Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Check Engine Light Came on Today

I have a 2000 Chevy Cavalier which I bought new back then.  Over 17 years I have put only 65,600 miles on it since I take public transportation to work.  Most of my driving in recent years has been short trips near home.  Today as I was driving Lee home from a doctor's appointment the Check Engine Light came on.

I learned from experience not to panic when this happens.  "Research" using Google led me to some websites saying that it just could be a loose gas cap or a defective oxygen sensor.  I know that service stations can easily find the problem.  Hopefully, the solution will be inexpensive.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Retirement - Reg Tomkins

I have known Reg Tomkins, Professor of Chemical Engineering at NJIT since I started in Fall 1972.  Today his department held a retirement party for him in Tiernan Hall.  He has been a great friend for all these years.  We used to have lunch in the NJIT pub with several other faculty members in the Pub in the basement of the old Hazell Center.  He actually heard Brian Matthew play one of my requests on Sounds of the 60s.

Best wishes to him on his retirement.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What are These "Lone Wolves" Trying To Prove?

As the #7 train I was on this morning approached Grand Central Station at about 7:30 the conductor announced that the train will skip the Times Square Station since there was police activity there.  I decided to get off the train at 5th Avenue and take the B, D, or F train one station to 6th Avenue and 34th Street and walk over to Penn Station.  I was able to accomplish that with a minimal delay.

I didn't realize what happened until a little later when an announcement popped up on my cell phone stating that there was a bombing near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  I found out that there was a terrorist with a pipe bomb in the corridor connecting the Times Square Subway station with 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.  Fortunately only the terrorist suffered significant injuries.

It seems that most of these terrorist attacks recently were done by "lone wolves" who claim loyalty to ISIS.  Why must innocent people suffer?  What are these creeps trying to prove?  You just can't have a police officer guarding every square inch of the city.

On the way home there was much more police stationed at Newark Penn Station, New York Penn Station, and the Flushing subway station.  They are guarding against a "me too" attack.  But, how long can they stay there?

What is this world coming to?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I needed a Day's Rest to Recover From My Retirement Party

I am not used to being the "center of attraction", thus my retirement party was a little stressful.  I think I had more photos taken of me there than I had at my bar mitzvah and wedding combined.  Back then a professional photographer took all the pictures, but now everyone has a cell phone with a camera. I didn't have time to eat.

I have a number of vacation days that I have to take before I leave, so I took yesterday off to recover. 
I certainly thank my colleagues for organizing this event.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Survived My Retirement Party with Flying Colors

Yours Truly with President Joel Bloom of NJIT

I didn't realize how popular I was at NJIT until today as about 40 people came to my retirement party.  I was pleasantly surprised that President Joel Bloom stopped by as seen above.
Your truly with Provost Fadi Deek
I knew in advance that Provost Fadi Deek would also come.  The Provost is the highest academic office in a university.  The library reports to him.

In addition to the librarians, there were representatives from the departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, civil engineering, humanities and the university administration.  There was a computer in the room with access to a speaker so I put on Don Tandler's Pop Gold Radio as background music.  I was guessing that there were people there who are not Bob Dylan fans.

Blake Haggerty is a big Dylan Fan
Eric Katz is another big Mets Fan
Roz Yates is a big Fan of Mine
Selenay Aytac has been my research collaborator for 3 years

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Just Love That Cousin Brucie Theme

I hear this every Wednesday and Saturday night.  May Cousin Brucie stay on the air forever.

Monday, December 4, 2017

They Are Treating Me Like A King

Sarah, Minglu, Au, Bruce, Ann, Bonnie, Wen

Las Thursday the librarians from Rutgers took me to lunch at a "kosher style" restaurant in Newark called Hobby's.   The term kosher style is an oxymoron since food is either kosher or it is not.  It is obviously not kosher when cheese is put on top of meat.  This restaurant also served an egg cream where milk is put in with chocolate syrup.  Hobby's similar to the Stage and Carnegie Delis which closed which are not kosher.  Thank you all for the wonderful lunch.

Professor N.M. Ravindra (Ravi)

The distinguished gentleman seen above is physics professor N.M. Ravindra better known as Ravi.  Over the years I have assisted him and his students numerous times.  Today he took me to a Japanese/Chinese restaurant in Harrison called Chinatown.  It seemed strange that a restaurant served food from both countries.  Thank you so much.  It was my pleasure to serve you for all the years I have been at NJIT.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today's Radio Log

Times are approximate

6:30 AM - 1010 WINS with Mitch Lebe
6:50 AM - WCBS-FM with Randy Davis
7:30 AM - WOLD Central NJ - Breakfast with the Beatles with Dennis Mitchell
8:00 AM - Pirate Radio from the Florida Keys - Breakfast with the Beatles with Dennis Mitchell
10:00 AM - WBGO - Rhythm Review with Felix Hernandez
10:30 AM - Johnny Cash Radio
11:00 AM - Bob Dylan Tracks with Dan Murphy
12 Noon - Rewound Radio featuring Cousin Brucie on WCBS-FM in 1997 playing a 1957 countdown
3:00 PM - Nash-FM
4:00 PM - Pop Gold Radio with Don Tandler doing a countdown of Dec 2, 1969
5:00 PM - WFUV - Mixed Bag with Don McGee
8:00 PM Cousin Brucie on SiriusXM 60s on 6

Friday, December 1, 2017

Reading Two Books at a Time on the New Kindle Fire

In recent years I have purchased more electronic books than traditional print ones.  I bought these two books to "break in" the new Kindle Fire.

Thomas, R. F. (2017). Why Bob Dylan matters.  - Yet another Bob Dylan book.  Every author brings new insights.

Clinton, H. R. (2017). What happened.  - she certainly bashes Donald Trump

I read a chapter of one book and then a chapter of the other.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Spotlight on Lloyd Price

Cousin Brucie interviewed Lloyd Price on his show tonight.  He is now 84 years old and is going strong.  He will be playing later this week at the Cutting Room in Manhattan.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bob Dylan Receives Grammy Nomination for Triplicate

It was announced today that Bob Dylan for Best Traditional Pop Album for Triplicate.  I must be honest by saying that Triplicate is not my favorite Dylan album since he did not write the songs for it. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and others are much better singers of the adult standards that he has on that 3 album set.  In any event in his career, he has been nominated for 38 Grammys and won 10 times.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My New Hi-Tech Toy is An Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet

I guess I did my part in making Jeff Bezos a multi-billionaire by purchasing a Kindle Fire HD8 Tablet.  Back in June 2012, I bought the first generation Kindle Fire to supplement my laptop.  I still have that tablet which is still working but felt that after 5 years I needed to upgrade.  This new model is much faster and even includes Alexa which I also have on the Amazon Echo.  I think the Kindle Fire is much less expensive than an iPad and serves the same purpose.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Afternoon of college basketball at Barclays Center

We usually go to several college basketball games every year as the ticket prices are much lower than those of professional basketball.  Today there was a doubleheader featuring Brigham Young (BYU) vs U Mass in game 1 and Minnesota vs Alabama in game 2.  Our plan was to see game 1 and leave at halftime of game 2.  It is just too long to sit through two games.

U Mass held a comfortable lead for most of the game but BYU rallied in the second half and won with a dunk by Yoeli Childs.

Game Recap

We left the second game with U Mass leading Alabama 41-29 at halftime.  However, we missed all the excitement late in the game.  As a result of a scuffle 7 Alabama players were ejected leaving the team with only 5 players. One other player fouled out while another had to leave after an injury.  This left 3 Alabama players against 5 for Minnesota.  The final score was 89-84 in favor of Minnesota.

Game Recap

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wheel of Fortune and Petula Clark at the Paley Center Today

We went to the Paley Center for Media today to see a special exhibit for the 35th anniversary of the syndicated version of the show.  The exhibit featured photos, memorabilia, videos, and more.  There was a video featuring versions of the show in 45 countries.

From there we went to the library where we saw a recording of an interview with Pat Sajak, Vanna White and others that was done early this month at the Paley Center.  They spoke of the history of the show including some strange occurrences.

In December we will be seeing a performance by Petula Clark at BB Kings.  I searched their database on her and found a classic program when Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte reunited for the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 variety show that sparked a racial controversy.  We even saw that show that was seen on NBC in 1968.

I must say that the Paley Center is a treasure.  Once I retire in January I will have more opportunities to sample radio and TV shows in their collection.  Since I am a member, I can do that for up to 3 hours.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Pizza Came Late For The Focus Group and I Was Nailed on My Performance Appraisal

I am writing this entry at the suggestion of Laura Nygard, sports fan extraordinaire.  A focus group is a management tool which elicits feedback from the consumers of a product or service.  A small group is recruited and is asked questions from a moderator. The session is recorded for future reference.  I feel that this method has minimal effectiveness since a small number is not a representative sample of the population of users

Let’s turn the clock back to 1996 when the library manager wanted to run focus groups to determine what issues are bothering our users.  He wanted groups of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.  I volunteered to coordinate this effort.

To get students to participate, we offered a free lunch.  I could not anticipate how difficult it would be to recruit students for this effort.  I sent out mass emails and tried to recruit people face to face, but they just did not want to be bothered.  It was minutes before the session was to begin and I was still trying to recruit students.  Meanwhile, the person from the dining services delivered the pizza to the wrong side of the building.  The focus group had started without the food.  The boss came in and went into a rage over this.  We finally located the food in another part of the building and brought it over.

The boss trashed me in front of other people which was completely unfair to me in any event.  The person who delivered the pizza to the wrong room should have been reprimanded.  My boss had a very good memory and nailed me on my performance appraisal several months later.  His performance review sessions were traumatic experiences.  At least he didn’t fire me.

The boss took the tape from the focus group and played it on his car radio on the way home.  Some people listen to rock, others jazz, but the micromanager listened to focus group recordings.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Random Comments Regarding Retirement

Today I shredded all my performance appraisals over the past 25 years. This includes the one where my boss trashed me since the food came late for the focus group. That is a legend in the NJIT Library.

If you are reading this blog entry, you are welcome to come to my retirement party on December 7.  I certainly hope Mr. Met shows up

Anyway, there is exactly one month to go until my last day on December 22.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Topsy Part 2 by Cozy Cole - Oldie of the Day

Since we have the Amazon Echo, I use a feature where I say "Alexa, play Billboard Top Hits of a Year."  Today, I picked 1958.  One of the songs that came up was Topsy Par 2 by Cozy Cole.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Documentary about the Early Bob Dylan

I found this documentary on Facebook.  It runs about 1 hour and gives some new insights about Dylan, the folk singer from 1962-64.  I'll keep it here for later reference.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New York Radio - Changes and Speculation

The deal with Entercom taking over the CBS owned radio stations will be completed tomorrow.  It was not necessary to sell any NYC stations but there is some speculation about changes:
  • 92.3 AMP which is a contemporary hit station will flip to Alternative Rock.  It is possible that this would happen.
  • 1010 WINS will move to FM as speculated by some message board posters.  There are some FM news stations in other markets, but I doubt it will happen in NYC.  WINS is doing very well, so if it is not broken, don't fix it.  If WINS is moved to FM a revenue stream would be lost.
WFAN has made some changes:
  • Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason
  • After Mike Francesa leaves the station, Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630pm.
Some changes in HD Radio
  • 103.5 HD2 is now a Taylor Swift station.  I sense that this is temporary
  • 104.3 HD3 is playing alternative rock.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Church Bells May Ring by the Willows Featuring Tony Middleton

Tony Middleton, seen at the left, was one of the guests at the recent Oldies Meet & Greet.  He didn't sing at the event but answered questions from his fans.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The 2017 Oldies Meet and Greet was a Little Different

Dominick Safuto of
Randy and the Rainbows

In many of the previous  Oldies Meet and Greet the guests were radio personalities from stations such as WCBS-FM and Q-104.3.  They have included Bobby Jay, Pat St. John, Ken Dashow, Carol Miller, and Jim Kerr.  This year the guests were recording artists from the 50s and 60s.  Above is Dominick Safuto who is Randy of Randy and the Rainbows whos biggest hit was Denise.  A surprise guest was Lillian of the Exciters.  She sang the group's big hit Tell Him for the group.

Tony Middleton of the Willows who charted with Church Bells May Ring also appeared.

Mary Shaw who is Ms. Radio
according to Cousin Bruce Morrow

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dedication of the Wellness and Event Center at NJIT

About 10 years ago NJIT moved into NCAA Division I sports.  However, the athletic facility was small and outdated.  It took some years to get funding from the state of New Jersey to build a state of the art facility that was suitable for Division I sports.  The groundbreaking was two years ago and finally, the facility called the Wellness and Event Center (WEC) opened today.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with speeches by elected officials, alumni, Athletic Director Lenny Kaplan and President Joel Bloom among others.  We were then given a tour of the WEC which is more than a basketball arena.  It is some facility.  Congratulations are in order for all those involved in the planning and construction of it.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bob Dylan at the Nassau Coliseum

Dylan has pretty much used the same setlist as he has done on this leg of the Never Ending Tour.  Last night’s concert at the renovated Nassau Coliseum was no exception. Dylan did not play the guitar or the harmonica which was a disappointment to me.  He played piano on the songs that he wrote, but stood up and sang for the adult standards.  He did not talk to the audience even to introduce his backup musicians.  I was intrigued by a new version of Tangled Up in Blue.  He will return to NYC for a 5-night gig at the Beacon Theater later this month.  I read in the fanzine Isis that the tour will resume in April 2018 in Italy.  Hopefully, the tour will come back to NYC in 2018.

The setlist was recorded in Bill Pagel's Boblinks Page

Uniondale, New York
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 8, 2017

1.Things Have Changed (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
2.It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
3.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel)
4.Why Try To Change Me Now (Bob center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
5.Summer Days (Bob on piano, Donnie on violin, Stu on acoustic guitar)
6.Melancholy Mood (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
7.Honest With Me (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
8.Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
9.Once Upon A Time (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
10.Pay In Blood (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
11.Tangled Up In Blue (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
12.September Of My Years (Bob center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
13.Early Roman Kings (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar,
Tony on standup bass)
14.Soon After Midnight (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
15.Desolation Row (Bob on piano, Donnie on electric mandolin, Tony on standup bass)
16.Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on piano, Donnie on electric mandolin)
17.Autumn Leaves (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
18.Love Sick (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
19.Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on piano, Donnie on violin, Stu on acoustic guitar,
Tony on standup bass)
20.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Getting Ready for the Dylan Concert at Nassau Coliseum Tonight

I decided to take a vacation day to rest up before going to the concert at Nassau Coliseum tonight.  Back in 2006, we saw Dylan there,  I remember picking up Lee at the Samuel Field Y and continuing on to Uniondale.  Since then I was there for a few Islander games, but tonight I am going there for the first time since the arena was renovated.  Since the Islanders are gone, I think it is used mostly for concerts.

Last night I received an email from Ticketmaster reminding me of the concert and telling me about parking.  It is $30 to pay for parking at the gate, but if I order it online I would only have to pay $20.  Either way, it is very expensive to park, but it would be very difficult to get there by public transportation.

Last night as I was watching the Knick game, the camera showed Mavis Staples in the stands.  She is the opening act tonight.  I wonder what Dylan was doing last night.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Random Thoughts of the Day

The Tournament of Champions started on Jeopardy today with 15 excellent players vying for the $250,000 top prize.  Today Buzzy Cohen, one of my favorite contestants of the year, was the winner.  Hopefully, he'll play against Austin Rogers in the final round.  Maybe it's time for a super tournament featuring Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and other big winners.

I received a postcard from the Mets today for a pre-sale for 2018 single game tickets.  I went online and saw that there was still a $5/ticket fee.  So what is the sense of buying so far in advance?  If they waived the fee, I would buy tickets.  With the exception of opening day and the 3 games against the Yankees tickets should be available on the day of the game.  The smallest ticket plan is for 20 games which is too much for me.

How many times does there have to be a report of a mass shooting?  A Terrorist attack such as the one in lower Manhattan is politically motivated.  There are just too many nuts getting their hands on guns and killing innocent people.  What is the solution?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

LIU Post 49 Merrimack College 7

We drove out to Brookville, Long Island for the last time this season to see college football.  It is certainly much more inexpensive than going to Met Life Stadium to see the Giants or Jets.  It was a one-sided game as LIU Post trounced the visitors 49-7.  The game was marred by too many penalties, but I guess inexperienced players will make mistakes.  In the first period, Post faked a point after kick and ran for the 2 point conversion.

Box Score

Friday, November 3, 2017

Girl from the North Country, Trouble No More and the Social Security Office

This will be an eventful week for this Bob Dylan fan.  I was finally able to get a hold of the cast album of the show Girl From the North Country that is playing now in London.  It is based on several love songs written by Dylan.  Hopefully, it will make its way across the ocean and appear on Broadway.

Today was the release date of Trouble No More a boxed set of recordings from Dylan's born-again period (1978-81).  It consists of 8 CDs and 1 DVD which represents a controversial period in Dylan's career.  Gotta Serve Somebody is my favorite song of this period.  Thanks to for delivering these CDs in a timely manner.  Years ago I would have to run around looking for a record store that had it.

Hopefully, I will get "trouble no more" from the Social Security Office.  For some strange reason, they want Karen and Lee to come to their office.  I don't understand that as they don't have anything to do with my claim for Social Security benefits.  Hey, I paid into the system for over 40 years, and now I want to get it back.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dad and Uncle Ben's 100th Birthday

Ben (left) and Irving Slutsky 1930

My sister Joyce posted this photo on her Facebook page today which would have been the 100th birthday of my Dad, Irving, and his twin brother Ben.  We still miss both of them over 20 years after they passed away.  A Bar Mitzvah is a very special occasion in the life of any Jewish family and I am glad that this photo was preserved.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Terrorist Attack Can Happen Anywhere

Oy Vey.  It is a pleasant autumn afternoon and you are riding your bike down a path in lower Manhattan and a nut job in a rented truck just mows you down.  As of now, 8 have died while 11 were injured in this apparent terrorist attack.  It is just impossible to guard against something like this.  Now cars and trucks are being used as weapons of mass destruction.  Prayers for the families of the victims.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Random Thoughts on a Very Rainy Sunday

This is a very rare day as I never left the apartment as the rain was so heavy.  I wouldn't send out a dog on a day like this.  I was a little tired today as my approaching retirement is causing some anxiety.

Last night we went out to dinner at Ben's Deli in Bayside.  As we were eating Curtis Sliwa and a couple of other Guardian Angels came in to dine.  I have not seen the Guardian Angels on the subways in many years.  Some years back I saw Curtis near Union Square and said hello to him.  He just smiled back.  A year or so ago I saw him on the platform at Newark Penn Station.

Tomorrow, the Science Librarians Meetup, formerly known as a Special Interest Group is meeting at METRO's new headquarters at 11th Avenue and 45th Street.  It will be my last meeting as its convener.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

NJ Devils 5 Ottawa Senators 4 in a Shootout at Prudential Center

After work last night I headed over to the Prudential Center where I met Karen and Lee.  The Ottawa Senators scored the first two goals but then the Devils scored 4 unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead.  With about 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation, the Senators pulled their goalie and then scored with about 90 seconds to go and again with 37 seconds left to tie the game.  No goals were scored in the 5-minute overtime period necessitating a shootout.   Drew Stafford and Jesper Bratt scored in the shootout giving the Devils a 5-4 victory.

Game recap

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My Two Favorite Fats Domino Songs

I heard the news today that Fats Domino passed away at age 89.  My two favorite hits of him are:

  • I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday - I sent an email request to Cousin Brucie for this
  • My Blue Heaven - we sang this to Lee when he was a baby as he has blue eyes.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Media is Creating the News Again

Here we go again as the media is really blowing out of proportion the story of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually abusing women.  Do I really have to see and read about this every day?  Does it affect me?  I guess it builds up rating points for the local and network newscasts.

I was watching the ABC News with David Muir tonight when there was a story about a police officer in Skokie, Illinois buying a gym membership for a kid after he was caught trespassing in that gym since he could not afford the membership fee.  Is this appropriate for a national newscast?  I would rather hear about a police officer buying food for a family that is starving.

Sometimes I wonder why I watch TV news.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mickey Who?

There were several reports today including The New York Times stating the Mickey Callaway, pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians, will be hired as Mets manager.  The details are in the Times article so it is not necessary to repeat them.  I never heard of him until today.  Is it advisable to hire someone with no managerial experience?  I have to wish him luck as he assumes the position.  The manager alone can't be blamed for the poor performance of the team.  The manager can't prevent injuries.

Usually, after the World Series, there is a flurry of activity.  Players can declare free agency and sign with other teams.  Who will the Mets retain or what if any free agents will they sign?  I assume that Mickey Callaway will hire a completely new coaching staff.

Stay tuned.

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.
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