Studio Script Rules!!!

I was walking through the East Village and wanted to know what cool handwriting font was used on that Liquiteria coffee shop sign on the left.. I snapped a picture, then felt a little hungry, so I stop by the McDonald’s on Union Square for a quick 3-piece Chicken Selects.. I open the box and nearly knocked over the Honey Mustard Sauce when I noticed that Micky Dee’s is using the exact same typeface on their packaging!!… Go figure.. FYI.. ITC Studio Script was designed by Robert Evans in 1991!

Conversation Stoppers, Village Voice 1980-1986

Conversation Stoppers“Conversation Stoppers” were tiny 2″ comic strips printed somewhere in the Village Voice, every week between 1980 and 1986.. They were always the first page I’d turn to, because they’d crack me up every time… The strips were based on Dick Tracy’s “Crime Stopper’s Notebook” from the 50’s, complete with handy holes to punch out for easy filing.. I’ve Googled the writers over the years, but always come up empty handed.. If anyone has any information on the authors of these brilliant gems, please post..

Check out the Converstation Stoppers Complete Collection.

Max Rosenstock, aka Max the Strongman.. My Great Uncle!

Max Rosenstock, Strongman
My Great Uncle Max Rosenstock.. Strongman!

In the early 1970’s, my grandfather Al Rosenstock would tell me wild stories about his uncle Mendel Rosenstock, a strongman in the circus who could pull airplanes together with bare hands.. For years, I never knew if my grandfather had made up the stories, or highly exagerated them.. Recently, I asked my great Aunt Martha, (my grandfather’s sister, who’s 96 and sharp as a tack) about her famous uncle, and whether or not the stories were true.. She told me that her uncle Mendel DEFINITELY existed, and went by the name of “Max the Shtarker”, or “Max the Strongman”.. After a little internet hunting, I stumbled upon these amazing photos of my great uncle Max Rosenstock from 1928, as well as this mention in the Jewish Daily Forward from 1931..

Jewish Daily Forward  Apr, 20, 1931..

JEWISH GIANT, MAX ROSENSTOCK, WILL START TODAY HIS MIRACULOUS PERFORMANCES
The famous Jewish giant from Rumania, Max Rosenstock, known as the strongest man in the world, will appear today in a number of heroic performances, at the Elite Club, corner Springfield and Roosevelt Rd.One of the most wonderful performances is when he is chained and put into a tight closed box nailed with huge nails. He very easily opens the lid and walks out of the box as if nothing happened. The same evening in a special program, will also participate many Jewish radio and stage stars who will render very interesting and amusing numbers.

Max Rosenstock, Strongman
Max Rosenstock, America’s Strong Man.. Vintage 1928 Photo

This vintage shot shows Max Rosenstock “the village blacksmith” as he claims the title of America’s strong man in a demonstration in Hollenbeck Park. To prove his claim he held an inch and a half thick steel rod while members of the Los Angeles police force twisted it around him.

Max Rosnstock holding airplanes with his bare hands!!!
Max Rosenstock.. holding airplanes together with his bare hands!
Max Rosenstock, lifting up a police force!!
Max Rosenstock.. lifting up a police force!

I Love Futura!

I Love Futura! Especially Futura in ALL CAPS. I Like To Use Futura Extra Bold with Futura Light, Futura Book, or sometimes, even Futura Book Italic! Or Futura Extra Bold Condensed as headline type. I use Futura Condensed if I have to fit a lot of letters into a small space. If I really have fit a lot of letters in a small space, I use Futura Condensed in upper and lower case. Thank you Futura. I love you!.. FYI.. Futura was designed in 1927 by Paul Renner!!

11:00-11:30 HONEYMOONERS – Comedy (BW)

“The Honeymooners (Classic 39)” was, is, and always will be The Greatest TV Comedy of All Time. I became a Honeymooners fan around age 10. By 14, I was racing to the magazine store to pick up the TV Guide, to see which 7 of the Classic 39 they would be showing at 11pm every night for the next week.. I even attended the R.A.L.P.H. Convention (The Royal Association for the Longevity and Preservation of the Honeymooners) at C.W. Post College in Hempstead, Long Island on 3/10/84… Rita Weidermeier was there, but that’s another story… The thing I loved about TV Guide, was the way they would describe these hilariously funny shows in as few words as possible. I started collecting the TV Guide descriptions until I had a complete set of 39, which I will now share with you, in order of my favorites from 1-39.. PS.. The “Classic 39” is not to be confused in any way, shape or form with the Honeymooners “Lost” Episodes, which totally suck.

1. Alice and Trixie go to the Racoons’ convention.
2. A peek at the future spells trouble for Ralph.
3. Ralph’s business trip is anything but restful, with sleepwalker Norton taking his nightly strolls.
4. Ralph gets into a tangle with a wiseacre.
5. Stagestruck Ralph appears in an amateur production.
6 “The Golfer” is Ralph. His teacher: Norton.
7. Ralph and Norton purchase a TV set.
8. Never put it in writing – or on tape – Ralph learns when he records an apology to Alice.
9. Ralph glides into trouble at the roller-skating rink.
10. Ralph tries to accept the fact that he’s not a born executive.
11. A dance teacher moves into Ralph’s building.
12. It’s aches and pains for Ralph as he struggles to get in shape for the bus-company physical.
13. The Kramden’s building has a new janitor: Ralph.
14. Ralph and Norton appear on a TV show.
15. Ralph and Norton go into business.
16. Ralph is torn between fear and civic duty when he witnesses a bank robbery.
17. Temptation beckons when Ralph finds a suitcase filled with money.
18. Ralph and Norton masquerade as men from outer space.
19. Answer-man Ralph becomes a contestant on a quiz show.
20. Dial T for trouble: Ralph overhears a phone conversation.
21. Alice takes an office job.
22. Alice tries to surprise Ralph by redecorating the apartment.
23. The Christmas spirit takes a beating when the Nortons join the Kramdens for the holidays.
24. It’s the doghouse for Ralph when Alice gets a puppy.
25. Ralph tries to reaffirm his position as head of the house.
26. The Kramdens and the Norton’s visit a bus-comapny executive.
27. Ralph cues his boss in on pool.
28. Ralph refuses to pay a rent increase
29. The honeymoon is almost over before it begins when Ralph gives advice to a prospective bridegroom.
30. Ralph enters politics.
31. Ralph thinks he is to be named Raccoon of the Year.
32. The “Young Man with a Horn” is Ralph, who found an old cornet.
33. Accidents will happen, especially to Ralph – who’s about to receive a safety award.
34. Norton tries to win a promotion.
35. Ralph exaggerates his importance at the bus company.
36. Ralph’s in a dither: his mother-in-law is coming.
37. Togetherness is the password as Alice and Trixie try to share their husbands interests.
38. Ralph’s worried: the internal revenue service has sent him a summons.
39. A misadventure strains Ralph and Norton’s friendship.

A Band Beyond Description: Grateful Dead Shows

Grateful Dead

Here’s a list of every Grateful Dead show I’ve been to. (I’m missing 4 because I know I’ve seen 170, I’ll have to check the ticket stubs.) I’m not including the Hershey Park Show from 1985 because Steve Paschall, Blake Gerard and I got to the show very late (during Drums/Space) and were unable to get a ticket..

1. 5/9/79 Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY
2. 5/16/81 Barton Hall, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY
3. 4/2/83 Broome County Arena Binghamton, NY
4. 6/16/83 Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
5. 10/11/83 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
6. 10/12/83 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
7. 10/15/83 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
8. 10/22/83 Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
9. 4/19/84 Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
10. 4/20/84 Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
11. 4/21/84 Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
12. 4/23/84 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT
13. 4/24/84 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT
14. 4/29/84 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
15. 4/30/84 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
16. 6/24/84 Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
17. 10/17/84 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
18. 10/18/84 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
19. 10/20/84 Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
20. 3/27/85 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
21. 3/28/85 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
22. 3/29/85 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
23. 4/6/85 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
24. 11/10/85 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
25. 11/11/85 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
26. 12/30/85 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
27. 12/31/85 Oakland Colliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
28. 4/4/86 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
29. 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
30. 3/23/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
31. 3/24/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
32. 3/27/87 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
33. 3/30/87 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
34. 4/6/87 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
35. 4/7/87 Brendan Byrne Arena, E. Rutherford, NJ
36. 4/9/87 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
37. 4/10/87 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
38. 4/11/87 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
39. 7/4/87 Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA
40. 7/12/87 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
41. 9/12/87 Capital Centre, Landover, MD
42. 9/15/87 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
43. 9/16/87 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
44. 9/18/87 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
45. 9/19/87 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
46. 9/20/87 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
47. 12/27/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
48. 12/28/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
49. 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
50. 12/31/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
51. 3/30/88 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
52. 3/31/88 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
53. 4/1/88 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
54. 4/3/88 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
55. 4/7/88 The Centrum, Worcester, MA
56. 4/8/88 The Centrum, Worcester, MA
57. 4/9/88 The Centrum, Worcester, MA
58. 6/28/88 Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
59. 7/2/88 Oxford Speedway, Oxford, ME
60. 7/3/88 Oxford Speedway, Oxford, ME
61. 9/14/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
62. 9/15/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
63. 9/16/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
64. 9/18/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
65. 9/19/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
66. 9/20/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
67. 9/22/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
68. 9/23/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
69. 9/24/88 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
70. 3/30/89 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
71. 3/31/89 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
72. 7/7/89 JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
73. 7/9/89 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
74. 7/10/89 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
75. 10/11/89 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
76. 10/12/89 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
77. 10/14/89 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
78. 10/15/89 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
79. 10/16/89 Brendan Byrne Arena, E.Rutherford, NJ
80. 10/20/89 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
81. 3/18/90 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
82. 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
83. 3/24/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
84. 3/25/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
85. 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
86. 3/28/90 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
87. 3/29/90 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
88. 3/30/90 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
89. 7/4/90 Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, MA
90. 9/14/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
91. 9/15/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, N
92. 9/16/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
93. 9/18/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
94. 9/19/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
95. 9/20/90 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
96. 10/13/90 Istadium, Stockholm, Sweden
97. 10/17/90 Grugga Halle, Essen, Germany
98. 10/19/90 ICC, Berlin, Germany
99. 10/20/90 ICC, Berlin, Germany
100. 10/22/90 Fest Halle, Frankfurt, Germany
101. 10/24/90 Sports Halle, Hamburg, Germany
102. 10/27/90 Le Zenith, Paris, France
103. 10/28/90 Le Zenith, Paris, France
104. 10/30/90 Wembley Arena, London, England
105. 10/31/90 Wembley Arena, London, England
106. 11/1/90 Wembley Arena, London, England
107. 3/23/91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
108. 3/24/91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
109. 3/25/91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
110. 3/27/91 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
111. 3/28/91 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
112. 3/29/91 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
113. 6/16/91 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
114. 6/17/91 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
115. 9/8/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
116. 9/9/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
117. 9/10/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
118. 9/12/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
119. 9/13/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
120. 9/14/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
121. 9/16/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
122. 9/17/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
123. 9/18/91 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
124. 3/11/92 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
125. 3/12/92 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
126. 3/13/92 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
127. 3/16/92 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
128. 3/17/92 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
129. 3/18/92 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
130. 6/11/92 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
131. 6/12/92 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
132. 6/14/92 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
133. 6/15/92 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
134. 6/20/92 RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
135. 3/27/93 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
136. 3/28/93 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
137. 3/29/93 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
138. 3/31/93 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
139. 4/1/93 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
140. 4/2/93 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
141. 4/4/93 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
142. 4/5/93 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
143. 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
144. 6/6/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
145. 9/16/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
146. 9/17/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
147. 9/18/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
148. 9/20/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
149. 9/21/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
150. 9/22/93 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
151. 3/23/94 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
152. 3/25/94 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
153. 3/27/94 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
154. 3/28/94 Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY
155. 8/3/94 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
156. 8/4/94 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
157. 10/13/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
158. 10/14/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
159. 10/15/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
160. 10/17/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
161. 10/18/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
162. 10/19/94 Madison Sq. Garden, New York, NY
163. 6/18/95 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
164. 6/19/95 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
165. 6/21/95 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
166. 6/22/95 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY