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Paris, c. 1994. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Paris, c. 1994. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

 

REBECCA KILGORE and the Hal Smith California Swing Cats and Tim Laughlin:

 

 

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Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright.

Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click for full view.

 

ALICIA KEYES:  “Empire State of Mind (Part II).  Broken Down.”  From the album The Element of Freedom.

 

“Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!”

 

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Ocean Grove at Fletcher Lake. October 31, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove at Fletcher Lake. October 31, 2012. 2 days after Sandy.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

JOHN PIZZARELLI.   ” I Remember”  (bossa nova album):

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The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. September 7, 2013. Click left for a thrill. Paul Goldfinger photo © The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. September 7, 2013. Doo Wops concert.   CLICK IMAGE  for a thrill. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

In 1954, an R & B group called the Chords wrote this song and were the first to record it.  Sh-Boom became the first Doo Wop song to make it to the top rung of the “pop chart.”  That same year, the Crew Cuts made a more sanitized version which became a hit.

This song and “Earth Angel” were the first rock and roll songs I ever heard. This music changed my life and that of all my friends at Rutherford High School where we all had crew cuts and thought about sex every 20 seconds.

We did, however, find time to see “Blackboard Jungle” (1955)  and to hear the soundtrack by Bill Haley and the Comets who performed  “Rock Around the Clock” (first recorded in 1954). It became a massive hit with the arrival of that film.

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At the Doo Wops concert on Sept. 7, 2013,  in the GA, the Duprees performed Sh-boom. It was the only actual Doo-Wop selection in their set.  Mostly they offered a Vegas style show.   —-Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net

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Here is a re-mastered (2007) recording of the Chords’ version, from an album called “Atlantic Top 60:”

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This “cheesecake” shot of Betty Grable was a favorite of U.S. servicemen in WW2

 

By Charles Layton

 

This week, at the breakfast table, a female member of our household raised a question about “cheesecake” photos. Such images were often painted on the side of US Air Force planes during the 1940’s.

Two of our guests, both in the age range of about 40, wanted to know “what is cheesecake?” They’d never heard the term applied to photography. A couple of 13-year-olds stopped shoveling eggs long enough to raise their heads and testify that they, too, were in ignorance.

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So, with the calm patience that is the reward of advancing age, I explained that the term cheesecake means “girlie photos.” As soon as those two words had escaped my lips I realized that they sounded even more oldfangled than the term “cheesecake.” For a moment there I felt like Gabby Hayes (whom our house guests have also probably never heard of).

But the conversation stayed alive, and soon we were all speculating about the term’s origin. So off I sped to that fount of all knowledge, the Internet.

An article in Yahoo! said that, “according to legend,” the term was coined in 1915 in New York City.  A newspaper photographer named George Miller was assigned to cover the arrival in town of a Russian opera singer, Elvira Amazar. To add a bit of sex appeal, Miller asked the young woman to hike up her skirt, which she cheerfully did.

When Miller’s editor saw the resulting photo, he is reported to have exclaimed, “Why, this is better than cheesecake!”

Having learned this much, I wondered whether that original “cheesecake” shot might still exist somewhere. And guess what? With a bit more Googling around, I think I’ve found it.

Note the flirtatious baring of the leg.

This old photo was listed on eBay, for $15. The people are identified as Russian singers Elvira Amazar (that’s our girl!) and George Baklanoff. The ad says the photo is 4×6 in size and its date is unknown. It is said to have come from the Bain News Service, which, according to Wikipedia, accumulated photos and distributed them to various newspapers in the early 20th century. The service was run by George Bain.

So, was Bain perhaps the editor who, on seeing this photo, made the remark about cheesecake? I expect we’ll never know that, and if my young breakfast companions are any indication, the pin-up definition of the word cheesecake may soon be lost to human memory as well. So it goes.

Here is a song from the cast album of a 2003 London musical production: Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” It’s part of an elaborate dance number.

The lead singer is Sally Ann Triplett. One can’t help but speculate as to whether Porter might once have seen the photo of Amazar and whether that might have inspired his famous “glimpse of stocking” line in the song’s beginning.

 

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A large audience attended the event  in the Great Auditorium including Eddie (left) and Karen from OG,  and Ernie and Ronni from Edison. Paul Goldfinger photo. July 3,  2012. Blogfinger.net. ©

 

Blogfinger has posted a number of articles about this unique musician:  Harry Eichhorn (1927-2019.)  The post (below) is from 2012.  Note that his wife Mary, mentioned in this article,  pre-deceased him.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Editor Blogfinger.net

 

Harry Eichhorn and the Ocean Grove Summer Band performed in the Great Auditorium on July 3, 2012.  Harry, who founded the group 60 years ago and who has been its conductor all that time,  brought a varied program to the GA on Tuesday night.  There was something for everyone including Irving Berlin, Tchaikovsky, The Jersey Boys and John Phillip Sousa.

Harry is a musical multi-tasker. One of the selections featured snippets from at least 30 different songs.

Another consisted of  a medley of songs from the Music Man. One of those was “Till There was You,” probably a tribute to Mrs. Eichhorn who plays baritone horn and sits along the edge of the brass section.  Intermittently she would jump up from her seat and rush over to the organ or the piano. Harry owes her—she’s like a utility infielder for the band.

The tradition of keeping Sousa’s music alive in Ocean Grove was repeated at this concert. The first act ended with the “Washington  Post March,”  while the show closed with the “Stars and Stripes Forever.”    My favorite part of Stars and Stripes is towards the end when the piccolos get to shine.  Wouldn’t it be great if this wonderful march could start with the piccolos?  Well that’s what we do in the Blogfinger version below.

 

In this video, the GA sound quality is sub-optimal recorded with an iPhone, but you can get an idea as to a classic Summer Band concert in the GA playing Sousa.  At the point where everyone stands up, the video became tangled due to a collision with the guy in the next seat, a senior veteran who said, “Get that iPhone out my face sonny.”

But the big finish is always a goose bumper with the flag lit up and everyone clapping.  A nice conclusion to a gorgeous beach day in the Grove.  —Paul Goldfinger

 

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Paul's dessert at the Peking Pavilion

Paul’s  chocolate lava cake dessert at the Peking Pavilion

 

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger–Blogfinger.net   This is a re-post.

 

We like to go to the Peking Pavilion in Manalapan every few months. This is not your mother’s Chinese restaurant.  It is a fine American restaurant owned by the Kuos family, serving spectacular Chinese cuisine. In 2007 it was rebuilt after a fire and is a striking building with a big red front door.  It is spacious and modern–like a Soho restaurant.  There is a lively bar scene where you can eat and watch Chinese sports like American football.   Most of the help are Chinese, and the service is superb.

He greeted us out front, but he didn't speak a word of English, or Chinese, for that matter. PG photo

He greeted us out front, but he didn’t speak a word of English, or Chinese, for that matter. He used to be a terra cotta soldier before going into the restaurant business.   PG photo

We have been going there for years and we  always have the same thing:  peppercorn calamari appetizer  (share) and then Peking Duck (share–allow about 20 minutes to prepare).  This recipe is identical to the kind served in Beijing.  It is now considered the national dish of China  (but not because we eat it all the time.)

They brought over the duck and carved it as we watched.  The dissection was perfect, and the waiter held up the finished product and showed it off while flashing a big smile.  He prepared  the perfectly cooked and moist meat in thin pancakes with bits of crispy duck skin, celery and scallions.  There also were crispy drumsticks and legs on the side.  The hoisin sauce was dark and tasty.

The people next to us were eating giant shrimp with a glaze. We also saw wonderfully prepared steaks and big bowls of wonton soup. Also they have spicy sautéed soft shell crabs, grilled halibut over shiitake mushrooms, moo shu vegetables and many other choices. No one was using chop sticks. That’s good because I would not have been able to eat the rolled up duck with chop sticks.

The wine list was fine, the hot steamy tea arrived in little tea pots, and the white rice was sticky.  We each had a glass of wine. Eileen chose an Italian Pinot Grigio while I got the 5 River Pinot Noir from California.

We usually skip dessert, and Eileen did, but this night, after a bad week, I refused to deny myself.  It was the first dessert we ever ordered there and it was marvelous. The lava cake  interior is warm molten chocolate.  Accompanied by a scoop of high grade vanilla ice cream and a single shot espresso, it was something.

In keeping with the tradition of Chinese take-out, we took home enough left-over food for 1/2 a dinner the next night.  I even, believe it or not, took home half my chocolate lava cake after eating all the ice cream.

Next night, at home,  Eileen made sweet and sour duck/beef meatballs with fresh asparagus  for the other half of the meal—a recipe by a Chinese chef.  We finished it with a half bottle of Louis Jadot Burgundy  (smooth and light–about $12.00)  No need for a salad. No dessert at home. The lava cake is still waiting in the fridge for me to have a weak moment.

We have never had  bad luck or bad duck at the Peking Pavilion, located at 110 Route 33 west.  It is right after business 33 joins highway 33.  The prices are reasonable ($15.00-$25.00 per most entrees—except ours). Our meal was about $80.00, but I don’t have the exact breakdown because I usually toss away the receipt without looking too closely–an old habit that makes  Eileen  mutter.  In fact she’s the mutter and I’m the fatter.  I think the duck was about $42.00, but it was for two and lasted into the next day.   Note that we did get a fortune cookie and my fortune, as usual in a Chinese restaurant, was dopey–something about feeling like a million bucks–all green and wrinkled.

 

 

CINDY SCOTT  with a Jerome Kern song that makes me seasick and romantic at the same time:   (it’s a repeat song, but with a different version)

 

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4 degrees F. January 2004. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger © 4 degrees F. January 2004. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click for full view

 

2004. Ocean Grove, NJ. by Paul Goldfinger © Left click for full view 2004. Ocean Grove, NJ. by Paul Goldfinger © Click for full view

By Paul Goldfinger, M.D.  Editor Blogfinger.net.   Re-posted.   Update 2021.

On May 2, 2013, we posted Part I of our piece about the Ocean Grove fishing pier,  “a historic landmark in a historic town.”  Here is a link:

What’s With the Fishing Pier? Part I: A citizen’s guide to the 2nd oldest structure in the Grove.

 

At the end of that part I article we discussed some of the more recent history of the pier and of the  Ocean Grove Fishing Club, also a historic entity dating back to the late 19th century.

 

We posted part II late in 2013.  That is below followed by an important 2021 update.

 

It would be best to pick up the story in December 1992 when a huge nor’easter destroyed most of the pier and some of the boardwalk. Only a small portion at the end of the pier was left, and the Fishing Clubhouse was carried out to sea.  The Club’s activities were curtailed until 1994 when the pier was rebuilt by the Fishing Club which obtained a Small Business Loan from the Government.  They borrowed $277,000 which was paid off by the Club members.

In exchange for that financial commitment, the only quid pro quo was that the Camp Meeting Association would grant them a 30 year lease extending out to 2024.

The mortgage was paid off a few years ago.  Note that the Club has always paid the property taxes for the pier, even though the property is still legally owned by the CMA.

Fast forward to August, 2011, when a hurricane named Irene damaged the fishing pier causing destruction of 9 pilings and 20 feet of pier. The boardwalk was not harmed.

The Camp Meeting Association applied to FEMA for $150,000 to make repairs to the pier, but the request was denied.

In a Blogfinger article  by Charles Layton (10/22/12)  about this matter, Mr. Ralph del Campo of the CMA is quoted as saying “The rejection was because the Fishing Club area is private.”

Once again the OG Fishing Club proposed to finance the reconstruction work if they could be granted an extension of the lease for another 30 years.

Link to 10/22/12 Blogfinger article about 2011 Irene damage to pier

Negotiations between the two sides moved slowly, and finally a decision by the CMA was to be presented on October 29, 2012, ironically the day that Sandy hit.  That meeting was never held.

Since Sandy, the Fishing Club has met with the CMA, but the CMA has not been willing to make a commitment regarding the future of the Fishing Club which still has 11 years on its lease.  The only thing that they will say with certainty is that they will rebuild the pier.

At this point  (2013,) the Fishing Club has lost some members, dropping down to 100.  Again, it has offered to finance the rebuilding of the pier, but the CMA has expressed concerns about that financing arrangement and will not agree to the proposal at this time. Mr. Del Campo estimates that the pier will cost between $750,000 to $1 million, although the Fishing Club members think it could be less.

Mr. Del Campo will not discuss the pier situation beyond what he has said already.  If the CMA has more specific plans for the pier, it has not revealed those plans publicly.

At a meeting of the Fishing Club Board of Trustees today  (May, 2013,)  we heard some frustration  expressed.  The members can’t understand why the CMA would refuse their offer to pay.  “Where is the downside of accepting our offer?” asked one member. “We are willing to foot the bill.”  The members pointed out that the 1992 nor’easter was a similar situation, and the club kept all its promises including paying off the loan   “There is a precedent,” said one of the trustees.

The Fishing Club views itself as being “good citizens” of Ocean Grove, always supportive of the town including a $5,000.00 donation to the Phase 1 rebuilding effort.   They say, “We want what’s best for the community.”  Their frustrations can be heard in their comments including: “We’re very disappointed.  We’re  saddened and perplexed.  What are their intentions? They don’t want to engage us. This is a stalemate.”

The Fishing Club trustees refuse to consider their organization as a private club.  They say that anyone can be a member, and the only reason for limiting the membership has to do with size—-“engineering and safety issues.”

Since 2011, the famous “teaching kids to fish program” has been curtailed. The group thinks that their history and their record of being a “community within a community” needs to be recognized.

What if the Fishing Club is not reinstated on the pier?  This is something they do not want to consider, but if it happens, they will continue as a surf-fishing club, but without the kids—it would be too risky and there would have to be lifeguards, rescue boats, etc.

President Al Dawson points out that Asbury Park and Bradley Beach have fishing clubs, but no piers.  However, continuing a fishing pier  tradition in the Grove that is at least 115 years old is the only way to satisfy these OG fishermen and fisherwomen.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  May 21, 2013.  Besides the members of the OGFC and the management of the OGCMA, I don’t know how many of you actually care about the intricate details of this situation.  However, after another interview with Mr. Ralph Del Campo of the OGCMA, I have to clarify a few points.

First, the FEMA denial for funds to restore the fishing pier after Irene (2011)  was not due to the presence of a private club at the end of the pier.  That is what the October article in BF said, but Mr. Del Campo believes there was a misunderstanding.

Instead, the denial in 2011 was because the pier was defined as a recreational facility owned by a private nonprofit organization.

The only difference now  (2013),  post Sandy,  is that financing for  both the pier and the boardwalk were denied by FEMA because they are deemed recreational and owned by a private nonprofit.

Second, regarding the OG Fishing Club, Mr. Del Campo says that he cannot accept an agreement now with the OGFC until he has “clarity” regarding the FEMA appeal.  He says that there are “four or five scenarios” which could develop regarding financing  which could  influence decisions about the Fishing Club.  He said, “Once we have clarity we will talk to the Fishing Club and entertain all options.”

He reminded me that in 1992, when the OGFC financed the reconstruction of the pier, the collateral for that financing was the Camp Meeting Association itself. This is the first time that fact has been mentioned in this dialogue.  So here is yet another variable to consider.

Mr. Del Campo says that he is working on “parallel sequential decision trees” which make a final decision impossible at this time. One variable that he acknowledges is that he has not seen a formal, concrete financing commitment  from the Fishing Club.  If one were to materialize now, he says that he would consider it. His working understanding, based on engineering analysis, is that  the job will cost $750,000-$1,000,000.

I think I have laid out the facts, so at this point, May, 2013, the two parties need to talk to each other.  Either party may, of course, comment below.—–Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.

 

Editor’s note January 20, 2018:     *Eventually FEMA approved boardwalk funding in 2014, but they did not approve the request for public funds to rebuild the pier, and there was no appeal because the CMA did not want to rattle the cages in Washington once again.

The CMA has placed the pier reconstruction at the bottom of their priority list, and currently the North End boardwalk work is about to begin. At no time has the CMA bailed out on their promise to eventually restore the pier.

As for the Fishing Club’s current status, we have no information, but if that group still exists, they are welcome to comment below.

 

August 2021 update:   I may have missed something, but if you actually read Michael Badger’s welcoming statement on page 1 of the 2021 Summer Program Guide, he says, “Architects are drawing up the plans for restoring the pier so that the OGCMA can begin the process of getting permits.”

About a year ago a design for a new pier was publicized.  It was in the shape of a cross.  We don’t know if that is still gospel, but such a design could be practical in offering more space for fishermen. We had a discussion on BF about pier design. I’ll find the link.

But we must go back to the post Sandy era when FEMA refused to pay to fix the pier.  You will recall the “public vs private” debates as FEMA tried to figure out what to do.  And back in 2007 there were debates about discrimination on the part of the CMA.

So, when it comes to the pier, the 800 pound gorilla in the room  which has not been discussed publicly is whether OG will ever again permit a private fishing club at the end of the pier.

Our impression is that such a segregated concept will never happen again, because the pier is a public thoroughfare.    Add to the mix the agreement to lease the end for the Fishing Club extends to 2024.

As Uncle Milty would say,  “What the hey.”

 

JOHN COLTRANE  “Say It Over and Over Again.”

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Kaufmann residence in 1935 for a family from Philadelphia.  It is a marvelous place to visit. Located in a woodsy area in Mill Run, southwest Pennsylvania, it has recently undergone restoration.  Read about it. See link below.

When we went there, there were many photographers. It is considered one of the most important works of American architecture. We learned that Wright designed all the furniture inside and he even wanted to design the clothes for the lady of the house.    Wikipedia on Falling Water

 

Falling Water. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view.

Fallingwater. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view. Reposted from 2013.

 

 

ART GARFUNKEL.   “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.”   This song was released in 1970.

 

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Summer tent. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. July 26, 2013. Paul Goldfinger ©

Summer tent. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. July 26, 2013. Paul Goldfinger ©  Left click for full view

 

FRANCIS LANGFORD

 

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