This is a little-known piece of The Big Apple's history ... and it sadly calls to mind the city and nation's greatest of all horrors and tragedies on American soil: 9/11. Thankfully this accidental plane crash into the Empire State's iconic namesake did not bring the mighty skyscraper down, nor suffer such a loss of life. New York's most identifiable symbol, still stands on its bedrock foundation as a testimony of architectural marvel and the skilled labor of 3,500 immigrant
I have to admit, I'm sweet on young Frank Sinatra. His voice, particularly in the early years of his career does things to me, takes me far away. Those 1940 session recordings with Tommy Dorsey and The Pied Pipers w/ Jo Stafford are my go-to romance songs. * * * F R A N K S I N A T R A * * * The date was December 30, 1942 and the singer known then as "The Voice" hit the stage for his first solo concert at the Paramount Theater, a massive movie palace located at 43rd Stre
Hi-di-ho and Happy New Year, friends! I thought I'd start the year off resurrecting an article I wrote on August 3, 2016, made at True Book Addict blog during A Moment Forever's book blog tour. In light of a recent 5* review on Amazon where the reader quotes a line from the novel, I thought the subject apropos. "The starkness of the attic revealed the loneliness of the man at the time of his departure." One of my two heroines is bequeathed a house in 1992, and its contents, p
Hi-di-ho, friends! Today is a very special day here at The 1940s Experience. As you know, one of the joys I have in writing about the 1940s is learning directly from people who lived it. I'm so tickled to introduce to you a very special person to my family: Mrs. Gert Block. Talented artist, craftswoman, and an incredible friend, mother and grandmother of five, on her 93rd Birthday TODAY! She's been so kind to sit for an interview about her life on the home front during the w
Hi-di-ho, friends! I'm so excited to share this blog post with you today. Those of you who have read A Moment Forever have discovered the secret of the swans that grace the book cover. But what you don't know is what inspired them. Well, I knew that everlasting love would be the primary theme of our hero and heroine but it wasn't until this little research trip that it fell into place. Swans. Let me share with you what the Audubon Society says: Mute swan pairs reportedly stay
The most recent trip in my 40s Experience brought me to one of my favorite - and not so favorite places - a rundown indoor/outdoor junk flea market where the only worthwhile store is Ye Olde Record Shoppe. Dusty, filthy, maybe even moldy (and I don't even want to consider what hides behind the cobwebbed boxes) it has thousands of records, all kinds of discs: 33 LPs, 7" 45s and pre-1950 78 rpms, many box sets and old collection storage books that are falling apart and stacked.