There was this local politician named Jim Coyne who as Albany County Executive had the Knickerbocker Arena (now known as the, ugh, “Pepsi Arena”) built, went to jail for misappropriation of funds regarding the same, and is now back, renovating the Washington Armory, and bringing back pro (continental Basketball Association) basketball to the city in the form of the Albany Patroons, a team he supported back in the 1980s. Fitzgerald was wrong- there ARE second acts in American lives. And what does this have to do with Frank Sinatra, you ask? Ol’ Blue Eyes was the first performer at the Arena.
Artist/Band: Francis Albert Sinatra (b. 12/12/1915, d. 5/14/1998) Are you male or female: Mack the Knife Describe yourself: High Hopes; Good Life How do some people feel about you: Call Me Irresponsible How do you feel about yourself: Deep in a Dream Describe what you want to be: The Best of Everything Describe how you live: Nice ‘N’ Easy Describe how you love: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart; Tell Her That You Love Her Every Day Share a few words of wisdom: When You’re Smiling (the Whole World Smiles With You) *** Now, it’s also friend Gladys’ birthday. She HATES Sinatra, but is OK with Dionne Warwick, who also has a birthday today. Happy birthday, GC.
I voted for Eugene McCarthy for President. Not in 1968, when his over 42% showing in the New Hampshire Democratic primary toppled a sitting President. I always felt sorry for McCarthy, who unwittingly became the stalking hose for Bobby Kennedy’s run for the nomination. But I was too young to vote.
In 1976, McCarthy was again running for President, but I did not get a chance to vote for him in the Democratic primary in New York, because the supporters of Jimmy Carter got him forced off the ballot. It was probably done legally – New York state election law is quite arcane – but I felt it was so terribly undemocratic.
So when the general election came up, and my choices were Carter, who admitted to having lust in his heart in a Playboy interview (which didn’t offend me as much as it seemed not very savvy) and Gerald Ford, the bumbling-seeming, Nixon-pardoning 25th Amendment President, I decided on a third way. I wrote in the name of the person I thought we most needed in a post-Watergate America, the scrupulous Gene McCarthy. Yeah, it was a quixotic gesture, not the last time I would “throw away” my vote, but I felt good doing so. *** Richard Pryor’s 1977 TV series was “appointment television” in my household. That first show with the celebrated nude but emasculated comedian felt like truth, not just in terms of network censors, but also about race in America. Unfortunately, it was a short appointment, as the series was canceled in a couple months.
Peculiarly, my favorite bit on the show, didn’t involve Richard. The Pips were on doing “Midnight Train to Georgia”; no Gladys Knight, just her back-up singers. The camera would pan to an empty mike when Gladys’ part came up, then her brother and cousins did all of their “woo woo” parts, including the steps. I thought it was hysterical.
Subsequently, I also was a big fan of comedy specials by Pryor and Lily Tomlin. It seemed that each was the primary guest in each other’s gigs, and I’d love to see them and the Pyror series again to see how they held up.
I wasn’t always a fan of Richard’s more provocative language. He was very funny clean, and did a wicked impression of Bill Cosby, for one. But I also recognized that he brought truth to light, especially in his “concert” movies.
These are the 29 candidates on Hall of Fame Ballot. The results will be announced January 10, 2006:
RICK AGUILERA: 1st year on the ballot… ALBERT BELLE: 1st year on the ballot… BERT BLYLEVEN: 9th year on the ballot… WILL CLARK: 1st year on the ballot… DAVE CONCEPCION: 13th year on the ballot… ANDRE DAWSON: 5th year on the ballot… GARY DiSARCINA: 1st year on the ballot… ALEX FERNANDEZ: 1st year on the ballot… GARY GAETTI: 1st year on the ballot… STEVE GARVEY: 14th year on the ballot… DWIGHT GOODEN: 1st year on the ballot… RICH GOSSAGE: 7th year on the ballot… OZZIE GUILLEN: 1st year on the ballot… OREL HERSHISHER: 1st year on the ballot…… GREGG JEFFERIES: 1st year on the ballot… TOMMY JOHN: 12th year on the ballot… DOUG JONES: 1st year on the ballot… DON MATTINGLY: 6th year on the ballot… WILLIE MCGEE: 2nd year on the ballot and only returnee among 2005 first-year eligibles… HAL MORRIS: 1st year on the ballot… JACK MORRIS: 7th year on the ballot… DALE MURPHY: 8th year on the ballot… DAVE PARKER: 10th year on the ballot… JIM RICE: 12th year on the ballot… LEE SMITH: 4th year on the ballot… BRUCE SUTTER: 13th year on the ballot… ALAN TRAMMELL: 5th year on the ballot… WALT WEISS: 1st year on the ballot… JOHN WETTELAND: 1st year on the ballot…
1) Who would you vote for (maximum of 10)? 2) Who WILL get in this time? 3) Who will get less than 5% of the vote and therefore will never be considered again?
DEAR ABBY: Please warn your readers that their Web pages and blogs could stand in the way of securing a job! Just as employers have learned to read e-mail and blogs, they have learned to screen candidates through their sites.
Many people in their 20s and 30s wrongly believe their creations are entertaining and informative. Employers are not seeking political activists, evangelizers, whiners or tattletales. They do not want to find themselves facing a lawsuit or on the front page of a newspaper because a client, patient or parent of a student discovered a comment written by an employee. The job market is tight, and job seekers must remember their computer skills can either help them land a position or destroy a job prospect. — CHICAGO EMPLOYER
DEAR EMPLOYER: You have opened up a line of thought I’ll bet a lot of job applicants — and future job applicants — have never considered. Googling a name isn’t difficult, and it could lead to an applicant’s blog. Most bloggers write to be read, and invite people to comment. Thank you for the reminder that those who blog should remember that they are open to public scrutiny, and that if they apply for a job, everything about them will be considered — including their blog. Prospective employers are certainly within their rights to make decisions based upon what they read.
I think that’s really good advice. For instance it would be really inappropriate to print this picture from Greenpeace especially knowing that it is so inflammatory.
Oh, I also love the line in the letter, “Many people in their 20s and 30s wrongly believe their creations are entertaining and informative.” So is he saying blogs from folks that age are NOT entertaining and/or informative? How about older people? Does he think they more entertaining or that they just don’t blog?