Throwback Thursday – the Great American Smokeout

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

CELEBRITY DIVORCE is shortlisted in Dubai!

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!

Part 3 of an extended Throwback Thursday – Theatrical Network before the internet!

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!

Throwback Thursday – Part 2 – the opening staff of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

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

A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to 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

Throwback Thursday – a Bald Tale (or more accurately a Bald Dome)

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)

Throwback Thursday – Happy Birthday to the Boss

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 will be different in Florida

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

Personal Memories on the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001

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

Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection

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