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Monthly Archives: April 2013

I just finished reading the Reiner book, “I Remember Me” and was just about to post that I felt Reiner’s problems in the book had more to do with the lack of a good copy editor than anything else. And to a great extent, I still believe that because many of the stories in the […]

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My friend, Sal Viscuso, was kind enough to send me a copy of Carl Reiner’s new book entitled, “I Remember Me.” It seems, however, as I read the book, that Mr. Reiner doesn’t remember too precisely . . . at least not when it comes to time. First of all, before I get into the […]

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I’m currently reading a marvelous book edited by Michael G. Long called “Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson On Life After Baseball.” Published by Syracuse University Press, the book is a collection of newspaper columns and magazine articles written by Jackie Robinson in the years following his playing career. As Long notes, “Although he [Robinson] clearly […]

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America lost one of its greatest comedic talents this week when Jonathan Winters died at the age of 87. Winters was highly touted by fans, critics and fellow performers as one of the great improvisational geniuses of the comedy world. My first memories of Jonathan Winters as a kid come from the old Dean Martin […]

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Sorry to hear on the news over the radio that Annette Funicello has died at the age of 70. The actress had fought Muscular Sclerosis for many years. Discovered by Walt Disney at a childhood dance recital, she rose to fame as a member of “The Mickey Mouse Club” on television and then carried her […]

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I don’t usually post static videos of songs but I was just working on my computer and listening to my iTunes library when this song came up. I love Count Basie and I’ve always loved this recording. In fact, I have two other versions of the same song by Basie – all are great. Count […]


The 100th episode of “Castle” airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC. Nowadays, that’s a lot of episodes. I’ve actually never seen the show before but I’ll be watching tonight because my friend Sal Viscuso makes an appearance in the episode. Sal Viscuso has had a long career as a highly regarded character actor. […]

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