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SweetWaterBlue
01-16-2011, 04:35 PM
I am watching a PBS special on the old Apollo Astronaut program (http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/death_divorce_the_truth_of_apollo_q9dcWSD13wFfn6a6 ksoohN). Out of 10 of them they featured about 7 ended up divorced. Apparently there were a lot of groupies that hung around the Cape, so there was a lot of temptation, and of course never being home is a big strain on a marriage anyway.

Interestingly, at least one of the wives turned to the ukulele for consolation after her divorce. She sang a song with several of the other wives about moving on. It looked like a baritone.

swervy jervy
01-16-2011, 04:43 PM
As revenge, she plucked the uke to attract groupies of her own. It attracted an entirely unexpected type of groupie and she quickly abandoned the instrument for jazz aerobics.

SweetWaterBlue
01-16-2011, 04:48 PM
Wow. is my TV viewing out of date, or what? I see UkiSociety posted something about this long ago

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?22145-Ukulele-featured-in-documentary

But here is the song anway.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgcjDiq-9bo

Plainsong
01-16-2011, 04:54 PM
There's pic somewhere out there on the interwebz of Neil Armstrong strumming a uke pensively and staring off into middle distance after coming back from the moon. If it's good enough for Neil, it's good enough for me.

I imagine a marriage under that type of strain could break with or without groupies.

Fuzzy
01-17-2011, 06:06 AM
There's pic somewhere out there on the interwebz of Neil Armstrong strumming a uke

http://www.apollomissionphotos.com/apollo11/108ksc69pc479r.jpg

pdxuke
01-17-2011, 08:05 AM
http://www.apollomissionphotos.com/apollo11/108ksc69pc479r.jpg

Is the first man on the moon strumming a Martin?

Uke Republic
01-17-2011, 08:06 AM
As revenge, she plucked the uke to attract groupies of her own. It attracted an entirely unexpected type of groupie and she quickly abandoned the instrument for jazz aerobics.
I love a Jazzercise lady!

pdxuke
01-17-2011, 08:09 AM
I don't doubt that the uke can be therapeutic; all music is.

From my perspective as a teacher, where the motto is, "first, get their attention," the uke is a great tool. Playing it gathers the attention of middle school students immediately. I have to think there's a calming, therapeutic side to that.