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Roy Berger
  England swings like a pendulum do……. When songwriter Roger Miller first penned that back in ’65, a month or two after I could get it on my bar mitzvah playlist, he undoubtedly was referring to groovy Carnaby Street and not Parliament, where Prime Minister Harold Wilson had the House of Lords and Commons under...
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Where does time go? One minute you enter the world on a rainy 1952 Tuesday afternoon in the Bronx and the next you are turning 65 on a sunny Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. One minute you’ve never touched a dog in your life and some sixty-five years later YOUR dog (and best pal) is selected...
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On Sunday we wrote about the book that I wasn’t writing but wrote anyway. Then, a couple of hours after it posted I got this link from Gregg Kersey, who writes a blog reviewing baseball books cleverly enough called “Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase.” After reading his review, I’m glad I decided to write “Big League Dream”,...
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When former Yankee Fritz Peterson takes a few minutes out of his day to drop you a note, you’re glad you did it. When the Dodgers’ Maury Wills phones on a cold, dark winter evening just to tell you how much he enjoyed your work, you feel warm all over and glad you didn’t listen...
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I turned 65 yesterday. Okay, that’s over with. So thanks to everyone who sent well-wishes. Also thanks to everyone that didn’t want to mention my age or didn’t know about it or just didn’t give a shit. You all are very special to me. And thanks to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who...
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Passover seders were a little less jovial this week than they’ve been for the last 90 years. Don Rickles left us last Thursday and suddenly the world isn’t as funny anymore.   Mr. Rickles was not only the funniest man I’ve ever seen, he also was the biggest gambler I’ve ever seen. And that’s one...
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“Nah, I got no interest in it.” Wanna get into our office pool? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” Who do you think will win? “I really don’t care, I got no interest in it.” You ready for the tournament? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” That’s what I kept telling anybody who...
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Relegation. Whether you communicate in the Queen’s English or the abridged version we’ve used over here for the past 240 years or even Alabama-speak, it’s one of those words that never gets a smile. It’s like diarrhea, constipation, syphilis, heart attack, and erectile dysfunction. There’s nothing too cheery about them, either. Miss O’Sullivan challenged her...
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  “I’ll take Boxing for one hundred, Alex.” What North American city currently holds the title as the heavyweight boxing capital of the world? “That’s easy Alex. What is ‘Las Vegas, Nevada’!” Bzzzzzzzzzz. Oh, I’m so sorry. The correct answer is Birmingham, Alabama. Yep, the Birmingham, Alabama of segregation, then forced integration. The Birmingham, Alabama,...
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The bad news is it’ll set you back about two million bucks. The good news though: ┬áit comes with a 90 day parts and labor warranty. Yes, if you happen to be in the market for a MRI machine, take a look at the newest GE. It’s a marvel, unless of course, you happen to...
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