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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: 1,955

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

It's Delovely - Lester Lanin and his Orchestra

Lester Lanin's band played at the engagement party of Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco!

Surprising Murdaugh Murder Development

People Magazine recently reported that the late wife of Alex Murdaugh consulted a divorce lawyer six weeks prior to her murder:


What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington

Spent a day in Provincetown, MA

Up here on the Cape for a short visit. Wanted to stay longer but we only lucked into our room for a few days because of a cancellation. We did the day trip thing to Provincetown yesterday. Fall may be the best time to visit. Beautiful weather and less crowded (although there are certainly crowds). It seems like every other building is an art gallery. Relatively few of the touristy tee shirt shops and the like. The victorian and older houses that dominate the architecture are beautifully maintained. Lots of restaurants with water views.
The entertainment scene seems to be revived after 18 months of Covid. I would have enjoyed staying in town a few days and taking in a bit of the nightlife but my wife enjoys a quieter vacation so we are at an inn in Brewster.
If you are planning an overnight visit book early. It seemed every place had a 'no vacancy' sign out.
Provincetown has the reputation of being the dog friendliest place in America.

Biden to go to Capitol Hill today!

The NY Times is reporting President Biden will meet with House Domocrats on Capitol Hill today at 3:30

Old Cape Cod - Patti Page

There's a reason I'm putting this one up again!

Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller

The phone number of the Pennsylvania Hotel in NYC, where his wife was staying.

Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath at the old Ritz Carlton Bar.

Last night someone was asking about things to do in Boston. I wrote in with a suggestion or two and remembered a couple of visits to the fabled Ritz Carlton bar, beloved of old Boston, situated directly on the Public Gardens. I knew the story about Jack Lemmon's mother wanting her ashes stored on the bar but I also knew the hotel had been sold and the name changed. I thought I'd do a little research and found out that the hotel was just recently refurbished and the name changed to the Newbury Hotel, but the beloved bar is still there. I also came across a little anecdote about the poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath going there for a drink.
Today I was out at lunch with my wife, the writer and published poet. I thought I would astonish her with my little factoid but no longer than I had gotten the words out: 'Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and Ritz Carlton' than she interrupted me and said: Oh yes. They went there after attending Robert Lowell's lectures on poetry. There were free peanuts!
She then gave me a lesson on both their lives. She thought Anne Sexton was a lousy poet and blamed her for inspiring Sylvia Plath to commit suicide (She knew all the facts about Plath's death and said that she really intended that someone come and save her). I asked her opinion of her as a poet and Sarah said she was a genius. Now my wife writes poetry with the net up: with rhyme and meter. I said: But her poetry doesn't rhyme. And she said: Sometimes it does. And proceeded to recite chapter and verse.
I then told her the story of how as a first semester freshman in college I had talked my way into Richard Wilbur's course on American Poetry which was reserved for 15 seniors and juniors and for the class required essay I had written a 15 page paper on the poetry of Sylvia Plath. I remember I got B+ for the class and that Professor Wilbur (a great poet who also wrote with the net up) annotated my essay with notes that began: I knew Miss Plath well........
At the end of our pleasant lunch Sarah said: I never knew that about you! And I didn't know she could write a book about Sylvia Plath from memory. So that's always interesting to learn something new about each other.
I did promise to take Sarah the next time we are in Boston to share a drink at The Street Bar at the Newbury (The old Ritz Carlton bar) in honor of the young woman who used to go there because they offered good drinks and free peanuts.

Somewhere Else - Toby Keith

That's Entertainment - Fred Astaire and friends

Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
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