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Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

In the past couple of days, I haven't been paying attention to the news, so I was very shocked to learn that ANNETTE JOANNE FUNICELLO had passed away on Monday 08 April 2013 at age seventy (70) due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

As a boy growing up in Spring Lake, North Carolina, I remember watching her on the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB show each afternoon on our family's black and white television set after I got home from school.

For the best effect, please be sure and watch, in "FULL SCREEN" mode, my homemade amateur video recording of ME (!) performing my own version of Annette's biggest hit song, "OH, DIO MIO".


Oh, Dio mio, I love her so.
Oh, Dio mio, how will she know
How much I need her,
How much I want her,
How much I long for her love?

Oh, Dio mio, please hear my prayer.
Oh Dio mio, if only she'd care.
If she would love me,
We'd be in Heaven above.
Heaven above.

Each time I hear
The church bells chime.
I dream of her
And she is mine.

Oh, Dio mio, I love her so.
Oh, Dio mio, please let her know
How much I need her,
How much I long for her love.
Make her my love.


Another of her songs that I really liked was, "LONELY GUITAR", which Annette performed during an episode of the Walt Disney television series, "ZORRO".

At 1200 Hours Central Daylight Time (i.e., "High Noon") on Sunday 14 April 2013, the Memorable Entertainment Television (i.e., "MeTV") network featured a two (02) hour special tribute to Annette Joanne Funicello.

Here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi, we view the MeTV network on WKRG-TV Channel 5.3, which is broadcast from Mobile, Alabama.

Thank you.

1800 Beach Drive, Unit 311 


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