CBS - Sunday Morning - 7/1/2001
- For those of us who appreciate the Major TV Networks which
show The BBShop Art Form in a bright and happy light, we can
point with great pride to this morning's humorous report from
Hanlontown, Iowa on their annual "Sundown Day" -- as
reported on CBS-TV "Sunday Morning".
Held annually on the summer solstice, the setting of the sun
directly over the railroad tracks is not only spectacular, it's
about the only thing towns like Hanlontown have to boast.
This years' celebration was enhanced by a rather good
BBShop Quartet out of Mason City, Iowa (Yes, Virginia,
THAT Mason City -- the original Music Man "River City")
featured throughout the several minute presentation.
When I first heard the "sound", I immediately recognized
the booming Basso Profundo of Jerry Hammes, formerly
of Ft. Dodge, IA where I began my BBShop career so
long ago. Jerry was part of three or four quartets during
his tenure in that city. He now travels from his (newer) home
in Northwestern Iowa some 100+ miles to River City to
sing in that fine Chapter Chorus and in the aforementioned
Quartet. I am quite ashamed that I cannot recall the name
of the foursome, but I'm sure he (and a few others) will
fill my memory lapse.
If you missed it, you not only missed a very funny show
about what (some) small towns in America find to
occupy their leisure hours -- and attract visitors to
their midst for a few hours on a summer day -- but
also a very good quartet presentation. While they
were only "on camera" a couple of brief moments,
their music was heard from beginning to end.
Sundown Day is a biggie in the little town of Hanlontown,
Iowa You ca watch paint dry, the sunset (*), and hear the corn
grow, and a good BBShop quartet!
(*) Especially when the sun is shining.
Great Falls, MT