Saturday, September 21, 2019

Drive My Car by the Beatles - Requested but not played on the 60s 70s Show


Since Rick Ocasek of the Cars passed away last week, car songs was the 4th-hour theme on the 60s 70s show.  Since there is only so much time for the show, Bob just didn't have time to play it.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series #15 Will Be Released November 1


 I found out today that Travelin' Thru Volume 15 of Dylan's Bootleg Series will be released on November 1 almost one year to the day that Volume 14 More Blood More Tracks was issued.  This 3 CD set will include 37 previously unreleased tracks including the Dylan Cash Sessions and outtakes from the John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline sessions in 1967-69.  I just put my order into Amazon.com, so I will attack the postman on November 1.

Visit to the Cooper Hewitt Museum


I looked through CulturePass the other day and was able to get free admission for today for the Cooper Hewitt Museum on East 91st Street.  The exhibits completely changed since I was there on December 18, 2018.

The photo above is from an exhibit titled Nature - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.  Co-organized with Cube design museum in the Netherlands, the exhibition features more than 60 groundbreaking works from designers across all disciplines who are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future

One of the other exhibitions was Wyss Institute Selects. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University uses nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired technologies and commercial products that will bring about positive impact worldwide

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day


The Mets are now 78-72 with 12 games to go.  They will have to get very hot the rest of the way and the teams ahead of them must lose in order for them to get a wild card spot in the playoffs.

Even though the Yankees have all but clinched the American League East, but must try to have a better record than the Houston Astros to gain the home-field advantage in a possible match-up in the American League Championship Series.  Luis Severino who missed the entire season to date pitched well for 4 innings last night, but reliever Delin Betances reinjured himself.  Giancarlo Stanton is supposed to return soon after a long-term injury.  The Yankees will have difficult decisions to make in their post-season roster as fill-ins like Mike Ford and Mike Tauchmann have done well.

 Jason Zuffranieri won his 13th game on Jeopardy last night and is now tield for 5th place in the all-time number of wins.  He uses the same strategy as James Holzhauer by picking the answers with the highest value first.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dodgers 3 Mets 2

This game was originally scheduled for the afternoon but was changed to a 7 PM start to accommodate ESPN.  It was a pitching duel between Zach Wheeler of the Mets and Walker Buehler of the Dodgers.  The Mets scored 2 runs in the second inning with a triple by Brandon Nimmo,  The Dodgers scored a run in the 4th inning on a single by Corey Seager.

The Met's bullpen has performed poorly all season.  Presently, Justin Wilson and Seth Lugo are the only reliable relief pitchers.  Last night Wilson allowed a run in the 8th and Lugo a run in the 9th to win the game for the Dodgers 3-2.

I really think that poor hitting, not the bullpen must be blamed for the loss as the Mets only got 3 hits off Dodger pitching.  This is the second game in a row that the Mets only got 3 hits.  The Mets now travel to Denver to play the Rockies with their two best relievers unavailable.  Their chances for a wildcard are slim as they would have to win almost all their games while the teams ahead of them would have to get cold.

Game Recap 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Do All Prolific Baseball Writers Make Jokes About Mass Transit?

Gregory Wolf at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox

Gregory Wolf is a distinguished member of SABR, Society for American Baseball Research, as he has written numerous biographies and game reports.  He has also edited several books for SABR,  He is also Professor of German and holder of the Dennis and Jean Bauman endowed chair of the Humanities at North Central College in Naperville, IL.  He is obviously a very busy man.

However, he finds the time to tease me on Facebook about mass transit delays.  I certainly encountered many of them when I commuted from Queens, NY to Newark, NJ from 1992-2017.  I documented many of them in this journal and my companion blog New York-New Jersey Commuting.  I no longer ride on New Jersey Transit and ride the New York City subway only in non-peak hours.  Thankfully, any delays I have endured in retirement were minimal.

I wonder if other prolific baseball writers make jokes about mass transit.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My Tweets That Were Published in AM New York


AM New York is a free newspaper one can pick up at many subway stations.  It is much more concise than the Daily News, Post, and the New York Times.  There is a column on the editorial page called Chirp About It which publishes Tweets with the hashtag #amny.  Most of these Tweets are on mass transit issues.  Below are my tweets that have appeared in that column.


Mar 2, 2018
One of the nice things about retirement is not having to face delays on the 7 train caused by signal problems and other reasons #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Oct 24, 2017
Commuter railroads should also modernize fare collection.  Their methods are extremely primitive. #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Apr 17, 2017
Mazel Tov! No train delays on NJ Transit or the 7 Line both ways on my commute from Flushing to Newark #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Oct 12, 2017
Two major signal problem delays this week in the morning rush hour on the 7 train.  Can somebody fix them once and for all? #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Feb 28
If NYC adopts congestion pricing, parking garages should be built in the outer boroughs near subway stations #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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May 24, 2017
Anyone who can fix the signals in the subway system should get $3M as stated by the governor and a ticker tape parade down Broadway #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Jul 26, 2017
To help alleviate crowding on the subway employers should stagger hours for workers.  Please don't remove seats. #amny
Bruce Slutsky
@BruceS8852
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Sep 8
I just don’t understand why people insist on blocking the doors on buses when there is plenty of room to stand.  #amny

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Resumes in October


Dylan fans were worried as no new concerts were announced for a few months.  Yesterday dates were announced for October and November.  As of now, this leg of the tour ends on November 20 in Providence.  Hopefully, some more dates will be announced for NYC at the end of November.  Perhaps there are negotiations underway for the Beacon Theater or another venue.

2019 Tour Dates
October

11 Irvine, California, UC Irvine – Bren Events Center
12 Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Bowl
14 Palo Alto, California, Stanford University – Frost Amphitheatre
17 Denver, Colorado, The Mission Ballroom
19 Lincoln, Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena
20 Kansas City, Missouri, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
22 St. Louis, Missouri, Stifel Theatre
23 Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University – C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
24 Mankato, Minnesota, Mankato Civic Center
26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eagles Ballroom
27 Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University – Auditorium
29 Normal, Illinois, Illinois State University – Braden Auditorium
30 Chicago, Illinois, Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC

November

1 South Bend, Indiana, Morris Performing Arts Center
2 Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University – Emens Auditorium
4 Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University – Mershon Auditorium
5 East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State University – Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
6 Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan – Hill Auditorium
8 Highland Heights, Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University – BB&T Arena
9 Akron, Ohio, University of Akron – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
10 Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University – UPMC Events Center
12 Baltimore, Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County – UMBC Event Center
13 Petersburg, Virginia, Virginia State University – Multi-Purpose Center
15 University Park, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University – Eisenhower Auditorium
17 Ithaca, New York, Ithaca College – Athletics and Events Center
19 Lowell, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts – Tsongas Arena
20 Providence, Rhode Island, Providence Performing Arts Center

Monday, September 9, 2019

Going to Movie Theaters in Manhattan to See Documentaries


I have mentioned several times in this journal that movies are generally marketing to people much younger than I.  It is nice to have a movie complex within walking distance, but the College Point Multiplex shows the mass appeal movies suited for young audiences. I wish they would limit 1 screen out of 12 to independent films. Too many times I have gone there and left disgusted realizing that the film was just not for me.

Recently, I have made trips to theaters in Manhattan to see documentaries.  I generally don't discuss movies in Bruce's Journal, but I do list them on my Facebook page.  Below are listed 4 documentaries that I have seen recently:


  • David Crosby: Remember My Name - Landmark on 57th Street.  He was very candid in his remarks about his personal life, professional relationships, and medical problems.
  • Miles Davis; Birth of the Cool - Film Forum -  Traces the jazz musician's extraordinary career
  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice -  Film Forum - I didn't realize that she has sung in several genres of music.  It is a shame she is suffering from Parkinson's Disease
  • Toni Morrison:  The Pieces I am - Film at Lincoln Center - I learned quite a bit about this excellent African-American Writer.  When she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 numerous journalist came to her at Princeton University,



Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Polo Grounds and More at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is the only remaining Colonial residence in New York City.  I found out about an exhibition called  Home Plate: A Celebration of the Polo Grounds.  We took a long subway trip to upper Manhattan and discovered there was more than the Polo Grounds displayed.  Please keep in mind that at one time or another the baseball Giants, football Giants, Yankees, Mets, and Titans (football) played there.  Many famous boxing matches were held there as well.

We had the pleasure of meeting super sports fan Neil Scherer who gave us a detailed tour of the exhibit. There were photos of Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gerhig among others. He certainly knows much about New York sports history.  Below are some of the photos that I took.

Drawing of the Polo Grounds

Russ Hodges famous call after the Bobby Thompson Home Run in 1951

The World Champion 1986 Mets

We left the museum and walked a few blocks downtown to the site of the Polo Grounds where we saw the John Brush Stairway which is one of two structure remaining after the stadium was demolished in 1964


I highly recommend all baseball fans visit before the exhibition closes on January 5.

Friday, September 6, 2019

The 14th Annual Meet and Greet of Oldies Radio Enthusiasts is Set for November 9

The 14th Annual Meet and Greet of Oldies Radio Enthusiasts will take place Saturday, November 9 from 2 PM – 4 PM at Ben's Deli 209 West 38thStreet, New York, NY. Our gatherings in the past have attracted from 60 – 80 people. In the past radio personalities including Ken Dashow, Big Jay Sorensen, Broadway Bill Lee, Pat St. John, Sue O'Neal, Jim Kerr, and Carol Miller have attended. Music artists including Louise Murray of the Jaynetts and Tony Middleton of the Willows have come to some of our events in the past. We will announce if radio or music personalities are coming.

This year there will be a choice of (sandwiches): Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Brisket, Pastrami, Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Chicken Salad,  Salami, , 2 Hot Dogs, Tuna Salad, Vegetable Burger, Pasta Primavera, House Salad with French Fries and Choice of Bottomless Fountain Soda or Iced Tea. There will be coleslaw, pickles and rye bread on every table.

The cost will be $21 per person which includes tax, dessert, and gratuities. You must order a meal. In this way, people will get their food faster and there will no problems with splitting the check since everyone pays the same price.

You may state you are coming on Facebook or send an email to Bruce Slutsky (bruces8852@aol.com) or Jeff Scheckner (jmandjs@aol.com). Please feel to contact either one of us if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

I am Not Watching the Mets on Youtube This Afternoon


Last night's 11-10 loss to the Washington Nationals had to be one of the most devastating games in the 58-year history of the Mets.  To make a long story short, the Mets had a 10-4 lead going to the bottom of the 9th inning, but the bullpen imploded by allowing 7 runs including a game-winning home run by Kurt Suzuki off maligned pitcher Edwin Diaz.

Read the unhappy rccap

Anyway, Major League Baseball is putting today's game on Youtube, so anyone with internet access can view it.  I think I am going to take a pass and see a movie this afternoon.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Thankfully This is the Last Year MLB Rosters Can Expand to 40 On September 1


Since the minor league seasons end in early September, the Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters to 40 on September 1.  This allows managers to observe players who are being evaluated for promotions in the next season.  Managers have certainly more options with more players on the bench.  This means more pinch runners, defensive changes, and pitching changes.  I just hate it when a pitcher is brought in to face just one batter.  This happens more often in September which makes the games longer.

Thankfully, the rule will be changed in 2020 that will allow the rosters to be expanded only to 28 in September.  Also, a pitcher must face at least 3 batters or finish an inning.  Less pitching changes will create shorter games.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Yankees 4 A's 3 in 11 Innings

Even though I am a big Met fan, I do go to a handful of Yankee games every season.  This was a typical 2019 game since there were numerous strikeouts, walks, full counts, home runs, and pitching changes.  I will look at the box score and make some notes:

Home Runs:

Yankees - 4
A's         - 1
6 of the 7 runs were scored by home runs

Strikeouts

Yankee Pitchers - 11
A's Pitchers -        15

Walks

Yankee Pitchers - 10
A's Pitchers - 1

Pitchers Used

Yankees - 8
A's         - 4

To make a long story short the Yankees tied the game in the 8th inning by a home run by Aaron Judge and won it in the 11th with a walk-off homer by D.J. LaMahieu

Game Recap

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alex Trebek Has Completed Chemotherapy and is on the Mend


In the video above Alex Trebek announced that he has completed his chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer and is on the mend and has started recording episodes of season 36 of Jeopardy that will begin on September 9.  This is indeed good news, but Alex is not "out of the woods".  He needs to be examined periodically by his doctors to ensure that tumors have not returned.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has survived this dreadful disease for several years, so let's hope for the best for Alex and Justice Ginsburg.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Support Your Favorite Internet Radio Stations


There are likely thousands of internet radio stations out there that offer programming not available on AM or FM stations.  Many are run by hobbyists who must use their own money to share their love of radio and specific genres of music.  Today I made a small donation to support Allan Sniffen's Rewound Radio that programs oldies music that once was heard on commercial radio. I am especially grateful for his giving Bob Radil's 60s 70s show a home after a New Haven radio station dropped it.  In the past, I have donated to:

Pop Gold Radio - Another oldies station run by Don Tandler
DylanRadio.com - All Bob Dylan all of the time run by Canadian Met fan Pete Freckleton

I also regular donated to WBGO and WFUV which are not for profit stations on the FM dial in NYC.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Researching the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival Featuring Bob Dylan


Much has been written this month on the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.  I even bought a 10-CD set that featured much of the music.  Later that month in the UK the Isle of Wight Festival took placed featuring Bob Dylan who lived near Woodstock at that time.

Today I went to the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center to look up the book shown above.  The author Ray Foulk was one of the organizers of the Isle of Wight Festival.  This time I only had to wait 20 minutes for the book as opposed to 75 minutes at the Schwartzman Building.  I will not have to write any complaint emails.

I took notes as I read this book at the library.  There was an Isle of Wight Festival in 1968 that was not a financial success, so the organizers needed someone to attract people in 1969.

Dylan did few concerts between late 1966 after the motorcycle accident until the 1974 tour.  I found out from the book that Dylan's fascination with Lord Alfred Tennyson's home on the Isle of Wight was his reason for coming to the festival.  Dylan just didn't want to be part of a massively hyped Jamboree and would have felt out of place with the tie-dyed hippies of Woodstock Generation.  He was also afraid that some people may try to find his house.  In any event that festival actually took place in Bethel, NY which was a distance from Woodstock.  Actually, Dylan wasn't stolen from Woodstock; he elected to come to the Isle of Wight.

Dylan was to travel to the UK via boat on the QE 2, but those plans were changed since his son had a minor accident.  He and Sara, pregnant with their son Jakob, flew to England.  He was paid $50, 000 to perform as the concert that attracted 200,000 people including John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr with their wives.

There was no video of the concert, but CBS Records arranged for an audio recording that was part of the Another Self Portrait boxed set.

Dylan at the Isle of Wight

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Braves 2 Mets 1 in 14 innings


We headed over to Citi Field last night as this game was part of our package, but we didn't think it would be a very late night.  The Mets tied a major league record with their 8 pitchers striking out 26 Braves, but they still lost the game.  Jacob deGrom became the first pitcher to homer and strike out 13 batters in the same game twice in one season.  His home run turned out to be the only run scored by the Mets in this 14 inning marathon.

The Mets couldn't hit in the clutch as they left the bases loaded in the 10th inning and runners on first and third in the 11th.  The bullpen was effective until the top of the 14th when Jeurys Familia gave up an RBI single to Billy Hamilton.  The team gives player multi-million dollar contracts over a few years and they just don't perform.  There was no walk-off celebration last night.

Game Recap


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mets 9 Indians 2

It is unusual when we go to a night game during the week, but we had rainchecks from the game on Mother's Day.  We usually sit in the Promenade behind home plate, but when we exchanged our tickets we were given seats in the Coca-Cola corner in right field.  At the end of the third inning, we observed there were plenty of seats in our usual section, so we moved over.

This was an interleague game with Mickey Callaway facing his former team.  The Met hitting came alive with two-run homers by J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto. Steven Matz pitched a credible game for 6 1/3 and the bullpen for once was perfect.  This game marked the return of Ruben Tejada to Citi Field for the first time since his collision with Chase Utley in the 2015 NLDS,  He received polite applause when he was introduced as a late-inning defensive replacement.  He has no hits in 9 at-bats since his recall, so it is likely he will return to the minor league when Jeff McNeil comes off the injury list.

Game Recap

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

On My Bookshelf - More Baseball and Dylan


I just received this book about an hour ago for my Amazon Kindle. One can save money by buying new books on the Kindle.  The print version of the above book is $28.95 while I spent only $9.99 for the e-book.  Print books are often heavy and difficult to schlep around.  It is written by Louie Kemp who knew Dylan as a kid.  I'll start reading it today.


This is another book that I bought for the Kindle.  It is an autobiography of former baseball commissioner Bud Selig who discusses how baseball has changed over the years. It will certainly evolve even more in the years to come.  Baseball is too much of a business and there is too much reliance on analytics.


I obtained this 6-year old book from the Queens Library.  It wasn't at the local Mitchell-Linden branch, so I arranged to have it sent there.  There are various chapters on Jews who were players or executives in major league baseball.  I don't have to read the entire book.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Shelter from the Storm Would be a Good Title for a Movie About Bob Dylan Fans


Yesterday we saw Blinded by the Light, a film about a Pakistani high school student living in Great Britain in the late 1980s who was greatly moved by the music of Bruce Springsteen.  I was never a great fan of "The Boss" since I was entrenched in the music of the 1960s and 70s as the other Bruce came to fame in the 1980s.  I have a compilation CD of his plus a few more of his CDs that I bought at record fairs. I am familiar with his major hits, but not his deep tracks.

There is a good review of the movie in the New York Times.  I was sad to see how this Pakistani student was taunted by his British classmates who disapproved of his ethnicity.  The student's father hated Springsteen and thought he was Jewish.  I don't want to give away anything more about this film, but I do recommend it highly.

Certainly, Bob Dylan has moved thousands of fans over the past 57 years.  I would recommend someone produce a movie on this but trace the fan's devotion to Dylan over many years.  His music and words have often sheltered me from a storm.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Congratulations to Doreen Mettle on Her Retirement

Doreen made a speech at my retirement party in December 2017

Doreen Mettle retired today as Director of Circulation and Interlibrary Loan at the NJIT Library where she worked for about 29 years.  I had a nice conversation with her over the phone yesterday as we reminisced about some experiences on campus.  She requested a small reception with coffee and cake as opposed to a large retirement party.  It was a pleasure to work with during my 25 years at the library.  I wish her the best of health and happiness in the years to come.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Welcome Back Ruben Tejada to the Mets - You Deserve a Standing Ovation


Ruben Tejada was an infielder for the Mets from 2010-2015.  In the 2015 National League Division Series against the Dodgers his leg was broken by a dirty slide by that creep Chase Utley.  Sadly, after that time Ruben never played for the Mets.  He briefly played for the Cardinals, Giants, and Orioles and was signed to a minor league contract to the Mets this season.

Last night Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring and was put on the 10-day injury list.  Ruben Tejada was recalled from AAA Syracuse to take his place on the roster. He is in the starting lineup in the game at Atlanta. A little justice has been served with his return to the Mets.  Let's hope he does well in his time back on the big club.  In any event, he deserves a standing ovation when he returns to Citi Field since he literally took a hit for the team.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Another Bob Dylan Song is Misplaced in a Movie


It was a rainy and dreary day today, so Karen and I walked over to the local multiplex and saw The Kitchen which refers to the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan (extreme West 40s).  The film took place in the late 1970s when that area was quite seedy.  There are many luxury high rise apartment buildings in that area today.

This journal entry is not meant to be a movie review, but to comment on a placement of a Bob Dylan song.  I will say that I thought it was too violent with too many murders.  A snippet of Don't Think Twice covered by Melanie appeared just after a funeral.  That song was about a breakup of a romantic relationship and was just not appropriate for this film.  The full version of Melanie's cover can be seen below.  In 2015 I criticized a version of Masters of War placed in the movie Selma.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

I Met Vinny Varadarajan of Sports Jeopardy Fame at Citi Field


Back in 2015/16, there was a show on CrackleTV called Sports Jeopardy that was based on regular Jeopardy and featured Dan Patrick as the host. Vinny Varadarajan who graduated from NJIT in 2011 was a big winner.  Back then I contacted him and we have kept in touch through Facebook and Twitter.  I found out that he and a friend were going on a mini baseball tour through the northeast and would be at today's game at Citi Field.

I stopped by his seat in the 6th inning and we discussed NJIT, the Mets, and his appearance on Sports Jeopardy.  I really hope that he will eventually appear on regular Jeopardy.  His 15 victories on the sports version exceeded all contestants.  Perhaps, if he makes it to the regular show he will give Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer a run at their records.

Good Luck Vinny!

Nationals 7 Mets 4 as Winning Streak Ends


A few weeks ago fans gave up on the Mets as they dropped to 11 games under the .500 mark.  All of a sudden they won 15 out of 16 including the last two against division rival Washington Nationals.  This hot streak put them squarely in the hunt for a wild card spot.

With Jacob deGrom pitching today it seemed to be likely that this streak would continue, but it was not to be.  The game started on a bad note as the Nationals scored 3 runs on a throwing error by Pete Alonso.  The Mets quickly tied the game in the second inning with RBI hits by Joe Panik and Jeff McNeil.  There were no runs scored until the 7th inning when former Met Asrubal Cabrera doubled in 2 runs.  The Mets go close in the bottom of the 7th with a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto.

Trouble reliever Edwin Diaz yielded a two-run homer to Victor Robles to make the final score 7-4.

Now the Mets must face the division-leading Atlanta Braves on the road.  Will this surge continue?

Game Recap

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Trying to Form a Facebook Group of NYC Bob Dylan Enthusiasts


Some years ago there was in NYC a Meetup Group of Bob Dylan enthusiasts organized by Walter  Raubicheck who met in lower Manhattan to discuss Dylan.  I heard Walter's talk at the recent Dylan Symposium in Tulsa but didn't get a chance to speak to him.  We did exchange a few emails where he said he'd be interested in restarting this discussion group.  If you are interested, please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/504163763690266/.  Build it and they will come.

There is nothing to lose by initiating this.  I'll give it a few months to develop.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dan Taylor Uses Social Media to Say Farewell to His Listeners


About a month ago Dan Taylor abruptly left WCBS-FM after many years at the station.  He worked in New York radio for about 40 years including stints at WHN, WNBC, WMXV, and WNSR.  I listened to him for many years when he did the morning drive show at WCBS-FM.  In 2014 he was moved to the 10 AM - 3 PM slot.

I actually met Dan at the CBS Radio Expo at Yankee Stadium in 2010.  That same year I named him one of my 3 favorite morning radio personalities in this Journal.

Radio is often a tough business as on the air personalities are often let go and not given a chance to say goodbye to their listeners.  It is rare when someone retires and is allowed to give a farewell show.  A few days ago Dan said farewell to his listener on Facebook and Twitter ,  It is a shame that moves are made to attract younger listeners.  I used to be an avid listener of WCBS-FM, but I hardly listen to it any longer since I don't enjoy their current music mix.  They don't want 70-year olds like me anyway.

Everyone certainly wishes Dan well in his future endeavors in radio or in other areas.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Congratulations to Harry Harrison on His Election to the Radio Hall of Fame


For my readers who are not radio enthusiasts, Harry worked in New York radio at WMCA (1959-68), WABC (1968-1979) and WCBS-FM (1980-2003).  He returned to WCBS-FM for a Saturday morning show from October 2004 to May 2005.  He certainly is a "radio mensch" and has always bonded with his listeners.  This was announced on the Radio + Television Business Report among other publications.  His election was certainly overdue.  My hearty congratulations to Harry and the other inductees.

It was my pleasure to initiate the Fans of Harry Harrison page on Facebook which now has over 2500 members.  Below is a note that Harry wrote to the members of the group showing his appreciation.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

These Two Guys are Lurking


I forgive the distinguished gentleman with the SF Giants shirt.  Both of them are invited as my guest to Citi Field whenever they come to NYC.

David Crosby: Remember My Name - An Excellent Documentary


I am certainly familiar with the music of David Crosby as I have followed him since his days in the Byrds in 1965.  Of course, he was a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young and recorded as a solo artist.  He was inducted as a member of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fames as members of those 2 groups.

I went out of my way to see this film as it was only playing at the Landmark at 57th Street which was at 12th Avenue by the Hudson River.  It was certainly worth the trip.

The best part was the integration of the current interview of David with footage from the 60s and 70s.  He was very candid as he spoke about his relationships with women and musicians.  His medical and legal problems were discussed in detail.  He has 8 stents in his heart, has a transplanted liver, and suffered 3 heart attacks.  It is amazing that he is alive at age 77.

I recommend this film for all of my music enthusiast friends.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Visited the Brooklyn Museum Today


The Queens, Brooklyn, and New York Public Libraries offer the Culture Pass that allows holders of library cards free admission to various museums in the city.  One usually has to reserve a pass a few months in advance.  Today we went to the Brooklyn Museum.

We saw a handful of exhibitions including:

  • Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper - it highlights more than a hundred European drawings and prints from the museum's exceptional collection, many of which are on view for the first time in decades.
  • One: Titus Kaphar - Kaphar, an African American Artist, provides written commentary on selected drawings and prints on view, helping to shine a light on the Eurocentric bias of the art-historical canon.

The Trading Deadline Has Past and the Mets Won 6 in a Row

Noah Syndergaard, Zach Wheeler, and Todd Frazier were not traded at the deadline.  The Mets subtracted Jason Vargas and added Marcus Stroman which helps their starting rotation.  However, the bullpen is still very shaky as Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz have been very inconsistent.  They have won 6 in a row, but they can just as easily go into a losing streak.  Their next 8 games are against weak teams so they could hit the.500 mark in early August.  My prediction is that they will finish with 79-82 wins and be several games behind the second wild-card position.

The Yankees did not make any moves at the deadline but need more starting pitching especially if Luis Severino does not return.  They still have a comfortable lead in the AL East, but the next 4 games against the Red Sox will be very important.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Getting Tired of Hearing Baseball Trade Rumors


I usually listen to sports radio stations WFAN and ESPN 98.7 for a half-hour or so every day to hear the opinions of the hosts and the callers.  The last time I called into a sports talk show was in the early 1980s when I spoke to Art Rust Jr. on WABC.  I just don't want to hold on for an hour to speak to the host for 30 seconds.  Anyway, listening has been very difficult over the last several days as callers have been dreaming up trades that will likely not happen.  Teams with losing records will trade players with expiring contracts to contending teams.

A team with a losing record should remain competitive the last third of the season and do their fans an injustice by trading good players for prospects who may not make the major leagues.  A contending team may succeed in strengthening themselves.

As of this writing, there are 32 hours to go until the trading deadline.  Will there be a flurry of activity or not?  To quote the late Bob Murphy, "Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make."  So far the Yankees have been quiet, but they are looking for another starting pitcher.  The Mets traded Jason Vargas to the Phillies who are a rival in the National League East but acquired Marcus Stroman who should help the team. 

I will not listen to sports talk radio stations until the deadline passes tomorrow at 4 PM.  After that point the callers will likely second guess the teams who made the trades.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Mets Beat Pirates 8 - 7 but Almost Blew It

I don't remember going to 3 games in less than a week, but this game was part of our package shortly after our return from Seattle.  I thought it might be a laugher after the Mets took a 6-0 lead in the first inning featured by a 2-run home run by Michael Conforto.  However, the Pirates chipped away at that lead by scoring runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning.  I thought the Mets put the game out of reach by scoring 2 runs in the 6th inning to take an 8-3 lead.  I thought it was safe since a team can not hit a 5 run homer.  In the top of the 9th Met reliever, Tyler Bashlor gave up a 2-run homer to Bryan Reynolds.  Callaway brought in closer Edwin Diaz who yielded another 2-run homer to Jose Osuna to make the score 8-7.  Thankfully, Diaz closed the door at that point to win the game for the Mets.  I thought it would be an oy vey moment for me if the Mets lost.

Game recap

Final Thoughts on the Vacation to Seattle


The weather was absolutely fantastic with not one drop of rain while we were there.  There is always some anxiety before and during a vacation.  We were able to get taxis easily to the airports and got to the planes in plenty of time.  One always feels disorientated when in a strange area, but things worked out well.  All of the attractions were within walking distance or a short bus ride.  There was a free shuttle bus from the Space Needle to the waterfront area that we used several times.

Seattle seems to be a growing city.  Numerous buildings near our hotel were under construction. Most of them were residential apartment buildings.  At least I don't have to return to work.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Two Seattle Mariners Games at T-Mobile Park


Every year we visit a city with a major league team.  It is obviously the highlight of every vacation.  For $30 we were able to get seats in the lower level behind home plate.  T-Mobil Park previously known as Safeco Field is an excellent place to see a game.  There was a Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on the lower level that traced the team's history.  It even included a section on the Seattle Pilots. My AT&T cell phone even worked there.

In the Monday night game, the Mariners faced the Texas Rangers.  Since I am not writing up the game for the SABR Games Project, I will make a long story short.  The Mariners won 7-3.

Game Recap

We returned to T-Mobile Park on Thursday as the Mariners faced the Detroit Tigers.  The Mariners won 10-2 featuring a grand slam home run by Tim Beckham

Game Recap

Attractions in Seattle

I decided to write one journal entry on several attractions that we visited on our recent vacation.



The Pacific Science Center is similar to science museums such as the Hall of Science in Flushing and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.  It aims to teach children the basics of the physical and life sciences.  There was an interesting exhibit about butterflies where visitors can walk into a controlled environment and view them.  We attended a film about the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.



This 1-hour narrated tour offered panoramic and up-close views of Seattle, the shipping port and Puget Sound.



This is similar to aquariums that we have seen in Brooklyn, Miami, and Baltimore.  There were many day camp groups on the day we came.



This museum is unique as it describes through multimedia the history of Seattle from an age when Native American cultures first came into contact with Europeans to the region’s transformation into a major global hub.  There was a special exhibit titled Seattle Style: Fashion/Function which demonstrates the clothing worn in the Pacific Northwest over the years.



It offers exhibits of art from different eras and parts of the world.  I would compare it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  There was a special exhibit called Victorian Radicals that featured artwork from British artists in the 19th century.



Museum of Popular Culture - Sunday July 21

"Guitar Tree" at the Museum of Pop Culture

We bought a CityPass that allows tourists to go to 5 attractions at a significant discount.  Our first stop was at the Museum of Pop Culture at the Seattle Center.  I would consider it a mini Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, but other genres of popular culture were considered.  It was founded in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen as the Experience Music Project and is housed in a 140,000 square foot building designed by renown architect Frank Gehry.  Current exhibits include:
  • Pearl Jam Home and Away
  • Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
  • Hendrix; Wild Blue Angel
  • Prince: From Minneapolis
  • Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
  • Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Films
Roger McGuinn's Rickenbacher Guitar was featured



Arrived in Seattle Saturday July 20

Taken from the Bottom of the Space Needle

I decided not to take my laptop to Seattle as to not spend too much time on vacation on my computer.  I did take my Kindle Fire to be able to "keep in the loop", but I could not write long articles so since I got home, I will be catching up with Bruce's Journal.

The trip started perfectly as the cab to JFK airport arrived at 7 AM.  We took Alaska Airline flight 349 which arrived at 12:15 PM PDT.  When we arrived at our hotel we realized that the Space Needle and Seattle Center were within walking distance.  The Space Needle was constructed for the 1962 Worlds Fair and is now a big tourist attraction.  The Seattle Center is an active civic arts and family gathering place.  We heard a  Crosby Stills Nash and Young cover band.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Going on Vacation to Seattle This Year


Tomorrow we are leaving for a vacation to Seattle.  I think I will leave my laptop at home so I won't spend hours surfing the web in my hotel room.  I will bring my Kindle Fire and iPhone to "keep in the loop", but I will be limited as to white I can post.  Thus, there will be no posts in this journal until I return.  At that point, I will report on what we did on our trip.  We will be visiting the tourist attractions there but will be going to two Seattle Mariners games at T-Mobile Park (formerly known as Safeco Park).  For several years we have made similar trips to cities with major league teams:

·         Houston
·         Denver
·         Atlanta
·         Baltimore
·         San Francisco
·         Los Angeles

In all these cities the ballpark was either within walking distance or a short bus ride from our hotel.

Let's hope the vacation will go smoothly.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Where is Bob Dylan Going From Here?


I just checked the official Bob Dylan page and Bill Pagel's Tour Guide and noted that there are no concerts scheduled for the Never Ending Tour.  What could that mean?
  1. The Tour is finally over as Dylan is 78 years old and needs to retire.  Has the joy of touring ended after all these years and he is retiring from touring.  Other artists made announcements when their touring days are drawing to an end, but Dylan, of course, is very uncommunicative.
  2. He is going into the studio for a new album.  Tempest in 2012 was his last album with his original compositions.  He can be very unpredictable.  Since a Bootleg Series boxed set was just released, I doubt if another one is coming soon.
We shall see what we shall see.


 
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