Hal’s concern for the public morals — of juveniles in particular.

I, Claudius was very popular in the Tunnel Bar. One evening a little crowd of regulars were watching as Claudius was summoned before Caligula. Next thing on the screen is the walk on the wild side emperor doing the shimmy-shimmy, shakey-shake.

As luck would have it, just then in walks a somewhat tipsy Hal who at first finds the performance quite captivating, murmuring, “What’s this? VCR?”

“Nah,” I says, “jus’ TV.”


“Hey! This is Channel 13,” was my reply.

Incensed, Hal began to stride back and forth, slamming his fist down into the air. “CHANNEL 13! KIDS COULD BE WATCHIN’!”

To this day, I find quite touching Hal’s concern for the public morals — of juveniles in particular.

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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