Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
JOHNSON, JEFF, and MICHAEL TORRICE. "BP'S EVER-GROWING OIL SPILL." Chemical & Engineering News 88.24 (2010): 15-24. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 28 June 2010.
Please contact me at Bruce.Slutsky@njit.edu if you would like me to send you a copy of it.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The article describes the documentary produced by Vikram Jayanti which was built around interviews with Spector during his first trial in 2007. In the film Jayanti used 21 Spector songs played or performed in their entirety. However Jayanti never received a signed release from Spector allowing him to use the recordings. This brings up the issue of copyright and fair use.
This article has pursuaded me to see the movie which will be released this Wednesday and will play at the Film Forum in Greenwich Village. I hope my friends who are oldies enthuisasts will also see it. Please see the trailer.
There is a good biography of Phil Spector in the Wikipedia.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
- 92.3 Now
- Fresh 102.7
- WCBS Newsradio 880
Each station had a kiosk with its personalities there to meet listeners. The entire WCBS-FM on the air staff was there:
- Dan Taylor
- Mr. G
- Bob Shannon
- Broadway Bill Lee
- Ron Parker
- Joe Causi
- Sue O'Neal
Many of my radio friends were there including:
- Alan Berman
- Mary Shaw
- Linda Cohen
- Amy Auerbach
- Andrea Wiener
- Gary Fishbein
- Jerry Gillespie
It is certainly safe to say that the WCBS-FM radio personalities appreciate the support of their listeners. Photos are on my Facebook profile or they can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/bigtownman/cbsradioexpo2010
The biggest attraction had to be the athletes who were there to give autographs. The line must have been a mile long by the WFAN kiosk. I was never an autograph hound. Some of the athletes included:
- Dwight Gooden
- Darryl Strawberry
- Luis Tiant
- Mark Gastineau
There were a few miniconcerts. We saw one by Eddie Money who was introduced by the WCBS-FM team.
Friday, June 25, 2010
6/29/10 Bordeaux, France - Patinoire Meriadeck
7/1/10 St. Herblain, France - Zenith Nantes Metropole
7/3/10 near Paddock Wood, United Kingdom - Hop Farm Festival
7/4/10 Limerick City, Ireland - Thomond Park Stadium
8/4/10 Austin, Texas - The Backyard
8/6/10 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Zoo Amphitheatre
8/7/10 Kansas City, Kansas - Starlight Theatre
8/8/10 Lincoln, Nebraska - Haymarket Park
8/10/10 Sturgis, South Dakota - Buffalo Chip Campground
8/11/10 Billings, Montana - Dehler Park
8/12/10 Casper, Wyoming - Mike Lansing Field
8/14/10 Jackson, Wyoming - Snow King Resort
8/15/10 Boise, Idaho - Idaho Botanical Gardens
8/17/10 Park City, Utah - Deer Valley Resort
8/18/10 Las Vegas, Nevada - Colosseum at Ceasars
8/19/10 Ontario, California - Citizens Business Bank
8/21/10 Monterey, California - Monterey Fairground
8/22/10 Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Harveys Lake Tahoe - Outdoor Arena
9/3/10 Yakima, Washington - Yakima County Stadium (unconfirmed)
9/4/10 Seattle, Washington - Bumbershoot
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Fenway Park
- Yankee Stadium (1923 original)
- Yankee Stadium (Reconstructed in 1976)
- Yankee Stadium (2009)
- Shea Stadium
- Citizen's Bank Park
- RFK Stadium
- PNC Park
- Progressive Stadium
- Keyspan Park (Brooklyn)
- Great American Ball Park
- Comerica Park
- Wrigley Field
- Busch Stadium (2006)
- US Cellular Park
- Target Field
- Kauffman Stadium
- McAfee Stadium
- AT&T Park
- Nashville - Greer Stadium
- Memphis - Autozone Park
- Ebbets Field
- Polo Grounds
I have a long way to go to catch Laura Nygaard (46 ball parks)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Lee just loves it when Mr. G comes on the air at 6:20 AM. Very often a version of Mr. Lee by the Bobbettes is played as he is introduced by Dan Taylor. Other times he is introduced by a modified version of the Mister Ed theme. "Hello, I'm Mister G."
I bought tickets today for the CBS Radio Expo to be held this Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Lee said he was most anxious to meet his favorite weatherman. "Schlep the umbrella!"
Monday, June 21, 2010
The tour is very fast moving. It can be a little tough to travel all day, see the game, go back to the hotel, go to sleep, eat breakfast and travel to the next city. St. Louis was the only stop where we had a little time to tour the city. I would have like to have spent more time in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City to see museums and other attractions.
What was the worst part of the tour for me?
Missing Jeopardy for the week. I guess I could have recorded it, but didn't. It didn't go off the air. I also enjoy checking out the radio stations when I visit a city. I had very little time to do it on this trip. I did it in Chicago and on the bus ride through Iowa.
We had to wake up at 5 AM so we could leave the hotel in Collinsville, IL by 6 AM to reach Wrigley Field by 12 noon. The time of the game was changed to accommodate the television schedule. We traveled via I-55 to Chicago. It was smooth sailing until we hit heavy traffic in the city. We arrived at the stadium exactly at the time the game began. As I approached my seat I turned around and saw Howie Kendrick lead off the game with a home run. It turned into a blowout as the Angels beat the Cubs 12-0. Box score.
After the game we returned to the Shearaton by O'Hare airport. We originally decided to catch our breath for the evening. We left for New York on Sunday.
We left the hotel in Independence, Mo and drove on I-70 to St. Louis. We were let off by the Gateway Arch. Since we went up there in 2006, we decided to do something else. We wanted to take a short cruise along the Mississippi River, but the current was too rough that day. We walked in the hot weather to Union Station which was once a railroad terminal but was converted to a shopping mall. We walked around there for a few hours.
We met radio friend Ken Hawkins who lives in the St. Louis area. I have known Ken for over 10 years through a radio club called Decalcomania. I met him back in 1999 when he invited some friends over to his sister's home in Elizabeth, NJ. We ate dinner at Houlihans and then walked over to Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals cam from behind to beat the Oakland A's 6 - 4. Box Score. The many people on the tour from northern California were disappointed.
We followed the subway series on the iPhone as the Mets won 4-0.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Chafets, Zeʼev. Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.
To give a mini book review, there are certainly a lot of politics in the election of people for the Hall. It will be interesting to see if the suspected steroid users will be elected when they become eligible.
Raanan, Jordan, and Joe Benigno. Rules for New York Sports Fans. Chicago, Ill: Triumph Books, 2010
Joe Benigno is a host for sports talk radio station in New York. I highly recommend this book for NYC people.
Getting back to the baseball trip, each person was invited to talk about themselves. I said that I actually attended games at Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds all those years ago. I talked about how I have been a Mets fan since the inception of the team in 1962.
The tour escorts organized run pools and other contests to keep everyone amused. I guess one of the highlights of the Jay Buckley Tour is the guess the attendance contest for every game.
We passed by the Metrodome where the Twins played until this season. The Minnesota Vikings football team will continue to play there. The Target Center home of the Timberwolves basketball team was across the street from the Target Center.
One of the reasons we went on this particular tour was to see this new home of the Twins. It is a beautiful ball park with all the modern ammenities. Since any new ball park will attract crowds, our sears were down the left field line. We couldn't see the scoreboard from our seats.
We met Dave and Louise Anderson at the stadium. I have been in touch with them since our 2007 Buckley Tour. We were surprised to see that 3 people on this tour had been with us in 2007.
The Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.
Our flight for Chicago's O'Hare airport was scheduled to leave LaGuardia at 1:05 PM, but it was delayed since there were hazy conditions in Chicago. When the plane reached Chicago's airspace it was also delayed. We arrived about an hour late, but we were in plenty of time.
After dinner, we saw the tour bus in the parking lot. Larry Zorn and Fred Monk, the tour escorts were displaying merchandise available to the people taking the Jay Buckley Baseball Tour. Each person is given an allocation of "Buckley Bucks" to purchase shirts, hats and other souvenirs of the tour. One can use cash to buy more stuff.
Afterwards, we went back to our room to watch the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Seattle Mariners on ESPN. If we didn't have a live game, we may as well see a game on TV.
I listened to Dick Biondi on WLS-FM on the radio. I have listened to his show online many times, but this was the first time I heard him on the radio.
I arrived home at about 2:30 this afternoon and my apartment was the way I left it last week, so my strategy worked. Now please read on to see what I did on my vacation.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
- Willis Reed
- Dick Barnett
- Em Bryant
- Cazzzie Russell
- Dave Stallworth
- Butch Komives
Back then the Knicks were mediocre at best.
I remember that in Spanish class Paul would wiggle his ears at me. One of our classmates with Ron Chernow who is now a famous writer. I even remember some of teachers:
- Antoinette Giusto - Spanish
- Harvey Pollack - Physics
- Morris Wigler - Chemistry
- Arthur Lazerus - Advanced Science
- Anna Sullivan - Mathematics
Those were the days.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I think the perfect song for this journal entry would be Candyman by Sammy Davis Jr. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRf1Ad_Txsg
- We took a boat ride up the lake
- We drove to Fort Ticonderoga which was about an hour away
- We went to a Six Flags park nearby
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
- Saw a minor league baseball game with the Memphis Redbirds
- Visited the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. It is now a civil rights museum
- Took a boat ride along the Mississippi River
- Saw the Sun Records studio
- Walked along Beale Street
- Toured the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum
The song for today is a no brainer. Chuck performed Memphis at a concert in London in 1972. You can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADCz4pXYoVo
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Since Lee is such a fan of Johnny Cash, we decided to tour Nashville in June 2004 about 9 months after Johnny passed away. We stayed at a beautiful Sheraton hotel in downtown. Let me try to recall some of the places we visited:
-Country Music Hall of Fame
-Minor League baseball game with the Nashville Sounds
-Performance of the Grand Ole Opry
-LP Field (home of the Tennessee Titans) - we didn't see a game there
-Tennessee Performing Arts Center - we saw Jesus Christ Superstar
To remember the trip, I'd like to post Nashville Cats by the Lovin' Spoonful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4p7prURvIk
Monday, June 7, 2010
On our first full day we rode the BART to the McAfee Coliseum to see the Oakland A's play. Later on we saw the SF Giants play at the AT&T Park. So you can say this was a mini baseball tour.
We road the trolley cars over to Fisherman's Wharf. The PCC Cars on the trolley were the same that were used on the Newark City Subway. We took one boat ride around the bay and another trip to Alcatraz. We also saw
- The Cable Car Museum on Mason Street.
- Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
SF is such a beautiful city; I wish I could live there.
Three San Francisco songs come to mind, but I will post Scott MacKenzie's San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Slutsky, Bruce. Communicating Science to the Public: An Address to Non-Science Librarians. The Reference Librarian, No. 40:73-87
The World Science Festival consisted of 40 events held in NYC over the past 5 days. The final event today the Street Fair took place in or near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.
We saw a demonstration by Physics Professors at Rutgers University where they demonstrated some very simple physical properties. From there we went over to the Discovery Theater at the Kimmel Center of NYU where we heard 3 brief talks by scientific authors:
- Dave Bolinksy - Inner Life of the Cell
- Vanessa Woods - Bonobo Handshake
- Dennis Shasha - Natural Computing
We finished the day by seeing demonstrations of robots designed by students at the Bronx High School of Science and Virginia Tech.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
You can download the file at http://www.4shared.com/audio/8laMrp0V/June-5-Post.html
Friday, June 4, 2010
- Roger McGuinn
- Gene Clark
- Mike Clarke
- Chris Hillman
- David Crosby
The group had many personnel changes over the years. The members also recorded as soloists. Roger McGuinn was the lead singer on the hit version of Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965. I have a Gene Clark CD where he sang the Dylan classic. The video below is from the TV show Solid Gold seen in the 1980s. Facebook friends and readers of Bruce's Journal can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HXa3wfzWKQ . I am not able to post the video.