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Dad and I did four things together: play sports, attend sports, watch TV, and go to the movies. I liked movies the best; it’s much harder telling a kid what to do in the dark. You would have loved taking me to the movies when I was 6 years old. I was a cheap date,… Read more »

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The so-called “payphone of the future” has come and gone a number of times since the mid-1990s. AT&T’s Public Phone 2000 could be found at most major airports, along with garishly ugly contraptions such as the Atcom/Info Cyberbooth and TouchNet Internet Business Centers. Telco companies large and small produced a wide range of these now… Read more »

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Thanksgiving is a great holiday because anyone can participate in it. It’s a secular tradition that encourages thankfulness and humility. No matter what your background or thoughts about the country’s origins, everyone has something to be Thankful for. Even if your life is miserable and you’re having tough times, someone somewhere has helped you and… Read more »

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Today I’m strumming my instrument and pondering on the oblivious nature of organic acoustic-sound, we’re aware of progressions, keys, chord constructions and musical structure, but the rudimentary nature of sound itself is an independent factor that seems less-absorbed in the musical passage of time. The idea of musicians and non-musicians can attribute the same emotional… Read more »

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My father is one of seven children born and raised in the Bronx. Growing up with many aunts and uncles is great. Aunts and uncles are adults who are not your parents and so they are automatically cool and interesting from the time you are a kid. Being taken to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’… Read more »

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Hello, I’ve been away from AANY for a awhile. My memoir, “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys tales of a scrappy New York boyhood” was released by YBK Publishers last month and I’ve been doing my best to get the word out. The book covers my first 18 years in the working class neighborhood of Yorkville… Read more »