|A Strange Marriage; Sharon Stone;
Hoohah and Other Words!
By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
STABILE: Okay Al, what gives? We
cant even come up with a deal. Why then, months ahead of your Republican Party
naming a candidate, did you endorse Dem Congressman Anthony Weiner for reelection?
Now Weiner is good real good. Weiner
apparently works with you real well. But last time we looked at your pedigree, it said
Republican. And Weiner is a Dem for sure. Politically, hes to the left of you. You
have suggested that youll seek the G.O.P. line for Beep in 2001. Al, what are we
missing? You didnt do it for Schumer, did you?
"So why now," I asked out loud in
a skeptical newsroom.
"So why did he do it?"
Someone responded "Peace."
"Peace, I inquired?"
"Yeah, Stabile must be getting a piece
Just kidding Al, we hope.
Seriously, Al, besides the fact that Weiner
is on a roll, and hes the best thing since chopped liver, whats the real
reason? As Republican hoohah Al Smith once said, "No matter how thin you slice it,
its still baloney."
But Al, it does seem to show pretty good
THE CRIME SCENE: According to Queens DA Brown, it was Sharon
Stone in "Basic Instinct."
DICK BROWN & SHARON STONE: A
press release from the office of DA Dick Brown caught our eye we assume this item
and photo caught yours. The release dated March 3 tells of the sentencing of a Flushing
minister who raped his niece in his house. Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter handed
down the 9 ½ - 19 years sentence.
According to DA Brown: The victim who had
come to study English was supposed to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousins. "When
she had been there less than a week," Brown said, "her uncle told her, according
to his own testimony, that he was attracted to her. He told the court that she crossed her
legs like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct."
We have nothing to add.
CURRENT HOOHAH: Last week, I referred
to Mike Neibauer as the former hoohah of the Independence Party. Hoohah is my word (and I
take pride in its flexible applications) not the Independence Partys. Mike
didnt object to "hoohah." He objected to "former."
This paper had been informed by press
release that Mike had been voted out and a new "hoohah" appointed only
they called it "Chairman." Mike has supplied us with a half a pound of faxes
from the NYC Board of Elections, the State Independence Party and himself. It seems the
Board of Elections has tossed out the renegade hoohah and now again recognizes Mike.
According to Mike, the folks from the New
Alliance Party pulled some flim-flam and filed papers with the Board of Elections with
interim rules. From November 15th to January 31st, apparently, the Board did recognize
these interim "phonies."
The State Independence Party hoohah has
intervened on Mikes behalf and although the fight will continue in court, we can
comfortable drop the former from Neibauers "hoohah."
It all would be very funny except for the
fact that Mike claims the interim fakers are tied to radical "Manhattan-based New
Alliance Party cult with its Marxist, racist, anti-democratic, anti-American,
anti-Semitic militant rhetoric." He traces their connections back to convicted felon,
political radical Lyndon LaRouche.
Hoohah Mike might be closer to reality this
time than he has been since the Independence Party replaced the Conservative Party on
ballot Column C in New York.
WORDS: Its always embarassing
when the Tribune makes a mistake. Now, keep in mind that we average some 60-plus
pages in our paper every week; with pages that change among our nine editions, we produce
more like 200-plus pages a week. That includes advertisements, classifieds and editorial
copy. But, they all have to be perfect or as close to perfect as possible.
Our pages are written on computer and spell
checked, then edited and proofed. They are laid out (placed on a page) on computer and
proofed again. However, many of the news pages are generated in the last hours before
press time. And, thats where the errors occur.
I always cringe when I see one. You see,
with few exceptions, I dont see the final pages until after the paper is printed.
But somehow, the errors always find their way to stories about friends of mine.
Last week, on page 5 of the March 2, 2000
edition, we ran a story about Baysides Nick Garaufis being nominated to the Federal
bench by President Clinton. Nick is a dear personal friend. He was at my wedding. He was
the attorney for the Queens Tribune, in my early days with the paper, from 1979 to
1986 when he became Counsel to Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. Hes now
chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration.
So, when I read the story I cringed several
times: First of all, it omitted the fine training he obtained as counsel to the Tribune;
Jim Scheur was a Congressman, not a judge. But most profoundly, I cringed with the misuse,
abuse and confusion of the words "council" and "counsel."
My father was an educator. He had a real
passion for learning and knowledge. His life was filled with a quest for understanding and
mastery of language dad was the ultimate wordsmith well, maybe behind Bill
Safire and his ilk, but not far.
Dad taught me to hear, read and see when
words are misused with the hope that I would use them correctly. My understanding and love
of language is completely a credit to the finest teacher I ever had, my father.
When dad came across homonyms (words that
sound alike and have different meanings), he would dissect them and develop pneumonic or
other devices to teach the difference. I am a product of my father.
So, here goes.
Council: a group of people called
together for consultation, discussion, advice.
Counsel: 1) lawyer. 2) an exchange of
According to Barnharts Dictionary
of Etymology, both are from the Old French in the 1100s (concilie, later counseil: an
assembly of churchmen). In early English there was confusion between the two words.
However, in the 1500s council became standardized as: a deliberative body; while counsel
was limited to the giving of advice.
To make it easier to remember, from council
(a deliberative body) we get the New York City Council, although at times, we wonder if
they truly deliberate. From counsel (or the Old French conseilleor or the
Godfathers consigliarie) we get counselor (or counsellor): one who gives advice
(counselor-at-law, camp or guidance counselor).
Dad always taught me to refine the little
tricks to remember words. So, to simplify: Council with an "i" (for
"idea") deliberates and discusses. Counsel with the "sel" (think
"sell") would "sell" their soul or anything else a lawyer. Got
Counselors, no letters please.
OOOOPS 2: Our sister papers in Nassau
did a story about the naming of my good friend Robert Zimmerman of Great Neck as the chair
of the Al GORE 2000 New York State Steering Committee. Robert has been a good friend for
quite some time, so I was happy to pass the information on to our Nassau papers and
arrange for an interview. They ran the story in their chain of 12 community newspapers on
the South Shore of Long Island. They got Roberts position in the Gore campaign
right. They identified him as the president of Zimmerman and Edelson, a leading Long
Island public relations firm. It was a great story.
Only, they called him Richard, not Robert.
Just a mistake theres no good explanation. Six times, including in large
pullout quotes, Robert Zimmerman was Richard Zimmerman.
So remember, when a newspaper makes a
mistake about you, maybe, its not intentional it happens to our friends. All
the newspaper can do is apologize and print a correction.
Sorry, its Robert Zimmerman.
Only, I think Richard sounds better.
CLAIRE: Queens First Lady, Claire
Shulman, went to Town Hall last week to let everyone know, shes still playing the
game. The feisty Beep raised some $57,000 to bring her campaign war chest to almost
What is she running for, we asked.
"Im keeping my options
open," Claire said, "It could be anything but Mayor."
Reacting to being term-limited out of the
borough presidency at the end of 2001, Shulman told us, "One thing is certain,
Im not retiring."
KIDS: A small boy was lost, so he went
up to a policeman and said," Ive lost my dad!"
The officer said, "Whats he
The little boy replied, "Beer and
QUEENS STORY: Reacting to our
Anniversary Issue column, we received the following via email:
THINGS WE MISS, CONT.
1. Fairy Land Amusement Park (now the
Queens Center Mall).
2. Jamaica Avenue with the El.
3. Mays in Jamaica (home of the $3.99 gym
Sneaker black or white, high top or low).
4. The Queens bicycle path (now largely
overgrown and unmarked).
5. White Castle (Union Turnpike &
6. Suicide Hill sledding (now Queens
Blvd./Union Tpke. transit yards).
7. Masters in Flushing.
8. Spiratone in Flushing.
9. The old DMV on Sutphin Blvd. (so
Im a masochist).
10. Fields Department store in Jackson
11. Old Main Street Public Library Branch
(a converted restroom facility from 39 Fair).
12. Horse back riding in Kissena Park.
13. Wainrites Dept. Store on Kissena
14. Reds Candy Store.
15. Parsons movie theater.
Bet your readers have lots more! -
MORE MORT: I read your column this
evening and you did sort of make me teary eyed as I lived all of the talked about 30 years
there and remember it well... I was going to write you a piece and I still will tomorrow
but I really just wanted to say I love the way you write and look forward to Wednesdays
when your column goes on line (even though the rest is not there till Thurs) and print it
out for my wife who enjoys the news immensely about people we knew and know. Congrats on
the 30 years! -Mort Hillman
By words or verse or anyway you like, share
with us, your Queens story.
Michael Schenkler can be reached at: MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
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