Tick Tock

vic fortezza
3 min readOct 20, 2020

Headline from nypost.com: “50 Cent urges followers to ‘vote for Trump’ over Biden tax plan.” Would Biden say he isn’t really black?

Also from NYP: “Eagles fans fight in stands during first game back.” Good to see things are back to normal in the city of brotherly love.

And the rest of us think members of the Polar Bear Club are nuts — headline from NYP: “Cold water may be an effective defense against dementia.” I hope selling books outside when it’s 20 degrees has the same effect.

I’d never heard of CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin until yesterday. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now. I wonder if porn sites have contacted him.

From foxnews.com, edited by yours truly: Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours has returned to the Top 10 this week, boosted by a video at TikTok of a guy skateboarding down a road while casually sipping from a bottle of Ocean Spray cran-rasberry juice and lip-syncing to Stevie Nicks’ Dreams track. This week the song, the band’s only previous #1 single, has hit #7 on the Billboard chart. In 1977-’78 the album spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. And the rest of their discography is also seeing a surge. Dreams, indeed.

And here’s the dude responsible for it all — Nelson Apodaca of Idaho Falls. 37, he works in a potato warehouse. Take the politicians out of the equation, and America is still a wondrous place.

I don’t recall if I’ve ever paid tribute to Bob Clark in this blog. Although I’m not a big fan of his work, I’ve come to respect those who achieve spectacular success commercially. Last night Movies!, channel 5–2 on over the air antennas in NYC, ran Black Christmas (1974), a thriller starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon and Andrea Martin, all of whom had significant careers in a tough business to crack. The flick is reminiscent of many that preceded and followed it. Clark would not make his lasting mark until several years later. Porky’s (1981), made on a budget of $2.5 million, returned $111 million worldwide. He wrote and directed it. I won’t pretend I like it. I bailed after about 15 minutes back in the day, but millions love it, so my opinion is irrelevant. In 1984 Clark hit the jackpot, creating one of the most iconic works in American cinema history: A Christmas Story. While a winner at the box office, it’s true value is as a popular staple during the holiday season. It has been enjoyed by generations and will probably continue to be. He also directed one of Jack Lemmon’s many Oscar nominated performances, Tribute (1980). There are 30 titles under his name at IMDb. Tragically, he and his 21-year-old son were killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver in 2007. He was 67. Kudos to this American original.

On again, off again sprinkles took the joy out of the floating book shop today. My thanks to the woman who bought a hardcover in Russian, and to Wolf, who purchased Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, a Nazi commander.

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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.