Thursday, February 22, 2018

Serendipity at the Paley Center Finding Art Fleming's Jeopardy Among Other Things

Today I went to the Paley Center with Karen and Lee without anything specific in mind.  Karen was interested in the Moody Blues.  A search yielded an appearance on the Tom Jones Show in 1969.  Lee was interested in Johnny Cash so we found some of his performances from 1958.  I did a search on Bob Dylan and found an appearance in 1979 on Saturday Night Live where he sang Gotta Serve Somebody.

Just for the heck of it I searched under Jeopardy and found two episodes from the 1970s featuring Art Fleming with Don Pardo as the announcer.  The amounts for each question were much lower back then, and the second and third place finishers could keep their winnings.  If I remember correctly Art Fleming was the host from 1964-79.  The Alex Trebek version started in 1984 and is still going strong.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bob Dylan Cover of the Day - Dark Eyes by Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy

I was listening to Bob Dylan Tracks this morning and Dan Murphy played Dark Eyes by Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy.  I actually have this CD called "A Tribute to 80s Dylan."  I also remember seeing Dylan in concert at the Beacon Theater where he sang Dark Eyes with Patti Smith.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Minnesota Wild 5 New York Islanders 3 at Barclays Center

For the second time this season we went to Barclays Center to see the Islanders play.  Jason Zucker scored 2 goals to lead the Wild to the 5- 3 victory. Devan Dubnyk excelled in the goal for the Wild as he made 32 saves.  I guess I am not in the mood for writing this evening :) .  You can read the recap linked below for all the details.

Game Recap 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Donald "Fuzzy" Cohen New York's Greatest Sports Fan Passes Away

I read in several Twitter accounts that Fuzzy died of a heart attack yesterday.  He had to have attended thousands of games at Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field and other sports venues over the past 60 years,  He often took bus rides to visit teams while they were on the road.  I remember first seeing him in Section 1 of the upper deck of Shea Stadium in August 1978.  I had seen him umpteen times at the Met and Yankee games that I attended over the years.  Each arena should retire a seat in his honor.  He was featured in an article in the New York Times in 2006.


Friday, February 16, 2018

My Yearly Visit to the Museum of the City of New York

I just checked my archives and determined that the last time I visited this museum was on January 2, 2017.  All museums have permanent and temporary exhibits.  The exhibits that I viewed today were:

  • Martin Luther King in New York City - photos and recordings of his appearances in the 50s and 60s.
  • Art in the Open - Fifty Years of Public Art in NYC
  • Beyond Suffrage - A Century of Women in NYC politics.  I enjoyed seeing photographs of the late Bella Abzug.  Once in the 1980s when I worked at NYPL I saw her walk through Times Square
  • Activist New York
So far I have visited three museums since the first of the year.

My First Publication as a Retiree

For a few years, I have been involved in the SABR Games Project .  I finally decided to write up a game for the project.  In early January I was perusing the shelves of my small local public library and found this book:

Bondy, Filip. 2016. Pine tar game: the Kansas city royals, the New York Yankees, and baseball's most absurd and ... entertaining controversy. New York: Scribner.

Reading the book stimulated me to write it up for SABR. It took a while as I had to conform to their writing style.  Tom Brown helped with it, but the editors were tough, so I had to revise it.  You can read the article at

I think non-SABR members can access this, but if not email me at  and I'll send you the MS Word version.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I Have Given Up On the Knicks for this Season

I watched the Knicks play the Washington Wizards on TV last night.  Toward the end of the second quarter, they were leading by 27 points, but fell apart in the second half and lost 118-113.  The nicks have now lost 8 games in a row as their record has fallen to 23-36.  The season started off so promising as the player moves that they made in the off-season seemed to have worked out.  The downfall of the team this season can't be blamed solely on the major injury to Krisztap Porzingas.  He will likely miss part of next season.  It is now 45 years since they last won the NBA championship.  There is nothing to do but wait until baseball season.
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