A co-worker and I went up to the local office supply place today, and as I stopped by his office to get him, I asked: “Are you ready, Hezzie?” I picked up the phrase from my mom, but never knew where it came from. Google to the rescue. Apparently the phrase originated with The Hoosier Hotshots, a band that made exactly the kind of silly music my mother loved. “Hezzie” was the stage name of one of the members, Paul Trietsch. Before each song, his brother, Ken, would say the famous phrase. Picked up by cool kids everywhere, “Are you ready, Hezzie?” remained in the lexicon for three decades.

I think it’s due for a comeback.

UPDATE: Mentioning this to said co-worker led to a brief discussion of lost music. While much is surely gone, I explained that there were entire projects dedicated to transferring endangered media to digital. He asked if I thought I could find an early 20th century group called The Peerless Quartet. Well, that was easy, and along the way, I found this treasure trove of WWI mp3s. Go listen to your elders.

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