Tuesday, July 17, 2018

You Can Now Get Free Admission to NYC Museums with a Library Card - Please Read the Fine Print

There was an announcement yesterday that NYC residents with a library card from Queens, Brooklyn, or NYPL can gain free admission to 33 museums.  The announcement implied that one can just walk into a museum, show a library card and get it.  You can read all the details at https://www.culturepass.nyc/ .   

One must access that website and pick a museum and make a reservation in advance.  For some of the museums, one must have to wait a month or more for an open date.  There is also a limitation on how many times one may visit a particular institution.  In any event, this is a very good deal.  I just felt that the details should have been given in the preliminary announcements.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lee Saw Yellow Submarine for the First Time

 In 1968 I went with my friend Roy and his Dad and saw Yellow Submarine at the Fresh Meadows theater.  Some years I saw it on TV with Cousin Brucie as the host.  A few weeks ago I read about the re-release of the film in Goldmine Magazine.  Earlier this week I researched the movie in the Performing Arts Library of NYPL in Lincoln Center.  Today we went to the Kew Gardens Cinema to see it.  This version included the song Hey Bulldog which was omitted from the 1968 version,

Lee was so thrilled about seeing the movie.  When we got home he insisted on hearing the soundtrack CD again.  The music of the Beatles will never die, but "Greatest Hits" radio stations like WCBS-FM refuse to play their music which transcends the generations.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mets 7 Nationals 4

I finally saw a good game at Citi Field as the Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 7-4 with a good pitching performance by Zach Wheeler who won the first time since April 29.  The Mets took a 7-0 that featured a  3-run homer by Michael Conforto.  It seemed to be a safe lead but Wheeler faltered in the 8th inning by giving up a 2-run homer by Matt Adams.  I felt that Mickey Callaway kept Wheeler in a little too long, but all's well that ends well as Jeurys Familia closed the door in the 9th inning for his 17th save.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Birthday Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn is 76 years young today.  I have been following him since 1965 when the Byrds version of Mr. Tamborine Man was a #1 hit.  Above is a video of Roger with fellow Byrd Chris Hillman singing You Ain't Goin' Nowhere.  Roger, Chris, and others will be touring for the 50th anniversary of the seminal LP Sweetheart of the Rodeo.  I will be buying tickets for their show at Town Hall on September 24.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Listening to Sports Talk Radio

Since I've been retired, I listen to WFAN and ESPN New York with some degree of regularity. I find that I can only listen for 20-30 minutes at a time. First of all, there is so much repetition of the topics of the day. I am especially annoyed with callers who constantly speculate on trades. If I tune in later in the day, I hear the same speculations. Should the Mets trade Jacob deGrom? Also, it seems that the commercial load on sports talk stations is very high. I just have to tune out after hearing more than 3 minutes of spots.

There was a report today that Mike Francesa's WFAN show beats Michael Kay's ESPN Radio show in the ratings.  I do listen to both, but it annoys when Michael Kay and his two co-hosts talk too much about non-sports topics.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Researching Yellow Submarine Before Seeing the Movie Again

I found out that the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie will be re-released for theaters this month and will be shown next weekend at the Kew Gardens Cinema.  I took a ride to Manhattan to read the book seen above at the Performing Arts Research Library of NYPL at Lincoln Center.  Here are some facts that I discovered about the film:

  • It premiered in the UK on July 17, 1968, thus the re-release is scheduled for the 50th anniversary.  I was not released in the USA until November of that year.
  • Al Brodax was the producer
  • The Beatles had no role in the production of the film.  Their voices were done by actors.  They did appear at the very end.
  • Heinz Edelmann designed the Yellow Submarine for the movie
  • Erich Segal of Love Story fame was a screenwriter
  • There were 200 animators but only 10  were considered the creative drive behind the basic design and preparation.
  • The film was renovated in 1999 and 2012 and re-released in those years.
  • The original American version did not include Hey Bulldog

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays 9 Mets 0 - I should have gone to a museum today

When I bought Met tickets in March, I didn't buy anything for July since I didn't know when in the month we would go on vacation.  Since we are not leaving until July 29, I thought we would get tickets for one or two games early in the month.  Since the weather forecast was promising, I decided to get tickets for today's game.  If I had bought promenade infield seats from the box office, I would have paid $40.  I checked out StubHub and was able to buy tickets for $17 each.  I guess season ticket holders are trying to dump their tickets.

C.J Cron hit a three-run home run for the Rays in the first inning off starting pitcher Chris Flexen.  it was then downhill from there for the Mets.  At the end of the 6th inning, the Rays were ahead 7-0 and to add insult to injury Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi retired the first 18 batters.  Brandon Nimmo singled in the 7th for the Mets to end the threat of a perfect game.  The Rays scored two more runs to win 9-0.

I should have gone to a museum today.

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