When Spinning Was Reserved for Yarn

After Dick Schaap and George Plimpton died, I wondered how many great “I remember the time…” big city storytellers there still were. The recent death of David Halberstam further dwindles the list. Who is still around that can tell those great anecdotes?

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Cast as mobsters against type:

Dana Andrews in 1941’s “Ball of Fire”

Glenn Ford in 1961’s “Pocketful of Miracles”

Jason Robards in 1967’s “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

Harry Belafonte in 1974’s “Uptown Saturday Night”

James Woods in 1984’s “Once Upon a Time in America”

Warren Beatty in 1991’s “Bugsy”

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PC’s Best Movie Title Sequences

 (also known as “opening credits”)

“The Man With the Golden Arm” 1955

“Down With Love” 2003

“The Manchurian Candidate” 1962

“Once Upon a Time in the West” 1969

“The Young Savages” 1961

“Anatomy of a Murder” 1959

“Goldfinger” 1964

“A Beautiful Mind” 2001

“Beach Party” 1963

“Pyscho” 1960

“The Pink Panther” 1964

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1963

“Ocean’s Eleven” 1960

(best closing credits)

“Alfie” 1966

“To Sir With Love” 1967

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Stick ’em Up, and Let’s Have Dinner Some Time

This isn’t hard to believe:

  

Thief Asks Woman Out After Robbery

MILWAUKEE —A thief found out the hard way that robbing a woman isn’t the best way to capture her heart.

Two men robbed a U-Haul store around 3 p.m. Sunday, taking an unspecified amount of cash, according the store’s owner. But instead of fleeing, one man lingered and tried to strike up a conversation with the woman he had just robbed.

“He stuck around and was trying to get the female employee’s number,” U-Haul general manager Patrick Sobocinski said. “She said he was just saying, ‘Hey baby, you’re pretty fine.'”

According to Sobocinski, one robber went behind the counter, put his hands around both employees’ waists and demanded money.

The robber forced one employee to open the register and grabbed cash. Then he forced the workers to the ground and fled, but his accomplice waited for a few moments and then asked one clerk whether she’d go out with him, he said.

“She said he was saying, ‘Can I get your number and go out sometime,'” Sobocinski said.

No surprise ending here — the woman turned him down, and he fled.

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Going Back to Cali

It’s interesting that Rudy Giuliani, John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton spent yesterday campaigning in California. With its primary moving to winter, California is positioned as a state (along with Florida, whose crucial primary is next February) that will help determine the major party nominees quite early. We could well know who will be giving the 2008 summer convention acceptance speeches by Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of Hollywood, while the candidate/stars were stumping in the Golden State, star candidate Fred Thompson was preparing to leave “Law & Order” to plan his own run. The Smallest Loser, Academy Award winner Al Gore, will not be joining in the crowded fun. If any ex-Tennessee senator earns a nomination, his name will be Fred Thompson. Parties seldom run standard bearers who have lost nationally- think Dewey, Humphrey, Ford, Mondale, and Dukakis. Stevenson did so and lost both times, and postwar, only Nixon, who waited eight years, lost and won (largely due to Bobby Kennedy’s death- on the night of a California primary).

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How O-old Are You?

Going on:

Sputnik- 50 years ago

The Little Rock Nine- 50 years

Cassius Clay does cameo in “Requiem for a Heavyweight”- 45 years

The Newark riots- 40 years

The Munich Olympics- 35 years

The “Son of Sam” shootings- 30 years

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”- 25 years

LL Cool J drops “Bigger and Deffer”- 20 years

First Clinton presidential term- 15 years

Princess Diana dies- 10 years ago

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