***** Speaking of lists, I’ve updated those of my favorites in movies, books and music.I offer them with the thought that perhaps a reader might have missed a great opportunity for entertainment, and finds it mentioned here. Favorite actors: John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Joel Mc Crea, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Gregory Peck and Errol Flynn.dessa, NY, July 18, 2018 -- I wrote another column for this space -- one that rambled on and on, and that I ultimately found boring, and that I jettisoned.
Nowadays, John would have been ripped to pieces by either the left or right or both in the blink of an internet eye. Talking heads propound, and media wannabes spew their bile on blogs. I would hasten to add Kate La Moreaux, a Watkins Glen High School swim coach of amazing success who still oversees an annual summer swim program (and plays a mean dulcimer).Viral, instead of a type of illness, becomes a communicable way of life: a judgment by the masses writ quick and large and, quite often, worldwide. "I hope," I said to one person, "that they pick at least five inductees this year, and that a majority are women." "They should pick 10 and make them women," that person responded.It had to do with the Legislature’s sudden recent change of heart, precipitated by the company that had proposed the storage admitting that, yeah, one of the caverns might be leaky. She's a remarkable businesswoman who spearheaded the facility in Montour Falls that houses cats and dogs.Our animal friends are so very much better off thanks to her.Awaiting them in the Hall are Jean Argetsinger, Patricia Suits Ellison, Barbara Bell, Louise Stillman and Max Neal. That disparity needs to change if the Hall hopes to retain a sense of validity. What struck me upon this viewing (it had been a few years since I had last seen it) was the passion with which the average man and woman portrayed in the film embraced the idea of helping their neighbors.
Back then, the chief forms of communication were radio and newspapers -- in this case a crooked, bad-guy-owned newspaper that spewed (dare I say? Now, lo these 77 years later, we have much greater communication through the internet, but instead of drawing us together, it divides us.
Favorite authors (for their bodies of work) include Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, John Fowles, Elswyth Thane, James Herriott, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Lee Child and Larry Mc Murtry.
Favorite musical groups are mostly from years ago -- The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, The Association, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys -- but favorite individual singers run the gamut of time: Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Neil Diamond, Pink, Lady Gaga, Grace Slick, Paul Simon, Bev Bivens (of the group We Five), Chloe Kohanski (a 2017 winner with a fantastic delivery) and Courtney Hadwin (based on a slim volume of work, but really amazing stuff for a 13-year-old). ****** Things have quieted down tremendously since graduations, and the heat index has gone sky-high. With summer here and thus no high school sports, my job has eased up, and just in time.
I had what the doctor described as a gastric episode the day after the last graduation, when exhaustion and a poor diet of several days combined to work against me, sending me leaning over the railing of a friend’s back deck, gasping for breath and turning the remnants of dinner into a projectile. The thing is, age is moving in on me, and my powers of stamina aren’t what they used to be.
I have to start thinking about the future in judicious terms.
The search is on for Schuyler County Hall of Fame nominees.