FLASHBACK: Culinary no-no #45

On this Easter Sunday when many people will be dining out, a look back to a favorite of mine that is always timely.

Culinary no-no #45

Sunday, Mar 9 2008

In this week’s edition of Culinary no-no, more on the subject (respecting your waiter/waitress) from someone who has walked the walk and is now talking the talk.

Phoebe Damrosch has written a book about her experience waiting tables at Thomas Keller’s four-star New York City restaurant, Per Se.

The inside cover notes of Damrosch’s book, Service Included say, “After reading this book, diners will never sit down at a restaurant table the same way again.”

Damrosch includes numerous dining tips that fall under the no-no category. Here are a few:

  • Please don’t ask waiters what else they do. That implies they shouldn’t aspire to work in the restaurant industry even if it makes them happy and financially stable. It also implies they have lots of free time because they have such easy jobs and that they are not succeeding in another field.
  • Don’t send something back when you’ve eaten most of it.
  • Don’t make faces or gagging noises when you hear the specials. Someone else at the table might like to order one of them.
  • Don’t bribe the host. If there’s no table, there’s no table.
  • Don’t touch your waiter.
  • Don’t say this to the host or a waiter: “Do you know who I am?”
  • Don’t begin a sentence with, “Give me….”
  • Don’t get angry at your waiter if you don’t like something. Your waiter didn’t make it
  • Don’t steal the waiter’s pens. Usually, they have to provide their own.

I first learned about Damrosch after hearing her appearance on American Public Media’s “Splendid Table.” The program is heard on public radio stations around the country and on Sirius Satellite Radio.

From the “Splendid Table” website:

February 16: Service Included | Listen
This week it’s a peek into the life of a waiter at one of the world’s most demanding restaurants. It’s a profession and high craft, and not for the faint of heart. Our guest is Phoebe Damrosch, former waiter at Chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Per Se in New York City. Phoebe tells all in her book Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter.

*The Damrosch interview begins 14:22 into the program. Just click the play button and scroll to 14:22*

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

Is my food safe? Gluten found in 32% of food labeled gluten-free, new study says

Ohio man’s Lenten, beer-only fast comes to an end

And finally, quiz time. See if you can guess what this is? I’m betting you’ll be wrong.

Bloody Caesar

The website I found this on regularly has a vast variety of great ideas. I didn’t think this was one of them.

Photos of the Week (04/21/19)

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A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Edward O’Callaghan, Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (L) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, in Washington, April 18. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Erns

2) Photojournalists photograph four pages of the Mueller Report laid on the witness table in the House Intelligence Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill. The redacted version of Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is released by Attorney General William Barr. Photo: AP

3) Flames burn the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, France, where renovations are currently underway. Photo: AFP

4) Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, April 15, 2019.  Photo: Reuters

5) Notre Dame’s steeple collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in Paris on April 15. The cathedral spire was destroyed and its roof gutted but the bell towers were still standing and many valuable art works were saved after more than 400 firemen worked to contain the blaze, finally quelling it 14 hours after it began. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt / AFP – Getty Images

6) Sparks fill the air as Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

7) The cross and sculpture of Pieta by Nicolas Coustou is seen behind debris inside Notre-Dame Cathedral in the aftermath of the fire. Photo: Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERS

8) Inspectors study damage caused by the blaze, the day after it broke out. Photo: AFP

9) An image made available by Gigarama.ru on April 17, 2019 shows an aerial shot of the fire damage to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Photo: AP

10) A vintage picture of Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral is displayed outside the Cathedral a day after a fire devastated the 12th-century landmark in central Paris, France. Photo: AFP

11) Former Marine Micah Herndon crawled to the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. The Ohio native runs for veterans, specifically three friends he lost while serving in Afghanistan. Photo: Boston Globe

12) U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses with U.S. troops during a visit to Fort Bragg to meet with troops and their families in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

13) People crowd around Ivanka Trump to take selfies at the end of an event sponsored by the World Bank Group, on April 17, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ivanka arrived in Ivory Coast on Tuesday, after visiting Ethiopia. She is championing the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, which officials have said aims to economically empower 50 million women by 2025. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

14) Heather Martin points to a projected aerial photograph of Columbine High School, as she talks about surviving the deadly mass shooting while she was a senior at the school, during a safety talk at the school where she currently teaches in Aurora, Colorado. Martin, 37, started The Rebels Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in 2012 to help survivors and their families learn how to live with the deep-rooted trauma wrought by their experiences. Photo taken March 16, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis

15) Members of the clergy take part in the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony on Easter Holy Week in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

16) Lebanese Christian men are tied to wooden crosses as they and fellow worshippers re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during Good Friday celebrations in the southern village of al-Qurayeh, near the port city of Sidon. Photo: AFP

17) Newlyweds visit Hill of Crosses during Easter celebrations, near Siauliai in northern Lithuania. The origin of leaving the crosses on the hill is unknown. Photo: Reuters

18) Maria Elena Haro (left) from Mexico takes the oath to be a United States citizen during a naturalization ceremony in El Paso, Texas, on April 18. Photo: Paul Ratje / AFP / Getty Images

19) This aerial view shows a tulip field as the sun shines in Korschenbroich, Germany. Photo: AFP

20) Tulips bloom in front of the White House in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

21) The German wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach has been photographing the rutting behaviour of the European hare in Burgenland, Austria, for years. In the last week, he finally captured a classic boxing scene. The fight was over in less than 10 seconds. Photographs: Ingo Gerlach/Barcroft Images

22) In Hong Kong, China, Yip Ki-hok, a 62-year-old beekeeper, pulls out handfuls of bees from a drawstring bag before placing them into a Langstroth hive at his apiary in Hong Kong. He removed their honey-filled nest from a hillside using his bare hands. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

23) Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: AP

AND FINALLY…

 

Week-ends (04/20/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Paris firefighters

Micah Herndon

Donors

Florida firefighters

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Alexander Kraus

These 60

The media

Maureen Walsh

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

What they said about the Mueller report, click here

“I was standing in a hushed, pained throng along the Quai d’Orléans of the Ile Saint Louis facing the back of the basilica, and when I watched the spire fall, I gasped and choked back tears. In this, I was not alone. Billows of pale yellow smoke rose from the nave. They became iridescent against the sky. The firefighters spraying plumes of water onto what was once the roof seemed tiny against the enormity of the structure.

“How could Notre-Dame be burning? How could Notre-Dame, which had survived for eight centuries—survived plague and wars of religion, survived the French Revolution, survived the Nazis—be falling? Notre-Dame, the heart of Paris, not only a Catholic site but the preeminent symbol of European cultural consciousness, the heart of France, the kilometer zero from which all its farthest villages are measured—how could this majestic structure collapse so fast? I looked around at the faces with me in the crowd. Written on them was sadness, and pain.”
Rachel Donardo, a Paris-based staff writer at The Atlantic

“If the fire reached this wooden structure, the bell tower would have been lost. From the moment we lose the war of the bell towers, we lose the cathedral, because it’s a chain-reaction collapse.”
José Vaz de Matos, a fire expert with France’s Culture Ministry

“We will rebuild the cathedral to be even more beautiful, and I want it to be finished within five years.”
French President Emmanuel Macron

“No less than 15 years … it’s a colossal task. It’s a fundamental step, and very complex, because it’s difficult to send workers into a monument whose vaulted ceilings are swollen with water. The end of the fire doesn’t mean the edifice is totally saved. The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside.”
Prominent French conservation architect Pierluigi Pericolo who worked on the restoration of the 19th century St.-Donatien Basilica, which was badly damaged in a 2015 blaze in the French city of Nantes

Of course this is a profound loss. Of course it hurts. But it also serves to remind us that the elements of this life are temporary, even the churches we build and the crosses we install inside.

“What they represent is eternal. The rebuilding of Notre Dame will be a testament to our grasp of that, and a sign that no fire can burn away the resolve of the faithful.”
Talk show host and columnist Mark Davis

“I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN. WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS? PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own (Many are VETS), How can it Take Care Of More?”
Cher in a tweet after President Trump said he liked the idea of transporting illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. The singer/actress, who usually leans towards the liberal end of the political spectrum, argued that Los Angeles can’t even handle its own homeless population.

“I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, is smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be. My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes. I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee

“I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is,” but a Biden run “does not particularly animate me right now. I can understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.” 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Last month, over 2,200 people exposed to a mumps outbreak in at least two immigration detention facilities had to be quarantined for 25 days. It was reported that in the past year 236 detainees have had confirmed or probable cases of mumps in 51 facilities.

“In 2016 authorities confirmed 22 measles cases in Arizona’s Eloy Detention Center, a privately managed facility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.     

“National Public Radio last month interviewed a Border Patrol official who reported that more migrants are arriving with communicable illnesses such as flu, mumps, impetigo and even one case of flesh-eating bacteria.”
Brian Lonergan, director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of illegal migration

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The flu hasn’t gone away

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Tiger wins the Masters

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Vasectomy cakes

 

The Mueller Report; police mental health; football head injuries; wasteful taxing; and how far can illegal immigration go?

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (04/19/19): Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free

Today’s highly interesting read (04/18/19): A Giant Laid Low by Too Many Blows to the Head

Today’s highly interesting read (04/17/19): School shootings draw attention to officers’ mental health

UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (07/25/18): When Newspapers Close, the Cost of Government Goes Up

Today’s highly interesting read (04/16/19): Are There Any Limits to Illegal Immigration?

Today’s highly interesting read (04/15/19): Happy Tax Day!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/20/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  A mainly sunny sky. High of 61. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75. That’s nearly 40 degrees warmer than last Sunday.   “A+”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

Fitness Pizza meme

I’ll admit it:  I hate to exercise.  I don’t exercise.  Even when I didn’t have Achilles tendonitis as a legit excuse not to run, I didn’t run.  Coming to terms at an early age with the fact that I will never be an Olympian meant considerably less pressure growing up.  😉

I’ve often said that our dog will be walked for pleasure when weather cooperates and I’m in the mood.  Otherwise, Future Fido will be forced into contentment with our yard for canine workouts and toileting needs.  Trust me, our dog won’t be neglected…  It will be loved, played with, and given plenty of space to run & enjoy its doggy life.  But pet parenthood will not suddenly throw me into a new found love for aerobic activity.

Apparently it’s a good thing I don’t live in the UK.  At least from the perspective of someone who has a health routine equivalent of the DMV sloth from Zootopia.  But if getting a dog helps YOU burn extra calories, by all means be my guest!  

I realize this recent study is not as in-depth as the other scientific findings I’ve blogged about.  Still, I love when data and doggies merge to create an interesting article.  Thanks, Carri Wesgrath!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

All the more reason we shouldn’t get a dog. I would dearly hate to see my adorable wife out there walking and walking and walking our pet each and every day.

Now careful folks. Don’t be throwing objects at your computer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

This was probably wrong.

You’ve heard about that anti-vaccination movement. It’s now infecting the pet world.

The U.S. Postal Service has released dog attack national rankings.  More postal employees were attacked by dogs in Houston than in any other U.S. city in 2018.  >>> See more on the new USPS rankings ... Photo:  U.S. Postal Service

Today is the last day of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

At Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Vilified Sport and a way of life end.

She Gave Her Dog CBD Oil to calm him down and help his separation anxiety.

Dog Watching Owner Dig Its Grave has brought out a lot of emotions.

A change in routine raises the question: Are dogs more adaptable than their owners?

Check out these ‘high tech dog houses.’

What’s dirtier? A dog or a man’s beard?

How not to kill your pets this Easter.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A baby goat kisses a dog at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, April 13, 2019.
A baby goat kisses a dog at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, April 13, 2019. Photo: AP

Elsa the Yorkshire is groomed in a competition at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, on April 13, 2019. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

And this photo comes from Officer Ben Rexroad of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. Pictured is his K-9 partner, Ringo. You will see that Ringo lacks any sense of personal space.

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, from CBS News, dog-walking apps are causing concern.

And oh, how we love a happy ending. This lucky pup has been given a second leash on life.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

Thailand Rescued Dog

The Best Cartoons of the Week (04/20/19)

NOTRE DAME

Jose Neves

Adam Zyglis

Sean Delonas

Ken Catalino

Gary Varvel

Tom Stiglich

Steve Breen

Steve Kelley

Chip Bok

THE MUELLER REPORT

Ken Catalino

Tom Stiglich

Will O’Toole

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

A.F. Branco

Mike Lester

Bob Gorrell

A.F. Branco

Nate Beeler

2020

Steve Kelley

Michael Ramirez

EASTER

AL Goodwyn

Tom Stiglich

David Fitzsimmons

BERNIE

A.F. Branco

Bruce Plante

Jeff Koterba

AMAZON

Steve Kelley

OMAR

Ken Catalino

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend of great joy!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

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From awesomestories.com:

The Easter story is often called the “greatest story ever told”. It is a fascinating tale of betrayal, murder, miracles and life after death. It is the story of a Messiah, a Christ who is the “Son of Man.” Yet Jesus the Messiah makes claims that cause his followers to doubt him, then turn against him in rage.

This is the story of the miracle that ensues, and has stood the test of time. It is a story that intrigues believers and non-believers alike.

Although death by crucifixion is a common practice in Roman times, Jesus’ ordeal is particularly cruel. He endures the customary beating, and then must carry his own cross. He falls from the heavy weight, and another man must carry the load for him. Jesus hangs from the cross by spikes driven through his hands and feet, receives vinegar to quench his thirst and suffers a horrible death. Following the crucifixion, his body is placed in a guarded tomb but he rises from the dead 3 days later. 

This week, the music of Easter.

Before we start with our rousing opener, an Easter memory. Seems that a television tradition around Holy Week many years ago that carried on for many years was the network presentations of holy movies.

One of them was Ben-Hur starring Charleton Heston as a Jew (Judah) battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery. Chained to a group of criminals, Judah is marched through the desert. They pass though the village of Nazareth and stop for a water break.

Later, when Jesus is  sent through the streets on his way to be crucified…

In 1870, French architect Charles Rohault de Fleury determined Jesus’ cross weighed 165 pounds, was three or four meters high, with a cross beam two meters wide.

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One of cinema’s most famous sequences was the movie’s nine-minute chariot race. That scene alone took five weeks (spread over three months) to film at a total cost of $1 million and required more than 200 miles of racing to complete. Seven thousand extras were hired to cheer in the stands. As filming in Italy progressed only 1,500 extras were needed on any given day. On June 6, 1958, more than 3,000 people seeking work were turned away. The crowd rioted, throwing stones and assaulting the set’s gates until police arrived and dispersed them.

We begin with Andre Rieu and his orchestra along with his own very large set of over 500 brass players performing from the film’s score in Amsterdam.

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Ben Hur behind the scenes 1959

Charlton Heston

Ben-Hur was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won an unprecedented eleven including Best Picture.

Easter Sunday is the biggest day of the year for churches. According to a 2018 National Retail Federation study about half of Americans planned to go to church on that year’s Easter.

Christian music songwriter and impresario Bill Gaither has given great exposure to Southern gospel artists for the past few decades, especially on public television. Those appearances led to concerts and video sales.

My guess is that this will shake church roofs across America this Sunday.

The Gaither Vocal Group answers the musical question, “Have you been redeemed?”

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In the above video did you notice the silver-haired gent with the cookie duster mustache cupping his ear with his hand, microphone in the other pressed right up against his mouth?

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That’s deep-voiced J.D. Sumner who wrote “The Old Country Church.” He was part of Elvis’ backup singers for many years right up until the King died.

Speaking of Elvis, the King’s only Grammy Awards came for his spiritual recordings. In fact his favorite music was gospel and he had career aspirations of someday singing professionally in a gospel choir.

“Gospel was one of the most important elements in his musical identity,” said Charles Hughes, director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. “Throughout his career he kept returning to gospel. Singing gospel songs, recording gospel records and incorporating in his live shows performance techniques that he would have gotten from the church.”

Gladys Presley once told a reporter, “When Elvis was just a little fellow, he would slide off my lap, run down the aisle, and scramble up to the platform of the church. He would stand looking up at the choir and try to sing with them. He was too little to know the words, but he could carry the tune.”

“Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music,” said Elvis. “It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release.”

In 1972 Elvis released the gospel album He Touched Me that included “Amazing Grace.”

Three years ago The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released worldwide that presented the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the 14-track album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album was a follow-up to a similar effort the year before, If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Legend has it that this next song was written in 1772 by John Newton, a former slave trader who had a religious conversion and became an abolitionist activist.

Elvis Presley recording at RCA Victor Studio in New York City in July 1956.

Elvis takes care of serious business.

Another classic was written by Cleavant Derricks, an African American pastor who once served a church in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Performing in our next video is an ensemble formed by a businessman who plucked stars from various gospel groups to form “Perfect Heart.” J.D. Sumner jokingly called them “The Million Dollar Quartet.”

Garry Sheppard opens by mentioning one of his talents.

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Who says Christians don’t have a sense of humor?

Perfect Heart is no longer together.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great Easter weekend!

In the late 1960’s Edwin Hawkins was studying interior design in Oakland, California. At the same time he and a friend were working with a youth choir that released a local album. The group had hopes of selling enough copies to fund a trip to Southern California to participate in a Gospel competition.

The album was anything but state of the art, recorded on a friend’s small two-track machine according to Hawkins. There were no thoughts of going commercial.

One of the tracks caught the attention of a disc jockey at the Bay Area FM station KSAN, Abe Kesh.

As Kesh continued to play “Oh Happy Day” on the air it became more and more popular. The single sold seven million copies and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance.

Legendary jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis covered “Oh Happy Day” in a 2005 album, “With One Voice.”

The live album was recorded at the J.W. James Memorial A.M.E. Church in Maywood, Illinois, where the Rev. Lucille L. Jackson, Ramsey Lewis’ sister was the the co-pastor. She passed away in 2013.

More than 50 members of the J.W. James Memorial A.M.E. Church Combined Choir are featured on the album, including “Oh Happy Day.”

“That’s one of my favorites,” said Lewis. “When that record came out, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, I probably wore out–it was on an LP, of course, so I probably wore out two or three of those, and I always wanted to play it, even in person, but I couldn’t come up with a way to do it without the voices. And so now we have this version, of course, with my church choir, that is the church I belong to.”

We’ve posted this a few times in the past and it’s especially perfect this time of year…

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Friday Night Oldie: Motown turns 60

A special concert honoring the 60th anniversary of Motown Records will be broadcast this Sunday on CBS.

The historic company began in 1959. Its first record label was Tamla, and their first # 1 single came in December of 1961.

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That was the Tamla label. BTW the Beatles and the Carpenters also recorded the song.

Fifty-five years ago the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard charts.

Jimmy O’Neil does the introduction.

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There’s no telling how big a star Mary Wells could have been.

In 1961 through 1964, she hit the Top 10 in the pop charts with “The One Who Really Loves You,” “You Beat Me to The Punch,” “Two Lovers” and her signature “My Guy,” all written or co-written by Smokey Robinson, a fellow Motown Records star.

“In 1964, Mary Wells was our big, big artist,” said Lucy Gordy Wakefield, Motown’s first sales chief. “I don’t think there’s any audience with an age of 30 through 50 that doesn’t know the words to `My Guy.”‘

Wells left Motown to join 20th Century Fox records in 1964 and other labels as well, but never enjoyed the fame she achieved with Motown.

A daily two cigarette pack smoker, Wells had no insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer, couldn’t pay the rent, and lost her home in Los Angeles.

This beautiful singer underwent surgery for cancer of the larynx in August 1990, and died two years later at the age of 49.

Peter Benjaminson wrote Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar  and said in an interview:

“From our perspective, it looks like a mistake to have left Motown, and I’m pretty sure it was. She would have taken all those songs that the Supremes made into hits, starting with Where Did Our Love Go, on and on. She could have been not just a star, but a super-superstar. … She was the first major person to leave. … In a way, she helped other Motown artists by showing them what they shouldn’t do.”

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Today’s highly interesting read (04/19/19): Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free

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Today’s read is from the NY Post. Here’s an excerpt:

The reality was that, while Russia dangled the bait, no one from the Trump campaign or anyone else took it. Those findings stand as a refreshing testament to the character of our people and the sanctity of the election.

So hide your head in shame, Hillary Clinton. You started the false charge of collusion because you couldn’t accept defeat, and now your name will be synonymous with the most destructive hoax in American history.

Read the entire opinion piece here.