Monthly Archives: March 2015

Young in Heart

I was driving southbound down Green Bay Road in Hubbard Woods the other day.  On my left I saw a large picture window in a building that looked like a charming, life-size doll house. Out of habit, I expected to … Continue reading

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Definition of baffle gate:  A gate that permits passage in one direction only. I must confess that since I moved back to Chicago, I don’t ride the subway/El very much.  I find it claustrophobic.  And I’m not all that keen … Continue reading

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The Casting Couch

I was watching The Forsyte Saga on Netflix the other night.  Not the original with Eric Porter and Kenneth More.  The newer one with Damian Lewis as Soames and Gina McKee as Irene. I was struck by the fact that … Continue reading

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Are you lucky enough to know Lou Magor?  Superb musician, Northwestern graduate, Camp Ojibwa counselor and music director, music teacher, organist, twenty-five year Seattle transplant and co-choir director for the Wilson Sisters of Heart. And guiding light and compère at … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Seattle

(Photograph by Kevin Gibson) I’m back, Dear Readers.  And this post marks a milestone. It’s my 250th. First, I’d like to thank all of you.  Some of you have been here from Day One.  And some of you have just … Continue reading

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Just My Type

HERE I GO AGAIN.  Dear Loyal Readers and New Subscribers, Forgive me.  I’ll soon be off on another trip, and the exigencies of the blog can not be optimally-managed long distance.  Letter From Elba will be back in your email box on … Continue reading

Posted in Memoir, New Trier High School, Nostalgia, pop culture | 27 Comments