Quam te bene nosse Latin?

March 24, 2017

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “Broadway Shows in Latin.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Homo Musicus.
  2. Feles.
  3. Mea Domina Bella.
  4. Quadragesimus Secundus Vicus.
  5. Caligae Torquentes.

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2017

st-patricks-parade

This seems to be an appropriate time to write about St. Patrick’s Day, so I will.  Today is the national holiday of Ireland, and celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary who lived in the 4th and 5th centuries.  It began as a religious holiday, and became a public holiday in 1903.  The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737, but the longest-running and largest parade is in New York, which has run every year since 1762, and today attracts two million spectators and 150,000 marchers.  And green is the color of choice, with a river dyed green in Chicago, a canal in Indianapolis, and fountains in Savannah.  Even those not of Irish ancestry participate in the festivities (in fact, I’ve gone to several “St. Paddy’s Day” parties in the past few years, and I’ve got only one connection – McCracken – and that name hails from Northern Ireland).  So regardless of your background, enjoy!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions for Another Three Answers from Jeopardy!

March 8, 2017

Empire State Building

The final answers on a few Jeopardy! episodes during the past several months related to New York City; the categories and answers are shown below.  Let’s see if you know the questions:

Broadway Musicals:  Winner of a Tony for Best Musical, it culminates with an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. – What is “Jersey Boys?”

Broadway Musicals:  “Iowa Stubborn” was the second song heard in this show when it opened on Broadway in 1957. – What is “The Music Man?”

NYC TV:  In 2010, in its fourth season, this TV show shifted its primary setting to 6th Avenue, 2 blocks west. – What is “Mad Men?”

My limited knowledge of musicals has struck again, as I got only the third one correct.  How dod you do?

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy February 27th Birthday!

February 27, 2017

longfellow

It’s February 27, so a hearty Happy Birthday wish (past and present) to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (that’s him above, not me!), David Sarnoff, John Steinbeck and Gene Sarazen (same year), Joanne Woodward, Elizabeth Taylor, Van Williams and Ralph Nader (same year), Howard Hesseman, Mary Fran, Adam Baldwin, Chelsea Clinton, Josh Groban, and…me!  I’m not being narcissistic; I just realized that I’m in pretty good company, three of us are writers, and two of us were born in New York.  If you want to find out what famous people share your birthday, one resource is http://www.famousbirthdays.com.  But you won’t find me on the February 27 list…yet…

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy Presidents Day!

February 20, 2017

George Washington

When I was a kid, I used to love February.  My birthday’s in this month, and we also celebrated two holidays – and had two days off from school – in February as well.  What kid wouldn’t love that?

We were off on February 12, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, and February 22, George Washington’s Birthday.  Then in the 1970s, some lawmakers had the wonderful idea to move the celebration of Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February, and in the following years Lincoln’s Birthday was dropped as a holiday and the new holiday became a celebration of all of our presidents.  It just seems strange that Presidents Day never falls on the actual birth date of George Washington (it’s always somewhere between February 15 and February 21).  And it’s also strange that only 4 of our 43 presidents were born in February.  But all I know is that we lost a day off from school…

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Another Three Answers from Jeopardy!

February 11, 2017

Empire State Building

The final answers on a few Jeopardy! episodes during the past several months related to New York City; the categories and answers are shown below.  Let’s see if you know the questions:

Broadway Musicals:  Winner of a Tony for Best Musical, it culminates with an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Broadway Musicals:  “Iowa Stubborn” was the second song heard in this show when it opened on Broadway in 1957.

NYC TV:  In 2010, in its fourth season, this TV show shifted its primary setting to 6th Avenue, 2 blocks west.

Think you know them?  Leave a comment if you do; I’ll share the questions with you in a future post!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Groundhog Day!

February 2, 2017

punxsutawney-phil1

Many of us have probably seen the movie with Bill Murray, essentially about reliving something many times, until we change our behavior and transcend it.  And most of us probably associate Groundhog Day with Punxsutawney Phil, the famous prognosticator in western Pennsylvania who predicts the arrival of Spring each year, based on whether or not he sees his shadow.  However, did you know that each year no fewer than 15 groundhogs make their predictions?  Take a look at this list:

  1. Balzac Billy – Alberta, Canada
  2. Dunkirk Dave – New York
  3. French Creek Freddie – West Virginia
  4. General Beauregard Lee – Georgia
  5. Jimmy the Groundhog – Wisconsin
  6. Josh Porter – Ohio, I think (I couldn’t find a more specific reference)
  7. Malverne Mel – New York
  8. Octoraro Orphie – Pennsylvania (Phil’s rival)
  9. Punxsutawney Phil – Pennsylvania
  10. Queen Charlotte – North Carolina
  11. Shubenacadie Sam – Nova Scotia, Canada
  12. Sir Walter Wally – North Carolina
  13. Staten Island Chuck – New York
  14. Wiarton Willie – Ontario, Canada
  15. Woodstock Willie – Illinois

Interestingly enough, half of the furry creatures typically predict six more weeks of winter each year, and the others predict an early Spring.  So who do you believe?  I think the best way is to do it yourself: walk out of your house at daybreak and see if your shadow appears.  I would have done it, except the weather forecast was morning breezy and cold.  So I  stuck with the electric blanket and let the groundhogs do the work…

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

January 24, 2017

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “The Broadway Musical’s Characters” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Max Bialystock, Franz Liebkind, Hold-Me Touch-Me. – What is “The Producers?”
  2. Kenickie, Frenchie, Betty Rizzo. – What is “Grease?”
  3. Nick Massie, Mary Delgado, Frankie Valli. – What is “Jersey Boys?”
  4. Glinda, Fiyero, Nessarose. – What is “Wicked?”
  5. Mungojerrie, Mistoffelees, Grizabella. – What is “Cats?”

I got all of them correct this time!  How did you do?

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

January 16, 2017

alan-rickman

You may recognize those words from the song Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds (and written by Pete Seeger), and earlier from the Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible; in fact, I spoke those words at the memorial service for my father in 1998.  And it’s so true at this time of year, when the list of celebrities who passed away during the year is published.  Among those in 2016 were Pat Harrington Jr., David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty, Glen Frey, Abe Vigoda, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Robert Horton, Joe Santos, Joe Garagiola, Ken Howard, Peter Brown, Garry Shandling, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Prince, William Schallert, Morley Safer, Alan Young, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Noel Neill, Gary Marshall, Gene Wilder, Hugh O’Brian, Arnold Palmer, Robert Vaughn,  Florence Henderson, Fidel Castro, Ron Glass, Van Williams, John Glenn, Alan Thicke, Bernard Fox, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and William Christopher.  For me, the ones I don’t have around any more include my parents Lyman and Alice, my father-in-law Ray, my brother-in-law Jim and his wife Edna, my brother-in-law Mike, and our Aunt Joan, Uncle Joe, and Aunt Rita.  But we did get one blessing seven years ago with our grandson Evan, and another 4½ years ago with our grandson Noah.  So, remember to be thankful for those we do have close to us…

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

January 8, 2017

Broadway

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “The Broadway Musical’s Characters.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Max Bialystock, Franz Liebkind, Hold-Me Touch-Me.
  2. Kenickie, Frenchie, Betty Rizzo.
  3. Nick Massie, Mary Delgado, Frankie Valli.
  4. Glinda, Fiyero, Nessarose.
  5. Mungojerrie, Mistoffelees, Grizabella.

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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