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Why Do They Die in Threes?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

 

Stooges Also Come in Threes. Three's the magic number in comedy and sadly, in death.

Stooges Also Come in Threes. Three's the magic number in comedy and sadly, in death.

 

 

OK. So it’s happened again.  Three very well known people have died this week. Tuesday we learned gregarious second banana and pitchman Ed McMahon died. He’d been in failing health and he was 86, so, although sad, it’s not like it was a huge shock.  Then, early Thursday it was Farrah Fawcett. (Insert your own Farrah poster jokes here). She was much younger than Ed, but again, in failing health for quite some time.

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Guy Who Actually Doesn’t Remember Where He Was When JFK Was Shot to Be Placed at Smithsonianan

Friday, June 26th, 2009

 

Huh? Perplexity now a museum piece.

Huh? Perplexity now a museum piece.

 

 

BINGHAMTON, NY (Special to TSD After Dark) Considering this week’s trio of celebrity deaths, it’s been said you’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news that (fill in the blank) died.  In the case of all Americans born by about 1955, they remember where they were when they heard the news John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Try telling that to Arnold Strumski of Binghamton, New York.  Strumski, 66, was twenty years old on November 22, 1963, but for some reason has no idea where he was when he heard the news.  In fact, all he recalls was information slowly trickled down to him “over the years.”  

It’s left most of his contemporaries scratching their heads.  

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The Days of TV Theme songs

Friday, June 26th, 2009

It wasn’t all that long ago.  TV shows, all of them from sit coms to dramas had theme songs.  Many were memorable. Of course, today, apparently TV execs feel we don’t have the attention span to sit through a theme song. Of course it also bites into advertising time.  

But, if you’re old to remember the game of humming theme songs in the car to make long trips go faster, you probably can sing The Brady Bunch theme word for word, or Green Acres, or can hum the M*A*S*H theme. But it was the cop shows that really had some killer music – burnin’, funky, filthy groove-oriented jams that cooked.  Ironside, Emergency!, The Mod Squad, and this…an all-time favorite. The Rookies by the great composer Elmer Bernstein. 

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Father’s Day: An Odd Feeling…Still

Friday, June 19th, 2009

FatherAndSon

Father’s Day has been doubly poignant for me ever since my son was born.  My dad died unexpectedly in October of 1986, and so for ten years I didn’t celebrate a Father’s Day. Then when my boy came along, all of sudden I was the guy people bought gifts for.  I was the honoree.  

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The Beer for the Ages that had No Name

Friday, June 19th, 2009

 

Homestyle Brew. This homemade beer machine is a Cadillac compared to the one my friend used.

Homestyle Brew. This homemade beer machine is a Cadillac compared to the one my friend used.

 

 

In my Pennsylvania radio days in the early 1990′s, my wife and I befriended and remain good friends with a husband and wife morning team. To this day, their show tops the ratings.  We really get along.  We share many of the same passions. One is beer.  

I consider myself an active beer drinker. By that I mean, I don’t drink copious amounts, I merely enjoy sampling brews from around the globe.  On my trip to Greece this month I enjoyed a cold bottle of ZEOS, brewed in Argos, Greece. It was a robust, full-bodied pilsner. Loved it. 

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The Diary of Simon Kadurka

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Ed. Note: A page from the lost diary of Simon Kadurka. Kadurka was a musician who the Soviets did not trust. They had recently rolled their tanks into the Czechoslovakian capital rounding up dissidents. Only a few entries survived and were mailed to our offices. 

 

Prague. August 23, 1968. 

 

It is day one and I’m in some kind of cell somewhere in the western part of the city. It’s very hot and the bed is quite firm and uncomfortable. There are rats and cockroaches. Of the two, the rats have the better sense of humor. On the plus side, one of the guards enjoys my guitar playing. I indulge him by playing Bach etudes, and he returns the favor by not electrocuting my genitals. 

 

Prague. August 24, 1968. 

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Blaming the Saint

Friday, June 19th, 2009

 

007, Moore style.

007, Moore style.

 

 

For the James Bond fans among you (and there’s plenty) Roger Moore was slated to portray Ian Fleming’s cool spy years before he actually did. When Sean Connery first stepped away from the role after filming 1967′s You Only Live Twice, the Bond production team offered the role to Moore.  But he was already under contract making his long running TV series, The Saint

This forced the producers to search elsewhere, with the idea of someday luring Moore into the franchise. 

The next Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starred the unknown Australian actor George Lazenby. His turn proved unpopular. By now Moore’s obligations to TV were over as The Saint ran it’s course.  

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Analog Memories: Chiller Theater

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The extra fingered  hand creeped me out big time. This was from the glory days of the 1970′s on WPIX in New York. An absolute classic!

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Remembering Analog and the Day Dad Got Cable

Friday, June 12th, 2009

 

Analog Heaven.  This little lovely pulled in shows I wasn't supposed to receive. It was magical.

Analog Heaven. This little lovely pulled in shows I wasn't supposed to receive. It was magical.

 

 

UHF. VHF.  Today marks a milestone in television history. It’s the day the analog signal goes away.  Forever. 

I remember as a kid the stuff I would rig just to pull in stations from far away.  It was a passion.  It was the 1970′s and technology was yet to pass me by.  I understood how things worked. I would prove to myself and my friends that my dad’s reluctance to get cable TV wouldn’t hinder my ability to get shows like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” “Ultraman” and “Time Tunnel.”  With coaxial cable and wire clothes hangers and fishing wire I’d create a sort of  middle ages technology Steve Jobs would admire.  I wasn’t going to let the $7.95 my dad refused to pay each month spoil my fun.   (more…)

I Promised a Restaurant Review Upon My Return from Greece; Here It Is

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

 

Pastitsio.  The Greek Lasagna as it sometimes referred, made by my cousin in the historical village of Argos, Greece.

Pastitsio. The Greek Lasagna as it sometimes referred, made by my cousin in the historical village of Argos, Greece.

 

 

BOCA RATON, FL (Special to TSD After Dark) Gerofinakas. The restaurant that’s wowed Athenians for 50 years. The one that was built around an ancient palm tree.  The one touting it’s world famous, delicately seasoned lamb on the spit.  The spectacular chilled octopus.  The succulent oven roasted potatoes.  CLOSED (maybe).  So that’s my review.  No delicately seasoned lamb on the spit.  No chilled octopus.  No oven roasted potatoes.  

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