My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1996

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 12TH 1996:

  1. “The World I Know” – Collective Soul
  2. “Name” – Goo Goo Dolls
  3. “Follow You Down” – Gin Blossoms
  4. “Ooh Boy” – Real McCoy
  5. “Take Your Chance” – Fun Factory

Collective Soul, Goo Goo Dolls, and Gin Blossoms:  Who are 3 cool light-rock bands who enjoyed their greatest mainstream Top 40 success during the mid-1990s ?

Collective Soul formed during the early-1990s, and Goo Goo Dolls and Gin Blossoms formed during the mid-1980s. All 3 bands are still together today – performing and touring. Aside from a brief hiatus during the late-1990s for Gin Blossoms all 3 bands have been continuously active since the beginning. Goo Goo Dolls celebrate their 35TH anniversary this year !

All 3 bands had a lot of great songs during their heyday, but if I had to pick a fave from each of them then it would have to be Collective Soul’s “The World I Know”,  Goo Goo Dolls’ “Name”, and Gin Blossoms’ “Hey Jealousy” (from my wild and crazy Summer of 1993).

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to May 1991.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Happy Armed Forces Week


It’s Thursday May 13TH 2021, and National Military Appreciation Month continues with Armed Forces Week (all this week), and that culminates this Saturday with Armed Forces Day. Unlike Memorial Day (this year on May 31ST) and Veterans Day (November 11TH) this is an opportunity for us to honor everyone who currently serves within our military.

I’m a few weeks away from celebrating my 36TH anniversary within the United States Air Force. I actually committed to 4 years of active duty service about a month into my Senior year in high school in 1984. 6 days after graduating from high school in June 1985 I was on my way to Lackland AFB in San Antonio Texas for 6½ weeks of Basic Military Training.

I’ve been living in or near Homestead Florida since the end of 1987, so that’s 33 out of my 36 years in the Air Force. I work at Homestead ARB (formerly AFB prior to Hurricane Andrew). During the 19 months immediately after Hurricane Andrew – as the city and the base was being cleaned-up and rebuilt – I served at Andrews AFB Maryland and MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida.

My 36 years in the Air Force includes 28 years as a civilian. Prior to that I served 8 years on active duty and 6 years as a reservist (overlapping with the early years of my civil service).

Up until about the age of 16 I was supposed to go to college after high school and emerge with a degree in either Meteorology or Communications (radio and television). That didn’t happen, but here I am 36 years into an Air Force career at 54 years old. The Air Force determined that I was great at math, so they made me an analyst / statistician.

In the Air Force I’ve had some great years, some good years, some bad years, and some horrible years. There’s an entire 13-year era that was the worst of my career (and life). Thankfully I’ve followed that up with the best 14-year era of my career (and life) – where I am now. I’m ending this career on a high, and I’ve got about 2½ more years to go before I retire and move away from here.

To all of my fellow military service members – whether you are currently on active duty, a reservist, a civil servant, or a contractor working alongside all of the above – I thank you for all that you do with each new duty day.

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