Thursday, October 28, 2010



I have started a second website on the subject of television trivia. If you are a fan of old and current television shows, check out TV Banter at


On October 28, 1858, a dry goods store opened on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. It would become one of the largest department store retailers in the world. The name of that store was R.H. Macy & Co. and its founder was 36-year-old Rowland Hussey Macy, a Quaker businessman. Macy, born on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, was a whaler turned shopkeeper. He used a red star as his symbol of good fortune, a throwback to his days as a sailor.

First-day sales at the new establishment were $11.06. At the end of its first complete year of operation, Macy’s sales grossed almost $90,000. By 1877, Macy’s had become a bona fide department store filling up the ground space of 11 adjacent buildings.

We do not have Macy’s here in Canada and I have never entered the famed Manhattan store. I visited New York City several times in the 1980s but never ventured into Macy’s. I did go to the Macy’s store in Erie, Pennsylvania this past summer.



The Toronto Raptors lost their first game of the season yesterday to the New York Knicks by a score of 98- 93. Well, at least the Miami Heat and prima donnas Chris Bosh and King James lost their first game too.


I'm pleased that the San Francisco Giants pounded the Texas Rangers by a score of 11-7 in Game 1 of the World Series last night.  Did you catch 84-year-old Tony Bennett belting out God Bless America at the game?  Wasn't he great?  He certainly did leave his heart in the "City by the Bay."  Bravo, Tony!

If you didn't see Tony Bennett singing at the World Series, just click the link below to view a video of his performance.

- Joanne