Almost 2 years ago, I began writing articles for this blog. My goal was to write about something interesting or humorous. I intended it to be positive, especially with so much negativity in the media. I have posted 101 articles. Looking back over my work, I found almost two dozen that I would say are my favorites. Here are their names, dates of posting, and a brief comment about each article. You can read them (again) if you like. (PS = Here is a picture of everyone’s favorite: see below)
It’s still Rock and Roll to me… 4/29/18 … I describe the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many of its inductees.
2018 Winter Olympics… 3/1/18 … I wrote about 14 events or individuals in summarizing the Olympics. Hopefully, you agreed with many of the things I mentioned. And imagine the time you saved.
The Toy Hall of Fame… 2/22/18 … Yes, there is a Toy Hall of Fame. Remember the first 11 toys that were inducted (eg, Crayola Crayons, LEGOS, Monopoly). Hopefully, some of your childhood memories will return when the toys are mentioned.
A Final Thank You … 1/1/18 and 12/23/17 … Here, as I did in AFTY, 12/10/1016 and 12/18/16, I mentioned some of the less famous, but still important, people who died in the preceding year. They earned a final Thank You from everyone. The idea for this annual article was Bob Fletcher, 101, whose contributions I described in the article on 12/10/16. I am proudest of these 4 articles. If you have not done so, I suggest you read about the people mentioned. You’ll be better for “knowing” them.
A Dog’s Life … 11/24/17 … In 15 cartoons from the New Yorker, I give dog owners (and non-dog owners) a glance at life from their point of View. Funny stuff. And our dogs all agreed with my choices of toons.
Ken Burns Looks at America… 9/30/17… Burns’ 28 documentaries are mentioned, focusing on his “The Vietnam War” which was just shown on television.
Paris, 1946 … 9/9/17 … From December, 1944 until December, 1946, my Father fought in Europe. I describe some of what happened to him.
My History With Ice Cream … 9/2/17 … It’s been a 70+ year journey. I loved every spoonful. And I’m not nearly finished.
The Great British Baking Show …8/6/17… This was not the Foot Network. I explain the differences in hosts, judges, and participants. Much more enjoyable. ,
Baseball’s Past in the Present … 7/24/17 … I describe a baseball website and 3 stories found there. You will never forget “Larry.” He poses with his teammates and best friend. (see above)
From Zaharias to Ledecky … 6/21/17 … I remember great women athletes from 1932 to the present day. Remember “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias? Opponents and cancer could not stop her.
Sgt. Pepper: Why So Popular? … 6/11/17 … There was music before and after Sgt. Pepper. It was the dividing line. The more you know about The Beatles and George Martin, the more impressed you will be.
Dog Stories: Angus, Jake, Luna … 5/10 + 5/17 + 5/24/17 … True stories about our dogs. We are better people because they were in our lives. Supposedly, we will see all the dogs we’ve known in Heaven. I look forward to the party.
Thank You, Chuck Berry … 3/26/17… In 16 sentences and 6 pictures, I try to explain why Elvis may have been the King, but Chuck Berry was the creator of Rock and Roll. (see above) Eg, On Voyager 1’s golden record, the song representing Rock and Roll was his song: Johnny B. Goode.
A Photographer’s Work… 2/26/17 … Name a famous photographer: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, etc. How about a woman with their skill. Anyone? Usually not. I’ll tell you about someone: Dorothea Lange. She did great work, including a photograph possibly more famous than any by the men just mentioned.
Glenn Miller to Lady Gaga … 1/29/17 .… What music did I (or you?) listen to from the 1940s to now? Glenn Miller all the way to Lady Gaga. With many wonderful stops in between. Remember? I’ll show you the stops I made.
Presidential Medal of Freedom … 11/27/16 … Why does someone get this medal, who received in 2016, and who got it before then that may interest you?
The Blue Bell Book Review (BBBR) … 10/10/16 … Ever read the New York Times book review? This is not it, but (imaginary) books are reviewed that could be real.
The Park… 8/30/16 … NYC’s Central Park is “The Park” I’m talking about. Exactly why is it so fantastic it has 40 million visitors a year and is seen in 300+ films.
Maya DiRado, Olympian … 8/24/16 … For me, she was THE Olympian I will remember from the Summer games. (see above) Why? Read on.
London Mail … 8/18/16 … A few weeks before this date, London found some undelivered mail from January 8, 57 AD. That’s not a misprint. Who was it sent to? What did it say? I’ll tell you.
Roscoe Was Always Quiet … 8/15/16 … I remember my Father for 3 reasons. I’ll explain. He was a man of few or no words. I’ll explain that, too.