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Monthly Archives: January 2016

I am not a huge fan of Joe Pesci. I don’t dislike him but, as a movie fan, his type of role and films, as a rule, aren’t my cup of tea. I loved David Letterman but even I admitted that near the end of his run, he’d become bored and disinterested with most of his […]

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This one truly hurts. Actor Abe Vigoda who became a cult figure in the last 30 years because of an erroneous report of his death in People magazine in 1982 has indeed died. His daughter reported that Vigoda, who would have been 95 in February, died peacefully in her home in Woodland Park, New Jersey on […]

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This coming Sunday, January 24, 2016, I will celebrate 16 years on the air at Jazz (0.1 in Rochester, New York as host of a program called “The Sunday Music Festa.” These days, it’s a weekly party celebrating all the great songwriters, lyricists, arrangers, musicians and vocalists who have made the music of the Great […]

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I’m currently reading a wonderful book entitled, “Andy & Don: The Making of A Friendship and A Classic American TV Show” by a gentleman named Daniel de Vise. As an ardent fan of “The Andy Griffith Show,” this book is of great interest to me. I’ve only just started reading the book  but it seems […]

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I discovered this vocalist on Facebook. We had a number of mutual friends and so, now we’re Facebook friends. I don’t know why I happened to look her up on You Tube tonight but I did and I came across this wonderful song by Sondheim. She does a really beautiful job with it and I […]

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Baseball lost one of it’s greatest yesterday. Sorry to have to note the passing of New York Giant great Monte Irvin. The Hall-of-Famer has died at the age of 96. He was the fourth African American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played only eight seasons in the major leagues but enjoyed some […]