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Paging Richard Hertz

The name game; tuning in and tuning up; a joyful noise in the City By the Sea
By  |  July 17, 2013

There is a grand sophomoric tradition of members of the public sneaking fake names — Michael Hunt, Richard Hertz, Al Kaholic, Moe Lester — into TV news reports for clueless anchors and reporters to read. To be honest, it always gets a chuckle at Casa Diablo.

In the same realm, the wonderful “Colonel ‘Bat’ Guano,” played by Keenan Wynn in the classic movie Dr. Strangelove, draws a response from the Group Captain Mandrake character, played by Peter Sellers of, “Well, Colonel Bat Guano, if that really is your name. . . .” This has led to P&J to employ “Batguano” on occasion as our group’s restaurant seating reservation at Little Rhody’s legendary Twin Oaks. It’s always a hoot to see who looks up and laughs after the maître d’ calls “Batguano, party of six, please.”

Last Friday, due to what is being described as information provided by a “rogue intern” at the National Transportation Safety Board, KTVU, a Fox affiliate in the San Francisco Bay area, was completely caught out by reporting about the recent tragic Asiana airline crash in San Fran that killed three people and injured more than 150 people. Their item listed the Asiana pilots responsible for the crash as “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” which lit up the bad taste bell at Casa Diablo, but evidently not at KTVU.

Here’s another tough call to for the folks in the station’s newsroom to show they have viable contact with reality: “Pull my finger.”

While this sort of ethnic insulting can be as depressing as it as amusing, as boxing aficionados, P&J hark back to the famous fight between Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini and Duk-Koo Kim in 1982.

Boom-Boom won on a 14th round TKO, but Kim went into a coma and died a few days later. Since that time, P&J have referred to Kim — and we apologize, to a point, only because it always gets yuks — as Duk Too Late.

Yes, we are ashamed of ourselves. (Right.)

The RI music community gets healthy

As some of you may know, the now three-year-old Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has been moving beyond its permanent exhibition at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket and popular annual induction ceremonies and concerts, to venture into a number of areas of concern to Vo Dilun’s music community. (Full disclosure: Jorge/Rudy Cheeks is a founder and member of the board of directors for RIMHOF).

One of these most exciting areas is the Tune In & Tune Up basic health care initiative for people in the local music community. The Hall is currently developing a series of programs and they’re seeking ideas about what those needs are, what other individuals and organizations are doing, and how it can best work together to help students, bands and artists, music business professionals, music-related agencies and programs, and the general public.

For this purpose, a meeting will be held on Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm at the Met on Main Street in Pawtucket. Members of the local music community are invited to attend and please pass the word along to any others who might be interested. Go to rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com for more info.

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