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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Six. Sage Shoots Mills Mansion. Three Hudson River mansions on Sage’s list – Olana, Clermont and Wilderstein – were in the can. Over two weekends, assisted by the chauffeur services of her father Cary, Sage had finished shooting photos … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Five. Meet Amtrak 234. Amtrak train number 234 was finally ready to leave the Rhinecliff station at 8:31 – forty minutes late which meant it was right on schedule. A hybrid of public and private enterprise, Amtrak had suffered … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Four. Billy Acquires an Amazing Gift As the assistant to Dinsmore Golf Course’s greenskeeper, Billy Rubin’s first job of the morning was to relocate the holes, a task that entailed traveling in a noisy John Deere utility vehicle around … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Three. Meet Billy Rubin. Billy Rubin awoke groggily on a clear crisp summer morning following another fitful night sprawled out on an uncomfortable utilitarian army cot set between rows of motorized EZGO golf carts, each one tethered by a … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Two. Cary Hayes has a dream. Cary awoke from a sublimely realistic dream, encouraged that the images conjured within his broken brain might provide much-needed insight into that fateful day his normal life ended and the journey to Valhalla … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part One. Meet Cary Hayes. Cary Hayes was having difficulty recalling some basic facts – where he was, how he got there, how long he had been there, why he couldn’t move or speak. The last thing he remembered was … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Plutocrats

Every two years the people who run the vast Andrew Carnegie trust fund bestow the “Medal of Philanthropy” upon a handful of worthies, most recently last week at a hifalutin ceremony in Scotland. According to the website “The Andrew Carnegie … Continue reading

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Read this Book, for Christ Sake

I recently finished Reza Aslan’s thoroughly fascinating and well-researched “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” a study not of Jesus Christ the “Son of God,” but an analysis of the life and times of an obscure man … Continue reading

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What happens in Woodstock … doesn’t actually happen in Woodstock

The original Woodstock music festival – Three Days of Peace and Music (and rain and mud and gate-crashing) – took place in the summer of 1969 on a farm owned by Max Yasgur in Bethel, NY, about 60 miles from … Continue reading

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Women in High-Tech – Take a Lesson from “Double Blind Test”

This headline about the imminent IPO of Twitter in today’s business section of the New York Times caught my attention: Curtain is Rising on a Tech Premiere With (As Usual) a Mostly Male Cast. The lead graf of the article … Continue reading

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“Nooz Loops” – Sugary taste, no nutritional value

A joke: Two morons (sidebar – it used to be OK to use an ethnic slur here, but those days are gone) are watching a breaking news report on television. It seems a desperate man is poised to jump off … Continue reading

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The Roman Conflicted Church

With so many issues conflicting the psyche of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Gay marriage, ordination of women, priests taking spouses, contraception, stem cell research, beatification of anti-Semitic popes), it’s comforting to know there is a haven where the … Continue reading

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Ghastly Casting

If the “Howard the Duck Award for Biggest Flop” existed, the odds-on favorite for 2013 would be “The Lone Ranger,” an overly-long, too-violent, ill-conceived tale based on the television show that ran from 1949 to 1957. When I first heard … Continue reading

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Snackable Films and Upset Stomachs

Last Sunday evening at the Standard Hotel rooftop bar in Manhattan’s tres trendy Meatpacking District, watching barges and water taxis ply the Hudson under a crescent moon, I came to engage in conversation with the founder of Eventologie, a boutique … Continue reading

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Parents’ basement: crucible of leadership

I’ve been an off and on listener of Howard Stern’s radio show since the mid-90s – mostly off until recently when I leased a car that came with a six month gratis subscription to Sirius/XM, Stern’s anti-terrestrial radio base that … Continue reading

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And then there was one

Russ Meyer’s 1965 “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, a tale of three dangerous and voluptuous go-go dancers who seek treasure hidden somewhere on the desert property of a crippled geezer and his dim-witted son (cruelly named “Vegetable” in the script), is … Continue reading

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Wonderful Words

Peter Medak’s film “The Krays,” a gritty, real-life tale of infamous UK gangsters, identical twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, is a scintillating depiction of depraved criminality and marvel of lyrical dialog. The music and editing ain’t so bad either. Played … Continue reading

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Another 12 movie lines makes 50 great additions

The American Film Institute (AFI) accumulates several “best of” lists, one of which is the 100 Best Movie Quotes. I started a blog thread a while ago in which I offered 25 additional noteworthy lines, followed by a second batch … Continue reading

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“Above-the-Fold” Candidates

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the hierarchy of obituaries in the New York Times, noting that the ultimate measure of a person’s fame (or infamy) was the prominence of placement of his or her obit in … Continue reading

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“Sorcerer”: A transformational film gets a restoration

I read that William Friedkin, director of such influential 1970s films as “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, an honor well-deserved (he was nominated for Best … Continue reading

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