Sunday, February 26, 2017

Brian Matthew Does His Last Sounds of the 60s Show for BBC2


Brian Matthew has certainly been a legend in British Broadcasting since the 1960s.  On yesterday's Breakfast with the Beatles  Dennis Mitchell featured his interviewing George Harrison.  For 27 years Brian has hosted Sounds of the 60s on BBC2.  Over the past 7 years or so I have listened to the podcast every Sunday morning.

About 3 months ago Brian suffered a fall at home and could not narrate the show.  This weekend he is doing his last show as he presents a compilation of his favorite moments from his time behind the mike.  From what I have read Brian wanted to continue, but the "powers that be" at BBC felt he should retire.  Brian will return for special shows in the future.

I suggest everyone listen to his final regular show which will be archived for 28 days.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Light My Fire by the Doors - I Must Hear the Long Version


Back in the late 1960s I just hated it when AM radio stations played the short 45 RPM of Light My Fire.  I always preferred the long album version with the instrumental solos.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Financial Planning Today

Since I have worked for universities of over 25 years most of my pension money is in TIAA.  I have some other funds "squirreled away" in smaller IRAs.  Karen and I met with a financial adviser to start to think about strategies for my cashing in my pension money once I retire in 2018.  He felt that I did a good job in saving money over the years,

There is a saying "People don't plan to fail, but they fail to plan."  I think I have done a reasonably good job in planning for the future.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


I can not remember the last time that I visited this wonderful museum on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street.  It was actually the Burdick Collection of Baseball Cards that was the motivating factor in bringing me there today.  Mr. Burdick had donated over 30,000  baseball cards to the museum, but only a few hundred were on display.  We took about 20 minutes to look at this display, but there were umpteen other exhibits in the museum.  The current exhibitions are listed at http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions

There were many other permanent exhibitions that spread out over this enormous museum.  I think I put plenty of mileage on my feet today.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Thank You Tim Rice for a Job Well Done on Sounds of the 60s


Sir Tim Rice, best known a lyricist and librettist in the UK has admirably filled in for Brian Matthew on Sounds of the Sixties for the last 3 months.  There is a lengthy biography of him in the Internet Movie Database.  Brian had fallen at his home and Tim was selected to fill in.  It seems that Brian wanted to return, but the powers that be at the BBC didn't want him back.  He will come back for one more show on Saturday, February 27.  It will be a compilation of his favorite moments of hosting the show.

He did play two requests of mine:

  • Nikki Hoeky - PJ Proby
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love - Petula Clark
The show is heard live on BBC2 very early Saturday mornings, but I hear the podcast on Sunday.  I believe the podcast is archived for 28 days.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

UNCW 83 Hofstra 76


We took a ride over to the Hofstra campus to see the Men's basketball team.  We have been there many times over the years as it is a nice arena with reasonably priced tickets.  I was disappointed to see so few of their students at the game.  I assume that most of their students are from Long Island and go home for the weekend.

The game was pretty much even at the start but UNCW pulled away late in the first half.  Hofstra came close a few times but fell short.  Justin Wright-Foreman led Hofstra with 26 points, but it wasn't enough.

Game summary


Friday, February 17, 2017

The Eggplant that Ate Chicago - Novelty Song of the Day


Since 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Group Chicago, songs somehow related to the Windy City was the 4th-hour theme.  He played The Eggplant That Ate Chicago by Dr, West's Junk Band and Medicine show.  I hadn't heard that one in many years.
 
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