I was deeply saddened to hear this morning of the passing of comics writer Gary Friedrich. I met him only once, briefly, a long time ago. When I was a young lad, sometime in the mid-1960s, I visited New York City for the first time on vacation with my parents. What did I most want … Continue reading Gary Friedrich: A Small Remembrance
Category: Personal Stories
To everyone who sent me a birthday greeting today: When I was much younger – perhaps in my pre- or early-teen years – I saw old reruns of The Jack Benny Show on TV. Benny would often recite the running gag about his age. You know the one – how he was continually turning 39. This comedy … Continue reading Age: It’s All Relative
"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
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
Real life never seems as clever as the world of motion pictures and television. Fictional characters always look better and speak with more eloquence than the people in our daily lives. As a child of the television generation, I often lamented that my life wasn't as colorful as that of the characters I saw on … Continue reading Life Lessons from Bret Maverick — and My Father
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.
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’