The bubbly enthusiasm of Barb Daniel of Irving is over the top this week as she and her singing group, the Lather Sisters, head for Hollywood.
It's the third time she has competed in the National Singing in the Shower Contest, and Mrs. Daniel -- whose husband, Mike Daniel, plays Bob Soap -- is sure it will be the charm.
She has made military uniforms out of Army green bath towels. She and the others (Donna Hoch of Orchard Park and her sister Sherry Hall of Columbus, Ohio) have harmonized on "Salute to Lever," a takeoff on "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." And she has created a home-made bubble machine that "blasts a gazillion bubbles at the moment that the crowd is just roaring."
While in Hollywood for four days they will be treated to a tour of Universal Studios and dinner at Planet Hollywood. Then on Saturday they'll compete at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip.
If they beat the 20 other groups, the Lather Sisters come home with $5,000 and make an appearance on the "Roseanne" show, top prizes in the contest sponsored by Unilever Home and Personal Care-USA.
If they win, it'll follow a string of other wins for Mrs. Daniel. She reports that she won $2,500 in a national essay contest on "How to Be the Best Family Manager" and $500 for "How I Keep My Family Healthy During the Cough and Cold Season."
"I want to win this for Buffalo," said Mrs. Daniel, 38, a statistical clerk for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Coke Division.
"I want to make Buffalo famous for more than snow and football."