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┬áJack of All Trades┬álast 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.