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  1. I think Thomas Boswell is one of DC's greatest sportswriters - he is one of the people at the Post whom I look forward to reading whenever I can. Basically, I have nothing negative to say about him. One question, though: I remember back in 1997 when Mark McGwire was chasing Roger Maris, someone for the Post called McGwire "Our Babe Ruth." Shortly thereafter, the legendary Shirley Povich (1905-1998), sports editor since *1925*, took issue with the comment, saying something along the lines of: "Now hold on just a cotton-pickin' minute there!" etc. That's a little embellished, but the genera
  2. When I was in my teens, I had one, and only one, favorite rock singer: David Bowie. He was the solo act which twisted, and turned, and seemed the most complex to me, while at the same time being just a pleasure to listen to, and he was there at the right time. Rest in peace, David.
  3. Some people might recognize Thomas Gomez, né Sabino Tomas Gomez, because he has one of "those" unforgettable faces - never on display more prominently than in the "Twilight Zone" episode, "Escape Clause," in which he played The Devil himself, complete with a Sebastian Cabot-like chortle (recall Cabot's role as "Pip" in "A Nice Place To Visit"). However, Gomez was primarily in films, after getting his start in theater. Although it's bittersweet that Gomez is perhaps most notable for being the first-ever Hispanic-American actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (for Best Supporting Act
  4. Although I've never read the groundbreaking 1947 book on which it is based, this is a fine documentary which covers German cinematic development and progression between the two World Wars, and does it using beautiful, important film clips from historic movies. Its major flaw is that, were it not for the clips, it would be akin to enduring an arduous lecture about something you don't know enough in which to have an interest. This is an extremely fertile period in German Cinema, and it is explored here very thoroughly - although the clips save it from being completely austere, you really mu
  5. Mels Drive-in has been around since 1947, when it began as an actual San Francisco drive-in with spaces for 100+ cars. It has eight locations in California today, with four in San Francisco and four in the L.A. area. I went to the location at 4th and Mission twice for breakfast last month. Don't expect fine dining, but do expect an overflowing plate of darn good food. I had their omelettes, which were very good. Other people who attended the same conference at the Moscone Center (about two blocks away) raved about the hamburgers, especially "The Famous Melburger" ... but there's immediat
  6. It wasn't just Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Algers (Version "O")" that brought a world record price this past weekend; Alberto Giacometti's sculpture, "L'Homme Au Doigt" (Pointing Man), (1947) set a record for sculpture, bringing in $141.3 million after commission. "Giacometti Sculpture Breaks World Record" on swissinfo.ch "Why Alberto Giacometti's Art Is So Successful" on swissinfo.ch To address Herschel's question in context of the Giacometti, I suspect nothing at all by Rodin would go for $150 million, for whatever reason - the high-dollar investors seem to be going for established
  7. I don't ever recall having seen a Maryland area code in DC (this may be a cell phone that was used during construction, or a number listed on a permit), so I did a little digging as to how area codes came into existence. As part of the "North American Numbering Plan" of 1947 - which included 25 countries and territories - a three-digit area code preceded (are you ready for this?) a three-digit "central office code" and a four-digit "station number." I grew up in a house with the central office code 622, and I remember very well my mom's handwritten telephone directory in which she used two
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