Saturday, December 31, 2022

Random Thoughts on New Year's Eve


On New Years' Eve, I think of some of the bad experiences I had in the late 1960s and 1970s.  One year my date got sick at the last minute.  I also attended some crappy parties.  At one party the girls did not talk to the guys.  During my QBBS days, there was a party at HK's house where there 13 guys and no girls.  I guess they did not want to advertise they didn't have a date.

In hockey, a team may challenge a referee's call, but if the call is upheld, the team is penalized for delay of game and must play shorthanded for two minutes.  I think the team that loses it challenge should just lose their timeout. 

Most of the emails that I receive on my AOL are requests for money from charities or non-profit organizations.  It seems that once you donate, the organization won't leave you alone.

Celebrity deaths came in threes this week as Pele, Barbara Walters, and Pope Benedict XVI passed away.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Ray LaLonde - Jeopardy's Latest Superstar


I consider anyone who has won at least 10 Jeopardy games a superstar as Ray Lalonde reached that milestone by winning on last night's show.  He now ranks #14 in the list of highest-money winners in regular season games, not including tournaments.  Here are his statistics according to The Jeopardy Fan:

261 correct, 30 incorrect

20/23 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)

42.63% in first on buzzer (243/570)

15/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $44,100)

8/10 in Final Jeopardy

He is a scenic artist from Ontario, Canada who has a penchant for swaying back and forth which annoyed some viewers. There is a report that he suffered some spinal cord damage over a period of years and had to work hard to prevent muscle spasms in his legs while he was on camera.

Nobody knows how many more games he will win.  A big milestone for him would be to become the winningest Canadian by beating the record of 23 victories by Matea Roche.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Spotlight on Travis L. Ayres aka Marc Sommers


In this video, Marc Sommers says some wonderful things about the radio personalities he knew when were worked at WABC and WCBS-FM. Mark has a YouTube Channel @travislayres (His real name is Travis Ayres) tells you a "Radio Story" from his years at WTIX & WNOE (New Orleans) and WABC & WCBS-FM in NYC.  I highly suggest that readers of this entry check it out.  You should also check out his website  He has also written several books about the Civil War.

There is a new career for people who have left the radio business.

Monday, December 26, 2022

WFUV's Question of the Day Didn't Play My Favorite Box or Boxing Songs


Every morning WFUV asks its listeners to pick songs that answer a question.  Today, since it is Boxing Day listeners, were questioned about songs about boxes or boxers.  When I listen at about 6:45 I am busy making and eating breakfast, so I don't get a chance to vote.  Listeners can vote at .  Corny O'Connell plays the winning theme set at about 9:10.  The songs played were:

  • Rosanne Cash "Tennessee Flat Top Box"
  • Wilco "Box Full of Letters"
  • Warren Zevon "Boom Boom Mancini"
  • The Grateful Dead "Box of Rain"
I assume Corny makes the selection, but it could be Ross Boris, the music director.

I would have voted for The Boxer by Paul Simon and Hurricane by Bob Dylan, considering the story of boxer Ruben Carter.  On second thought, they could have played a hit by the Box Tops.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Baby It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin


This song by Dean Martin did not hit the charts, but it is appropriate for today.  At 7 AM it was 7 degrees with a real feel of -20.  I will have go out for grocery shopping today since the store will be closed al day tomorrow,  I will dress warmly.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Homeward Bound: A Tribute to Paul Simon Excluded My Favorite Line from Mrs. Robinson

Homeward Bound: A Tribute to Paul Simon seen last night on CBS  featured covers of his songs by renowned singers including Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Eric Church, Rhiannon Giddens, Susanna Hoffs, Jonas Brothers, Angélique Kidjo, Ledisi, Little Big Town, Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Billy Porter, Sting, Take 6, Irma Thomas, Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff, Trombone Shorty and Stevie Wonder.  A detailed review may be found in Variety.  One of my favorite Paul Simon songs is Mrs. Robinson, but the performance last night excluded my favorite line.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

Woo, woo, woo

What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?

Joltin' Joe has left and gone away

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

I suppose that time constraints compelled the editors to cut it short.  Below is the complete version of Mrs. Robinson sung by Paul at Joe DiMaggio Day at Yankee Stadium in 1999

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Liz Chaney won a John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award


The John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award is given to an individual who defends democracy at home and abroad. In May 2022, the following five individuals won the award: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Arizona Representative Russell “Rusty” Bowers, and Wandrea’ ArShaye Moss.

The Jan. 6 select House committee voted to refer former President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and potential prosecution for trying to overturn the 2020 election.

Liz Chaney put democracy over loyalty to her party and stood up for what is right for the country.  As a result, she lost her seat in the House of Representatives.  I certainly wish her well in her future endeavors either in government or the private sector.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Adam Sandler Chanukah Song


The audience is very enthusiastic about the Chanukah Song.  I wonder if LITE-FM plays this song.

Friday, December 16, 2022

I Donate to Several Charities and Non-Profit Organizations


Over the past year I have donated to several organizations including (in no particular order):
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Lustgarten Foundation
  • Pancreatic Cancer Network
  • Masbia
  • World Hunger Year
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Bowery Mission
  • WFUV
  • WBGO
  • Paley Center for Media
  A foundation must spend money to make money, but I hope that all these organizations minimize their overhead.  Once I have donated to an organization, they constantly come back to me asking for more money.  A better strategy would be to seek out new donors.  In this "online era" I suggest that groups only make appeals through email and websites.  It costs money for printing and mailing fundraising appeals.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Scott Shannon's Retirement from WCBS-FM Does Not Affect Me


For at least 25 years I was an avid listener to WCBS-FM as they were America's premier oldies station with fantastic personalities including Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Bill Brown, Bobby Jay, Bob Shannon, and Max Kinkel among others.  I don't want to discuss the Jack fiasco, but WCBS-FM has used a strategy to attract younger listeners by playing hits from the 1980s and later.  As many of the DJs retired or passed away, they were succeeded by personalities who left WPLJ.  This is part of their strategy to attract younger listeners.

In 2014 Scott Shannon became the morning personality and brought the "Morning Zoo" style with him. At that point in time, I all but abandoned the station, since I prefer a music-intensive show in morning drive.  Also, 80s music is not my cup of tea.  WFUV, WABC (for Cousin Brucie) and WBGO are the only terrestrial stations I listen for music.  I listen to Pop Gold Radio and Rewound Radio for oldies.  I listen to several stations on SiriusXM.  I only listen to WCBS-FM on Sunday mornings for Scott Shannon's "America's Greatest Hits".

Scott says he will continue on the radio with his Sunday show and with his True Oldie Channel. There was an interview with Scott on Fox 5 this morning.  John Foxx will succeed him.  There is speculation about whether his leaving the morning gig at WCBS-FM was voluntary or not.  Audacy, the parent company of WCBS-FM is having financial problems and may have wanted to cut a large salary.

I wish Scott all the best in his future endeavors.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Random Oldie of the Day - Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison


I heard this last Sunday morning as I was listening to the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.  The video is a little strange.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself


It is well-documented that crime in the New York City subway system is up.  It is most frightening to hear about random attacks. A few weeks ago, when we held the annual Oldies Meet and Greet a few women told me they were afraid to take public transportation to Manhattan.  There are steps taken to thwart crime as I have observed more police on the trains and platforms.

A famous quote from President Franklin Roosevelt is "The only thing to fear is fear itself."  I go about my business, as usual, not letting the increase in crime prevent me from pursuing activities that I enjoy. I just don't listen to music or read while I am riding the subway as I must always keep my eyes and ear open.  For example, yesterday I observed a suspicious-looking man on the platform at 8th Avenue and 14th Street.  I just walked away.  I will never confront anyone on the subway.  I documented numerous delays that I encountered on public transportation, but thankfully I have never been a victim of a crime.

I wrote this blog entry from a suggestion by Gregory Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German; Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Fellowships at North Central College in Illinois.  He is also a distinguished historian of baseball as he publishes extensively for the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR)

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Edward Hopper's New York at the Whitney Museum


Self-Portrait of Edward Hopper

According to this journal, I last visited the Whitney Museum in May 2021 .  Today's featured exhibit was Edward Hopper's, New York.  Hopper (1882-1967) was an American realist painter and printmaker. While he is widely known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching.  New York City was his home for 60 of his 85 years thus this exhibit represented depictions of the city that showed utilitarian structures and out-of-the-way corners.   This exhibit was on the fifth floor and just as crowded as during the Andy Warhol exhibit in 2018.

Other exhibits we saw today included:
  • Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
  • Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism
  • Time Management Techniques

Thursday, December 8, 2022

42 Years Ago, Today John Lennon was Murdered

 I have posted several John Lennon songs in this journal over the years.  My favorite was Beautiful Boy.  I found on YouTube a video of John talking to Bob Dylan in the back of a taxicab.  This video, which is 28 minutes long, was taken from the documentary Eat the Document.  I believe it includes outtakes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Film Hearts of Fire was Bob Dylan's Worst Performance in My Opinion


Many of my Bob Dylan fans, whether real or virtual, rave at everything he does.  He is certainly not infallible.  Hearts of Fire, a film released in 1987, is about a reclusive musician, played by Dylan, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.  It was released in theaters in the UK but was so bad that it was not shown in movie theaters in the USA.  I rented the VHS tape of it from Blockbuster Video, and it was terrible.  The soundtrack was not bad, but Dylan's acting was terrible.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

I am Leaving a Discussion Group for Seniors

CPQ is an agency that runs numerous programs for people of all ages including older adults.  A few months ago, I started attending a discussion group at their Little Neck location publicized as a senior singles group.  I didn’t expect it to be a dating service, but I thought I should at least check it out.  I was never thrilled with it, but I felt it was better than sitting at home for a few hours each week.  I thought the discussion would be related to senior singles whether they were never married, divorced, or widowed.  The discussions were essentially small talk about mundane topics mostly of interest to women as about 80% of the participants were female. There were usually several people who dominated the conversation and thus it was difficult for me to get a word in edgewise.

A social worker from the agency is supposed to be a moderator, but she acted like one of the seniors.  I think the moderator at the beginning of each session should ask for a list of topics and give a time limit for each one and ensure that everyone has a chance to speak on the topic.  The sessions should not be a verbal free-for-all.  Another suggestion is to split it into smaller groups so the participants can get to know each other.  After attending several sessions, I feel the other seniors are still strangers.

What is the sense to go out of my way to attend a meeting and being bored and can’t wait till it ends?  I am most disappointed that I was ignored after I sent emails to two social workers whom I know to  suggest there be a men-only discussion group.  There is nothing to lose by trying.  There are more women in the senior population, but perhaps enough men would be interested.

A former boss of mine once told me “If you are happy, stay, if not leave.”  This applies here.


Saturday, December 3, 2022

Queens Baseball Convention Today

 The annual Queens Baseball Convention, a fan fest for Mets enthusiasts, was held at the Sheraton Four Points which was within walking distance of my apartment.  So obviously, Lee and I had to go.  The first presentation was the State of the Mets panel hosted by Mark Healey.  The big topic of discussion was the signing of Jacob deGrom by the Texas Rangers and what the Mets do as a result.  The consensus was that giving Jacob a 5-year contract was just too risky considering his history of injuries.

The next speaker was R.A. Dickey who pitched for the Mets from 2010-2012.

Roger Clark of NY1 interviewed R. A.

He talked about the knuckleball, his three years with the Mets, and his ranch near Nashville.

Howard Johnson of the 1986 Mets was interviewed by Lori Rubinson of WFAN radio.

Jay Horwitz, the public relations, and alumni director of the Mets was presented with the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award.

The final player who was introduced to the audience was the popular pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also known as Big Sexy.  He pitched for 11 teams including the Mets in 2014-16.

Dwight Gooden was in the back signing autographs.  The three players mentioned above also signed autographs.  I was never an autograph hound, so I wasn't interested in getting signatures from the players.

SNY presented Mets Hot Stove featuring Gary Apple, Sal Licata and John Harper who also discussed the loss of Jacob deGrom and the 2023 Mets.

Lee with Sandy the Seagull, the mascot of the Brooklyn Cyclones

Last, but not least, Lee with Mr. Met

Time Will Tell if the Mets Made the Right Decision in Not Signing Jacob deGrom

Last night we received the news that Jacob deGrom signed with the Texas Rangers for five years and $185 Million.  It is certainly disappointing for all Met fans that he is jumping ship.  It shows that players do not show loyalty.  He certainly has an excellent record in his nine seasons with the Mets as he won two Cy Young Awards.

The drawback is that deGrom has been injury prone throughout his career.  In 2021-22 he missed 13 months as the Mets paid his salary of over $30 million for that period.  As any athlete ages, he/she becomes more prone to injuries.  deGrom will be 39 years old at the end of his contract.  Will he show the same effectiveness for the Rangers as he did for the Mets?  Will he spend substantial time on the injury list?  Only time will tell.

At least he didn't sign with the Yankees or a team in the NL East.  The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play at Citi Field at the end of August.  Will deGrom do what Syndergaard did in 2022 are conveniently be skipped in the rotation at that time? 


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Fleetwood Mac Covers Dylan's Love Minus Zero/No Limit


Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac passed away yesterday.,   It is not necessary for me to post it on my Facebook page.  I  found Fleetwood Mac covering Dylan's Love Minus Zero/No Limit originally released in 1965 on the Bringing it All Back Home album.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Everybody Wants My Money on Giving Tuesday


Over the past week, I have received umpteen e-mails asking for money today which is Giving Tuesday.  Most of these organizations are reputable and deserve support.  Over the course of a year, I donate to several organizations including radio stations, medical research associations, cultural institutions, and universities.  I also donate to groups supporting the help required after natural disasters.  Once I have made a donation to an organization, I am constantly bombarded by email and snail mail asking for more money.  Charitable organizations should lower their overhead by refraining from sending requests for donations via postal mail.

Today I donated to the Coalition for the Homeless.  I am saddened when I see homeless people sleeping on the street.  If I gave money to a single person I don't if that person will use it to buy food, liquor, or illicit drugs.  I know that the money given to an organization will be spent wisely.

Monday, November 28, 2022

2023 Will Be a Big Baseball Year for Bruce and Lee

Today I signed up for a Jay Buckley Baseball Tour that will stop in Tampa Bay and Miami.  It will be the first time I will be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.   In 2015 I saw a game in Miami, but this year I will see the Mets for the first time on the road.  I will see their 2023 opener in Loan Depot Stadium.  I also bought a 20-game package of games at Citi Field that includes the home opener.  My package also includes a game against the Yankees.

In the meantime, I'll be watching basketball and hockey.


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Today's Radio Log


On Saturdays, I have more time to listen to the radio.  So here is my list of stations for today.

  • WINS-FM - the lead story was about a kid being stabbed in Staten Island.  So, what else is new
  • WFUV - with Janet Bardini
  • Elvis Radio on SiriusXM - I must keep Lee happy
  • The Bridge on SiriusXM - light classic rock
  • WBGO - Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez
  • Q-104.3 - playing their listening voted top 1,043 classic rock hits
  • WABC with the ageless Cousin Brucie

Trailblazers 132 Knicks 129 at Madison Square Garden

It has been several years since I last attended a Knick game at the Garden.  Including the Ticketmaster fee, I had to pay $228 for two tickets.  The prices don't prevent people from coming as there was a full house last night.

Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points, Anfernee Simons had 38 and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the New York Knicks 132-129 in overtime on Friday night.

Jalen Brunson scored 32 points and Julius Randle had 23 for the Knicks, who have lost three of their last four games. RJ Barrett added 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Knicks lost the game on the free throw line as they hit 24 for 28 while the Trailblazers were 38 for 51.

The game was tied in regulation, but Portland opened the overtime period with an 11-3 run.  They were able to hold on to the victory.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Cris Pannullo - Jeopardy's Latest Superstar

 On today's show, Cris Pannullo won $71,821 with a 14-day total of $487,923.  12 of his 14 victories were runaways.  He is now in the top ten of money winners and game winners in regular season competitions.  He has a similar background to Jeopardy legend James Holzhauer as he was once a professional poker player.  In October 2018 he appeared on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and won a modest $5,000.

Of course, we must view one game at a time and can never predict how far he can go.  He has hit most Daily Doubles, bet big, and got the correct responses.  He will obviously be in the next Tournament of Champions.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Random Thoughts of the Day


It seems that most sports fans are going crazy over the World Cup.  Do these people follow soccer at other times?  I remember at NJIT, Reg, Jim, and Matt were big soccer fans at all times.  It reminds me of people who follow horse racing only during the Triple Crown.

I guess baseball writers have nothing to do during the offseason but to write speculative articles about free agency signings.  Duh, what will the Mets do if they lose de Grom or Nimmo or what will the Yankees do if Judge signs with another team?  I wonder if the sports betting apps are taking on wagers about where free agents land.

Another day, another mass shooting.  Six people were shot dead by a Walmart employee in Chesapeake, Virginia.  The New York Times compiled a partial list of mass shootings in the United States in 2022.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Two Online Relationships That Were Short and Sweet but Ended Abruptly


Some months back a woman followed me on Twitter.  Just for the heck of it, I followed her back.  All of a sudden, she chatted we me.  She lived in Tulsa, was divorced, and had a five-year-old daughter.  I mentioned to her the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa.  The chat was friendly, and then suddenly, she said she had no food in her home and asked me for money.  I immediately ended the chat and the mini-online relationship.

A young lady wanted to friend me on Facebook and said "Cool name Nice to meet you, I just read your profile and was surprised to find out that you live in Flushing?"  She wanted to continue to chat with me but suggested we use an app called Telegram since she thought Facebook Messenger was not secure.  A few things she said:

Good morning, I send you the first ray of sunshine in the morning, I hope he can bring you a good mood for the day, the weather in Toronto is not very good today, I will read at home in the morning, and I will make an appointment for a yoga class in the afternoon. What fun things are you planning to do today?

We also got into a discussion about Jeopardy.  She said she would leave Toronto in a few months and would come back to Queens.  My chats with her continued for about three days, but then just ended. A day later I sent her a message "How are you today?"  No answer, and so it ended.

In both cases, I mentioned my age and they did not have a problem as I was significantly older then them.

Oh, well.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Kudos to the NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for Preventing Anti-Semitic Attacks in NYC



Report from WABC-TV

Breaking - NYPD arrested Matthew Mahrer, 22, and Christopher Brown, 21 at Penn Station after the men threatened New York Synagogues.  An Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Who knows what these low lives would have done if they were not caught.

Brown had been on the radar for making threats against the Jewish community for some time, and the threats were getting more serious recently, raising concerns.  Investigators searched Mahrer's apartment in New York City and found a Glock 17 firearm.

I hope these bastards will be fully prosecuted by the law.  The judge should set bail extremely high.

Thank you, NYPD and the FBI, for a job well done.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs by Greil Marcus - But is it a Biography?


A biography is simply defined as an account of someone's life written by someone else. Many biographies are chronological while others are thematic.  There have been many biographies written about Bob Dylan.  Just a few of them are:

Dylan : a biography / Bob Spitz.Author  

New York : McGraw-Hill, c1989.

Bob Dylan : a biography / Bob Batchelor.

Batchelor, Bob, author.


Santa Barbara : Greenwood, [2014]


And forget my name : a speculative biography of Bob Dylan / Stephen Scobie.


Scobie, Stephen

Victoria, B.C. : Ekstasis Editions, 1999.


Bob Dylan : behind the shades : a biography / Clinton Heylin.


Heylin, Clinton.


New York : Summit Books, c1991.

Dylan : a biography / Bob Spitz.

New York : McGraw-Hill, c1989.

Greil Marcus is an American author, music journalist, and cultural critic. He is notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a broader framework of culture and politics.  I had the pleasure of meeting him twice:

·        A symposium called Bob Dylan and the Band: What Kind of Love is this held at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan in 2010

·        World of Bob Dylan Symposium in 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Three of his books about Bob Dylan are:

Marcus, G. (2013). Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's basement tapes.

Marcus, G. (2006). Like a rolling stone: Bob Dylan at the crossroads.

Marcus, G. (2015). Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010

His latest book, the subject of this journal entry, is:

Marcus, G. (2022) Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography is Seven Songs

The Seven Songs in this book are:

  • ·        Blowin’ in the Wind (1962)
  • ·        The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (1964)
  • ·        Ain’t Talkin’ (2006)
  • ·        The Times They Are a Changin’ (1964)
  • ·        Desolation Row (1965)
  • ·        Jim Jones (1992)
  • ·        Murder Most Foul (2020)

Of these 7 songs, only Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are Changin’ are Dylan classics and are known to most followers of popular music.  Those two songs consider Dylan’s involvement in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s and in a peripheral way may be biographical.  In The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll also refers to racial injustice.  Ain’t Talkin’, from the album Modern Times in my open should refer to Dylan’s refusal to give regular interviews or communicate with his fans.  Could Desolation Row mean that Dylan is desolate?  I don’t think so, but I don’t see biographical references in the song.  Jim Jones from the album Good As I’ve Been to You was arranged but not written by Dylan.  Murder Most Foul, Dylan’s longest song, addresses the assassination of John F. Kennedy in the context of the greater American political and cultural history.  It is really not biographical.

In my opinion some of Dylan’s love and anti-love songs may be biographical:

·        Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

·        It Ain’t Me Babe

·        Boots of Spanish Leather

·        Tangled Up in Blue

What about

·        Bob Dylan’s Dream

·        Restless Farewell

Greil Marcus has written an excellent book, but it is appropriate for Dylan scholars and hard-core fans.  Casual fans should read the more traditional biographies.  Librarians have cataloged this book as Bob Dylan-Biography but should be cataloged as Bob Dylan-History and Criticism.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Exhibit on the Jewish Deli at the New York Historical Society

 I certainly have written about delis many times in this journal.  This new exhibit prompted me to make a return visit. The society's website states, "Our special exhibition examines how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant and reveals how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture."

I was especially amused by a video that shows how delis were portrayed in TV shows and movies including the famous scene in "When Harry Met Sally."

Delis portrayed in the exhibit include:

  • Second Avenue Deli
  • Katz's Deli
  • Stage Deli
  • Ben's Deli at 7th Avenue and 38th Street - site of the famous Oldies Meet and Greets
  • Ben's Best Deli in Rego Park

Do you remember this advertisement scene decades ago in the NYC subway?

It is sad that so many kosher delis have closed over the years.  Likely, changing demographics is the primary reason for their demise.  Restauranteurs should try to apple to all ethnicities.

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series #17 Fragments will be Released on January 27


The rumors are now official that Bob Dylan Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions 1996-97 is coming out.  There will be a 2 CD and 5 CD version.  Of course I will have to get the 5 CD version.

DISC 1: Time Out Of Mind - REMIXED

DISC 2: Outtakes and Alternates (13 tracks)

DISC 3: Outtakes and Alternates (12 tracks)

DISC 4: TOOM Live 1998-2001 (12 tracks)

DISK 5: Previously Released Outtakes/Live (12 tracks)

There are two videos below.  An unboxing of the set and Leve Sick Take 2

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

War by Edwin Starr and The Temptations

 One of the songs discussed by Bob Dylan in The Philosophy of the Modern Song is War as recorded by Edwin Starr who had the hit version of it that hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1970.  Dylan also mentioned a version by the Temptations.  Below are the two versions.  By the way, I found a very negative review of Dylan's recent book.  The reviewer, John Carvil, is a UK-based freelance reviewer, and the Editor of oomska, an online arts & pop culture magazine.

Monday, November 14, 2022

It's Cheaper to Keep Her by Johnnie Taylor - My Favorite from The Philosophy of the Modern Song


This song reached #15 on the Billboard charts in 1973.  For obvious reasons the philosophy behind it moved Bob Dylan.  He's had at least two and possibly four marriages. Those divorce lawyers are very expensive.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

The 2022 Oldies Meet and Greet at Ben's Deli in Manhattan


Lee was at this year's event

Since 2006 we have held Oldies Meet and Greets at Ben's Deli in midtown Manhattan.  These events were documented in Bruce's Journal.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from meeting in person during 2020 and 2021.

Barbara Harris of the Toys was our guest at our gathering today.  She sang her big hit A Lover's Concerto which reached #1 on the WABC survey in October 1965.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feelings by the Fortunes - Appropriate Oldie of the Day


I am looking out the window, but it is not raining yet.  The weather forecast calls for rain all afternoon as the remnants of Hurricane Nicole move into my area.  This song peaked at #15 on the Billboard charts in 1971.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Major League Baseball is Losing Popularity

Here is a quote from "The Athletic", an excellent online newspaper:

The Astros’ six-game series win over the Phillies averaged 11.78 million viewers on Fox, and 12.03 million combined viewers (Fox, Fox Deportes and streaming), the network said, which are fine numbers amid the harsh realities of the modern TV universe but still makes for one of the least-watched World Series on record.

In fact, it trails only 2020’s pandemic-affected Fox TV-only 9.94-million-viewer average (Dodgers over Rays). Last year’s six-game Braves win over the Astros averaged 11.94 million for the network, which has aired the World Series since 2000.

This is a concern since Philadelphia and Houston are major TV markets.

I believe that much of this decline can be blamed on the slow pace of the game and the predominance of walks, strikeouts, and foul balls.  Starting next season there will be a pitch clock and a limit on throws trying to pick off runners.  This should lessen the time of games.  Perhaps this will help to increase interest in baseball.

There may be some resentment about the outrageous salaries given to players.  Is any athlete worth $30 Million a year?


Monday, November 7, 2022

The Hot Stove League has Begun


For the benefit of my readers who are not baseball fans, The Hot Stove League is speculating about free-agent signings and trades that may or may not occur in the off-season.  Back in the old days, a reserve clause bound players to their team unless they were released or traded.  After six years of service, players may declare free agency and sign with another team.  The Mets and Yankees had good seasons as they made the post-season, but neither advanced to the World Series.  They obviously want to make moves to improve for 2023.  The teams may also lose players.  The question is how much money the team should offer to players.  The salaries are outrageous to pay men to play a boy's game.  The fans who buy tickets are paying these salaries.

Below is a list of players for the Mets and Yankees who may become free agents.


RHP Chris Bassitt (mutual option), RHP Carlos Carrasco (club option), LHP Alex Claudio, RHP John Curtiss (club option), RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Mychal Givens (mutual option), RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Trevor May, OF Tyler Naquin, OF Brandon Nimmo, RHP Adam Ottavino, LHP Joely Rodríguez, 1B Daniel Vogelbach (club option), RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Trevor Williams


OF Andrew Benintendi, LHP Zack Britton, DH Matt Carpenter, RHP Miguel Castro, LHP Aroldis Chapman, UTL Marwin Gonzalez, RHP Chad Green, OF Aaron Judge, 1B Anthony Rizzo (opt-out), RHP Jameson Taillon

Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

LIU Post 29 Central Connecticut State 20

For several years we have gone to one or two games every season to see LIU Post football.  The cost per ticket is an order of magnitude less than what I would have to pay at MetLife Stadium to see the Giants or Jets.  Years ago, the LIU sports teams were known as the Pioneers, but since then they changed the name and the logo to the Sharks.  Today they defeated the team from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain 29-20.  A few of my classmates at the University of Rhode Island graduate school were undergraduates at that university.

Since I am not a sports reporter, I'll refer my readers to the account of the game written by Adam Rubin.

LIU Post Mascot


Friday, November 4, 2022

My First Impression of The Philosophy of the Modern Song by Bob Dylan #poms in the Twitterverse

Even though I am running out of space to shelve books in my apartment, I decided to order this book in print rather than the e-book for the Amazon Kindle.  I am glad I did since the photographs and drawings enhance the text.  Fortunately, the weather in NYC has been unseasonable for early November and I sat on the benches outside my building to read it.

I am reading it more slowly than usual.  As of today, I have read exactly one-half of the book covering 33 of the 66 songs he evaluates.  Today I listened to several songs before I read Dylan's analysis. The songs that Dylan analyzes range from obscure to well-known. Likewise, some of the songwriters are obscure while others are well-known.  I hoped that songwriters such as Paul Simon, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, and Holland-Dozier-Holland would be included, but they are not.

Dylan praises Norman Whitman and Barrett Strong in his review of Ball of Confusion as recorded by the Temptations.  Very often Dylan's remarks can be taken out of context.  Here is a joke from the book - Because no matter how many chairs you have, you only have one ass.

My favorite song so far has been It's Cheaper to Keep Her written by Mark Rice and recorded by Johhny Taylor.  It is about divorce and includes a photo of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Burton.  There is a copy of an advertisement for a law firm specializing in divorces with the phone number 1-800-Divorce.  I think Dylan is likely an expert on divorces since he has been through at least two of them.

My writing above is not an exhaustive review of the book.  I'll leave it up to my Dylan scholar friends to do that.  The table of contents lists the songs but not their writers.


Thursday, November 3, 2022

How Many Times Has Bob Dylan Been Married?


The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar, but how many times?

Dylan who is very secretive about his personal life, has been married at least two times:
  • Sara Lowndes (1965-1967)
  • Carolyn Dennis (1986- 1982)
Both of these marriages have been confirmed, but are there others?

This article quotes from the National Enquirer that Dylan was married to Darlene Springs in 2012 and divorced her after he learned of her out-of-control spending.  I doubt the veracity of a story from the National Enquirer.

I just completed an autobiography of Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone Magazine.  He states that in 2019 he held a birthday party for Bruce Springsteen, and he sat next to Dylan and his wife who was not identified by name. Please see the excerpt below. Jann Wenner is certainly a reliable source.  Maybe Dylan has to tour at age 81 to pay alimony to three ex-wives.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Bruce's Journal was Temporarily Suspended by Blogger

For most of the 17 years that I have published this journal it was administered by Blogger, a service of Google.  All of a sudden, this morning I received the following email stating Bruce's Journal is being suspended.

Hello, As you may know, our Community Guidelines ( describe the boundaries for what we allow-- and don't allow-- on Blogger. Your blog titled "" was flagged to us for review. We have determined that it violates our guidelines and have made the URL unavailable to blog readers. Why was your blog removed? Your content has violated our SPAM policy. Please visit our Community Guidelines page linked in this email to learn more. If we feel that a blog's content does not fit within the expectations of our Policy, we no longer allow it to be publicly available. If you think we've made a mistake, you can request a review at, and we'll take another look. Sincerely, -The Blogger Team

I certainly did not spam anyone with my journal.  I do receive hits from France and Russia that are likely from robots, but I did not initiate any spam.  I do post most of my journal entries on Facebook, but that is not spam.

I did click on the link and within minutes received the following reply:

Hello, We have re-evaluated your blog against Blogger Community Guidelines Upon review, the blog has been reinstated. You may access the blog at Thank you for understanding. Sincerely, The Blogger Team.

I guess all's well that ends well.  Perhaps they wanted to see that I was not a robot.


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