The meme…

* Post 3 things you’ve done in your lifetime that you don’t think anybody else on your friends list has done.
* See if anybody else responds with “I’ve done that.”
* Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they’ve done in their life.

Made my television debut as a child on the “Mr. Knozit” show as the Rabbit Lady’s daughter and assistant “wabbit wrangler”. (Local S.C. children’s program, similar to Romper Room etc.)

Sang with a 150-voice choir in cathedrals in England, France, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland — and in a parking lot in Leichtenstein.

“Witnessed” an AMTRAK accident by telephone while getting obituary data from a county corner. (The train hit a car at an intersection near the funeral home, and the sound was deafening even over the phone.)


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  1. sf_reader

    June 27, 2008 at 8:01pm

    Sang with a 150-voice choir in cathedrals in England, France, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland — and in a parking lot in Leichtenstein.

    I sang with a 55 voice choir in Bavaria and Vienna. We joined two other American choirs for a concert and to sing at a Sunday mass in Salzburg.

    When was (were) your trip(s)?

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  2. petrini1

    July 1, 2008 at 3:59am

    Cool! I didn’t know you were a tv star. And wabbit wangler. I also didn’t know you were a singer, let alone that you sang your way across Europe. Do you still sing? I used to sing with a group, too, but that was a long, long time ago….

    So why were you getting obituary information from the coroner? Were you writing obituaries for publication? That I’ve done, though never the part about hearing an Amtrak wreck over the phone.

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      July 1, 2008 at 3:32pm

      Amazing how we’ve known each other for nearly 20 years, and we’re getting better acquainted through LJ, isn’t it? I wouldn’t call myself much of a star, and these days I only sing the National Anthem.

      But yes, for 13 months, I was the weekend obituary writer for The State, which was the largest paper in South Carolina at the time. I was on a first name basis with a couple of dozen coroners and undertakers. One of them even bribed me with flowers a couple of times to squeeze in “just one more” obit after deadline.

      I also had to write obits on two high school friends — one car accident and one suicide. The funeral director, who was a friend of the family and had handled my dad’s funeral, started both of those conversations with, “I hate to be the one to have to tell you this…”

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      • petrini1

        July 1, 2008 at 9:39pm

        Yes, it is amazing, what you can find out about your longtime friends on a forum like this! These days, I mostly just sing when I’m in the car, alone. But back in high school, I was with a group that was the local chapter of what was really the teenage division of the old “Up With People” singing groups, if you remember those. Choreography, matching outfits, upbeat songs…really all very dorky, but I enjoyed it at the time. My obit writing was when I was editing a geosciences magazine. For some reason, my position was the one that included the task of writing about dead geologists. Never had to write about anyone I knew, though. That must have been hard. I guess now I should post on my blog about three little-known facts about me. Though I can’t think of anything interesting offhand that you, at least, don’t already know!

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