By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
When a weekend of being
under the weather, prevented me from getting to my column, I was grateful
to received this "How Well Do You Remember? quiz via email from
longtime political hoohah Marcia Livson. Its an old one ó Iíve
Honestly, the first time I
got it, I was able to answer 28 and a half of the questions in a minute or
so. Neither Jackie Gleason nor Red Skelton were watch watched very much in
my house making questions #25 and #30 my stumbling blocks. But, if like
me, youíre a New York child of the sixties, you should have fun with
Answers: next week
HOW WELL DO YOU REMEMBER?
Donít try this on anyone
"Kookie; Kookie. Lend me your ________________."
"battle cry" of the hippies in the sixties was "Turn on;
After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the
grateful citizens would ask, "Who was that masked man?"
Invariably, someone would answer, "I donít know, but he left this
behind." What did he leave behind?________________.
Folk songs were played side by side with rock and roll. One of the most
memorable folk songs included these lyrics: "When the rooster crows
at the break of dawn, look out your window and Iíll be gone. Youíre
the reason Iím traveling on, __________________."
A group of protesters arrested at the Democratic convention in Chicago in
1968 achieved cult status, and were known as the ________________.
the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on
Some of us who protested the Vietnam war did so by burning our
We all learned to read using the same books. We read about the thrilling
lives and adventures of Dick and Jane. What was the name of Dick and Janeís
9. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk
(what there was of it) in the front, was called the VW. What other name(s)
did it go by? _____________ & ___________.
A Broadway musical and movie gave us the gang names the ___________ and
In the seventies, we called the drop-out nonconformists
"hippies." But in the early sixties, they were known as
William Bendix played Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to get the short
end of the stick in the television program, "The Life of Riley."
At the end of each show, poor Chester would turn to the camera and
exclaim, "What a _____________."
"Get your kicks, ___________."
"The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed
The real James Bond, Sean Connery, mixed his martinis a special
the jungle, the mighty jungle, _______________________."
"adult" book by Henry Miller - the one that contained all the
"dirty" dialogue - was called _________.
Today, the math geniuses in school might walk around with a calculator
strapped to their belts. But back in the sixties, members of the math club
used a _________.
In 1971, singer Don Maclean sang a song about "the day the music
died." This was a reference and tribute to _______________.
well-known television commercial featured a driver who was miraculously
lifted through thin air and into the front seat of a convertible. The
matching slogan was "Let Hertz ________________."
the twist, the mashed potatoes, and the watusi, we "danced"
under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called
"N-E-S-T-L-E-S; Nestles makes the very best...
In the late sixties, the "full figure" style of Jane Russell and
Marilyn Monroe gave way to the "trim" look first exemplified by
British model _______.
Satchmo was Americaís "ambassador of goodwill." Our parents
shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was
On Jackie Gleasonís variety show in the sixties, one of the most popular
segments was "Joe, the Bartender." Joeís regular visitor at
the bar was that slightly off- center, but lovable
character,_____________. (The characterís name, not the actorís.)
can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it;
it was called ____________.
What takes a licking and keeps on ticking?____________.
One of the big fads of the late fifties and sixties was a large plastic
ring that we twirled around our waist; it was called the__________.
The "Age of Aquarius" was brought into the mainstream in the
Broadway musical ______________.
is a two-parter: Red Skeltonís hobo character (not the hayseed, the
hobo) was ________________. Red ended his television show by saying,
"Good night, and ______________."
Check next week for answers.
Memorial Light Sculpture
Two weeks ago we requested that readers
send us their photos of the World Trade Center Memorial Light Sculpture.
We wanted to share this one taken by Queensite Kevin Dooley of Sunnyside.
Although sent to us in color, we believe the image is equally powerful in
black and white.
In The Newsroom, The
Taxman Is King
By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
Newspaper offices are
pretty tolerant places. They adjust to whatever comes their way.
Newspaper people are pretty
tolerant, hardened and unfazed by just about anything.
Newspaper editors are tough
sons of guns. Take Tamara Hartman, please.
Seriously, spending a great
deal of your life in the newsroom environment, leads you to take things in
stride. Murder, rape, mayhem come with the beat.
homelessness, sinking houses, abused children, corruption are all part of
the scene even when the newsroom is housed on the service road of the Long
Island Expressway. Yes even journalists for weekly newspapers get to live
and write about the worst our society offers.
At times, you may hope to
cover the best of the community, but youíre always ready for the worst.
It comes with the turf.
With an office frequented
by police officers, elected officials and community crazies, the staff
barely breaks stride at occurrences that cause other offices to come to a
And Tamara Hartman, our
trusty editor who has taught journalism at Queens College and is wrapping
up her first decade as a dedicated journalist, claims to be immune to the
celebrities and villains that cause ordinary folk to turn their heads.
Well, all those beliefs
came crashing down recently when the receptionist walked into Tamaraís
office where I was standing and announced out loud, "Kevin McKeon
from the IRS is here to see you."
Gulps were audible in the
newsroom. Tamara turned white and her body language yelled, "please,
Mike donít make me see him." Eyes from throughout the office were
I paused, just for a moment
ó my life and business tax filings flashed before me ó and then I
recalled the name.
Kevin McKeon is the local
IRS press guy. He sends us releases about a kinder and gentler Internal
Revenue Service. He offers articles on electronic tax filings. Heís the
New York go to guy when you have an IRS question and are afraid
"they" might get your name.
He was just dropping by to
say hello and offer his assistance with stories as we approached April 15.
Now cops donít faze
Tamara. Nor does the FBI. The military? Nah, she likes them. Government
bureaucracy annoys her and politicians have vacillated from boring to
corrupt to not bad on her list.
But bring in one revenue
agent Ė a press guy at that ó and this tough editor falls apart. So
does everybody else.
Interesting, on the list of
whose eyes to avoid, the taxman is king.
Some things never change.
However, judging by her
reaction, the girl is hiding something.
How do you spell audit?
WELL JEFF AUBRY
Aubry, the man who
replaced Helen Marshall in the Assembly and has become a leader
in the New York State Assembly as well as former Chair of the
Black and Puerto Rican Caucus is reported as doing well after
sufferring a heart attack last week.
athletic Aubry first showed signs of the attack while playing
basketball in Albany with fellow legislators.
Trib wishes him a full and speedy recovery.
Trib reader emails: Are there any places in Queens
that still make egg creams?
us with your favorite places and weíll pass them on.
by Dom Nunziato