First published in the Delaware News Journal, June 28, 1972 Remember the Big Inch Land Co.? Well think about it, because chances are you do. The Big Inch Land Co. left all other real estate operations in the dust, so to speak, when it sold 21 million -- that's right, 21 million -- parcels of Yukon Territory land in the spring of 1955. Of course, each one of those … [Read more...] about CEREAL PREMIUMS BIG BUSINESS…REMEMBER THE YUKON LAND RUSH?
By Bob Schwabach First published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 1973 NEW YORK-- Sometime later in the evening Jimmy Breslin is sitting on the bottom step that leads to the basement room of Jimmy's at 33 W. 52nd Street in New York and is taking a nap with his head resting against the railing. A party is in progress, a New Year Party. Suddenly, Breslin … [Read more...] about A VERY SERIOUS ‘ENEMIES’ PARTY? OR RADICALLY CHIC…
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