Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

The Return of the Fabians

Fabiano Anthony Forte became Fabian – a teen idol of the late fifties and early sixties. He made it big after Dick Clark had him on American Bandstand a few times, and he had his hits, and then he disappeared. … Continue reading

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Slipping the Trap

There was a plan. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was going to defend himself in a single one-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. There had been no drunken attempted rape long ago. The woman who said that was just what had happened … Continue reading

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A Pause

No column this evening – needed to pause – some troubling health issues – but there are the politics – sometimes enough is enough – at least for this one evening –

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Breaking Bad

Everything was settled. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was set to defend himself – there had been no drunken attempted rape long ago. The woman who said that was just what had happened long ago was prepared to explain just what … Continue reading

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Of All Possible Worlds

There used to be books that made a difference. In 1759 it was Voltaire’s Candide, ou l’Optimisme – the young man, Candide, is told by his mentor, Pangloss, that we do live in the best of all possible worlds – just look … Continue reading

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That Monster Hiding In the Walls

It used to be funny. It seemed harmless. The Telegraph (UK) offered the Donald Trump Sexism Tracker: Every Offensive Comment in One Place – everything from the early eighties through July 2017 – all the comments about women being fat … Continue reading

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No Luck at All

From 1969 to 1971 CBS had a big hit with Hee-Haw – which was a slap-back at Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – the “irreverent” hit show for the hip antiestablishment counterculture. Not that “Laugh-In” spoke truth to power– it was just a comedy-variety show … Continue reading

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