Sunday Shimmy

vic fortezza
3 min readAug 7, 2022

Headline from “NYPD cops quitting before getting full pensions jump 71 percent.” Who can blame them?

Also from NYP: “Real fight club: Bronx street boxing aims to end shootings with illegal bouts, booze and booty.” It’s “underground.” Hope it works.

From NYP: “Love shacks: Couples put on X-rated shows in NYC’s outdoor dining sheds.” Cue the B-52’s: “… Huggin’ and a-kissin’, dancin’ and a-lovin’/
Wearin’ next to nothing ’cause it’s hot as an oven/ The whole shack shimmies…”

NYP: “John Leguizamo slams James Franco’s casting as Fidel Castro: ‘He ain’t Latino!’” Isn’t that why it’s called acting? Don’t be surprised if producers cave on this.

NYP: “Ketchup, mayo ice cream flavors being offered to London consumers.” Ya gotta be kiddin’ me.

Excerpt from the column of intrepid NYP sports media critic Phil Mushnick: “Now that Big Ten teams — including money-bleeding, taxpayer-funded Rutgers, last year’s reported athletic department deficit: $73 million — will have to regularly fly to California to play conference additions USC and UCLA, where are all those environmentally sensitive students to protest all the extra fuel to transport the student-athletes there and back?” Once again, kudos.

Child of a wayward mom, married at 15, mom at 16, now a Missouri state senator and an author:

Another book. Felgoise is the lawyer, Tabatsky his collaborator:

RIP actor Clu Gulager, 93. Born William Martin G. in Oklahoma, his dad gave him the nickname, as clu-clu birds were nesting at their home when Clu entered this world. His career spanned 1955- 2019, ending on a high note with an appearance in a possible masterpiece, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. There are 165 titles under his name at IMDb, but that reveals only part of his canon. He was in 104 episodes alone on The Virginian and played Billy the Kid in 75 of The Tall Man. He was in at least five episodes of five popular series, and at least three of seven others. A dad of two, he was married 50 years when his wife passed away in 2003. Well done, sir. Thank you.

I waited until the shade was in place before setting up the floating book shop. Fortunately, an occasional breeze blew along 86th Street. My thanks to the little guy who bought a book in Chinese, two kids titles, and two school work books; and to the gentleman who purchased Blue Moon by Lee Child, the second copy sold this week; and to the elderly woman who took home Bittersweet by Danielle Steel and a large print edition of The Sight of the Stars by Belva Plain.

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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.