Recently, three employees at the organization I work for, decided to retire. These were each long-time employees, and each had a different approach to their departure. Deciding when to leave a job is a very personal matter. Some leave for better opportunities, some reach the end of their work careers, some have health issues, and … More Walking Away
Ringo Starr has come a long way from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, the band he was in before the Beatles. Sir Ringo or Sir Richard has an unusual sound to it. Ringo’s journey through life from a sickly child in Liverpool to a knighthood hasn’t been a straight and easy one. His life is … More Sir Ringo: This Boy
The English rock group The Kinks disbanded more than 20 years ago. The brothers Davies stopped working with each other after years of fighting, and frustrated by their handling by several record companies. The Kinks were over. Since then, the brothers Davies have ventured into solo careers producing albums, touring, writing books and dealing with … More Will The Kinks Reunite?
Jack Lemmon won a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in Mr. Roberts. Twenty years later he took home an Oscar in a leading role for Save the Tiger. Jack Lemmon played many of the same characters as did James Stewart, although Stewart established his grit in a series of 1950s Westerns playing flawed men, … More Jack Lemmon: Good Guy
Steely Dan is now just Donald Fagen. Co-founding Walter Becker died last year. Fagen and Becker’s widow are locked in a legal battle over the future of the band. Maybe I should say the brand. Steely Dan, even without Becker, is still worth a lot of money as a touring band, merchandise and a back … More Steely Dan: Do It Again?
This is blog number 101. Who knows where the next hundred will go. I don’t even know where this one is going. I had a thought, while I was watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series, the one about cars and coffee. Funny show and nice vintage cars. Now that idea is gone. Easy come, easy go. … More The Next Blog
Three years ago I began this blog, not sure of whether it would last. Somehow it did, but not before it went through several fallow periods, stretches of draught where ideas and inspiration failed me. I am lucky to have picked up some inspiration, from unlikely places. I thank those who unwittingly pushed me … More Blog #100
I hope that I’m working on my last job. At least my last full-time gig. I’ve made a few trips to my hometown lately and I’m waxing nostalgic, instead of my car. I’ve had some good jobs, a great job and some “treading water” jobs. A couple of my best jobs were ones I had … More Reflections on My First Jobs
Westerns were the ultimate back road film. On television, Route 66 took viewers to small towns, cities in the middle of the country, and along back roads across America. Simon & Garfunkel in their song “America” talked about going to look for America. Easy Rider made a lot of money. Film producers took notice. Movies … More Two-Lane Blacktop Films
Columbo premiered in 1968, it was followed by 67 additional episodes over a 35-year period. The first two Columbo episodes were pilots, then in 1971 thru 1978 as part of a rotating group of shows under the NBC Mystery Movie, which featured the great theme by Henry Mancini. In 1989, Columbo moved to ABC where … More Favorite Columbo Villains