By Bob Schwabach Originally pubished in the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 1973 They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but nobody even cracked a smile when I went to the ballet practice barre. Maybe that's because the social cloud has lifted, a lot of men are taking ballet lessons these days. Ah, Diaghilev, thou shouldst be living now -- at least it beats your … [Read more...] about WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A BALLET CLASS?
I really love libraries. And I think librarians are a useful invention. I would like to make that all clear at the outset. Because the following little true tale from college days should serve as a warning to all who labor in the stacks and are thereby infused with the implacable desire to inform the world of the awesome splendor of it all. On the first day of orientation … [Read more...] about FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: THE LIBRARY
By Robert Schwabach Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer July 29, 1973 Quarryville, PA. - On the high branches, birds call. And in the yard, puppies romp. Up on the slopes, the tassels of the tall corn are moved by soft breezes. From somewhere down in the dell, the cattle are lowing -- or whatever it is cattle do. Farmer Groff is plying his trade. Raising … [Read more...] about DOWN ON THE FARM
By Bob Schwabach Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, March 12, 1979 In 1934 an Armenian named Garabed Bishirgian tried to monopolize the world supply of pepper. For six weeks he succeeded. When the crash came, three old-line London brokerage houses went under and a number of Wall Street speculators in New York went broke. Bishirgian had managed to corner 16,000 … [Read more...] about PEPPER IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT
By Bob Schwabach Originally published in The Chicago Tribune, October 23, 1978. Let us speak now of garlic. Allium sativum. It is a member of the lily family. It is a cornerstone of the three great cuisines of the world-- French, Italian, and Chinese-- and permeates, so to speak, our very culture. To wit: Garlic and war: Roman soldiers ate garlic before going into … [Read more...] about GARLIC: SOME TALES TO TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY