Saturday, April 1, 2017

Johnny B. Goode

At last week's New York Rangers game against local rivals the New York Islanders, the sound crew broadcast a tape between the 1st and 2nd periods on the GardenVision screens at Madison Square Garden of Chuck Berry performing Johnny B. Goode. It was the emotional highlight of an otherwise sluggish home game for the Rangers and their fans.

Another very Berry memory was posted on the Letters of Note Twitter page.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Quack, New Monopoly Tokens!

Say it isn't so, Hasbro. According to the company that sells Monopoly, the 1935 board game it acquired from Parker Brothers in 1991, a recent online vote led to discontinuing three of the game's original tokens: the Boot, Thimble, and Wheelbarrow. The new tokens replacing them?  A Tyrannosaurus Rex, Penguin, and Rubber Ducky.

Some online posters are fuming, saying the vote and changes reflect modern Americans' ignorance of commerce and aversion to hard work, and the larger imbroglio of "takers," welfare, and entitlement programs. What's next, they ask, renaming the corner Jail a Safe Space?

Will playing with Rubber Duckies make it harder to become monopolists and plutocrats?