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Next Sunday, one day following the First 100 days of the current administration, Gotham hosts its annual Battle of the Bands. Discussions about politics tend towards controversy and division. Music tends to bring people of different persuasions together.   Friday I posted the text of my presentation last Wednesday eve hosted by the Gotham Executive Group on “The Almost 100 days.” I enjoyed doing the talk and the Question and Answer period that followed. The comment...
The Doors second LP, Strange Days, featured a song, People Are Strange.   Strange days indeed as one consider the world around us (More on that later.).   I strategize. I plan.   Not all the time but certainly when things matter.   Sometimes, for some matters, I might need to think fast, almost to the point of brinkmanship.   Even where one might expect nothing of the sort to take place.   It happened a few days ago at a fraternal organization where several people acted...
After basketball, I checked my mail quickly in my car. One email – from Rolling Stone (magazine) – shared links to a number of articles about the Rock and Roll Hall Fame Induction ceremony that took place at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn Friday eve.   Many years, the ceremony lacks interest for me. Folks who know me rather well including many readers of this blog know my strong feelings about who belongs there (and not) and the absolute outrageous omissions of worthy art...
26 days ago 6 comments Categories: Games Tags: Batmen, Bombers, Hoops, Basketball, Clyde
Most here know I care deeply about a lot of things. That includes sports. I contribute frequently to the “Sportstalk” listserve provided here as a service by Gotham City Networking, Inc.®. While Gotham and Fred boast of its Bombers and Batmen softball teams, year-round my Pythian Lodge sponsors full-court basketball that I enjoy with some of the nicest bunch of men.   After we played today (meaning the day before this blog appears -- and let me boast I made the game endin...
33 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: 32
32.   Someone asked yesterday what I planned to blog on today. That person encouraged a blog about politics. I considered it and I might shared something on that when it muses me.   Today, I want to discuss a number.   A good solid number.   It means something special here – this year.   It relates not to sports though perhaps the greatest athlete ever, Jim Brown, wore it. Ditto the best lefty, Sandy Koufax. The best player I rooted for who wore the number: NY Jet Eme...
40 days ago 3 comments Categories: Music Tags: Battle of the Bands, Live Music, Music
Don't Miss the 5th Annual Gotham Battle of the Bands® April 30 at the Legendary Cafe' Wha? Still some time to get your band in!   As Gotham welcomes Spring, we certainly look forward to a number of cool events. Next week we hold a Gala to celebrate 20 years of Gotham history and select a Networker of the Decade; pretty cool. As I blogged last week, as April begins GOtham Green® recognizes the five recipients of 2017 GOtham Green Awards®. But then as April ends, we celebra...
47 days ago 3 comments Categories: Health Tags: Earth Day, GOtham Green®, GOtham Green Awards®
Early in the same month we celebrate Earth Day, GOtham Green® recognizes the five recipients of 2017 GOtham Green Awards®. The special event takes places at New York City’s famed Friars Club in Midtown Manhattan at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Click here if your wish to attend.   Gotham Green® annually recognizes those who make a difference in our communities and the world by celebrating people and organizations, both Gotham members and non-Gotham members, who wor...
54 days ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags: Helen Marshall, Helene Zaro
One named Helen, the other Helene. Both giants. Both gone within about a week of the other. You never expect loss. One almost reached Fred’s magic number. The other short by a baker’s dozen. I honored both when they, their families and colleagues could celebrate with them; Helene in 2001 and Helen 10 years later.   Still recall the chat late one December eve with Helen more than 18 years ago in my City Council office across from City Hall. A City Council Member then, ...
61 days ago 15 comments Categories: Politics Tags: The Public Ought To Know, fake news,
Today’s New York Times, included an insert, “Truth. It’s more important now than ever.” How true!   All the discussion about “fake news” and attacks on the news media infuriates me. In law school I edited CONSCIENCE, an award winning publication. I regularly wrote a column, “The Public Ought to Know,” from ‘03 to ‘05 and resurrected it as “The Public Ought To Know” for The Labor Press since January 2015. I regularly shared information with reporters to help them do their jobs...
68 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Discourse, Civility, heroism
Recent blogs on this website – not mine – focused on political discourse and the need to embrace civility.   I concur with the concept of heroism to face your friends (and others) who hold different positions and share with each other what brings you to your point of view.   I want to stress the difference between discourse and partisanship. Most folks use “politics” when they really mean partisanship, which often involves taking a side with a like-minded group.   It m...
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