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Monthly Archives: September 2013

For years I have told my kids, “Don’t bother doing something unless you’re going to do it right.” Which is my way of saying, “Don’t do something half-assed.” Now, as kids, they may not yet understand why I feel so strongly about that idea. I mean, what difference does it make how you mow the […]

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I woke up this morning with the theme from the old TV show “Alice” running through my brain? I have no idea why this is but when you’re a classic TV/movie addict like I am, this just happens sometimes. You just saw (one of) the YouTube videos of the Alice theme song. However, when I […]

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Just putting together a “Sinatra & Company” program and I came across this Dean Martin recording from the 1950s. My information says it was written by M. Rotha and Fritz Rotter which tells me absolutely nothing since I’ve never heard of either of those people. It’s kind of a typical, corny song of the early […]

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I played a version of the following song on my radio show today by Dean Martin. My friend, Dr. Tim e-mailed me and said, “Why not Louie?” To which I say, “Why not indeed!” By the way, if you like music like this, you can tune me in every Sunday from 12:oo noon until 3:00 […]

OK, this is on me. A few days ago I wrote a piece about superstitions in baseball and talked about the Pittsburgh Pirates having their first winning season in 20 years. My mistake was that I wrote that article after the Pirates had won their 81st game. The 81st win, however, only assures them of […]

Baseball fans are a superstitious lot. Even those of us who like to think of ourselves as logical realists still can’t help falling back to the superstitions of our youth when it comes to the grand old game. Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates did something they haven’t done in the last 20 years – they […]

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