If you Google Roger Green and Albany, most of the hits will NOT be of me (And Iâ€™m all right with that, BTW.) Most of the hits will be for Roger L. Green , NYS Assemblyman from Brooklyn since 1981. He seemed like a decent sort, the little that I knew of him. However, he had to resign his seat on June 1, 2004 for some fiscal irregularities. In the tradition of New York State government, he was nevertheless elected again in November 2004. I think he lost some privileges.
Given the fact that Iâ€™ve been in Albany since 1979, it is curious that weâ€™ve never met. I did meet one of his assistants once at a summer party; I accidentally hit her in the face with a volleyball.
Also, I receive phone calls for him. Often, Iâ€™ve been the only Roger Green in the Albany phone book. The one call that has always stuck in my mind was an answering machine message from WCBS (radio or TV, I forget) in New York City, asking me to call back to comment on the death of Yusef Hawkins. Iâ€™d been at work all day , so at that moment, I had no idea who Yusef Hawkins was. The next day, I did.
Anyway, Iâ€™m THIS Roger Green. Yeah, I appeared on JEOPARDY! once or twice back in 1998, something I mention now only because an unnamed blogger mentioned it in his May 6 column . And heâ€™s put this blog in list of links. Of course, I bribed him heavily…
Speaking of JEOPARDY!, Iâ€™ve decided that I will be sharing about my experience on this blog. I had written it in my mind â€“ several times- for years, and I need some mind decluttering. But how to approach it? I didnâ€™t want to write that much about that one topic, all the time, all at once. Iâ€™m not that disciplined, and Iâ€™d bore myself, and probably you.
Then it came to me: the Saturday serial matinee! In days even before mine, there would be movies shown in parts over several weeks. Each section ends with a cliffhanger.
So, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do: each Saturday starting May 21, Iâ€™m going to write a piece of the story. Canâ€™t promise you a cliffhanger every time, but Iâ€™ll give it a shot.