Count Basie and the Alan Copeland Singers (and a lot about Freddie Green)

June 1, 2019 by · Comments Off on Count Basie and the Alan Copeland Singers (and a lot about Freddie Green) 

Count Basie with the Alan Copeland Singers:
Basie swingin’ Voices singin’

Now here’s a strange one. Imagine the whitest vocal group you could think of, doing an album with the very un-white Count Basie (1904-1984), Freddie Green, and a few more well-known sidemen. The album, recorded in 1966, was called Basie Swingin’ Voices Singin’, on the ABC-Paramount label.

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The American Postwar Car Sellers Market (1945-1949) and the Death of the Independents

June 1, 2019 by · Comments Off on The American Postwar Car Sellers Market (1945-1949) and the Death of the Independents 

In late 1945, soon after the official surrender documents were signed by Japan and the allies, thereby ending the Second World War, the federal agencies responsible for managing critical resources authorized the manufacture of passenger cars for the first time since January, 1942

With many popular items under severe rationing during the war, bank accounts of GIs and their families were, if not bulging in cash, were certainly in a much better state than during the dark days of the Great Depression, something that was still very much in the minds of the American people.

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2012 Macworld | iWorld: Day 4 – Closing Remarks

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by Larry Grinnell

Author’s note: I recently discovered a number of blogs I wrote when attending the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Here are the ones I’ve found thusfar.


Once again, Tim, Guy, Tom, and I trudged down to MyMac.com Central (yeah, Mel’s…) for another tasty breakfast. We were joined by Owen Rubin, who, having worked in this industry for as long as he has, had some interesting comments about the show and the state of the high tech industry (I will let Owen comment in his own blog).

First, the press corps was taken care of quite well. The WiFi in the media room was excellent, but there was perhaps another reason it worked so well: the numbers of members of the media was much lower than previous years. The room was bigger than past events I have attended, but there were far fewer people, other than the Wednesday evening press gathering, where the thundering herds descended upon the tables of free food, and of course, the free top-shelf booze. For the rest of the show, the room was virtually empty, and I have some theories on that, too. First, it’s still a lousy economy and the print media is hurting terribly. CES just closed, and most media outlets just couldn’t afford to send folks to cover both events. Even in blogland, which added an interesting flavor to the media room in previous years, was much reduced over my recollections of the 2007 and 2008 Macworld Expos. There are probably a lot of bloggers who are unemployed or at least underemployed, hence could not afford to come. For this reason, there was far less coverage of the show among the blog sites. MyMac.com was able to put together a tremendous team of nine people who came in from all over the country to cover the show. Expect more reports over the next few days, and many product reviews over the next few months.

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Macworld | iWorld 2012 Day Three

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by Larry Grinnell

Author’s note: I recently discovered a number of blogs I wrote when attending the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Here are the ones I’ve found thusfar.

A shrine to the recently-departed Steve Jobs at the Cirque du Mac party.

Wednesday morning marked another fine breakfast at, yes, you guessed it, Mel’s Diner. It’s good, wholesome (fattening) food, well-prepared, and reasonably priced. What more can you ask of a diner.

Well, the fearless leader of the show floor, John Nemo, was out of action today with a bad cold, so we have had to soldier on without him, trying, with Owen Rubin’s able assistance, to work through Nemo’s schedule of vendor meetings. I made another pass at the first few rows on the floor, along with, for the first time (for me), the MacOS X Developer’s area, where there were a number of mini-booths with often really interesting products.

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Macworld | iWorld 2012 Day Two: The Show Opens

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by Larry Grinnell

Author’s note: I recently discovered a number of blogs I wrote when attending the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Here are the ones I’ve found thusfar.

Thursday started with the traditional MyMac.com breakfast at Mel’s Diner. From there, we walked to Moscone West and the media room there. Again, copious quantities of lukewarm Starbucks coffee and a selection of soft drinks. 

After dealing with another huge pile of press releases and other important email, Mark, Vicki, Tom, and I got together with Nemo to map out a plan for attacking the show floor. I took the first shift, where I got to watch a master at work. Nemo lives and breathes these shows, and is a master schmoozer. We spent time with Dr. Wu Qunli of Mic W, maker of some really impressive (and tiny) microphones, and Nemo got a sample for a more detailed review. We then went on to the SRS booth, where we were treated to demonstrations of sound enhancement technology. I got an iWow 3D device for review that promises to improve the listening enjoyment of your favorite iDevice. Watch this site for the review, which should hit in a month or so. We looked at the iPro Lens System, which combines a rugged case and a very secure snap locking system to enhance the existing optics in your iDevice. Watch the MyMac.com website for a future review.

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Macworld | iWorld (2012) Day One

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by Larry Grinnell

Once again, Tim, Guy, Tom, and I trudged down to MyMac.com Central (yeah, Mel’s…) for another tasty breakfast. We were joined by Owen Rubin, who, having worked in this industry for as long as he has, had some interesting comments about the show and the state of the high tech industry (I will let Owen comment in his own blog).

First, the press corps was taken care of quite well. The WiFi in the media room was excellent, but there was perhaps another reason it worked so well: the numbers of members of the media was much lower than previous years. The room was bigger than past events I have attended, but there were far fewer people, other than the Wednesday evening press gathering, where the thundering herds descended upon the tables of free food, and of course, the free top-shelf booze. For the rest of the show, the room was virtually empty, and I have some theories on that, too. First, it’s still a lousy economy and the print media is hurting terribly. CES just closed, and most media outlets just couldn’t afford to send folks to cover both events. Even in blogland, which added an interesting flavor to the media room in previous years, was much reduced over my recollections of the 2007 and 2008 Macworld Expos. There are probably a lot of bloggers who are unemployed or at least underemployed, hence could not afford to come. For this reason, there was far less coverage of the show among the blog sites. MyMac.com was able to put together a tremendous team of nine people who came in from all over the country to cover the show. Expect more reports over the next few days, and many product reviews over the next few months.

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Highlights from Macworld Expo 2011

May 12, 2019 by · Comments Off on Highlights from Macworld Expo 2011 

by Larry Grinnell


Author’s note: I recently discovered a number of blogs I wrote when attending the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Here are the ones I’ve found thusfar.

There were three big news items in the Apple world last week: First, Steve Jobs announced he’s going on another leave of absence for health reasons. Second, Apple’s latest quarter again broke all records, leaving Apple swimming in money, which also calmed concerned investors to some extent regarding Steve’s hopefully temporary departure. Third, was the big Macworld Expo 2011 Conference in San Francisco. I’ll be focusing on the Macworld Expo in this article.

So, other than the buzz at the Moscone Center regarding Steve Jobs’ health, the focus was on new products from the sea of companies catering to Macintosh and iPhone/iPod/iPad users. One of the biggest announcements was actually a follow-up to the big news that Verizon is now officially the second cellular carrier that is authorized to sell iPhones. The data plans are far too complicated for me to describe here, but as I understand it, pricing is competitive with AT&T, plus the advantage of a more extensive data network that shouldn’t let users down when they are in a big city with a lot of other iPhone/iPad users.

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The Big Macintosh Geekfest is Upon Us: Macworld Expo 2010!

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By Larry Grinnell

Author’s note: I recently discovered a number of blogs I wrote when attending the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Here are the ones I’ve found thusfar.

This week marks the annual pilgrimage of Macophiles around the world to the big annual gathering in San Francisco. Macworld Expo has been a part of the Macintosh community for as long as there has been a Macintosh community. It evolved over the years from a twice-per-year show: winter in San Francisco and summer in Boston (and for a few years, in New York City).

As Apple’s fortunes waned in the late 1990s, the east coast Macworld Expo went away, but the San Francisco venue, taking up the majority of the immense Moscone Center, soldiered on, anchored by the legendary keynote address, presented in most recent years by Apple’s equally legendary CEO, Steve Jobs, and his ever-present Reality Distortion Field—not that this is a bad thing. No, it merely demonstrates what a master salesman and public speaker Steve really is.  Of course, he didn’t speak at last year’s Expo, as he was in a fight for his life, in which it appears he has been victorious. This year, it’s completely different.

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We Meet Beejay

February 7, 2019 by · Comments Off on We Meet Beejay 

I attended the Macworld Expo in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, and 2011. The first trip was pretty amazing. Having written a blog for the MyMac.com website, I was able to get a press pass for Steve Jobs’ keynote address, where he introduced the iPhone to an enraptured standing-room-only audience. I even had a chance to have a little fun with MyMac.com’s owner, Tim Robertson, who once again proved how I have a voice for print:

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Perseverance Pays Off: Cousin Found after 30 Year Search…and Other Stuff.

May 29, 2018 by · Comments Off on Perseverance Pays Off: Cousin Found after 30 Year Search…and Other Stuff. 

Preface: I’m going to minimize or omit altogether many names in this story to protect the privacy of the living and most of the dead. Much of the information about my cousin Bob’s early years came from talks with my late mother, who was very fond of Bob, and was very concerned about his well-being, which, as things turned out, her concerns were justified. It’s also important to note that my mother had a great sense of the dramatic, and was not always willing to let the truth get in the way of a great story, so some of the musings about Cousin Bob may be very, very off-base, and I will apologize now for any offense taken.

Background – Meet the Family

My father, Norman Franklin Grinnell (1906-1958), died when I was four years old, following a valiant battle with lung cancer. My father was close to his siblings and his mother, but was geographically separated, so he didn’t see them as often as he would have liked, with us living in Indianapolis, and his mother, sister, and brother-in-law living in a big, beautiful old house in Providence, Rhode Island. His brother, an Osteopathic surgeon, lived in Michigan, and later Oklahoma, where he helped open the first Osteopathic hospital in Oklahoma City. Read more

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