On The Beach Blog | March 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You can call me a big baby...

...if you want, but listening to and watching the man sing makes me feel like crying, so I was misty-eyed during PBS' showing of "Roy Orbison: Black & Night 30" this past weekend.

(PBS [Channel 13] is reprising the 90-minute concert at 1:30 am Wednesday... set your DVR timer.)

Recorded on September 30, 1987 at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Orbison was supported by an extraordinary array of talent, from Bruce Spring­steen and Elvis Costello to Bonnie Rait and k.d. lang, plus Elvis Presley's reformed TCB Band. More...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I'm not ashamed to admit that...

...we slipped off a barstool together a few times back in the early '70s while imbibing in a pre-Magic's Pub then known as Shotwell's Pump.

Jimmy Breslin, who died today from pneumonia, age 88, used to Summer in Quiogue in the late '60s/early '70s, and liked to get his drinking done at 112 Main Street.

They were good afternoons, as he was an eminently lis­ten­able raconteur... the rhythms of his Ozone Park-accented speech were those of his writing even if his words weren't, evidence for me that he worked diligently on his columns and books. More...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

I just did a quick inventory of my personal rock 'n' roll experiences, and dating back to the Summer of 1957, I think I've seen Chuck Berry, clownish "duck walk" in­cluded, more than any other entertainer ever.

From the "Big Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Shows" at the Brooklyn Fox and the Brooklyn Paramount, to 1988 when he did a show at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton with a pick-up band backing him, one which included Matt Mangas on rhythm guitar. More...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sabina still at it

It was pretty clear who had authored the story, if not the headline as well, when it showed up on my Google news­feed for Westhampton Beach this morning:

Westhampton Free Library Board of Self-Appointed Trustees Meeting Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm

Yup, the perennially disgrunted-with-the-Westhampton-Free-Library Sabina Trager, crusader for a democratically-elected Board of Trustees. More...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Seriously P.O.'d!

It'll come as scant surprise to anyone who knows me that one of my all-time top broadcast television series is "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010), and while I never missed a first-run episode, I'm still a sucker for re-runs ever since the mid-'90s when it went into syndication on cable, first on A&E, then Sun­dance, TNT, WE tv and WGN America.

I've likely seen each of the 456 "L&O" episodes five-six times, and am so familiar with them that if I doze off during one of the late afternoon showings, upon awak­en­ing I immediately know exactly where I am in the nar­ra­tive and, effectively, nothing has been missed. More...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Not any sort of inducement...

...to make The Mill Roadhouse a regular stop on my watering hole circuit... as if I still had one!


It is nowhere recorded what Southampton Press photo­grapher Erin McKinley said to her subjects before she snapped the photo, but the young woman (2nd right) seems to have gone into her Miley Cyrus mode.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A trio of truly terrible people...

...who've thoughtfully assembled together for a group photograph:


The occasion was, of course, the President's first address to Congress last week. More...

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Helluva (Unsung) Team

I didn't finish researching this during "Black History Month," but when NFL Network (Cable 219) aired "Forgotten Four," about a quartet of players who broke the color barrier in professional football, it had a photo of three members of the 1939 UCLA football team...

l-r: Woody Strode, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington

...the middle one, wearing #28 and perhaps not immedi­ate­ly recognizable without his celebrated #42, is a historic figure, Jackie Robinson. More...

Monday, March 06, 2017

Too Much! Way too often!

Loudmouth Samuel L.Jackson

It's called "over-exposure," and for the past several years the number one on that list has been Samuel L. Jackson, so loud and strident with his intrusive Capital One demand, "What's in your wallet?" that I find myself reflexively responding "None of your freaking business, you gigantic anus!"

(Of course, that's the expurgated version.) More...