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The Slice: Nuh-think more fun than the name game

Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, midnight

Let’s play a name game.

“I grew up a Shultz,” wrote Ashley Steinhart. “Need I say more? ‘I know nuh-think!’ ”

Joe Riley still hears references that he attributes to the old TV series, “The Life of Riley.”

Julie Tveit grew up as Julie Jeremiah. “I was in the third grade when Three Dog Night’s mega-hit ‘Joy to the World’ hit No. 1 and stayed there for several weeks,” she wrote.

“Everyone knows the first line – ‘Jeremiah was a bullfrog.’ Well, that song was sung to me for years and I was ribbeted (is that a word?) at repeatedly.

“When I was in high school, I took full advantage of the reference and made hundreds of green frog stickers that said ‘Jeremiah for Junior Class Vice President.’ ”

She won.

After being subjected to more than a few impressions of singer Kenny Rogers, Coeur d’Alene’s Debbie Miller learned to be careful about revealing that her middle name is Lucille.

Karen Mobley noted that men of a certain age sometimes call her Mary Ann. “It is totally logical if you loved the Miss America from 1959 and that is the first thing that comes to mind. Most younger people haven’t a clue who she is and give a blank look.”

Good luck charms: “My great uncle gave me a purse for high school graduation in 1961,” wrote Karen Meye of Ritzville. “In it was a silver dollar. I’ve carried that silver dollar in my wallet ever since, figuring I’d never be broke if I didn’t spend it.”

Jim Malm also carries good-luck money: “I have a $2 bill in my wallet that my dad gave me in 1976 when those bills were reissued for the U.S. bicentennial. I’ve heard that $2 bills are bad luck unless you tear a corner off of them, but I could never bring myself to do that to that bill.”

Oops: I picked up a house-for-sale flier last weekend from one of those front-yard boxes. It turned out to have information about a house several miles away.

Today’s Slice question: Were you aware that you have just three weeks to get in shape for St. Patrick’s Day?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Lots of readers are still steamed about thefts of items from their yards.

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