- Big Chuck
- Monday, May 7, 2012
Back when prom cost $40, not $1,200
I read last week that in 2012, the average teen will spend around $1,200 this year on a prom. That figure is unfathomable.
- Monday, April 23, 2012
Many WWII pilots first saw liftoff at Sidney's airport
While driving back from Binghamton to Oneonta late at night recently, I marveled at the sight of the Sidney airport just to the north of I-88.
- Friday, April 13, 2012
I Was Just Thinking: Building a relationship with the freezer?
The refrigerator freezer and coat hangers. Frankly, until last week, I never gave a second thought to either of them. I read two articles about them in a magazine last week. The first dealt with “organizing your freezer” to establish a “better relationship with it.” It talked about labeling plastic containers and color-coding frozen meats and vegetables.
- Monday, March 26, 2012
I Was Just Thinking: Barbershops are where memories are made
One of the defining differences between men and women is the way they treat their hair. Women change beauty shops on a whim. They spend fortunes on hair care products (“lime rind follicle pumice” guys?). They obsess over the latest “do.” What’s the latest? Is it a Jennifer? A Beyonce? A Lady Gaga? Open up a woman’s closet and behold the round hard-bristle hairbrushes, the plastic rollers, the foil sleeves and the two-pronged heating irons. Torquemada would blush at the sight of these modern-day hair care rituals.
- Monday, March 12, 2012
A salute to those who helped make National Women's History Month
Women's issues have been in the news lately, for better or worse. Women have been in the political spotlight this year (a bona fide female contender for the GOP nomination), in entertainment news (an unbelievable 17th Academy Award nomination for Meryl Streep), in international news (the recent tragic death of Marie Colvin, perhaps our country's greatest war correspondent) and other arenas.
- Monday, February 27, 2012
All Oneontans have memories of Bresees'
You can feel it. You can just feel it.
- Monday, February 13, 2012
George Wallace gives us the 'one-finger salute'
This is Black History Month. I regret that I was never involved in the Civil Rights movement.
- Monday, January 30, 2012
When delivering papers was all in a day's work
I walk to work in the morning. Shortly after 5 a.m.
- Monday, January 16, 2012
Readers who write get a little feedback
Well, it's that regular interval where we stop for a minute and take a look at some of the offerings from the mailbag over the last six months. And it has been busy. And please, do not hesitate to drop me a line if something stirs you in one of my columns.
- Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I Was Just Thinking: Inventors, writers and others pass on in 2011
Plenty of ink was spilled this year reporting on the passage of such giants as Steve Jobs, Andy Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor and a couple of baddies named bin Laden and Gadhafi. But let's take a peek behind the final curtain and see who else merits a tip of the hat.
- Monday, December 19, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: Stella turned me into a pet person
I never really understood being a "pet person." I just didn't get it. My wife, however, is incomplete without a pet. When I met her, she was in the waning days of a relationship with her dog, "Jake," who was a venerable elder presence in the house until she passed away many dog years beyond her typical span.
- Monday, December 5, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: Waiting for a friendly wave that never came
My earliest recollection of taking a train ride was when my dad would take me and my brother Jim and sister Fran on the train from Sidney down to the Afton Fair. Mom would greet us at the crossings along the way with a baby in her arms and a big wave to the four of us.
- Monday, November 21, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: Local youngster created amazing tribute to veterans
When I think of veterans, I often think of the older ones who fought in World War II. I honor all vets from all wars, but as my radio listeners know, I just love to hear stories from the old warriors of the Greatest Generation.
- Monday, November 7, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: Remembering my small glimpse of the Cuban Missle Crisis
I read recently in a newspaper that the U.S. was beginning a "year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, culminating in October 2012." Fifty years? I'd been following the crisis on TV as my mom and dad fretted over the news being presented by the dour-faced men in gray business suits who gave us the news each night on our brand-new Zenith television set.
- Monday, October 24, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: A remote-controlled cooler sounds enticing
Here they come! I am ready to gird myself against the onslaught of junk mail that is starting to roll in for the holidays already. I do not buy from catalogs. Never have. Don't even read them. North Face? L.L. Bean? Omaha Steaks? Vermont Country Store? No thanks. Except for one.
- Monday, October 10, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: I never took a hike in my life; would do it again
"Take a hike!" That is what my father used to tell me when he'd had enough of my smart talk as a kid. Unfortunately, I never took that hike. In fact, I don't think I've ever hiked in my life, either formally or informally.
- Monday, September 26, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: Local traffic's got nothing on LA
I will never complain about traffic again. I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my daughter, Frances, in Los Angeles. I had lived there many years (and a million people) ago. While I was there from 1974 to 1980, I saw this exciting and vibrant city through the eyes of a longhaired wanderer. It was great.
- Saturday, September 10, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: 9/11 is behind us but we'll never be the same
Since the horror of Sept. 11, 2001 is now a decade in the past, many will use this as a time to reflect on how our nation has changed since my generation's Pearl Harbor was visited upon our country.
- Saturday, September 3, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: 'Radioathon' was about more than just donations; it meant love, sharing
Over the years I have been involved with many fundraising efforts at our radio stations. As far back as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. We raised a thousand dollars in change and turned Main Street Oneonta into one large collection bucket.
- Monday, August 29, 2011
I Was Just Thinking: No mystery about good works done by PEO
I get a lot of requests for speaking engagements. A lot. Most of the time I actually know who the audience will be. I've addressed more than 50 historical societies, dozens of reading groups, several museum groups and enough Rotary and Kiwanis luncheons to make me feel like the Toastmaster General of the U.S.