June 19, 2015
My Father Remembered
Father’s Day, thousands of Fredericktonians will be taking their dads out to
celebrate. Maybe they will drive up to the Shamrock or down to Monocacy
August 18, 2004
Cruising with Grandchildren
The one item I neglected to bring with me on my cruise this summer was a
August 9, 2004
Medicare Card Revisited
It has been two months since Medicare issued its prescription drug card in a
cloud of confusion that baffled most seniors in Frederick and around the
August 5, 2004
My Two Years in Frederick
I am the new boy in town and I guess I will continue to be considered an upstart for the next 20 years or so.
July 29, 2004
The News Business
There has been an abundance of concern by a host of critics lately, from
politicians to professors, about the integrity of newspapers these days.
July 23, 2004
Time and tide wait for no man
I have walked the sugary beaches of Australia, the cobalt sands of Tahiti
and the forever sunny shores of Spain over the past half century.
July 9, 2004
Who Says We Are the State's Second City?
I moved to Frederick under the distinct impression that Frederick was Maryland's second largest city. After all, I had read it on the City of Frederick website, www.cityoffrederick.com.
June 29, 2004
A Trip to Smithsburg
The customers at the "Eatery" seemed to come in one size - extra large. The corpulent young women were shoveling freedom fries down the gullets of their young and it wasn't even lunchtime.
June 21, 2004
Mr. Lincoln and Iraq
My Worman's Mill friend, Harvey Alter, a distinguished Frederick scholar who among other things leads vigorous neighborhood discussions on Great Issues, has weighed in on the Iraq war in an intriguing letter in The Frederick News-Post (June 7).
June 9, 2004
Figuring Out Those Medicare Drug Discount Cards
The woman at Medicare (1-800-633-4227), with a professional smile in her
voice, asked a few questions the other day when I called to see if the new
Medicare drug card, which went into effect June 1, was the right
prescription for me here in Frederick.
June 4, 2004
The Silent Generation Remembers
They call us the Silent Generation. We were too young to go off to World War
II with our fathers from the Greatest Generation or even with the older kids
from the neighborhood.
May 28, 2004
Bias Against Older Job Seekers in Frederick?
My fellow TheTentacle.com writer, Alan Imhoff, lamented in this space
the other day that that there is "bias against someone who has retired
is looking for employment."
May 6, 2004
Is Bob Edwards Too Old?
The top brass at National Public Radio has fired Bob Edwards, host of the
network's most popular program, "Morning Edition."
April 28, 2004
It's Official: Bill Hall is a Republican
What's it all about, Bill? A Republican?
April 21, 2004
Australian Farmer Finds Key to Happy Aging
I first met Jim Cronin 50 years ago on a South Pacific ocean liner. He was
heading back from vacation to his job as a "wheat humper" in South
April 5, 2004
Frederick at A Crossroads
The Frederick Guide reports, "For 255 years, the City of Frederick has stood
at the crossroads of history." What will those historic crossroads look like
20 years from now? Will the relentless engines of development conquer
March 17, 2004
Drawing the Curtain at FCC
I had barely read that delightful story by Katherine Heerbrandt in the Frederick News-Post about the art exhibit brouhaha at FCC when I decided it was time to see for myself.
February 24, 2004
Jefferson Visits Frederick
President Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis came to Frederick last week.
February 19, 2004
Opening the Black Book
Now that we have some more scandals to deal with — the resurgence of the black book caper here in Frederick and the unfounded rumors, fresh out of the infamous Drudge Report, on John Kerry, I feel a need to confess.
February 4, 2004
Memories of A Teen-ager Who Survived
I hear an outpouring of laments from teen-agers of my acquaintance these days that I, a senior citizen, really don’t understand them.
January 28, 2004
Death of An Editor
Mike Powell would have understood the irony. To paraphrase The Bard a bit, “The good that men do often awaits their obits.”
January 12, 2004
Food for Thought
Clearing out my files the other day — I have just moved from the Francis Scott Key Hotel to Worman’s Mill — I discovered an old membership card. I realized I hadn’t been to a meeting of the” Friends of Alferd Packer” in ages.
January 6, 2004
Acorns Don’t Fall Far From the Tree
I was about to write a column insisting that we sixty somethings don’t get enough respect from adult grandchildren
December 30, 2003
2004 — A Time to Resume Mediating?
Now that the New Year is upon us, the Frederick city fathers and mothers might want to re-energize that 21st Century concept that hardly had a chance last year — regular mediation sessions between the mayor and aldermen.
December 8, 2003
Yes, Frederick, There is a Santa Claus!
I came to town a year ago all set to be inundated with Santa requests. I figured my full white beard qualified me and I have had lots of experience performing every place from an elementary school to a nursing home.
October 15, 2003
Coffee Hour At The Village Restaurant
O.K, I admit I am the new boy in town. I moved to Frederick a year ago.
October 6, 2003
Constitutional Guarantees Carry Responsibilities, (part two)
The other day on this website my fellow Tentacle columnist, Mike Kuster, resumed his assault on The Frederick News-Post which, he said, appears to have a policy of attacking “the character of private citizens in the news and the opinion pages.”
October 1, 2003
Army Life Just Ain't The Same
Army recruiters are now offering $20,000 signing bonuses to intelligence analysts.
August 20, 2003
Frederick's Unfinished Battle
While the nation has been focusing on the international terrorism threat, another enemy has been going wild in the U.S., taking over more and more territory right here in Frederick County.
August 15, 2003
Radio Days: Golden Voices from Yesteryear
As the music of the William Tell Overture blared out of the radio, the announcer intoned, "Return with us now to those trilling days of yesteryear."
August 5, 2003
Honoring the Constitution: A Visit to Philly
The document that the 39 men signed in a modest wood-paneled room at the state capitol that Fall day more than 200 years ago transformed the course of the nation.
July 22, 2003
Retiring The Old Fashioned Way
When I retired, I planned out a structured agenda.I was going to travel relentlessly around the world for months on end with my wife while
learning Spanish and taking up clarinet lessons in my spare time.
July 17, 2003
A Time to Diet
THE proof of the eating was in the pudding - not to mention the French fries, hamburgers and ice cream.