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The Ice King and his silent partners

February 5, 2016 If I’ve learned nothing else after a lifetime of watching athletes, I’ve learned this: They never come back. more »»

Art for Dope’s sake

January 29, 2016 Beauty, they say, is in the eyes of the beholder, and who am I to rebut it. Take the “Mona Lisa” ... please. I first saw it in a textbook when I was in sixth grade. more »»

Ice follies

January 22, 2016 It happened on a whim. One minute I was walking by the Petrova field. The next minute I was recalling the village rink that’d been there and the hundreds if not thousands of hours I’d skated on it. more »»

Much better than the real deal

January 15, 2016 All my life I’ve liked old things. And when I say all my life, I mean it. When I was a wee tyke and all the boys wanted to be astronauts like Captain Video and Flash Gordon, I wanted a top . more »»

M.I.T.’s darkest moment

January 8, 2016 It had started out another pleasant eve in the Pearl of Tupper — P2’s Irish Pu. more »»

The New Year’s that took the cake

December 31, 2015 In the Navy, I was a Morse code intercept operator, stationed in Germany on an army base. Never even saw a navy ship and no, don’t go figure. We worked in one of two schedule. more »»

So what if the weather outside is frightful?

December 24, 2015 Although almost every witticism attributed to an American is credited to Mark Twain, a lot of them were never uttered by Twain himself. more »»

Taking the cakes

December 18, 2015 If you’re a thoroughly rotten human being, there’s a multitude of ways to be remembere. more »»

Isolation cells

December 11, 2015 When the phone jolted me awake, I snapped up, feeling my heart hammering its way out of my chest. I groped around for the handset, finally succeeding on my fourth pass. more »»

Hip replacements

December 4, 2015 Something that’s always intrigued me is the disconnect between language and the people who purport to be its experts. more »»

Where there’s a Wilmart, there’s a way

November 27, 2015 When Jack Frost made his most recent appearance, in addition to hauling out my stash of long johns, scarves, mittens, parkas and toques, I checked my skates. The news wasn’t goo. more »»

Seeing the forest for the trees

November 20, 2015 Let’s face it, old people are the enemy. Maybe not yours or mine, but America’s in general and its politicians in particular. Point one: our health care. more »»

Pat Bentley and the short arm of the law

November 13, 2015 In my dotage, I rarely leave the confines of my palatial digs. The one surefire exception is Thursday evenings when I travel to my second-favorite town, Tupper Lake. more »»

Pill poppin’ in My Home Town

November 6, 2015 Last Sunday at the Elks Club was Little Joe Gladd’s celebration of life, and it was just that — a celebration. more »»

Doin’ the write thing

October 30, 2015 “So,” said Joe Dadey, “You gonna watch the debates tonight?” “Why would I do that?” I said. “You mean you’re not?” he said. “Not if you paid me. more »»

There, but for one preposition, go I

October 23, 2015 I am, and have always been, an unabashed Saranac Lake chauvinist. To me, this is the best place in the world. Period. more »»

Fool’s gold

October 16, 2015 Over the years, I’ve learned that each life stage has specific characteristics. The main characteristic of this stage for me, too often referred to as The Golden Years, is the vicissitudes of t. more »»

Ands, ifs and mutts

October 9, 2015 One of a teacher’s vital skills is patience, something I believe I had during my years in the classroo. more »»

In — and out — of the limelight

October 2, 2015 My childhood pal Peter McIntrye and I were in the Downhill Grill doing what we do best — shmoozing. And not surprisingly, the conversation centered on The Good Old Days. Ah, yes, TGOD. more »»

The death of a swinger

September 25, 2015 As I said in my last column, I neither play golf nor watch it. As for the people who do? Luckily, there’s enough room on planet Earth for all of us to do our respective thing and still get along. more »»

The King of Clubs

September 18, 2015 Whenever someone says to me, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea for your column,” my mind goes blank. It’s not that the suggestions are bad — sometimes they’re downright brilliant. more »»



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