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  1. My go-to treat when I am feeling down.
  2. Yes, but waaaaay better! 😊
  3. I saw this story last night. I liked them. I also like Hostess Chocodiles, which are no longer made. 😥
  4. Reo Diner is on Rt. 35/Amboy Ave in Woodbridge. Been there many times. Excellent diner.
  5. Skylark Diner, Route 1 North, Edison, NJ. Yes, Lew, I was there. I like Skylark Diner. Tommy Tunes told me he thought it was a dive! I believe you were driving a van.
  6. I've been to the Bendix Diner, the only Jersey joint on the list, a few times and found the food to be good. It's a classic stainless steel structure evoking memories of my youth. New Jersey has so many excellent diners that no matter where you are, there is one not far away. When I worked for a year in Newark, back in the late 1970's, I would make it a ritual to eat at Tops Diner in East Newark, a 5 minute drive from my job. It is a top 10 diner...no pun intended. Incidentally, when I was a kid, these places were not referred to as diners. The Jersey jargon was, "lunch wagon". No lie. It is because originally, these diners were converted railroad cars. See below.
  7. Perhaps the family had a statement prepared and it somehow got posted prematurely. Hopefully Tony is being made comfortable and not suffering in any way. He has my prayers.
  8. It never ceases to amaze me how mean-spirited people can be when posting comments on internet pages. I read almost nothing objective from the comments, save for one person claiming Big Star to be the real heroes of Power Pop music. At least it was an honest opinion, and not just a feeble attempt to be judgemental. If you don't get Raspberries' music, I understand. But I feel sorry for what you are depriving yourself of. I went to 5 reunion shows and I wish I could have gone to all of them. At least the LA and Cleveland shows. But it just wasn't doable for me back then.
  9. Thank you very much for your expertise, susie b.
  10. I haven't seen it. Is it good?
  11. Actually, I always enjoyed Q tormenting Captain Picard!!!
  12. Learn that poem. "Learn that poem" - Bing video
  13. My favorite animated episode was "The Slaver Weapon" with these aliens that resemble evil pink panthers.
  14. I couldn't agree more. However, I must admit to watching Star Trek Voyager for one very good reason...Jeri Ryan.
  15. If you have nothing to do for about two hours you can get a montage of every #1 hit single for the past 64 years. I just let it play in the background through my Smart TV and enjoyed all the memories. I hope everyone here gives it a try! Every Billboard Hot 100 #1 Single Ever (1958-2022) - YouTube Maybe someone here can make the link work for me. Thanks.
  16. Not a one, and neither any of the artists.
  17. A real ghost from the past! Hi Harry!
  18. Are you referring to "somewhere between Huey Lewis and Eddie Money" ? I thought it was an odd comparison.
  19. Happy Birthday Vinnie. Hope it was a blast. 🎂
  20. I was able to view the new Baz Luhrmann film, "Elvis", on opening day. Before I write my comments, I will freely and unapologetically disclose that I am and have always been a huge Elvis Presley fan. The movie was good, but not great. The editing, especially in the first 30-40 minutes, is chaotic. Camera angles within a scene were changing every 2 seconds. Photo montages were streamed at an epileptic-seizure inducing rate. Tom Hanks was miscast, in my opinion, as Colonel Tom Parker. He played the part more as a caricature as opposed to historically accurate. His accent was ridiculous. (I am also a Tom Hanks fan, so I have no axe to grind here).( For a good example of how Parker should have been portrayed, watch the 2005 CBS-TV mini-series "Elvis", where Randy Quaid received both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for his effort). Also, the story is told from Parker's viewpoint, which I consider a mistake. The story is shallow for the most part, and skips over many important parts of Elvis' life and career. The movie is 2hours 45 minutes long. So much for the negative. The choice of Austin Butler as Elvis was brilliant. He didn't play Elvis... he became Elvis. I have never seen a better performance from any of the previous attempts in various films over the years. This young man claims to have spent the better part of 2 years studying every movie, concert performance and recordings in order to recreate an acccurate and respectful simulation of the real person. His performance bears this out. The musical numbers were all Grade A+. Much effort, time and money was expended in making the performances accurate and realistic. The cinematography of these numbers was excellent, as was the soundtrack. Butler actually did his own singing for the pre-1968 Elvis numbers. The real recordings were used for 1968 and on. I believe the screenplay should have delved deeper into the man's life and relationships. It essentially blew off the 8 years from 1960-1967 when Elvis primarily made movies, some good, some not so good. But all were very profitable. The film doesn't trash Elvis or the Colonel, but I would have expected more depth into the character. Like Peter Guralnick's definitive biography of Elvis, this story would have been better told in two parts. Overall, I give the film a B+. Expect Oscar nominations for Butler, cinematography, wardrobe and musical score.
  21. Many individuals profited handsomely from Elvis' tremendous success.
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