A Real Italian
August 23, 2017 | 05:10 AM
Jerry ... Just thanks for saying "gavone". Haven't heard or seen that word in many years. Brought back lots of fond memories of my youth. Kind of like "mamaluke". Bill
Oh My God, Another Laughing Uncontrollably Moment
August 19, 2017 | 12:29 PM
Tears are coming down my face in absolute hilarity, Jerry, you definitely missed your calling You should had been a comedian, you are funnier than Alan King and George Carlin combined, may they rest in peace and happiness. Keep up the good work, you saved my day!
Give me a Fresh Bavarian Donut
August 17, 2017 | 01:02 AM
Lemon Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Sticky Cinnamon Buns, Birthday Cake with CrĆØme Filling and Icing, Cruellers, Bear Paws, Jelly Donuts, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Cake, Struedel, Shnecken, Hot Chocolate with Tiny Marshmellos, Irish Coffee with Whipped Cream, Pumpkin Pie, and last but not least Tastykake Butter Krimpets and Chocolate Cupcakes, Yeh Baby! That's Living, No Guilt Here!
Johnny FAT and Loving It!
August 16, 2017 | 02:39 PM
I love ya. You nailed it, people are concerned about sugar, fat, and gluten when we could all go up in an Atomic cloud any
second. My dad lived to be 100 eating everything that tasted
good to him.
Healthy Foods Are Killing Me
August 16, 2017 | 12:03 PM
Let's face it Jerry ! It's Madison Avenue "Mad Men"¯ like us that have led to this situation. Over 100 years ago, advertising agencies like J. Walter Thompson and N.W. Ayer advertised simple brand solutions to rather simple and obvious consumer problems. Like, my kids need new shoes, so hello Buster Brown. Or like, my wife has a headache, so hello Bayer Aspirin. Or maybe, we need to bathe, so hello Ivory Soap. But after WWII; the advent of mass-market television; and the "consumer revolution"¯, there were so many brands in so many categories that nobody could tell the difference. So what did we do on Madison Avenue? We created new terms and solutions for problems that WE created. For example, everyone had bad breath at times, but WE created and introduced "halitosis"¯ as the real problem, with Listerine as the only solution. Fast-forward and so it is today with our food advertising. Fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, no MSG, no preservatives, no GMOs, and no nothing (including great taste!) Not what the brand is, but what it isn't. A very strange marketing twist these days. Meanwhile, please pass the hollandaise or bearnaise sauce to me with my next juicy and fatty steak. A classic touch for my first heart attack. LOL, Bill (the happiest guy in the graveyard next to you).
Where Have All The Flowers Gone
August 10, 2017 | 01:12 AM
Jerry ... Just FYI in case you and Ron are wondering where all the "Jerry's Ink" INDY commentators have gone here. The answer is to your INDY postings on Facebook - where "The Rules" are more flexible; the comments more personal and fun; and the interaction with you a brand new dynamic altogether. Best, Bill
August 09, 2017 | 10:28 PM
Your heartfelt thoughts are very moving. Well done.
July 26, 2017 | 07:50 PM
Will we continue this bigotry or do the right thing? Come on Gov. Cuomo and do the right thing and recognize the Montaukett Indian Tribe.
July 26, 2017 | 06:17 AM
Bravo, and Amen!
The Emporer's New Clothes
July 26, 2017 | 05:44 AM
Holy cow Jerry ! Thanks for saying "yokels"¯ in your article. That word has been on my mind ever since Trump got elected, but I didn't have the moxie to say it myself. Definition of "yokel"¯ being, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town."¯ Or, according to Bing, "an uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside."¯ But I didn't think that was enough to get Trump elected because every woman would certainly vote for Clinton as the first female POTUS in American history, right? The "glass ceiling"¯, women's rights, and all that, right? Wrong again Bill. They hated her (and still do, for whatever reasons). And then, with all the Evangelicals (especially women) coming out of the woodwork to vote for Trump on Election Day, even after he was recorded and reported on national and global "fake news"¯ (audio and video) as saying, "Grab'em by the pussy"¯, only one month before the November election WTF??? And all the blue-collar folks (hello coal miners) who thought their jobs were coming back, right? Wrong! Trump being one of the greatest "union busters"¯ via bankruptcies. Which leads me to your final question Jerry ! "How did we ! turn into the laughingstock of all the nations that used to respect us?"¯ Beyond Trump's insane and reckless Tweets, the answer is obvious. "We"¯ (not me or you) did it to ourselves. So, suck it up America; pay attention; do some actual homework; and think twice in 2018 and '20. Because "The Emporer's New Clothes"¯ are right before us.
July 25, 2017 | 02:44 PM
This article is the worst reporting of them all.
July 22, 2017 | 08:41 AM
Good job. These people need to understand trucks on the beach is a tradition that will not be broken.
Thanks for sharing
July 22, 2017 | 08:29 AM
Thanks for sharing your beautifully articulate and touching story! I only hope my 89-year-old husband passes peacefully, unaffected by all the turmoil around him. Blessings and prayers for you and yours.
July 22, 2017 | 07:03 AM
Well done !
July 19, 2017 | 10:10 PM
Had him too! Didn't do your homework, death by beating or do it twice. Only one pass given. I got caught once. You had to stand up when answering. When asked to state the answer to my homework assignment i had forgotten to do. worked 50 hrs in a bakery. I just looked at him and said," No excuse Bro Ray." I got the stare and a perplexed look and was told to sit down and give him two tomorrow. Heard he taught at a girls school after
ST Augustine. I wonder what happened when he got his period, LOL
The Hamill Family
July 19, 2017 | 08:21 PM
Dennis, I met you at Kings Plaza when you were promoting one of your books
I am so happy that you are close with your family. Many families fight and don't talk to each other.
I love Pete Hamill. Heard him talk more than 20 times and I read all his books. I also read yours.
Too bad Pete Hamill couldn't be our president. Then our country might be on the right path. Keep up the good work
Erik Marcus. Kingoval20@aol.com
The Baseball Column
July 19, 2017 | 11:35 AM
A fellow Augustinite recently forwarded me a copy of this now 2 1/2 year old article which for me is timeless. As a Lancer myself,(Class of '69) I still eat standing up, instinctually distrust short, thin men in black robes and resent authority all as a result of high school experiences. But I wouldn't trade those experiences for all the...
July 18, 2017 | 10:27 PM
What ever you have you worked for and earned every bit.
Should be more people like you.
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
July 15, 2017 | 04:10 AM
Jerry ... Am I the only one who still comments here on INDY, or has everyone moved to your identical Facebook posts? Just wondering.
July 12, 2017 | 02:05 AM
Thanks for reprinting this Jerry. What a great and fun story. I don't ever remember, even once, my "ex"¯ (and mother of my daughters), the beautiful Josephina Anna Gianino, (aka "Joanne"¯), ever yelling at me for anything. Joanne was always a very peaceful and genteel woman. She'd just give me that classically Italian female "look"¯ and I knew I was in trouble for something. You know "the look"¯ I mean. And with my classically English and feeble response usually being something like, "What then?"¯, I usually wound up in even more trouble, because then she would think that I was just pretending to not know what I just did. Pulling a kind of "Mickey the Dunce"¯ routine, if you know what I mean. Moral of my story being ! Next time "The beautiful Judy Licht"¯ yells at you for something, whatever it is, just say "I'm sorry"¯ and move on. Because you can't win and, more importantly, women really love apologies from men. More "Grist for the mill"¯ of their future references. Like leaving the toilet seat up or shaving with their razors.. LOL ! Bill
July 10, 2017 | 01:11 PM
Grew up on Ocean Parkway and Ave R.
Went to Boody.
Your depiction of the days were exactly as I remember them as well.
Love your column.
My Mom and Her Death
July 09, 2017 | 01:11 PM
"I love you Mom and I'll be there tomorrow" I said on the phone. I love you too she said; come quick. Those were the last words I spoke with my mother on Memorial Day -- the call came at 6:30 a.m. on May 30th telling me she had died. She was at the WEsthampton Care Center after a fall at her assisted living home and a stay at Stony Brook Hospital.
A few days before the dietician had called to tell me she wasn't eating and was there anything special they could give her. I suggested tuna fish or hot dogs but then decided I would go at mealtime (which I normally didn't do) to see if I could get her to eat. That day was terrible -- she looked so tired and wouldn't eat anything -- she even spit food out and her eyes kept opening and closing and like you, Kitty, I would say, "can you hear me, Mom?"
I left that day and came home and cried and cried and even said out loud "It's okay Mom you can go". I'm even crying as I write this. I am an only child with a wonderful husband but no children of my own so my mother was everything to me -- even though the last few years she wasn't the mother she had been but she was always optimistic and cheerful and I know I was everything to her.
My mother died at 99 years old and barely spent a day in a hospital and unlike you and your Mom she died naturally and peacefully. You are not alone in this type of grief -- I am glad to have read what you wrote and will read Part Two although I already know the ending.
Ryan Growing Up
July 02, 2017 | 09:22 AM
Wonderful piece, Denis. There truly is a before 9/11 and after 9/11 life in this country. We have become numb to the news of bombings and threats; we take off our shoes at airports, show identification every morning at work and shrug off the police with their rifles and dogs in subways and terminals. I'm old enough to have had 50 years prior to that horrible day at the WTC and Pentagon and mourn the ease and happiness of those years. They were far from perfect but I still miss them.
June 28, 2017 | 05:44 AM
You don't have to be American to love Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue - witness the best movie opening scene ever:
God Bless My America
June 28, 2017 | 01:45 AM
First, the best thing about this July 4th holiday and Kate Smith is that she's dead. Next, that they'll still play her old recording of "God Bless America"¯ instead of our National Anthem before every NY Yankees game this weekend (much shorter, with no five-minute contemporary performance bullshit). And last, that I don't have to go anywhere or see any boring people I don't like. A couple of Wendy's "Baconators"¯ with fries from across my street and I'm all set. That's my America.
What a Hilarious Story
June 26, 2017 | 09:30 PM
Jerry, I need to get a box of tissues whenever I read your articles, I laugh so hard, it brings me to tears.
June 26, 2017 | 08:16 AM
As a young college grad working in my first PR job I had to go to dinner with some executives, all men, and I remember as I walked into the restaurant my heel got caught on the carpet and I landed in the maĆ®tre 'de's arms. Today I would be laughing out loud, but then I just wanted to crawl under the rug!