Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Generation Gasp

Saturday, November 3, 2012


By the time this article goes to press, Hurricane Sandy, presumably, will be over. At the moment, however, I'm sitting in the midst of it, and honestly, it's not too bad.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


In the 1942 classic film "Casablanca" the new Nazi in town asks Rick (Humphrey Bogart) if he could imagine German soldiers in New York City. Rick replies that there are some New York neighborhoods that the Third Reich would be well advised to steer clear of.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Saturday, October 13, 2012


According to the National Retail Federation, "More Americans than ever will be in the haunting mood this year, with seven in 10 celebrating Halloween, the most in NRF's 10-year survey history. On average, celebrants are expected to spend almost $80 on decorations, costumes and candy as total spending on the holiday is expected to reach $8 billion." []

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Saturday, September 29, 2012


Sometime in the Sixties, Ralph Nader became famous for "Unsafe at Any Speed," which trashed the Chevy Corvair. The Corvair was a compact car with its engine in the rear, aimed at taking on the Volkswagen Beetle.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Saturday, September 8, 2012


In the Sixties, my alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, was the venue of choice for rock and folk groups passing through Lancaster on tour. Five bucks bought you a seat in the college gym for such big-name entertainers as the Temptations, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, and the Lovin' Spoonful.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


In the Sixties, when I was a fraternity "man" at Franklin & Marshall College, we brothers dated one of two kinds of girls. Some of us had serious relationships with young women who proudly wore our fraternity pins. The rest dated "pigs." A pig "put out." Picture the Muppets' Miss Piggy. You might want to imagine those frat boys with snouts, too.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


It's difficult to stay fit and healthy in today's world, a world increasingly full of Big Macs and an apparently decreasing number of bike lanes. Practically every restaurant now has healthy options that, half the time, turn out to be even less healthy than the Oreo-cream donut you guiltily ate in your car the other day before you got to work. You know what I'm talking about.

So what's the solution? Obviously eating better is out of the question; it's just too darn tricky in this land of temptation. Instead, we exercise.

Not always smartly.