Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

May 17, 2015

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Broadway Debuts” that I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. 2003 was a great year for this boy from Oz: he debuted in “The Boy from Oz” & hosted the Tony Awards. – Who is Hugh Jackman?
  2. She made her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” in 1954; starring roles in “My Fair Lady” & “Camelot” were soon to come. – Who is Julie Andrews?
  3. “I don’t even like the theater!” said the 67-year-old sourpuss comedian about his 2015 bow in his own play “Fish in the Dark.” – Who is Larry David?
  4. Before “Wicked,” she won a Theater World Award for her role in the 1997 musical “Steel Pier.” – Who is Kristin Chenoweth?
  5. Diane Keaton debuted in the original 1968 run of this musical as an understudy to a member of “The Tribe.” .– What is “Hair?”

I didn’t do well – only one right! How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Hmmm…Bacon!

May 11, 2015

Bacon

If you’re a bacon lover, there’s an event for you coming up in Brooklyn. This weekend, you should attend the Great Big Bacon Picnic at the Old Pfizer Factory on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. Sessions will be held 12:00-2:30 and 6:30-9:00 on Saturday and 1:00-3:30 on Sunday, and offers unlimited bacon, spirits and local brews, and entertainment; and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to City Harvest! It’ssure to sell out, so get your tickets soon at www.greatbigbacon.com!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo

I think we’ve all heard of Cinco de Mayo, and probably associate it with Margaritas and dinner specials at Don Pablo, and that it means “5th of May.” But you may not know the origin of the holiday (which, by the way, is apparently a minor holiday in Mexico, but celebrated widely in the U.S.), so I did some research.

The day actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. France had sent troops to Mexico over a defaulted loan, and the two armies clashed at Puebla, with the French finally retreating after the day-long battle. Although it was more of a symbolic than strategic victory for Mexico, it did bolster the resistance, resulting in France’s departure 6 years later.

So enjoy your Margaritas, but remember the origin of the holiday…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Celebrating May Day

May 1, 2015

Lei Day

When I was growing up, I never thought there was anything special about May 1, other than we had less than 2 months until summer vacation. But in many cultures, particularly those in the Northern Hemisphere, do in fact celebrate it, and the day is a declared holiday in many of those cultures. Many pre-Christian cultures regarded February 1 as the beginning of Spring, and May 1 then became the beginning of Summer, with cause to celebrate. In other cultures, it was regarded as the end of the unfarmable winter season, another cause for celebration.

What it seems to have become now is a celebration of culture. Here in the United States, it’s known as Lei Day in Hawaii, where it is now a celebration of the island culture and Spring.

Whether it’s a holiday or not where you are, enjoy Spring!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

April 23, 2015

Broadway

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

  1. 2003 was a great year for this boy from Oz: he debuted in “The Boy from Oz” & hosted the Tony Awards.
  2. She made her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” in 1954; starring roles in “My Fair Lady” & “Camelot” were soon to come.
  3. “I don’t even like the theater!” said the 67-year-old sourpuss comedian about his 2015 bow in his own play “Fish in the Dark.”
  4. Before “Wicked,” she won a Theater World Award for her role in the 1997 musical “Steel Pier.”
  5. Diane Keaton debuted in the original 1968 run of this musical as an understudy to a member of “The Tribe.”

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Everyday Life in New York City

April 17, 2015

Life in New York City

The Metropolitan Diary of the New York Times continues to offer humorous real-life stories and experiences of natives and visitors to New York City that often show the human side of New Yorkers.  When I read most of them, I can’t help but laugh, sometimes very loudly and sometimes, depending on my surroundings, attracting a little too much attention.  Others just make me feel good about being a New Yorker. A recent edition includes singing in the subway, fashion advice on Second Avenue, and foot watching on the High Line. So, try it for therapy, stress relief, or to assure yourself that there still is a good side to people – just don’t laugh or cry too loudly:  http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/category/metropolitan-diary/.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York City?

April 11, 2015

New York Skyline 2

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “New York Times” that I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. It’s 86th floor observatory is open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., 365 days a year. – What is the Empire State Building?
  2. It rings at 9:30 a.m & 4:00 p.m. each trading day. – What is the NASDAQ bell (or the New York Stock Exchange Bell)?
  3. On weekdays, this iconic Herald Square department store at 151 West 34th street opens at 9 a.m.. – What is Macy’s?
  4. The last ferry from Battery Park to these 2 harbor attractions leaves at 3:30 p.m. daily. – What are Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty?
  5. Early risers can nosh on matzoh brew or corned beef & eggs at this spot on 7th Avenue & 55th Street; it opens at 6:30 a.m.– What is the Carnegie Deli?

Even though I know that Carnegie Deli is at 57th Street, I answered Katz’s Deli (which is on Houston Street in the East Village) – duh! But I did get the other four correct. How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

New York City’s Easter Parade

April 5, 2015

Easter Parade 1900

You may know that this parade, one of the most famous in the world, is held every year on Easter Sunday, and is known as a showcase for new clothes and bonnets; hence the popular song by Irving Berlin, “Easter Parade.” The photo above is of Fifth Avenue during the parade in 1900.

      You probably don’t know that the Easter Parade differs from other New York City parades in its loose organization, as people generally wander around the area. Between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, Fifth Avenue is closed to vehicles between 49th and 57th Streets, and the crowds turn out, some dressed in very unique bonnets, and even some pets dressed up as well. Good weather – as we have today – draws even more people…and zanier outfits. But in addition to the Easter Parade, there are many other activities planned in the City, including a history and dessert tour of Greenwich Village, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter brunches and dinners, and even special Easter Egg programs at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Find your activity at http://gonyc.about.com/cs/holidays/a/easter.htm. Happy Easter!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2015

April Fool

But I’m not going to write something to fool you or pull any pranks. Maybe.

I have seen some good ones, though. Years ago when I lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, I was a faithful listener of the Mike and Dave Morning Show on WRFY radio. On this particular day, I turned on the radio in my car on the way to work, only to find that the late morning DJ was hosting the early show. I heard no mention of the change for several minutes. Finally, an announcement came on air that Mike and Dave were no longer employed by the station. Now, they (particularly Dave) had a reputation of pushing the airwave envelope – not to the point of being shock jocks, but pushing it nevertheless – so their termination did not surprise me. But it really disappointed me. In fact, I was really in a funk the rest of the day. The next morning, I heard their familiar voices on the radio. And then it occurred to me that the day before was April 1! I called them and let them know that they “got” me. They just laughed and said that was the point. So go ahead and play your pranks…as long as they’re harmless…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know New York City?

March 24, 2015

New York Skyline 2

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

  1. It’s 86th floor observatory is open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., 365 days a year.
  2. It rings at 9:30 a.m & 4:00 p.m. each trading day.
  3. On weekdays, this iconic Herald Square department store at 151 West 34th street opens at 9 a.m.
  4. The last ferry from Battery Park to these 2 harbor attractions leaves at 3:30 p.m. daily.
  5. Early risers can nosh on matzoh brew or corned beef & eggs at this spot on 7th Avenue & 55th Street; it opens at 6:30 a.m.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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