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tcashwigg at aol.com tcashwigg at aol.com
Thu Nov 16 20:29:26 PST 2006

Hi Guys:

I posted it for the humor it was, and stated that I was not sure that 
it had indeed been sung by Julie, which someone quickly pointed out 
that it indeed was not thanks to snopes.

It was however quite humorous and should be used for what it is, for a 
laugh or three as we all get older.

I got it form listmate Nancy Beavins, perhaps she still has a copy of 
it, I deleted mine after I posted it on the list.



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    I don't recall anything recently on this list but there is an urban 
legend about
Julie Andrews' birthday on snopes.com which I'll quote below:

   Origins:   Since the 1965 film The Sound of Music acquainted the 
public with the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune "My Favorite Things," 
parodies of that ditty have been coined by a legion of aspiring 
humorists who
found it the perfect platform from which to launch a bit of comic 
mayhem. The
song's rhythmic cadences lend themselves readily to the tuneful 
renditions of
lists, with its pivotal lyric ("These are a few of my favorite things")
supplying a  delicious touch of irony to even the most outrageous 

Over the years, it has been used to lampoon, well, just about 
everything. It was
to be expected that sooner or later an "It's tough to be an old geezer" 
would surface.

While Julie Andrews' 69th birthday was on 1 October 2004, she did not 
on that
day, as the e-mailed tale asserts, sing a takeoff of "My Favorite 
Things" at a
benefit in New York City. The 'blue hair' version of this famous number 
to have begun as a USENET newsgroup post in April 2001 where it was 
offered as a
humorous send-up of a well-known song, with no accompanying avowal that 
in particular had performed it, let alone Julie Andrews on her 
birthday. Readers
were instructed to "Start humming like Julie Andrews with gray hair" — 
that is,
pretend they were the legendary singer as they croaked the new words 
Maalox and walkers to the popular melody better associated with warm 

By July 2001, newsgroups posts of the pastiche were prefaced 
"Reportedly, Julie
Andrews recently performed at a concert for AARP members." This marked 
a turning
point in the history of the piece: what had previously been offered 
solely as a
spoof of a popular song was now being presented as an anecdote about 
celebrated singer.

In March 2002, the item was repeated in Dear Abby's column, with the
advicemeister waving off the Mary Poppins connection with, "The 
rewritten lyrics
are a hoot, but I doubt that Julie Andrews ever warbled them."

Abby was right about that. Not only was this anecdote false, but sadly 
  AARP  -->

Julie Andrews lost the ability to sing in 1997. That year she was 
admitted to
Mount Sinai Hospital for the removal of a non-cancerous polyp on her 
cords, and what should have been a simple surgical procedure went 
wrong. Her multi-octave singing voice was virtually destroyed.

Andrews sued the two doctors and the hospital for what had been done to 
her. In
2000, she settled her malpractice suit out of court, and though the 
terms of
that settlement were not publicly disclosed, the amount she recouped is 
to be in the neighborhood of £20 million (about $30 million US).

Not only didn't Julie Andrews sing the 'blue hair' parody of "My 
Things" for a Radio City Music Hall audience on her 69th birthday, she 

"Will I ever completely come to terms with not singing? I don't know," 
says the
former Mary Poppins. "I miss it very much indeed."

On at least one occasion since surgery damaged her voice, the 
songstress has
favored her public with a song, but not in anything approaching the 
manner in
which she formerly warbled. She did a little speak-singing in the 2004 
film The
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, saying of the experience, "The 
song was
pitched very low for me" and "I wish I could call it singing. I don't 
want to
mislead anyone."

Barbara "the sound of sadness" Mikkelson

Last updated:   19 March 2005

R Miller <rmiller989 at cfl.rr.com> wrote:
   Would somebody repeat the thread on Julie Andrews 69th birthday 
tried to forward it and lost it in Cyberspace. Thanks
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