Category Archives: Popular culture

The Heebie -Jeebies

My father had it; my mother did not. I inherited it and passed it on to one of my sons. The other son thinks we’re both crazy. It is a condition of restlessness; the feeling we have to move an … Continue reading

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Songs

I don’t know which is more surprising: that I sang at all (I cannot carry a recognizable tune) or that I sang a hymn (I am not religious). It must have been something my wife said because I started singing, … Continue reading

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Radio Comeback

We have good friends about our age, okay, maybe a little younger but definitely our generation, with a ten-year-old granddaughter, and they recently bought her an AM-FM radio at a second-hand store for $25. She love it and carries it … Continue reading

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I Must Know Too Many Asians

When we were on our China tour several years ago, we met a Chinese husband and wife from California, somewhat younger than ourselves. They spoke perfect, unaccented English, and I never thought of them as anything but fellow Americans. Towards … Continue reading

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Restaurants We Remember That Are Gone

Howard Johnson’sSambo’sKenny Rogers’ RoastersMinnie Pearl’s ChickenWhite Tower (Castle)Chi-Chi’sSteak & AleGino’s HamburgersMr. SteakBob’s Big BoyBennigan’sRed BarnHot Shoppes (now Mariott Marquis) Rwalck@Verizon.net

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The Great Wall Of China

We arrived early in the morning at the Great Wall. but the crowds with many vendors  were already there. Where the steps rose, the railing along the wall was set too low, and everyone struggled, both native Chinese and Americans. … Continue reading

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Kip Keino And Son

Kip Keino, the world-famous distant runner, the first runner from Africa who started a whole genre of rail-thin African distant runners, was back in the news. This was before the last Olympics, and the real news was about his son … Continue reading

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The Water Tower

Years ago, we rented in Florida for the whole month of April. There, we met a former Freeholder from New Jersey. He told us the story of when he was chairing a public meeting on constructing a third water tower … Continue reading

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Bernard Meltzer

When I began investing many years ago, I listened to Bernard Meltzer on WCAU radio. He was a soft-spoken, Jewish father figure who gave advice on any question that came his way, be it on investing, someone’s love life, or … Continue reading

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Dystopian Landscapes

“Don’t Come Any Closer” by Jill Lepore. The New Yorker, 3/30/2020. “Life On Lockdown” by Peter Hessler. The New Yorker, 3/30/2020. First, Jill Lepore. Not only is she on the staff of The New Yorker, she is a professor of … Continue reading

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