Friday, October 20, 2017

I Am Not Counting the Days To Retirement

People at work have asked me how many days left?  December 22 will be my last day of work, but I am not counting down the days as others have.  I feel it just makes the time pass slower.  I am trying to enjoy myself as much as I can my last months at work.  It is very hard to be happy when I no longer enjoy the work that I do.  It was "same old same old" for all too long.  The numerous personality problems at work sadden me.

My late Dad always told me "This too shall pass."

Monday, October 16, 2017

34th Wedding Anniversary Today

Endless Love by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross was our wedding song.  Karen picked it all those years ago.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Birthday to New York City Culture's Best Friend

October 15 is the birthday of Roy Herschaft who easily New York City Culture's best friend.  As he is retired for over 10 years he enjoys opera, ballet, concerts, theater, and movies.  While he is out enjoying himself he records cultural programs on Channel 13.

I met Roy all those years ago when we were students at Forest Hills High School.  We used to walk along Saunders Street in Rego Park and then down 67th Avenue to school.  The topic of conversation was often the WMCA and WABC music surveys.

By the way, today is also the 12th anniversary of Bruce's Journal.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

LIU Post 52 Southern Connecticut State 35

It was cloudy and dreary in the morning, but the weather cleared up in the afternoon so we drove up to the LIU Post campus in Brookville to see college football.  Most of the Division II games that we have seen there have been high scoring.  I guess it is difficult to organize defensive strategies.  The 87 points for the two schools meant 12 touchdowns and 1 field goal was scored.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Random Comments of the Day

Austin Rogers lost on Jeopardy last night, thus he is leaving after 12 victories and obviously will return for the Tournament of Champions.  There is always a luck factor in Jeopardy with the categories, questions, and competition.

It will be the Yankees playing the Astros in the ALCS and the Dodgers against the Cubs in the NLCS.  In a short series, anything can happen.  Baseball games are long enough, but they are longer in the postseason. If the games will start at 8 PM, I will likely be unable to stay up for the entire game.

I am taking a vacation day as I lose any accrued vacation time that I have when I retire at the end of December.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Austin Rogers Jeopardy Superstar

Today, Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York City won his 12th game and has amassed winnings of $411,000.  Most of his victories have been runaways.  How far will he go?  Of course, Ken Jennings with winnings of over $2,000,000 in 74 victories is the all-time winner.  He usually bets big bucks on Daily Doubles and gets it right.

You never know when the categories will not be in his areas of expertise or when he will lose big on a Daily Double.  One game at a time.

Monday, October 9, 2017

John Lennon - 77 If

Woman was on the Double Fantasy album which was released shortly before his death.  Today is the 77th anniversary of his birth.  We will never know what songs he would have written if he had lived.  Would there have been a reunion of the 4 Beatles?  Would he have collaborated with Elton John, Bob Dylan or anyone else?

RIP John.  You left us some wonderful songs as a Beatle and a solo performer.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mini 50th Reunion for Forest Hills High School Class of 1967

Bruce Slutsky, Phil Belkin, David Rachlin

18 members of FHHS Class of 1967 and 5 spouses came to a reunion at Ben's Deli in Manhattan today.  Mike Seidman and I ran it the same way as we do for the oldies meets and greets as we have done over many years.  Sometimes a small gathering is better as you can talk to everyone sometime during the event.  Other high school reunions in the past were very large with loud music making it difficult to communicate.

Sadly, many of classmates have passed away.  I certainly did not expect people to come from afar to attend a short gathering.  It inexpensive and easy to organize.  The feedback I received was very positive.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tom Petty Covers The Byrds

This was actually a Gene Clark song that was released as a single in the mid-1960s and really should have been a bigger hit and has appeared on Rich Appel's surveys.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

12th Annual Oldies Meet and Greet is Set for Saturday November 11 at Ben's Deli

Cool Bobby B spoke to the group last year

The 12th Annual Meet and Greet of Oldies Radio Enthusiasts will take place Saturday November 11 from 2 PM – 4 PM at Ben's Deli 209 West 38thStreet, New York, NY. Our gatherings in the past have attracted from 60 – 80 people. In the past radio personalities including Ken Dashow, Big Jay Sorensen, Broadway Bill Lee, Pat St. John, Sue O'Neal, Jim Kerr, and Carol Miller have attended. This year we have invited Ken Dashow host of the Beatles show on Q-104.3  and as of now he plans to attend. Bob Radil of Rewound Radio and Cool Bobby B of SiriusXM 50s on 5 are likely to attend.  Louise Murray of the Jaynetts has come to some of our events in the past .We will announce if radio or music personalities are coming.

This year there will be a choice of (sandwiches): Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Brisket, Pastrami, Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Chicken Salad,  Salami, , 2 Hot Dogs, Tuna Salad, Vegetable Burger, Pasta Primavera, House Salad with French Fries and Choice of Bottomless Fountain Soda or Iced Tea. There will be cole slaw, pickles and rye bread on every table.

The cost will be $19 per person which includes tax, dessert and gratuities. You must order a meal. We are making these changes so that people will get their food faster and there will no problems with splitting the check since everyone pays the same price.

You may state you are coming on Facebook or send an email to Bruce Slutsky ( or Jeff Scheckner ( Please feel to contact either one of us if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

RIP Tom Petty

Yesterday I heard the terrible news that Tom Petty had passed away at age 66.  He certainly made a tremendous contribution to rock music since the late 1970s.  Back in 1986, I saw him back up Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden.

Tom Petty and Bob Dylan's paths crossed again in the late 1980s when they played together as the Traveling Wilburys.  One of my favorites was End of the Line as seen above.  It is sad that 3 of the 5 members of that supergroup have passed away.  Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan are the only survivors.

RIP Tom.

Monday, October 2, 2017

What is this World Coming To?

I just can't say anything different about the tragedy in Las Vegas.  The report on ABC News said that the gunman obtained the guns legally, so changing the laws is not the solution.  What is next?  People are trying to enjoy a concert and get gunned down.  Whenever I pass through Penn Station in NYC and Newark I am grateful to see police and National Guard troops since a mass transit hub is a prime target for an active shooter situation.

My best wishes for speedy recoveries to those injured and condolences to the families of the deceased.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Twyla Tharp, Bob Dylan Songs and More at the Joyce Theater

We went over to the Joyce Theater on 8th Avenue and 19th street to see her group perform.  I am not qualified to critique dance so I'll refer my readers to the review in the New York Times.  The first performance was called the Raggedy Dances which featured a pianist playing ragtime music.  The second act was The Fugue with no music at all.  Both of those programs were first done in the early 1970s.  There was a new piece called Entr'acte where Twyla Tharp appeared in a sweat short and danced with her troupe while talking to her dancers.  She danced very well for a 76-year-old.

Now to Dylan Love Songs where the troupe danced to actual Dylan recordings.    The songs were

  • You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  • Lovesick
  • I Want You 
  • Simple Twist of Fate
  • Things Have Changed 
  • Shelter from the Storm
  • Jokerman
When the dancers performed to Lovesick I really thought that someone would appear as "Soy Bomb" as seen below from the 1998 Grammy Awards Ceremony.  It didn't happen today.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Easy Fast for Those Observing Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur our fate is sealed for the next year.  Jews should observe in whatever way is best for them.  If you choose to fast, I wish you an easy one.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Can You Figure Out What My Retirement Song Is

I don't know if I'll have 30 songs to play at my retirement party, but there is one that is really very appropriate for me.  I think it is a no-brainer to figure out who is the recording artist and writer of this song.  I am sure that Pete Freckelton, Scott Warmuth, Richard Kearney, and Mike Byrnes who are also fans of this distinguished songwriter can figure it out.  For others, you may go to this website and peruse the list and see if you can figure it out.  For my radio enthusiast friends, it likely was never played on Bob Radil's 60s 70s show,  Don Tandler's Pop Gold Radio, or on That Thing With Rich Appel.  I know it was never played on WABC or WMCA, but it could have been played on some of the progressive FM stations back then.  I have heard this on WFUV.

Go Figure

Monday, September 25, 2017

I announced My Retirement Today

Today, went to the Human Resources Department and filled out the necessary paperwork to retire as of January 1, 2018.  My last day of work will be Friday, December 22 which is the last day before the holiday break.  My career spanned about 41 years including 3 years as a chemist and 38 years of a librarian.  My early career was checkered, but I ended up with 25 years at NJIT.  I am 68 years old an want to enjoy whatever time the good Lord has given me.  Thankfully, I am in good health and will spend my time doing what I really enjoy.

I worked for the following organizations:

  • Rhodia
  • Naarden/UOP Fragrances
  • Pfizer
  • Schering-Plough
  • H.W. Wilson
  • New York Public Library
  • St. John's University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
I will not miss:
  • Information Literacy
  • Citation Searches
  • New Jersey Transit
  • Managers who talk too much
  • Students who use their skateboards on campus

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Nationals 3 Mets 2

When I bought my tickets for this season several months ago,  I thought this would be a meaningful game.  Of course, I was very wrong as numerous injuries killed the Mets' chance to be a contender this season.  The team was 3-10 in games that I attended.

Jacob deGrom pitched well for the Mets, but Max Scherzer outdid him for the Washington Nationals.  The Mets could have won the game, but could not get clutch hits in the 8th or 9th innings with runners in scoring position.

There is just one week to go for the Mets to look at some of their younger players who came up from the minors.  There is speculation that Terry Collins will retire and there will be a new manager next season.  What player moves will the Mets make during the offseason?

Game recap

Brian Wilson Pet Sounds at the Radio City Music Hall

Several months ago I bought tickets in the third balcony of the Radio City Music Hall.  After I climbed the steps to the top level I was greeted by a pleasant surprise as we were offered a free upgrade to the orchestra.  Apparently, the show was not sold out so they moved people down.  Our seats were in the 15th row on the left side.

Of course, Brian Wilson was there and was joined by original Beach Boy Al Jardine with his son Matthew.  The 10 or so backup musicians were absolutely terrific.  In the first set, the group played many of the Beach Boy hits from the 60s.  After the intermission, the group played the songs from the Pet Sounds album in sequence.  God Only Knows got the biggest reaction from the audience who were mostly old farts like me.  Likely these people grew up with the Beach Boys in the 1960s.

The encore set was more 1960s hits including Help Me Rhonda and I Get Around.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Librarian Adventures on the Walk Home From Synagogue

We went to services at the Free Synagogue of Flushing for the second day of Rosh Hashana today.  We were walking home on Union Street and two gentlemen asked me directions to the offices of Congresswoman Grace Meng.  Her offices were on Union Street about 100 yards from where we stopped, but I knew that her local office was moved.  I took out my trusty iPhone and Googled Grace Meng and found out that her office was now at 159th Street and 40th Avenue about 2 miles away.  The man thanked me and said I was a genius.  I can use my librarian skills walking down the street.  Maybe the next time someone will ask me a chemistry question.

The Mitchell-Linden branch of the Queens Library was about 1/2 block away.  Lee wanted to go in to get a few movies.  I looked at the new bookshelf and found:

Marshall, S. M. (2017). Bob Dylan: A spiritual life.

I wasn't even looking for it, but it was there.  I didn't have to use the online catalog, I just walked up to the shelf and picked it up.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vol. 13 Trouble No More to be Released November 3

I just received an email from Isis, the Bob Dylan fanzine from England stating that Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Trouble No More will be Released November 3.  This represents the Born Again Christian period of Dylan which is not my favorite.  There will be a 2 CD version and a deluxe 8 CD version.  I just checked which states that the mp3 version can be pre-ordered.  Nothing yet was mentioned about the CDs.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy New Year

I wish a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to all who observe Rosh Hashanah.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Apple Strikes Again With a New Operating System

Today Apple released iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad.  As the picture above indicates, the new operating systems enhances the iPad more.  I have an iPhone 6 with on 16 GB of memory.  If I download the update it would likely eat up all my disc space.  I decided to wait for a few months to get the new iPhone 8 with IOS 11 already installed.  Before you know it all the apps will need IOS 11 to operate making your old phone obsolete.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take What You Need - A Collection of Dylan Covers by British Artists (1964-69)

I regularly read a Bob Dylan fanzine called Isis published in the U.K.  Very recently they announced a new compilation of Bob Dylan covers recorded from 1964-69 by British artists.  I listened to most of it before dinner tonight.  The versions seemed very mellow.  I never even heard of some of the artists on this CD.  I do recommend it for my Dylan enthusiast friends.

 1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - the Fairies
  2. Blowin' in the Wind - Marianne Faithfull
  3. Oxford Town - the Three City Four
  4. The Times They Are a Changin' - the Ian Campbell Folk Group
  5. If You Gotta Go, Go Now - Manfred Mann
  6. It's All Over Now Baby Blue - the Cops 'N Robbers
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man - Chad & Jeremy
  8. Love Minus Zero - Noel Harrison
  9. One Too Many Mornings - Julie Felix
  10. Visions of Johanna - the Picadilly Line
  11. Tom Thumb's Blues - Alex Campbell
  12. To Ramona - the Alan Price Set
  13. Absolutely Sweet Marie - the Factotums
  14. All Along the Watchtower - the Alan Bown
  15. I Shall Be Released - Boz
  16. I Am a Lonesome Hobo - Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity
  17. I'll Keep It with Mine - Fairport Convention
  18. Million Dollar Bash - the Mixed Bag
  19. Down Along the Cove - Cliff Aungier
  20. Tears of Rage - Country Fever
  21. Just Like a Woman - Joe Cocker
  22. Lay Lady Lay - Sa

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Record and CD Show on West 57th Street

For many years I have been on a mailing list for a record and CD show that takes place monthly at a hotel on West 57th Street.  Today we finally went to one.  It was a little smaller than I thought it would be and the selection was not the greatest.  The CDs we bought were either $1 or $3, so we didn't break the bank.  Here is the list of the CDs that we bought:

  • Neil Sedaka's Greatest Hits (best find)
  • Harry Connick Jr. - Come by Me
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Bang Bang Bang
  • Kenny G - The Moment
  • James Taylor - New Moon Shine
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Crosby Stills, Nash - After The Storm
  • Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
  • The Best Soul Album

Friday, September 15, 2017

Carole King Live At Hyde Park Live CD and DVD

Back in July I reported in this journal that we saw a special screening of Carol King Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park at our local multiplex.  Today I received a CD and DVD of this show from  Whenever one orders a CD from Amazon, the music is available from the Amazon Echo.  We listened that way while the package was sitting in our mailbox.  Right after dinner Lee went downstairs to retrieve this from our mailbox.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Will Come to Long Island in November and I'll Be There

At age 76 Bob Dylan keeps on going.  After a short break, the Never Ending Tour resumes this fall and will come to Long Island.  On November 8th he will appear at the Nassau Coliseum.  The pre-sale started today and of course, I got my tickets.  I hope to hear the Duquesne Whistle blow that night.  I must assume that he will sing some of the adult standards that appeared on his recent albums.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Random Comments of the Day

Who can forget the tragic events of 9/11/2001?  I certainly have discussed my thoughts in this journal before.  It is also tragic that so many first responders have died in the years since then from diseases caused by exposure to the toxic air at Ground Zero.

Today I found out that Bob Dylan will be playing at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, November 8.  The pre-sale starts on Wednesday.

The 34th season of Jeopardy started today.

I tried to poll readers of Bruce's Journal about a week ago, but only 3 people responded.  All of them have met me in person.  I guess people don't like to respond to surveys.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reds 10 Mets 5

I guess the Mets can not win on Sundays, as today was no exception.  Jacob de Grom who was trying for his 15th victory was shaky in the first inning but settled down and left leading 5-2 at the end of 6 innings.  However, the bullpen imploded allowing 8 runs in the last 3 innings.  The 6 pitchers for the Mets struck out 14 Reds, but that is just a statistic when the team loses.

Game Recap

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Viewing Glen Campbell TV Appearances at the Paley Center

Every few months we visit the Paley Center on West 52nd Street in Manhattan.  Since we are members, we don't have to pay every time we visit.  We came today with the thought in mind of seeing what they had on Glen Campbell who recently passed away.  We viewed the following shows:

  • GLEN CAMPBELL SPECIAL, THE: THE MUSICAL WEST - this show aired on March 8, 1974, and featured appearances by John Wayne, Burl Ives, and Michele Lee.
After seeing these shows we saw an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire hosted by Regis Philbin.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Highway 61 Revisited by Johnny Winter - Bob Dylan Cover of the Day

I just heard it on Tom Petty's Buried Treasure Show on SiriusXM.  I listen to it on a channel completely devoted to that show.  Johnny played it at the "Bobfest" on October 16, 1992.  I also like Ben Sidran's cover of it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Random Comments of the Day

Hurricane Irma is really threatening Florida.  My father-in-law lives in a nursing home in Boynton Beach, so I certainly hope he'll be safe.  I don't how they could evacuate elderly people who are not ambulant.

There are two new hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.  Hopefully, they will not be threats to populated areas.

Classes started yesterday at NJIT.  It seems strange for the campus to be so crowded after it was so much less populated over the summer.

The New York City Public Schools open tomorrow meaning that the buses and subways will be much more crowded.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mets 11 Phillies 7 with an NJIT Connection

For the first 4 innings, the game appeared to be a laugher as the Mets took a 10-0 lead with home runs by Jose Reyes and Asrubal Cabrera.  Starting pitcher Rafael Montero seemed to be doing well but started to falter in the 5th and 6th innings as the Phillies narrowed the lead to 10-5.  The Phillies closed the gap to 11-7 in the top of the 9th as closer A.J. Ramos had to come in to get the last out.

The NJIT connection was Phillies starting and losing pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. who graduated from NJIT a few years ago.  Coincidentally, a young man sitting a few rows ahead of us was wearing a NJIT t-shirt.

It always pays to state you are at the game on Facebook as I met up with my nephew Adam Feuer was also there.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

If You Ever Go to Houston by Bob Dylan

I seem to remember the older Bob Dylan songs more than the newer.  If You Ever Go to Houston was on the album Together Through Life which was released in 2009.  It completely slipped my mind when I went there this July and during Hurricane Harvey.

Recording of If You Ever Go to Houston

If You Ever Go To Houston


If you ever go to Houston

Better walk right

Keep your hands in your pockets

And your gun-belt tight

You'll be asking for trouble

If you're lookin' for a fight

If you ever go to Houston

Boy, you better walk right

If you're ever down there

On Bagby and Lamar

You better watch out for

The man with the shining star

Better know where you're going

Or stay where you are

If you're ever down there

On Bagby and Lamar

I know these streets

I've been here before

I nearly got killed here

During the Mexican war

Something always

Keeps me coming back for more

I know these streets

I've been here before

If you ever go to Dallas

Say hello to Mary Anne

Say I'm still pullin' on the trigger

Hangin' on the best I can

If you see her sister Lucy

Say I'm sorry I'm not there

Tell her other sister Betsy

To pray the sinner's prayer

I got a restless fever

Burnin' in my brain

Got to keep ridin' forward

Can't spoil the game

The same way I leave here

Will be the way that I came

Got a restless fever

Burnin' in my brain

Mr. Policeman

Can you help me find my gal

Last time I saw her

Was at the Magnolia Hotel

If you help me find her

You can be my pal

Mr. Policeman

Can you help me find my gal

If you ever go to Austin

Fort Worth or San Antone

Find the bar rooms I got lost in

And send my memories home

Put my tears in a bottle

Screw the top on tight

If you ever go to Houston

You better walk right
Copyright © 2009 by Special Rider Music and Ice-Nine Publishing

Saturday, September 2, 2017

LIU Post 42 Virginia Union University 13 in College Football

Although we have 3 baseball games left to see this season we took a drive out to Brookville to see LIU Post play football against Virginia Union University.  Before today, I never heard of the opposing school, but you can click on the link to read about this historically black college in Richmond Virginia.

It turned out to be a rout for the home team as they dominated play and won 42-13.

Game Recap

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gentle on My MInd by Glen Campbell

A few weeks ago I ordered Glen Campbell's Greatest Hits from  It finally arrived somewhat late since there was a big demand for it after he passed away.  Gentle On My Mind has to be one of my favorites.  I also like the John Hartford version.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Should the Houston Astros Play at Home this Weekend?

The Mets were scheduled to play at Houston this weekend.  It was announced today that there will be a day-night doubleheader played on Saturday followed by a day game on Sunday.  Is this advisable?  How much will the situation improve by Saturday?  So many people are displaced as many have likely permanently lost their homes.  Will people be able to travel to the ball park?  At this point in time, there are more important things in Houston than baseball.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Polling Readers of Bruce's Journal

I haven't done this in a while, but I'd like to get some feedback from the readers of my journal.  So if you have a few minutes, please take this short survey.


Link to Survey

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Best Wishes for the People in Houston During Tropical Storm Harvey

I really have to feel for the people of Houston and other parts of Houston who are suffering during Tropical Storm Harvey.  The area is really flooded by the storm which is expected to linger and for days and cause extensive flooding.  It could be worse than Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina which hit some years ago.

When you plan a vacation you always hope for good weather.  While we were in Houston from July 15-20 it was hot and humid was just a few showers.  There are likely travelers to Houston who could be stranded there for several days as the streets are like rivers.

Ov yey.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Yankees 6 Mariners 3

Even though I am a big Met fan, I don't root against the Yankees except during the Subway Series.  We usually go twice a season to see the Bronx Bombers play.  Today, Sonny Gray started and pitched seven innings.  He was helped by a three run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury.  Gary Sanchez was the designated hitter as he is appealing his suspension for fighting in the game against the Tigers.  Dellin Betances came in to pitch in the 9th inning and got the save.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Disgraceful Actions at Yankee Tiger Game Today

I was at work today so I did not watch the Mets or Yankees who were playing in the afternoon.  There were three brawls at the Yankee-Tiger game after pitches were thrown at batters.  There are several issues involved here:
  • Grown men who make millions of dollars a year should not act like children.  Youngsters who watch baseball idolize these players and often emulate them.
  • A major league pitcher throws a ball at 95 miles an hour.  A player could be very seriously injured when hit by a pitch.  I'll never forget how that jerk Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza in 2000.
  • One of the fights started out between Austin Romine and Miguel Cabrera.  But why must both benches and the bullpens come out and join the fight?  In the NHL there is a rule that states that the third man in a fight can be suspended.  Maybe a similar rule should be made n baseball to prevent these bench clearing brawls.
  • From what I've heard, the umpires were not in control.  Maybe they need training on how to handle these situations.  Did the police at the stadium get involved?
  • Several players on the Yankees will likely be suspended.  This can be devastating to a team in a pennant race.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I donated to the New York City Coalition to the Homeless

 In June I reported in this journal about giving a homeless woman a dollar and she did not even thank me.  The photo in that entry said to say no to panhandlers and giving to a local organization.  Today, I found $2 on the subway and thought about handing it over to two homeless people.  I certainly pass by many on the street, the subway, and Penn Station.  The track 1 waiting room in Newark Penn Station is likely the homeless capital of New Jersey.  When you give money to an individual, you never know how they will use it.  Perhaps they use it to purchase drugs.  There is always the story that the person needs money for train fare.

Today, I gave a $50 donation to the New York City Coalition For the Homeless so I will know that the money will go to food, clothing, or shelter for the homeless.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mets Lose to the Miami Marlins 6-4

Maybe I should stop going to Citifield as almost every time I have been there this season they have lost.  We usually go on Sunday afternoons when they usually lose.  There was no exception this afternoon as they lost 6-4.  The highlight of the game was a three-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton that increased his major league total to 45.  The Mets ace pitcher Jacob de Grom was the loser.  A Yoenis Cespedes home run in the first inning and a three-run rally in the 8th inning were not enough.

Game Recap

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Visit to New York Transit Museum to See Exhibit on the #7 Train

If you ever read my companion commuting blog you will read about my many misadventures on the #7 train over the years.  Today we stopped by the annex of the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Station to see an exhibit titled 7 Train: Minutes to Midtown.  It showed how the #7 train was constructed in the early 20th century and how the neighborhoods around it developed over the years.  The line was constructed through a rural area with the expectation that the train line would bring people and businesses.  It sure did!

Long Island City has really grown by leaps and bounds over the last 15 years.  Every time I pass by I observe a new building or one under construction.  Certainly, the ethnicities of the neighborhoods along the 7 line have changed as well.

Visit to the Guggenheim Museum Today

I just consulted this journal and determined that the last time that I visited the Guggenheim Museum was on December 30, 2015.  Since exhibits in museums change, I thought it was time for another trip there.  The names of the exhibits we saw today were:

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897

Thannhauser Collection

Brancusi Collection

Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy

Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin: . . . circle through New York.

The Management of the Mets Should Offer Rebates to Fans After Dumping Salaries

The Mets have made several player moves since late July as they have given up on this season.  They have traded:

  • Addison Reed
  • Lucas Duda
  • Neil Walker
  • Jay Bruce
  • Curtis Granderson
All they have received in return are a few minor league players and a few other "players to be named later."  The result is a salary dump resulting in big savings to the Wilpons and others.

I think it would be a nice gesture if the management would give some financial relief to the loyal fans who have supported the team and are disappointed with the results this season.  They could do one of two things:
  1. Fans could send in used tickets from games after July 31 and get $2 (an arbitrary figure) back for every ticket they send in.
  2. Offer significant discounts on the food in the stadium that it already overpriced.
I really doubt if this would happen.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Mets Lose The Last Game of the Subway Series 7-5

Since 1997 we have gone to one game of the Subway Series during most years.  The season has not gone well for the Mets as several players have been lost to injuries and four major players were traded in a salary dump.  Things have looked up for the Yankees with the emergence of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and other "Baby Bombers".  The Yankees are ahead in the wild card race and are chasing the Red Sox for the AL East title.

The Mets lost the first 3 games of this year's series, but I will report on the game we attended last night.  Gary Sanchez hit a three run homer in the first inning while the Yankees rallied for 4 runs in the 4th inning against a struggling Steven Matz.  The Mets made it close in the 9th inning as Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam home run to make the score 7-5.  Dellin Betances came in and got the save.

I observed that there were more Yankee fans at Citifield.

Game Recap

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Random Comments of the Day

Of course, today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.  There is no sense of what I wrote 6 years ago as I recalled what I was doing that day.

I took the car to Sparkles for an oil change and a car wash.  My 2000 Chevy Cavalier is doing well despite its age.  I only have 64,700 miles on it in 17+ years as most of my driving is local.

In the afternoon Karen and I went to Macy's to buy a couple of pairs of pants and a pair of shoes.  Macy's just doesn't have that good of a selection of shoes.  Years ago there was a terrific shoe store on Main Street and Northern Blvd., but it closed.  I am going to have to find a store that only sells shoes.

Right now I am reading Gould, J. (2017). Otis Redding: An unfinished life.  I actually check out the ebook for the Kindle from NYPL.

Back to watching the Subway Series on TV tonight.  I hope the Mets can win the two games at Citifield.  We will be at the game tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yearly Trip to the Whitney Museum

It seems to be a yearly ritual for Karen and me to visit the Whitney Museum during the summer.  The exhibits that we saw were:

  • Calder: Hypermobility -featured the sculptures of Alexander Calder
  • Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collections, 1900-1960
  • Helio Oiticica - To Organize Delirium
  • Willa Nasatir
  • Bunny Rogers: Brig Und Ladder
Since it was raining when we left the museum, we could not walk along the Highline to the end to pick up the #7 train at the Hudson Yards Station.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Starting My Last Staycation

 I must have reported on several staycations in this journal before.  Since I get 20 vacation days and 3 "personal days" every year, I should use them or else would lose them.  We can only carry over 175 hours on June 30.  I was told that I must use all of my vacation before I retire on December 31, 2017.  I have not yet made my official announcement, but will after I fill out the paperwork in the human resources department.  I will likely do that in early October.  I will discuss that later.

Meanwhile, I will relax at home not worrying about catching buses and trains.  I likely will take in a few museums while I am home.  I will certainly watch the Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees this week.  We are going to the game on Thursday.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Twyla Tharp Tries Dylan Again

In the Fall of 2006, Twyla Tharp choreographed "The Times They Are A'Changin" a show based on Bob Dylan songs.  As I reported in this Journal the show failed miserably as it closed after 28 performances.  It seems that there was an incongruity between the dance and the music.  Likely, dance fans were not into Dylan.

I found out by reading the British fanzine Isis that a show called "Dylan Love Songs" will premiere at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan for a limited run.  Hopefully, this show will have a story line that links the Dylan songs.  Many so called "jukebox musicals" have failed because there is no connection between the songs and the show.  I went ahead and bought tickets for Sunday afternoon, October 1.  Let's see what transpires.  If it is successful they can extend the road or move it to Broadway.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew Alone

Gene Clark has certainly appeared in Bruce's Journal before as I have been a fan of his as a member of the Byrds and as a solo artist since the 1960s.  I got hold of the video called The Byrd Who Flew Alone.  It was a good biography of him showing how his career developed before, after, and during his time with The Byrds.  It is really a shame that he never got the recognition that he deserved.  I checked my collection and found one record and two CDs with him as a solo artist.  After watching the video, I bought another CD of his playing with the Gosdin Brothers.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If Not For You by Glen Campbell

Today we received the sad news that Glen Campbell passed away at age 81 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  He certainly left us some musical legacy.  Above he is singing Dylan's If Not For You which I first heard on Dylan Country, a compilation of Dylan covers by country stars.  RIP Glen, and thanks for all the good music.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My First Visit to the Cooper Hewitt Museum - The Radio Exhibit

I have been to many museums in and out of New York, but I never visited the Cooper Hewitt Museum on 5th Avenue and 91st Street.  An exhibit on radios that was mentioned on Facebook attracted me there.  This display was not about radio programming, but about the radio as a device as it has progressed over the years.  Believe I have owned many, many radios in my life.  I still have the GE Superradio and Bose Wave radio that I bought in the 1990s.  At this museum, the patrons were given a code and a wand.  When you see an object you like, you press the wand on a bar code which stores the image.  At home, you can retrieve the images and download them.  Below, are the images of some of the radios I viewed.

The major exhibit was called The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.  It is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film.

This radio looks like a record player

Remember these little transistor radios

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dodger 6 Mets 0 in a A Really Boring Game

We hadn't been to a Met game in about a month, but maybe we should have stayed away even further after last night's game.  We wanted to go to one Friday night game to get a free shirt.  They were giving Jacob de Grom jerseys as he started the game against Yu Darvish who was recently acquired at the trade deadline from the Texas Rangers.

Chris Taylor, the leadoff batter, hit a home run which essentially ended the game as the Mets could only muster 4 hits.  Yasiel Piug and Chase Utley also homered for the Dodgers.  Utley is still roundly booed by Mets fans who remember his slide into Reuben Tejada in the 2015 Division Series.

Before the game, as I walked on the Shea Bridge I encountered Jay Buckley who was obviously there with his tour group.  We chatted for a few minutes.

Game recap

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Forest Hills HS 1967 Class Reunion Sunday October 8th 2 - 4 PM

Yes, there will be a 50th reunion for the Forest Hills High School Class of 1967.  Here are the details:

Date: Sunday October 8, 2017, 2PM – 4 PM

Location:  Ben’s Deli 209 West 38th Street, New York, NY – this is a kosher restaurant

The organizers, Bruce Slutsky and Mike Seidman, want this to be simple and without frills.  It is not necessary to pay in advance. The cost will be $17.00 which includes, a choice of sandwich, fries, and a soft drink. You will just pay your waiter at the end of the event.  There will be a fixed price so there will be no bickering about splitting the check.  I have worked with this restaurant before and have been quite pleased with the food and the service.  This Ben’s Deli ( is not affiliated with the Ben’s Best on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park.  People are certainly welcome to go to a bar or other place after 4 PM.  We are publicizing through the Facebook Group, Forest Hills Alumni, 1960-75, but ask that only 1967 graduates attend as the space in this restaurant is limited.  Please extend the invitation to 1967 graduates who are not on Facebook. We are asking someone to publicize this on Classmates.  Please respond either on the Facebook page for this event or through a private e-mail so we can get a count for the restaurant.  We have no idea how many people will come.

For further information or to register you may contact:

Bruce Slutsky ( or

Mike Seidman (

A splendid time is guaranteed for all

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Will Play the Jeopardy Card Game for the Next 6 Weeks

As I mentioned a few days ago Jeopardy is on hiatus for 6 weeks as they are airing reruns of tournaments played during the last season.  I found out that there was a Jeopardy card game that was available from  I just had to buy it to fill in the craving for my favorite game show for the next 6 weeks.  There used to be an online Jeopardy game on Facebook, but it was taken away a few years ago.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The MLB Trading Deadline Has Passed

Let's talk about the Mets first.  Lucas Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, but top prospect Dominic Smith has not yet been recalled.  However, shortstop Amed Rosario will make his major league debut against the Colorado Rockies tonight.  Asrubel Cabrera was not traded at the deadline so there will be a crowded infield situation for the time being. Reliever Addison Reed was traded to the Red Sox, while A.J. Ramos was acquired from the Marlins.  Will Jeurys Familia be back by the end of the season?  Neither Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce were traded.  I am guessing the high salary demands of both made them undesirable to other teams.  I hope the Mets will re-sign Jay Bruce, but I think Granderson's best days are behind them.  It is obvious that the Mets gave up on this season.

The Yankees acquired starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia is trades involving minor leaguers.  In recent years starting pitching has been their weakness, so these moves help to solve a deficiency.  They also improved their bullpen by adding David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.  It will be a tight race in the AL East between the Yankees and Red Sox.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MLB News of the Day

Today is Hall of Fame Induction Day in Cooperstown.  Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig will be inducted.

We are rapidly approaching the trade deadline.  It was just announced that the Yankees acquired left handed pitcher Jaime Garcia for two minor leaguers.  The Mets who are really out of contention for the playoffs traded away Lucas Duda, but acquired pitcher A J Ramos.  They still can make more moves in the next 36 hours, but I hope they won't decimate the team.  They should be competitive for the rest of the season for the sake of their fans.  I would like them to keep Jay Bruce and sign him in the off-season.  It is time to bring up Amad Rosario and Dominic Smith.

Stay tuned.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Jeopardy Season Ends after 46 Weeks and 230 Shows

Today Alex Trebek announced that the Jeopardy season has ended.  He stated that with 230 shows it has the longest season of any game show.  The only other game shows on the air today are Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Wheel of Fortune.  For the next 6 weeks, tournaments will be rerun, but I will likely go online an hour earlier than usual until the next season begins in September.

Jeopardy has some long run.  The Art Flemming version on NBC aired from 1964-1979 while the syndicated  Alex Trebek version started in 1984 and is still going strong.  How long will Alex stay as host?  Who will succeed him?  Time will tell.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My Tweets Made a New York Newspaper

If Donald Trump's Tweets can make the newspapers, so can mine.  There is a relatively new paper called AMNY  that one can pick up for free in or near a subway station.  It has a column called Today's Chirps.  If one adds #amny at the end of the Tweet, the paper may publish it.  Most of the Tweets in this column deal with public transportation issues in NYC.  4 of my Tweet were accepted for publication.

Bruce Slutsky‏ @BruceS8852  Jul 26
 To help alleviate crowding on the subway employers should stagger hours for workers.  Please don't remove seats. #amny

 Bruce Slutsky‏ @BruceS8852  May 24
 Anyone who can fix the signals in the subway system should get $3M as stated by the governor and a ticker tape parade down Broadway #amny

 Bruce Slutsky‏ @BruceS8852  Apr 17
 Mazel Tov! No train delays on NJ Transit or the 7 Line both ways on my commute from Flushing to Newark #amny

Bruce Slutsky‏ @BruceS8852  Mar 27
 There should be a Nobel Prize awarded to anyone who can fix the signals in the subway #amny

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dedication to David McMillan

Best of luck to David McMillan as he moves to Muskogee, Oklahoma as he assumes the position of Head Librarian at Bacone College.  I am sure he will do well there.  New Jersey's loss is Oklahoma's gain.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Buying a Vagrants CD 50 Years Later

When I was a student at Forest Hills High School (1964-67) there was a rock group called the Vagrants whose members were 4 students of my class.  Their names were:

  • Peter Sabatino
  • Larry West (Weinstein)
  • Leslie West (Weinstein)
  • Jerry Storch
They usually played local gigs and even appeared at the prom for FHHS 1967 (my class - but I didn't go).  I vaguely remember in the Summer of 1967 I did see and hear them at the Singer Bowl as they were the opening act for the Rascals.  I think Scott Muni of WNEW-FM was the host.

Anyway, there was a web site with an article with narration from NPR .   This clip was heard on a show called Fresh Air.

In 1968 Leslie West formed a better-known group called Mountain who played at Woodstock in 1969. The other three left the music business, but the article states that Peter Sabatino has formed a group called the New Vagrants.

Anyway, reading the article inspired me to buy the CD shown above. on  I'll have to find the time to listen to it.
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