• Jockeys Don’t Fool Around

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    We have a lot of riders here in Millbrook and most are show riders or hunters but we also have one of the most famous jockeys living close by. He broke his neck at the age of 47 and while he doesn’t ride anymore, he broadcasts horse racing events and is very active. Another friend is the winningest woman jockey of all time. So for them and other horse fans here is a video of why Jockeys have to be tough as nails.

  • Nobody’s Business

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    One of our readers who is a first class musician told me to watch the below video as she knows I like music and suggests I have to get into something a little newer, BB King, Gladys Knight and Etta James with Chaka Kahn thrown in, not bad.

    So I went to You Tube to see what other versions there were of the same song and found this great version from 1923. You be the judge, I for one vote for Bessie.

  • Viola Smith 102, Famous Woman Drummer, Still Alive and Kicking

    Posted on September 15th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    For a few weeks my oral history book website was down due to what is sometimes called a glitch, but in fact is my incompetence with figuring out how to 1) renew my domain name and 2) then figuring how to get on Tumbler and get it back up and running. It took our cousin Alex about 5 minutes, maybe 4 to figure it out. The site is a series of interviews of New Yorkers over 90. Cut and paste to read the interviews (because I cant figure out how to link it!)


    I conducted the interviews over a three year period ending about a year ago. Some of the interviewees have died, maybe the most famous being Eli Wallach who died last month at 96. But someone sent me the link below to a famous drummer. The video is from 1939 but Viola is still around and apparently has all her marbles, not sure about her drums.

  • A Cruel Comment From My Rival Blogger

    Posted on September 11th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    My rival blogger, the Fisherman from Montauk sent me a hate note saying that his blog is dealing with Israel/Gaza, constitutional amendments, war in Iraq and mine deals with my cat!

    He of course has never met the Great Blackstone and as far as I’m concerned, never will! Here is a picture of my rival. He’s the one on the left.
    marty london and fish

  • End of the Line for the Bristol BBQ

    Posted on September 10th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    A rusty or cracked firebox.
    Yellow or uneven flames heat.
    Flaking or cracked grates.
    Cracked hoses and connectors.
    Iffy igniter

    These are the signs that it is time to replace your outdoor grill. Alas our neighbors gave us a BBQ when they sold their property about 10 years ago. It wasnt new when they gave it to us but for all these years it kept on cooking as I replaced parts. alas this summer the frame rusted through and I had to drag it out to the garbage but not before I had scavanged every usable part to put into the other Weber BBQ that I had found left out by another neighbor to be picked up as garbage. It was cast iron and all it needed were a few parts and voila, it is back up and operating like new. Here is a picture of the Bristol Weber as it appeared in its pristine condition when it was young and the other picture is on the way to the dump.>bristol bbq in garbagebristol grill

    I think this story may have a moral. Could it be that you should leave your useable organs to others when you move on to that undescovered country, eyes, kidneys and what have you?

  • Marriage of Newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, Questioned

    Posted on September 10th, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    There was an article recently on Yahoo about a couple who were recently married and their children are questioning their competence. I say let ‘em go for it. They live in Alexandria Virginia . One comment on the post was “Age is just a number.” I can’t go along with that. It may work out better for them if they are a little gaga. They met on a line waiting for winning lottery tickets.

    Whenever I see some old duffer in designer jeans open collar shirt and maybe a chain or two around his neck I dont buy into that age is just a number idea. I prefer, there is no fool like an old fool. I believe I’ll go out an buy a $600 pair of Ralph Lauren blue jeans and have them fitted.

    old couple

  • Blackstone of the Death Squad

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    blackstone w mouseBlackstone is a barn cat. We tried unsuccessfully to convert him to a house cat but it didn’t work (don’t ask). He is a traveling man and will disappear from a few days to several months but always seems to show up for food or attention. He has become a skilled hunter as the above picture will confirm. He hates the dogs, will taunt them when they are in the kennel and will high tail it up a tree when they are on the run.
    He loves milk but a friend who has a cat infestation problem tells me milk is very bad for cats. I keep feeding Blackstone milk every chance I get, doesn’t seem to do him any harm..

  • Alfred Joyce Kilmer- A hundred Years Ago

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    The famous poet and perhaps the most famous casualty of the First World War wrote the poem Trees. “I think I shall never see/ a poem lovely as a tree.”
    What few know or remember is that Kilmer graduated from Columbia College in the class of 1908 and before he died in battle wrote another poem in honor of 18 comrades who were buried alive when a German artillery shell landed on the roof of a trench killing other members of the Fighting 69th. In the woods of Rouge Bouquet he wrote:

    And up to heaven’s doorway floats
    From the wood called Rouge Bouquet
    A delicate cloud of bugle notes
    That softly say:


  • Travel Flops

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    https://www.yahoo.com/travel/the-world-s-biggest-and-c1409215305996.htmlThe key to any successful vacation is in the planning. The same can be said for making a vacation destination a thriving hot spot. But as it turns out, many tourist attractions weren’t thought through that well. Case in point: Revel Casino. After two years in business and over $2 billion poured down the drain, the luxury resort and casino in Atlantic City just announced that it would be closing its doors forever in September.
    Our governor based on that success decided it was time to have five major casinos built in New York State. Stay tuned and give about 5 years and you will see the same result here in the Empire State.

    And while this seems to be a big fail, it isn’t the worst travel flop on record.

    Shockingly, there are lots of hotels, entertainment parks, and even beaches that have proved the saying “the devil is in the details.” I think the most amusing is the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea, an obvious destination resort, what could they have been thinking?.

  • A Quote from Pretty Boy Floyd

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 The Millbrook Times No comments

    When the police had him surrounded his final words were “Have at it boys. It’s been that kind of day.”
    Now I had to do some research as I found this quote in James Lee Burke’s new book Wayfaring Stranger. So I checked on the internet and found the following:

    Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934) was an American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. Like most other prominent outlaws of that era, he was killed by policemen. Historians have speculated as to which officers were at the event, local or the FBI, known accounts document that local officers Robert “Pete” Pyle and George Curran were present at his fatal shooting and also at his embalming.[1] Floyd has continued to be a familiar figure in American popular culture, sometimes seen as notorious, but at other times viewed as a tragic figure, partly a victim of the hard times of the Great Depression in the United States.

    If you have an interest in more details you can cut and paste the below link.


    He was killed in Ohio after being named Public Enemy #! by J. Edgar Hoover but I couldn’t confirm the quote which sounds right to me.