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Percy
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Message 1277 of 1302 (914654)
01-28-2024 8:33 AM
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01-28-2024 3:29 AM


Re: Peter Schickele - July 17, 1935–January 16, 2024, 88
We often went to Horn and Hardart at some point during our visits to a dear aunt who lived in New York City. RAZD and xongsmith lived in nearby Rhode Island and have probably also gone there.
Horn and Hardart's had a lot of imitators, and there was one whose name escapes me that offered stiff competition for a while, but even as a kid I could tell the other place was inferior.
I think the automats were popular because they fit the period's image of the space age as envisioned by the 1950s. It's amazing to me that Horn and Hardart lasted as long as it did. Wikipedia says the last one closed in 1991.
--Percy

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Message 1278 of 1302 (914668)
01-28-2024 2:11 PM
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01-28-2024 8:33 AM


Re: Peter Schickele - July 17, 1935–January 16, 2024, 88
I had seen auotmats in movies as everyone has (there are a number of YouTube videos featuring movie clips), but I learned more about it in a 2021 documentary, The Automat, when it aired on Turner Classics. It's available to rent on Spectrum and various streaming channels and is currently being carried on Max (former HBO Max).
Horn and Hardart had gotten the idea from a Berlin automat. Not featured in the documentary, I wonder if the Germans had gotten their idea from some emperors (the Tsars especially after Catherine, as I seem to recall) who wanted privacy from servants at dinner parties, so the servants were on the floor below and would hoist each serving up through holes in the table. Kind of a more elaborate version of the dumb-waiter idea.
The whole automat ran on nickels, so when you entered you would first go to the cashier for nickels. She had a box full of nickels and was so practiced that she could grab a handful of coins and know exactly how many she had -- exact change every time without having to look or count.
The documentary cited fast food chains one of the reasons for the automat's demise.

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Message 1279 of 1302 (914670)
01-28-2024 2:56 PM
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01-28-2024 8:33 AM


Re: Peter Schickele - July 17, 1935–January 16, 2024, 88
When I was kid we visited my grandparents in NYC during the 60's and 70's. I remember going to the automat when we we would go downtown to do touristy things. I don't remember any uptown. We visited NYC every month or so, but don't have a lot of memories.

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Message 1280 of 1302 (914671)
01-28-2024 3:30 PM
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01-28-2024 8:33 AM


Re: Peter Schickele - July 17, 1935–January 16, 2024, 88
I lived in New Haven CT for a few years. When visiting NY, I would usually eat at one of the automats.
I moved to Chicago in 1968, and there was an automat there. But I never ate at the Chicago automat, and I think it closed a year or two after that.

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Message 1281 of 1302 (914823)
02-04-2024 10:52 PM


Chita Rivera, 91
dang, the Dancing continues in another world.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3McCuGl4j8
oddly i was thinking of her the other day and wondered how old she was...i coulda looked, but thenother things were happening.

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


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Message 1282 of 1302 (914937)
02-07-2024 12:11 PM
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02-04-2024 10:52 PM


Carl Weathers (1948-2024)
Carl Weathers Dead: Rocky's Apollo Creed, Star Wars, Predator Actor Was 76
Veteran actor; most well known as Apollo Creed from the Rocky franchise. RIP.

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Message 1283 of 1302 (917268)
03-29-2024 7:53 PM


Joe Lieberman, 82
it has been awhile since I've posted a recent great. Joe died on the 27th of March:
Joe Lieberman - Wikipedia

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

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Message 1284 of 1302 (917409)
04-05-2024 11:36 PM


Lou Gosset Jr., 87 on March 29th
Louis Gossett Jr. - Wikipedia.
Always liked his work.

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Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

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Percy
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Message 1285 of 1302 (917550)
04-10-2024 7:54 AM


Peter Higgs, 94
Peter Higgs, Nobel prize winner in physics in 2013 for his work on the boson which bears his name, died yesterday at age 94. He was, one might say, a massive figure in science.
--Percy

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Message 1286 of 1302 (917560)
04-10-2024 12:13 PM
Reply to: Message 1285 by Percy
04-10-2024 7:54 AM


Re: Peter Higgs, 94
Percy writes:
He was, one might say, a massive figure in science.
His work was a smashing success.
Really bad puns aside, it made me emotional watching the expression on Higgs' face at the meeting where the results of the two LHC experiments were presented. It's not often you get to see the moment where someone's amazing ideas come to fruition.
So a big thank you to Peter Higgs. We are all the better for the knowledge you blessed us with.

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Message 1287 of 1302 (917663)
04-12-2024 1:42 PM


O. J. Simpson
Dead.

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!
What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python
One important characteristic of a theory is that it has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie
If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --Percy
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Message 1288 of 1302 (917664)
04-12-2024 1:51 PM
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04-12-2024 1:42 PM


Re: O. J. Simpson
Good.

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London. Olen Suomi Soy Barcelona. I am Ukraine.

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
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Message 1289 of 1302 (917665)
04-12-2024 1:55 PM
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04-10-2024 7:54 AM


Re: Peter Higgs, 94
Percy writes:
Peter Higgs, Nobel prize winner in physics in 2013 for his work on the boson which bears his name, died yesterday
Or did he? Don't lift the lid to find out

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London. Olen Suomi Soy Barcelona. I am Ukraine.

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
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Message 1290 of 1302 (917668)
04-12-2024 3:48 PM
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04-12-2024 1:42 PM


Re: O. J. Simpson
Tanypteryx writes:
Dead.
If they don't take him to the cemetery in a white Bronco I'm going to be disappointed.

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Message 1291 of 1302 (917672)
04-12-2024 5:11 PM
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04-12-2024 3:48 PM


Re: O. J. Simpson
Taq writes:
If they don't take him to the cemetery in a white Bronco I'm going to be disappointed.
Perhaps reenacting the slow speed chase on the way?

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