• Two Careful Readers

    Posted on July 29th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    One reader pointed out that I had spelled Levon’s name without the L and a second reader submitted the below interesting comment:

    Why does Levon Helm refuse to play The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
    during his concerts?
    Levon Helm was the drummer for The Band. He was the lead vocalist on
    “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” He still plays live concerts,
    but he hasn’t sang that song since 1976. Why?

    Best Answer: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down has not been
    performed live since The Last Waltz. The inside story is that Levon
    now refuses to sing it, seeing Robbie’s portrayal of the south as
    patronising. This is odd if, as he claims, he participated in writing
    it. Levon contradicts Taplin on the speed of the recording.
    Robbie is sensitive to Levon’s charge, denying that he was writing it
    directly “at” Levon, but nevertheless it ceased to get done on stage
    by Levon or by The Band. But probably Robbie had too much to say about
    it in various interviews, which got Levon’s bristles up. A later note
    from the website mentioned a Larry King radio interview where Levon
    simply says they stopped doing it “because it’s hard to sing”.

    But I read elsewhere that Helm objected to Robertson’s getting full
    credit for the song when in fact he’d contributed (this seems to have
    been a complaint from other Band members about other songs as well.)

  • The Band- Leon Helm

    Posted on July 29th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Leon Helm died last year. He was the drummer in The Band. They were all from across the Hudson in Woodstock, a home of some great musicians. This is a good listen from some local musicians that became world famous.

  • Robert Service- The Bard of the Yukon

    Posted on July 29th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Some time ago I posted a poem by Robert Service in a book dedicated to his brother Albert Service who died in France during the Great War. It was called Yipperary Days. So here is a little information about Robert Service and his first poem at age 6.

    Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England,the first of ten children. His father, also Robert Service, was a banker from Kilwinning, Scotland, who had been transferred to England.
    When he was five, Service was sent to live in Kilwinning with his three maiden aunts and his paternal grandfather, the town’s postmaster.There he is said to have composed his first verse, a grace, on his sixth birthday.

    God bless the cakes and bless the jam;
    Bless the cheese and the cold boiled ham:
    Bless the scones Aunt Jeannie makes,
    And save us all from bellyaches. Amen

  • Vicious Personal Attacks From the Fisherman in Montauk

    Posted on July 27th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    He strikes back but his weak and meaningless attack reminds me of the few mosquitos we have here in beautiful Dutchess County. We just swat them down. I had to bowderize (you could look it up) his email sent to a loyal reader of mine. I think the k in almanac(k) was meant as a subtle germanic insult, maybe about my two Hamburg chickens who I will admit stay to themselves and march around the coop.

    “Yes, I am the Montauk Fisherman, many of whose contributions to the Millbrook Times farmer’s almanack were rejected as not being “appropriate” for the many manure shovelers on his readership list. So if you want to get an occasional glimpse of sophisticated commentary on life in New York City, Montauk, St. Barths, and the United States of America, and maybe even a chuckle here and there, tune in. I promise, no chickens.

    In the Millbrook Times world, anybody who doesn’t spend time focusing on roosters chickens, or who does not live in the shadow of the Clinton Correctional Institution, is suspect, and to boot, if one can read and write (“lawyers” are a prime example), he or she is high up on the Edtior’s list of potential threats. When you fold in the Editor’s not-quite-but-almost-psychotic jealousy of the high quality and international reach of my blog readership, it becomes clear that he means to demean me.”
    marty london and fish

    I think the one on the left is the Fisherman but have never confirmed it

  • This One is for The Donald

    Posted on July 27th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Everett Alvarez Jr. sometimes goes days without thinking about the hell he endured — nearly nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one of the longest periods of captivity in U.S. military history.

    “I’m too busy,” says the former Navy commander, who is 77 now and runs his own multimillion dollar IT and management consulting company in Northern Virginia.


    But this month it’s been impossible for Alvarez to avoid those memories, thanks to Donald Trump. The Donald, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination and actually leading in national polls, attacked Alvarez’s old comrade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain, Trump declared, is “not a war hero” just because he was captured and held as a POW.

    Alvarez says his “jaw hit the floor” when he heard those remarks from Trump, a guy who got repeated draft deferments during Vietnam. Hating on veterans publicly? A total throwback to a different era.

    “You’re free to say and do what you want,” Alvarez says. “But today? You don’t go there.”

    Because in today’s America, we treat service members with far more respect and honor than we did when the Vietnam War was coming to an end.


    “Back then, when we came home, the kids who went over there were called the bad guys, the baby killers, the guys with the black hats,” remembers Alvarez, who was released in 1973 and awarded a Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts for his service.

    “After Watergate settled down, Americans looked back at it and started to experience regret,’’ he says.

    Except for Trump, who apparently has no regrets — and no shame either.

    Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

    Alvarez is an amazing man. He’s the grandson of — are you ready for this Trump? — Mexican immigrants who grew up in Salinas, Calif., where there is a high school named after him. He had already been in the Hanoi Hilton for two years when McCain was shot down and brought to the infamous North Vietnamese prison.

    They were locked up, cuffed, beaten and tortured at the same time there. Alvarez was the first American pilot shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964. He spent 15 months in solitary confinement. He nearly starved on a diet of feathered blackbirds. His hands, even after repeated surgeries, are still unsteady because of the way they were constantly restrained in that prison.

  • Uncle Sam

    Posted on July 20th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    In 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

    Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

    To keep the story in New York Flagg died in 1960 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. As far as I know the meatpacker Sam Wilson died in Troy NY, hard by Albany and not too far from Dutchess County.


  • Lawrence Herkimer Cheerleader RIP

    Posted on July 20th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    herkimer obit

    Don’t know why this caught my eye but it reminded me of George W Bush who was a cheerleader at Yale, and of course the pictures are great.

    Lawrence Herkimer, Grandfather of Modern Cheerleading, Dies at 89
    Lawrence R. Herkimer, who elevated cheerleading into an aspirational goal for generations of youths and a highly successful business for himself, organizing camps for would-be cheerleaders and selling the clothing and gear they would need, died on Wednesday in Dallas. He was 89.

    The cause was heart failure, his grandson Michael Dewberry said.

    Mr. Herkimer was often called the grandfather of modern cheerleading and Mr. Cheerleader. Not only did his enterprises achieve sales of $50 million a year, he also patented the pompoms that have become a staple of cheerleading and invented a leap known as the “Herkie jump” that is widely used by squads across the country.

    Mr. Herkimer had been a scholarship student and head cheerleader at Southern Methodist University in Dallas when, after graduating in 1948, he borrowed $600 from a friend of his father-in-law’s to begin what would amount to an American cheerleading industry, setting up shop in his garage.

    His first cheerleading camp attracted 52 girls and one boy; in his second year, enrollment climbed to 350.

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  • Oldest Film of New York City

    Posted on July 20th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    A reader from Clove Valley sent this video knowing old videos often appear on this site. Do anyone of our readers question the 1905 date?

  • Why Do I Somehow Feel No Pain?

    Posted on July 20th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    The world’s 400 richest people lost a combined $70 billion on Monday as equity markets around the globe were hammered on fears about Greece and declines in China fueled by leveraged investors exiting the market.
    The loss for the billionaires amounted to an average decline of $175 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest person and the world’s 59th-richest, was one of only 12 billionaires among the 400 to increase their fortunes on the day, rising $180 million to $15.3 billion. Dangote Cement rose 2.35 percent.

    The collective decline for the billionaires amounted to a fall of more than 1.5 percent. The combined loss is more than the market capitalization of Ford Motor Co. or Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. The S&P fell 2.1 percent on the day and the NASDAQ dropped 2.4 percent. In Europe, the Euro Stoxx index lost 4.2 percent. China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange Composite index lost more than 6 percent of its value.
    Among the world’s richest people, Spain’s Amancio Ortega had the biggest fall, losing $2.2 billion on the day, a 3.2 percent decline. Ortega is Europe’s richest person and the world’s second-richest individual with $69.2 billion. U.S. investor Warren Buffett is the world’s third-richest person with $67.1 billion and he lost $1.6 billion. Bill Gates, the richest person on the planet, lost $1.4 billion, a 1.7 percent decline. The world’s 400 richest people control a combined $4.2 trillion, almost $400 billion more than the GDP of German

  • Bee Video From a Princeton Friend, Shameless Self Advertising

    Posted on June 27th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments