- Sam Pollak
- Saturday, April 28, 2012
I get by with a little help from my 'friends'
They are my precious friends, although I've met only a couple of them. They are always there -- unlike most of my other friends -- whenever I want them ... or need them. I just have to open a book, and there they are.
- Saturday, April 7, 2012
It’s not easy for a politics junkie to get off the stuff
One of the curious things about being a politics junkie is that in any given election year I become even more of a social pariah than usual. I’ll admit that my fervid exclamations about the previous evening’s Republican primary or the latest poll numbers have on occasion been accompanied by grasping the lapels of people I think might be my friends lest they get away.
- Saturday, March 17, 2012
The Encyclopaedia Britannica in print, unmourned by me
I've never been particularly fond of encyclopedias, regarding them in my youth as necessary evils to consult and plagiarize in desperate last-minute efforts to get passing grades on assignments I should have done weeks earlier.
- Saturday, February 25, 2012
Angelo Dundee was always a good man to have in your corner
So, there I am, sitting on a bench in Miami Beach's ancient, famous and dank Fifth Street Gym, happily taking notes while Muhammad Ali is screaming at me.
- Saturday, February 4, 2012
Runners-up get no respect in today's America
This will surely come as rather a nasty shock to those who know me today, but I have several impeccable sources who insist without the least fear of contradiction that I was an annoying child.
- Saturday, January 14, 2012
To err is human; to make good on corrections, divine
"As long as the world is turning and spinning," said funnyman Mel Brooks, "we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes." Fair enough. Still, some mistakes are a bit worse than others.
- Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sammies celebrate the naughty, the nice and the just plain odd
If 'tis the season to be jolly (and I have it on the very best of authority that 'tis), then what better way to obtain said jollies than to be treated to my Seventh Annual Sammy Awards?
- Sunday, December 4, 2011
Worrying about religion can be a real shame
I was a young guy, so you know this happened a very long time ago.
- Saturday, November 12, 2011
A fountain of wisdom gushes forth
There's this tale about a young rabbi from a small village in Eastern Europe who has decided to continue his career in America. Before he leaves, he seeks out his mentor, a wise, revered older rabbi. "Rabbi," asks the young man, "what is the secret to life?"
- Saturday, October 22, 2011
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a candidate!
With prominent politicians' campaigns seeming to implode with every interview, we welcome to our studios this evening yet another candidate for high public office.
- Saturday, October 1, 2011
Texas is making a killing on last-meal savings
Texas has not only made executing prisoners something of an art form, but is getting downright chintzy when it comes to providing the condemned a last meal.
- Sunday, September 11, 2011
Twice-told tale resonates after all these years
You know how it is when you're telling folks a fascinating story and all you see are weak little smiles, glassed-over eyes and the slow-yet-impatient nodding of heads?
- Sunday, August 21, 2011
I only made 5 bucks a week, but the benefits were incredible
You might be surprised at how often I'm asked about how I got into this newspaper racket.
- Saturday, July 30, 2011
Critics caught way off base by decent act
So, I find myself driving in New York City earlier this month and listening to someone getting absolutely excoriated on sports talk radio.
- Saturday, July 9, 2011
'Smart' technology doesn't make us any smarter
So I'm on my fancy-schmancy "smart phone" the other day, talking to my older brother, Michael.
- Saturday, June 18, 2011
Memories of a stand-alone photographer
Photographs, quite naturally, are extremely important to Daily Star Chief Photographer Julie Lewis ... but so are words, as I found out in short order 13 years ago when I became her editor.
- Saturday, May 28, 2011
It's OK to love an imperfect USA
I've been paying pretty close attention for more years than I'd like to admit, but I'd never heard anything quite like it.
- Sunday, May 8, 2011
He didn't become 'The President' for all of us until Obama got Osama
Some idle musings while wondering how many months _ yes, only months _ it will be before we see the first TV movie about how the Navy SEALS offed Osama bin Laden ...
- Saturday, April 16, 2011
It's a shame that some folks aren't ashamed
The question just begs to be asked.
- Saturday, March 26, 2011
Politicians find jokes really are on them
"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place." _ Mark Twain Fair enough. Still, one wonders whether Twain's (his actual name, of course, being Samuel Langhorne Clemens) wife, Olivia, found all his attempts at humor so amusing.