And More Margin Notes

NEW BOOK IDEA

What strikes an idea?  Almost anything. This idea was triggered by the mention of Karl Marx. Whenever an idea came – Ted jotted it down most conveniently, here on the introduction page to After the Ball, Pop Music from Rag to Rock.  Ted made this note slightly less than a month prior to his passing. 

“(Also) From a book I may find a way to write, “Ideas For Today and Tomorrow” which will have to start with a few ideas of the past. Sun. morn. 6/26/05  Marx was out of touch with reality. So his ideas were ridden by wishful thinking suckers and conmen of many stripes, power-mad lucksters, and millions of something-for-nothing hucksters, they who would fool, themselves fooled, by false promises founded on the founderings of falsified premises.”

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Ted made no comment on the order of the list, although my guess is that he would probably have made some changes to that effect. However, I thought you might find his remarks of interest and fun to read.

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“Without realizing it, this inspired me as a kid in the sense of the feeling I could do something great because I knew I had the vision to see the paradox of limitations and ephemeral barriers posed by man’s (most people) lack of sight or faith.”

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Ted wrote: Stylistically, of all the Rock ‘n’ Roll artists – he (Chuck Berry) is the biggest influence…along w/The Beatles as the biggest, most influential group… on the music. The Stones would be right there w/them except that the bedrock of their style is that’s him, Chuck Berry.

’58 has to be ranked as his most fine chart yr. of quantity of stunning records is held as the highest standard!

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As usual Ted would accompany his dinner with reading and/or studying material. On this particular evening, much to my surprise, Ted also included a journal-type entry in the middle of the page! “Fri. ni. dindin 12/13/02 at B’s (The ‘Cordiale’ roasted potatoes & a B cut up raw veggies…yum! & Miranda hosed nice & clean & B w/her clear new calcium taffy surprise.”

* I had cut up a variety of raw vegetables and arranged them pleasingly on the plate, (he loved this!) to complement the potatoes. Earlier in the day Ted purchased a jar of  Calcium-Taffy for me.  It was delicious and the only product I’d found so far that I would actually “take daily” to insure my calcium intake was adequate. Ted liked that aspect best.

This photo is from a different day, but you get the idea.


  1. Paul Vachon
    May 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Thanks for sharing these, Barbara!
    –Paul

  2. May 23, 2011 at 1:49 am

    You are most welcome Paul! Now I’d better get that June newsletter written or it’s going to to late getting to Dan!

  3. rivendell
    May 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Great post!
    Can you share the title of the book that Ted jotted “Without realizing it, this inspired me as a kid in the sense of the feeling I could do something great because…”?
    Thanks.

  4. May 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rivendell,
    The title of the book is “Successful Living Day to Day” by Nelson Boswell. It is now an old paperback, published almost 40 years ago in 1972.
    By the style of Ted’s writing, I’m almost positive he read this book around the time it was published. At the tender age of 26.
    Kind regards, Barbara

  5. Dan Sawyer
    October 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    These are awesome. It’s the first time I’ve dug this deep into the blog.

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