Monday, September 22, 2014

Comment on an article in Yesterday's New York Times Magazine

I guess it has been some time since I commented on an article in the New York Times which I only buy on Sundays.  I usually read several sections on the day that I get it but it has become a "ritual" for me to read the magazine section on the ride to work on Monday.  The was an article titled How Gary Hart's Downfall Forever Changed American Politics.  I didn't see the point on why the writer had to detail Senator Hart's indiscretion of 27 years ago.  He likely would have become the Democratic nominee in 1988, but his sexual adventure killed his candidacy.  Several years Bill Clinton acted like a jerk in his relationships with Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky, but I don't see how the situations with Clinton and Hart are linked.  The article did point out that FDR, JFK, and LBJ fooled around, but nobody knew about it until many years later. I guess back in those days it was easier to keep those things secret.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Monkee Covers the Beatles

A couple the years ago Micky Dolenz issued a CD called Remember.  There was an interesting cover of the Beatles "Good Morning Good Morning".  Give it a listen.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Harry Harrison - Morning Radio is Not the Same Without You

I thank Larry Ware for posting this video on the Fans of Harry Harrison page on Facebook.  There are 445 people in this group but there are thousands out there who fondly remember listen to Harry on WMCA, WABC, and WCBS-FM.  Morning radio is just not the same.  Best wishes to Harry.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Reconnecting with John Bartalotta of New Britain, Ct.

Over the past several years I have reconnected with a number of people during various chapters of my life. I have had problems encountering people from my years as achemistry graduate student at the University of Rhode Island (URI). This morning I received a brief e-mail from John Bartalotta of New Britain Ct.   John and I entered URI as graduate students in chemistry in January 1972. We both had 1972 Chevy Novas: his was red while mine was gold. We remained friends during my years at URI. I fondly remembering visiting him in New Britain during the summer of 1973. I made friends with his German Shepherd named Duke who woke me up every morning and drank coffee with his breakfast.As I graduated in January 1974, John and I went our own ways.

I hadn't heard from John in over 40 years until I received an e-mail from him this morning. He recalled how we both sang Mr. Bassman by John Cymbal after drinking a few beers. It turns out that John and I reconnected through this Journal.

In 2011 I wrote an entry about theuntimely passing of our mutual friend and classmate Mike Frechette. I was able to determine from Google Analytics that someone in New Britain, CT had landed on that page. John was able to find my work e-mail and sent me a short message.

Thank you so much John for contacting me. I certainly enjoyed my time with you during my two years at URI. I hope you will keep in touch with me.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Regis Philbin is the Most Popular Host of Millionaire

In a very unscientific poll Regis Philbin was unanimously  voted as the most popular host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Only 3 people voted.  I know through experience that very few people want to be bothered by surveys.  What the heck.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Much Ado About IOS 8 But I Can't Get It

There was a lot said in the last week about the release of the iPhone 6.  I read that there were 4 million of them pre-ordered.  But is there such a big difference between the 5 and 6?  I guess everyone has to get the most current model.  With the release of the new phone Apple released today the operating system IOS 8.  I eventually wanted to upgrade from IOS 7, but there was a message on my phone stating that I would need 4.7 GB of disk space.  Since I only have 3.8 GB left, I just can;t get the IOS 8.  Oh well.  It is not the end of the world.

I had the iPhone 3G for about 3 years and then got an iPhone 5.  When my current phone conks out, I'll upgrade/

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Condolences to Anthony Grimaldi and Family

Today I found out Sam Grimaldi, the father of my good friend Anthony passed away.  I don't know his exact age, but I think he was about 96 years old.  God blessed with with a long life.  I have known Anthony since 1996 when he joined the NJIT Library.  After 6 years he moved onto the Elmont Public Library from where he retired.

Anthony was a very good son as he stayed with his father for 16 hours a day during his last days.  My  sincere condolences to the Grimaldi family.
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