What’s Not to Love About 1969 New York City?

Would love a really gritty “period piece,” an America-at-the-end-of-the-1960s movie about the Stonewall riots. I want to see the characters who were really there at this bar, the New York City that was still the hub of garment factories filled with immigrant labor, how much like the gay people we know today these queens in this bar were, and the story on why Stonewall Inn was their gathering spot. Perhaps the focus should be on a central character, perhaps the person who was involved in the situation where things first got out of control. The patrons at the bar – so many were minorities, back then just called black and brown. You’ve seen on the news how police treat them – it’s an American tradition. It surely was a factor in how the situation escalated, as was their obvious sexual minority attributes – both affecting the probable desperation of resistance of the patrons to being dragged out of their home environment, into a jail, into beatings and humiliation. However it began, the riots lasted for three days, the participants growing in number, and in the coming weeks organizing into a new generation of gay rights movement. The recent Stonewall film scored a paltry 30% from film critics. I want one that scores 90%.

Baseball, the National Past Time


San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, April 5, 1983 (Steve Garvey’s first game as a Padre) – by David Prasad

It’s so sad how much baseball has disappeared from life in America. Its demise has been traced to the rise of college athletic scholarships and recruiting for the two main college sports – football and basketball. Within a generation, baseball vanished from the American street, and the American talent pool in baseball began to dwindle.

So American baseball teams turned to Latin America, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, setting up overseas recruitment offices to find new prospects or bid on talent owned by overseas teams. The players of today’s American teams are international and extremely talented. It’s amazing to see American players (there are still a few!) competing with these guys at the top.

The business of baseball is not slowing down, either. Major League Baseball teams are still the main icons of major American cities, and the international (foreign) players bring in huge audiences overseas. Baseball is raking in bigger bucks than ever at home, too, thanks to the move of game broadcasts to exclusive “premium” networks.

Of course, baseball was made for radio. The sound of the crowd paired with a great announcer had fans of many teams scoffing at the television version of the games back in the day. But ever since premium channels have emerged, the best announcers get put on the television broadcast, leaving radio listeners with one more reason to pony up for the premium.

The ticket prices are up too. As working class fans who spit tobacco, spilled sunflower seeds all over the place and got into fights got priced out of attending, baseball teams learned how to attract more well-healed fans with luxury sections that even get personal attention from the players themselves. A ballgame can now be enjoyed in the lap of luxury, with fancy food and high class service.

And check out the crowd at any game now. Almost everyone MUST HAVE a $150 official favorite player jersey and $26 official ballcap on. A new favorite player emerges on the team, fans want to be the first to have the new jersey with the new sensation’s name on the back. I have pictures of crowds at baseball games in the 1980s and everyone in the stands is just in regular street clothes, yelling obscenities onto the field.

But when was the last time you heard kids in a schoolyard, or anyone anywhere, arguing over which BASEBALL player is the most awesome?


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