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The New York Times reported that on Wednesday February 25 that the last of 39 Loehmann’s stores closed for business, including four in New York City, where the company got its start in the 1920s. “I really feel it is the end of an era,” said Mary Hall, who blogs about bargains at The Recessionista. […]

[youtube=] [youtube=] Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif on February 26, 2014. He was 81. More This article was first published on

Harold Ramis, the bespectacled “Ghostbusters” sidekick to Bill Murray whose early grounding in live comedy led to blockbuster movies such as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” ”Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” died on February 24. He was 69. More from the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune This article was first published on

Jason Collins being picked up by the Brooklyn Nets was a basketball move – signing a player to fill a need. But so too wasn’t the signing of Jackie Robinson a move to make a baseball team better ? Clearly, there is more to this signing than just a basketball transaction. The Nets basketball team […]

One of Canada’s most distinguished literary figures, she died in Paris early on Tuesday at age 91. A celebrated short-story writer in The New Yorker, she published two novels and nearly 10 volumes of short fiction, winning the Governor-General’s Award for her 1981 Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories. A Canadian by birth, she first enjoyed […]

This interesting feature via The New York Times: The historic route of the Southwest Chief, which runs between Los Angeles and Chicago, is in danger of being altered, a shift that would sever a practical and symbolic lifeline for Lamy and other struggling rural communities. People here and in other small towns along the train’s […]

As we continue to try to understand scoring in figure skating, we look back at Dick Button, who manged to make this cryptic undertakinng a bit more understanding and honest. [youtube=] [youtube=] This article was first published on

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Two great pieces in the New York Times (one authored by Billy Crystal) about how and how Sid Caesar mattered. This article was first published on

Jim Fregosi died this week at age 71. To folks in Philadelphia he is remembered as the manager of the Phillies 1993 World Series Champions. In New York his name is notorious – he was the player who came to the Mets in exchange for then future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Forgotten by too […]

Doug Mohns, a durable and versatile skater who lasted 22 seasons in the National Hockey League, mainly with Boston and Chicago, playing in seven All-Star Games, died on Friday in Reading, Mass. He was 80. He played 11 seasons for the Boston Bruins and had his most productive period in Chicago, playing for the Black […]

When speaking of the Golden Age of network television, the name Milton Berle is often thought of and uttered first. But right there at the top is (or should be) the name Sid Caesar, a pioneer in the area of comedy on television. He was probably best known for the television series Your Show of […]

To the kids in our house, say Shirley Temple and they think of a tasty beverage. To someone decades older, Shirley Temple is a reminder of another place and time. I grew up with Shirley Temple re-runs on TV. Invariably, the “grown-ups” nearby would be drawn in to the program, with a dreamy look in […]

The George Washington Bridge has been in the news lately (New Jersey’s governor is embroiled in a scandal started last Summer when two lanes were closed from New Jeresy to New York). But the bridge dates back to 1931. It can be scene on a classic episode of “I Love Lucy” (mid-1950’s) when the Riccardos […]

Today marks 100 years since the birth of the man who is said to have forever changed the harmonica.Larry Adler, who died in 2001, spent his life transforming the harmonica from a folksy toy for amateurs into an instrument with a home in concert halls. Here is an interview from Public Radio’s The Takeaway. Host […]

Back then it was called “Talk of the Town”. It was a few years before the Beatles, but there was Maurice Richard in New York to appear on the Sunday night CBS classic as part of the first anniversary of Sports Illustrated. [youtube=] This article was first published on

Who is the top hockey analyst of all time ? Here are some of the names that come to this mind: Howie Meeker, Brian McFarlane, Red Fisher, Bill Clement, Gary Dornhoefer, John Davidson, Barclay Plager, Ed Westfall, Mickey Redmond, Bill Mazer and Bill Chadwick. But at the top of my list is the incomparable Dick […]

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[youtube=] Ralph Kiner, Hall-of-Fame slugger with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ’40s and ’50s who became a New York institution in his second, equally-distinguished broadcasting career with the Mets for over 40 years, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of natural causes. He was 91. His daughter, K.C. Freeman was at his […]

Keith Allen, 90, the Flyers’ first head coach and the general manager who built the franchise’s archetypical Stanley Cup-winning teams of the 1970s, died on February 4. Read more from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Daily News This article was first published on

[youtube=] Joan Mondale, who became known as “Joan of Art” for her promotion of the fine arts during the political career of her husband, the former U.S. senator, vice president and presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale, died Feb. 3 at 83. More, from the Washington Post and an appreciation from The Star- Tribune (Minneapolis) This […]