Links to my childhood lost

I watched a lot of TV as a child. Too much, it now seems to me. But what’s done is done, and for better or for worse, it was the dominant medium of my youth. Two of my very favorite shows in those days were Gilligan’s Island and The Partridge Family. And two of theContinue reading “Links to my childhood lost”

Poor old Johnnie Ray

There’s something sad about hearing songs you once knew as a younger person on the “oldies” station. But then again, it can bring back memories that not everyone has. It’s a sign of longevity, even. I heard Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen” on such a station this evening, and a funny thought occurred toContinue reading “Poor old Johnnie Ray”

Can it be thirty years post-Thriller?

Here’s something I wrote a few years ago when Michael Jackson died. I still haven’t heard anyone with a voice to compare with his, or who could put together a song like he did, or move the way that he could. As much as the macho teen-aged guy I was once was tried to denyContinue reading “Can it be thirty years post-Thriller?”

An innocuous ending

The final Topps baseball card for Keith Comstock is shown above. Comstock made it to the major leagues in 1984, in his ninth season as a professional. Having never spent nine minutes as a professional, I could not knock him or his career for a moment. His is a tribute to the line in BullContinue reading “An innocuous ending”