Category Archives: 50s

THROWING LIKE A GIRL by Peter Nolan Smith

My introduction to playing baseball came on a warm April morning in 1958. It was a Saturday and I was watching my favorite show, THE THREE STOOGES with my older brother. My father came into the living room of our house on Falmouth Foresides. “It’s too nice a day to waste in front of the [...]

CHOCOLATE MAN by Peter Nolan Smith

Maine is the northern most state on the Eastern Seaboard. The distance from its southernmost border to the Potomac River is approximately 500 miles and in the winter of 1863 the 20th Maine Regiment crossed into Virginia to confront the Confederate forces at Fredericksburg. That summer they avenged the one-sided slaughter beneath St. Marye’s Height [...]

Fascinating Rhythm by Mel Tormé

Mel Torme was well-known for his smooth voice. The VelvetFog was also an accomplished drummer. ps the foto is Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson accompanied by Mel Torme. To see how good Mel was, please go to the following url

Tongue To Metal

As a child I lived in maine, where winter was winter. A good time for sledding. At Pine Grove Primary School Skeeter Kearsy the school bully wanted to test the theory that if you put your tongue to metal it would stick there. No one told him to stop. He liked to beat up everyone. [...]

THE APARTMENT by Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder has directed several of my favorite films; SUNSET BOULEVARD and SOME LIKE IT HOT, however my favorite remains THE APARTMENT 1960 with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine and co-starring Fred McMurray as the caddish executive. I hated McMurray for mistreating Shirley MacLaine’s character, Fran, so much that I never watched his TV show [...]