Friday, October 1, 2021

Gebhart v Belton (Del.1952) *** Originally posted on 10/02/2009

In 1952 my father, mother and older brother moved to Milford, Del. to open a local radio station, WKSB. Also making the move from the D.C. area was my mother's younger sister and her family. My Uncle Charlie was an engineer.
It had been my father's life long dream to have his own radio station. He had honed his avocation, advertising, at the Washington Post and several top radio stations in the metro Washington,D.C. area.
In the summer of 1952, the station opened to welcoming ears and welcoming advertisers.
All was going well until the fall of 1954.

Gebhart v Belton was one of four cases included in the historic Brown v Board of Education which found unconstitutional racial segregation in United States public schools. The Delaware case is unique among the four, as it was the only one to find segregation not lawful.

In the fall of 1954, as my mother was having difficulty in her last trimester of her pregnancy with this author, the Milford School District was ordered to integrate the high school by admitting eleven black students. Bryant Bowles, the founder of the N.A.A.W.P. came down from Baltimore and held well attended rallies in protest of this move.
There had been rumors that one black student asked a white girl to a dance. There had been rumors of riots and violence and property destruction. I asked my mother if any of theses rumors were true. She told me not to her recollection.

She did tell me that my father received threatening phone calls and that afterwards his ad revenue dried up. In her own words she said..."They (local segregationists) destroyed his lifelong dream".

WKSB closed in 1966, after the FCC pulled it's license, due to infractions that my father could not afford to fix. In 1968, my family moved to Salisbury, Md. to start over again.

A lot has changed in this world since I was just a heart beat in my mother's womb.
And then again, a lot has stayed the same.

Until the day I die, I will never understand why some people are so ignorant.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

In A World Of Shit (but no mean tweets)...

I'm a sitting duck. But to anyone who has the resources to prepare, I suggest the following: A generator, ammo, water,and canned goods. And to all you liberals, who voted for the "reset", I hope you suffer "bigly"!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

B. Springsteen: You Lied To Me!

No other artist influenced me more than Bruce Springsteen in the late 70's to the early 80's. I saw him "live" in 1980 and again in 1984. His double album, "The River" was the best Christmas present that my 2nd ex-wife ever gave me: sure beats the hell out of a sweater! Bruce, when you sang the lyrics to Badlands:"Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king; King ain't satisfied 'til he owns everything", I thought you were were talking to me and the other hard working guys in this country? Now I see who you are aligned with and you can kiss my ass!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

St. Patty's or St. Paddy's???

For the love of Mike, just listen to the music and get over your self-absorbed nonsense!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

*** Update: April Wine ("Roller"). Could not find in 2007. Simple lyric search in 2021. A lot has changed, but family still comes first.

My brother called me the other week with a question. He had heard a song on K-ROCK 106.5 FM and wanted me (with my immense computer skills) to ascertain the Band that performed it. He gave me what he thought was the name of the song: "She's A High Roller" (basically the "most" repeated line in the song). I searched YouTube and Google Video with the info he gave me but drew blanks. On such sites, unless you have the name of the song or the name of the group, you ain't gonna find what you're looking for. When you have neither, it is damn near impossible. Every day I searched the internet for the name of this song/band and every night my brother would call me with the same question: Have you found it yet? Have you found it yet? HAVE YOU FOUND IT YET? I could not take it any longer. I had three choices. Unplug the phone, unplug the computer ( and plunk it down on his kitchen table and he could find the fuckin' song/band himself) or I could think outside the box. I chose #3. I made 3 trips that following evening.First I went to the grocery store and picked up a quart of egg nog ('tis the season).Next, I hit the liquor store for a pint (or the metric equivalent) of Southern Comfort. Last, but not least, I visited the local zoological park and borrowed a Bufo Alvarius aka Colorado River Toad.I had the next day off, so I put my plan in motion. If I could not find the answer to this problematic question the "now-technical way": Internet , I would solve the problem the "old-fashioned way": Hallucination. Licking a toad is not something that was ever high on my list of things to do, but you never know what will appear on that list as life presents it's unique situations. During my "Toad Trip" I came up with the the following visions. A 27 foot tall grammar book that spoke to me in a female "West Midlands English" dialect . She stuttered and talked with a lisp and it took like what seemed forever, but I finally figured out the name of the song.She kept yelling "PRONOUN", followed by an almost indiscernible whisper "noun". My brother's first guess did contain the name of the song, sans the pronoun and adjective. Next I saw a blurry poster from 1977 that was promoting a charity event in Toronto. I could not make out the name of the headlining band, but the opening act was a band called the "Cockroaches" and the lead singer looked a lot like Steven Tyler. I searched Youtube and got " nada for the noun". At that point, the toad hopped from the desk onto the keyboard and the following video appeared.I still don't know who this band is, but I love those screamin' guitars By the way, the egg nog was for me (that toad venom is NASTY) and the Southern Comfort was at the request of the toad (and I took a nip or ten myself - kinda helps when you are licking a toad!). Bufo Alvarius was returned to the zoo the following day" safe and sound" and with one request for a video (Old River Toad, I found out, reads my Blog and knew that the Tuesday before the week before pay day was Request Day) which will be seen after my brother's request. After all, family comes first!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival 1998 (May 09-10) *** Updated from 1/28/10

My brother and I, along with some friends from Delaware, attended the inaugural festival in 1998. Among the acts that performed were Buddy Guy, Little Feat and 17 yr.old Jonny Lang. I remember that the weather that day was frightful. However, 40 mph "sideways" winds and rain could not put a damper on such a great show. I recall meandering my way through 10,000 blues fans, right up to the stage, when Jonny Lang started playing. To my surprise, "Hose", from DE. was standing right next to me. We both got to witness this guitar prodigy for most of his set, until we were ushered away. Evidently, in an open air arena, Gen. Adm. doesn't mean you can go everywhere. This year's headliners are Buddy Guy(again) and Chuck Berry. I won't be there(the bridge thing), but I am sure that the show will be great. The best part is that ALL net proceeds go(again) to charity. My brother passed away 10 years later. In 2016, "Hose" aka Doug, who was one of my brother's best buddys, reconnected with me and Danny Ray to see Jonny Lang "all growed up" at The Bottle & Cork in Delaware. As per the usual, I was "right up to the stage". This time Gen. Adm. meant just that!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bob Dylan performs “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on OCT 27, 1994???

Actually, two falsehoods here. This particular concert was the following year, at a R&R HOF induction. Second falsehood was that the show that I witnessed was on OCT 26, 1994. The ticket stub (I still have) shows the 7 written over with a 6 by a magic marker. The reason I post this video is because I really liked this speeded up version of AAtW he did in '94 and his band freaking nailed it!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Milo Hamilton calls Hank Aaron's historic 715th homer

The other #44 that day was Al Downing. Most baseball aficionados know him as the guy who threw the pitch that gave Hank Aaron the "All-time Homerun" lead over Babe Ruth's 714. Downing was also the first black to pitch for the NY Yankees in 1961. I first heard of him, right around that time. His aunt, Lucy Downing, worked for our family as a domestic/nanny. She was such a sweet lady and my memories of her are fond.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

"The one constant, through all the years, has been baseball"...

Constant(noun): a situation or state of affairs that does not change. Ex: history. There may be a few "family members" out there that may feel ashamed of their forefather's "history". Yes, some of my ancestors owned slaves. Am I ashamed of them? No. That's history. I had an ancestor that manumitted his slaves over 200 years ago. Am I proud of him? Yes. That's history. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it... As far as my "family members" go, if not for baseball, you would not exist. My grandmother's brothers played in a semi-pro league with a guy named Leonard. They invited him home one day, thinking he might be interested in their older sister, Margaret. He was more interested in her younger sister, Marie. That's history!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Crosby, Stills & Nash (Live) - For What It's Worth

The original version of this song was up for voting as my "Class Song" in the early 70's. Everyone that I was familiar with at the time voted for this song. However, the winner was a milquetoast Chicago tune. I always believed that the administration squelched our choice. I'm afraid it was the same characters that squelch us today.

Monday, January 4, 2021

NO PLACE TO GO (2018)

"When you're broke, nuthin's cheap. When you're old, nuthin's easy..."

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Mimi & Poohie's Bivalve house and cottage at one time

This popped up on my facebook feed today. Immediately, I thought of my sister. Sis loved the "Westside". In 1973, she shared a house with her friend "Schmitty" on the river in Nanticoke. In the late '70s, she worked on an oyster boat and bartended at the local watering hole in Tyaskin. I'm not sure, but I believe she resided in the small cottage shown in the video in 1981. When our dad suddenly passed away in late 1981, she moved back in with our mom "to take care of her". Truth be told, mom did not need to be "taken care of". Mom was fine; Sis not so much.