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The Zeitgeist with Howard Barbanel: Goodbye Columbus?

The Zeitgeist with Howard Barbanel: Goodbye Columbus?

THE ZEITGEIST WITH HOWARD BARBANEL Goodbye Columbus? In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. That’s how the history lesson of Christopher Columbus was taught to us kids back in the black and white 60s. Old Chris was a pretty big deal back in the day. After all, this is the man who discovered America, or [...]

Zeitgeist: Going Topless

Zeitgeist: Going Topless

GOING TOPLESS I admit it. I love going topless. I’m not referring to nude or topless beaches or nudist colonies. I’m talking about the sun in my face and the wind in my hair when my hardtop convertible is the fully retracted position. Living in New York we only get maybe, maybe six months a [...]

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?

The Zeitgeist with Howard Barbanel For Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Near Year of 5773 arrives this Sunday evening, September 16th. Unlike the Chinese New Year, Jews don’t set-off tumultuous parades replete with snaking dragons and firecrackers in the streets – in fact, in many Jewish communities, the streets are deserted. Unlike the secular [...]

The Zeitgeist With Howard Barbanel: The Perfect Season

The Zeitgeist With Howard Barbanel: The Perfect Season

The Perfect Season There was a famous sportswriter from the 1920s thru the 1940s named Grantland Rice, a native of Tennessee, he was the son of (and you can’t make this stuff up) Bolling Rice (I initially misread this as “Boiling!”). He worked at some of the biggest papers of his day, was nationally syndicated [...]

The Neil Armstrong Era – Boldly Going Where No One Went Before.

The Neil Armstrong Era – Boldly Going Where No One Went Before.

By Howard Barbanel A genuine piece of America passed away last Saturday. The man who really, truly boldly went where no man had gone before – Neil Armstrong, the first human being ever to leave the confines of Earth and set foot on any extraterrestrial body (that being the moon) was gathered up for one [...]

East End Boys and West End Girls

East End Boys and West End Girls

East End Boys and West End Girls Back in the mid-80s a British group called the Pet Shop Boys had a number one hit single with “West End Girls,” which was a synth-pop song talking about class and socio-economic differences in Britain. Some of the lyrics are: “You’ve got a heart of glass or a [...]

The Mets Need an Exorcism

The Mets Need an Exorcism

By Howard Barbanel   For the first time in 10 years – and that would be back in 2002 – the Mets were swept in all six games of a six game home stand. Worse still, the Mets have dropped 12 of their last 13 games. They have a .190 batting average with runners in [...]

Swearing off the Hooch

Swearing off the Hooch

 -THE ZEITGEIST WITH HOWARD BARBANEL-   “My name is Howard and I’m a social drinker.” “Hello, Howard.” “Like many people, my social drinking started as a teenager, but now my habits have to change and that’s why I’m here.” People with substance abuse issues will recognize the fictional dialog above as coming right out of [...]

Confessions of a Mets Addict

Confessions of a Mets Addict

The ZEITGEIST with Howard Barbanel By Howard Barbanel   Hi. My name is Howard and I’m a Mets fan. Like with any 12-step redemptive program for various uncontrollable abuses and addictions, it seems necessary to preface any article about Met fandom with a public acknowledgement of my weakness, much as someone might do in a [...]

Middle-aged Karaoke

Middle-aged Karaoke

By Howard Barbanel   Among the many variated “pleasures” of being single in one’s early 50s are the sundry invitations by friends inhabiting a similar lifestyle to go forth into the wilds of bars and parties – on weeknights — in the hope of potentially meeting eligible social partners. You never realize just how tired [...]

The Gay Marriage Debate Misses the Point Entirely

The Gay Marriage Debate Misses the Point Entirely

By Howard Barbanel This week President Obama became the first President in U.S. history to come out in favor of gay marriage. Obviously, Mitt Romney is against such a thing. The voters of North Carolina and a whole lot of other states have legislated against it to the extent of passing amendments to their state [...]

Trial by Water

Trial by Water

ZEITGEIST WITH HOWARD BARBANEL     It has been said that getting older is not for wimps. Among the great joys men experience as they slide into middle age are the prostrate exam whereby one’s physician affords men the opportunity to experience some of the physical manipulation that women get regularly at their gynecologists. Men [...]

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