Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Just Loved Today's Double Jeopardy Categories

The writers on Jeopardy must have known that I was watching tonight because they picked 6 categories in Double Jeopardy that made me smile:

  • Blowin' in the Wind
  • Tangled Up in Blue
  • It's Alright Ma (I'm only bleeding"
  • Things Have Changed
  • Forever "Young"
  • Bob Dylan

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Missing Dad on Fathers Day

It is almost 20 years since my Dad, Irving Slutsky, passed away.  I still miss him after all these years.  For many years he worked for 6 days a week to support his family.  He is certainly not forgotten.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Disabled List for the Mets Continues to Grow - Oy Vey

As of today, here are the Mets on the disabled list:


Noah Syndergaard
Matt Harvey
Jeurys Familia
Josh Smoker
Tommy Milone


Neil Walker
Asrubal Cabrera
David Wright


Juan Lagares

Other players who returned from the disabled list

Lucas Duda
Yoenis Cespedes
Seth Lugo
Steven Matz
Travis d'Arnaud

Did I forget anyone?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Tom Seaver Trade

It seems that June 2017 is a month for milestone anniversaries.  June 15, 2017, is the 40th anniversary of the Tom Seaver trade.  At that time I worked as a chemist for Pfizer in Groton, CT and lived in nearby New London.  It was not a happy time in my life, but that is another story I won’t discuss here.  I couldn’t believe it when I first heard it that night and I had to see or hear at least 3 media reports until I realized that it happened.  The Mets sent Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.

Seaver was “The Franchise” as he was the team’s premier pitcher, but M. Donald Grant, the cheapskate general manager, just didn’t want to pay him a competitive salary.  Three of the four players the Mets got from the Reds had decent careers, but they just couldn’t replace Tom Seaver.  It took several years for the Mets to become competitive again.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It is Also The 50th Anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival

In recent weeks much has been written about the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club, but as I just read the latest issue of Goldmine Magazine  I just realize that June 16-18 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival.  I just found a website about events associated with the anniversary.

I remember seeing the film Monterey Pop in 1969 in Manhattan with a date that didn't work out.

Web site about the festival.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RIP Adam West

I remember watching the TV series when I was in high school in 1966-67.  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

First Visit to the New York Transit Museum Since February 2008

Karen in front of a #7 train from the 1964 World's Fair

It has been a very long time since we visited the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn.  I actually did a search of this journal and determined that we were last there in February 2008.  There are always permanent exhibits in a museum so we say the old turnstiles, tokens and subway cars from different eras of the system.  There was an exhibit of how the system was constructed early in the 20th century.

There was a new exhibit on how the transportation recovered to disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 blackout, and the blizzard of December 2010.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The WABC Cruise was 10 Years Ago

Where did all these years go?  Here is a picture of yours truly with the late Alan Berman at the WABC Cruise on June 8, 2007.  Cousin Brucie, Dan Ingram, Johnny Donovan, and others were there.  Several of my radio enthusiasts friends including Paula and Patrick Guice were there.  At that point in time they didn't know each other, but a few years later they started dating and eventually were married.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Today's Radio Log


WFUV - Corny O'Connell
WBGO - Gary Walker
SiriusXM - Outlaw Country
SiriusXM - Beatles Channel


WCBS-FM - Dan Taylor
WFUV - Dennis Elsas
ESPN Radio - Michael Kay


SiriusXM - Buried Treasure Show with Tom Petty

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Good Luck Ruben Tejada for the Baltimore Orioles

In October 2015, I reported in this journal the incident in the NLDS where Chase Utley badly injured Ruben Tejada sliding into second base.  It turned out that that was the last game Ruben played for the Mets.  In Spring 2016 he was released by the Mets and played briefly for the Giants and Cardinals in 2016.  This Spring he was in the Yankees camp and was assigned to AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre.  Two days ago the Yankees sold his contract to the Orioles.  Just today the Orioles brought Ruben up to the major league team.

I think I speak for all Met fans when I wish Ruben all the best with his new team.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature

Bob Dylan finally gave his acceptance speech in order to receive his prize money in a private ceremony recorded in Los Angeles yesterday.  When Bob Dylan talks, I listen.  His speech was recited but it sounded like a 27-minute song.  It was vague in parts and open to interpretation.  He started by saying how he was influenced by Buddy Holly whom he saw in concert a few days before he died in a plane crash.  He mentioned that his songs were influenced my many novels including Moby Dick, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Odyssey.

He made the following statements:

"If the song moves you, that is what is important."

"You want your songs to sound good."

"My songs are alive in the land of the living."

"My songs are meant to be sung not read."

My wish for Bob is that he stays "Forever Young"

Texted Version

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Two 7th Inning Stretches but a Terrible Game as Mets Lose to Pirates 11-1

As I was leaving today's game at Citifield I thought I should get a refund as the Mets really sucked as they lost to the Pirates 11-1.  At least they didn't have to use a position player as a pitcher as they did a few weeks ago.  There was a strange occurrence in the top of the 7th inning as John Jaso hit into an apparent inning-ending double play.  God Bless America was played followed by Take Me Out To The Ballgame, but the Pirates didn't take the field.  It turns out that Pirate manager Clint Hurdle challenged the umpire's call as he thought Met second baseman Neil Walker missed second base.  They didn't want to interrupt the patriotic song, so the review was challenged.  The call was overturned and the runner returned to second base.  An RBI single followed giving the Pirates a 6-1 lead.  When the inning finally ended there was a second 7th inning stretch.

The Pirates scored 5 more runs in the 8th and 9th innings to make it an 11-1 blowout.

Game recap

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mr. Met Used The Right Finger When He Pointed To Me

Yours Truly and Mr. Met in June 2016

In the photo above Mr. Met used his index finger as he pointed to me.  The situation was not the same yesterday as America's most popular mascot used the "Badfinger" to some fans at Citifield at the end of a 7-1 loss.  It really a shame as Mr. Met is a public relations icon for the team.  Apparently, some kids were just trying to get a high five and the person in the outfit lost his cool and made the obscene gesture.  The person will be disciplined by the team and no longer be in the Mr. Met outfit.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Horse With No Name by America - Random Oldie of the Day

I picked this since WFUV is featuring horse songs this morning.  This was a hit in early 1972 when I started as a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Finally The Mets Won For Us As They Beat The Brewers 4-2

The Mets pitching staff did as they are expected as Robert Gsellman held the Brewers to two runs over 7 innings. Gsellman helped his own cause by driving in one run with a sacrifice fly and another with a bases-loaded walk.  It has been a problem for the Mets starting pitchers to go deep into games this season.  This has put undo stress on the bullpen which has faltered many times this season. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect 8th inning while Addison Reed got the save.  He retired the side in the 9th inning after giving up two singles.

Game recap

Before the game, we hooked up with Jay Buckley whom we first met in 2006 when we went on the first of three tours with his group.  He has since sold his company but often escorts tour groups as he did today at Citifield. I highly recommend that all baseball fans go on one of his tours

Jay Buckley at Citifield

Random Comments on My Last Day of Staycation

It is nice to work for a university which gives 20 vacation and 3 personal days each year.  Even though I did not go away this past week, it is nice to stay home and rest.  The weather wasn't too good this time as Monday and Thursday were complete washouts.  It is raining lightly this morning but is supposed to stop by this afternoon.  We have tickets for the Met game scheduled to start at 4:10 PM.  I hope to hook up with Jay Buckley whom I have not seen since 2006 as his tour group will be at Citifield.

Now there are less than 7 months to retirement for me.  I went to the Social Security Security office this week to ask a few questions.  I am now 68 years old and want to enjoy whatever time I have left.  I have worked since 1974 with a few gaps and feel that it is time for me to move into the land of rest and relaxation.

Back to work tomorrow.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Listening to WABC Rewound on Memorial Day Weekend

From 1960-1982 Musicradio 77 WABC was the #1 station in New York City.  Since it had such a powerful signal, it could be heard in 38 states at night.  Back then Top 40 radio was the king while other formats had much smaller listeners.

Every year on Memorial Day airchecks from WABC are heard on Rewound Radio.  For once a year it is nice to revisit radio the way it was all those years ago.  In today's era of highly fragmented musical styles, this format could never work again.

I thank Allan Sniffen for making this possible once a year.  He certainly puts a lot of time and effort into Rewound Radio.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Today Will Be Sgt Pepper Day - 6 days early

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was originally released on vinyl on June 1, 1967, as I was approaching my graduation from Forest Hills High School.  Sometime that month I scrapped up enough of my allowance money to buy it from Alexander's record department in Rego Park.  On June 1, 1987, I was working at the New York Public Library on 42nd street and walked down 5th Avenue to a music store on 36th Street and bought the CD.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of this seminal album, so of course, the record companies have to try to make more money on it.  There are 3 versions of the anniversary edition that are available.  I compromised and bought the 2 CD edition remixed versions on Disc 1 and alternate takes on Disc 2.  I am expecting my package from Amazon.com to be delivered today.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy 76th Birthday to Bob Dylan

Since I am home this week I can spend some time listening to his music.  I will certainly be tuning into DylanRadio.com as Pete Freckelton will have some special programming.  Years ago the late Pete Fornatale would feature special programming for Dylan's birthday,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another Staycation Week

It's that time of the year when I take a week off from work and stay home and relax.  The last few months were very difficult with train delays so I need to get away from New Jersey Transit and the #7 train.  Yesterday I drove in the rain to LIU Post to meet with a colleague to discuss a research project.  On the way there she sent me a text message saying that she had to leave.  So when I arrived at the Post library, I just picked out a book and read for an hour or so and drove home.  Later in the day I had a phone conversation with her about our project.

Today, I will walk to the Social Security Office in Flushing to ask questions about benefits.  If I want to retire at the end of 2017, when do I apply for benefits?  It will be nice to get money back after putting so much into the system over 40+ years of working.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mets Lose to the L.A. Angels 12-5: Maybe I shouldn't Go To Any More Games

Yours truly at today's game

As you can see from the photo above, I don't look very happy as I am sitting through a 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Citifield.  The Angels took an early 9-0 lead as they hit 3 home runs off starting pitcher Tommy Milone.  They hit a total of 5 homers and won 12-5.  The only hope is that the Amazins will not fall too far back until the injured players return.

Game Recap

So far the Mets have lost all 3 games that we've seen at Citifield:

May 7 - Mets lose to the Marlins 7-0

April 22 - Mets lose to the Nationals 3-1

Maybe if the Mets lose every time I go to Citifield, I should stop attending games.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Good Luck to Bob Radil on His Move to a New Residence in Connecticut

Photo of Bob Radil at the 2011 Oldies Meet and Greet

Bob Radil and Mary Ellen will be moving this week from " Beautiful, Rural, Connecticut Countryside" to another location in Connecticut.  I haven't moved in over 30 years, but know it is pain to "schlep" all your belongings from one place to another.  In his case, he must have thousands of records, CDs and radio equipment that has to be moved.  Of course, he must move furniture and other personal effects to the new location.

I have been a fan of his Friday night 60s 70s show for many years on Rewound Radio.  I shall continue to listen when he signs on from his new location.  On Friday nights I have to juggle listening his show with watching baseball.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel Really Should Have Been a Bigger Hit

I just checked my Joel Whitburn book and found out that this was released in 1977 but did not even reach the Top 100 chart.  It was on the album The Stranger so perhaps it was never released as a 45 RPM single.  In any event, I should dedicate it on the radio to Maria Denaro and Nanette DiLauro who according to their Facebook posts must have been to every Italian restaurant in New Jersey and many in Manhattan.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Look Who's Number 1 in the NYC Radio Ratings

For April 2017 WCBS-FM was number 1 in the radio ratings.  They got 6.1% of the listeners nosing out Lite-FM by 0.1.  It looks like they are attracting younger listeners who grew up listening to WPLJ and Z-100.  It appears that getting Scott Shannon for morning drive really helped them.

I was elated in July 2007 when CBS-FM dumped the dreaded Jack format and played "classic hits" from 1964 - 1989.  As the years went on they dropped 60s music and now play hits from the 70s-90s.  Last weekend featured 90s number one hits.  I have listened less to the station, but they don't want old farts like me who are not desirable to advertisers.  You can't argue with success.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Missing Mom on Mothers Day

Lillian Slutsky in 2011

Mothers Day just isn't the same since Mom passed away in February 2015.  We are grateful that she lived to the ripe old age of 95.  Today I think of the many things she did for me over the years.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Rare Oldie of the Day - World Without Love by Bobby Rydell

Peter and Gordon had the hit version of this Lennon/McCartney composition in 1964.  Bobby Rydell's cover version only charted at #80 in Billboard but did better in New York.  It was a Pick Hit of the Week on WABC.  If I remember correctly, WMCA played it as well.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10, 1982 WABC Radio Drops Music For Talk

It was 35 years ago today that WABC changed its format from rock to talk.  From 1960-82 it was the premier top 40 station in the nation with classic personalities including Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Dan Ingram and Cousin Brucie.  In the early 80s, more people listened to music on FM since the quality is so much better.

Back in those days, WABC was the dominant radio station in the New York market, but obviously, times change.  I just think that over the years talk radio has become too political and promotes the conservative point of view.  I rarely if ever listen to talk stations.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All I Really Want to Do by Bob Dylan in Nellie's Egg Commercial

All I Really Want to Do by Bob Dylan is in this commercial

I guess he doesn't mind since he must get a good royalty for the use of his song in a commercial.  You don't have to be a Nobel Prize winner to have your song used in a TV commercial.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We See the Mets Lost 7-0 to the Marlins Amid a Matt Harvey Controversey

This morning we heard that the Mets suspended Matt Harvey for three days without pay for violating team rules.  No specifics were given, but there was all kind of speculation on social media.  The Mets recalled Adam Wilk from AAA Las Vegas to pitch today.  He didn't do well as he allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in 3 2/3 innings including 3 home runs (2 by Giancarlo Stanton).  There were some extenuating circumstances as Wilk had to take an overnight flight to get to NYC in time for today's game.  There was no excuse for the Mets poor hitting as they could only get one against Miami pitching.

Since this was a day game there were many young kids in the stands.  I just can't understand why parents take them to the game when it is obvious that they are not interested.  Seeing these kids restless and just standing around and blocking people's views was just distracting.

Game Summary

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dylan Photo Exhibition, Photos of Subway Graffiti, and Hudson Yards

On April 21 I posted in this journal that I became aware of an exhibition of photographs of Bob Dylan taken by Ted Russell from 1961-64.  Today we finally made it to the Steven Kasher Gallery on West 26th Street.  It was a special treat for Lee since he saw for the first time the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station on the #7 line.  We saw that exhibit but were surprised to see another display of photographs of subway graffiti by Martha Cooper.  Back in the 1970s, the subway yards were open and graffiti inside and outside subway cars was extensive.  From there we visited a few other art galleries in the area.  We then walked on the Highline back to the Hudson Yards subway station.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Interview with Pete Fornatale A Few Months Before He Passed Away

I found a link to this interview on Facebook today.  Hopefully, I will find time to watch it tomorrow morning.  I had the pleasure of meeting Pete at the Long Island Radio Expo in April 2010

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I Have To Remember to Watch This Video About Joel Whitburn

Joel Whitburn is an American author and music historian based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin who founded Record Research Inc. in 1970 and put together a team of researchers to examine in detail all of Billboard's music and video chart.  Over the years he has edited several books summarizing music chart data.  Over the years I have bought some of his books and have referred to them while listening to terrestrial or internet radio.

Ken Kaiser whom I met once at an oldies meet and greets posted on the Oldies Message Board the video seen above which is a video tour of Joel's fantastic record archive.  It is 34 minutes long and I just have to listen to it.  It is so hard to find the time during baseball season to watch it, so I am posting it on my blog so I'll know where to find.  Hopefully, this weekend I'll find the time.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

All Beatles Channel Coming to SiriusXM

I really enjoy SiriusXM for the variety of music that it provides.  I never had a special radio for it as I only subscribe to the internet version.  I listen on my laptop and iPhone.  I can send the signal from the phone to a Bluetooth speaker.  I was pleased to find out today that there will be an all Beatles channel coming on May 18th.  I will certainly listen to it a few times a week.  There is only so much time in a day to listen to the radio.

Article in Rolling Stone.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oy Vey - The Mets Lost to the Nationals 23-5

Well, on the positive side, it is only one game.  It is only one loss whether it is by one run or 18 runs.  Noah Syndergaard should not have started this game as he developed pain in his arm and came out in the second inning.  The bullpen really imploded and catcher Kevin Plawecki had to pitch late in the game.  Anthony Rendon went 6 for 6, hit 3 home runs, and drove in 10 runs.

The rest of the season starts tomorrow.

Game recap

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yankees 12 Orioles 4 with 4 Homers by the Bronx Bombers

Even though I am a big Met fan, I don't hate the Yankees and like to see them in the Bronx twice a year.  The only time I root against them is during the Subway series.  The D train was really packed as we boarded it a 42nd Street for the last leg of the subway trip to the stadium. We also had to wait for several minutes to get to the security check.  I understand that it is necessary in this post 9/11 world, but it was a very slow process.

The pitching matchup was Michael Pineda against Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Yankee bats came alive with 2 home runs by Brett Gardiner.  Austin Romine and Aaron Judge also homered as the Bronx Bombers coasted to a 12-4 victory.  Through the "magic" of Facebook I found out that my brother-in-law Keith and nephew Scott were also at the game, but our seats were too far apart to meet with them.

Game recap

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Injuries on the Mets are Killing Them

So far the Mets are 8-13 at the end of April and have lost 6 in a row and 10 out of 11.  Much of the poor performance can be attributed to injuries.

  • David Wright - we don't know when or even if he'll be back
  • Steven Matz - we need a good left handed pitcher
  • Seth Lugo - he did well at the end of last season
  • Noah Syndergaard - he missed his start yesterday because of a dead arm.  We don't know how serious this is.
  • Lucas Duda - hopefully, he'll be back soon
  • Wilmer Flores - infection
  • Yoenis Cespedes - hamstring problem
Let's hope for the best.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Alternative Version of Mr. Tambourine Man Sung by Gene Clark

The hit version of Mr. Tambourine Man was sung by Roger McGuinn.  Gene Clark was the first original Byrd to leave the group to become a solo artist.  His version of Mr. Tambourine Man is out of this world.  Give it a listen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Gridlock in Downtown Flushing Has Gone from Worse to Impossible

The population of Flushing has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.  Many private houses were demolished and replaced by apartment buildings.  Likewise in the downtown area, small buildings were taken down and replaced by high-rise office buildings.  Umpteen bus lines run in and out of the downtown area.  Obviously, this has created congestion.

I usually take the Q34, Q44 or Q20 from the end of the #7 line for one mile to my home.  Today there was gridlock on Main Street from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Blvd.  Likewise, the traffic on Northern Blvd was at a standstill for a mile.

I think I did the wise thing by walking that last mile.  It is just aggravating to stand in a crowded bus while it is stuck in traffic.

I think this qualifies for an "Oy Vey."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nationals 3 Mets 1 in Our First 2017 Game at Citifield

Since this was the first weekend afternoon game of the season, we decided to come to Citifield.  There was a Matt Harvey gnome given to the first 15,000 fans, but we decided to pass on that since we already have umpteen bobble head dolls at home.  The game started in a slight drizzle, but there were no rain delays.  Our seats were covered, so we didn't get wet.

Starting pitcher Jacob deGrom and 3 relievers struck out 15 Nats, but the hitting just couldn't get going.  The Mets only had 1 run with just two hits and lost 3-1.  Tomorrow is another day.

Game recap

Happy Birthday Karen

It worked out that Karen's birthday is one day after mine.  I guess that fellow Taurean's are compatible,  I think he helped that both of us are Met fans.  We went to our first game in together in 1981and were married in 1983.

To celebrate we are going to see the Mets play the Washington Nationals at Citifield later today,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Oh No! Another Birthday. I think I've stopped counting

Well, tomorrow is the big day for me.  First of all, I'd like to thank radio personality Anita Bonita for this wonderful virtual birthday cake.  She even knows that chocolate cake is my favorite.  I am not going to reveal my age.  I am going to give two trivia questions.

What is the atomic number of erbium?

What is Dellin Betance's uniform number for the Yankees?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

These Should Have Been Bigger Hits

That Thing with Rich Appel is now played over 77 radio stations all over the world.  I listen every weekend on Pop Gold Radio or WLNG.  Every year Rich compiles a list of songs voted by his listeners that should have been bigger hits.  It just means that they were more popular as oldies than they were when they were originally released.  The rankings vary every year.  You can download this year's list of top 109 at:  https://www.thatthingshow.com/i-r-s-10-99 ,

I am sure that I speak for all of Rich's listeners when I thank him for all the effort he puts into compiling this list every year.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bruce Langhorne who Played with Bob Dylan Dies at 78

Bruce Langhorne, seen above, played guitar on Bringing it All Back Home which is one of my favorite Dylan albums.  The obituary in the New York Times states that he played lead guitar on Maggies Farm, Love Minus Zero/No Limit and She Belongs to Me among others.  Dylan stated that Langhorne was the influence for Mr. Tambourine.

My condolences to his family.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Appropriate for April 15 Taxman by George Harrison and Eric Clapton

In most years federal and state taxes are due on April 15.  Since it is on a Saturday this year, everyone gets an extension till Monday.  Taxman, written by George Harrison,  appeared on the Revolver album in 1966.  It seems that all of the Beatles songs were taken off Youtube, but I found this concert version with George backed by Eric Clapton.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Would an AM Oldies Station Work in NYC?

Oldies are defined as music that hit the charts from 1955 (the beginning of rock n roll) until the late 1970s.  I guess the ending date is not definitive.  For many years WCBS-FM was New York's premier oldies station until it adapted the dreaded Jack format in 2005.  It came back in 2007 wth a "classic hits" formats playing music from 1964 onward.  As the years progressed it abandoned 1960s music and now plays hits from the 70s until the 90s.  They want to attract listeners from age 25-54 to be appealing to advertisers.

Now listeners of oldies must go to internet radio stations such as Pop Gold Radio and Rewound Radio which are excellent.  Very recently the station at 1260 AM in Los Angeles flipped to oldies and is known as 1260 K-SURF,  I don't think there are any ratings yet available for that station.

Could oldies on an AM station work in NYC?  What station would do it?  The ratings for the talk radio stations are very low, thus would WABC or WOR flip to oldies?  Could a less powerful AM station like WPAT (930 AM) or WSNR (620 AM) do it?  WMTR (1250 AM), a suburban station from Morristown has done oldies for many years and seems to be doing very well, but would it work in the Big Apple?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Man on Top Must Take Responsibility When Things Go Wrong

I don't know that exact wording but Richard Nixon said that as chief executive (the man on top) he had to take responsibility when his subordinates did things wrong.  This was said as the Watergate scandal exploded in 1974.  He had to pay the ultimate price by resigning the presidency since it was obvious that he obstructed justice.

A few days ago Sean Spicer, President Trump's press secretary asserted that Adolph Hitler had not used chemical weapons.  Hey, give that man a history book.  To say the least this was an insult to all Jews.  Since Spicer was appointed by Donald Trump, the President must take responsibility for what he said.  Spicer should be fired or forced to resign.  What does Jared Kushner have to say about this?

It is my sincere hope that a "Trumpgate" will develop and the 45th president will be impeached or be forced to resign.  We can only impeach a president if he commits a crime and is found guilty by a 2/3 vote in the Senate.  I almost cry when I read what he is trying to do as Chief Executive.  I think that historians will determine that he is the worst president in history.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mini Vacation For Passover

First of all, I'd like to wish all my readers who observe the holiday a Happy Passover.  Chag Sameach.

I certainly have plenty of vacation time in my bank, so I decided to take a few days off for the holiday.  My car is due for inspection in April so I took my car to a local mechanic.  Of course, they found that I needed new brakes, so that was an unexpected expense.  I can't complain since my car is now 17 years old.  I do almost all local driving so it has about 64,000 miles and is running well.

I watched the Yankee opening day on TV as Michael Pineda had a perfect game for  6 2/3 innings.  The Yankees won the game 8-1.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It Was Confirmed that British Broadcaster Brian Matthew Has Died at Age 88

 A few days ago it was erroneously reported that British radio personality had died.  The BBC retracted the story and stated that he was in the hospital in critical condition.  The Telegraph in the UK reported that Brian had died at age 88.

He had joined the BBC in the early 1950s and became the host of Sounds of the 60s in 1990.  Readers of Bruce's Journal know that I am an avid listener to that show that now airs live at 6 Am Saturday morning in the UK.  I listen to the podcast every Sunday morning.

Tribute to Brian Matthew from the BBC

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Very Few Day Games at Citifield in April

Usually, on the first weekend of the baseball season, we are out at Citfield watching the Mets.  But this season both the Saturday and Sunday games are at night.  We don't like to sit in a cold stadium to watch a game.  Last night as the TV cameras scanned the seats, we saw so many people with blankets.  Why go to the game and be so uncomfortable?  The likely reason for this is that the TV ratings are much higher for night games resulting in more money which is the name of game.  Sunday night's game is on ESPN.

Our first game is Saturday April 22 when the game starts at 4 PM.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Random Comments for Thursday

Even a large and reputable news organization like the BBC can make errors as they had mistakenly reported the death of radio personality Brian Matthew .  I had even posted here about that, but deleted that entry a few hours later.  The most recent reports say that he is in the hospital in critical condition.

There are still problems with NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR after the derailment on Monday,  Yesterday, I was off from work for an eye doctor's appointment.  Today, I am going to a professional meeting at Hunter College in Manhattan so for two days I was spared extra inconvenience.  According to this report from CBS News Amtrak is aiming for a return to normalcy on Friday.  I saw on the news last night that the derailed train was removed and that Amtrak was working around the clock to fix the signals that were destroyed.  We'll see.

And the beat goes on

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Random Comments of the Day

The derailment of an NJ Transit train in New York Penn Station is still causing havoc for commuters.  For the last two days, I had to take the PATH train from NYC to Newark.  There is limited service in and out of Penn Station, but I assume there must be a bottleneck of trains entering and leaving the station.  It is like that on a normal day so it must be much worse under these circumstances.  I have an eye doctor appointment for tomorrow so I won't be coming into work.  I don't think service will be back to normal until Friday.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely heart Clubs Band album.  I read there will be  1 CD, 2 CD, and 6 CD anniversary editions.  I assume they will include outtakes.  One CD may include Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever which were originally released earlier in 1967.

I am glad that baseball season has started.

I actually saw a commercial for Nellie's Eggs featuring Bob Dylan singing All I Really Want To Do.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Must New York City Poiticians Raise Campaign Funds Out of State

I just can't understand why Bill de Blasio who is running for reelection with minimal opposition must travel to the west coast to raise funds.  This article in Politico states that our beloved mayor will be traveling to Sacramento, Seattle and San Francisco for fundraisers. Why?  There are plenty of urban problems that the mayor must confront.  Hey, Bill, just stay home and do your job.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Photographic Exhibit of a Young Bob Dylan Coming to NYC - April 20 - June 3

On April 21, my birthday, I will not be listening to Bob Dylan but viewing photographs of him from 1961-1964.  The details may be found at https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2017/apr/01/portraits-of-a-young-bob-dylan-in-pictures?

Steven Kasher Gallery
NEW YORK, NY 10001

My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry

The girls in the audience are really having a good time.  Back in 1972,  WABC did not play this song.  I guess the "suits" there just did not have a sense of humor.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Triplicate Arrived Today

You can't run to record stores to buy a new release because they just don't exist anymore.  So instead I received a package from Amazon.com since I pre-ordered Dylan's new 3 CD set.  I am just disappointed since there are no new Dylan compositions here.  They are all covers of adult standards from years ago.  There is actually a track called P.S. I Love You, but it was not the same song done by the Beatles in 1962.

Tempest released in 2012 was the last Dylan album with his compositions.  Does he write songs anymore?  How long will this adult standards phase last?  And the beat goes on.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hey Apple - Take it Easy With the Updates IOS 10.3 is Here

A day or so ago I found out the Apple has released IOS 10.3 for the iPhone and iPad which is an upgrade from 10.2.1.  It took about one hour to download and install this update, which is in my opinion, no big deal.  The only thing that I like is that it increases the disk space available.  I have an iPhone 6 with a 16 GB hard drive.  It increased my available space from 2 GB to 3 GB, so I'll be able to download a few more apps.  From what I know the smallest hard drive on in iPhone 7 has 32 GB.

I think the Youtube video seen above answers all questions about IOS 10.3

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa Opens

It was announced in Rolling Stone that the Bob Dylan archive at the University of Tulsa is open, but not just anybody can access it.  This archive will be granted to individuals wth a qualified research project.  Qualified researchers must consult with the finding aid and make a request to the librarian.  Hmm, maybe I should apply to become a librarian at the University of Tulsa.

I am quoting directly from the article in Rolling Stone:

Select items from the collection will eventually be exhibited at the Bob Dylan Center, the primary public venue for the archive. The George Kaiser Family Foundation's Executive Director Ken Levit, and University of Tulsa President Gerard Clancy, announced that they are now accepting design proposals for the Bob Dylan Center, which will be housed in an existing building in Tulsa's Brady Arts District. An expected opening date has yet to be announced.

The opening state could be at least several years away since design proposals are first being accepted now.  Be assured that when it does open, the Slutsky family will be making a trip to Tulsa.

More information from Rolling Stone.

After reading these articles, I am tempting to make my retirement home in Tulsa.  :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Lee! You are 29 years Old! Where did the years go?

It is hard to believe that March 28th is Lee's 29th Birthday.  I can remember bringing him home from the hospital in my white 1985 Chevy Cavalier.  I also remember his Bar Mitzvah in 2001 when he entered the room as the DJ played Mr. Lee by the Bobbettes.  I think I picked the right photo as he is the #1 Wheel of Fortune player in the family.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore - One of My Favorite One Hit Wonders

This hit was released in late 1979 and first charted in Billboard in February 1980 and peaked at #13.  Charlie has had a multifaceted career as indicate in her website and Wikipedia entry .  I checked the list of songs that should have been a bigger hit that I sent to Rich Appel, and I forgot to vote for it.  Hey Rich, can I send an amended return?  I don't to create any additional work for him, so I'll be sure to vote for it next year.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theater For Lee's Birthday

Every year we take Lee to a concert or a Broadway show for his birthday.  This year he chose to see School of Rock.  We saw the movie a few years ago, but live music is always better.  The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.  It includes 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original music from the movie.

After the show, we wanted to eat at Ellen's Stardust Diner, but the line to get in was literally a block long.  It seems that after the matinees ended, people just flocked there.  It seems that the best way to get in is to go while shows are in progress.  We haven't been there in a few years, but we really enjoy the singing waiters and waitresses.  Instead, we ate at TGIFridays.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Preview of Bob Dylan's Triplicate CD and An Unusual Interview With Him

Facebook friends often provide useful links especially when there is a shared interest that made you connect on Facebook.  Scott Warmuth is certainly a Bob Dylan fan extraordinaire as he has been referenced in the Dylan fanzine ISIS,  Today he made a link to selections from the forthcoming CD set called Triplicate.  It will be released on March 31, but I am sure that radio stations like WFUV will start to play these cuts.

Anita Bonita is a Facebook friend whom I met at one of the oldies meets and greets.  She is best known as a voiceover professional.  She made a link to an interview of Dylan by Bill Flanagan.  It is very unusual when Dylan give a lengthy interview that is quite forthcoming.  Since it is on the BobDylan.com website, it really means that he wants to communicate this with his fans.  It is very rare when he gives an interview on radio or TV.  I wish that the late Pete Fornatale would have interviewed him back in the 60s or 70s.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tim Tebow is Assigned to Mets Class A Farm Team at Columbia, SC

Likely, few players at the Class A level will ever make it to the major leagues.  The dream for many baseball players ends somewhere in the minor league.  Tim Tebow gave up on pro football and signed with the Mets last Fall and played in the Arizona Fall League.  His performance there and in the Grapefruit Leagues have been mediocre at best.  He deserves a chance to prove himself over an entire season.  He was just assigned to the Mets minor league Class A farm team at Columbia, SC.  If he does well, he'll be promoted.  If not he'll be released like any other minor leaguer.

The Wikipedia actually provides a list of players who played in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League.  Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders are the most famous.  Time will tell if Tim Tebow will make that list.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Favorite Jimmy Breslin Book - Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?

I just found out that New York City newspaper columnist extraordinaire Jimmy Breslin just passed away at age 88.  I am not a political person, but over the years I have read his columns in various New York newspapers.  I also remember in 1969 he ran for President of the City Council on a ticket headed by mayoral candidate Norman Mailer.

My favorite book of his has to be:

Breslin, J. (1963). Can't anybody here play this game?. New York: Viking Press.

This book was about my beloved 1962 New York Mets.

Anyway, I suggest my readers check out this excellent obituary in New York Magazine.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 NY Islanders 2 in OT at Barclay Center

We took a long subway ride to Brooklyn to see the Islanders play the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Barclay Center in an unusual afternoon game.  The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, but Cam Atkinson stung the Islanders playoff push with the game-winner 1:19 of overtime.

Game recap

No Particular Place to Go - My Favorite Chuck Berry Song

Early this evening I found out that Chuck Berry passed away at age 90.  Needless to say, he is the father of rock 'n roll music.  I remember hearing "No Particular Place to Go" on WABC when I was at Camp Wel-Met in Narrowsburg, NY in the summer of 1964.

RIP Chuck

Friday, March 17, 2017

One Irish Rover - Van Morrison and Bob Dylan

Saluting our favorite Irish singer on St. Patrick's Day.  He has a very distinguished friend.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Wintry Mix is Worse Than All Snow

The original weather forecast for the March blizzard called for 12-18 inches of snow in NYC.  All the models were wrong as the storm moved inland with warmer air by the coast.  Thus the snow turned into a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.  Although the snow accumulation was limited to 6 inches there was a sheet of ice over the snow.  Thus, it was very difficult to dig out.  When the precipitation is just snow, it is lighter and easier to shovel.

This weather is expected in January, but not in the middle of March.  People talk about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day During Spring Break Week

The original forecast was for 12-18 inches of snow in NYC, but I think the actual amounts are now projected to be 8-12 inches.  It seems that there will be some sleet that will minimize the accumulation.  Most schools announced closures yesterday afternoon in anticipation of a big snow storm.

I just hate it when it snows this late in the season as I'm looking forward to the baseball season and nicer weather.  Just a week ago we had 60-degree weather, but all of sudden it got colder.  Snow in March usually melts quickly as the temperatures are warmer and the sun is stronger.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
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