Monday, April 23, 2018

Visited Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Today

Saturday was Record Store Day, but there are none where I live.  Roger Clark of NY1 News did an excellent story about Rough Trade Record in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.  Since I am now retired I had the time today to take the subway there to check it out.

It was an old-fashioned retail outlet with vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs, and even books about music.  It reminded me somewhat of Tower Records which closed several years ago.  It brought me back to my high school days when on Fridays I would run over to the record department at Alexanders and browse since I didn't have the money to buy anything.  Rough Trade arranged the CDs by musical genre so I looked at oldies and folk.  My turntable at home still works fine, but I decided to buy the following CDs:

  • The Very Best of Cat Stevens
  • Walk on the Wild Side:  The Best of Lou Reed
  • Soul Deep: The Best of the Box Tops
  • Meet on the Ledge of the Collection: Fairport Convention
I decided to walk around Williamsburg for a while since I hadn't been in that part of Brooklyn for many years.  It certainly is very much upscale with new apartment buildings.  There were many juice bars in the area.  I sat for a while in a park right on the East River.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Karen

On our very first date all those years ago I found out that Karen's birthday was one day after mine.  Since that time we have always celebrated together.  Since we went out for breakfast yesterday, we'll go out for dinner tonight.  Karen will never open an account on Facebook.  She is even reluctant to use a computer.

Happy birthday, Karen.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Oy Vey - Another Birthday

I think I am going to stop counting.  Thank you, Mr. Met, Superman, Karen, Lee and the Facebook friends who wished me a happy birthday.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Rego Park Revisited 2018

Back in June 2013, I wrote a very detailed journal entry on my walking tour of Rego Park, Queens where I grew up.  I passed by most of the places that I visited back then.  The only difference is that this year I crossed Woodhaven Blvd and walked through a park at the corner of Woodhaven and Queens Blvds where I used to play ball with my friends from the neighborhood.  I walked a little farther and noted that the site of the Elmwood Theater is now a church.

I didn't run into any former classmates as I did in 2013.  The only big change was that several stores on the south side of Queens Blvd at 65th Road were demolished.  Apparently, a large apartment building will be constructed there.  My Bar Mitzvah reception in 1962 was held at a restaurant at that site called Le Flamboyan.  It later became a furniture store, and eventually a men's clothing store.  Now it is completely gone.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Today I visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage located in lower Manhattan just north of Battery Park.  I was pleasantly surprised at the scope of the exhibits and the building's architecture. A film in the rotunda introduces the Jewish experience in a montage of images to educate visitors of all religions and ethnicities.

Level 1 demonstrates Jewish life from 1880-1930 before the Holocaust.  It shows Jewish family life and the traditions that are carried on from one generation to the next.

The exhibits in level two details in chronological order the war against the Jews from 1930-45.  It shows how the Nazis came to power and that they wanted to kill all Jews in Europe.  There are displays of life in the ghettos, the fight to preserve humanity and Jewish heritage, and the world response to the Holocaust.

Level Three labeled as Jewish Renewal: 1945-present  shows how the Jewish recovered from the Holocaust after World War II.  It considers the founding of the state of Israel and how the survivors were resettled.

I highly recommend all of my readers visit this museum.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fixing the Old Car or Buying a Newer One

On Sunday afternoon the Check Engine Light came on again.  When this happened in December it turned out the car needed an oxygen sensor which cost about $250.  I decided to go to AutoZone who advertises they will do the scan for free.  It turns out that I need a catalytic converter which will cost $550.  I have a 2000 Chevy Cavalier with only 66,600 miles.  I only use it for local driving so I decided to fix it.  I bought this car brand new in 2000 for about $15,000.  When the time comes I would buy a similar car 2-3 years old with about 30,000 miles.  I did a little window shopping on Carfax today and noted that it would cost $10,000-$12,000.

I guess for now it is cheaper to keep the old one.  I just hope I don't encounter large repair bills.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Who Reads Bruce's Journal and Why Do They Read It?

I get statistics on the number of hits this journal gets from Blogger and Google Analytics . The latter also tells me the city of the reader.  However, these services present conflicting data with Blogger reporting higher numbers.  Last summer Google Analytics did not report my visits from Houston.  I assume that most of the hits are from Facebook or Google searches.

Why do people read my "nonsense"?  Are they interested in Bob Dylan, the Mets, museums, radio stations, oldies music, Jeopardy or any of my interests?  A few people on Facebook mentioned that they enjoy reading this blog.  A few times I tried to survey my readers using Google Forms or Survey Monkey but there were few responses.

If you would like, please comment below or send me an email.

Friday, April 13, 2018

National Museum of the American Indian

It is either a museum or a movie for my these days, so today I visited the National Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan near Battery Park.  Since this museum is run by the federal government, there was no admission charge.  The security was very tight as I had to go through a sensitive metal detector as if I was in an airport.

The museum featured Indian art from all over the Western hemisphere.  These displays were broken down geographically.  There was also a section devoted to Indians using light and sound in their art.

After I completed my viewing of the exhibits I took a short walk to the Staten Island ferry terminal.  I also sat around Battery part for a while and looked out on New York Harbor.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Viewing Radio Seminars about WCBS-FM and WNEW-FM at the Paley Center

It seems that I have been going to the Paley Center about once a week since I retired.  Today  I viewed two radio seminars that were held at the museum years ago.

The first one discussed the state of oldies radio in 2003.  Even back then WCBS-FM was playing less music from the 1950s and early 1960s.  The following radio personalities spoke and answered questions from the audience:

  • Bill Brown (now deceased)
  • Joe McCoy  - then the Program Director
  • Bob Shannon
  • Don K. Reed
  • Norm N. Nite
Nobody even imagined the flip to the dreaded Jack format two years later.

The second seminar held in 1997 considered freeform radio as it began in 1967 when WNEW-FM adopted that format.  The following radio personalities spoke and fielded questions from the audience:
  • Pete Fornatale (now deceased)
  • Dave Herman (now deceased)
  • Rosko (now deceased)
  • Scott Muni (now deceased)
  • Zacherle (now deceased)
  • Vin Scelsa
  • Dennis Elsas
  • Jonathan Schwartz

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Things Have Changed - A CD of Bob Dylan Covers by Bettye Lavette

I am really glad that Gary Walker, the morning DJ at WBGO is a fan of Bob Dylan covers.  Several years ago he introduced me to Highway 61 Revisited by Ben Sidran.  Today he mentioned Things Have Changed by Bettye Lavette.  I found the recording of the title song on Youtube and it is out of this world.  The review in Rolling Stone is very positive as it says" Half of its 12 tracks restore life to songs that were dead-on-arrival on Dylan albums from 1979 to 1989; the rest reshapes more essential parts of the legend."  Very often covers of Dylan songs are better known than the original  All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix is a prime example.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Another Visit to the Guggenheim Museum

I last visited the Guggenheim Museum in August 2017 so this new retiree decided to go again since the exhibits change over time.  The major exhibit was Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away which will be there until May 9.  He was an artist born in Vietnam near the end of that miserable war and emigrated with his family to Denmark.  It was an eclectic exhibition with artworks of various formats.  I also stopped by the permanent exhibits offered by the museum.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hey Mr. President Don't You Care That Someone Died in Your Building?

Yesterday, there was a fire at Trump Tower.  The New York Fire Department was able to put out the flames as the damage was limited to one apartment where sadly a man perished.  This is all that our beloved president could say on Twitter:

"Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!"

He brags about how well built Trump Tower is, but did he send condolences to the family of the deceased?  Does he care?  At least he thanked the Firemen (and women).

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy 95th Birthday Uncle Sy

Mom and Uncle Sy August 2014

My Uncle Sy Wagman seen in the photo above is celebrating is 95th birthday.  He is sitting with my Mom in this picture taken about 6 months before she passed away in February 2015.  My best wishes for many more healthy years to Uncle Sy who was the youngest of 3 siblings.  All of them including my Uncle Abe lived into their 90s.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Watching the Mets and the Yankees at the Same Time

It is unusual when the Mets and Yankees are home on the same day.  It is more unusual when both teams schedule a day game at the same time.  Both teams were supposed to start at 1 PM, but rain showers in the New York area delayed the start of both games till about 2:45 PM.

For the first time, the Met game was not on PIX-11 or SNY.  It was actually carried online on Facebook.  The Yankee game was telecast on the YES Network as usual.  Today I took my Amazon Kindle into the living room and watched the Mets while watching the Yankees on TV.  It was a successful afternoon as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 7-2 and the Mets beat Philadelphia 4-2.

Mets Recap

Yankees Recap

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Catching Up on Reading Magazines

Since the weather was somewhat dreary today, I thought it would be a good time to catch up on reading magazines.  When I commuted from Flushing to Newark I was able to read magazines or newspapers on the train.  Years ago one could see numerous commuters reading newspapers, but today almost everyone is looking at their smartphones.  Here is a list of my magazine subscriptions:

  • Chemical & Engineering News
  • Discover
  • Scientific American
  • Rolling Stone
  • New York
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Goldmine
  • AARP Magazine
Am I the only person who subscribes to the AARP Magazine and Rolling Stone?  The later has many articles about recording artists who were popular in the 60s and 70s.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Snow in April! Enough Already!

It is snowing rather steadily as I am writing this journal entry.  The forecast calls for up to 3 inches in NYC this morning which is scheduled to end about 11 AM.  At least the snow should melt very quickly.  This article in AMNY lists the April snowstorms in NYC.  I remember the one on April 6, 1982, when the home opener at Yankee Stadium was postponed.  The Yankees are scheduled to play at 1 PM today while the Mets are at Citifield at 7 PM.  As of this writing, both of those games are on.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mets 6 Cardinals 2 in My First 2018 Game at Citi Field

This is likely the first time I attended a baseball game in March as the season began a few days early this year.  We usually go on the first weekend of the season, so this year was no exception. Jacob de Grom who cut his hair in the offseason was the starting pitcher for the Mets.  He was sharp as he allowed 1 run and 4 hits with 7 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.  Home runs by Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud led the hitting attack as the Mets won 6-2.  This is the first time since 2013 that they won their first two games of the season.

The only problem was that relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak left the game with a sore left oblique.  Hopefully, this is a minor injury as I don't want to see the team decimated by medical problems as it was last season.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mets and Yankees Win on Opening Day Saddened by the Passing of Rusty Staub

Very early this morning Rusty Staub passed away in Florida at the age of 73 in Florida.  I am sure that all baseball fans and players who knew him were greatly saddened today.  There is so much that can be said about him but I am going to refer my readers to a biography of him written by SABR member Norm King.

Mickey Calloway made his managerial debut at Citi Field as the Mets beat the Cards 9-4.  Noah Syndergaard stuck out ten to lead the Mets to victory.  Yoenis Cespedes led the hitting attack by driving in three runs.  I wish the Mets could have openers every game as their record is 37-12 on opening days since 1970.  It is a long season and anything can happen over the next 161 games.

Game Summary

In Toronto, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 in a game featuring two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton and an excellent pitching performance by Luis Severino.  The Yankees could run away with the AL East, but its a long season.

Game Summary

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Happy 30th Birthday to Lee

Where did all these years go?  March 28 is Lee's 30th birthday.  He is wearing his Wheel of Fortune t-shirt as he is the family's champion of this game show.  He is looking forward to the start of baseball season which will be on March 29.  He shares his birthday with my friend Herb Hollander.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Random Comments of the Day

I just I haven't posted random comments in a while so here goes:

  • Radio personality Don Imus is retiring this week after 40+ years in radio.  I never cared for his style of radio, but he certainly had an impact.  Back in 1977-78 while I lived in New London, CT, he had a big following there as WNBC come in loud and clear about 120 miles away from NYC.
  • Today for the first time since I retired from NJIT I ate lunch at Subways.  All of them are pretty much the same.
  • Lee hears his favorite Bob Dylan song, Tangled up in Blue, on WFUV this morning.
  • I am looking forward to Opening Day this Thursday.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

We Saw A Bronx Tale for Lee's Birthday

Every year we take Lee to see a Broadway show for his birthday (March 28), so this year he picked A Bronx Tale.  It is a streetwise musical that takes place on the stoops in the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be.  It was a movie released in 1993 that starred Robert De Niro.  That film was adapted from Chazz Palminteri's 1989 play of the same name.  The musical opened at the Papermill Playhouse in February 2016 and the moved to Broadway.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Resumes in Lisbon, Portugal

I just checked Bill Pagel's Boblinks page and found out that the Never Ending Tour has resumed.  Dylan will be 77 years old in May and he keeps going.  Here is the setlist:

Lisbon, Portugal
Altice Arena
March 22, 2018

1.Things Have Changed (Bob on Piano)
2.It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on Piano)
3.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on Piano)
4.Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on Piano)
5.Summer Days (Bob on Piano)
6.Make You Feel My Love (Bob on Piano)
7.Honest With Me (Bob on Piano)
8.Tryin' To Get To Heaven
9.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob on Piano)
10.Pay In Blood (Bob on Piano)
11.Tangled Up In Blue (Bob on Piano)
12.Soon After Midnight (Bob on Piano)
13.Early Roman Kings (Bob on Piano)
14.Desolation Row (Bob on Piano)
15.Spirit On The Water (Bob on Piano)
16.Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on Piano)
17.Why Try To Change Me Now (Bob center stage - no harp)
18.Love Sick (Bob on Piano)
19.Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on Piano)
20.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on Piano)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow, Snow Go Away

I wouldn't mind so much if this were January or February, but on March 21 we shouldn't get 8 - 12 inches of snow.  The weather forecast stated that the storm will intensify over the next few hours and may not end until about 5 AM.  Since the days are longer in March, the snow will melt quicker, but not instantaneously.  It is hard to believe that open day at Citi Field is in 8 days.  I am sure the groundskeepers will get the field in shape.  Our first game is on March 31.  I hope I won't have to wear my winter coat to the game.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday at the Jewish Museum

According to records kept in this journal the last time I visited the Jewish Museum was in August 2015.  So, I thought it was time for a return visit.  The exhibits I saw were:

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine - a cross-disciplinary work in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, furniture

  • Scenes from the Collection - the was the entire third floor which included nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, many of which are on view for the first time at the Museum

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Record and CD Fair at the Watson Hotel on West 57th Street

Today I made a return trip to the Watson Hotel on West 57th Street for a Record and CD fair that is held there monthly.  Since I was there 6 months ago I thought it was time to come back as the vendors and selection of music changes.  Here is what I bought:

  • A Tribute to Bob Dylan - covers of his songs by various artists
  • Willie Nelson - City of New Orleans
  • Roseanne Cash - Hits 1939-79
  • Neil Diamond - Dreams
  • Sam & Dave - The Very Best of
  • Beatles - The Acoustic Submarine (I don't know if these are covers of Beatles songs by other artists)
  • Spyro Gyra - Wrapped in a Dream
  • Santana - Supernatural
  • Neil Young - Unplugged
All the CDs above cost me $30

One of the vendors even remembered me from my September visit.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ed Charles of the 1969 Mets Passes Away at 84

It was announced yesterday that "The Glider" Ed Charles of the 1969 Mets passed away at his home in East Elmhurst, Queens.  We have already lost several members of that famous team:

  • Tug McGraw
  • Tommy Agee
  • Cal Koonce
  • Don Cardwell
  • Danny Frisella
  • Gil Hodges
A few other members of that team are facing health issues, but it is almost 50 years since that "miracle."

Sometime in the early to mid 1980s I met Ed Charles in Flushing Meadows Park.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

So Much to See at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I did a search of my journal and read that I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 20, 2017.  Since it was just over a year since I was there, I thought it was time for a return visit.

I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but since the museum is so large it is so difficult to absorb everything observed.  There was art in many different formats and from almost every corner of the world.  I think it would really take 2 or 3 days to examine everything.  Thus my observations today was very cursory.

I was impressed by this exhibit - Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings.  Cole is a landscape painter who lived from 1801-1848.  The highlight of the day for me was seeing Washington' Crossing the Delaware painted by Emanuel Luetze.  My cell phone photo is below.

I found at through Facebook that my fellow recent NJIT retiree Bill Reynolds was at the Whitney Museum downtown,  Inevitably, our paths will cross at another museum.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I Bought Tickets for 10 Met Games Today

It was a cold and blustery morning, but I drove over to Citi Field and bought tickets for 10 games this season.  If I bought them online I would have had to pay a $5/ticket service charge, so I saved $150.  They are all in section 514 which is the upper deck behind home plate.  I will likely go to several weekday afternoon games and try to meet up with some of my retired Facebook friends.  For the first time, I will be going to a game in March, so I am really hoping that the weather warms up by then. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Bought Tickets for Paul Simon at Madison Square Garden in September

In February I reported in this journal that Paul Simon is retiring and will give a farewell tour with the proceeds going to charity.  He will be "Homeward Bound" as he will be performing at the Prudential Center in Newark and at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in September.  Today I bought tickets for the MSG show on Friday, September 21.

I paid about $100/ticket, but I was annoyed that Ticketmaster wanted $23/ticket as their fee.  There is no choice but to pay the fee as one can't go to the box office.

I doubt that Art Garfunkel will not be there with him at all since he has been having problems with his voice.  I also sense that Paul and Art are not on the best of terms. Maybe I'll be surprised that night.

Monday, March 12, 2018

17 Days Until Opening Day

Opening Day at Citi Field is Thursday, March 29.  I am not complaining that the date was moved up, but I am hoping that the weather won't be cold when there is a ball game.  As of now, we will be going to Game 2 on March 31.  Later this week I will go over to the box office at Cit Field to buy tickets for about 10 games for the family.  Likely, I will go to several weekday afternoon games and ask through Facebook is there anyone there that I know.  I have met several people for the first time at the ball park.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Recent NJIT Retirees Like to Visit Art Museums - MOMA PS1

For many years I have observed the MOMA PS1 building from the #7 line by the Court Square stop, but I was never there.  Earlier this week when I visited MOMA on West 53rd Street I found out that visitors could go to MOMA PS1 for free within 14 days.  So, how could I go wrong by going there today?

Here is a list of the exhibits that I viewed:

  • Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
  • Cathy Wilkes
  • Maria Lassnig: New York Films 1970–1980
It is really a small world when I encountered Bill Reynold who also recently retired from NJIT.  He worked in Instructional Technology/Media Services.  He actually came to the museum from Randolph, NJ which got about 2 feet of snow.  I follow him on Facebook and observe that he does a lot of traveling.

Bill Reynolds

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Best Wishes to Mike Seidman for a Full and Speedy Recovery

Bonnie Watson Pope reported on the Forest Hills High School, 1960-75, Alumni Page that Mike Seidman suffered a stroke while visiting a friend in south Florida.  He was not paralyzed but suffered a serious clot in his leg.  He underwent several surgeries and is on the road to recovery, but is still in the hospital.  I am sure that I speak for everyone in wishing a full and speedy recovery for him.

Mike and I graduated from Forest Hills High School (FHHS) in 1967.  He didn't know him very well back then but we reconnected in the late 1990s through an AOL folder of FHHS alumni.  We both joined a similar Facebook group about 10 years ago.  He and I organized a small reunion of FHHS 1967alumni that was held at Ben's Deli in Manhattan last October.  I took the photo seen above at that reunion.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Today I visited the Museum of Modern Art for the first time in many years.  Its collection includes over 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art over 6 floors.  The exhibits that I saw today included:

  • Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil
  • The Photography of Stephen Shore from the 1960s until today
  • Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989
  • Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983

  • The highlight of the day was seeing Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

    Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Please Keep Politics Out of Funding New Hudson River Tunnels for Railroads

    Senator Schumer Fights
    For New Yorkers

    There is a desperate need for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River as the two already there are over 100 years old and were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Also, the number of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains using these tunnels has increased dramatically. There are long delays caused by problems almost every day.  This new tunnel would have been completed but 8 years ago Fatso (former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie) refused to allow its construction.

    This Gateway Project was supported by the Obama administration who was willing to share the cost among New York, New Jersey, and the federal government. The "beloved" President of the United States has encouraged Republicans not to vote to fund this project.  As stated in the New York Times there is an antagonistic relationship between Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer since the Senator has blocked or delayed presidential nominations to key posts.

    It is very sad that local and regional commuters are caught in the middle of a very bitter political fight.  The Gateway Project is very badly needed to ensure reliable service.  Please keep politics out of it.

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Thank Goodness I Didn't Have to Go to Work Today

    There was a big Nor'Easter in this region today.  I think most of the rainfall came overnight, but at about 12 noon I went outside to get a pizza and the winds were very strong.  My umbrella did not survive the storm.

    This morning I received emails stating that there were delays on the #7 train.  I still subscribe to the Delayed on New Jersey Transit Group on Facebook.  Many posters reported horrific delays on the trains caused by downed power lines near Secaucus.   25 years and 3 months of transit delays were enough.  I did some reading, watch a movie on a DVD, but did not have to go on the #7 line or New Jersey Transit.  This is one reason I like retirement.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Sam Cooke at the Paley Center

    I think I have visited the Paley Center almost once a week since I have retired.  Lee came with me today as he wanted to see his buddy, Elvis Presley.  We found his 1968 Comeback special in their vast collection of the history of TV and Radio recordings.  After that, he wanted to see the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Yours truly actually watched those show before Lee was a gleam in my eye.  We saw the shows from:

    • February 9, 1964
    • February 16, 1964
    • February 23, 1964
    • September 12, 1965 - this show also featured Soupy Sales doing the Mouse.
    We actually fast forwarding through those 3 shows and only viewed the appearances by the Fab 4.

    We found the first show of Shindig in September 1964 which featured Sam Cooke singing Blowin' in the Wind.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    Visit to the New York Historical Society Museum

    Since I retired at the beginning of the year I have become a regular patron of the cultural venues of New York City.  Today, I visited the New York Historical Society Museum & Library at Central Park West and 77th Street.

    I was attracted to this museum today by the gallery featuring the photographs of George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden.  I saw photos of the 1970 champion New York Knicks, Rangers, Yankees, and Mets.  Non-sports photographs were also shown.

    Another exhibit showed the civil rights initiatives of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy in the 1950s and 60s.

    A major exhibition traced the history of the Vietnam War from 1945 to 1975 which was a sad chapter in  American History.  It brought back bad memories of the military draft and the deep divisions the conflict created between those who supported and opposed American involvement.

    The other current exhibits are listed at

    It was certainly an enjoyable day.

    Monday, February 26, 2018

    Happy Birthday Johnny Cash

    Today would have been the 86th birthday of Johnny Cash who is very popular in the Slutsky household.  It is hard to believe that it is over 14 years since he passed away.  He left us a very big body of music.  Ring of Fire is one of my favorites.

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Seton Hall 81 St. John's 74 in OT at Madison Square Garden

    St. John' plays about 4 basketball games every season at Madison Square Garden, so today we decided to go to see them play Big East rival, Seton Hall.  The game was very close as neither team led by more than 6 points.  At the end of regulation, the score was tied at 70.

    However, Seton Hall pulled ahead in the overtime period and won the game 81-74.  Khadeen Carrington scored 22 including 6 in overtime to lead the visitors to victory.

    Game recap

    Eric Alexander Quartet at Flushing Town Hall

    Since Flushing Town Hall is within walking distance of home, we had gone to many concerts there on weekends over the years.  Very often there were good concerts on Friday nights that were reasonably priced, but I was just too tired to go after a long week at work.  Since I am now retired, I am much more refreshed on Friday nights. 

    Last night we attended a jazz concert with the Eric Alexander Quartet.  The musicians were:

    • Eric Alexander - saxophone
    • Harold Mabern - piano
    • John Webber - bass
    • Joe Farnsworth  drum
    The concert was very enjoyable.

    Friday, February 23, 2018

    First Spring Training Game Today

    It didn't matter that the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 in Port St. Lucie. It just meant that since spring training games have just started, the regular season can't be too far away.  This year opening day is early on March 29.  Hopefully, it won't be cold that day.   New manager Micky Callaway let the pitchers go only one for one inning.  Both established Mets and rookies not likely to make the team appeared in today's game.  If there are no major injuries, the Amazins should be competitive this season.  At this point we can only hope for the best.

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Serendipity at the Paley Center Finding Art Fleming's Jeopardy Among Other Things

    Today I went to the Paley Center with Karen and Lee without anything specific in mind.  Karen was interested in the Moody Blues.  A search yielded an appearance on the Tom Jones Show in 1969.  Lee was interested in Johnny Cash so we found some of his performances from 1958.  I did a search on Bob Dylan and found an appearance in 1979 on Saturday Night Live where he sang Gotta Serve Somebody.

    Just for the heck of it I searched under Jeopardy and found two episodes from the 1970s featuring Art Fleming with Don Pardo as the announcer.  The amounts for each question were much lower back then, and the second and third place finishers could keep their winnings.  If I remember correctly Art Fleming was the host from 1964-79.  The Alex Trebek version started in 1984 and is still going strong.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Bob Dylan Cover of the Day - Dark Eyes by Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    I was listening to Bob Dylan Tracks this morning and Dan Murphy played Dark Eyes by Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy.  I actually have this CD called "A Tribute to 80s Dylan."  I also remember seeing Dylan in concert at the Beacon Theater where he sang Dark Eyes with Patti Smith.

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Minnesota Wild 5 New York Islanders 3 at Barclays Center

    For the second time this season we went to Barclays Center to see the Islanders play.  Jason Zucker scored 2 goals to lead the Wild to the 5- 3 victory. Devan Dubnyk excelled in the goal for the Wild as he made 32 saves.  I guess I am not in the mood for writing this evening :) .  You can read the recap linked below for all the details.

    Game Recap 

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Donald "Fuzzy" Cohen New York's Greatest Sports Fan Passes Away

    I read in several Twitter accounts that Fuzzy died of a heart attack yesterday.  He had to have attended thousands of games at Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field and other sports venues over the past 60 years,  He often took bus rides to visit teams while they were on the road.  I remember first seeing him in Section 1 of the upper deck of Shea Stadium in August 1978.  I had seen him umpteen times at the Met and Yankee games that I attended over the years.  Each arena should retire a seat in his honor.  He was featured in an article in the New York Times in 2006.


    Friday, February 16, 2018

    My Yearly Visit to the Museum of the City of New York

    I just checked my archives and determined that the last time I visited this museum was on January 2, 2017.  All museums have permanent and temporary exhibits.  The exhibits that I viewed today were:

    • Martin Luther King in New York City - photos and recordings of his appearances in the 50s and 60s.
    • Art in the Open - Fifty Years of Public Art in NYC
    • Beyond Suffrage - A Century of Women in NYC politics.  I enjoyed seeing photographs of the late Bella Abzug.  Once in the 1980s when I worked at NYPL I saw her walk through Times Square
    • Activist New York
    So far I have visited three museums since the first of the year.

    My First Publication as a Retiree

    For a few years, I have been involved in the SABR Games Project .  I finally decided to write up a game for the project.  In early January I was perusing the shelves of my small local public library and found this book:

    Bondy, Filip. 2016. Pine tar game: the Kansas city royals, the New York Yankees, and baseball's most absurd and ... entertaining controversy. New York: Scribner.

    Reading the book stimulated me to write it up for SABR. It took a while as I had to conform to their writing style.  Tom Brown helped with it, but the editors were tough, so I had to revise it.  You can read the article at

    I think non-SABR members can access this, but if not email me at  and I'll send you the MS Word version.

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    I Have Given Up On the Knicks for this Season

    I watched the Knicks play the Washington Wizards on TV last night.  Toward the end of the second quarter, they were leading by 27 points, but fell apart in the second half and lost 118-113.  The nicks have now lost 8 games in a row as their record has fallen to 23-36.  The season started off so promising as the player moves that they made in the off-season seemed to have worked out.  The downfall of the team this season can't be blamed solely on the major injury to Krisztap Porzingas.  He will likely miss part of next season.  It is now 45 years since they last won the NBA championship.  There is nothing to do but wait until baseball season.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Superman Again

    Since I have much more time for reading, I thought it was time to find a book about the Man of Steel.  I looked through the branch system catalog of NYPL and found the following item which I borrowed and am reading on my Kindle Fire:

    Haven, Tom. 2011. Our hero: Superman on Earth. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press.

    Most of the book is concerned with the history of the Superman comic from its inception in the 1930s to the present.  I remember in the 1960s running to the neighborhood candy store to get the last Superman or Action Comics.

    There was not much said about the TV show with George Reeves.  Superman and the Mole Men was actually a B movie that was released as a pilot for the TV series which aired in syndication from 1951-57.  The movie was condensed into two episodes aired in 1951.  Years ago I recorded several shows on VHS tape which I still have, but today I ordered seasons 3 and 4 on DVD.

    Sunday, February 11, 2018

    My Little Town by Simon and Garfunkel

    I requested this on Bob Radil's 60s 70s show on Friday night.  In the early 1970s, Paul and Art had split professionally, but My Little Town was their reunion single.  It appeared on Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years album and on Garfunkel's Breakaway album.  It was a hit in 1975 while I was working as a chemist for UOP Fragrances.

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    My Visit to the Performing Arts Library of NYPL

    While I worked at NYPL (1983-90) I visited the Performing Arts Library several times as a patron, not a librarian.  I don't remember going there since then  Now that I am retired, I certainly have the time to visit.  There are actually two libraries in the building:
    • Circulating collection - part of the Branch System
    • Research Libraries - non-circulating
    I had a couple of books in mind when I came to the Research Library

    Sterling, Christopher H., and Michael C. Keith. 2006. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of radio. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn.

    I ordered this 3 volume set and guess what?  The library pages could not find it.  This was a very common occurrence when I worked at NYPL, so I wasn't annoyed and ordered something else.

    Howarth, Ian. 2017. Rock 'n' radio: when DJs and rock music ruled the airwaves.

    Howarth is a Canadian so the book discussed how top 40 radio developed in Montreal in the 1960s.  He discussed radio stations CFCF and CKGM featuring DJs Dave Boxer and Buddy Gee.

    The third book that viewed was:

    Havers, Richard. 2017. Rolling Stones, on air in the sixties: TV and radio history as it happened.

    It was a coffee table book that featured many photos of the Rolling Stones in their early years.  I was amused by seeing several photos of the Stones wearing the same clothes as they performed on TV.  Later in their career, they dressed in different outfits.

    After that, I went downstairs I viewed an exhibit that honored Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth.  It offered a comprehensive retrospective of his life and career in classical music. It included over 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, and costumes.

    From there I perused through the circulating library.  I didn't want to take out any books since I would likely have to make a special trip to Manhattan to return them.

    I certainly enjoyed my day at the Performing Arts Library and will definitely make a return visit.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Thank You Paul Simon

    I hope you can read this letter that was sent by Paul Simon to his fans.  I am happy that he is "retiring" on his terms and is going to give a tour with the proceeds going to philanthropic organizations.  I can understand that over 50 years of recording sessions and concerts is enough and that it is time for him to end it.  His legacy will endure for generations to come.  I am sure that the loss of his guitarist and friend Vincent N'guini was devasting to him.

    I have completely enjoyed the music that he recorded with Art Garfunkel and as a solo performer.  Let me scratch my head and try to remember the concerts that I attended:

    • Summer 1966 - Forest Hills Stadium with Art Garfunkel
    • Spring 1987 - Paul Simon at Radio City Music Hall (Graceland Tour)
    • July 1999 - Bob Dylan and Paul Simon at Jones Beach
    • Fall 2009 - at Madison Square Garden with Art Garfunkel
    Today, I visited the Paley Center and viewed American Masters: Paul Simon: Born at The Right Time that originally aired on PBS in 1993.

    Monday, February 5, 2018

    It is Sad That There is Such a Double Standard in This Country about Sexual Behavior

    It is sad that so many people have been fired or compelled to resign for inappropriate sexual behavior.   In many situations, it was justified. The Temporary President of the United States as heard on this video from Access Hollywood brags about chasing married women.  Several senators including Kirsten Gillibrand have called for Trump's resignation.  None of them are Republicans.

    I just don't know what else to say.

    Sunday, February 4, 2018

    Atlanta Hawks 99 New York Knicks 96 at Madison Square Garden

    Since Knick tickets are usually so expensive, we have only gone to college basketball games at Madison Square Garden.  Several weeks ago the team waved its Ticketmaster fees for online purchases so we bought tickets for today's game at a reasonable price.  The Knicks have improved since last season, but they have a problem in holding leads toward the end of the game.

    The game was close for most of the way, but with 2:16 left the Knicks could not hold a 93-87 lead.  Kent Bazemore hit a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds to play to put the Hawks ahead.  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a potential tieing 3 point shot to give the Hawks the victory.

    They had a contest asking fans to send a selfie to Twitter or Instagram.  The winner would get 2 free airline tickets from Delta.  I had nothing to lose by entering.

    Yours truly at today's game

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