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Monthly Archives: September 2012

I always wished I had been born sooner than I was. I loved the culture, the music, the movies of my parent’s generation. They were part of what is now called “The Greatest Generation.” And while I agree, in many ways, that they were a great generation, I’m not crazy about how or why that […]

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My friend Tim has requested a post about Victor Buono. I wish I knew more about Buono. I know very little except for the fact that I always found him to be very, very funny. Here is Buono in my favorite of his two Odd Couple appearances. I love his reaction to Felix’s use of […]

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I was sorry to hear this morning of the passing of Andy Williams. one of the great American crooners. According to reports, he’d been battling bladder cancer for almost a year. I never followed Andy Williams the way I did Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Mel Torme or Ella Fitzgerald. He was the All-American, apple pie […]

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I had the distinct pleasure yesterday of speaking with Candice “Candy” Azzara. Ms. Azzara is a delightfully talented actress who has appeared is some of my favorite movies and TV shows over the years. Born and raised in Brooklyn in a decidedly colorful Italian American family, she is as charming to speak to as she […]

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Joe Venuti’s mother once posed the question about her son, “How could anyone act like a devil and play like an angel?” It was a paradox that would test all got close to Venuti throughout his life. Mike Peters, musician and historian, wrote in the liner notes of the Mosaic Records’, The Classic Columbia and Okeh […]

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Today marks the 65th anniversary of the day my parents tied the knot. My parents were that couple that was envied by all the other couples they knew. They not only loved one another but liked each other as well. I remember as a kid my dad coming home at night and making my parents […]

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It is approximately 8:00 p.m. on Broadway in the bustling metropolis of New York City. The year is 1926 . . . or is it 1946? No one knows for sure. As theater patrons hustle to their evening’s entertainment, dozens of men dressed in tuxedos, carrying instrument caes larger than themselves, begin to assemble on […]

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It’s official, or rather, it’s the officials or lack thereof that has made the NFL unwatchable this season. Last night’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons was beyond embarrassing. I’m not a die-hard NFL fan but I certainly watch my share of football every fall. After this weekend’s NFL games, I think […]

Hey! Did I mention I host a radio show? Well, I don’t really . . . I actually host TWO radio shows, back-to-back. The shows run on Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, New York every Sunday from Noon until 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. You can listen in live via the magical internet. Just click onto […]

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Here’s one of my all-time  favorite songs from a Broadway show. Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that I have three children of my own. This particular clip is from the film version of the Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie. Both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde are seen here recreating […]

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