Monday Highlights

vic fortezza
3 min readAug 1, 2022

RIP Samuel Sandoval, 98, a Navajo Code Talker whose encrypted messages befuddled the Japanese during WWII, helping America win the war. Thank you, sir.

A article by Cayla Bamberger relays an interesting tidbit. In the past few years the number of NYC kids being homeschooled has doubled to 12,900.

Think the city’s hard up for cash? NYP headline: “NYC speed cameras to run around the clock beginning Monday.” Heaven forbid pols would ever trim fat from the budget instead of punishing citizens.

I doubt there will be a more surprising headline today than this from NYP: “California Dems want mental-health warnings on pot — New York should heed the lesson.” Are advocates of legalization covering their butts — just in case someone decides to sue?

Believe it when I see it, NYP headline, Miranda Devine op-ed piece: “FBI, Director Wray are in for a rude wake-up call over Hunter Biden investigation.”

RIP actress Pat Carroll, 95, whose screen career spanned 1948–2020. Born in Louisiana, her family moved to L.A. when she was five. A devout Catholic, she was careful about role selection. She began by doing comedy in nightclubs and advanced to the stage, making her off-Broadway debut in 1950. There are 98 titles under her name at IMDb, but that doesn’t reflect multiple appearances. She was in 40 episodes alone of The Danny Thomas Show and 45 of She’s the Sheriff. Unlisted is her work on Caesar’s Hour, for which she won an Emmy in 1954. She did 45 episodes of that through 1957. On the Great White Way she was in the casts of On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and was nominated for a Tony for her work in the 1956 singing revue Catch a Star. In 1981 she won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording for Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein. She played Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, winning a Helen Hayes Award for each. She directed a musical version of Alice in Wonderland. In the late ‘80’s she began doing voice-overs, most notably as the sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She is a mom of three. Awesome, madam. Thank you.

And the Village Voice award for the celebrity with the biggest carbon footprint goes to — Taylor Swift, who claims the info in inaccurate. She’s very intelligent. Let’s hope she has the grace not to lecture on environmentalism. Maybe, like Leonardo DiCaprio, she should have trees planted to “offset” the emissions.

The floating book shop had to wait more than an hour for the mist to clear. It was an abbreviated session. My thanks to the lovely Polish woman who bought Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and to the young medical professional who selected Chakras: A Guide to Chakra Healing: Balance Chakras, Improve your Health and Feel Great by Kristine Marie Corr. It is defined as each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number, sought by Hindus and Tantric Buddhists through meditation.

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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.