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home : columnists : dick wolfsie October 23, 2017


Talking trash
When I wrote last week's column about my recent knee replacement surgery, many people responded with expressions of sympathy. Not for me, but for my wife, who has had to pester me every day to do my exercises, which can be very painful. The pestering, I mean.

To help pass the time while I was moaning and groaning, Mary Ellen decided to tackle a job she had been putting off: going through kitchen drawers to see what we have accumulated in them over the years...and what should be thrown out.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Liar liar liar
I'm a liar. A no good, rotten liar.

My awareness of this started a few weeks back when I wrote a column about my recent family vacation. We went to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. (That part was true.) Then I related how, before our return flight, I sent my digital camera through the security scanner. (Totally factual.) And how it was stolen when I left it behind in the tray. (Correct, again.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Frankly speaking
When Eugene Warrington died at the age of 95 last week, hundreds of people laid flowers at his site. Not the site of his grave, but of his grill. Walter's Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck, New York, just 20 minutes from where I grew up in Westchester County, was founded by Eugene's father, Walter. It was-and remains, according to many-the home of the greatest hot dog money can buy.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
What a pain
"It really hurts," I said to my wife as my knee buckled under me.

"Good," said Mary Ellen.

That's not the kind of support you expect from your spouse. It's bad enough I have virtually no support from my knee, which is why I'm getting a new one next week. Unlike a heart or kidney, you do not get someone else's knee: it pretty much comes in a box like a pair of shoes from Amazon Prime. You just have to pray it's going to fit. And there's a lousy return policy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Remembering Jerry Lewis
I dedicated my performance at Indy Fringe last week to the late Jerry Lewis. Born Jerry Levtich, he traced his ancestry back to Eastern Europe, the origins of classic Jewish literature and the humor that came as a response to the repression Jews experienced for millennia. I never met Jerry Lewis, but my closest friend for almost 60 years, Burt Dubrow (now an independent TV producer in LA), worked with Jerry on several of his Muscular Dystrophy telethons.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Forgotten dreams
Whenever I pick up the newspaper, I find medical news contrary to previously reported findings.

It's just a matter of time, for example, before someone discovers that deep-fried Oreos are an excellent source of anti-oxidants and a possible preventative for heart disease. I pray for that news to come, but why couldn't the New England Journal of Medicine have released the research before the State Fair began?

Monday, August 21, 2017
Being in a Vegetable Stew
I just returned from this year's Indiana State Fair. It was very bad timing, because I had just seen the government's reissued dietary guidelines online. I am not a fan of the current administration, but I did think in this one area they were going to cut us some us some slack...or a least a big piece of chocolate cake.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Man of honor and armor
The Ropkey Armor Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana has closed after more than 35 years. It was one of the finest private collections in the country. The contents will find homes in various museums around the country.

The founder, military historian and Korean War Veteran Fred Ropkey, passed away four years ago. As a tribute, I am re-running remarks I made at his funeral service in 2013. Check out my interview at WISHTV.com with Lani, Fred's wife of over 30 years in the next week or so.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Sitting pretty
What has happened to the art of sitting? People nowadays don't just sit; they have to be involved in some activity like emailing, blogging, tweeting, reading, or watching TV.

When I was a kid, people in my neighborhood sat on their front porch. Since this was New York, they were mostly protecting their valuables or waiting for the police to arrive. They were sitting, nonetheless. You see people sitting in a doctor's office-but these people are waiting. Big difference.

Monday, July 31, 2017



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