Sad to hear that the last original member of the Ramones has passed away. Tommy Ramone was 65 years old. Real Name: Thomas Erdelyi born in Hungary January 29, 1949. He had been fighting bile duct cancer in recent years.

His three band mates passed away before he did. Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) died in 2001, DeeDee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) in 2002, and Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) in 2004.

John Fogerty was excellent! It’s my second time seeing him in concert at the Pavilion (the first time was back in 1997 at the same venue. He was absolutely fantastic! Everyone was on their feet during the whole concert.

Happy Birthday, Alfred Preston Christian!
(July 13, 1961 – June 19, 1980)

My older brother would have been celebrating his 53rd b-day if he hadn’t died from a head injury that he received when his car crashed into a tree on Father’s day, June 15, 1980. He was unconscious the whole time he was in the hospital during the days after his accident until he died. The doctors were unable to heal the swelling in his brain.

Many times I have wondered what it had been like if Alfred hadn’t ended up deceased.

I had learned back in December that Alfred’s college roommate from his freshman year at University of Miami (August 1979 to May 1980) had died of cancer back in 2011. We hadn’t heard from Doug since 2010 so one of my older siblings contacted his family to find out what had happened to him.

This past January, our cousin Rosemary Christian had died from the result of a suicide. It happened a few days before our mother, Faye Christian, died after suffering for years from a series of strokes, high blood pressure, and dementia. Alfred was very close to cousin Rosemary and our mother.

At least, Alfred has some more company in heaven. Alfred was able to socialize with people because he did not have Asperger’s Syndrome like me. I don’t know what prevented him from having it because he did have the same vaccine shot I had (the vaccine cause is not true). Everybody was nice to Alfred, especially at school. However, those people at school treated me differently.

If Alfred had survived his head injury, he would have been brain-damaged. Would people treated him the same way?

My new painting called “Where My Mind is at Now – June 23, 2014″ will be appearing at UFORGE Gallery’s July exhibit, “Identity”. Please, check it out.

Here’s some info:


7/10 – 8/4/14: Show Opens/Closes

7/10/14: Public Reception, 6-8pm

UFORGE Gallery is a fine art gallery and creative space that provides non-juried group exhibits displaying artwork from artists at all levels in their career. My artwork along with many others will be on view beginning Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, August 4, 2014. The gallery is open Thursday and Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. A public reception will be held on Thursday, April 10, from 6-8pm. If you are in the area, please consider stopping by and viewing my work.

Happy 9th Birthday, Outside In!

I am so glad that I am still doing this blog after starting it 9 years ago. It does prove that I have the stamina and persistence to write about Asperger’s Syndrome and other topics that I love so much like pop culture, television, movies, cats, and music. I do seem more obsessed with writing about pop culture because I was very interested back when I was attending Emerson College in being an entertainment reporter. Instead, they (the newsroom people at WERS-FM at Emerson) stuck me with the medical reporter gig. It was fun to do, but I was so interested in entertainment news.

During that time, no one suspected that I was a person who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Everyone thought I was normal. I know I’ve mentioned this in this blog before, but it deserves repeating. The person right next to you in class, on the subway, at work, and/or anyplace you go might likely be a person who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Happy 74th Birthday, Ringo Starr!

I spent Ringo’s birthday going to see “A Hard Day’s Night” at the Coolidge Corner Cinema tonight. It’s a new restoration for that movie which is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Enjoyable to see it on the big screen once again! There is a new DVD of the movie that is on sale now.

Ringo is currently touring the US. See his website for additional dates for July and October (http://www.ringostarr.com/tourdates/)

Happy Belated Birthday, Huey Lewis!

The singer born Hugh Anthony Clegg III on July 5 celebrated his birthday this weekend. Hope you had a great time, Huey!
Check at his website: hueylewisandthenews.com!


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