Monday, October 18, 2021

Tribute to Dan Ingram - Podcast from WABC Radio

 



My radio friends who read my journal will enjoy this recording.  I thank Mary Ellen Brown for bringing this to my attention.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Merrimack College 43 LIU Post Sharks 5

 


I did a search in Bruce's Journal and found out the last time we went to an LIU Football Game was in November 2017 when LIU Post defeated Merrimack College 49-7.  Four years later things changed as the LIU Post Pioneers were rebranded as the LIU Sharks.  The result of that game was reversed today as Merrimack won 43-5.  There was an enthusiastic crowd on Homecoming Weekend, but the home team fell to an 0-5 record.

The only highlight for the Sharks came in the second quarter as they blocked a point after touchdown and ran it back to the end zone. It was scored as a safety.  Thus, the 5 points were gained by a field goal and a safety.


Friday, October 15, 2021

The Beatles are at it again - A Remastered Version of Let it Be is Released Today

 


Let it Be was the last album the Beatles released as a group in Spring 1970.  As they did with other albums at or near their 50th anniversary a newly remastered version is released.  Giles Martin, son of legendary producer George Martin, did the remastering.  This re-release is available in a variety of sizes and formats.  I resisted the temptation of buying the super deluxe version with 5 CDs at $118.  I compromised and bought the 2 CD version for about $20.  The second CD includes outtakes and alternative versions.

I guess the bottom line, literally, is that there are big bucks for everyone including the record company, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison.



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Remembering Angelo Perna Professor of Chemical Engineering at NJIT

 


Professor Angelo Perna was a good friend to me during my 25 years at NJIT.  Sadly, he passed away at age 88 in July 2020.  There was a virtual celebration of life for him held in December 2020.  I just found out about it a few days ago.  I'd like to share it with my readers.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Bob Dylan's Series of Dreams

 


Last night I had a crazy dream that I was teaching a class about Bob Dylan and apologizing to the students that I have degrees in chemistry, not literature or music.  There are several Bob Dylan songs that consider dreams:

They were my own dreams and they’re only in my head

Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody’s having them dreams
Everybody sees themselves
Walkin’ around with no one else

“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”

Thankfully, I forgot most of my dreams when I wake up in the morning.  They rarely make sense.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Random Thoughts of the Day

 


Today, I went to a major department store looking for long-sleeve shirts.  Why were there so many short-sleeve shirts on the shelves?  I thought department stores work one season ahead.  I thought I'd buy clothes from a brick-and-mortar store for a change.  I did buy three shirts.

Matt Amodio is on schedule to break Ken Jennings' record of 74 victories in about 5 weeks.  Wouldn't it be ironic if Ken Jennings was the host when Matt tied or broke his record?

Why do I have dreams about going back to work at previous employers?  Is my subconscious trying to play tricks on me?

Friday, October 8, 2021

Preliminary Announcement of the Oldies Zoom Meet and Greet - Saturday November 13 2 PM - Careers as an Oldies Radio Personality - The Long and Winding Road

 


Keith Allen Verdi and Don Tandler will be our guest speakers discussing how their careers as oldies radio personalities developed.  We are more likely to be aware of the career paths of well-known DJs including Cousin Brucie, the late Dan Ingram, and the late Harry Harrison among others.  Keith is best known for his time at B-103 on Long Island while Don worked at NJ-101.5 and Pop Gold Radio. Both of them worked at other radio stations and experienced successes and setbacks.  They will be pleased to answer questions.

It will take place on Saturday, November 13 at 2 PM.  More information including the Login information will be sent later.  I thank Bill Dillane for allowing Jeff Scheckner and me for using his Zoom account for this meeting.

Hopefully, we will meet in person in the near future.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Day 4 – October 3 – Big Game at AT&T Stadium – Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers


Game time was 12 noon, but we left our hotel at 9 AM.  By the time we arrived at the stadium at 9:30 AM, there were people already tailgating in the parking lots.  The tour guide told us there was no public transportation to the stadium, so everyone had to drive.  It cost about $40 to park.  At about 10 AM we entered the stadium I must say that Texans really love their Cowboys.  Almost every fan wore a jersey of their favorite player.  There were many fans of the Carolina Panthers as well.  I assume they all made a trip from North Carolina just to see the game.  The fans were shouting at every play.  The Cowboys beat the Panthers 36-28. (Game Summary)  There was a big traffic jam after the game.  It took the driver over an hour to get back to our hotel that was only 3 miles away.

We returned to the hotel and ate dinner at a Cracker Barrel.  When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told there was a 20-minute wait.  When we were finally seated, I observed the dining room was ¾ empty.  The problem is that restaurants are having problems getting help.

We left Monday and flew back to New York.


 

Day 3 – October 2 - Return to Arlington – Tour of AT&T Stadium – Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians

Photo of the Tour Group taken during our tour of AT&T Stadium

On Saturday morning we boarded the bus and headed north on I-45 back to Arlington.  Our stop was at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. There was quite a bit of activity in the stadium for a non-game day.  At 2 PM we met Phil our tour guide who is quite knowledgeable about the team and stadium.  He showed us the locker rooms of the Cowboys and the cheerleaders.  The highlight of the tour was sitting in owner Jerry Jones's private box.

After the tour, we took a short drive back to Globe Life Field where the group had tickets to the game with the Rangers playing the Cleveland Indians who will be renamed the Guardians next season.  Since both teams were not in the playoff picture, the game was essentially meaningless.  The Texas Rangers lost over 100 games.  Since the weather was in the 70s, the retractable roof was opened.  The Rangers won 7-2.  Box Score


 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Day 2- October 1 – Tour of Globe Life Field - Trip to Houston – Oakland A’s vs Houston Astros

 

Minute Maid Park

There is always action in a Jay Buckley Baseball Trip.  We left the hotel at 8:30 for a short drive to Globe Life Field for a tour.  When we arrived at the stadium, we saw a statue of Nolan Ryan.  I must remember him for the worst trade the Mets ever made.  Anyway, we were given a tour of the stadium for about 90 minutes.  The tour guide told us about the history of the Texas Rangers franchise since 1972 when they moved from Washington, DC. The stadium opened for the shortened 2020 season.  It has a retractable roof since the climate is very hot in the Dallas-Arlington area.  The previous stadium that was constructed in the 1990s is still in use for soccer and college football. There was plenty of photographs of players from the team over the years.

From there we drove to Houston.  We stopped at a restaurant in Centerville called Woody’s Smokehouse.  We arrived in Houston, stopped at our hotel, and then to Minute Maid Park.  Karen, Lee, and I went to a few games there in 2017.  In today’s game, the Oakland A’s faced the Astros.  In a game that lasted almost 4 hours, the A’s beat the Astros 8-6.  Box Score.


Day 1 – September 30 – Confusing flight schedule and Faulty iPhone Charging Cable

 

Concourse at LaGuardia Airport

We woke up at 6 AM to get a cab to take us to LaGuardia Airport for a 9:10 flight to Dallas.  Shortly after I got into the cab, I received a message stating that the flight was changed to 10:10. This would just mean one more hour at the airport.  When we arrived at LaGuardia, the time was moved back to 9:10.  About a half our later the time was changed to 9:30 since the crew was late in arriving.  Finally, the plane took off and arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at about 12 noon.  The hotel offered free van service from the airport to the hotel.  When I arrived at the hotel, I discovered that the iPhone charger was not working.  If I were at home this would not be a problem since I had extra cable, but I obviously could not leave the hotel to find an electronics store.  At 8 PM the tour escorts held a meeting to explain the itinerary and some procedural issues.  The tour escort let me use her charge for a few hours.  I decided at that point to use my phone sparingly as not to bother anyone.  Thus, I only took a few photos.  In later journal entries, I may use photos from the Facebook Group, Friends of Jay Buckley Baseball Tours and will attribute the photographer

Monday, October 4, 2021

Bruce's Journal Returns after a Short Hiatus

 


Some of my regular readers may wonder why I have not posted a new entry in several days.  I was at the Ultimate Game Day Weekend by the Jay Buckey Baseball Tours (JBBT).  If you search in the upper left-hand corner of my journal under Jay Buckley you will see accounts of my trips in 2006, 2007, and 2010.  This weekend featured baseball games at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Globe Life Field in Arlington, and a football game at AT&T Stadium with the Dallas Cowboys.  I will follow this with a journal entry for each of the days of this trip.  This has been a tough year for me with Karen’s illness followed by her untimely passing.  I had to take on more domestic responsibilities as well.  I thought it would be good for Lee and me to get away for a short vacation doing things we enjoy.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Radio Rituals

 


I guess I am a person with a habit of listening to radio stations at the same time of the day or day of the week.  Here goes:

Most Weekday Mornings
  • WFUV - with Corny O' Connell
  • WBGO - with Gary Walker
Mondays

Morning - Classic Vinyl on SiriusXM
Afternoon - The Village on SiriusXM

Tuesdays

Mornings - Willie's Roadhouse on SiriusXM
Afternoons - Deep Tracks on SiriusXM

Wednesdays

Mornings - 60s on 6 with Phlash Phelps
Afternoons - The Loft

Thursdays

Mornings - Outlaw Country
Afternoons - Classic Rewind

Fridays
Mornings -Rock Hall
Afternoons - BB King's Bluesville

Saturdays

Mornings - WFUV with Janet Bardini followed by Elvis Channel and Rhythm Revue on WBGO with Felix Hernandez
Afternoons and evenings - Don Tandler's Time Machine on Pop Gold Radio followed by Cousin Brucie on WABC

Sundays
Mornings 1010 WINS followed by America's Greatest Hits with Scott Shannon on WCBS-FM
Afternoons and Evenings  - Jon Wolfert's Jingle show on Rewound Radio followed by That Thing with Rich Appel on Pop Gold Radio

There are always variations in my listening habits.


Monday, September 27, 2021

It is Official -Bob Dylan Resumes Touring in November and Will Perform at the Beacon Theater

 


The 2021 Tour from November 2 - December 2 was officially announced on BobDylan.com .  He will appear at the Beacon Theater from November 19-21.  This is only three concerts compared to 10 in 2019, so it may be difficult to get tickets that will be available on October 1  I assume that proof of vaccination will be required.

It is titled Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour 2021-2024.  The title "Never Ending Tour" was given by rock journalists including tour dates from 1988 to the present.  It is obvious that he will play many songs from Rough and Rowdy Ways.  In 2024 Dylan will be 83 years old so it is very possible that this is a "farewell tour".

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Hot Rumor - Bob Dylan Will Play at the Beacon Theater in November/December

 

These Dates are Not Confirmed - It is a rumor as of 9/25/2021

Bill Pagel is an avid Dylan fan and collector. He has more than 15,000 photos, 4,000 concert posters. and 18 four-drawer file cabinets filled with manuscripts and ephemera. He owns the Minnesota native’s childhood homes in Duluth and Hibbing, not to mention little Bobby’s highchair.  He maintains a website called Boblinks dedicated to providing information about concerts and links to other Bob Dylan websites.  The image above was taken from that site.

Dylan is now 80 years old.  Does he have the stamina to do 10 concerts over a two-week period?  I'll just have to wait to see if this actually happens.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Disadvantageous of Having a Good Memory

 


In 2010 I wrote an entry about autobiographical memories after 60 minutes aired a story about it.  I have always had a good memory of people, places, and events of the past.  It seems that bad memories always predominate.  It is easy to remember conflicts I had with people many years ago even if they were minor.  Traumatic events often come to mind. Is this normal or is it just me?  Some of the bad experiences were:
  • Being let go from a job
  • A relationship that didn't work out
  • Arguments with colleagues
  • Rejection, both socially and professionally
  • Being bashed by the boss
I guess it is better than the other extreme of being very forgetful.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Go 'Way Little Boy - A Dylan Rarity Not Included on The Latest Bootleg Series

 


Last night I had a lengthy conversation with Dylan enthusiast Steve Joyce.  He brought to my attention this Dylan recording that was not included in the recently released  Bootleg Series Volume #16.


Monday, September 20, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Springtime in New York - Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vol 16 is Out

 


When my doorbell rang at 5:45 PM last evening I knew it was the delivery man from Amazon.com with my special package.  As a serious Dylan collector, I have all the bootleg series with close to all of the legally released albums on vinyl, cassette, or CD.  I have the deluxe edition that includes 5 CDs and a book.  If my friend Roy is reading this it costs $116.20.  I must thank Amazon for being prompt in delivering the set on the day of release.

It is obviously aimed at serious Dylanolgist since it includes numerous outtakes and alternative versions of Dylan songs released from 1980-85 which most critics feel does not contain Dylan's best works.  I am sure the Dylan scholars will have a "field day" critiquing this set.  I expect to become aware of several podcasts within a few days.  Will I have time to listen to them?  As of 12 noon on Saturday the 18th I have only listened to CD #1.  Am I spending too much time with baseball and this blog?

I just don't understand the title Springtime in New York.  Were the sessions recorded in NYC during the spring?  I am sure that my scholarly friends will know the answer.

There is a review in The Telegraph, but a subscription is required.  The subtitle of the article states:

These bootleg sessions remind us that Dylan’s worst period is still more interesting than most artists’ purple patches

I do not consider the 80s to be Dylan's worst period.  To me, it is a toss-up between the born again Christian period and the adult standards he recorded earlier this century.

With advanced degrees in Chemistry and Library Science, I am not a Dylan scholar.

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Latest on the Jeopardy Host Situation with My Speculation and Suggestions


 This is an exact quote from the official Jeopardy website

Beginning Monday, September 20, Bialik will serve as the host for several weeks of episodes, which will air through November 5. After that, Bialik and Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow through the end of the calendar year.

My speculation - in 2022 Mayim will become the permanent host of Jeopardy.  Her previous commitments precluded her from getting the gig now.

My suggestions - rotating hosts should do the tournaments and specialty shows as everyone had their favorite guest host.  This would include Buzzy Cohen, Ken Jennings, and Levar Burton.  It appears that the "powers that be" at Sony Pictures Television did not want anyone with previous game show hosting experience to be considered.  I disagree with that and suggest Meredith Viera and Brooke Burns be invited to host tournaments.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Yom Kippur Messages from Previous Years in Bruce's Journal

 


I thought I'd review what I wrote about Yom Kippur from previous years in Bruce's Journal and put the links in.

2006

2012

2013

2017

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Matt Amodio Show Resumes Tonight

 


You can learn much about Matt Amodio from seeing the video above which tells of his 18 victories on Jeopardy, most of which were decisive.  His style is similar to James Holzhauer as he picks the most expensive clues first so he builds a big lead that is insurmountable as his opponents are left with the $200 and $400 answers.  Matt usually gets the Daily Double correct and bets large in the first round.  He bets conservatively in Double Jeopardy to protect his lead.

How long will his run last?  You'll never know when a champion can slip up on a Daily Double or in Final Jeopardy.  David can slay Goliath.  I remember the contestant that finally beat Ken Jennings was a one-time winner.  Perhaps Matt will eventually appear on The Chase.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Previous Posts in Bruce's Journal about September 11

 


I did a search of posts that I wrote in previous years about the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  I am providing links to them.






Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Oldies Meet and Greet will be a Zoom Meeting in Fall 2021

 

Bruce, Karen, and Lee at the Oldies Meet and Greet in 2009

Jeff Scheckner and I concurred that for safety reasons we should not hold the traditional oldies meet and greet this Fall.  We felt that it was not advisable to have 50 or so people in close proximity at a restaurant at this time.  I also found out that Ben's Deli in Manhattan is closed on weekends until further notice.

We will try to have a Zoom meeting instead and will look for speakers.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

I Must Completely Let Go of My Former Employer by Not Looking at Websites

 



After retiring from an organization after 25 years, I maintained a little curiosity as to what happened thereafter I left.  I was able to learn much by looking at the library’s websites.  For example, I found out that my successor left after two years on the job partially because she had a long commute.  I suffered through a long and complicated commute for 25 years.  I found out three former colleagues retired after 25+ years of service.  I just found out the University Librarian reorganized the department.

I was frustrated in my efforts to keep in touch with former colleagues through email or phone calls.  It turned into a one-way street with no reciprocity.  Only two colleagues kept in touch with me.  Another person just clicks on “Likes That” in Facebook and Twitter.  That is not keeping in touch. I learned the hard way that “out of sight out of mind” supersedes keeping in touch.

I made a Jewish New Year’s resolution not to look at the library’s website any longer.  After 3 ½ years I feel that I must move on and let go completely.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Rosh Hashanah Wishes

 


My best wishes to all of my readers for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Seeing Strawberry Fields, a Beatles Tribute Band, 12 Years Later at the City Winery

 


Till There Was You by Strawberry Fields

We took Lee to see Strawberry Fields at BB Kings for his 21st birthday in 2009.  After 12 years we thought it was time to see a Beatles tribute group again.  Sadly, BB Kings closed a few years ago, but Strawberry Fields have taken their show to the City Winery.  The group leader mentioned that they played at BB Kings for 18 years.

8 Days a Week was the first number as the group wore outfits as the real Beatles did at Shea Stadium in 1965.  They played songs throughout the group's years, but not in chronological order.  I thought that they should have started with Please Please Me or I Want to Hold Your Hand. Till There Was You as seen above was played.

After an intermission, the group wore outfits from the Sgt. Pepper era and sang later Beatle songs.  They later dressed as the Beatles did during the rooftop concert.  The performance concluded with the Abbey Road Medley.

I enjoyed the concert but preferred BB Kings as a venue.  City Winery offered a limited brunch menu while there was a large buffet at BB Kings.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Random Thoughts of the Day

 


Thankfully, there were no major problems in my neighborhood after Ida.  The Mitchell-Linden branch of Queens Library located on the ground floor has been closed on account of flooding.  Hopefully, no books were ruined and damage was limited to a wet floor.

I drove on the Grand Central Parkway this morning and saw several abandoned cars on the side of the road.  There was one car abandoned on a side street in my neighborhood.  After three days the owners should see if they can start the car.  If not, call a tow truck.  It is possible it is hard to get a tow truck these days.

Right now I am listening to an aircheck from WOR-FM from 1970 on Rewound Radio.

Lee and I will be seeing a Beatles tribute group tomorrow.  I will write it up when I get home.

I wish the "powers that be" and Sony Pictures Television would finally make a decision on a permanent host for Jeopardy.  Do they really need more guest hosts?

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Down in the Flood - Bob Dylan Song of the Day

 


This song is appropriate after the events of last night.  You can read about it in The New York Times.  About 3 inches of rain was recorded in Central Park in just one hour.  I have not yet ventured out, so I don't know how my neighborhood was affected.  I usually do my laundry on Thursday morning, but I checked and noted the basement was flooded.  I'll check in a few hours to see if the maintenance men cleaned it up.

Monday, August 30, 2021

They Play a Boy's Game for Millions a Year and Act Like Children

 


Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez Give a Thumbs Down to the Fans after Yesterday's Game

It is a privilege to be a Major League Baseball player.  Millions of kids have to dream to play in the Major Leagues but at a given point in time, there are only 780 players on team rosters.  All players have an obligation to perform to the best of their abilities.  Ticket prices are quite high these days and even those not attending in person are playing through their cable TV subscriptions.

For three months the Mets were leading the weak National League, but have collapsed in August.  Francisco Lindor's batting average is .224 this season with an OPS of .686.  He signed a contract of $341 million over the next 10 years. Javier Baez who is currently making $11.6 million a year has hit .210 in his 17 games as a Met.  He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

You can see in the photo above the two of them are giving a thumbs down to the fans.  Are they blaming the fans for their poor performances?  The fans have every right to boo them at the stadium as long as profanity is not used.

Below is a statement from Team President Sandy Alderson

In a post-game press conference today, Javy Báez stated that his “thumbs down” gesture during the game was a message to fans who recently have booed him and other players for poor performance. These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Mets fans are understandably frustrated over the team’s recent performance. The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fan’s right.

The Mets will not tolerate any player gesture that is unprofessional in its meaning or is directed in a negative way toward our fans. I will be meeting with our players and staff to convey this message directly.

Mets fans are loyal, passionate, knowledgeable and more than willing to express themselves. We love them for every one of these qualities.

My suggestion would be to bench those two players for a few games.  In this way they cannot file a grievance since they would not lose salary.










Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Met Bats Finally Come Alive as they Beat the Washington Nationals 9-4

 


The Mets have not done well lately as they lost 11 of 13 to the Dodgers and Giants and are 9-20 since the trade deadline. At one time they were 5 games ahead in the National East but fell to 8 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves.  The pitching is usually good, but they just can't hit with runners in scoring position.

Sunday afternoons at Citi Field have been a ritual for the Slutskys for many years.  A few days ago a looked at the Mets website and noted that tickets in the Promenade Infield were $40 each.  I then went to Stub Hub and saw tickets for $14.  So today I got a bargain.

The Met hitting attack today featured two-run homers by Javy Baez and Jonathan Villar.  Juan Soto and Josh Bell (twice) homered for the Nationals.  When Soto walked in the second and fourth innings, I got the impression they were semi-intentional.

At the end of the game, Javier Baez and Francisco gave thumbs-down gestures to celebrate the victory.  Both of them have performed poorly during their tenures with the Mets and deserve to be booed when they don't come through in the clutch.

Box Score


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Return to the Cooper Hewitt Museum


 September 2019 was the last time I was at the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  All museums were closed for over a year because of the COVID-19 situation.  There is no admission charge to this museum until the end of October.

Some of the exhibitions on view are:

Suzi Zuzek For Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand -  Suzie Zuzek (1920-2011) created over 1,500 designs for Key West Hand Print Fabrics in Key West, Florida, which were used by Lilly Pulitzer

Willi Smith: Street Couture - Willi Smith (1948–1987) united fashion and American culture, marrying affordable, adaptable basics with avant-garde performance, film, art, and design

The third floor was closed since an exhibition of works by graphic design pioneer E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954) will open on September 10.  


Friday, August 27, 2021

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Resumes in October 2021

 


Please disregard this.  This event is no longer on the list of concerts in Lubbock.  It must have been posted there in error.

The Never Ending Tour resumes in Lubbock, Texas on October 14 after a hiatus of almost two years because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  As of now, this is the only concert scheduled.  Since Bob is now 80 years old, will he have the stamina to tour?  Will he come to the Beacon Theater in November?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Jazz Side of Charlie Watts

 


The Charlie Watts Quintet on the David Letterman Show - July 10, 1996

Everyone and his brother announced the passing of Charlie Watts on social media yesterday.  There were many tributes on TV news about his drumming with the Rolling Stones since 1963.  I found out that he was also a jazz drummer for a group known as the Charlie Watts Quintet.  I found a YouTube video of his appearance on the David Letterman Show in 1996.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Dedication to the Powers That Be at Sony Television Concerning Jeopardy - Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?

 


I thank William Padron for bringing this to my attention. Variety reports that the 5 episodes recorded with Mike Richards as host will be shown.  Mayim Bialek will then serve as host for 15 succeeding episodes while more guest hosts will be announced at a later date.

Can't these big executives make up their minds.  They could make Mayim a permanent host or pick from the guest hosts from last season.  My first choice is Ken Jennings as he has always been popular with the audience.  My second choice is Levar Burton who showed great enthusiasm for Jeopardy over the years and really wants the gig.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Jack Zerby - Extraordinary Writer and Editor for SABR Passes Away at 78

 


Yesterday, I found out about the passing of Jack Zerby at age 78.  I knew Jack as a writer and fact-checker for the SABR Games and Biography Projects.  Please look at the bibliography of his SABR publications.  I met Jack at the SABR annual meeting in Pittsburgh in 2018.  I certainly exchanged many emails with him over the past 3 years on SABR issues.  I appreciated his kindness when he sent me a condolence card after Karen’s passing in February.

Here are some comments made by some of his SABR colleagues:

John Fredland - Jack was one of the first Games Project members whom I ever interacted with, when Mike Huber sent him one of my articles with directions to reduce some of the word count. He did a great job at that, much as he did in many other areas with the Games Project and SABR in general. His encouragement inspired me to apply for the committee chair position last year, and he contributed to our team in many ways, especially in coaching new authors and coming up with outstanding ideas for his own articles.

Tom Brown - Jack was one of the first individuals that I met when I became active in SABR back in 2016. We hung out at the two SABR conventions that we attended and talked about doing the same thing at Baltimore. I always enjoyed our chats and phone calls about baseball as well as life here in NC where we both lived. He was definitely a mentor to me and always had an encouraging word. Like you said, he had a knack for finding interesting stories about players and games that might have been overlooked. His participation in the Games Project and SABR will be missed.

Bill Nowlin - Jack was a wonderful colleague and collaborator, and always seemed to be in a positive frame of mind.

Steve Weiner - When I think of Jack Zerby, I think of one word: POSITIVE!…..in word, thought and deed, no matter how you might have interacted with him. I knew him only briefly (since the New York City SABR convention). I’ll remember him for much longer. Thank you, Jack!

Len Levin - Ironically, I copyedited a game story today in which the author thanked Jack for his assistance. That was Jack, always willing to help.

Gary Belleville - Jack was always very generous with his time. He helped me immensely when I began to write for the Games Project. I will miss him very much

My condolences to his family and friends.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

 

 

 


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Yankees Beat Twins 7-1 for Their 9th Victory in a Row

 


Even though I am a big Mets fan I rarely root against the Yankees.  I like to go to a game at the stadium a few times each season.  Today, the Yankees with Gerrit Cole as the starting pitcher opposed the Minnesota Twins.

The Yankees broke the game open by scoring 5 runs in the 5th inning that featured doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and the red hot Luke Voit.  Bronx native Andrew Velasquez put the icing on the cake by hitting a home run in the 8th inning.


When we arrived home the game between the Mets and the Dodgers was in the 8th inning.  We watched until the end of the game as the Mets lost 4-3 making it 8 losses in their last 9 games.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Two Men were Hired for Prestigious Jobs and had to Resign before they Started the Job

 



Who are Mike Richards and Carlos Beltran?  Carlos Beltran was hired to be the manager of the Mets but had to relinquish the position when his role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.  Mike Richards was designated as the new permanent host of Jeopardy but resigned after a recent report resurfaced offensive and sexist comments he made on a podcast called The Randumb Show several years ago.  The search for a permanent host will be resumed.
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My first choice is Ken Jennings while my second is Levar Burton.

The Randumb Show seems to be an obscure podcast.  Anything on the internet can "go viral."  This is why bloggers like myself have to be careful about what they write.  I did slip up a few times in the distant past but am now more careful about what I say.  I often omit the names of people and organizations. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Please Mrs. Henry by Manfred Mann - Bob Dylan Cover of the Day

 


Please, Mrs. Henry, I'm down on my knees and I ain't gonna lie.  I didn't mess around with a 12-year old girl in 1965.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Mets are Going Downhill

 

I can never stay up for the entire game when the Mets play night games on the west coast.  When I wake up I would say "Alexa - what was the score of last night's Met game?"  I found out that they lost to the San Francisco Giants 7-5.

The Mets have lost the first four of a stretch against the Dodgers and Giants. They're now 5-13 in their last 18 games and are back to .500 for the first time since May 6.  Injuries are part of the story since the Mets have used about 60 players this season.

2021 is typical of other seasons when the team has fallen apart after the All-Star break.  There is a new owner, but the same old story.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Boots of Spanish Leather by Nanci Griffith


Singer-Songwriter Nanci Griffith just passed away at age 68.  I occasionally heard her music on WFUV but didn't know much about her.  I found a video with her covering Bob Dylan's Boots of Spanish Leather.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Respect - a Biopic of Aretha Franklin is Released Today

 

Trailer for Respect

Jennifer Hudson will star as Aretha Franklin.  It is showing at the local College Point Multiplex.  I'll be seeing it tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

It's Official - Mike Richards and Mayim Bialek will be Host of Jeopardy

 





After 16 guest hosts a decision was made for the permanent hosts of  Jeopardy after the passing of Alex Trebek.  Richards will kick off Season 38 as the full-time host of the syndicated show, and Bialik will serve as the host of Jeopardy!’s primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship. Richards will continue to serve as executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Regular Jeopardy shows will be syndicated while the primetime and spinoff series will be on the ABC Network.

I was rooting for Ken Jennings or Levar Burton to get the gig, but it didn't happen.  I'm looking forward to the next Tournament of Champions where Matt Amodio (What!) will appear.  As of this writing, he has 15 wins.  I would love to see Mark "The Beast" Labatt appear as a contestant.

Monday, August 9, 2021

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison - 50th Anniversary Edition

 


George Harrison certainly benefited from the breakup of the Beatles in 1970.  I did buy the vinyl boxed set of All Things Must Pass 30 years ago.  I still have it, but it is in poor condition.  So, I couldn't resist the opportunity to buy the 50th-anniversary edition which was remastered.  I will start to listen to it this evening and am interested to see if Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" was removed or minimized.

Of course, Capitol Records offers several box sets of this recording including an 8-LP version.  I compromised and purchased the 3-CD version.  How many alternate versions must one have?

Saturday, August 7, 2021

The Complete Unknowns - A Bob Dylan Tribute Band at The City Winery

 

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The Complete Unknowns Singing Like a Rolling Stone at the Bay Street Theater in 2015

I last saw Bob Dylan live at the Beacon Theater in November 2019 at the Beacon Theater.  He was scheduled to appear at Forest Hills Stadium in July 2020, but the concert was canceled on account of the pandemic.  As of now, there are no Dylan concerts planned.  Could this be the end of the Never Ending Tour?

If you can't see Dylan live, a tribute band is a good substitute.  The Complete Unknowns led by frontman and founding member Michael Weiskopf on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, the band also features guitarist Randolph Hudson III, keyboardist Stuart Sherman, bass player Taka Shimizu, and James Benard on drums.

The setlist:
  • John Wesley Harding
  • As I Went Out One Morning
  • Absolutely Sweet Marie
  • Just Like a Woman
  • Everything is Broken
  • Watching the River Flow
  • Mr. Tambourine Man - Lee's favorite of this show
  • Duquesne Whistle - My favorite of the show
  • Working Man's Blues
  • Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
  • Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • All Along the Watchtower
Intermission
  • My Back Pages
  • Chimes of Freedom
  • Visions of Johanna
  • Seven Days
  • Love Sick
  • Simple Twist of Fate
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Michael Weiskopf admitted it was very difficult to pick a setlist out of Dylan's 60 years of recordings. I was impressed that the group did not in any way imitate Dylan, but interpreted his songs.  Weiskopf sang lead on most of the numbers, but other members of the band did some lead singing.

The Complete Unknowns will appear every other week at City Winery.  I highly suggest that my Bob Dylan friends go see them.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Variety Reports that Mike Richards will be the New Permanent Host of Jeopardy

 


Variety is a publication that reports on entertainment news, film reviews, awards, film festivals, box office, entertainment industry conferences.  It states that Jeopardy Executive Producer Mike Richard is in advanced negotiations to become the show's permanent host.

Richards was one of many guest hosts that appeared after Alex Trebek's passing.  They all did fine jobs in hosting, but I was rooting for either Ken Jennings or Levar Burton to get the gig. This is not a done deal since a formal announcement would have to be made by the "Powers that Be".

Variety also reports that decade-old discrimination lawsuits cast a shadow on his appointment.  I guess you never know if this issue can deny him this job.

Stay tuned.




Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Crazy Dreams about Visiting My Former Employer


 During my 3 1/2 years of retirement, I never had the desire to return for a visit.  I don't bitter about the university or any individuals, but I feel the need to move on.  I am disappointed that keeping in touch has been a one-way street as several former colleagues didn't respond to me.  I guess it is human nature that out of sight and out of mind supersedes keeping in touch.

Last night I had two dreams about returning to the university.

  1. I saw my former boss who passed away in 2016 who showed me that he rearranged the furniture in the library.
  2. I taught a class when I told the students that the library does not purchase textbooks.
Here are a few older dreams:
  1. My former boss was sitting at the reference desk playing poker with some students.
  2. I  was accompanying my former director to a basketball game on campus.  We used to kid her about her ignorance about sports.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Thinking Ahead to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Major League Baseball


 The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between major league players and the owner expires at the end of the 2021 season.  What changes will be made?

I am interested in two rule changes that in my opinion should revert to the old way:

  1. Ghost runner on second base during extra innings
  2. 7-inning doubleheaders.
I guess I am a traditionalist when it comes to rules.  The rule requiring relief pitchers to face 3 batters has not shortened the time of games.  Perhaps that should be revisited.  I would like to see the time of the games shortened, but I am not sure of how to do that.

Financial issues must be addressed.  Salaries are so high and the players will resist any efforts by the owners to reduce them.  The fans are paying the players.  It is hard to believe that at one time its cost only $1.50 to sit in the upper deck of Shea Stadium.  Similar tickets in Citi Field are now about $40.

There is still plenty of time, but if there is no agreement there could be a lockout or strike in 2022.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

It Was A Boring Afternoon at Citi Field as the Mets Lost to the Reds 7-1

 


The star of the game was Reds rookie Max Schrock who hit 5 for 5 including a home run to lead his team to a 7-1 win over the listless Mets.  It was his first major league start at first base as he was giving All-Star Joey Votto a rest.  Javier Baez in his second game for the Mets was 0-4.  Reds starting pitcher Vladimir Gutierez allowed only 3 hits over 7 innings.  The only highlight for the Mets was a solo home run by Jeff McNeil.

The Mets are 8-9 since the All-Star break but are still leading the NL East by 3 1/2 games.  They are still the only team in the division over .500 with a record of 55-49.  There are 58 games to go in the regular season.


Saturday, July 31, 2021

I Returned to Flushing Town Hall Last Night

 


Since 2008 I have documented in this journal numerous visits to Flushing Town Hall,  It is nice to have an entertainment venue within walking distance with very reasonable prices for admission.  For the first time since the pandemic began, the venue offered live entertainment.  We attended a concert titled “Proud Mary” - Rock & Roll Ladies, featuring powerhouse vocalist Emilie Surtees and her band.

Emily sang cover versions of hits from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by female artists including Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner among others.  She interpreted several oldies with a very powerful voice and an effective backup band.  Instead of silence during the intermission, the band played instrumental versions of hits of that era.

I am certain that I will return.



Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gary Walker of WBGO Recommends Nina Simone Covering Bob Dylan's The Ballad of Hollis Brown

 


When Gary Walker, the morning personality at WBGO, recommends a Bob Dylan cover I listen.  This morning he mentioned the Ballad of Hollis Brown by Nina Simone.  I hope all my Bob Dylan friends will listen to this.  I don't know the date of this recording, but Nina passed away in 2003.  Gary Walker also introduced me to Dylan Different by Ben Sidran.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones - A "Random" Oldie for a Tuesday in July

 


This was described as an "official video".  A doubt if it will be deleted from YouTube.  So many of the videos that I posted over the years from YouTube were deleted.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mets 5 Blue Jays 4

 


If any SABR members are reading this, I am not using the SABR Style Guide as I write this game review.  My writing is much too terse.

Anyway, the Mets acquired Rich Hill a new starting pitcher from Tampa as the starting rotation was decimated by injuries.  The Mets are his 11th team.  He did a credible job as high allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.  The hitting stars of the game were Pete Alonso who hit his 22nd home run in the sixth inning to tie the game and Jeff McNeil who double in the same inning to give the Mets the lead.  Five relievers held the Blue Jays to one run as the Mets held on for a 5-4 victory.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Some Comments about the Mets

 


Congratulations to Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Darling, and Jon Matlack for being inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

There has certainly been much speculation on trades that the Mets and other teams should make before the trade deadline on July 30.  Most of the trades we read on websites or hear on sports talk radio never happen.  The Mets do need a starting pitcher and have just traded for Rich Hill.  I sense that he will not be a panacea.  Hopefully, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard will return in time to make a difference.

I am a little disappointed that the Mets are not doing anything to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1986 championship

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Random Thoughts of the Day


  • Much has been written in the last few days about the streaming video Shadow Kingdom and the forthcoming Bootleg Series #16.  I think many of my Dylan enthusiast friends are nitpicking his words, music, and actions to death.
  • I found an excellent review of Shadow Kingdom written by Sean Latham
  • We are now approaching the trading deadline in Major League Baseball.  I just don't like reading articles that are strictly speculative.  Most of the trades that writers and callers to sports talk radio dream up will never happen.  I know the Mets are looking for a starting pitcher, but don't give up too much.
  • Are Americans really very interested in the British royal family?  There are so many stories about them on network TV news.  Very little is said about Prince Charles who is a direct heir to the throne.
  • I question the statistics that Blogger offers for Bruce's Journal that states that 75% of my hits are from Indonesia and France.  There must be bots over there that hit my blog.
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 16 - Springtime in New York (1980-85) Will Be Released on September 17

 


All the information you need is in this 1-minute video.  I will be checking with Amazon.com and pre-order it.

I don't understand why this video was pulled after a few hours.  I assumed it was an official video from Sony Records.  However, a day later it was reinstated.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Shadow Kingdom: The Set List and Some of My Comments


The Set List:
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece
  • Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
  • Queen Jane Approximately
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
  • Tombstone Blues
  • To Be Alone with You
  • What Was it You Wanted (from Oh Mercy)
  • Forever Young
  • Pledging My Time
  • Wicked Messenger
  • Watching the River Flow
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue
My Comments:
  • This was not really a concert as it was recorded in a studio.
  • Dylan's voice sounded good.  I guess he rested his vocal cords during the pandemic.
  • The instrumental arrangements were different from the original recordings.  There were no drums or piano.
  • I don't see the point in filming this in Black and White.
  • I enjoyed seeing people dancing to some of the Dylan songs
  • I disliked seeing so much cigarette smoking in the audience.  Smokers are pariahs these days.
  • Of course, Dylan did not talk to the audience or introduce his backup musicians.  Their identities were revealed in the credits.  They were not the musicians who toured with him.
  • I was disappointed that the performance was only 50 minutes.


 

Videos Discussing Rego Park Then and Now by Historians Ron Marzlock and Jeff Gottlieb

 I grew up in Rego Park and have written about it extensively in Bruce's Journal.  Today as I was perusing through Facebook I found this 3-part video lasting about 30 minutes outlining the history of Rego Park.  It obviously could not be exhaustive in such a short time.  It did not include Remo Hall (61-40 Saunders Street) where I lived during my formative years.  This was the first apartment building in Rego Park.  I don't know when these videos were produced, but I am guessing it was before 1990 since only postal addresses were given to ask for further information.






Saturday, July 17, 2021

I Just Signed Up for the Ultimate Game Day Weekend of the Jay Buckley Baseball Tours

 


We went on Jay Buckley Baseball Tours in 2006, 2007, and 2010.  There are many entries in Bruce's Journal documenting those trips.  We thoroughly enjoyed watching the games in other cities and meeting other baseball fans.  In recent years we have gone to one city, visited museums during the day, and gone to baseball games at night.  We have seen games on our own in:
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • Atlanta
  • Houston
  • Denver
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Los Angeles
  • Anaheim
This 2021 tour is unique since it includes baseball and football games.
  • Oakland A's vs Astros at Minute Maid Park
  • Cleveland Indians vs Texas Rangers at Globe Life  Field
  • Carolina Panthers vs Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium

Friday, July 16, 2021

When Will the Permanent Host of Jeopardy be Announced?

 


There have been many guest hosts of Jeopardy in 2021.  All of them have been very good.  Obviously, nobody can replace Alex Trebek, but someone must be appointed to succeed him.  I assume that recordings of shows for the next season must start soon since new shows begin by mid-September.  I could be wrong but the new host will be one of the guest hosts who "auditioned" over the past several months.  Most of them have other commitments and may have to give up their previous jobs to become hosts.

Again, I may be wrong, but I predict Ken Jennings will get the nod.  He was given a 6-week gig, while the others appeared for only 2 weeks.  He is popular with the viewers and would be an excellent choice.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I Wanna Testify by The Parliaments - Random Oldie of the Day

 


This recording was posted to YouTube on November 2, 2013.  To date, there have been over 48,000 hits.  Will it be taken down?
 
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