Bruce the Blog

June 16, 2021

We have been presenting an academic award at graduation time to a Yorktown High School senior for the past 18 years. It is named the Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation Scholarship in memory of our son. Part of the application process for candidates is to write an essay on a topic that we ...

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DOOR KNOCKER (DK): Hi, would you sign my petitions? HOME OWNER (HO): What are you rebelling against? DK: Whadda ya got? HO: Isn’t that from a movie? DK: No, ma’am. I just made it up. HO: Quite a coincidence. I recall it was in a Brando movie. DK: I’m a book person. No time for ...

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Every so often, I get stuck on what to write about in this space that the good folk at Halston Media so generously allot me on a weekly basis. It’s not too serious a mental block, though. It only recurs about once every seven days. Then some charitable soul comes along to save me from the depths ...

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Technology is supposed to be our friend, and to help us stay in touch with friends in our personal lives, to be more efficient in our work lives, and to generally help us live more productive lives. That’s the ideal. The reality is a bit more complicated. We’re supposed to harness technology to ...

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malapropism n. the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in “Jesus healing those leopards” (instead of lepers) or baseball immortal Yogi Berra declaring that “Texas has a lot of electrical votes.” Remember Archie Bunker? The head ...

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What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.) COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is ...

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One of the touchstones of the science fiction canon is the 1982 Ridley Scott movie, “Blade Runner.” It’s understandable that Hollywood deemed it impractical, for marketing purposes, to title it after its source material, the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” A ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about that new fast-food joint proposed for their humble hamlet. MOM CULTURE: Pop, I think you ...

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As grim as the number is, it also shouldn’t come as a shock that it’s reported 2020 saw about 100,000 small businesses shut down—for good, which obviously is very bad. A survey by WalletHub of the states whose small businesses have the best prospects for recovery does not bring especially ...

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I went to a baseball game this past weekend. It was Opening Day. Not at a Major League stadium. It was at a town ballfield, which in this case happens to be named for our son (Harrison Apar Field of Dreams in Yorktown), but a similar scene was playing out at many other recreational parks. It was ...

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What better way to pay homage to April Fools’ Day than sing about it—or listen to people who know how to sing sing about it (if you ask me how a local prison stole its way into that sentence, I’ll plead the Fifth). April Fools’ Day has inspired some great popular music. The headline up there is ...

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Any guy who tells you Adam’s descendants are inherently superior to Eve’s is one of two things: drunk or delusional. Or both. C’mon, man. How much more proof do we need that it just ain’t the case. Brawn never has impressed me nearly as much as brains. Speaking of which, did you know 70 percent ...

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In our family, this week brings with it not only the promise of spring, but the moist remembrance of 18 springs ago that is cause for pause, reflection, pride, gratitude, and eternal love. When Elyse’s and my son and Elissa’s brother Harrison needed his third open-heart surgery in 2003, the ...

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Once upon a time, in the canon of cautionary advice, no two topics were considered more verboten in polite company than politics and religion. Another topic about which it’s awkward to speak about in polite company is something that sounds as blunt and harsh as what it means—stupidity. Let’s ...

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LIZ: What the heck happened to your face? MARGE: What do you mean? LIZ: Have you looked in a mirror lately? The bruises on your face is what I mean. MARGE: Oh, it’s nothing. That’s my badge of honor. LIZ: More like a badge of horror. Does it hurt? MARGE: Not a bit. It’s worth ...

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Are you enjoying the snow? I am. Not to say I’m going to miss it terribly whenever it stops (if it ever stops), but let’s not deny snow its fun. After all, snow is a main attraction of winter, and with movie theaters only now beginning to re-open, the panorama of entertainment that is snow has ...

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Now that Year 2 of COVID-19 has turned us into vaccination nation, have you gotten yours yet? Pfizer? Moderna? First? Both? Remember, the vaccination won’t work until you take a selfie and transmit it (oh! bad word) on social media, to make sure you let everybody you know—and don’t know—know you ...

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Tom Brady and I have something in common. If you guessed, “Enough Super Bowl rings for all but three fingers?” I’m sorry, but that’s the wrong answer. (Not to sell myself short, I have been to four Super Bowls, and I have the souvenir seat pads to prove it!) What the Golden Boy and yours truly ...

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Set in the mid-19th century, 2019 feature film “Harriet” tells the timeless and heroic story of one Araminta “Minty” Ross, a slave married to a freedman, John Tubman. With an iron will forged in the cauldron of systemic oppression, and adopting a new name to remove the stain of enslavement, as ...

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People who take a lot of pride in their craft can also take a lot of grief from those who don’t suffer gladly nit-pickers. If a master carpenter saw an apprentice leave a tongue-and-groove seam less than perfectly flush, with even a hint of a gap visible to the eye, he wood nail his protege to ...

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Written by two Navy veterans, Eugene Burdick and William Lederer, “The Ugly American” is a 1950s, fact-based novel that paints an unflattering portrait of America’s ill-fated, decades-long efforts to win the hearts and minds of the people of Southeast Asia. Featuring characters based on real ...

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Did you know that we live in the nation’s fourth best state to raise a family? I know I didn’t know that. How about safest states? Where does good, ol’ New York rank in that all-important category? As my dad would say, “menza menza,” roughly translated as today’s meh, or so-so. We’re just ...

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For starters, here’s wishing everyone a 2021 that’s less fraught and more fruitful than 2020—not exactly a high bar to clear. “You can’t fall off the floor,” a favorite boss of mine liked to say. I hope you’re facing these 12 months with a healthy dose of cautious optimism, awaiting our turns ...

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Remember Blockbuster? The King Kong of video rentals. Pick up a VHS or DVD to watch for a couple bucks, then bring it back… maybe a few days past due. Blockbuster was built on procrastinators. It made hundreds of millions a year from late fees. Then Reed Hastings happened. The $40 late charge ...

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“For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost But how you played the game.” –Grantland Rice (Mom and Dad’s 13-year-old son arrives home after his football game.) DAD: Hey, Star, sorry I had to leave early. Had to rush home to take care ...

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Picture an unapologetic misanthrope who is mad at the world, isn’t into empathy, and never met a man he didn’t berate. At Christmastime, the season of spreading cheer, he’s none too happily spreading jeers. That might bring to mind a contemporary figure or three, but, for our purposes, it ...

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When I saw “All Shook Up” at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) on its opening night last March 12, who among us enjoying the jukebox musical about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, would have imagined we were destined to be the last audience to see a show (or the succulent prime rib) at the venerable ...

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What is it with stuffing anyway? If you think Thanksgiving is known for cooking up family squabbles over contentious topics like politics and whether the Knicks and Jets are really professional sports franchises, stuffing’s no slouch either when it comes to heated arguments over whether the side ...

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Times have changed And we’ve often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock. If today Any shock they should try to stem ‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock would land on them. So wrote Cole Porter in the American songbook staple, ...

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I am fatigued. Spent. Drained. Catching my breath. And I haven’t even been running (for office, that is). The good news is that at least it’ll be another four years before the quadrennial circus is back in town. We’ll need at least that long to regain our bearings (and maybe that long for the ...

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