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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 11/24/22 -THANKSGIVING

For a holiday that no religion can claim, it sure has a ton of rituals. Consider the almost universal Thanksgiving menu of the driest bird in the animal kingdom stuffed with bread mixed with the flesh of a far tastier animal, and surrounded by mounds and mounds […]

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TALE OF A DUMB GUY, STARRING ME, OR WHY GRANDPA NEEDS A JOINT IN THE MORNING

Long story short, here I am, 69 years young and (knock-wood!) far from ending my dance on Funhouse Earth. From Day One I found the joint an absolute wonderland filled with infinite possibilities and shining people, and still do (and yes, people shine, every single one of […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/14/22, INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB DAY!

Before October 14, 1878, the popular illustration for a good idea was a candle burning above one’s head, nowhere near as clear a visual as the one we celebrate on  NATIONAL INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB DAY! Like many things associated with Thomas Edison, he got all the credit […]

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OLD SLIP STATION, HIPPY COPS, A BLACKSMITH, AND THE ROOSEVELT DESK

It was 1972, when 205 Mulberry Street was Building Maintenance headquarters for The New York City Police Department, and Police Headquarters was a few bocks away at 240 Center Street, a building whose purpose had outgrown it, and was in the process of being replaced by the […]

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THE GHOSTS OF SAN GENNARO FEASTS PAST, OR WHY I HATED RUDY BEFORE HATING RUDY WAS COOL

In the 1990s I worked at the San Gennaro Feast in Manhattan’s Little Italy for about 5 years running, an 11-day affair that saw Mulberry Street transformed for 12 blocks starting at Canal Street and ending on Houston Street. This is the largest, longest and most famous […]

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WEEK #209 (AND FINAL WEEK!) OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY 1/16/21, TO WEDNESDAY, 1/20/21

Quote of the Week: “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.” – written by Trump himself, and the only entry in the official White House schedule every single day since New’s […]

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WEEK #208 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY 1/8/21, TO THURSDAY, 1/14/21

The penultimate Week #208 of The Trump Era dawned on Friday to a shocked nation, no easy task in a country already stunned and reeling from 4 years of Trump’s toxic and destructive presidency and almost a full year of the deadliest pandemic in a century. Only […]

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WEEK #208 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW FRIDAY, 1/1/21, TO THURSDAY, 1/7/21

Quote of the week: “Don’t worry, Mom, I’m in the safest place in the world.” – a Congressional staffer seriously underestimating the situation on January 6. Quote #2 of The Week: “Our identity for the past several years now has been built around an individual.” – Republican […]

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WEEK #207 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY, 12/25/20, TO THURSDAY, 12/31/20

Quote of The Week: “It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals, but apparently to get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey.” – Judge Robert Pratt, Southern District of Iowa  Week # 207 of […]

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WEEK #206 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW FRIDAY, 12/18/20, TO THURSDAY, 12/24/20

Quote of The Week: “He’s leaving Washington with a whole series of conspiracy theories and things that are so nutty and loopy that people are shaking their head wondering what in the world has gotten into this man.” – Senator Mitt Romney (R), in one of his […]

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