vic fortezza
2 min readApr 22, 2022

CNN+ — we hardly knew ye. Given the parent station’s abysmal ratings, what made execs think enough people would pay to view anything with that brand name?

Amusing headline from “NOT SO ‘SIMPLE’: Liberals urge Disney to just raze Florida park to the ground and move away from ‘religious zealot buffoons’.” It’s not surprising that tolerance is as selective as everything else.

I’m tilting toward hoping Trump doesn’t run, although I’d miss the comedy of the left’s derangement syndrome. Then again, would American turmoil cease no matter who runs, especially if Dems suffer the tsunami most folks are expecting?

RIP Daryle Lamonica, 80, known as The Mad Bomber for his propensity to throw long passes. Born and raised in central California, he lettered in four sports at his high school, which named its field after him. His college career at Notre Dame was mediocre. He was the 188th pick in the 1963 AFL draft. He spent four years with the Buffalo Bills, primarily as a backup. Nothing in his stats forecasted the success he would have once he was traded to the Raiders in ’67. He led the team to four consecutive division titles, three league titles and an appearance in Super Bowl II, a loss to the mighty Packers of Vince Lombardi. He was the MVP in the 1967 AFL championship game, two-time MVP of the league, two-time AFL Player of the Year, three time all-star. He twice led the league in passing touchdowns and once in yardage. In an oddity, in ’64 he tied for the league lead in rushing TDs with six, despite playing as a backup. Overall, he passed for 164 TDs and 138 interceptions. To show how passing has become more friendly in pro football, his completion percentage was only 49.5, a number that would be ridiculed these days. In 1973 he lost his starting job to Ken Stabler, who would lead the Black and Silver to its first Super Bowl championship in 1976. Lamonica played minimally in his one season in the WFL. Married from 1970 to his death, he is the father of a son. He had an odd but significant career.

Still breezy but much warmer, making for a pleasant session of the floating book shop. My thanks to the young couple who came late, infant and toddler in tow, and who bought No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury, Personality Type: An Owner’s Manual: A Practical Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others Through Typology by Lenore Thomson, and the massive How Kids Develop textbook by Robert S. Siegler, Judy S. DeLoache & Nancy Eisenberg; and to the woman who donated about 25 books, a mix of Russian and English.

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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.