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Mind Worm! My Chicken Fat Flashback

Pauline on first day of school

“Chicken What–?”

When I first heard the “Chicken Fat” song during an iPhone commercial (to promote a health app), I think my brain flinched. I kind of frowned and thought, I know that song, but from where? I kind of shrugged it off, assuming that it had been one of those weird pop hits back in the day, until the song came on while my daughter was visiting. She mentioned she’d looked it up and that it dated back to JFK and a fitness program.

Oh my goodness.

The memory gates opened and out it flooded.

Elementary School. Morning. Rows of little kids standing next to their desks trying to keep up with the exercises. Morning. In a dress. And more of it during P.E.


No way to scrub that memory out of my brain again.

At the time, I didn’t know who to blame for it or the whys and wherefores. But it is a rather interesting—if painful-to-my-brain—story. As the Washington Times story points out, the creator of Music Man, Meredith Willson, wrote the song and it was sung by Robert Preston. You can also find it in the JFK Library online

Just be aware if you do listen to it, it’s got all the qualities of a mind worm song. Put it in there and you’ll have a tough time getting it out. Okay, you’ve been warned. Here’s the YouTube video of the song:

And now it’s stuck in my head, too. Do you have any “blasts from the past” that blast into the present and get stuck in your head? Do you embrace them or try to shove them back into the past? You know I love comments, so please do tell. Comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value) which might help you with that new mind worm. We live in hope, right? I announce a winner the first blog post of the new month. And guess what? This is that post! [Insert cheers and confetti here] Check below for August’s winner!

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And the August gift basket winner is:


Congratulations! I’ll be in touch on how to get your basket!

Perilously yours,


I had a hard time picking which book to feature for the “Chicken Fat Song.” Do I go funny or fit? Decided to go with “fit.” Doc, in Girl Gone Nova isn’t just fit, she’s FIT. And fun. 🙂

“It’s simply one of the best sci-fi romances ever written.” Two Lips Reviews

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This time the impossible might not be possible…

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