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In the year before I turned 60, I had a hard time accepting the new decade I was about to enter. While I was in my 50s, I could still consider myself middle aged. But at 60, I believed that would change. I didn’t feel it, and people who were nice woul…

Jerry Lewis has been accused of being egomaniacal, misogynistic, cantankerous, a terrible father and a miserable human being. Not to mention that he didn’t change his hairstyle for over 50 years. There’s no denying that Jerry did and said…

Kids today have no idea what the world was like when us baby boomers grew up. As we used to say, “You had to be there.” They couldn’t imagine a world without the internet, cell phones, video games, microwave ovens and the Kardashians. So let me r…

It was sometime in 1978 in New York City. I was 21 years old, working as a telephone solicitor for a Teamster’s Union local trade publication, selling ad space. Which means, I was basically shaking down non-union businesses to give us money o…

This story is completely true. At least, to the best of my recollection. It is a sad story, but it is also a darkly humorous story about life, death, love, lies, family and the funny ways people react in times of tragedy. Spoiler A…

With all due respect to the millions of people who are unemployed right now and the millions who provide us with our necessary services, it has been my experience that most people suck at their jobs. We’ve all worked with, and have been servic…

Sometimes it is the untrue urban legend which makes the best story. Remember Jerry Mathers who played the Beaver on Leave It To Beaver? (What can I say? Those were much more innocent times.) Several years after that show went off the ai…

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