The PC insanity continues, headline from nypost.com: “Washington school board removes ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum due to racial sensitivity.” It happened outside Seattle. And to think I’ve shunned the novel to avoid a lecture on race. This sounds like an item from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

From…

Last night Movies!, channel 5–2 on OTA in NYC, ran Ambush (1950), a western starring Robert Taylor, John Hodiak and Arlene Dahl, shot in black and white, set in Arizona. Since I’d never heard of it, I expected it to be mediocre. It is solid. While the main storyline of…

Born in Georgia in 1949, Gwyn Hyman Rubio earned a degree in English from Florida St., then went into the Peace Corps, assigned to Costa Rica, where she met her husband, an epileptic. They moved to Kentucky, the setting of her first novel, Icy Sparks, published in 1998. It’s the…

Oops. This little guy was playing with his mom’s phone and inadvertently ordered $1700 worth of furniture.

From an article at yahoo.com, edited by yours truly: A Long Island grandma outsmarted a group of scammers. A man called pretending to be her grandson, claiming he needed $8000 in bail money…

RIP NY Islanders legend Clark Gillies, 67, key member of the great team that won four straight Stanley Cups, ‘80-’83. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he was the fourth overall pick in the 1974 NHL draft. However, his first pro sports experience was in baseball. At 16 he signed with…

RIP Meat Loaf, 74, who zoomed to stardom with the 1977 release of Bat Out of Hell. Born in Dallas as Marvin Lee Aday, he played defensive tackle in high school and earned the nickname of M.L., which became Meatloaf when his weight ballooned. He had minor success fronting several…

Here’s art by Mother Nature, formed by the wind and icy conditions along Lake Michigan at Tescornia Park, near the city of St. Joseph. Locals call them “Hoodoos.”

After 80 years this statue of Teddy Roosevelt, deemed racist, has been removed from the grounds of the Museum of Natural History:

RIP actress Yvette Mimieux, 80. Born in Hollywood, always a lovely presence on the big or small screen, her career spanned 1952-’92. There are 50 titles under her name ay IMDb. She mesmerized male baby boomers, including yours truly, in The Time Machine (1960). She was the lead in Three…

Headline from foxnews.com: “Louisiana Senate candidate smokes marijuana in campaign ad.” He wants pot legalized at the federal level. I figured it’s practically legal already. To my surprise, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, police made an estimated 350,150 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2020. I didn’t spot any…

I’m reading a novel about a female who is ten at the outset. Her teacher reads Shirley Jackson’s classic The Lottery aloud to her class, and it struck me that I’d never considered its meaning, so I googled it. Here are a fragment each from separate sources without attribution: “……

vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have ten books in print.

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