vic fortezza
2 min readJun 14, 2024

While viewing an array at youtube, this amazing photo popped up. From Google Images:

RIP actor/producer Ron Simons, 63, cause of death unknown at present. Born in Detroit, he earned an MBA at Columbia and worked in the tech industry until age 39, whereupon he turned to acting. He earned an MFA at the University of Washington. There are 25 titles under his name at IMDb, screen career spanning 1996–2019. He appeared in five episodes of the Law & Order franchise. In 2009 he went into producing for both the screen and stage. He won four Tonys: Porgy and Bess, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Jitney. Photo from GI:

RIP French pop icon Francoise Hardy, 80. Born in Paris, she shot to fame in the ‘60’s. She is celebrated as a national treasure, one of the greatest figures in French music ever. She is one of the best-selling music artists in French history, more than 7.6 million records sold. Despite her beauty, she was uncomfortable on the screen and has only 16 credits as an actress. She wrote books on astrology and dabbled in fiction. She was the epitome of style. She is the mother of singer/jazz guitarist Thomas Dutronc. Photo by Pierluigi/Rex/Shutterstock, posted at

My thanks to the kind folks who donated and bought stuff at today’s muggy session of the Anti-Inflation Book Shop. Here’s what sold: Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and The Pink Panther (2006) on DVD, Never Lie by Freida McFadden, Wild Heart and Late Summer Love by Nora Roberts, three classics illustrated and abridged for kids: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twin, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott and Tales of Mystery and Suspense.

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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 13 books in print.