 brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt, 9 apathetic 
sympathetic diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity for 
procrastination and sloth... (deep breath!)  TEEEEEN lyrical spherical 
diabolical denizens of the deep who all haul around the corner of the quo 
of the quay of the queasy at the very same time (toot toot)

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