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 .  If you are not on Facebook, please send me an email at 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?
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