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Start a Party With Favorites

Updated on March 7, 2012

At a business meeting, while waiting for a leader to arrive, the moderator, to pass time, suggested we go around the room and have everyone tell us what their favorite movie was. It was fun, and I thought it would be a great way to break the ice at a party that was perhaps getting off to a slow start.

But it turned out it was hard to pick an all time favorite. Not hard to pick a dozen favorites, but hard to pick one, especially on the spur of the moment without time to ponder. I came up with MISTER ROBERTS. Later, I watched it again and realized it was not in fact my number one pick - but it was one I would include in my top ten or so.

I decided my number one pick was GONE WITH THE WIND.

My second nine, in no particular order:

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

12 ANGRY MEN

LONESOME DOVE (actually, it was a tv series)

7 DAYS IN MAY

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

DOCTOR STRANGELOVE

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

AIRPLANE

MISTER ROBERTS

In fact, it was hard to limit my favorites to just 10, so I thought up 10 more:

BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

THE GREAT ESCAPE

REAR WINDOW

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA

THE DEER HUNTER

APOCALYPSE NOW

PLATOON

LITTLE BIG MAN

RAIN MAN

A SHOT IN THE DARK

This conversation to get a party going could extend on and on - favorite song, favorite actor, most unforgettable person you've known, favorite singer, etc.

My favorite country song is For The Good Times, written by Kris Kristoferson

and sung by Ray Price. My favorite pop song goes way back to the 1930s, and

was also my mother's favorite song - Stardust, written by Hoagy Carmichal with the prettiest lyrics ever, and sung by many - my favortie version was by Nat King Cole. My favorite singer is Tony Bennett and my favorite country singer was the late, great Eddy Arnold, and my favorite actor is Robert Duval.

But enough - you get the idea for a way to get a group going.

My Book

If you enjoy nostalgia, and if you are interested in motorcycles, you might like my book, OVER THE HANDLEBARS. It is a collection of short stories and articles most of which were first published in motorcycle magazines in the 1960s. I also have written two other books about motorcycling availalbe from Amazon.com. You can read them on your computer for just $2.99. Go to motorcyclenostalgia.com.

And, if you enjoyed this hub, you may want to check out some of my others. I have now posted over 50 "hubs". Go to hubpages//dongately. To see them all, click on more.

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