The real prize was the one that was neatly folded and tucked inside the envelope; a hand-written welcome note from someone who would end up leaving an indelible mark on my life forever, perhaps even more so than Karen Carpenter.
Calling occupants of the 1970s (and those who may have wished to experience the decade, but weren't born yet) run don't walk this weekend to the Hudson Theatre's gloriously fun Are You There God, It's Me Karen Carpenter.
"I enjoy getting out in front of the crowds every single night, I enjoy seeing their faces light up and having a good time out there and seeing the smiles on their faces. That's what gives me a thrill now, just getting up there for the live action and just performing."
"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."
Even those of us who loved the Paul Williams songs of the 1970s--like "Rainy Days and Mondays" (made famous by the Carpenters) or "Evergreen" (for which he won the Oscar with Barbra Streisand) -- didn't know that the popular artist was still alive.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to exchange a few words with many terrific songwriters and artists ranging from Billy Joel and Garth Brooks to Jimmy Jam and Jimmy Webb and even an exec or two as they that walked the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame awards show.
Here's a playlist sent out in hopes the president goes bold with his upcoming jobs speech, and that the federal government that we all employ gets out of the business of assured mutual self-destruction.
Since most of us are not in the healing business, the opportunity to test this paradox doesn't often pop up. So when Jerry Weintraub show us an effective use of a placebo in relationships -- it's worth noting.
There is this cool little gizmo called a "Loopz" that creates sounds and beats depending on the user's physical interaction with it. An entity calling themselves The Loopz Band will be performing at Comic-Con.
It's been almost a dozen years since Frank Sinatra, the singer, actor and entertainer, breathed his last. But while Ol' Blue Eyes may be copping the eternal nod, the Frank Sinatra industry is alive, well and ring-a-ding dinging.