1) In this song, our hero tells Susan that “no other girl could ever take the place of you.” Crazy Sam feels that no other earmuffs could ever take the place of the ones she left in restaurant coat room last month. Tell us about something you recently broke, lost or misplaced. Well, I almost lost my patience at work yesterday—does that count? If we’re talking about material things, I lost my window scraper for my car recently—probably left it on the hood or roof and lost it driving away. It’s just been that kind of winter here. . .
2) When this song was first released back in 1968, the name Susan was very popular. According the Social Security Administration, it was one of the top 10 baby girl names of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Today it’s not even in the top 100. Do you know anyone named Susan (or Suzanne)? I know a “Suzann”—that’s right—no “e” at the end! She was probably born in the late 1960s.
3) The Buckinghams were Chicago’s attempt to get in on The British Invasion begun by the Beatles. (Hence the silly suits.) But they took their name from Chicago’s famous Buckingham Fountain. If Crazy Sam visited your neighborhood, what local site would you recommend she check out? If you come to visit, you need to go to the RiverWalk! Great walkways, cute shops and restaurants right nearby, nice sculptures, a fountain . . . and you can feed the ducks! What’s not to like?
4) Chicago is known for deep dish pizza. Describe your dream pizza. (Calories, carbs and gluten need not be a factor because it’s dream pizza!) Thin crust, plenty of sauce, topped with mushrooms, green pepper, onion, and good old mozzarella. No meat on my pizza, please!
5) The Buckinghams got their big break by winning a local “battle of the bands.” Do you often go to concerts or bars to listen to live music? I haven’t gone to hear live music in ages.
6) The best-selling book in 1968 (the year “Susan” was released) was Airport by Arthur Hailey. It was set during a snowstorm at Lincoln International, a fictional airport based on Chicago’s O’Hare. What’s the most recent airport you flew to? Why were you there? I flew back into Midway in Chicago this past summer from a business trip in Florida. It was the first time I’ve ever been in Midway Airport—I’d always flown in and out of O’Hare until this trip.
7) Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Sox … Chicago is a big sports town. What’s your favorite pro team? Big Chicago BlackHawks fan here!
8) Thinking of sports, did you watch the Olympics? If yes, which events? I am a complete Olympics geek. I love all of it! I’ll be a bit sad when it ends this weekend. This year I was really into the skeleton, luge, and bobsledders. Plus the speedskating. And the figure skating. . .
9) Do you consider yourself an idealist or a pragmatist? I always want to believe the best, but I temper it with reality. Can I be a pragmatic idealist?