Saturday, January 23, 2021

I Was Born in Brooklyn in 1949 - Here is a Narrated Tour of the Borough in that Year


Mary Shaw who also was born in Brooklyn posted this video on Facebook.  I was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in 1949, but my family moved to Queens two years later.  This film offers a narrated tour of the borough in that year.  

Friday, January 22, 2021

Will Zoom Meetings Prevail When "Normalcy" Returns?


Since people can not gather for face-to-face meetings during this pandemic Zoom meetings have become very popular for online classes and discussions among hobbyists.  There are more meetings online than there ever was face-to-face before the pandemic.  For example, the New York Giants Preservation Society (baseball) held about 3 meetings a year at a sports bar.  Over the past few months, this group has run meetings almost every week.  For a while, I attended these online meetings, but as long as I don't want to ask a question, I view the archived version at my convenience.  Since the meetings are online, people from all over the country can attend.

Likewise, a Bob Dylan fan group that I organized in Fall 2019 used to hold meetings at NYU in Greenwich Village.  We now hold monthly meetings online.

Once this miserable pandemic ends, will people prefer online meetings?  It remains to be seen..

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Good Luck to the Biden Harris Administration


Today was the big day as Joe Biden became President and Kamala Harris became the first woman to become Vice-President.  There are many problems in today's society that will not disappear as there is a new team in Washington.  Mr. Biden will sign 17 executive orders, memorandums, and proclamations from the Oval Office on his first day in office.  This will help to undo the legacy of his predecessor who in my opinion never had the qualities to be president in the first place.  It is hard to believe that 74 million people voted for him.

I wish the best of luck to the new administration in all their endeavors.  Joe Biden will be president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him.  If they succeed, the American people will benefit.

On another topic, I hope that Donald Trump will be prosecuted to the fullest extent to the law on all charges.  Nobody is above the law.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Why Do People Do Such Stupid Things?


ESPN Reports that recently hired New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent explicit, unsolicited photos to a female reporter in 2016.  Steven Cohen, the new owner of the Mets, stated in a Tweet: "We have terminated Jared Porter this morning. In my initial press conference, I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

I think Jared Porter has committed career suicide.  This reminds me of the situation with former Congressman Anthony Weiner who committed a similar act using Twitter a few years ago.  His wife divorced him and lost his career in public service.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

I Just Love "The Wall of Sound" but its Producer was a Murderer


The Crystals had many hits featuring the Wall of Sound

The Wall of Sound is a music production formula developed by American record producer XXXXX at Gold Star Studios, in the 1960s, with assistance from engineer Larry Levine and the conglomerate of session musicians later known as "the Wrecking Crew".  That unmentioned producer died today at age 81 in prison while he was serving a life sentence for murder.  I don't think there should be a tribute to a murderer.

Here is a list of some of the hits of the 60s featuring the Wall of Sound.

  • He's a Rebel The Crystals.
  • Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) The Crystals.
  • Be My Baby The Ronettes.
  • Then He Kissed Me The Crystals.
  • (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry Darlene Love.
  • Baby, I Love YouThe Ronettes.
  • He's Sure the Boy I LoveThe Crystals.
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Bobby Soxx & The Blue Jeans.
  • River Deep Mountain High -Ike and Tina Turner
  • You've Lost that Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers
  • Good Vibrations by the Beach Boy

It's Getting Better by Cass Elliot - Oldie of the Day



Last night I watched a YouTube video of a biography of Cass Elliot.  This was part of a series that was seen on the A&E Cable Network.  I certainly hope that things will get better for everyone healthwise and otherwise.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Extraordinary Security for the Presidential Inauguration

The inauguration of the president should be a joyous occasion as the Americans celebrate the peaceful transition from one administration to the next.  The two inaugurations that I recall are:

  • January 1961 when John F. Kennedy took office.  It was a snow day so I was able to stay home to watch it.
  • January 2009 when Barack Obama became the first African-American president.  I was working at NJIT where a viewing area was set up in the campus center.  
A report from WTOP news describes the extraordinary security provided for the Biden inauguration this coming Wednesday.  Thousands of National Guard troops are already on patrol on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, which was the site of a deadly siege by supporters of President Donald Trump last week, and elsewhere around D.C.

This is quite sad as President Trump has brainwashed his followers into thinking that the election was rigged and that he should remain as president.  I hope that an impeachment trial be done after January 20th so that Trump can be forbidden from running for office and that perks given to former presidents are denied to him.

Prayers for a pieceful day.


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