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Everyone’s Gone to the Moon–NOT! A Look Back at July 20, 1969

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 20, 2019 - Features, Space
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What were you doing on July 20, 1969? If you are an Old Fart like me, you will never forget that day. While Apollo 11 was landing on the moon, I watched my brother play in a Little League all-star game. It was the most exciting baseball game at any level (including the minors and […]

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A First–A Post About Disco Music, Women’s Soccer, and Bastille Day

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 14, 2019 - Features, Music, Politics, Sports
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For about the zillion time, I feel like an old fart. Has it been 40 years since Disco Demolition Night in Chicago? Disco Demolition Night about the nearest thing we Late Baby Boomers had to Woodstock. True, it wasn’t a celebration of peace, love, rock music, pot, and skinny dipping. Instead, it was much like […]

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Mad Magazine: A Tribute

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 7, 2019 - Features
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It’s been a cruel, cruel summer for journalism. I read a couple days ago that the Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator is going to close after 150 years in business. Not only that, Mad magazine is going to cease publication in a few months. No more covers of redheaded Alfred E. Neuman saying “What? Me Worry?”, and […]

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An Ordinary Joe Classic–Independence Day Quotes

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 4, 2019 - Features
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Today is Independence Day! Since the weather is too hot and since I am too lazy to write (though I am not too lazy to go to a fireworks show or watch the highlights of the Super Bowl of Gluttony, aka Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest), I am going to rerun a post I did […]

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Can You Believe?

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 30, 2019 - Features, Music, Politics, Sports, TV
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Can you believe it? The year is half-over. Can you also believe since January that: –Donald Trump is still president and has not been impeached. –A team from Canada won the NBA championship but not the Stanley Cup (in fact, the last time a Canadian team won the Cup, Bill Clinton was president, Gennifer Flowers […]

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You Might Be an Old Fart Celebrating Your Birthday

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 23, 2019 - Features, The Big 58
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It’s my birthday! Another year older, but not necessarily wiser. In addition, it is my wedding anniversary! Can it be that it has been a dozen years since I walked down the aisle? It seems it was another century (and it was–the 20th century ended less than two decades ago) that I was like Steve […]

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Another Poetry Day

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 16, 2019 - Poems, The Big 58, Writing
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It’s another Poetry Day here at An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox! This month, I will be celebrating another birthday. In honor of this most semi-semi-semi momentous occasion, I have written a poem entitled “I’m 58 (I’m Supposed to Be)”. I know this is probably not anything close to being a literary masterpiece, but every now and […]

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Three More Guilty Pleasures

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 9, 2019 - Features, Music, TV, Writing
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Because I am suffering from a head cold, I thought about not writing today until I read that one of the stars of Melrose Place just got married. A quarter of a century ago, I would habitually sit in front of my TV set and watch Melrose Place for it was one of my all-time […]

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Reflections in June

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 2, 2019 - Features, Flicks, Music, TV
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Rather than write a post on a single topic like politics, sex, sports, writing, or Hostess Twinkies, I am going to jot down some reflections that are going through my brain. June 6 is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Two days later, is the 74th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day. With each passing […]

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Memorial Day, 2019

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 27, 2019 - Features
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Honor those who serve, and remember the fallen. Enough said. Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day The worst three-letter obscenity is war.

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