• I Believe That I Am Unofficially “Crotchety”

    I was driving around early this afternoon, doing several local errands, and I suddenly realized that, through the eyes of others, I must be
    officially considered as “crotchety.”

    Synonyms for CROTCHETY include: bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, cantankerous, short-tempered, tetchy, testy, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-humored, ill-natured, cross-grained, peevish, cross, fractious, pettish, waspish, crabbed, crabby, crusty, prickly, touchy, snappish, snappy, cranky, ornery

    They use it in this sentence, which certainly fits the bill personally, “it’s the dreadful arthritis that has made him so crotchety”

    I’m not sure how this happened, probably slowly over time, but here I have a crabby, snappy, ornery sort of personage.

    There are quite a few things that tick me off these days, and frankly, most of the things that piss me off really aren’t new or have suddenly turned up. My list is partial, and I expect it to grow very long indeed.

    BAD DRIVERS (including way to slow drivers, no lights at night drivers, servers and lane changers, lots of trucks and delivery vans with bad drivers
    at the wheel, and those that ride their brakes for no apparent reason.)
    PAULA EBBEN AT WBZ TV4 IN BOSTON (please don’t call her a journalist)
    WEATHERMAN PETE BOUCHARD AT NECN (I guess better that he forecasts)


  • The Patriots Loss

    I have a different take on why the Patriots lost to Denver. Lack of Imagination. Utter lack of offensive imagination.

    Tom Brady has been hurried, sacked, pressured more this year than any in his incredible career. When you have no running game to speak of and your offensive line can’t protect the QB, you have to make an in-game adjustment. If you can’t pass block then you resort to screen passes, misdirection plays, or draw plays. How often did the Pats even attempt to do any of those things. Zippo. Not once, if memory serves.
    Those are the ways to counteract a pass rush like New England faced today in Denver.

    And I don’t know why? It was a tough game to watch because from the first series. Denver was gunning for Brady as we all knew they would be, and once he got knocked down a few times, he got a little skittish and that was basically the ball game.

    I don’t blame Brady and I don’t really blame the offensive line altogether. I fault the game plan by the coaches, and the utter lack of in-game adjustments. All year long we utilized the no huddle offense to our advantage. Didn’t see it today. Our cadence was so routine that Denver looked like they were offsides on some plays when they were just anticipating the snap.

    A little trickeration might go a long way to overcome an outclassed offensive line and a non-existent running game, both the result of a long list of injured Patriots this season. We started the year by going undefeated for the first ten games. We limped home from that point, the nadir being a bad game plan against lowly Miami in our last regular season game. Today’s game looked similar in our total lack of offensive imagination and what got us beat in Miami, got us beat today in Denver.

    Truthfully, I think Carolina would have beaten the Pats in the Super Bowl. Guess we’ll never know.
    It’s a real shame that we made it easier for Denver with a game full of lousy play calling. C’mon Coach, do your job.


  • The Crimson Tide

    Last night,  Coach Saban won his fourth National Championship at Bama (in just the last 7 years) with a great win over plucky Clemson, about as worthy an opponent as there can be.  Clemson came to win and almost did.  Kudos to Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.  Great fans, those Tigers.  Kudos also to Coach Saban for that surprise onside kick that changed the momentum of the game in our favor.

    It remains my contention that Bryant-Denny Stadium should now be, as was my contention three years ago, renamed Bryant-Saban Stadium.

    No disrespect to Dr. George Denny, who presided over Alabama, also known as The Capstone, from 1912-1936, and again from 1941-42.  The most prominent structure on the Alabama campus is Denny Chimes with its carillon high above the quadrangle.  So Dr. Denny is well remembered, forever and always, and highly honored for his leadership, and it would be no knock on his legacy if we just gave him the Chimes and not the football stadium.

    It is always great to be a lifelong fan of the most highly decorated football program of all time.  Sixteen National football championships place Alabama at the pinnacle, above the storied programs at Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Michigan, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, among others who have garnered multiple national football championships.

    The two greatest college football coaches of all time (Paul Bear Bryant and Nick Saban) both coached at the same school, Alabama.  Of our 16 National football championships, Bryant and Saban have accounted for ten of them, and Coach Bryant probably deserved a couple more that were taken away back in the day.

    For 7 decades, beginning with J.B. Whitworth, I have been a diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.  And I passed that on to my children and hopefully they will do the same someday.

    Coach Saban deserves the honor of having his name on the stadium with Coach Bryant.  I don’t know if the Board of Regents or the State Legislature needs to make the decision, but let’s get this going.

    Coach Bryant is a legend that remains larger than life and in that sense, I continue to revere his coaching legacy, although it is hard to compare his era to Coach Saban’s.  As far as they go they have to be 1 and 2 all time, with all due respect to Knute Rockne and all the coaching greats that have gone before.

    It’s time for “Bryant-Saban.”

    Bryant-Saban Stadium has a nice ring to it!  A perennial National Championship ring.


  • September 11, 2001

    911Hard to believe it has been 14 years. We need to remember as a way of honoring those we lost. How could we not? It really happened. It wasn’t just “close to home,” – it WAS home.

    Fourteen years ago, my town, Boston, like all cities, small and large, came to a halt. No planes flying, no trucks or trains. We all went home and watched the news all that day and into the night. Then we did it the next day and the next and here we are fourteen years later.

    It was the utter silence, in Boston on 9-11, that I remember. A city gone suddenly quiet, no delivery trucks, no cars, no planes, no trains. That silence was broken, periodically, by F-15s, Screaming Eagles with afterburners aglow, making passes over Boston.

    Here we are, 14 years later to the day. I don’t think it is ever going to be the same, at least in our lifetime. That was truly a watershed moment.

    Of course, we remember those who were lost and we give our thanks to all those brave first and second responders. Thanks to those who serve our country and are always vigilant. Local, State, and Federal. We are mostly a grateful nation.


  • President Jimmy

    Truly sad to hear that President Jimmy Carter, now 90, has liver cancer that has spread. He’s had a long life, a good life by almost every possible measure, and I wish the best for him, as I always have.

    I met him twice when he was running for President and became a lifelong fan.

    Over the years, I’ve had a couple of other chances to shake his hand and talk with him.
    Although President Carter was a victim of bad luck regarding the hostage taking in Iran, when the US Embassy was overrun, and the Middle East oil crisis, he was, and is, a truly great person, as his post presidential life these past 35 years has shown; having been the world over, promoting fair, honest elections, primarily in Africa and both Central and South America. But he has also spent significant time wherever freedom needed his assistance. Jimmy’s efforts with Habitat For Humanity show yet another example of a life dedicated to helping others.

    All the best to him. – Harry>



    SOXHere are the fifteen things, regarding the Boston Red Sox, that I would do immediately, charting them on a better, a new course

    1. Fire John Farrell as the club manager.

    2. Fire Ben Cherington (club GM) and Bill James.

    3. Go out and get multiple frontline starting pitchers.

    4. Fire some scouts and talent evaluators and replace them.

    5. Hire John Farrell as the club general manager.

    6. Retire the song “Sweet Caroline” and never play it at Fenway.

    7. Bring Jackie Bradley Jr. up from AAA. Make him your permanent CF.

    8. Move Alex De Aza to LF. Move Mookie Betts to RF

    9. Bolster the bullpen. Trade Breslow.

    10. Platoon Hanley Ramirez / David Ortiz, one being the DH, the other playing 1B. Both start but have Alan Craig in the wings.

    11. TRADE: Sandoval, Porcello, and Victorino. Release Mike Napoli.

    12. Send Eddy Rodriguez (P) back to AAA for more seasoning.

    13. Have Brock Holt play 3B on a daily basis and bat lead off.

    14. Hire a new manager, maybe Ozzie Guillen, who is a little feared, a little crazy, and who will bench anyone who isn’t hustling, playing fundamental defensive baseball, making good base running decisions, and can’t successfully drive runners in and/or move them along. Maybe Ozzie, maybe not.

    15. Hire me as a team consultant.




    There are three golf analysts who unfailingly speak the truth: Johnny Miller, Paul Azinger, and Brandel Chamblee. All have their critics, but no one can deny they say what they think and are quick to point out shortcomings of players, courses, even themselves. To a much lesser degree, Nick Faldo can sometimes be an honest analyst, not consistently as unafraid as Miller, Azinger, and Chamblee are.

    Without one of these three, any important golf event is much more vanilla. Knowing what the players are really saying about the course conditions, behind closed doors, is the difference between reality and something less than that.

    Fox was pretty terrible compared to the three major networks or ESPN. What Fox thought that Steve Flesch, Tom Weiskopf, or Brad Faxon would bring to the tournament was a huge overexpectation on their part. Greg Norman wasn’t going to make waves and seemed coached to some degree. Weiskopf can be ascerbic, but certainly wasn’t with Fox.

    David Duval was surprising in his reticence to speak without a voice in his ear telling him to say the sweet nothings that popped out of his mouth. I know Duval can do a lot better and perhaps he can become the truth teller that Fox needs in order to bring great golf commentary to important events.

    I’m no great fan of Joe Buck, nor am I a great detractor either, but suffice to say that from my perspective he was generally pretty good.

    Chambers Bay was a beautiful place and a pretty cool layout, but the greens were woeful for a US Open. Brandel Chamblee on the Golf Channel’s air, was forthright in his criticisms. Fox could not bring itself to criticize either the USGA or Mike Davis and both deserved a whole heap of grief for the conditions of the putting surfaces. Mild mannered Ernie Els said, post event, that the greens were mostly just dirt.


  • On Jordan Spieth

    “He is a walking extension of the traditions of this game.” – Brandel Chamblee, The Golf Channel
    Chalk another one up for the good guys. This humble kid, just 21, is in full possession of all the requisite skills to end up in the pantheon of Golf’s greatest players ever. He’ll need to keep up the good work, and I fully expect him to, for the next 15 years or so, to equal and surpass the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Bobby Jones, Old Tom Morris, and Phil Mickelson; but the sky is the limit for Jordan Spieth.
    The Kid, as I will from now on call him, (a not so subtle reference to the baseball legend, Ted Williams, who was known throughout his Hall of Fame professional baseball career as “The Kid.”) turned pro in late 2012. This is his third season on the PGA Tour where he has played in 75 tournaments, made the cut in 62 of them, and has now won four of them, including the first two majors of 2015.
    For non golf fans, there are four majors every year, and they are: The Masters Tournament, The United States Open, The British Open which is also referred to as the Open Championship, and the PGA Tournament. That is all there are. Four events that every great player in the world wants to play in and win.
    In a time when Tiger Woods’ star seems to be descending, from almost out of nowhere comes this fresh faced, self effacing, young pro who has a star that is ascendance, to say the least. There is only Northern Ireland superstar, Rory McIlroy, as the other young golfer who plays and wins regularly at the Majors. McIlroy is now in possession of four Major titles, at the ripe age of 26. Rory turned pro in 2007 and has won 11 of the 95 PGA tournaments he has played in. Rory is a world golfer and has now played in 151 European Tour events, taking first prize eleven times. Overall, Rory has played in 26 major tournaments and has won four of them.
    In my lifetime, Arnold Palmer arrived on the golf scene, taking the reins from Ben Hogan. Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, and most especially Jack Nicklaus, universally given credit as the greatest golfer of all time, came to prominence in the second half of the 20th century. And those great major champions gave way to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. That brings us to Rory McIlroy and to Jordan Spieth, who as a self professed “amateur golf historian” understands better than most what he has accomplished and the historic golf company he is keeping.
    In about three weeks, the great golfers of the world will tee it up at St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” at The Auld Course, for the 2015 British Open, which is the third of golf’s four majors. Then in August the PGA will be played, this year along the shores of Lake Michigan, at Whistling Straits, in Kohler, Wisconsin. Tiger will be there, Phil Mickelson too, and Rory and Jordan, and all of the best players, each trying to win golf’s next major, and carve their name in golfing history.
    Going back a ways, my favorite golfers were Payne Stewart and Paul Azinger. For the past ten years or so, I have exclusively been for Phil Mickelson, now 45 years of age, with his meter running on his chance to win another major or two, before Time erodes his skills.
    From this point going forward, I will be rooting equally for Philly Mick and Jordan Spieth, and I promise to telepathically will putts in the cup for both of them. They say nice guys don’t finish first, but whoever thought that one up, doesn’t know a thing about either Phil or The Kid. –
    Harry Lipson



    LESTERCongratulations to Lester Holt for being named the permanent Anchor of the NBC Nightly News.

    photo by Harry Lipson


  • THE JUDGE: a movie reviewed

    JUDGEYeah.  Hell yeah.  The best movie I’ve seen in a good long while.   THE JUDGE.  Brilliantly acted, drilled right down with a nearly perfect script.  I love good writing.  Robert Downey, Jr. was better than I have ever seen him.  Vera Farmiga was tender and wise and she nailed it.  And then there is Robert Duvall.   Son of a Bitch can flat fucking act.  He is as close to pure as an actor can be.

    I heard that Nicholson turned down the role and, while we all love Jack, I’m most appreciative that he said no, because the role was tailor-made for Robert Duvall.  And then there is Mr. Thornton.  Ol’ Billy Bob.  Everything he does is good and worth savoring.  Small town Indiana never looked so good.  Let me ask you, can a movie be as bittersweet as can be and also be about as sweet as a piece of homemade pie.  This movie is a paean about family and love and loss and grief and it’s a lot about anger and jealousy.

    Directed beautifully by David Dobkin, with cinematography by Janusz Kaminski who made great use of light, space, and a handful of drones that slowly rise just to make a point, which is what good film making is essentially about.   Well done, gentlemen.  And in a cookie cutter age when movies have to be two hours or less, Dobkin and his editors end up with 2 hours and 22 minutes.  Thanks for not leaving it on the cutting room floor just to satisfy industry timeframes.

    I hope this movie wins awards, for two reasons, first so it will attract a wider audience; and lastly, because it might bring more scripts, more well acted roles, more lovely visuals.  THE JUDGE is one of the best movies in the past ten years.  Just my opinion, what’s yours? –  Harry Lipson, 6-7-15.



“Calling Trains


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INTRODUCTION TO THE SONG:    I’d like to say thanks to a friend of mine.   This song, “Calling Trains” is on one of his many record albums, and it is his photo and album cover that you see down below.  He was the real Dos Equis guy.   Bruce  Phillips  (1935 – 2008) was his name, and he was in the running for the most interesting man in the world.   “Utah” was the name he answered to.  His nom de guerre was  U. Utah Phillips.

In this little adventure, Utah was my personal tour guide at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, on a day, just months before the Gardner Museum was robbed in what was, and remains, the biggest art theft in American history.  That is all I have to say on the subject of robbery until they up the reward, wink wink.  I’m kidding.

There are individuals and there are INDIVIDUALS.  Bruce Phillips was the latter.  Ask anyone who knew him, and plenty did.  He had merriment in his eyes and a benevolent aura about him.  His hair and beard were snow white.  He wore a flannel shirt and painters overalls.

Utah Phillips was a less well known American icon, a railroad man, a hobo, a gandydancer, a writer and performer, a Wobbly, a pain in the ass to conservatives and bosses, and a people person of the highest order.  Utah got paid to travel the world and sing songs, and tell his always hilarious stories.  He was far more of a story teller than a song singer.

On this particular day, at the Gardner Museum, Utah Phillips was piss full of vinegar and details about Rembrandt this and Rembrandt that.  He morphed into a museum tour guide, as versed as if he worked there.

Bruce was telling me exactly how many self portraits Rembrandt had painted as we stepped  into the beautiful home of the late Isabella Stewart Gardner, a 19th century Patron of the Arts, who would eventually own one of the great private art collections in the world.  It is now a museum in Boston’s Back Bay.

Utah pointed out a small painting on the wall to the right and blurted, “Ah, the ‘Storm on the Sea of Galilee.’   Harry did you know that Rembrandt painted himself into this very painting.  Look in the lifeboat, right there.  It’s  Ol’ van Rijn himself.”

About a half hour earlier, Utah and I had been at a nearby conference and the proceedings were sliding downhill into Pedantics 101. He got my attention, gave me a thumb sign, and motioned toward the door, with a jerk of his head.  I had no idea where we were going.  He obviously did and it was off to the Gardner Museum.


As mentioned above, this is about a song that appeared on one of  his many records.  He didn’t sing the song.  We don’t know who did.   It is titled “Calling Trains” and it is all of 46 seconds long.  It is spoken word.

It is a chant by an unidentified gentleman, inside the Union Railroad Station in New Orleans, circa 1935 give or take five years, announcing the departure of the City of New Orleans passenger train bound, eventually,  for Chicago.

This is not an express train to say the least.  It is the Local, making stop after stop (forty in all) as it rolls north from New Orleans toward Chicago, through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.  “Calling Trains” calls out each of the  forty scheduled stops the City of New Orleans was scheduled to make on its journey.  The recording is from the Library of Congress.

When I listened, at first, I couldn’t decipher much of what was being said.  But I stayed with it,  trying to understand the whole “call from start to finish.    After studying  old railroad maps and Mississippi atlases, I have a written complete precise translation  of the  “call.” Absolutely correct.  Guaranteed or your money back.

As the gentleman is calling out for passengers to board the train on track four, you can probably pick up some of what he say on first listen.  After you hear it a few times take a look at the transliteration below and then listen again as you read along.  I think it is pretty cool.  And it is historic as well.

So enjoy the listen.  However, I still need some help with the transcription.  If you can figure out the last three words spoken, you will get credit for doing so in this post.  It sounds to me like SAL A MATOO.    Obviously, that is not English.  He may be saying “That’s all of my tune”  It has me stumped.  So if you have any idea, please let me know


HERE ARE THE LYRICS, which are absolutely spot on except for the last line.


transcription by Harry Lipson III




GRENADA, SARDIS, MEMPHIS, DYERSBURG, FULTON, to CAIRO, CARBONDALE, Centralia, Effingham, Mattoon, Champaign,

Kankakee, and Chicago.  Train on Track Four.  Sal a matoo.”



 I found it a nice coincidence  that one of the forty en-route stops for the  The City of New Orleans was in  Goodman, MS,  given that Steve Goodman wrote the Grammy award winning song about this famous  train.

One of the  mysteries, to me, is why the gentlemen  calls out “Lux”, Mississippi as one of the train stops.  The  train rolls along the Illinois Central Railroad tracks and Lux was located northwest of Hattiesburg and southeast of Jackson.   It was many miles away from the railroad line, no where near it in fact.   I have looked at  original Mississippi railroad maps and old state maps and you won’t find Lux anywhere near the tracks.  To add to this mystery, Lux disappeared and is no longer found  on maps after a certain date prior to 1950. .    Could the gentlemen have been from Lux and wanted to give a shout out to his hometown?   We will never know how Lux makes the list of train stops, for sure the City of New Orleans never once stopped in Lux.

Deciphering the audio was initially challenging.  I misunderstood the gentleman at numerous points, but eventually it became clearer to me.  Mapping and repeated listening ultimately solved the puzzle of the lyrics.

“Luling” was initially difficult for me to ascertain what he was saying.  I found Luling on an old map right on the train line.

“Amite” was another that took additional time to understand and transcribe.

“Terry” and “Byram” were initially tough to determine.  I thought he was saying
“Cairo bound for Jackson”.  If you listen to it, you might hear him say that too.

I also had trouble understanding an earlier portion that I thought was “Westhaven”.   But there is no Westhaven MS.  It was “Wesson”, “Hazelhurst”.

And as mentioned previously I am unable to understand the last three words that are spoken which sound like  “Sal A Matoo.”    ANY THOUGHTS ?

Vaughn, MS, one of the forty stops along the line in “Calling Trains,” is oft forgotten as the place where famous railroading “disaster” occurred in 1900.
It was near Vaughn that Casey Jones, veteran Illinois Central conductor, died, the only fatality in that accident, (Casey was at fault for rear ending a freight train) forever immortalized in song.    Listen and enjoy and try to catch the words (you can follow along with my transcription above).    

Harry Lipson III @ HarryShots.com

“Calling Trains” by unknown train announcer

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A Library of Congress recording, circa 1935, by an unknown gentleman, recorded at Union Railroad Station in New Orleans.  He gives the “all aboard” for the City of New Orleans local train departing shortly, bound eventually for Chicago.  A rare audio and a great audio glimpse into American history.  See my blog CALLING TRAINS for the whole story.  I invite you to see my blog on this historic audio track.  Check out my Ramble in this blog, scroll down to Calling Trains.  This is cool as hell and rare. Check it out.   HL


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  • James Hood Was Here

    FosterIt is reported that James Hood died today. from THE TUSCALOOSA NEWS 1-17-2013:-

    { “James Hood, who faced down George Wallace’s stand in the schoolhouse door to help integrate the University of Alabama 50 years ago, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 70, in his hometown of Gadsden. James did a great thing for the University of Alabama,” said E. Culpepper Clark, former dean of UA’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, and author of “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama.”

    “With Vivian Malone, he liberated the university to serve all the people of Alabama and thereby join the ranks of the nation’s flagship universities.”

    Hood and Vivian Malone Jones, who died in 2005, attempted to register and pay fees June 11, 1963, at UA’s Foster Auditorium, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Gov. George Wallace, surrounded by a phalanx of state troopers, barred them, attempting to keep his infamous inaugural promise of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” Later that day, Wallace backed down after President John F. Kennedy federalized the National Guard. }

    JAMES HOOD WAS HERE. Thank you Sir. Lord, may he rest in peace.HL


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