Monthly Archives: March 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Not Bette-Related: Mister D Gets A Column

My article is finally up at the Nashville Examiner. And of course I'll try to throw a Bette reference in when I can or else I wouldn't be Mister D....

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Toss The Winning Salad And See Ms. Midler


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Press Release: “One Thing That’s Green”

JetBlue Airways Calls on New Yorkers to Do “One Thing That’s Green” and Plant 300 Trees on April 18th

**Volunteers to Help Green Queens, New York in JetBlue’s ‘One Thing That’s Green’ Day with partners New York Restoration Project, MillionTreesNYC, NYCHA and Local Radio Stations**

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the second year in a row, New York’s Hometown Airline JetBlue Airways is inviting hundreds of New Yorkers to do “One Thing That’s Green” by participating in a community tree planting day to support the MillionTreesNYC movement on Saturday, April 18th. The volunteer event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Pomonok Houses in Queens, NY. One Thing That’s Green by JetBlue Airways is part of an effort to help Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYRP Founder Bette Midler reach their shared goal of planting and caring for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2017. Read More

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Payback Time For Lennie Sogoloff


Article from: The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Article date: March 29, 2009
Author: Kathy McCabe


One day in 1972, Lennie Sogoloff asked his wife, Barbara, what she thought of a young comedian from Andover who appeared at his Route 1 nightclub, Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike.

“She said to me,” Sogoloff, now 85, recalled with pride, ” `This young man has got talent.’ ”

Jay Leno, America’s funnyman, did stand-up at Lennie’s before sit- downs on “The Tonight Show.” Now he’s returning to the North Shore, in a special appearance April 6 at Salem State College, celebrating Lennie Sogoloff and his late wife.

“Lennie was terrific to me,” Leno said in a telephone interview from California. “Barbara was a great person. When you knew Lennie and Barbara, they treated you like family.”

“An Evening With Jay Leno” will raise money for the Barbara Ann Sogoloff Schol arship, which provides financial aid for adult women who enroll in college full time. The benefit, which is sold out, comes just weeks before Leno leaves “The Tonight Show” after 17 years.

“Most people, if they have achieved anything in their life, never forget the kindness someone bestowed on you when you were starting out,” said Leno, 58. “I always wanted to pay Lennie back.”

Hollywood was a distant dream when a 21-year-old Leno auditioned at Lennie’s.

“When I met him, nobody knew who the hell he was,” Sogoloff said in his gravelly voice. “I was the first person in the business to see Jay Leno.”

Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike was a marquee name in jazz circles. The club had opened in 1951 on Route 1 in Peabody, which then was called the Newburyport Turnpike. Lennie’s drew Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, and other jazz greats. Roast beef sandwiches with pickles and Lennie’s homemade chili were on the menu. A fire in 1972 forced a move up the road to the Village Green in Danvers.

Leno had been knocking around Boston, trying to find work, and he discovered the dark side of comedy. “There weren’t many comedy clubs back in the day,” Leno said. “I would perform at strip clubs and get ripped off. I just had some horrible experiences. . . . After about eight months of that, I went out to see Lennie at the Village Green.”

He auditioned for Lennie in his office. “I said to him, `Make me laugh,’ ” said Sogoloff. “He proceeded in five minutes to crack us up. I said, `Come back on Saturday night.’ ”

And the laughs kept coming.

“Not only did he kill the audience, he killed my staff,” Sogoloff said with a big smile. “People were asking, `Where did this guy come from?’ ”

The guy came from Andover. He had gone to Emerson College and had a job driving sports cars from Boston to Chicago. Lennie made him his house comic, earning $25 per night. “Now, $25 in 1971-72, that was like $100 today,” Leno said. “I never thought I’d make that kind of money.”

He performed at the club from January to September in 1972, opening for Buddy Rich, America, Kris Kristofferson, and others. The Lennie’s gig was a turning point in his career, Leno said.

“It gave me the credibility, that, after a year or so, I could go to other places a bit more confident,” Leno said.

Lennie and Barbara thought he might one day hit it big. “He had a continuity in his delivery that you don’t always see,” said Sogoloff, who speaks to Leno several times per year. “Barbara and I used to go see him at different clubs.”

Sogoloff called Barbara his “eye in the sky,” always looking for new talent to book at the club. “She discovered Bette Midler for me,” he said of the singer-actress who performed at Lennie’s in 1972. His wife had worked as a waitress at the Stables jazz club in Copley Square and knew the big names, he said.

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Question And Answer Quiz

Q. When I was a kid in the 1970s, there was a show with a soup name, possibly on public TV, like ‘Chicken Soup’ or ‘Tomato Soup.’ I think it was puppets who would fly up into space in a ship one of the boy characters had made. There could also have been some cartoons of dancing soup spoons? The more I think about this, the kookier it sounds. Could this have just been my imagination?

A. Maybe, but it also could have been Vegetable Soup, which ran on PBS stations from 1975-78. Voices included James Earl Jones, Daniel Stern and, as Woody the Spoon, Bette Midler! Read More

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Video: Leader Of The Pack

Love, Mister D

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Celebs and Entrepreneur Join Force To Save the Earth

Gearing Up For Earth Day- Entrepreneurs Working With Celebs
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
Celebs and Entrepreneur Join Force To Save the Earth
By Janine Theriault

HOLLYWOOD (Hollywood Today/RushPRnews) 03/28/09 – With Earth Day ’09 fast approaching, many people find their minds wandering to thoughts tinged with green. In the face of what may seem to be a daily deluge of bad environmental news, a certain sense of helpless blues edging out the agreeable green in one’s mind can be expected. It can be hard to see what effect any one person can have on the problem. Read More

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Scottish and Belfast Charts


1(-)Ronan Keating Songs For My Mother

2(2) Annie Lennox The Collection

3 (10) Take That The Circus

4 (11) Bette Midler The Best Bette

5 (3)Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted

6 (5) Kings Of Leon Only By The Night

7 (8) Faryl Faryl

8(6)Lady GaGa Fame

9 (1) U2 No Line On The Horizon

10 (7) The Dubliners The Very Best Of


1 Ronan Keating

Song For My Mother

2 Annie Lennox

The Collection

3 Kings of Leon

Only By The Night

4 Faryl


5 Take That

The Circus

6 U2

No Line On The Horizon

7 Lady GaGa Read More

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Friday, March 27, 2009


The new Ray Cooper story is up and ready to read!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who are you calling a gay icon?
Obviously Not Bette, Liza, Judy, Or Barbra!
What’s Going On With The National Portrait Gallery?

From The London Times
March 27, 2009
Who are you calling a gay icon?
The National Portrait Gallery is breaking new ground with its Gay Icons show this summer. But the only shock is those it has left out
Ben Hoyle

What is a gay icon today? Do you have to be gay, like gays or know anything about gays to be one? And if you’re not gay do they matter in the first place? Yesterday the National Portrait Gallery unveiled plans for a summer show that attempts to tackle those questions, a show that it simply would not have attempted a generation ago. Read More

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