LISTS

Libraries Visited in NYC

One of my hobbies is visiting libraries throughout the United States. Here’s a list of libraries I’ve visited in NYC:

  • New York Public Library Main Branch
  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library
  • Columbia University Butler Library
  • Columbia University Health Sciences Library
  • New York Academy of Medicine Library
  • The Grolier Club Library
  • New York Society Library
  • New York Historical Society Library and Museum
  • Library at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • NYU Library
  • Morgan Library and Museum
  • NYC Department of Records City Hall Library
  • General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen Library

Twelve Major Historical Events in my Lifetime

Everybody who was over the age of 6 when President Kennedy was shot probably remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news. I was in the 7th grade, coming up the stairs from gym class. It came over the PA system. With the Challenger disaster, I was at a conference on pediatrics in Hollywood, FL. We were watching the launch on TV. At first, we didn’t realize there was something amiss.

  • JFK’s assassination
  • The Beatles arrival in America
  • Martin Luther King’s assassination
  • First man on the moon
  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • Challenger explosion
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall
  • End of apartheid
  • The death of Princess Di
  • Columbine
  • 9/11
  • iPhone

Twelve of My Favorite TV Shows and Characters

Some of these are leftovers from childhood. Others resonate from adulthood.

  • Candid Camera – where a whole generation grew up thinking that the word “candid” meant “hidden.”
  • Leave it to Beaver – Eddie Haskell, Wally’s best friend, the insincerely polite, smart alec was unforgettable.
  • Dr. Kildare – the original version of Dr. McDreamy
  • The Ed Sullivan Show – the closest I ever got to the Beatles was to see them on that show until I broke into Paul McCartney’s house
  • The Fugitive – the older version of The Mentalist
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – Beatnik character Maynard G. Krebs
  • The Patty Duke Show – loved the theme song
  • Queen for a Day – schadenfreude at its best
  • Saturday Night Live – Roseanne Roseannadanna “It’s always something” and “never mind.” Who couldn’t relate?
  • Friends – newer version of Happy Days
  • Seinfeld – sidekicks were the next generation of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with Elaine as Rhoda,  Kramer as Ted and George as Murray.
  • ER- of course, my life’s career

Twelve Bad Ideas

  • Doctors giving sugar lollipops and balloons to their patients.
  • Having mercury in thermometers.
  • Selling candy cigarettes
  • Having no smoking sections in theaters, restaurants and airplanes
  • “New” Coke
  • The Edsel
  • In 1920 The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees so that the manager could invest in the Broadway show “No, No Nanette” – big flop.
  • Asbestos in insulation, brake pads, etc.
  • Red dye #2
  • Leaded gasoline
  • Pay toilets
  • Olestra

Unique Celebrity Names

One of my theories in life is that having an unusual first name increases your chances of becoming famous. Examples: Barack, Cher, Elton, Eminem, Madonna, Magic, Oprah, and Shakira, to name a few. Some are original names from birth; others were created. You know immediately who they are. The list started out with a few names and slowly expanded to 406 names as of September, 2016.

Aaliyah

Adele

Adlai

Ahmad

Alanis

Alfre

Alonzo

Amal

America

Angelica

Angelina

Angus

Apolo

Aphrodite

Apollonia

Aretha

Arlen

Arlo

Arrianna

Arsenio

Arty

Ashanti

Ashton

Ava

Axl

Aziz

Babe

Barack

Barbra

Bat

Bethenny

Beyonce

Bianca

Bindi

Bing

Birch

Bjork

Bjorn

Blythe

Bode

Bono

Boz

Bristol

Britney

Brooklyn

Bruno

Bryce

Busby

Busta

Buster

Buzz

Cactus

Callista

Cameron

Carrot Top

Cassius

Cat

Cedric

Cee-Lo

Celine

Chaka

Channing

Charlize

Charlton

Charo

Cheech

Cher

Chevy

Christoph

Chubby

Chumlee

Chyna

Clay

Cloris

Colette

Conan

Condoleezza

Conway

Coolio

Cornel

Crispian

Crystal

Cuba

Cybil

Cyd

Dakota

Della

Danica

Demi

Denzel

Desi

Diahann

Dion

Dizzy

DL

Dolly

Dolph

Drake

Dusty

Eartha

e.e.

Elia

Elijah

Elie

Ellery

Elton

Eminem

Emmitt

Emmylou

Engelbert

Estee

Eydie

Fabian

Fabio

Famke

Farrah

Felicity

Fergie

Forrest

Foxy

Garrison

Garth

Gay

Geena

Geraldo

Gilda

Giulianna

Golda

Goldie

Greta

Groucho

Gwyneth

Gypsy Rose

Halle

Hammer

Harrison

Hayden

Heath

Helena

Hedy

Hoda

Holland

Hopalong

Hulk

Humphrey

Ice Cube

Ice-T

Iggy

Ima

Iman

Imelda

Isla

Ivana

Ivanka

Jann

January

Jay-Z

Jazz

Jean-Claude

Jeb

Jerzy

Jewel

Joaquin

J.Lo

Joely

Joss

Juanes

Julio

Kanye

Kareem

k.d.

Keanu

Keir

Keira

Kelsey

Kenan

Kendall

Kendra

Keri

Kesha

Khloe

Kid

Kiefer

Kirstie

Kobe

Kylie

Kyra

Lady Gaga

Lainie

Laurene

LeAnn

LeBron

Leelee

Leif

Leonardo

Lester

LeVar

Liberace

Lionel

Liza

LL

Lolo

Lorne

Ludacris

Lulu

Luther

Macauley

Mackenzie

Madonna

Mae

Magic

Maksim

Malia

Mamie

Manfred

Margaux

Mariah

Marlee

Marlo

Marlon

Maya

MC

Meat

Megyn

Mehmet

Melania

Miley

Mischa

Mitt

Mitzi

Moby

Mo’Nique

Montel

Mos

Muhammed

Myrna

Nadia

Nastia

Natasia

Neve

Newt

Nichelle

Niecy

Nigella

Nipsy

Norah

Olympia

Omar

Omarosa

Oprah

OJ

Orville

Otis

Parker

Peaches

  1. Diddy

Pee Wee

Pele

Penn

Perez

Pernell

Petulia

Picabo

Peyton

Pierce

Piers

Pink

Piper

Pippa

Portia

Posh

Prince

Prudence

Puff

Queen

Quentin

Quincy

Rand

Raquel

Raven

Reba

Redd

Reese

Regis

Rex

Rhea

Rihanna

Riker

Ringo

Rip

Rock

Rodriguez

Roman

Ronaldinho

Rudolph

Rudy

Rue

Rush

Sade

Salma

Salman

Saoirse

Sargent

Savannah

Scarlet

Scottie

Seal

Selenia

Serena

Shakira

Shailene

Shania

Shaquille

Shari

Shashana

Shecky

Sheena

Shia

Shiloh

Sia

Siegfried

Sienna

Sigournie

Sinbad

Sissy

Skeet

Slim

Sly

Smokey

Snooki

Snoop

Soledad

Soleil

Sonny

Soupy

Spanky

Spike

Spiro

Star

Steadman

Steely

Sting

Stockard

Stone

Sugar

Sully

Suri

Swoosie

Syd

Sylvester

Ta-Nehisi

Tab

Talia

Tallulah

Taraji

Tatum

Tea

Telly

Tennessee

Tiffany

Tig

Tiger

Tilda

Tiny

Tipper

Tippi

Tobey

Topher

Topol

Trini

Truman

Tucker

Tuesday

Tupac

Twiggy

Tyne

Tyra

Uma

Usain

Usher

Vanilla

Vanna

Venus

Veronica

Verushka

Vin

Wanda

Wavy

Weird

Wesley

Winston

Whitey

Whitney

Whoppi

Wilson

Wolf

Wynonna

Yanni

Yasmin

Yogi

Yoko

Yul

Yves

Zelda

Zero

Zsa Zsa