Bill Clintonmay not go down in history as the greatest saxophone-playing US president ever.
At least not if rocker Bruce Springsteen was serious during his three Shea Stadium concerts about declaring the candidacy of his saxophone player Clarence Clemons.
After criticizing George W. Bush repeatedly over his three-day Queens stint and chanting that the country should impeach him, Springsteen announced during his second show that Clemons – a fan favorite – is running for President in 2004.
Clemons, wearing an oversized Fedora hat, started running around the stage in pretend shock, hugging members of the E Street Band before waving to the crowd campaign-style.
The huge ovation Clemons received during the second show continued the next night, when dozens of fans brought "Clarence For President" and "Big Man 2004" posters to the band’s final Shea Stadium concert.
Again, Springsteen mentioned Clemons’ candidacy, and again Clemons received a huge ovation.
Clemons basically declared in Queens.
And he may have a shot at it – if every Bruce Springsteen fan in the country votes for him, he may win. After all, there are enough of these people to pack any arena in the country for multiple nights.
Ever try to get a ticket?
Models Of Queens
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Japanese import Noriko Masunaga has certainly been around over the past three years, but is happy to say that she has ended up right back where she started from.
The soft-spoken Ridgewood resident, originally from Japan, moved around a lot when she first came to the U.S. three years ago. "I lived in Ridgewood, and then I moved to Astoria, and then Brooklyn, and then back to Ridgewood," she said.
She said Ridgewood is the place that has a piece of her heart: "I like Ridgewood the best. It’s quiet, comfortable, inexpensive, safe. There are a lot of families here, and I like how there’s such a mix of people – Italian people, Spanish people, Polish people, everyone!" she said.
The fan of diversity came to the States hoping for opportunities in modeling after strutting her stuff for the cameras in Japan. She said she often modeled in magazines and even held a day job in her native country, but hasn’t had the same luck in the States. In New York, she said, there’s not as much work, although she has modeled at the New York International Automobile show at the Jacob Javits Center and in various small magazines across the country.
Still, the limited work has not discouraged Noriko. "I love working," she said, adding that she has always wanted to be a model. But before she catches her big break, you can see the Japanese beauty online on her website www. Riconyc.com. The site, filled with photos by Manhattan fashion photographer Israel Colon and other shutterbugs, is dedicated entirely to her modeling.
As for her dream modeling gig and her career goals, she laughed and said, "A lot of things!"
Specifically, she’d love to have her image up on a billboard, or in a magazine, or in someone’s artwork – "here" in the United States, she said with emphasis.
But for now, until her face is plastered across billboards from Queens to Los Angeles, her own website will have to do.
Outside of modeling, Noriko spends her nights working at a Manhattan dance club, but said she has no plans to move outside of the borough she loves — adding, "I don’t mind the commute."
It was in ways a snub of Queens-sized proportions.
As a QConfer was guzzling down some cold bottled water with the name of a foreign country on it recently, he saw a word on the label that reminded him of home.
From DMC To KFC
Russell “Rush” Simmons, the Queens native who made a name for himself more than two decades ago promoting rap shows and managing Run DMC, is now campaigning against Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) as an animal rights activist, objecting to the way the fast food chickens are raised and slaughtered, according to published reports.
Politically, Simmons has hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, organized a protest over public education cuts in New York and petitioned Governor George Pataki to change the state’s drug laws.
Putting The 'Walk' Back In Sidewalks
In his nearly two years in office, Flushing Councilman John Liu has shaped himself in the image of an agressive and frequent communicator. He holds more press conferences than one could possibly imagine and can often be found on the sidewalks of Flushing or the steps of City Hall in the center of an unwieldy media scrum.
“Our sidewalks are simply getting too crowded,” he explained. “It has become a public safety nightmare, a disaster waiting to happen.”