What a title!

I watched an old movie last night. A scary one. Scary during my youth when it first came out. The Return of the Vampire. The movie was released in 1943.

Vampires back then were not the socially acceptable creatures of today. They were ugly and scared the hell out of me and my generation.

Bela Lugosi played the Vampire. In other films, he played Dracula and Frankenstein. Wolfeman was in the picture. He scared me the most. His face would change to that of a wolfe before your eyes. I would cover my eyes.

Nina Foch was in the film. She had the female lead. A young Nina Foch. Around 20. I did not recognize her at first. Foch was a movie star through the 1960s and then did an occasional TV appearance over the next 30 years.

She developed into a very sophisticated appearing woman and played parts consistent with her appearance. Hair pulled back tightly in a bun. An attractive figure. Not the young girl I saw in the Vampire movie.

You are probably wondering by this time that even though the preceding is interesting, what does it have to do with today’s blog. Simple. I met Nina Foch.

It was in 1956. I was in college at the time. I was at a fraternity brother’s home in Yonkers. In walks his older sister with another woman. The woman was Nina Foch. My friend’s mother was off in the kitchen doing something. The sister in her bedroom changing. My fraternity brother I know not where. Nina Foch and I were left sitting alone in the living room. For a good ten minutes. This worldly appearing sophisticated movie star and Louis.

She made me feel at ease. We chatted and laughed. She was the girl next door.

Spent most of yesterday writing next week’s KONK Life column. A No Return Policy. It is the background story regarding the militarization of police departments. An eye opener.

Local police departments will soon have officers wearing body cameras. A good thing. Both the Key West police and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. As long as they keep them on. If not on during a questionable arrest/situation, local laws should be passed creating a rebuttable presumption of wrongdoing by the police officer.

Japan is having sex problems. For real. It is experiencing a celibacy syndrome. An interesting term. Young Japanese have and are becoming turned off  by sex. Male and female alike. The men prefer virtual girl friends. The women prefer taking care of themselves materially. Each gender has its erotic desires under control.

Births are dramatically low. Japan’s population falling swiftly. The scenario so bad that it is predicted an economic downfall is in the making.

Would you believe!

Enjoy your day!



A simple day yesterday. Some doctoring and writing. A lot of TV watching…..the Presidential race is heating up.

Had my echo cardiogram test at the hospital. Kelley the technician. We chatted through out the procedure.

I will know no results till next week when I meet with the cardiologist.

This morning a stress test.

Arnold Horshach died. The name sounds like it came out of a Smuckers ad.

Horshach was the TV character name of Ron Palillo. The TV show was Welcome Back Kotter. A hit in the mid 1970s. Horshach was a nerd. Talked funny.

The star of Kotter was a young John Travolta. It was Travolta’s introduction to stardom.

Travolta played a cocky italian-American. Black leather jacket, black pants. The collar always up on the leather jacket. Travolta was the leader of the gang. The gang included Horshach/Palillo.

Today is a most important day in history. It marks the end of World War II. The day is also known as VJ Day. The day Japan surrendered.

Everyone went crazy that day. I was a young 10 year old. I recall that as soon as the news broke over the radio, people poured out onto their porches and the streets. Yelling and screaming. Crying. Waving the flag. Hugging asnd kissing.

My eyes fill with tears as I recollect the moment.

It was the second war to end all wars. World War I was the first. What a joke!

I have to get ready for my early morning stress test.

Enjoy your day!