Monday, May 25, 2015

Mets 6 Phillies 3 Duda! Cuddyer! Flores! Colon!

I got my wish as the hitting for the Mets came alive as the Terrific 3 were watching from section 516.  There were solo home runs from Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer, and a 3 run blast from Wilmer Flores to win the game.  Even starting pitcher Bartolo Colon got into the act as he hit a single and tagged up from second to third.  He didn't score, but seeing him run the bases is a "thrill".  Who thought Colon would be tied for the major league leader in victories with 7 at this point of the season.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mazel Tov to Justin and Rachel Shapiro

Ethan Parker Shapiro - born today

Today my nephew Justin Shapiro announced the birth of his son Ethan Parker in Baton Rouge, Lousiana,  It is nice to get some good family news.  It seems like it was just yesterday that Karen called me to say that Justin and his twin brother Scott were born.  I will do my best to make Ethan a New York Mets fan,

What Do Bob Dylan and Rich Appel Have in Common?

Readers of Bruce's Journal obviously know Bob Dylan, but may not know of Rich Appel.  The latter is oldies trivia enthusiast extraordinaire. He knows everything and anything about recording artists and songs of that era.  Below is a photo of Rich.

Both of them have worked in radio as Dylan recorded 101 shows of Theme Time Radio Hour while Rich has a show called That Thing with Rich Appel which is usually heard Sundays from 6 PM until 9 PM on Rewound Radio.  They both share May 24th as a birthday.  I usually post a Bob Dylan song on May 24.  This year I have selected Not Dark Yet.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Random Thoughts on Memorial Day Weekend

It's always nice to do something a little different on a holiday weekend so we had breakfast at Uncle Bill's Diner.  I just love his pancakes with sausages.

Every year WABC Rewound is heard on Rewound Radio on Memorial Day weekend.  This show features airchecks from Musicradio WABC which was the premier top 40 station in the 60s and 70s.  Thanks to Allan Sniffen for keeping this tradition alive.

We went over to the College Point Multiplex in the early afternoon to see Mad Max: Fury Road.  There were good special effects, but the film is for the younger crowd.

I was not a good day for New York baseball teams as the Yankees lost to Texas 15-4 and the Mets to Pittsburgh 8-2.  C. C. Sabathia and Matt Harvey did not have good outings.

Don McGee on his Mixed Bag show on WFUV featured some Bob Dylan songs in advance of his birthday tomorrow.  He asked if there was a college course on Dylan.  I found out there was one given at Boston University.  More on Dylan's birthday tomorrow.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mets 5 Cardinals 0 Duda! Duda! deGrom!

The original Mr. Met c1963 in the
Mets Museum at Citifield

It was a solo trip to Citifield today as Karen and Lee were working while I am on vacation.  I got a ticket in section 515 right behind home plate and happened to run into fellow oldies radio enthusiast Ken Dulberg during the game.

Jacob deGrom was superb as he struck out 11 and retired his last 23 batters.  Lucas Duda provided the offense as he hit two home runs.  I wish all my games to Citifield were like this.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Viewing Random TV Shows at the Paley Center

Since I am still off from work I decided to take the subway to the Paley Center at 5th Avenue and 52nd Street.  I have a family membership so it doesn't cost me anything to come into view TV shows.  Today I viewed:

  • An interview in early 1963 with John F. Kennedy as he discussed his first two years in office
  • Walter Cronkite's last appearance on the CBS Evening News in March 1981
  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in November 1972
  • Katie Couric's last appearance on the Today Show in 2006

Bob Dylan Sings The Night We Called in a Day on the David Letterman Show

I set my DVR to record the David Letterman show last night, but since I am off from work I decided to stay up to watch it.  Bob didn't appear on the show until the last segment which started about 12:30 AM.  I was disappointed as he only sang one song which was from his latest adult standards album, Shadows in the Night.  Of course within a few hours of the show, someone posted in on Youtube.

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