Eric on The Road

Journeys into the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten - by Eric Model

Friday, October 29, 2010

Salem expects a ghastly horde for Halloween (Boston Globe)

From The Boston Globe:

Posted by Martin Finucane October 29, 2010

A combination of fair weather and Halloween falling on a Sunday should provide a solid two days of what “could be the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” said Salem Police Captain Brian Gilligan. He said 75,000 to 100,000 people could flock to the city each day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Original California Cuisine, Courtesy of Sunset Magazine (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: October 19, 2010

Sunset has issued a collection of a thousand recipes, many of which helped define that other California cuisine. Although the magazine is Californian to its core, some of the recipes in “The Sunset Cookbook” (Oxmoor House, $34.95) are drawn from the other parts of the West that Sunset covers, like Hawaii and the Southwest. And any state in America might claim zucchini pickles. But laced throughout are some old-school California dishes like guacamole, grilled turkey, cioppino, barbecued oysters, Crab Louis and fish tacos.

Collectively, they summon a way of life that flourished in the postwar boom, when Sunset was a coffee-table staple.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Three Star Selection Change in Montreal (Montreal Gazette)

From The Montreal Gazette:

by Dave Stubbs
Montreal Gazette

Three-star selection, which began as a marketing tool, now in the hands of the public.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Passing: Barbara Billingsley, TV’s June Cleaver (NY Times/LA Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: October 16, 2010

Barbara Billingsley, who as June Cleaver on the television series “Leave It to Beaver” personified a Hollywood postwar family ideal of the ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom, died Saturday (October 16). She was 94.

From 1957 to 1963 and in decades of reruns, the glamorous June, who wore pearls and high heels at home, could be counted on to help her husband, Ward (Hugh Beaumont), get their son Theodore, better known as Beaver (Jerry Mathers), and his older brother, Wally (Tony Dow), out of countless minor jams, whether an alligator in the basement or a horse in the garage.

Baking a steady supply of cookies, she would use motherly intuition to sound the alarm about incipient trouble (“Ward, I’m worried about the Beaver”) in their immaculate, airy house in the fictional town of Mayfield.,0,7345907.story?page=1

Video of interview with Barbara Billingsley:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Podcast Posting: The Man They Called Mr. Goalie

With 11 All-Star team selections, three Vezina trophies, a Conn Smythe trophy, a Calder Memorial trophy and the invention of the butterfly style of goaltending to hsi name, Glenn Hall is among the premier contenders as best goaltender in National Hockey League history.

Hockey coach, and writer Tom Adrahatas has made a case that Glenn Hall is, in fact, the number one goaltender of all time.

He did so in a 2002 book “Glenn Hall – The Man They Call Mr. Goalie” Greystone Books). He is also did so with us in this “Journey into Hockey” conversation.From Detroit to Chicago to St. Louis, Glenn Hall made a difference where he played. He established a remarkable and still unbroken record of 502 consecutive games played. And that’s just for starters.

Tom Adrahatas is coached for some three decades – including teams that went to the U.S. National Championships at the Bantam AAA, Midget AAA, and Junior A levels. A longtime fan of the Chicago Black Hawks and Glenn Hall, he lives in Chicago.


Podcast Posting: The Trail Less Traveled - The Yukon's Dawson City to Ottawa Stanley Cup Re-enactment

On December 18, 1904 the upstart Dawson City Klondikers began their 4000-mile trek to wrest the Stanley Cup from the Ottawa Silver Seven. Twenty-four days later, after trudging 350 miles behind their dog teams, lurching and rolling down the inside passage, and whiling away endless days on the CPR, the rubber-legged, travel-worn players staggered into Ottawa’s Union Station. In less than thirty-six hours they would meet their fate against the greatest hockey team ever assembled, creating the most enduring legend in hockey history.

Ninety-two years later a team of oldtimer hockey players from Dawson City re-created that epic journey, inviting Don Reddick, American author of Dawson City Seven, to accompany them. As the team wends its way once again through the Yukon wilderness, down Alaska’s panhandle, and across the vast Canadian shield to face the Ottawa Senators Alumni, Reddick weaves his way through the history of the original games, the backdrop of the Klondike gold rush, and the characters of today’s Yukon.

Author Den Reddick tells the story of his trip as part of the re-enactment.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Baseball as seen from Minnesota

The Twins may be out but the fresh air from Minnesota can still be felt. Read these takes from the New York Times on baseball the way it should be.

Lovely in Twin Cities, With Usual Fall:

Keillor, Twins Fan, Knows Not To Fret