Tournament of Carols – The 16 Songs that Didn’t Make the Cut

So I read with some amusement the choices for the Times-Union’s “Tournament of Carols,” an NCAA-style single-elimination bracket to determine the best holiday song. First off – with hundreds of hundreds of carols, we can only limit this to a top 16, a “Snowy 16” if you will? For those who aren’t aware of what…

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Recalling Blue Note Record Shop

WHETHER you collect stamps, coins, records or anything else, you never forget your first time. No, not that first time. Get your mind out of the gutter. For record collectors, I’m talking about the first record we ever bought – the record that would eventually be the rock upon which our holy musical scriptures are…

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Hess Toy Trucks: The Holiday Season Begins

These were the perfect mixture of child entertainment and corporate branding.  Every year, the snows of November would signal a special treat at your local Hess gas stations, including the many Hess stations that still populate the Capital District.  From 1964, and continuing uninterrupted to today, the holiday season for us kids didn’t really begin…

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My Donation to the Basketball Hall of Fame

It’s Sunday morning, and I’ve just packed my Pontiac 6000 with the last box it can hold.  It took a lot of emotional effort on my part, but in my heart of hearts, I knew it was time. Two hours later, I was at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where two employees…

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