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Thursday, May 20, 2010

THURSDAY--Another Edition of ...............

The weekly flip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon.


NOBODY ASKED ME BUT......

1)      It’s always a delightful surprise to find that there really are just 6, or something like that, degrees of separation.   I still don’t know Kevin Bacon; but so many others you find to whom you do have a connection. 

2)      How did the Kevin Bacon and 6 degrees of separation start anyway?

3)      Law and Order is finishing but strangely I only really liked the earliest episodes with Moriarty, Ohrbach, Noth, and the first D.A. After that it was formulaic unlike “Homicide –Life on The Streets” with a great cast and non formulaic.

4)      With Cable TV, Internet, Satellite radio, Terrestrial radio, DVR, Smart Phones, and more there really no focused and large audience group anymore.  Advertising creativity is relegated to what attention clicks on a mouse get you. Bottom line; that all this divides us and, artificial virtual communities aside, divides people.

5)      What a shame that Phil Ochs topical music is still relevant.  Or, as Pete Seeger once wrote in his classic “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”---“...when will we ever learn”.

6)      Note that I said “topical”.  Phil Ochs other music is timeless in its beautiful.

7)      If I can just throw out the sports section of the newspaper why can I not avoid the sportscasters on radio in their mandatory use of as many words they can find that equal win or lose---trumped, trounced, flogged, walked over, ad nauseum.

8)      Don’t you think that a Museum of Ad Nauseums would be an appropriate venue to enshrine all the awful clich├ęs, puns, and such?  Who knows it might get SRO and if not it might be a Turkey.  Two more items to add to the exhibits.

9)      If Jeopardy is for the really bright people with trivia queries that require knowledge why are the mundane interviews so boring and the people likewise---including the host?

10)                    I still like newspapers and not having to read them on a screen.  You can be just so current---then again with all this immediacy you can get caught in a current and drown.

                        

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TRADITIONS ---NOT THE RADIO PROGRAM

Sometimes things evolve and become "traditional".  What we call "Folk Music" no  longer has to  be just twanging on a front porchPlay it often enough and recall it over the years and it becomes "folk".  History sometimes has to wait in the wings to be properly written and let the events become digested, so to speak, so they can be more fully appreciated.

The Museum of The City of NY always has some truly interesting exhibits ranging from Charles Adams' NY, NYC through various lens, Robert Moses, and the main one that will be running through October 3 of this year---America's Mayor---NOT Giuliani--rather John V. Lindsay.

                                                      photo:katrina thomas
         Surely you all recognize the gentleman standing to the right of John Lindsay--left in picture

I have said this in another venue---"he was and idealist and not a pragmatist as so many were and are".   Taking office at a time when strife was rampant and disasters ready to unfold for NYC he had some great accomplishments.  Because of his idealism NYC did not burn during the riots of the 1960s as other cities did, NY theater was open to more people through TKTS, the Transit Workers Union was finally not placated each  contract expiration period, and the list goes on---including some missteps .

Best to go to the exhibit and see it all for yourself---or---click here 


There you will see some great videos, take a virtual tour, and you may leave comments of your recollections of The Lindsay Years----I, for one, felt then as I do now that we need people like him in office and, sadly, he much maligned in his years there.   Things were not always in his control but he always took the honorable position as opposed to the "pragmatists" who played by their own rules.   They shall be nameless but recall  those years and the shameful cast of characters that were around at the time.