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Okay, Opening Day (Sunday) is winding down here in the NE although the time stamp on this post will read Monday, April 4th. My Buccos won their Opening Day game versus our arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at a cold but sunny PNC Park. Hooray! That, obviously, is the good news. One other piece […]

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One of my all time favorite films is “Inherit the Wind,” the 196o classic starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly. It is a film adaptation of the play of the same name that is based upon the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 in which a schoolteacher was tried for breaking state law (Tennessee’s […]

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As I’ve professed before on this forum, “CBS News Sunday Morning” is one of my favorite shows on television. It is the only news magazine format program I watch because it’s not only entertaining and edifying but it tells positive, feel good stories instead of the horrible stories that fill most news and news magazine […]

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Working on my radio show this afternoon I chose to include a Columbia recording of Frank Sinatra’s entitled “There But For You Go I.” I’ve always loved the song and Sinatra’s recording but didn’t know its origins. I was a little surprised to find out that it came from “Brigadoon.” The reason for my surprise […]

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In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to romance and, in the good old days, baseball. Sadly, baseball is no longer the national phenomenon it once was. Americans like their sports a little faster and more violent these days, i.e., football. Nevertheless, baseball will always be “the American game.” It’s history is undeniably intertwined with […]

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Okay, it may not be my number one, all-time favorite movie but it’s pretty damn close. “My Favorite Year” (1982) starring Peter O’Toole, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Anne DeSalvo, Adolph Green, Cameron Mitchell, Lou Jacobi and the inimitable Lainie Kazan is one of the rare, nearly perfect movies. For me, a “perfect movie” is one […]

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I didn’t forget my promise to start off each week with a song, I’m just on a deadline for a piece for Fra Noi and I’ve been working on it all day. Here’s a clip from a 1973 TV special called “Old Blue Eyes Is back” with Frank and Gene Kelly. I wanted to put […]

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Today is actress Carol Lawrence’s 80th birthday. We wish her a happy birthday and many years of good health and happiness ahead. What follows is a profile I wrote about her for the July 2011 edition of Fra Noi magazine.  I recently purchased a few seasons of “Murder, She Wrote” on DVD starring Angela […]

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I’ve fought with this new site for a few days now. I figured I’d write another post and see if it actually works. Just bought a book at Barnes & Noble today called The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. As a rule, I am a long-time, proud Yankee hater but […]

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