Sunday, April 26, 2015

Old Photos of the Week #15

  Among the events at the DC Comics company Olympics in 1985 was playing Family Feud. I came up with all the questions, then polled fans at a local comic book shop, as well as some of our regular letter column contributors to get the percentages.
  The surveys included "Name your favorite hero with a color in his/her name" and "Name someone in the comics industry with the initials J.S." I played the host, but, unlike Richard Dawson, I was not kissing or hugging any of the contestants.
Robyn McBryde and I explain the rules to the staff.

Linda Robak, Peggy May, BobRo, Jenette Kahn, Joe Orlando, Bob LeRose, Karen Berger, and Neal Pozner
Linda Robak and Dick Giordano square off in Round 1. The Pepsi bottles on the table were not there as product placement. I needed them to hold up the game board. 

Retirement Report

Okay, so I've been retired for almost four weeks and what have I done with all my "free" time?

* Well, there's the twelve hours spread over four different days that I spent at Combined Resources, wrapping up a couple of audits and other end-of-quarter business.
* I visited DC Comics twice, once for the retirement luncheon for six of my former compatriots and the other for the "getting out of town" last day ceremony.
* I had three doctor appointments -- two six-month check-ups and my annual physical. (Hey, isn't this what old people are supposed to be doing all the time?)
* I ran and played Adult Ed volleyball on seven evenings.
* I donated platelets twice.
* We had Alex here for a weekend.
* I got the annual inspections done on the cars.
* I replaced a bunch of rotted pickets in the fence in our back yard.
* We met friends at the Museum of the Moving Image to see the "Mad Men" exhibit.

Yes, I'm aware that pretty much everything on the list above would have been done even if I was still working, though probably at different times or on different days.

On the other hand, something that would not have happened was the establishment of Men Seeking Pizza. Two friends and I have decided to find the best slice of pizza in town, so we meet each Wednesday and venture to one of the many pizzerias in Farmingdale. After dining, we return to my house to evaluate the fare. With swimming season approaching (albeit at a snail's pace this year), our post-pizza time may well be spent poolside. We already have four potential additional members and a virtually unlimited number of pizza places in the area, so MSP looks to be something I'll be committed to for awhile.  

One other accomplishment of my retirement: I have finally caught up in reading the perpetual pile of magazines in the family room, something that has not happened in many years. For the first time in memory, the only periodical in sight is the weekly TV section from the Daily News.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Old Photos of the Week #14

Angelina Genduso, Lucia Gorpfert, Carlos Villanueva, Terri Cunningham, Diane Perla and Tom Pattison choose to stand by and watch rather than participate in the snowboarding.
  During the company retreat at Great Gorge, DC staff members also ventured outside. A number of them attempted snowboarding down a hill behind the resort. Those who chose to do it solo were far more successful than those who tried a two-person ride. does Helen Vesik.

Denise Vozzo-Conaty reaches the bottom successfully...

The teams of Len Wein and Robin Phelps...
...and Janice Race and BobRo did not do as well.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Old Photos of the Week #13

  Back to the "Game Night" photos from the 1985 DC Comics retreat at Great Gorge, NJ.  Unfortunately, since the players were seated around tables, we have a lot of backs and tops of heads, only some of which I can identify.

At the table in the foreground, Bruce Bristow, Diane Perla, Helen Vesik and two more heads. In the background, Paul Levitz (standing) checks in on Andy Helfer (in red), Midge Bregman, Shelia Glasgow,  Nick Cuti and Bonnie Miller. At yet another table, Albert DeGuzman (in light yellow) is to the right of Levitz.

Joey Cavalieri (in red), Todd Klein (tan), Len Wein (white), Bob Greenberger (green), and Charlie McDaid (light yellow). I don't recall the name of the woman in tan on the left nor can I identify the woman in blue.

Janice Race in red, Paul Levitz in green and Shelley Eiber in tan, with yours truly checking in from the upper right corner.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Alex Meets Alex the Barber

  As part of his current weekend visit and with full approval of Mommy and Daddy, we took Alex to get his first haircut. The snipping was done by Alex the Barber, who has been cutting my hair for a lot of years and took over the shop from Vito, who had given Chuck his first and many subsequent haircuts.
  Poppa got his hair cut first and then Alex took a seat in my lap. While not his usual chirpy, talkative self, Alex sat still for the entire haircut and allowed Alex the Barber to do his work. Grandma dutifully recorded the event with her iPad and even collected some of the locks of hair for posterity.
  When it was all done, Alex got a lollipop -- there are some barbershop traditions that never change -- and then went for lunch at McDonalds.

Alex gets his first haircut April,2015

Chuck's first haircut December 1982