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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.


NOVEMBER 28, 2014 8:00AM

Call the Cultbusters!

Did your daughter just shave her head?  Has the little woman started getting mail from The Rosicrucians?  Call the Cultbusters now, before it’s too late!

Dear Cultbusters:

Our daughter Francine had a wonderful job as Fulton County Assistant Sealer of Weights and Measures when… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 11:27AM

Ask Mr. Postal Service Person

Everybody loves the daily walk down to the mailbox this time of the year, when it’s chock full of greeting cards and catalogs that cause Mr. Postal Service severe back pain and make him just a tad bit snippy.

The US Postal Service is here to serve you, the people who… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 12:59PM

Where Are the Karens of Yesteryear?

The Megans, the Caitlins, the Courtneys
come blissfully marching along.
I know if I wait then shortly
they’ll be followed by a Siobhan.

Where are the Nancys and Deborahs
I knew so long ago?
I seem to recall lots of Barbaras
and a Karen or three or mo’.

Somehow these… Read full post »

It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the only people you see coming into work in Boston are those who either have to be here–like me–or guys like my partner the Old Curmudgeon, whose wife can’t stand to have him around the house.

“Hey there, Bink,” I call to… Read full post »

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.  This town of 68,000 in the suburbs west of Boston is home to Shopper’s World, the nation’s oldest shopping center.  Once Thanksgiving dishes are done and locals have woken from tryptophan-induced slumbers, it becomes ground zero for “Black Friday,”… Read full post »

FREDONIA, New York.  Time seems to stand still in this village in western New York, and the calendar is stuck on 1933.  It was in that year that the Marx Brothers movie “Duck Soup” was released, bringing notoriety to the previously-obscure European nation of Freed… Read full post »

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!”


“There is re… Read full post »

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


Sally Tyng, condo ass… Read full post »