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Remembering My Marching Band School Days

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Remembering My Marching Band School Days

THE SONIC BOOMER I had an opportunity to hear a good old marching band last week, and it was so much fun that I made a mental note to stop and listen to every brass band I can — sort of a “stop and smell the roses” thing for the ears. This particular marching band was of the amateur sort, but that didn’t matter to me. Hearing the occasional wrong note only more...

Deborah Welky

New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

'I' ON CULTURE In this season of blockbuster special-effects movies, a small film like Love & Mercy really stands out. It is the fascinating story of the Beach Boys’ tortured genius Brian Wilson, both a musical history and a psychological study. Director Bill Pohlad switches between two key periods in Wilson’s life, somehow bringing him into sharp focus. more...

Leonard Wechsler

PBCHA Father’s Day Lead Line A Fun Reversal

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

PBCHA Father’s Day Lead Line A Fun Reversal

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Father’s Day was celebrated all over the country on Sunday, June 21. Many people enjoyed a backyard barbecue, a nice dinner out, funny cards or perhaps a special cake. But this Father’s Day, a dozen intrepid dads celebrated (and were celebrated) in a slightly different and unique way. The Palm Beach County Horseman’s Association held its more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Executive Pay Is Out Of Control In Big Media

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Executive Pay Is Out Of Control In Big Media

FOOTLOOSE AND... It is true. Discovery Communications pays its boss man, David Zaslav, $156 million a year to run the company. Wow! I am impressed. I wonder what his daily diary looks like? But wait, there are a cadre of other media head men who make out rather well, too. For example, Les Moonves, the CBS mogul, rides into second place in the top pay parade at a more...

Jules Rabin

Mark’s Boat-Owning Dream Has Me Worried

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Mark’s Boat-Owning Dream Has Me Worried

THE SONIC BOOMER Well, it has begun — the search for a live-aboard boat. I knew this day was coming, and I’ve been dreading it. But my husband Mark is in his element. He has worked his whole life for this moment. Plus, it was Father’s Day. What could I say? Last weekend, we drove from marina to marina, looking at boats for sale. Eventually, we will find one more...

Deborah Welky

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

'I' ON CULTURE When Pixar does a movie right, it is fabulous. That describes Inside Out, a tremendously inventive cartoon that manages to deal with emotional conflict in a way that makes it perfectly understandable to children, but also enchanting and thought-provoking for adults. It is unlike any movie I have seen in recent years, perhaps ever. But it works so more...

Leonard Wechsler

Horse Gym USA Treadmills Offers Many Benefits

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Horse Gym USA Treadmills Offers Many Benefits

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Jill Townsend remembers when she moved to Wellington from North Palm Beach in 1985. “They were building the Saddle Trail development. It was all farmland,” she recalled. “We had our pick of the lots. Ours was the fourth house built.” Jill and her family moved in order to be closer to the center of the horse community. She was more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Drunk? Soon You Won’t Be Able To Drive A Car

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Drunk? Soon You Won’t Be Able To Drive A Car

FOOTLOOSE AND... Drunken driving kills 10,000 Americans each year. Now a technological breakthrough may virtually eliminate this horrendous problem. How to achieve this momentous breakthrough? Either touch-sensitive contact points on a starter button or gear-shift or a set of breath sensors at these locations will immediately register the level of alcohol in the more...

Jules Rabin

Shopping For Dad Led Me To Unfamiliar Territory

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Shopping For Dad Led Me To Unfamiliar Territory

THE SONIC BOOMER I hope you’ve done your Father’s Day shopping because this Sunday is the big day. I used to have trouble finding gifts for the men in my life because it seemed that anything they’d like had a motor in it — and motors are expensive. But then I realized that I was shopping in the wrong stores. I was shopping in stores where the merchandise is more...

Deborah Welky

‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

'I' ON CULTURE HBO ran a series called Entourage for eight years chronicling the exploits of a few guys from Queens in Hollywood. It was a pleasant diversion with cameo appearances by denizens of show business. Five years after the series ended, HBO created a sequel as a movie. Although amusing, it basically is just a double episode of the series. It is also more...

Leonard Wechsler