I mentioned in my previous post that Joanna and I once ran a motel. We actually managed a couple of motels, for a total of about three years, though most of that time we spent at the Ketchum Korral Motor Lodge, a former Earnest Hemingway haunt in the Ketchum–Sun Valley resort area of Idaho. I also worked for the Wood River Journal and then as a freelancer for several publications during that time; like the motel, the Journal has since closed.
We loved our time in the Wood River Valley — hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing in the Sawtooths and the White Clouds, ignoring celebrities in the supermarket (OK, so maybe I peeked from behind a plant in a restaurant at Diana Ross), and meeting people from all over the world. Blaine County is one of two politically liberal places in the state, the other being Moscow. It’s also an expensive place to live, which is why I worked two jobs while we were there.
The song “I Know Why (And So Do You)” was part of the 1941 film “Sun Valley Serenade.” It’s a beautiful song by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In the film, Lynn Bari lip-syncs to Pat Friday’s voice. The song was later part of the soundtrack for another film, 1990’s “Memphis Belle.”
Lyrics here, with video below.