Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Thank You Jack Sullivan For Dedicating a Song to Karen on WESU-FM Radio


WESU is a college radio station affiliated with Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut.  It can also be heard anywhere at http://www.wesufm.org/ Its programming is very eclectic including shows from the BCC and NPR,  Jack Sullivan has an oldies show that is heard Tuesday evenings from 8:00 - 9:30 PM.  A few years ago he promoted his show on Facebook, so I thought I'd listen.  Much of his show is requests from listeners.  Over the past few years, he did play several of my requests.

On tonight's show he made some kind comments about Karen and played I Couldn't Live Without Your Love by Petula Clark who is one of Karen's favorite artists. We saw Petula at BB Kings in December 2017 .  Please listen to the wonderful dedication that Jack made for Karen.

Suggestion - Once a Year Throw Out Unwanted Items from Closets and Drawers in Your Apartment


There is a TV commercial for a company where if you have junk in your house, just point to it and it will disappear.  Believe me, it is not that easy.  I have started to go through my apartment and found out that my beloved late wife Karen was a hoarder.  She did not throw anything out. For example, I found invitations to weddings and bar mitzvahs from over 30 years ago.  I must be very careful since there may be some important documents among the junk.  Thus, this is a very slow process.

Rome wasn't built in a day and I don't have a time limit, but this is a very unpleasant task.  I suggest everyone look through belongings and discard what is not needed about once a year.  I would make life a lot easier years later.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Conversation with Patti Harrison, Daughter of the Late Radio Great Harry Harrison


I worked with Jeff Scheckner and Bill Dillane to plan this event.  I couldn't attend since it was too soon after Karen's passing.  I hope you will enjoy the recording.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

High Praise for the Officers of the 109th Precinct of NYPD


Here is an email that I sent to the 109th Precinct which covers Flushing and most of northeastern Queens.

I highly praise the officers who responded at about 2:30 AM on Tuesday, February 16 after I called 911 to report that my wife, Karen Slutsky, was unresponsive.  They were especially kind and compassionate to me after medics confirmed that she passed away.  They explained all the procedures that needed to be followed at that time.  The officers stayed with me until the funeral home came to pick up the body.  I neglected to get their names.

They are certainly New York’s finest.

Thank you very much for your service.


Here is the response from the Captain:

I am the Commanding Officer of the 109 Precinct. I truly appreciate you taking the time during such a difficult time in your life to acknowledge the compassionate response of our officers. Thank You. I’m incredibly proud to receive this news and we will identify the Officers and have this acknowledgment placed in their permanent personnel file. On a personal note, please accept my condolences on your loss. I will include you and your family in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything you need.


Sadly, there have been many high-profile situations when the police have acted inappropriately.  These situations often linger in the media for months if not years. 99.999% of the time police officers act honorably,  However, when police go beyond the call of duty, the media rarely reports it.

This is the first time I have ever had to use the services of the NYPD.  I am very satisfied with their performance.  I hope the police will not be defunded as it may prevent them from doing their job properly.

Thank You for Being My Friend at this Very Difficult Time

 Lee and I greatly appreciate the kind messages that we received on Facebook after I announced Karen’s passing. I must have received about 200 messages from Facebook friends.  Friends from my grade school days, high school, college, grad school, my career, my hobbies, even friends I've never met in the flesh, all lent strength when I needed it most. I read every message and cherish their sentiments. My oldies radio friends were especially kind to me. I would like to call out some people who were especially kind to us:

Scott, Justin, and Faith Shapiro who are our nephews and niece.

Joyce Feuer – my sister

Alan Kanis -Karen’s cousin

Jonathan Binstock who phone me from Maryland

David McMillan – who phoned me from Oklahoma

Cara Sieden – who phoned me from Queens

My Bob Dylan friends, Millie Lyttle, Walter Raubicheck, Lawrence Kaplan, Danny Fingeroth, Caitlin Hawke, and Marcus Marsden.  There was a Zoom meeting that night that they canceled saying that it wouldn’t be the same without me.  Those guys know more about Dylan than me.

Yesterday, I received a phone call from Lou Saffrin whom I had not seen in 50 years.  I worked with him as stock boys for Alexanders when were students.  He went out of his way to look up my phone number.

Please be assured that even if I didn’t mention you in this journal entry, I appreciate your kindness and compassion.

I am going to conclude this journal entry with You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King who was one of Karen’s favorite singer/songwriters.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Bruce and Karen (October 16, 1983 - February 16, 2021) Remembering the Good Times - Her Memory is a Blessing


In August 1980, Arlene, a colleague of mine at a pharmaceutical company, asked if I’d like to meet her sister-in-law who lived nearby me in Queens.  I felt I had nothing to lose and phoned Karen and made a date.  We went to an ice dancing show at the Nassau Coliseum.  After the date, we went back to her apartment and talked.  I noted a knick-knack with the zodiac sign of Taurus.  She said her birthday was April 22 while mine was April 21, but six years apart.  I never heard the end of that in all the years that I knew her.  I phoned her for a second date which I think was a movie.  We found out that we liked oldies music, especially the Beatles.  I didn’t bring up Bob Dylan at that time.  After that, she invited me to her house to listen to her Beatles records.  We were also into oldies radio and listened to WYNY and WCBS-FM.  She was also a big fan of the Mets.

The relationship grew, but I was always afraid that marriage will kill all the fun.  In October 1982 we became engaged.  It must have been the worst proposal as I told her a few days before that I got the ring and that I will propose on Saturday night.

We were married on October 16, 1983, at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.  For our first year we lived on 99th Street in Rego Park.  A year later her father remarried and moved to the Bronx and later to Florida.  We then moved into the co-op she co-owned with her father in the Mitchell_Linden section of Flushing.  We have lived there ever since.

After 4 years of marriage, we thought it was time to start a family.  Lee was born in March 1988.  Having a child is a wonderful thing, but also creates stress.  As Lee got older we realized he was developmentally disabled and was in special education programs.  We always did the best for him.  He developed a taste for oldies music and Bob Dylan.  In April 1997 we took Lee to his first Bob Dylan concert at William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ.  He has gone to every Dylan concert since that time.

The highlights of our marriage were our baseball/music vacations.  In 2006, 2007, and 2010 we went on Jay Buckley baseball tours.  We flew to Chicago and took a bus to visit several ballparks in the Midwest.  At a game in Milwaukee Karen got a foul ball that landed in her seat.

Here are some of the vacations we took:

1998, 2008 – Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Indians

2003 – Memphis to visit Graceland.  We also took in a Memphis Redbirds Game

2005 – San Francisco to see the Giants and Oakland A’s

2011 – Southern California to see L.A. Dodgers, Angels, and several museums

2012 – Baltimore to see the Orioles at Camden Yards

2013 – Atlanta to see the Braves and several museums

2004, 2014 – Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash Museum and a Nashville Sounds Game

2016 – Denver to see the Colorado Rockies

2017 – Houston to see the Astros at Minute Maid Park

2018 – Phoenix to see the Arizona Diamondbacks and several museums.

2019 – Seattle to see the Mariners, Space Needle and other attraction

Our favorite activity at home which is watching Quiz Shows on TV.  Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune are our favorites, but we also watch GSN and the Buzzer Network. 

I’ll conclude be saying that the Beatles’ music was featured at our wedding.  Karen picked the wedding song that was Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Bruce's Journal will Return in a Few Days

 Readers not on Facebook may not know that my wife Karen passed away.  I will return in a few days with a long entry about Karen.

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