IF: winter

winter's tale

“Well, the most terrible fear that anybody should have is not war, is not a disease, not cancer or heart problems or food poisoning – it’s a man or a woman without a sense of humor.”
— Jonathan Winters

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My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

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DCS: james karen

he's that guy

In 1947, James Karen made his acting debut on the Broadway stage in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. He went on to appear in over 20 more Broadway plays and over 200 films and television shows, plus a stint plugging the Pathmark supermarket chain that spanned several decades.

James passed away in October 2018 at the age of 94. He couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling career.

I’m sure you know him from something.

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IF: chef

can it core a apple

As a child, Ettore Boiardi was taught to cook by his mother in his native Piacenza, Italy. He came to the United States at 16 and began working in the kitchen at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. Three years later, he found himself as head chef at the Hotel Winton in Cleveland, Ohio, where his spaghetti dinners were the talk of the town. Soon, Ettore and his wife opened their own restaurant, Giardina d’Italia. Within a few years, the kitchen operations required the production capabilities of a factory to keep up with demand. By the late 1920s, Ettore’s products were sold in stores and were wildly popular in the tough times of the Depression.

Soon, Ettore moved his operation to Milton, Pennsylvania to be closer to the tomato fields, essential to his products. During World War II, Ettore and his company developed field rations for troops. His company was now doing businesses in excess of twenty million dollars annually. The products sported Ettore’s smiling face on the labels and his phonetically-spelled name – Chef Boyardee.

He opened more restaurants and acquired other businesses. When he passed away in 1985, Chef Boyardee sales were peaking at five hundred million dollars.

Not bad for a kid from Italy who liked to cook.

we wish you a happy something or other

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

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DCS: george h. w. bush

41

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 43rd Vice-President of the United States. He was the longest living ex-president in the history of the United States.

His downfall came when he famously asked the citizens of the United States to read his lips.

Bush passed away in November 2018 at the age of 94.

we wish you a happy something or other

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

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DCS: ken berry

wow

I liked Ken Berry. I think, however, he never achieved the recognition that he deserved. He was featured as a regular in four TV series, not including a four-episode run of his own variety show in 1972. He starred in a number of movies, on the Broadway stage and in countless guest roles on episodic television throughout the 60s and 70s. He could sing. He could dance. He could take a pratfall. He even was the opening act for Abbott & Costello in Las Vegas.

Ken Berry passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. I think every one will agree that he was a likable guy.

we wish you a happy something or other

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

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happy holidays from JPiC 2018

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

(Please contact me if you have trouble with the download.)

we wish you a happy something or other

Did you miss previous years’ compilations? You can still get them here… if you insist:

2017     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011    2010

 

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IF: fuzzy

bare

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy
Was he?

we wish you a happy something or other

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt for a limited time.

This year, it’s a whopping 82 minutes of pure Christmas wonderment that’ll have you wondering why you downloaded it in the first place. But, as long as you did, why not share it with your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make sure they don’t overstay their welcome.

You get twenty-eight eclectic Christmas selections featuring a mix of obscure artists giving up on their dreams of stardom and popular artists committing career suicide. These holiday tunes run the gamut from weird to really weird plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you and all for FREE! (That’s right! FREE!)

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DCS: amy farris

fiddle about

Although classically trained, Amy Farris had a gift for improvisation of the violin. She confessed, “I just play what comes into my head.” Her improvisations caught the attention of guitarist-singer Alejandro Escovedo, who asked Amy to join his bare-bones tour. Amy, who was working in a law office at the time, told her co-workers that she would not be coming back. She jumped on the road with Escovedo and his band, often sleeping on the floor between two beds filled with her band mates.

While touring, Amy was introduced to many musicians and soon became an integral part of the Austin music scene. She joined up with Singer-songwriters Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, playing a fiery Texas fiddle to the acclaim of both fans and her contemporaries. She toured for six years with Willis, including two Lilith Fairs where the young fiddler watched her idol Emmylou Harris from the front row. She also began a long association and collaboration with guitarist Dave Alvin and the Los Angeles punk band X.

In 2004, Amy released her solo effort Anyway, with songs by her friends John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, as well as Dave Alvin. She continued to collaborate and tour with other artists.

Five years after the release of her album, Amy committed suicide. She was 40 years old.

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DCS: peggy ann garner

missed it by that much

Six films and and six years into her career, young Peggy Ann Garner hit the height of her success. She starred in 1945’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Peggy Ann was honored with a Academy Juvenile Award (a category that was discontinued in 1961, with 14-year-old Haley Mills as its final recipient). She achieved additional recognition for her role in Junior Miss later the same year.

Peggy Ann had difficulty securing more adult roles as she grew up. She was cast in several radio plays and early television programs in the 1950s and 1960s. Peggy Ann eventually found success in the real estate business, while still taking the occasional acting job in local stage productions.

Peggy Ann married character actor Albert Salmi in 1956. The couple had a daughter, Catherine, before divorcing in 1963. Peggy passed away from cancer in 1984 at the age of 52. Six years later, her ex-husband, Albert Salmi murdered his new wife while she was filing for divorce. Then, he killed himself.

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