Category Archives: Frivolity

When I was 21 …

I just learned from my pal Aeon J. Skoble that, apparently trending on Instagram, people are posting pics of when they were 21. I couldn’t be absolutely certain, so I scanned my 1981 NYU undergraduate NYU yearbook pic. “When I was 21, it was a very good year …”

Me in 1966! Baffled by Batman in Bellmore!

On Thursday, August 25, 1966, I was among the estimated 3,000 people who gathered on Bedford Avenue in Bellmore, Long Island to see Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) from the TV series that brought “POW!”, “BAM!”, and “ZONK” into our living rooms each week.

Going through some old files, I just discovered the cover story in “Bellmore Life” (August 31, 1966)* and there we were! I put a little yellow arrow to point out what was most assuredly my debut in print media—at the age of six-and-a-half!

The paper reported: “A ‘see’ of people drowns Batman in Bellmore … some with gay signs, pro and con.” That’s a quote folks. And I can state for the record I was very pro!

Sadly, I remember that Batman and Robin never got out of their Bat Bus, but “it was the people’s own fault for not cooperating. It was said that Batman was wearing his fourth suit that day, the previous three having been ripped apart by overeager admirers at earlier stops at Huntington and Massapequa.”

No matter! I was there! And I saw them! Behold!

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* Today, it’s known as the “Bellmore Herald Life” (though it ran from 1964-2013 under the original title). It says online: “Richner Communications, the Herald’s parent company, recently acquired Bellmore Life. Bringing the two newspapers and their respective staffs together will allow us to build a better, stronger paper whose guiding mission will be serving our readers’ best interests.”

Here’s a link to the original paper from August 31, 1966 in the archives. The photos there are even clearer (see below). I distinctly remember that Batman was positioned (as in the photo) looking out the side front window of the bus. And Robin was looking out the rear windshield of the bus. He didn’t look thrilled, as I recall.

Song of the Day #2086

Song of the Day: Three Little Pigs (“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”), words and music by Frank Churchill and Ann Ronell, made its screen debut in the 1933 Disney short, “Three Little Pigs“, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Check out the original version from the short, as well as very different renditions by Barbra Streisand and LL Cool J [YouTube links]. Though neither a pig nor a wolf, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Groundhog, has predicted an early spring. His prediction has been confirmed by Staten Island Chuck, who has the added virtue of having scuffled with a couple of New York Mayors. Chuck also boasts an 80% accuracy rate, compared to Punxsutawney Phil’s 39% accuracy rate. Either way, in two weeks, pitchers and catchers report to Spring training, and that’s as sure a sign as any that the Vernal Equinox is just around the corner!

Happy New Year: Holiday Vids!

Happy New Year 2024!

On Facebook, I’ve posted a total of nine Holiday Videos. Here, for Notablog readers, are my own site links to each of these videos.

Holiday Vid #1: Charlie Brown & Snoopy (Jingle Bells)

Holiday Vid #2: The Christmas Song Music Box

Holiday Vid #3: Peanuts Christmas (Charlie Brown Theme)

Holiday Vid #4: Christmas Carousel (Joy to the World)

Holiday Vid #5: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Tribute

Holiday Vid #6: Snow Man & Dog Duet (Jingle Bells)

Holiday Vid #7: Christmas at Home (The Christmas Song)

Holiday Vid #8: Happy Solstice! (Let it Snow!)

Holiday Vid #9: Singing Mice (“… and a Happy New Year”)

A Happy & Healthy New Year from All of Us to All of You!

Philosophical Christmas

I saw this circulating on Facebook … to add to our holiday cheer!

Facebook Prison!

For the first time in all the years I have been on Facebook, I got restricted for ONE WHOLE HOUR. What nerve!

Apparently, I violated “Community Standards”. At first, I said to myself: “WTF!? What did Ebenezer Scrooge or Mr. Henry Potter suddenly seize control of the platform and take umbrage at my ongoing Holiday Video series? Bah, humbug!”

Then, a friend showed me that the same thing happened to a mutual friend of ours … and I figured that it probably had something to do with me scrolling thru my feed and giving too many Thumbs Up, Care, and Heart reacts to people. I never dreamed that liking too many posts would be deemed as aggressive!

So many of my FB pals have been in FB prison in the past, for a helluva lot longer than an hour! I was beginning to think I could do no wrong here! But after an hour, the dismissal bell rang, and I got my wings and flew the coop! I’m happy to have finally joined the ranks of the (fallen) angels.

Next time, I won’t be so nice with generous reacts and do something REALLY naughty! 😉

Check out the lively Facebook discussion this provoked.

Song of the Day #2075

Song of the Day: My Time to Fly [YouTube link], composed by NJ-native Harriet Goldberg and featuring saxophonist Billy Novick, is probably one of the most heard pieces of music in the world. Have you ever been put on hold? And this jazzy musical ditty gets looped OVER AND OVER again? Having been on hold for over an hour today, I thought I’d feature this song. When I first heard it some time ago, I thought to myself: “That’s got a nice feel to it.” But like any piece of music that one might listen to, eventually, if played incessantly for a very long time, one’s nerves start to fray, and that’s why it’s the Song of the Day! This bouncy tune was recorded in 2011 and has been adopted by legions of companies as the Music to Hold By. Now you know why Goldberg has been dubbed the Queen of Hold Music.

And if you’d like to see my “Motion Photography” while on hold with the NY Times today, see Facebook!

SNL Goes Roman

After my post on the “Roman Empire Obsession?“, I laughed out loud at this “Saturday Night Live” skit this past weekend, featuring host Jason Momoa.

Dental Power

Having had my share of dental procedures over this past summer, I can empathize …

Pearls Before Swine, courtesy of Stephan Pastis

Happy Halloween 2023!

Check out this post on Facebook and the “reel” videos here and here.