Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

It can't come fast enough. 

May you have a happy, healthy, prosperous new year.  And may we be better off in a year than we are today.

26 comments :

Max said...


Thanks Ken and wish you the same.

Peter said...

Just 11 months till the Democrats sweep the mid-terms! And before that, there's the continuing FBI investigation.

Happy New Year to you too, Ken, and all readers.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Ken. Thanks for doing what you do.

And in the words of the inimitable Col. Sherman Potter: “ Here’s to the New Year. May she be a damn site better than the old one.”

Pam, St. Louis

Unknown said...

Looking forward to more 'tales from the trenches', your humorous take on the times and perhaps some insight, in the New Year, as to why some teams seem to reach the playoffs most years while for others it becomes a miracle.

John H said...

Happy New Year Ken.

BobinVT said...

Happy New Year Ken. Maybe this will brighten your day a bit. A few years ago in your blog you mentioned that you used the name Beaver Cleaver in one of your DJ gigs. The obvious double entendre was one of your reasons. I was surfing the web reasearching the Jack Benny TV show, and stumbled upon the fact that then child actor Harry Shearer's name on the show was Harry Beaver. Coincidence? I think not. I guess we've all got to get our minds out of the gutter.

Paul B said...

The same to you and your family.
Only 359 columns to Christmas!

VP81955 said...

To you as well, Ken.

John Hammes said...

"Look after yourselves, and each other.
And, know that this isn't goodbye.
It's just, so long for now."

-- Stuart McLean 1948 - 2017
Creator, Host, CBC Radio's "Vinyl Cafe".

therealshell said...

Harry Shearer played "Frankie Bennett," a precursor of "Eddie Haskell" on the pilot film for "Leave it to Beaver". Don't believe everything you see online.

Peter said...

Don't forget, folks. The main event of 2018 will be Oprah getting the lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. I'm probably understating it. She'll give a speech that will make it seem the main event of the 21st century.

Mike Bloodworth said...

As they say where I come from, ¡Prospero Ano Nuevo! May EVERYONE'S new year be better than 2017.

Lyn said...

I was surfing the web reasearching the Jack Benny TV show, and stumbled upon the fact that then child actor Harry Shearer's name on the show was Harry Beaver.

Shearer's character name on the Benny show was NOT "Harry Beaver." Shearer played one of several boys on the show who were members of the Beavers' Club, which was a Boy Scout-like group with which Benny was sometimes involved. The boys were in awe of Benny, who entertained them with very exaggerated tales of his athleticism and derring-do. Sites like imdb list Shearer's character name as "Harry Beaver" in some Benny episodes, but they are quite wrong.

Jeff said...


Happy New Year Ken.


Peter,

😂😂😂😂

Those waiters will be chuffed. Highest honor for them.

I wish if only Ken will review, atleast Oprah's verbal diarrhoea.

Ralph C. said...

Happy Whatchamacallit to all!

Bob C. said...

I think somebody's resolution should be to get psychological intervention for this ridiculous obsession he has with Oprah.

Buttermilk Sky said...

I just listened to your latest podcast and I totally agree -- never had the slightest wish to stand in a crowd of drunks staring up at a shiny ball, even before Times Square became the most severely policed three acres this side of the Middle East. ABC is actually carrying Dick Clark reruns tonight. Well, Guy Lombardo once said, "When I go, I'm taking New Year's Eve with me," and it finally happened.

Enjoy the Rose Parade, the Beef Bowl and all the other things you celebrated, and please bring us another year of your amazing blog (the first thing I read every day). Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

I've never understood all the excitement about the arrival of another year. In ancient times, when it was doubtful if any given individual would live to see another year, and when people thought supernatural gods were responsible for recurring astronomical events, I can understand why there was reason to dance and jump and shout. But why now? What are we supposed to be celebrating?

However, thanks, Ken, for the New Year wish. And thanks, Peter, for including readers in your New Year wish. That was kind. I'm a regular reader and commenter, but I've decided to be anonymous today.

VP81955 said...

I wish all of you a productive 2018.

Abe said...


"On the internet, 78% of all statistics displayed are actually incorrect and 87% of all quotes are wrongly attributed."

Abraham Lincoln
1865

VP81955 said...

The Los Angeles Times radio highlights from 50 years ago today. KNX wasn't yet an all-news station -- and the all-sports format wouldn't arrive for another few decades, when New York's WFAN began -- but the station carried plenty of sports: The NFL title game (the famed Dallas-Green Bay "ice bowl") at 10:45 a.m., Kings hockey vs. first-year partner Philadelphia (IIRC, the Forum had just opened) at 4, and the Lakers at the expansion San Diego Rockets at 7. How were Lakers/Kings scheduling conflicts handled?

VP81955 said...

Oopsie, I forget the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/144249005597676/permalink/1742517429104151/

Andy Rose said...

All the best to you in the new year!

Lorimartian said...

Happy New Year? Say goodbye to Du-par's in Studio City. Couldn't renegotiate their lease, meaning, I suspect, like many other establishments in the area, they were priced out of it. The restaurant owner, who said business was booming, hopes to find another location in Studio City. Can't imagine where that would be that isn't (even more) congested beyond belief. And who is moving in?...Sephora cosmetics. Sad.

Peter said...

Bob C,

I'm in a cheerful mood, so your comment made me chuckle. I'm not offended at all. I kinda get what you're saying. But have you never loathed a particular celebrity? Everyone has songs or shows they love to hate and also celebrities. I'm not obsessed with Oprah. I just find her to be a narcissist and her show was a platform for alternative health frauds to peddle their garbage. Plus, her need for recognition as an actress is amusing.

But ok, I'll try and chill out on mentioning her here. Except when she gives her Globes speech. At least allow me that. It's guaranteed to be hilarious.

Kevin FitzMaurice said...

Peter, I share your views regarding Oprah's self-centeredness. That was certainly evident, as Mr. Levine pointed out, during the CBS tribute program for Mary Tyler Moore last year.

I used to love it when Letterman's stagehands would read aloud from Oprah show transcripts.

As far as her acting roles, I thought she was good in "The Color Purple."