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Tex Johnson Has Risen from the Grave

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Posts

He won’t go away. Back in the early 60s, the pseudonymous Tex Johnson and an anonymous band of studio musicians ("the Six-Shooters") cut a country-western Christmas album called Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The jacket was made of blue and silver foil, emblazoned with a cartoon of Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh through the night skies over [&hellip
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Revisiting My Pumpkin-Headed Self,Via 8-mm Home Movies

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

In the days before VCRs and long before affordable camcorders, American families had two choices when it came to preserving their memories visually. Either take a lot of snapshots, or get hold of an 8-mm home movie camera and projector. There was a time when every family, it seemed, had a boxful of 8-mm films, [&hellip
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Community Bookstore’s Catherine Bohne Brings the War to Park Slope

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Park Slope’s Community Bookstore has always been a quiet place. A dark, cramped, well-stocked neighborhood landmark. When the inevitable Barnes & Noble opened up a few blocks away, the independently owned bookstore not only survived, but seemed to thrive in response. More than just a simple bookstore, they sport a pleasant little cafe in the [&hellip
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The Complexity of Simplicity

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

For some reason–more a collection of relentlessly stupid ones–many of the simplest human activities in this modern world of ours are things I find almost unbearably difficult to do. Not for any clear reason–it has nothing, for instance, to do with any physical infirmity–they’re just things I have a hard time with. Like making phone [&hellip
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