April 14, 2020

What's wrong with the following excerpt from a recent New York Times article?

"Kriesel's memo attributed the increase in passengers bringing their own alcoholic drinks on board to the lack of in-flight drink sales and availability of alcohol in airports during the pande...

March 11, 2020

It doesn't seem like world fairs exist anymore, but when I looked the 

topic up, it seems there were a few in the 21st Century, but they were largely

for corporate connections and not the mass culture glimpses into the

future that had been around for 150 years. Certainly,...

February 9, 2020

Children's TV made stars out of a number of people, some of whom I may 

write about in future posts.  There was Captain Kangaroo, of course, and 

Miss Frances, who ran Ding Dong School.  There was Chuck McCann and

Soupy Sales and Captain Jack and Officer Joe Bolton a...

February 8, 2020

Last time, I discussed a popular kids show from the mid-50s, Terrytoon Circus,

weeknight staple.  But there were wonderful weekend shows as well. I was always

excited when Video Village, Jr. came on (I was about 9-years-old at the time during

its short run) on Sat...

February 7, 2020

When my kids were young, we enjoyed watching all the Nickelodeon 

shows and the Nick, Jr. series. Of course, I introduced them to shows I had

enjoyed when I was young, but I never really showed them what television 

was like when I was still in single digits.  So, long be...

January 12, 2020

How do you pronounce H-O-U-S-E-S?  You know, the plural of a domicile 

where you live? Well, I thought I knew, but lately I'm not so sure. I have a

very sensitive ear for changes in our mother tongue, and lately I've heard

more and more people pronouncing it differen...

January 4, 2020

You can tell something of a person's life from an obituary, but one hundred  words

could not possibly do justice to Rose Chodrow. It's been about twenty-five years since I began

to visit 85-years-old Rose weekly in her apartment in South Orange. I was an experience...

November 22, 2019

In 1958, nearing the end of a decade of directing some of his most memorable and 

deeply profound films, Alfred Hitchcock completed Vertigo.  While the picture earned

a modest profit at the box office, it was largely considered a disappointment,

both commercially and crit...

November 16, 2019

If you ask most people about the words listed above--"fulsome" and

"peruse", you would likely be told that the first word means "highly" or

"a lot of" and the latter means "to give something the quick once-over".

As you may have guessed from prior columns, both of these r...

November 3, 2019

I thought I'd start a series about those works of art that have made an impact 

on me over the years. I might as well start by discussing my favorite painting. As

far as I can recall, I've only seen it once in real life.  I have seen so many Winslow 

Homer exhibition...

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