I just read a news story about the new colorized versions ofsome Three Stooges shorts. That wacky theme song is now stuck myhead. What is it called? Who wrote it? When was it written? It goessomething like this Š "Nana nahŠnah nahŠnaŠnana nahŠna nana nahŠ"and so on.

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Say the "nana"s," and you"ll know the tune. The song is called"Listen to the Mockingbird," according to local film historian JimNeibaur.

Neibaur wrote about The Stooges for Encyclopedia Britannica andis a published author with several books to his credit. His nextbook, about the movies of Bob Hope, comes out Nov. 1.

"I know it"s crazy that I know this, but I"d say from 1936 to1939 is when they used "Listen to the Mockingbird" local filmhistorian Jim Neibaur said. The Stooges also used "Three BlindMice" as a theme song.

Septimus (Sep) Winner penned "Listen to the Mockingbird" in1855. Neibaur, a full-time teacher at The Mack Center, said theStooges used the verses and not the chorus.

The first verse goes a little something like this: "I"m dreamingnow of Hallie, sweet Hallie, sweet Hallie "I"m dreaming now ofHallie, for the thought of her is one that never dies "She"ssleeping in the valley, the valley, the

valley "She"s sleeping in the valley, and the mockingbird issinging where she lies" Think of the "nana"s" from above and saythe words in the verse, and if you"re not musically inept, you"llsee where it matches.

Winner is a 1970 inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame,located in New York City and part of the National Academy ofPopular Music.

He also wrote "Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?"That"s quite a resume, but had you heard of Winner before thiscolumn? He wrote more than 1,500 arrangements for variousinstruments and 2,000 more specifically for the violin and piano.He"s responsible for a catalog of more than 200 popular songs andwrote musical instruction books for 23 different instruments. Whathave you done lately?

Why does Wisconsin not have a law stating automobile driversmust carry insurance? When will lawmakers realize this is a problemthat ought to be resolved? This question comes from a familyunlucky enough to be in two accidents with two uninsuredmotorists.

Wisconsin does not require motorists to carry automobileinsurance, but you must be able to prove financial responsibilityif you"re in an accident.

If you can prove financial responsibility if you"re in anautomobile accident, then you probably have automobileinsurance.

The most common reason someone doesn"t have automobile insuranceis because they can"t afford it. So they probably also can"t provefinancial responsibility in the event of an accident.

And if they can"t prove financial responsibility through autoinsurance or insane wealth, then what do you do? "You could go tocourt and force them to pay, but that would assume they have assetsyou can get at," said Eileen Mallow, Wisconsin"s assistant deputycommissioner for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Motorists need to be able to take care of any financial damagethey cause in an accident, but you can" squeeze blood from aturnip.

Surprisingly, Mallow said the insurance companies don"t wantmandatory automobile insurance for Wisconsin. The associatedadministrative costs will drive premiums through the roof. Besides,Mallow said most in Wisconsin already have automobile insurance,which means it doesn"t need to be mandatory.

And Mallow said an unregulated sub-market of people sellingshort-term automobile insurance would also appear.

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Wisconsin"s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance publishesthe "Consumer"s Guide to Auto Insurance," which is available onlineat:

http://www.oci.wi.gov Click on"Publications" on the left side of the page and then click"Consumer Publications."

Mallow said the publication contains a lot of useful informationto help you choose the proper auto insurance policy.

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