Usually I dedicate my Throwback Thursdays to joyous or quirky memories of the past. Today, not so much. Each year on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout. This is an annual social engineering event to encourage Americans to stop tobacco smoking. The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – the Great American Smokeout
My recent ten-minute play CELEBRITY DIVORCE has been shortlisted for the Short+Sweet Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! This means that the script is a finalist and that participating directors will select plays from the group to present in the festival that will be presented between January and March in 2022. Of course the same … Continue reading CELEBRITY DIVORCE is shortlisted in Dubai!
In 2021 Veterans Day happens to fall on a Thursday, so time to include it in my Throwback Thursday series. I am not a veteran of the US armed services, but my father was. My dad served a hitch in the US Army but it was before I was born. I do not have the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Veterans Day!
Here we are again where you will, whether you like it or not, reset your clocks tonight before going to bed, so that when it reaches 2 AM, it will be 1 AM and then, in an hour, 2 AM again. Where does the time go? Let's be honest. Does this mean that your vehicle … Continue reading Daylight Savings returns to Save your Daylight!
My final installment of a celebration of the anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The beautiful theater (see my Wednesday post for a photo) could be configured for our exceptional Naples Philharmonic, but also for touring performances of other musicians and Broadway touring productions. From my early days of leading … Continue reading Part 3 of an extended Throwback Thursday – Theatrical Network before the internet!
Following up on the celebration of the anniversary of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. The building is amazing and the community is great. But the best part of my years at The Phil was my colleagues there. The staff was talented, inventive and fun. I kept a copy of the opening … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Part 2 – the opening staff of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Yes, I know it is Wednesday, give me a minute to explain One of my favorite performing venues in the world is the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. I was part of a terrific team of people who opened the theater thirty two years ago today (November 3, 1989). To celebrate that … Continue reading A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts
When I lived in New York City I reviewed every play I saw, and that was quite a lot. I was lucky to be able to acquire inexpensive tickets (sometimes reviewer freebies) to a large number of events. Because theater in New York is big business and theater talent is concentrated there, I had high … Continue reading Three Reviews I Won’t Be Writing
Our family has a long tradition with Florida, going back to when my grandparents took their sons (my dad and uncles) to the state from Cincinnati to aid in their health growing up. Of course we often vacationed here when we were based in Ohio. As for me, I was born here, graduated high school … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Our families in Florida!
I am not a big fan of golf and do not play myself. So I had to do some research to understand how a mulligan works. Turns out that you can reset an action or event by taking a mulligan. Apparently you should not take it too often and only with the permission of the … Continue reading National Mulligan Day
On this date in 1951 CBS broadcasted the very first episode of "I Love Lucy" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. I can't claim to have been around to watch the premiere but I saw endless replays of the series and subsequent spin offs when I was growing up. As dated as some of the … Continue reading Seventy Years of Loving Lucy
October 14 is Be Bald and Be Free Day and it is a topic to be addressed on a Throwback Thursday. I've already featured photos of my quite copious mane of teenage hair. As time went on my forehead seemed to grow. Of course what was actually happening was my hair was steadily retreating. I … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a Bald Tale (or more accurately a Bald Dome)
I worked at Bailey Concert Hall in Fort Lauderdale for a number of years before moving to Naples, Florida to be part of the team that opened the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. My staff threw a best wishes picnic send off on the occasion. Here is a picture from that gathering. You can identify … Continue reading Throwback Thursday and a peculiar game
The first Wednesday in October is always National Coffee with a Cop Day. And remember that if you fail to offer coffee to a cop, they can come and get it from you. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
... and my Cincinnati Reds will not be holding up one of these trophies this year because they are not in the post season... So I must choose my rooting interest for the baseball playoffs this year. I am generally a National League sort of guy. I cannot root for the (recently) hated competitor Cardinals … Continue reading End of the 2021 baseball regular season…
Since I have moved back to Florida I am becoming more familiar with the whole concept of older persons and luckily it seems there are plenty of older persons than myself. In celebration I have a story that relates to this international day. Back in 1989 I was part of the team that opened the … Continue reading Happy International Day of Older Persons
Back in the day I was known as a bit of a ladies man, I have no idea why. Even my father knew, which is why he gifted me the shirt in the picture below. Story behind it is that dad worked in retail and he would sometimes get new products to showcase in his … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a neat old shirt
Always one of my favorite National Days, I really love my coffee and there is only one kind of coffee I need... Cafe du Monde from New Orleans is a strong coffee mixed with ground chicory. My favorite flavor. May you have a great coffee today and tomorrow and always... As always you can find … Continue reading I’m Wired for National Coffee Day!
This Throwback Thursday started in 1949 and continued until last June. Today is the 72nd Birthday of Bruce Springsteen and last June we attended his "Springsteen on Broadway" performance at the St. James Theater. It was the most recent show we saw in New York and it may be some time before we see another. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Birthday to the Boss
The Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:20 PM in the Eastern US time zone. Day and Night in balance. Heralding the great autumn season. Here in Florida there will be much less vivid fall colors than there was in the northeast. But the blessed relief from scorching temperatures and daily downpours … Continue reading The Autumnal Equinox will be different in Florida
You know, kids today think they are so clever (hey, get off my lawn!). They do all this dancing and moves and such and think they have invented something new and controversial and sexy. I have news for them. I was there first and I can prove it. Take this here shaking the booty thing … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – I invented a popular dance move
The pandemic shutdown of theater in New York was very hard to take for those of us who love the art form. While performers took to streaming, I never warmed to the platform. For some odd reason I enjoy sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers to watch live performers. Not the best pastime during a … Continue reading Broadway takes a big step forward to returning
Whenever we reach a round number anniversary of a notable event the media pulls out all the stops in their coverage and special editions. I have written previously of my experiences on that date in New York City and will, briefly, here again today. But even before I moved to the Big Apple I often … Continue reading Personal Memories on the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Back when I was in high school (during the Punic Wars) I was involved in several extracurricular activities, mostly revolving around theatre. But I did take a whirl in that very conservative, very business oriented organization known as Junior Achievement. The deal was to create a mock company, build a product, sell it to reluctant … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection
Some say that today* is National Iguana Awareness Day. Some will say that the day is to help educate you on how to better keep these lizards as pets. Others will tell you that it is to warn you they could fall out of trees on top of you.** That last one takes some explaining. … Continue reading Look out above for National Iguana Awareness Day