Throwback Thursday: That One Time In New York

Winslow Homer

Long Branch, New Jersey by Winslow Homer, 1869
American painter and illustrator, Winslow Homer, was born on this day in 1836. (d. 1910)

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc. and Pixar, Steve Jobs, was born on this day in 1955 (d. 2011)

Yesterday I should have said no to the ceremonial chasing of the wild goslings.

Work with me, one of my projects is rewriting a Fairy Tale.

You will note down below that today is Barry Bostwick’s birthday. I was all set to talk about how I saw him in the original, pre-movie, version of Grease on Broadway in 1977.

Except that I didn’t. In my mind I had seen Bostwick along with Adrienne Barbeau when I worked for the Salvation Army over Christmas my sophomore year at Asbury College (now Asbury University). They were in the original, 1974, cast. Not the show I saw.

I have held this memory for almost 50 years.

I have also been wrong.

Turns out I saw Bostwick’s replacement who could possibly have been Jeff Conaway or Patrick Swayze.

But I think it was Treat Williams.

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I know this all could have been solved if I’d just kept the Playbill.

But I was young…ever so much younger than twenty…okay…one year younger.

And at that point in my life I did not see myself pursuing a long term relationship in the theater. In fact, after graduation, it was nearly another twenty years before I was back on stage.

I do know for certain that, on that same trip, I saw Yul Brynner in The King and I. I am almost as certain that his co-star was Constance Towers. Angela Lansbury appeared as a replacement around that time, but I think only when Brynner and Towers weren’t there together.

Why is this important? In the grand scheme of things, it’s not really. But I am working on a series of short stories about Southwest Virginia that require digging back into the memories. Just not the memories of my time in New York.

So, what you’re saying is that it’s not really helping me with my short story project or the above mentioned fairy tale.

That’s rather harsh of you, don’t you think?

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Barry.


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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20–21


Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 2, 1911 – June 5, 2004

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