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JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 2

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1859, after having bankrupted big time on a rice scam, Joshua Abraham Norton sent the following proclamation to several San Francisco newspapers: “At the peremptory request and … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 1

THE STORY of Joshua A. Norton, aka Emperor Norton I of the United States, is offered as historical entertainment here in two parts, today and tomorrow. You are free to … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

FASHION? ART? BOTH

IT TURNS out that I’m a fashionista. Or would that be fashionisto(?), though Merriam-Webster is gender-neutral in defining “fashionista” as “a designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions.” I … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING ALL THE CODE TALKERS

SEVERAL DAYS ago in celebrating Thanksgiving here at SimanaitisSays, I cited “more than a dollop of respect for Navajo, Cherokee, and Choctaw code talkers,” World War II communications personnel whose … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

CULTURAL BITS—SOME CORRECT, OTHERS POSSIBLY MISLABELED

“FRANZ SCHUBERT was just making up those Impromptu piano pieces as he went along.” “Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 is really pathetic.” “And so is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.” “Cinderella’s … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · 5 Comments

THANKS, MR. AVAKIAN

ANOTHER THING for which I can be thankful is the life so richly lived by George Avakian, who died November 22, 2017, at age 98 in New York City. Over … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, WHOMEVER YOU ARE

AN OLDER relative used to sit us down at holiday time and tell us family tales. He invariably prefaced them with, “Now listen carefully, because some of the things I’m … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · Leave a comment