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"Music is real--the rest is scenery." Fats Waller

Con Chapman

Con Chapman
Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
September 28
. . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on and elsewhere.


BEVERLY HILLS, California.  Along Rodeo Drive, the Mecca of luxury shopping west of the Mississippi, a transformation of sorts is taking place.  “We see people turning to materialism in a time of spiritual turmoil,” says Fendi store owner Mishawn Tribush.  “Shopping c… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 3:39PM

Rocky, St. Thomas and Me

Impressed by a Thomas Aquinas quote he came across in a newspaper editorial, Nelson Rockefeller asked a staff aid to arrange a meeting with the 13th century saint.

Review of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller”
by Richard Norton Smith, The New York Times Book Review

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NOVEMBER 22, 2014 12:41PM

Luring the Recluse

A 17-year-old Hungarian girl lured chess champ Bobby Fischer out of seclusion with a letter that began “I would like to sell you the world’s best vacuum cleaner! Now that I have your interest, turn the page.”

Endgame, Frank Brady

Fischer: “That is one bitchin’ coo
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NOVEMBER 21, 2014 9:10AM

She's Too Sexy for My Shirt

One of my chores was to manage the product closet.  One day my crush came by to chat.  The next thing I knew he was kissing me.  The closet connected to a conference room, so I quickly shut the door.  Our clothes started hitting the floor.  He’d just peeled off my… Read full post »

NANTUCKET, Mass. This former whaling island is now the mailing address of some of America’s most spectactular vacation homes, a fact that rankles long-time residents but warms the heart of Chuck Brznarik, executive director of the National Association of Private Plane Owners (NAPPO), a trade gr… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 8:49AM

Animal Mythbusters!

Even though everyone reading this post is an animal, many people carry myths about animals around in their heads.  How’s your Animal IQ?  Take the Animal Mythbusters true-false test and find out!

Exhibit A


Chickens have shoulders.  True.  Contrary to popular be… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 9:07AM

Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman

There are so many stories of Benny Goodman’s absorption in himself and in his music that they could fill a chapter in a biography.  Rehearsing at his home on a cold winter day the singer Helen Ward complained that the house wasn’t warm enough.  “You’re right,”… Read full post »

NEW YORK. Safra Cohen is a lowly first-year associate at a corporate law firm with offices in mid-town Manhattan who has spent her first six months on the job as the junior member of a team working on a billion-dollar merger. Her office is furnished with a standard-issue desk and file… Read full post »

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Transportation Security Agency, the arm of the federal government that protects the nation’s transportation systems, today issued its holiday survey of articles most likely to be seized during mandatory passenger searches, singling out snack-size bags of cookies and chips a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 8:13AM

Pope OKs Limbo for Teen Party Fun

VATICAN CITY.  Abandoning centuries of dogma in his continuing drive to liberalize church policies, Pope Francis I today issued an encyclical that approves the limbo, a Caribbean dance, at parties for Catholic teenagers.


“Limbo lower now!”


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DULUTH, Minnesota, AP. Walter “Bug” Bujkowski, a football innovator credited with the invention of the shovel pass and the tackle-eligible play, died in his sleep last night of congestive heart failure. He was 97.

Proper shovel pass technique

One of the game’s early visionari… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2014 11:13AM

I Hear the Voices of Angels

It had been, for several years, a nagging problem; a high-pitched ringing in my ears that never seemed to stop. I attributed it to the barrage of noises I’m subjected to every day–squealing trolley wheels, urban traffic–or maybe to my misspent youth as keyboard man for crappy teen b… Read full post »

ELK GROVE, Illinois.  The American Academy of Pediatrics today recommended that all soccer players under the age of 24 wear helmets while playing or practicing to avoid injuries from “headers,” the practice of hitting an airborne ball with one’s head in order to pass or sc… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 8:09AM

At the Viking Poetry Slam

A mastery of poetry was a must for any young Viking.  A few Viking poems dwelt on love, but the heroes often undermined their happiness by chasing adventures that separated them from their beloveds. 

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NOVEMBER 11, 2014 6:02PM

Joe Friday, Philosopher-Cop

Joe McNamara was a philosopher-policeman.… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 10, 2014 7:55AM

Seven Hair Care Myths--Exploded!

Do you have limp, drab-looking hair?  It may be because you subscribe to common hair-care myths that styling professionals and hair-care scientists have debunked through careful study of magazines lying around in beauty parlors.  Here are some of the most harmful hair-care superstition… Read full post »

A South Seas island tribe worships boxing promoter Don King. 

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BOSTON.  It’s the first Thursday of November, the date scheduled for the monthly meeting of the 375 Marlborough Street Condominium Association, which governs a 15-unit brownstone on one of the most prestigious streets in town.

Marlborough Street, Boston


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CHICAGO. First, notes human resources manager Dale Cloymore, there was “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” a well-intentioned effort to show young girls there were future opportunities for them outside the home. “Then the fathers of boys got involved,” he recalls, “saying… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 8:57AM

Hockey Wisdom of the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama wore a Boston Bruins hat during an appearance at the Boston Garden.

Boston Herald

dalai lama

My religion is very simple: forecheck, forecheck, forecheck.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, wait until Brad Marchand catches you skating with your head down.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 9:06PM

How to Hypnotize Women

Readers of a certain age—or more precisely, male readers of comic books of the sixties—may recall an advertisement that appeared regularly alongside come-ons for sea monkeys, correspondence courses in ventriloquism, and X-Ray Specs. It depicted a cool-looking guy, his hair slicked back wi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 8:51AM

Your Dance Advisor

If, like me, your terpsichorean training ended after one tap-dancing lesson (“Mom, please don’t make me go back!”), you may need to re-charge your dancing skills in order to realize your full potential.  Thankfully, Madama La Vache is available to help you take the “next… Read full post »

NEW ALBANY, Indiana.  The 9th Congressional District of this bellwether state is considered a “swing” election this year, and many political experts thought they would be able to detect the first signs of a Republican or a Democratic victory with early exit polls in sm… Read full post »