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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 1,994

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Misdemeanor pleas entered on the 1/6 insurrection.

The New York Times and the Washington Post are reporting that a Virginia couple entered pleas to a single count of trespass today. Apparently the two went into the Capitol rotunda and did nothing else. Their range of sentencing is 0 to 6 months. The US Attys made no recommendation as to sentencing. It will be up to the judge if they do any time at all.
Even more interesting the Times reported that a similarly situated woman is expected to enter a similar plea on Friday and has agreed to waive a presentence report. She will be sentenced on Friday. About 200 other misdemeanor defendants will be sweating that hearing out.

Listening to Rosemary Clooney's: For The Duration.

In my old age I listen to my parent's music. Rosie had a big career in the 50s. She was a great friend of Bobby Kennedy. She was actually present at the Ambassador Hotel the night he was shot
Bobby's death apparently took a toll. She suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in a locked mental ward. Her career was in ruins. It took years for her to recover. Say what you will about Bing Crosby, he was a true friend. Out of the blue he called and asked to perform with him at a concert. It turned into an international tour. After that she never lacked for bookings.
In later life she recorded albums for the Concord jazz label. I guess she smoked her entire life and died of lung cancer too young. It never affected her voice. Her CDs endure. She was one of the great practitioners of the Great American Songbook.
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