In its current auction, Ray Haradin Toys of Yesteryear, a Pittsburgh outfit, is offering a 60-piece toy set depicting the Sack of Troy. The set was made by Heyde, the German toy maker that was based in Dresden. Founded in 1872, Heyde was destroyed during the firebombing of 1945. I don’t get-attachment-3get-attachment-2know when this set was made. Heyde was highly admired for its theme sets, which included the “Buffalo Bill Wild West Show,”, “North Pole Expedition”, and “Tiger Hunting in India”. Bidding on this amazing set will start at $16,500


Thanks very much to Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York for inviting me to speak on Monday night about my man Commander Will Cushing, and getting the book launched off to a great start. We met at Draughts restaurant on 55th street at Second Avenue. It was great to see friends like Paul Windells (below), Charlie Schwartz and Bob Rowen. This marked my third appearance before the group, which means I earned my third plaque. I must say, it’s pretty cool to see them altogether. Afterwards, we danced the night away under the lights (just kidding about that part!)


photo-16Last week I had the pleasure of going to the theater with one half of my Loose Lips co-writers, the gemultlict Lisa Birnbach. What fun! We had dinner on Bond Street in a brick-walled basement level restaurant called The Smile, which had the atmosphere and trappings of the kind of archetypal Greenwich Village that Edna St. Vincent Millay might have known, except for the absence of candles in chianti bottles. After that we went around the corner to the Lynn Redgrave Theater to see a play called `Tail! Spin!’ The play, which featured terrific acting, was about the sexual shenanigans of former senator Larry Craig, ex-governor Mark Sanford, and ex-congressmen Mark Foley and Anthony Weiner. The text was cleverly assembled by Mario Correa out of bits of speeches, comments, texts,emails, statements and interview answers actually uttered by the actual parties. No wonder it caught the eye of former Lippers. Anyway, it was a lot of fun; we’ll have to see if something evolves out of it,


carson19“A workshop of a new musical about late talk-show host Johnny Carson, simply titled Carson — The Musical, will be held in Manhattan in December. Rehearsals, according to an Equity casting notice, will begin Nov. 3; presentations are scheduled for Dec. 9-12. Carson has a book by Jamie Malanowski and Henry Bushkin with music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Katsaros and Malanowski. Tricia Brouk is directing and choreographing; Joe Baker is the music director. Characters in the new musical include Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Rick Carson, Ed McMahon, Ruth Carson, Joanne Carson, Alexis Carson, Fred Silverman and more.Casting is by Cindi Rush Casting; the general manager is Gindi Theatrical Management.” —Playbill, September 30, 2014