Our Boomer-In-Charge at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes about
boomer memories and current events... from a boomer’s perspective. He is
sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, some- times a little of each. We
hope you get a kick out of our Boomer Essays.
I am a night-owl. I get it from my mother, who would always watch the late, late, late show... and then complain the next day about how horrible it was. If I ever get to the point where I am watching the Home Shopping Network for its entertainment value... just shoot me.
If I ever get to the point where I say, “Ya’ know, that Jerry Springer is really a mighty caring guy”... just shoot me!
One of my favorite essays is called “Desiderata.” You may recall hearing
it as a kid: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence.” But these days the line that jumps out
and slaps me in the face is this one: “Take kindly the counsel of the
years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”
You can listen to a short clip of it here:
(It’s a little sappy; but some of us were kinda’ into that in the 60s.)
OK; I’m ready to surrender a few things. I cannot run as fast or as far
as I did when I was a kid. I don’t drink as much beer as I did when I was
younger. Heck, I don’t even want to. Another Woodstock? No;
not even if Grace Slick were on stage... naked.
Fine. I am thinking ahead; I’ll be willing to surrender.... a few
Click to enlarge/shrink
But for me, accepting ravages of age does have its limits. I will never
be my grandfather. Grandfather Chicowitz was a fine, portly old
gentleman. But as an old man, he was an absolute yutz. Gramps had false
teeth, and on Sundays he never bothered to put them in. I donno... “day
of rest” or something. So he went walking around, flapping his gums like
a fish out of water, gasping for air. It was so embarrassing that
everybody would turn their head sideways when they talked to him. Nobody
wanted to see him talking; hearing him was bad enough.
Now, I donno... I have soft teeth and enough mercury fillings and
porcelain crowns to outfit a small chemical lab.
So just maybe... maybe someday, I might need false teeth. But if I ever
walk around the house without putting them in, please... please, just
shoot me! That is not “gracefully surrendering the things of youth”; that
is abusing the natural laws of decorum. Just shoot me.
To continue reading this essay, please join us as a member at BBHQ!
BBHQ Membership -- $9 Per Year -- Here's What You'll Get:
Access to hundreds of boomer stories about
boomers, growing up, growing older,
staying young, staying smart,
and remembering the good ol' days
18 books in the BBHQ Trivia Library
BBHQ’s Name That Tune quizzes
Who Said That?
What’s in a Number?
What’s in a Number? - R&R edition
The Name Game
The Boomer Movie Quiz
A BBHQ Time Capsule Report
Unlimited access to lyrics to over 750 songs
Search the title and artist of over 4,000 oldies
Search 750 song lyrics for a word or phrase
Print the boomer verbal collages -
(Home Page/60s/70s pages)
Access to other special features
The great comfort of knowing that you
have helped save us from financial
disaster. (We are too small to fail.)
$9 per year... come on!
We'll send you to PayPal.com to process your payment;
then, PayPal will send you back here as a new member.
Your payment will go through the secure, encrypted services of PayPal.com, the most trusted Internet payment system.
Please help us by buying stuff through our link to Amazon.com:
The BBHQ Feature Album
is "Old Friends Live on Stage (Deluxe Edition) (2 CD/1 DVD),"
by Simon & Garfunkel. If you were fortunate enough to see them in concert
in 2003, I do not have to sell you. The concert was terrific! This
album collection includes 55 songs, plus their new recording, "Citizen of
the Planet," and one of the songs sung by the Everly Brothers during the
concert. The DVD was recorded during their concert in Madison
Square Garden in 2003. For any S&G fan, this is a
must have! But then, you knew that already, didn't you?
The BBHQ Feature Book is
“Bobby Rydell – Teen Idol on the Rocks.”
This is a “behind the scenes” story of one of the boomers’
first rock n’ roll stars. Told in the first person,
Bobby chronicles his short ride to the pinnacle of fame and fortune,
his glide through the 70s and 80s, and how he nearly lost it all.
Relax; it has a happy ending. Bobby was (and is) a “normal”
Philly guy... with an absolute love of music and an amazing gift.
For any fan of early rock n’ roll, it’s a wonderful story. And yes, Bobby Rydell
is still on tour, playing to boomer fans all over the world.
here for a closer look at the book.