Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Some Wise Words

In a 1950s Person to Person interview on television, the actress Gertrude Berg (of The Goldbergs TV and radio series), recounted to Edward R. Murrow, the host, a conversation between her character Molly Goldberg and Jake, Molly's husband: "One day, Molly," promised Jake, "we will eat from golden plates." To which Molly replied, "Jake, dear, would the food taste any better?"

Note: I hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

Black Banjo Players, A Rare Sight

The banjo is a beautiful sounding musical instrument. To my ears, anyway. (Writer Joe Queenan, no fan of the banjo, would strongly disagree.)

Despite being of African origin, it's very rarely seen being played by a black person from anywhere on the globe.

Three African-American banjo players, who come to mind, are Fred Guy and Elmer Snowden, members of Duke Ellington's band in the 1920s and Narvin Kimball. (Snowden also played the saxophone.)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A New Nickname For Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York, has long been called the Borough of Churches because of the large number of houses of worship located there. But a few years ago because there were so many shootings in Brooklyn, an on-air person at New York's WBAI-FM gave the borough a new nickname--Gunsmoke, New York.

To be fair, Chicago deserves a new nickname more than Brooklyn does. In light of all the homicides in that city, Chicago instead of being the Windy City, should be known as Gunsmoke City or better still Tombstone City.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019