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Better Than a Philly Cheesesteak: The Actuarial Assassin

Posted on 29 September 2015

  The following introduction was delivered at the Actuaries Club of Philadelphia’s (ACP) meeting on Nov. 19, 2014:   “For the first time in the history of the ACP, the person who will introduce the health session speaker will get his own introduction. Let me repeat that —the person introducing the session speaker will get […]

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The Realization of a Musical Dream

Posted on 09 June 2014

The Music Corner   Few people get to realize any of their lives’ dreams.  I’m one of the fortunate ones.  My story begins almost a half century ago in the southern New Jersey town of Willingboro, one of many post-war era planned suburban communities of the ‘50s and ‘60s.   As a child and adolescent, […]

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A Bitter Cup of Coffee: A Book Review

Posted on 07 June 2011

Amy King, daughter of the legendary Bucs announcer Nellie King, is flanked by, at left, Doug and Jim Sadowski, of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, at the book signing and discussion of A Bitter Cup of Coffee that was held at the Barnes & Noble in the South Hills Village Mall, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. […]

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John Dewan: Actuary Extraordinaire!

Posted on 14 June 2010

As baseball has evolved over its long, rich history, statistics have assumed increasing relevance, becoming nearly as hallowed as sacred relics in the hearts and minds of fans.  As a young boy, for instance, I was acutely aware that Cy Young had achieved 511 wins, that Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak, and that […]

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Robert Vaughn: A Fortunate Life

Posted on 31 August 2009

When The Man from U.N.C.L.E. debuted in the mid 1960’s, I was too young to understand the cold war between the U.S. and Russia, but old enough to enjoy this hit “spy versus spy” TV series.  Blonde David McCallum and dark-haired, dark-eyed Robert Vaughn played good guy espionage agents Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo, respectively.  […]

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Joe Torre: The Yankee Years

Posted on 26 August 2009

Wandering through my local library on a recent visit, I stumbled upon “The Yankee Years” by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci.  A lifelong Phillies’ fan with an anti-New York sports team bias, I am probably among the least likely candidates to read a book like this one.  Yet, as an enthusiastic baseball fan (it is […]

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WFAN’s Mark Chernoff: Unfiltered

Posted on 19 June 2009

It is an honor for WriteOnNewJersey to have communicated with Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Sports Programming, CBS Radio and Operations Manager of WFAN, past and current home to some of sports talk radio’s most distinguished luminaries in the genre’s pantheon.   He has graciously answered questions about his career in the medium, including his background […]

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Deconstructing Sammy: A Book Review

Posted on 08 June 2009

A member of Hollywood’s famed Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr. appeared to have it all:  he was a five-tool entertainer.   An extremely talented artist, Sammy sang, danced, acted in film as well as the Broadway stage, and played musical instruments.   Perhaps his greatest feat was to steal the hearts of the American public, who deeply […]

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That’s Swingin’!

Posted on 11 May 2009

Brian Pastor is one of the premier trombonists in the universe.  He is the Principal Trombonist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.  In 1994, as a vehicle for professional musicians to play big band jazz music and provide a showcase for great jazz soloists, arrangers and composers, he founded The Brian Pastor Big Band […]

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Sax Sounds of CSQ

Posted on 29 April 2009

South Jersey is home to saltwater taffy, sweeping beaches, and a lesser-known gem: a musical group deserving of wider recognition.  One of the premier saxophone quartets in the world, The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet (CSQ) plays highly diverse genres, including jazz, classical, rock n’ roll, R&B, show tunes, and other forms of music.  With a tight […]

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