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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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At the Pizza Shop

A lot of fake news is going around, and some of it is fun, like all the stories about Donald Trump considering the CEO of ExxonMobil for secretary of state – perhaps because, even if he knows nothing about all … Continue reading

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Skipping the Boring Parts

America’s new president is really new. We’ve never elected a president who has never held any public office before, one who never even ran for public office before. He has no government experience – he doesn’t even seem to know … Continue reading

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The Proper Insult

Political insults used to be so much better – Ulysses S. Grant said of James A. Garfield, “Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angleworm.” Woodrow Wilson said of Warren Harding, “He has a … Continue reading

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A Red-Hot Friday

It was going to be a pleasant Friday. The evening before, the Republicans held their twelfth primary debate in Miami, and, embarrassed by the previous debate, where Donald Trump had assured America that he had a really big dick, in … Continue reading

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Paris Burning

Is Paris burning? That was the title of the epic 1966 film about the liberation of Paris from the Nazis – an earnest extravaganza with every major star of the day. Kirk Douglas was George Patton and Glenn Ford was … Continue reading

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Stop Making Sense

The first teaching job was in the fall of 1969 – teaching English at a private boys’ boarding school in one of the few rich suburbs of Pittsburgh. It was a sort of a Dead Poets Society thing – well, … Continue reading

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