REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island’s Black Cat Books.
Almost from the time I began reading books, I became intrigued by some of their titles. Yes, like millions of others, I was sternly warned at an early age not to judge a book by its cover. Nevertheless, if the title on a cover captured my fancy, that would whet my desire to read the book. (more…)
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As a young reporter, I mainly covered sports, and since I was also a fan of the children’s games that grown-ups played to earn their daily bread, I naturally gravitated toward colleagues who shared my enthusiasms. (more…)
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The first column I wrote about Donald Trump was in January 2016. At the time, he was seven months into his improbable run for President, and with the primary season about to begin, he was riding high with a solid lead in the public opinion polls over a crowded field of rivals for the Republican nomination. (more…)
ROMEO BELARMINO PHOTO Part of the Samaria Gorge in Crete
On a sunny day in June 1991, my wife and I found ourselves trudging through something called “the Samaria Gorge” on Crete.
Prior to our arrival on the fabled island that gave us Europe’s first civilization as well as El Greco and Zorba the Greek, Phyllis and I had never heard of the Samaria Gorge. But as we drove around, we kept running into gorge enthusiasts who urged us to set aside a day for a hike through that geological wonderland. (more…)
Our columnist on a visit to a Kentucky stud farm during the summer of 1998, with the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go For Gin.
This is the time of the year when horse racing enjoys its all-too-brief moment of glory.
From the running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May through the endurance test of the Belmont Stakes in early June, the hallowed Triple Crown races attract multitudes of casual fans who otherwise pay no attention to what used to be called the Sport of Kings. (more…)