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The death of a Bug

February 25, 2011 Vehicles represent different things to different people. To some, they’re signs of wealth and success. To others, they’re symbols of power — maybe the muscles the owner himself never had. more »»

The best one ... so far

February 18, 2011 “So whaddya think?” I asked Kenny Fontana on the Monday after Carnival. Notice, I didn’t ask him what I wanted him to think about. more »»

A Hot Shoppe’s hot shot

February 11, 2011 It was September 1965, I was in Washington, D.C., and three things had gotten me there: 1). I’d flunked out of college 2). I was directionless 3). more »»

Summertime ... and the livin’ ain’t necessarily easy

February 4, 2011 A week ago, when the mercury hit 36 below zero and we hit the national news, I steeled myself for the inevitable. It wasn’t about the weather. more »»

God spelled backward is dog

January 28, 2011 According to the Book of Genesis, the Lord gave humankind dominion over the animals. If the Bible is the word of God, then I know one thing about the Almighty: He never had a pu. more »»

When more is not necessarily merrier

January 21, 2011 Living in a high-tech world, surrounded by gadgets of all sorts, raises a couple of vital questions: namely, how much technology do we need, and how high-tech must it be? Take can opener. more »»

Phony baloney

January 14, 2011 I was on the phone with my pal Creighton Fee, when he mentioned how amazing the changes in communication have been over the past 20 years. “Twenty years?” I said. more »»

The uncrowned king of ‘Soul Train’

January 7, 2011 I’ve been obsessed with humor my whole life, and while I like all its forms, the one I like the most is jokes. more »»


December 31, 2010 Ever since the world got launched into cyberspace, receiving a letter that’s neither a bill nor a hustle has been as rare as finding an honest politician. more »»

Pining away

December 24, 2010 It was the start of a typical day in the navy radio shack in Bremerhaven, Germany. more »»

Wheelin’ and dealin’

December 17, 2010 As far as I’m concerned, the last word on motorcycles came from Brother Ron Burdick. “There’re only two kinds of bikers,” he says: “those who’ve crashed, and those who’re going to crash. more »»

... the love you take ...

December 10, 2010 It was a Sunday night in 1964. To be more precise, it was 8 o’clock on Feb. 9. I was sitting in the living room with my mother, about to get my world rocked by Ed Sullivan. more »»

The Dope who went into the cold

December 3, 2010 I was in the Navy, about to graduate from Class A school, and my nerves were shot. At least, the few nerves I had left were shot: At that point I’d worried myself past worrying. more »»

Folk-rock and folk shlock

November 26, 2010 I’ve never been a musician, including, if not featuring, during the three years I tried the trombone (and everyone’s patience) in the high school band. Still, I’ve always loved music. more »»

Fine dining

November 19, 2010 I’m always shocked when someone knows something about me that I don’t know. A perfect example happened last week, and the sage was none other than King Frank Camel. more »»

Big game hunting

November 12, 2010 I’ve always been a hunter — a bargain hunter, that is. I embarked on this career in childhood, when I first discovered rummage sales. more »»

Java jive

November 5, 2010 I’m often told (though not by anyone old) that a lot of old age is groovy. I guess there are some advantages — aside from great deals on Supp-hose, Metamucil and trusse. more »»

Heart and sole

October 29, 2010 Obviously, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is my official publisher. But less obvious is my unofficial publisher. more »»

Did not compute

October 22, 2010 Back when people wrote letters — in The Long-Lost Age of Literacy — I was an avid letter writer. But no more. more »»

Saving a foot by an inch

October 15, 2010 Although the Petrova school of my youth was a K through 12, I don’t recall any direct contact between the lower and upper grades, except in one venue — sport. more »»



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