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  1. "Sandy Koufax" is the answer to one of my favorite baseball trivia questions: "Which Hall of Fame pitcher had a career record of 36-40 exactly halfway through his career?" Of note: Koufax's 1965 World Series is the one where he took off Game 1 for Yom Kippur; yet he still managed to start 3 games, and win Game 7 on 2 days rest. In 1966, in his last regular-season game, he threw over 200 pitches. I take no pride whatsoever that he lost the last game he ever pitched to the 1966 Orioles. None whatsoever. Nope. No sir. And the thing is ... I'm being truthful here because he only gave up *1* earned run - Willie Davis made 3 errors in 2 plays by losing pop flies in the sun, and a 20-year-old Jim Palmer pitched a 4-hit shutout.
  2. I'm certain that I saw Topol in a version of "Fiddler on the Roof," and I think it was on Broadway, but it might have been at National Theater in Washington, DC. Does anyone remember when, and where, Chaim Topol reprised his beloved role as Tevye here in the United States? He was old - in his 70s, perhaps - but not so old that he didn't retain his signature charisma. It's bothering me that I can't find when or where he reprised the role.
  3. It's funny how knowledge builds upon itself - I was looking at "The Man in the Funny Suit," which somehow led me to "The Balance of Terror," which led me to "The Enemy Below," and I noticed that this was Doug McClure's film debut (this post could just as easily go in the Film Forum). I knew the name Doug McClure well, but I didn't know why, so I went to his Wikipedia page, and started reading - although he's most famous for his role in "The Virginian," I've never watched TV westerns (not even "Gunsmoke"), so that wasn't it. But I kept reading, and lo and behold, he played in "Mr. Denton on Doomsday." Until recently, I'd never watched TV since I was in high school (I don't even have one plugged in), but I'm becoming more-and-more convinced that Rod Serling is one of the most important figures in television history. I've done a fair amount of reading about him, and he was on the front lines of race equality, but was stymied by Hollywood bureaucracy, and had to walk a fine line between doing what he wanted, and towing the party line - it's amazing how much his scripts were destroyed in the process: 03/27/08 - "Uncensored: 'Twilight Zone' Creator's Script on Emmett Till Case" by William Cates on washingtonpost.com Anyway, Doug McClure, as Mr. Grant, played only a small role late in the episode, but I encourage anyone wanting to watch a representative "Twilight Zone" episode to see that one (it's not "the best" or anything, but it's quite good, and it will make you feel sorry for Mr. Denton (Dan Duryea) within the first three minutes) - it's available for free to Amazon Prime members.
  4. I know it's a little bit hard not to cringe at the complacent sexism of this material, but Joe Tex was one of the greatest soul singers we ever had, and this was probably his definitive recording, "Hold What You've Got", from 1964. And I love it. I never had the pleasure of seeing Joe Tex perform live.
  5. Given this recent thread about Lamar Jackson, who in my mind is the leading candidate for the 2016-2017 Heisman Trophy after five games, I wanted to start a general thread about The Heisman Trophy, named after John Heisman, the Downtown Athletic Club's (Lower Manhattan) Athletic Director. The first-ever Heisman Trophy winner was Jay Berwanger, a star halfback for the University of Chicago Maroons, who received his award on Dec 9, 1935. Coincidentally, Berwanger became the first-ever NFL player drafted, in 1936. Think of how significant these two "first-ever" things are! Here's a list of all Heisman Trophy Winners. Please feel free to discuss the award, its recipients, or anything else you wish to discuss.
  6. Since opera seems to be the topic du jour, how about this one? I'm familiar with it primarily from a recording my father had, about 40 years ago, that I played over and over and sang to when I thought no one was listening. I seem to recall it was a "jazz" version but I remember little else. Does anyone know what I'm referring to? Anyway, just a few years ago we saw the WNO production at the Kennedy Center, which was excellent. Although I adore the music, the lyrics grate on my ears. I know that it is supposed to be evocative or representative of the actual dialect of that time and place, but it just sounds wrong, like the lyricists (DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin) are mocking and condescending. Perhaps I'm too PC for it. Gerswhin at his best (I'm deliberately referring only to George here) wrote music that brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now." "My Man's Gone Now." Just beautiful. Here's Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis performing "You is My Woman Now": And Audra singing "My Man's Gone Now": Mornin' time and evenin' time...
  7. One of the greatest concert albums of all time, "The Johnny Otis Show Live at Monterey!", from the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival, was once among the crown jewels of my LP collection. From that record, here is Esther Phillips, known in her early years as "Little Esther", with "Little Esther's Blues". She left us way too soon.
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