Author Archives: JO

More madras, more profs

The jacket Buddy Rich admired wasn’t my first madras garment. Madras shorts and shirts came into my life in the early 1960s. In the spring of 1964, my last year in college at Columbia, I had a pair of Bermuda shorts that … Continue reading

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Après moi, le déluge

I worked for the New York Daily News from mid-1970 to early 1977. The first four years, I was a writer and editor on the Telegraph Desk, which gathered national and international news, mainly from wire services, which once upon … Continue reading

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Encounters: Buddy Rich

The jazz drummer Buddy Rich was known to me mainly for his appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, which I watched pretty devotedly in the early 1970s. (That’s a story in itself: I’d gotten my first television in 1972, … Continue reading

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A short walk from our motel, which I think was in Kissimmee (which is fun to say, with the accent on the second syllable) was a mini-amusement park, with a ferris wheel and probably some rides I don’t remember. Lily … Continue reading

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Our Florida Project

The wonderful movie, “The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, triggered memories of a trip Lily and I took to Disney World, near Orlando FL, in around 1990. She was 8 years old, in … Continue reading

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Encounters: Jackie Robinson

Fredrik Ekelund writes of seeing on a street in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup the Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who starred in his country’s 1986 World Cup victory. Acknowledging that he’d been recognized, Maradona shook Ekelund’s outstretched … Continue reading

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I should add…

…that soon after she got her licence, I asked if she wanted me to join her on an errand, and she said, “No, thanks.”

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