Category: Personal Stories

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

"Best wishes to Ken -- Stan Lee, Jack Kirby" The website for the Jack Kirby Museum, which honors the legendary comic book artist, somehow came across a scan I made of a page with two autographs. It's a sheet of mid-1960s Marvel Comics stationary that says, "Best wishes to Ken" followed by the signatures of … Continue reading Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen, March 29, 2012 In the introduction to his song Jack of All Trades last Thursday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Bruce Springsteen noted -- as he had on previous nights -- that the song was penned before the explosion of the current debate about the 99% versus the 1%. "I wrote this when there was … Continue reading Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

This past week an old friend of mine posted to her Facebook page a fond remembrance of her first Bruce Springsteen concert on December 9, 1980. My first Springsteen show was a bit earlier--in July, 1975, at Kutztown State College--but I was also at the show at the Philadelphia Spectrum on December 9, 1980. My friend's reminiscence reminded me that a decade earlier I had posted my own recollection of that show that in response to a post on rec.music.artists.springsteen (for those of you old enough to remember Usenet newsgroups). Here is what I wrote ten years ago about that night two decades earlier.

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

In the wake of the death of J. D. Salinger this past Wednesday there was, as one would expect, an outpouring of accolades and reminiscences about his work. Salinger's demise also renewed speculation about what the famously reclusive writer has been doing since his last published work, "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker … Continue reading J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

Adobe senior principal scientist Jim King recently posted an item on his blog introducing a paper he authored titled "On the Evolution of PDF." In that document, King discusses how Adobe Systems has worked to maintain the compatibility of their Portable Document Format (PDF) while continuing to enhance its capabilities. King describes three types compatibility … Continue reading PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote