Sunday, June 25, 2006


Check out the result of an interview I did with Wedding Bells magazine!

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Let's Twist Again, Like We Did Last Summer!

Let's Twist Again was released 45 years ago this month! It was written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, and released as a single recorded by Chubby Checker, one of the biggest hit singles of 1961 reaching #2 in the UK charts and #8 in the U.S. charts. It refers to the Twist dance craze and his 1960 single "The Twist" a UK and US #1 single. The song received the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Rock 'n Roll Recording.

Jackie Kennedy loved to Twist, and rolled back the carpets when she hosted a party. So did Audrey Hepburn:

Someone else who liked to Twist was a little Canadian girl named Shari who won the Twist contest at Cindy Schneider's brthday party in 1963 -- that's me on the right!
makes me feel old....

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I Feel So Sorry for St. Valentine!

Valentine's Day is a day for love and romance. It is also the feast day of St. Valentine, yet many people have no idea who he was.

Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate in 269.

One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."