Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Congratulations to Pete Alonso 2019 National League Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso easily won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award after setting the rookie record for hitting 53 home runs.  He is now the 6th Met to win this award:

  • Tom Seaver (1967)
  • Jon Matlack (1972)
  • Darrell Strawberry (1983)
  • Dwight Gooden (1984)
  • Jacob deGrom (2014)
Tom Seaver eventually made to the Baseball Hall of Fame, while personal problems prevented Strawberry and Gooden from reaching their potential.  Will Pete be able to maintain his statistics in the years to come?  Baseball is a team sport, so no matter how well he performs, the other players on the Mets must perform for the team to make the playoffs in 2020.

Hearty congratulations to Pete.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 2019 Oldies Meet and Greet was a Big Success with Some Surprises

Big Jay Sorensen spoke to the gathering today

Today's oldies meet and greet brought some surprises.  Jeff Scheckner and I announced the event on Facebook and Oldies Message Board.  Of course, many people say they are going to be coming but something comes up and they must back out.  There is certainly nothing wrong with that as emergencies always come up.  Today's event was unique for people who unexpectedly came.

Jim Kerr came by toward the end of the event

Jim had attended a few of the earlier events, but this time he came unexpectedly and spoke to the group about Harry Harrison's induction last night into the Radio Hall of Fame.  Getting back to Jay Sorensen; he spoke about his days at WNBC, NJ101.5, and WCBS-FM.  Anita Bonita, formerly of Z100 and now with WCBS 880 came with Russ DiBello whose radio name is Famous Amos.

Bill Dillane with Louise Murray in the background

Today's event drew about 50 people which is more than have come in recent years.  Many of the people from the early days (c.2006) have "moved on" but new people are coming.  For the second year in a row, must of the "Survey Guys" have attended. Milton Love of the doo-wop group The Solitaires also came. 

We will have it again next November.

Friday, November 8, 2019

6 Dylan Enthusiasts Talk it Up at NYU

First of all, I thank Sal Fallica for arranging a conference room at NYU for this meeting.

Whenever I have announced a meeting on Facebook it is inevitable that people just don't show up.  There is certainly no malicious intent.  3 people contacted me on the day of the event with regrets.  6 people were enough to initiate many stimulating mini-discussions about Bob. The following Dylan fans came:

  • Bruce Slutsky
  • Lawrence Kaplan
  • Steve Joyce
  • Sal Fallica
  • Matt Waters
  • Philip Hale
The meeting was very unstructured with discussions from A to Z and topics that occurred from 1962-2019.  The average topic was discussed for about 30 seconds.  Off the top of my head we discussed:

  • Dylan at the Beacon Theater
  • The relationship between the Beatles and Dylan
  • Gene Clark
  • Laura Tenschert's radio show Definitely Dylan
  • Ringo Starr requesting that Murray the K play Corrina Corrina from the Freewheelin' album
  • Stephen Scobie's book Alias Bob Dylan
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti 
  • Planet Waves
  • The Tempest
  • Dylan singing adult standards
  • Blonde on Blonde as some people's favorite Dylan album
I didn't take notes, but there were many other topics considered.

We felt that a restaurant or bar would be too noisy for future meetings with similar discussions.  I feel that future meetings should be more focused.

Lawrence Kaplan had some rare videos in his personal collection and felt we can show them at a future meeting.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day

Since my building is having a new elevator installed, it has been a real pain to do food shopping and laundry.  I've had to help Karen schlep the groceries and laundry up and down the stairs.  I am estimating that the job won't be completed until December 15.  It bothers me that the contractors did not work on minor holidays like Columbus Day and Election Day.  That means more days of inconvenience.

I heard this funny remark on WFAN today.  The Giants and Jets are playing this Sunday in the "Toilet Bowl."  Both teams stink.

Here is a Jewish joke that was on Alan Reiman's Facebook page.

A young Jewish man walks into the lingerie department of Macy’s in New York. He tells the saleslady, "I would like a Jewish bra for my wife - size 34B."

With a quizzical look the saleslady asked, "What kind of bra?"
He repeated, "A Jewish bra. She said to tell you that she wanted a Jewish bra and that you would know what she wanted."

"Ah, now I remember," said the saleslady. "We don't get as many requests for them as we used to. Most of our customers lately want the Catholic bra, the Salvation Army bra, or the Presbyterian bra."
Confused and a little flustered the man asked, “So, what are the differences?"

The saleslady responded, "It is all really quite simple. The Catholic bra supports the masses, the Salvation Army lifts up the fallen, and the Presbyterian bra keeps them staunch and upright."
He mused on that information for a minute and said, "Hmm … I just know I’ll probably regret asking, but what does the Jewish bra do then?"

“Ah, the Jewish bra," she replied. “The Jewish bra makes mountains out of molehills.”

Monday, November 4, 2019

Visit to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Duke Ellington's piano on display at the Museum

I have listened to jazz radio station WBGO for years.  Recently I heard a mention of the National Jazz Museum of Harlem so I thought I would go over there to see what it had to offer.  I had never been in that part of Manhattan and observed that it was very much gentrified.  The museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian, was established in 1997 and moved to its current location on 129th street in 2015.

There were displays of well-known and obscure musicians including Duke Ellington's piano seen above.  Visitors were able to sample recordings of many traditional jazz artists.  The museum emphasized jazz music from the early to the mid-20th century. There was also a library of jazz-related books. There wasn't much about contemporary jazz.

The exhibit was small so it only took about an hour to see what was there.  Hopefully, the collection will grow in the future.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Travelin' Thru - The Bootleg Series Volume 15 by Bob Dylan is Released Today

I didn't have to run to Alexanders' record department today to get this new release.  I just had to wait for the UPS delivery of the last volume of Dylan's Bootleg Series.  There hasn't been a release of new Dylan compositions since 2012.  This 3-CD set provides alternate takes and previously unreleased recordings of Bob Dylan's journeys to Nashville between 1967 and 1970.  I am especially thrilled by the official release of the Dylan-Cash sessions.  Those two are perfect together.  I especially enjoyed this duo of Wanted Man (Duluth and Hibbing)

Congratulations to Carlos Beltran on Becoming the New Manager of the Mets

When the Mets hired Mickey Callaway two years ago there was a concern that he had no managerial experience.  Even though the team improved to a record of 86-76 is the second season he was fired.  I think new GM Brodie Van Wagenen just wanted his own man as manager.  Callaway's hiring was done quickly, while several candidates while many candidates were evaluated during this search.

Beltran certainly excelled as a player and may even make the Hall of Fame.  However, like Callaway, he comes back to the Mets with no managerial experience.  Beltran seems to have good "people skills" and can relate well to the Latino players on the Mets.  With any new hire, management never knows how well he'll work out and how long he'll stay at the position.

I certainly wish Carlos all the best as he assumes the position of Manager of the Mets.  Hopefully, he will bring the World Series to Flushing.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Bob Dylan's Not Dark Yet from the Fall 2019 Tour

The Never-Ending Tour continues.  Dates have been set for Japan in April 2020.  Anyway, early this month the tour resumed on the west coast featuring a new version of Not Dark Yet which is on my list of Top 25 Dylan songs.  It obviously illegal to record and post it to YouTube, but someone has done it and gotten away with it so far.  Hopefully, he will play this version when I see him at the Beacon Theater on November 23.

Monday, October 28, 2019

My Votes for The Top 77 Oldies of All Time

Every year Rewound Radio polls its listeners to compile a list of the most popular oldies of all time.  The compilers who include Mike Riccio and the "Survey Guys" who are very enthusiastic about charts.  They feel that radio stations fudge surveys that are voted by the listeners and that their survey is a completely accurate reflection of the voting. The number 77 is selected out of respect to Music Radio 77 WABC.  It is very hard to list just 10 of my favorites, but mine are listed below.  I only have only one Bob Dylan song on my list.  If you want to votes there are links to the voting page at Rewound Radio and the Oldies Message Board.  During the week between Christmas and New Years there will be a countdown of the Top 77.  Other hits that received votes will be played as well on Rewound Radio.

Song/Artist 1: Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (1965)
Song/Artist 2: Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
Song/Artist 3: Mr Tambourine Man - Byrds (1965)
Song/Artist 4: Mellow Yellow - Donovan (1966)
Song/Artist 5: Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles (1967)
Song/Artist 6: Outa-Space - Billy Preston (1972)
Song/Artist 7: White Room - Cream (1968)
Song/Artist 8: All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (1971)
Song/Artist 9: Imagine - John Lennon (1971)
Song/Artist 10: It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (1971)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Getting More Exercise These Days

View from the roof of my apartment building

They are installing a new elevator in my building which means that there is no elevator until about December 15th.  Since I am on the 5th floor this is turning into an inconvenience.  I can walk up the 5 floors or go to the other side of the building and take their elevator to the 6th floor, walk up to the roof and then over to my side of the building and then down to the 5th floor.  I must say there are some good views up there.  Above there is a view of the Manhattan skyline.  On the other side of the building, there is a good view of the Whitestone Bridge.  It is a pain doing food shopping and laundry since I have to schlep the stuff up and down.  I'll be getting more exercise for the next 2 months.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

It seems that "Out of Sight Out of Mind" Wins Out Over "Keep in Touch"

When I retired in December 2017 people asked me to keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. This is easier to do in this era of email and social networking.  Years ago people had to contact each other by telephone. On several occasions, I sent an e-mail to former colleagues.  Sometimes they answered me, but very rarely did anyone take the initiative to contact me.  A week ago I announced that I won an award from Marquis Publications.  Several Facebook friends who are essentially strangers congratulated me.  I sent an email to the University Librarian and the Business Manager of my former employer asking to make an announcement to the staff.  Only 4 of the 20 people responded to me.  I am especially disappointed that my former direct supervisor did not contact me.

There is nothing I can do.  I guess "out of sight, out of mind" wins over "keeping in touch"

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

My Recent Trip to The Museum of the City of New York Prompted Me To Do Follow-Up Research the Performing Arts Library of NYPL.

One of the exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York demonstrated photographs of Frederick W. McDarrah in the Village Voice.  I never read that newspaper regularly throughout the years, but seeing that exhibit piqued my interest.  I spent some time with the following book.

Frankfort, E. (1976). The Voice: Life at the Village Voice. New York: Morrow

The Village Voice that commenced publication in 1955 upstarted the careers of rock critics including Richard Goldstein and Robert Cristgau.  The editors of the paper did not cultural accept the folk music of the early 1960s.  The editors felt that the folk music destroyed civic life in the neighborhood.  The newspaper was aimed at readers in that iconic neighborhood in the 50s and 60s.  In later years people outside Greenwich Village read the paper as well.

The Voice loudly celebrated Bob Dylan as his celebrity magnified.

While I was at the library I listened to an interview with Pete Fornatale by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1980 as they discussed his book Radio in the Television Age.

I also stopped by the exhibition about the famed Broadway producer Harold Prince.  It detailed the genius and innovative vision of Prince.

Monday, October 21, 2019

I am 70 1/2 Years Old Today

For many years I maintained an individual retirement account at my local savings bank.  Most of my retirement savings are in TIAA, so this is a supplement.  At age 70 1/2 one must begin to withdraw from their IRA which I had to do today.  I have other funds that I can draw from.  I am quite pleased with my retirement income.

My advice to readers here is that it is never too early to start saving for retirement.  Some people don't plan to fail, but they just fail to plan.  I saw that in a poster at my financial adviser's office several years ago.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Another Visit to the Museum of the City of New York

I last visited this museum this past February to see there the exhibit about Jackie Robinson.  In 8 months time were some new exhibits installed so I thought it was time for a return visit.  I was attract to "Cultivating Culture: 34 Institutions that Changed New York".  This exhibition tells these institutions’ stories through original imagery and objects.  I was most impressed by "The Voice of the Village that included photographs by Fred W. McDarrah whose photos were published for decades in the Village Voice.  It is a shame that the print newspaper folded in August 2017 while the online version ceased in August 2018.  Hey, Look what I found:

Bob Dylan Karen Dalton, and Fred Neil at the Cafe Wha in February 1961

We also saw "City of Workers, City of Struggle" about labor movements throughout the history of New York City.

We spent a little time looking at some of the permanent exhibits we had seen during other visits.

Comments About My Award

I received an email some time ago from Marquis Who’s Who publications asking for revisions for my biography as I was listed in a few of their directories.  I mentioned that I retired at the end of 2017.  In early September I received a phone call from that organization stating that I won their Lifetime Achievement Award.

The irony of this situation is that I never received an award from my former employer, but I was recognized by strangers.  Some years ago, the former University Librarian said that he would nominate me for the American Library Association’s “I Love My Librarian” Award.  When the call for nominations was announced, he saw that the application was extremely lengthy, and he did not want to go through this long process.  He said he would nominate me for a local, award but never did.

I had to overcome managerial prejudice at my last employer as I never received a promotion in 25 years.  I had to self-mentor and seek out challenging work on my own.  One of the directors marginalize me and effectively dragged me down professionally.  I remember those who valued me over the years and appreciate their support over the years.  Most of my memories of library managers are very negative.  Anne Buck, may she rest in peace, was the only manager there who motivated me.

I also appreciate the many congratulatory messages that I received through e-mail or Facebook.  I am disappointed that certain people did not contact me at this time.

Friday, October 18, 2019

I won the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award

I'd like to thank the numerous students, faculty, and staff whom I served throughout my career as a science/engineering librarian.  I would also like to thank Selenay Aytac of LIU Post, Vitaut Kipel and the late Moritia-Leah Frederick of the New York Public Library, and the late Anne Buck of NJIT for motivating me.

Announcement from Marquis Who's Who

Bruce Slutsky Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who
Mr. Slutsky has been endorsed by Marquis Who 's Who as a leader in the field of library science
FLUSHING, NY, September 10, 2019 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Bruce Slutsky with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Slutsky celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Slutsky is a retired science and engineering librarian whose career at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark spanned 25 successful years. During his years at the institute, he was responsible for providing reference service to students of the technical disciplines offered by NJIT. He also instructed students how to effectively use printed and electronic resources to support research and course work.  He officially retired in 2017.
Accumulating four decades of experience in library science in all, Mr. Slutsky came from St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, where he served as head science librarian. He also held appointments in the New York Public Library's science and technology division in New York City and Schering-Plough Corp. in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and was a chemist for three years, working for Rhodia, UOP Fragrances, and Pfizer.  For one semester he was Adjunct Professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information Science teaching a class in Science and Technology Reference.
Further, Mr. Slutsky was active in the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific community, in the Career Consultants Program and its Division of Chemical Information.  Over the years he organized several Careers in Chemical Information workshops to advise chemists of the various career options outside of the laboratory.  He also served as chair of the Division’s Publication Committee and edited its newsletter.
Through the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Mr. Slutsky organized and sustained a Special Interest Group of Science, Technology and Medical Librarians.  Through meetings and other events, members work to identify and develop effective strategies to promote the interests of professionals working in this area and their library organizations
Mr. Slutsky has contributed numerous articles to various professional journals in his area of expertise. He recently published "Nobel, Priestley, and Perkin Medal Winners in Chemistry: Their Publication Productivity for the Years 1992-2016" with co-author Selenay Aytac of LIU Post, which has since been released in 2017 in Science and Technology libraries.
Since he has retired, Mr. Slutsky has been active in the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).  He wrote a few articles for the Society’s Games Project and serves as the coordinator of fact-checking for that endeavor.  He applies his library skills to the society’s Baseball Index, an ongoing project of the Society to catalog the entirety of baseball literature, from the earliest references to the present day.
An alumnus of the City College of New York, Mr. Slutsky received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1972. He soon after attended the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Science in chemistry in 1974. Following these accomplishments, he concluded his studies with a Master of Science in library sciences from Pratt Institute in 1982. In an effort to remain up to date with developments in his field, Mr. Slutsky maintains professional affiliation with the American Chemical Society. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has been included in the 27th edition of Who's Who in the East and the 54th edition of Who's Who in America

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Anniversaries and Birthdays

The most important is that on October  16, 1983, I married Karen and the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.   The photo above was taken at last year's Oldies Meet and Greet. It's hard to believe that it is 36 years.

On October 16, 1969, the New York Mets won the World Series.  There were many events this year celebrating the 50th anniversary.

October 16, 1992, was the date of the "Bobfest"  at Madison Square Garden celebrating Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary in the music business. I couldn't get tickets, but I watched it on the pay per view telecast. In my opinion, it was the greatest concert ever.

October 15, 2005 - I started this journal.  I have written almost 4,000 entries in 14 years.

October 15 is the birthday of Roy H and Jeff S.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bob Dylan Song in Rocket Mortgage Commercial

I think I have seen this commercial for Rocket Mortgage too many times especially since it is shown on Major League Baseball telecasts of the post-season.  Most viewers likely don't know that Bob Dylan's singing of la, la, la, la,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  is from the song The Man in Me that was on the New Morning album released in 1970.  For readers who are interested, I am posting the lyrics.

The Man in Me

The man in me will do nearly any task

And as for compensation, there’s little he would ask

Take a woman like you

To get through to the man in me

Storm clouds are raging all around my door

I think to myself I might not take it anymore

Take a woman like your kind

To find the man in me

But, oh, what a wonderful feeling

Just to know that you are near

Sets my heart a-reeling

From my toes up to my ears

The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen

But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine

Took a woman like you

To get through to the man in me
Copyright ©1970 by Big Sky Music; renewed 1998 by Big Sky Music

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Happy 84th Birthday Cousin Brucie - May You Stay Forever Young

Yours truly with the Cuz at the WABC Cruise in June 2007compos

He has been on the radio for about 60 years and keeps on going on SiriusXM 60s on 6 Wednesday and Saturday evenings.  He sounds as he did back in the 1960s when he worked at WABC.  Instead of singing Happy Birthday to him, I would sing Forever Young by Bob Dylan.  On second thought, I don't sing very well so below are the lyrics to one of Dylan's best compositions:

Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young
Copyright © 1973 by Ram's Horn Music; renewed 2001 by Ram’s Horn Music

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

This time, a book in the library led to our seeing a movie.  I was in the local branch of the Queens Library and perused the shelf of new books and found:

Laurie, G., & Terrill, M. (2019). Johnny Cash: The redemption of an American icon.

Since my son, Lee is a big Johnny Cash fan I thought I would pick up the book and try to find time to read it.  I looked at the cover which said "Soon to be a documentary film."  I used my expert research and found The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash opened this Friday, October 11th at the Cinema Village.  Lee was thrilled as we saw the movie today.

I know much of the story of Johnny's life, but I discovered some new details in the film.  It showed a few still photos of Dylan and Cash in the early 1960s.  For the first time, I heard Johnny sing Don't Think Twice It's Alright.

He certainly lived an amazing life.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day

I "survived" another Yom Kippur.  It seems that as I get older, the fasting becomes easier.  I almost passed out the first time I fasted a few months after my bar mitzvah.

My former colleague Lisa W did well on the Jeopardy test and was invited to Philadelphia for further testing and an interview.  I certainly wish her all the best.

I spoke to another former colleague, HS, who started at the library in Newark at the same time that I did in 1992.  She recently retired and felt relieved to be away from the place.  I guess 25+ years at the same place is more than enough for most people.

The elevator in my building is being replaced.  For the next 10 weeks, I'll have to walk up and down from the stairs.  I was able to do it, but will have to minimize my trips until a new elevator is installed and ready to go.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Antonio Hart Quintet at Flushing Town Hall

It is nice to have a concert venue in the neighborhood as we can walk to Flushing Town Hall in less than 15 minutes.  Also, the events are very reasonably priced.  Antonio Hart plays the saxophone as he led his group for two long sets of traditional jazz.  I am glad that he introduced his band members several times during the concert.  He is also a tenured Professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

I Hope That a Dispute Between Two Radio People Can Be Resolved Amicably

For many years I have listened to the 60s 70s show hosted by Bob Radil.  At first, it was heard on WNHU, a college station in New Haven, Ct. on Fridays from 6 PM – 10 PM. After that station dropped it, Rewound Radio that is owned by Allan Sniffen picked it up.  I have always enjoyed the show as it plays many rarities not normally heard on oldies radio stations and internet streams.  There are many unique features such as the 4th-hour theme and the songs that charted at #89 in the 1960s and 70s.  Bob lets his listeners program the show as he honors all requests.  On many occasions, he used my suggestions for the 4th- hour theme.

Sadly, a dispute developed between Bob and Allan.  Dr. Sniffen disapproved of some of the features of the show and stated the number of listeners was declining.  Bob was very upset and did not run his show last night.  As a result, Rewound Radio was dark for 3 hours last night.  Allan decided to drop the 60s 70s show from his station.

Here are my comments:

Bob’s show is a specialty show with rarities and likely would not appeal to casual listeners who listen to Rewound Radio at other times.  His audience is very loyal and listens to the show very intensely.  Is it better to have a larger audience of casual listeners who use the station as background music or a smaller audience of active listeners who communicate with the host?  To use an analogy independent films that are artistically superior attract fewer moviegoers but win more academy awards.

Bob was upset and perhaps should have contacted Allan to say that he wasn’t running the show that night.  Certainly, the world didn’t come to an end when Rewound Radio was dark for 3 hours.  I think Allan overreacted by removing the show from his station.

Allan Sniffen has been an asset to the community of radio professionals and enthusiasts for many years.  His New York Radio Message board has been highly regarded for years. He has spent much of his own money to fund these endeavors.  I enjoy regular programming on Rewound Radio as it is a good mix of common oldies, rarities, and “Oh Wows”.  I also enjoy the aircheck show on Saturdays and Jon Wolpert’s show on Sundays.

I certainly hope that Allan and Bob can patch things up so that the 60s 70s show can resume on Rewound Radio. Over the years it has been an asset to the station.   If not, I hope another internet radio station will pick it up.

I am trying to be objective and not to antagonize anyone.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Meeting of Bob Dylan Fans at NYU on Thursday November 7th at 6 PM

There will be a gathering of Bob Dylan enthusiasts held on Thursday Night November 7 at 6 PM on the NYU campus, Room 712 of the East Building, 239 Greene Street, Manhattan.  Please bring some form of photo identification when you come.  I will need to send a list of attendees to security at NYU.  I am hoping that this group can be sustained.  At this organizational meeting, we can discuss our expectations for this group. After the meeting, we can go to a bar/restaurant for dinner and/or drinks. I especially thank Sal Fallica and the NYU administration for providing us with a conference room.  I also thank Walter Raubicheck of Pace University for helping me organize this group. Please sign up for this event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2409591859357639/ .  If you are not on Facebook, please send me an email at bruce@bruceslutsky.com so I can send your name to NYU security.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hey Apple - Please Get Your Operating Systems Right the First Time

My iPhone 8 that I bought about a year ago with IOS 11.4 has run well.  Every time I turn my head Apple is offering a new operating system.  They all offer enhancements that are in my opinion minimal. They announced the coming of IOS 13, but I read some articles that stated there were serious problems, so I did not update.  Within a few days, there were 13.1, 13.1.1, and today 13.1.2.  Hopefully, that will be the end of it for a while.  Sometimes I think that if it isn't broken, don't fix it.  When will IOS 14 be out for iPhone12?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mets 7 Braves 6 in 11 Innings in Season Finale at Citi Field

We usually attend the last home game of the Mets season and 2019 was not an exception.  The Atlanta Braves had clinched first place in the National League East while the Mets were eliminated in the wild card race making this game meaningless.  Games after September 1 seem to be much longer since the rosters expand to 40 allowing managers to make moves they couldn't do earlier in the season.  Next year that will change as the late-season roster will be limited to 28 and pitchers will be required to face 3 batters or finish an inning.  I just hate it when a manager constantly changes the pitcher after just one batter as it causes longer games.

At the end of 7 innings, the score was tied at 3-3.  Joe Panik homered for the Mets giving the Mets a 4-3 lead, but Adeiny Hechavarria, whom the Mets released earlier in the season, homered in the top of the 9th for the Braves to tie the game.  Oh well, the game went into extra innings as I was getting hungry. In order to get a standing ovation, Pete Alonso was taken out of the game in the middle of an inning and replaced by Dominic Smith who had been on the injured list for over 2 months.

Hechavarria homered in the top of the 11th to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.  Adam Duvall followed with another home run to give the Braves a 6-4 lead.  At that point, I got disgusted and wanted to leave so I can eat dinner.  I followed the game on my phone as I took the 7 train and the 44 bus back home.  I found out that Dom Smith hit a 3-run walk-off homer to give the Mets a 7-6 victory.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

NFL Exhibition at the Paley Center

Today I made a trip to the Paley Center for Media to see the exhibit for the 100th anniversary of the NFL.  Below are some of the photos that I took.

Superbowl Trophy

Joe Namath Jersey

LT (Lawrence Taylor) Jersey

In the auditorium on the ground floor, the broadcast of Superbowl 21 with the Giants facing the Denver Broncos was shown.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Random Comments of the Day

After some hesitation, I updated the software on my iPhone 8 from IOS 12.4.1 to IOS 13.1.1.  There were problems with IOS 13, so Apple applied 2 updates within a couple of days.  The changes seem to be very subtle.  Some of the updates would only apply to devices in the iPhone 11 family.  I guess Apple wants everyone to get a new phone every year with the latest enhancements.

I bought tickets to the Bob Dylan concert on November 23 at the Beacon Theater.  This is the first of a 10 concert residency at that venue.  The tickets cost about $100, but Ticketmaster gets you for a service charge of $25.

My former colleague Lisa W. at the NJIT Library did well on the Jeopardy test and was invited for a live audition in Philadelphia in November.  I congratulate her on this accomplishment, but she must go through a further evaluation for selection as a being a contestant.  I must assume that the personality of a contestant is considered in addition to intellectual capability.  I wish her the best of luck in this endeavor.

My new laptop is working well so far.  I spent much time over the past few days installing the software that I use.  The older laptop which I am still keeping owes me nothing as it lasted for 5 years.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Tribute and Retrospective of Pete Fornatale at the Performing Arts Research Center of NYPL

There are several entries in this journal about Pete Fornatale who passed away at age 66 in 2012.  Tonight's event at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at NYPL's Performing Arts Library was a tribute and retrospective to him as his interviews will be made available through the library's archives.  The event was hosted by Don McGee who succeeded Pete as the host of Mix Bag heard on WFUV on Saturdays from 4 PM - 8 PM.  As you can see from the photo above there was a full house.

Don played clips of several interviews that Pete did with recording artists including:

  • Don McLean
  • Graham Nash
  • David Crosby
  • Judy Collins
  • Richie Havens
  • Dion
There were photos of Pete with his interview subject projected on the screen.  My only disappointment was that there was no interview with Roger McGuinn on the program, but there was only so much time.  On or about November 1, I will visit the library and find it in their archives.  I understand that it takes time to go through the reel to reel tapes and digitize the recordings.

There were appearances by:
  • Pete Fornatale Jr.
  • Folksinger Mike Agranoff  who recited Sandman about an overnight radio night personality,
I thank Don McGee and the staff at NYPL who made this event possible.

Below is a photo that Pete took with the entire family at the Long Island Radio Fair in 2010.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New Laptop Today

Since my Dell Inspiron that I bought in August 2014 was erratic lately, I brought it into Micro Center in Flushing to be analyzed.  When I turned it on it ran well, but the technician suggested that since it was 5 years old it was likely better to buy a new one.  Over the past 25 years, I have owned about 5 or 6 desktops and laptops and I think this Dell Laptop lasted the longest.

I decided to buy a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 model as seen above.  It has less disk space than my previous Dell, but I can always buy an external hard drive if necessary.  My new model does not have an internal CD/DVD drive so I had to buy an external one for about $30.  Let's hope this one lasts for 5 years.

Mets 5 Marlins 4 in 11 innings

We usually don't go to ballgamcloser.es on weekday nights, but this game was part of our 13-game package that we purchased last winter.  Noah Syndergaard was not at his best as he allowed 4 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings.  His opponent, Sandy Alcantara was much more effective over his 6 innings.  Michael Confort hit a 2-run home run in the 7th inning to put the Mets.  Conforto struck again in the 9th as the Mets tied the score.  The Amazins socred the winning run on 3 walks and a hit batsman in the 11th inning.

However, it is likely too little too late as the "tragic" number for the Mets to make the playoffs is down to one.  The Mets would have to win their last 5 games while the Brewers lose all their games to force a one-game playoff for the final wildcard birth.  It is quite unlikely for that to happen.

Game recap

Monday, September 23, 2019

Meeting of Bob Dylan Fans in NYC is in the Works

With help from Walter and Sal, I have made progress in organizing a meeting of Bob Dylan fans in NYC in November.  The tentative plan is to meet at a classroom at NYU and then move to a bar in Greenwich Village.  I have planned numerous professional and social meetings over the years, so  I don't know how many people will come.  Sometimes I have been pleasantly surprised by a large turnout and other times disappointed.  It can be frustrating when people say they will come and don't show up.  That is the way it is.

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
Oct 24, 2017
Commuter railroads should also modernize fare collection.  Their methods are extremely primitive. #amny
Bruce Slutsky
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
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
Feb 28
If NYC adopts congestion pricing, parking garages should be built in the outer boroughs near subway stations #amny
Bruce Slutsky
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
Jul 26, 2017
To help alleviate crowding on the subway employers should stagger hours for workers.  Please don't remove seats. #amny
Bruce Slutsky
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

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


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.

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