Stuff I Forget: The Sequel


Looking at my Stuff I Forget lists from 2017, I was mildly astonished that I was having trouble recalling any of that stuff. It was all too obvious. Maybe writing these slips-of-mind down inoculates them against slippage for all time. I suspect however that my mental fuzziness was temporary, and due to overindulgence in spirits.

I will resume the list at number 32, but there may be some duplication here. Asterisk means I went and looked it up.

32. Karen and whatsername, the Jews from Lawrence, LI, father was a judge, Moki is friend to whatsername. 28 Feb 2020. (Pat Burstein, Karen Burstein)

33. Fuss and Feather, the Halls of Montezuma, who was that? 8 Sept 2018. (Winfield Scott)

34. Hamilton Ford, Henderson Ford, what is the movie actor’s name? 1 Sept 2018. (Harrison Ford)

35. Fake bard by James MacPherson, did tales of Cuchalain, big fad in the 1700s. 31 Aug 2018. (Ossian)

36. The Virgin guy. Rick Linter, whatever. 16 June 2018. (Richard Branson)

37. The song used for Merrie Melodies theme. Took a day or two to come to me. The Looney Tunes thing wasn’t any problem. 13 June 2018. (Merrie Melodies tune is “Merrily We Roll Along.” Looney Tunes is “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down.”)

38.  Big hill part of Paris where Sacre Coeur is…north…name like Montparnasse but other end of town…a little north of Clichy…St Jean Baptiste… Paris Commune started there, there were cannon… name like mount of saints… (Montmartre!* I had to look up Sacre Coeur. A remarkable memory hole.)

39. Head covering Arab men wear in the Levant. 9 June 2018. (Kefayeh)

40. Obama advisor, mulatta born in Iran. 3 Apr 2018.  (Valerie Jarrett)

41. Name of LBJ’s hitman? 2 Apr 2018. (Oh, Mac Wallace.)

[updated 19 May 2020]

42. Who did ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’? (*Charlie Daniels)

43. English poet, novelist (The Mayor of Casterbridge).  (Thomas Hardy)

44. The ‘Tipping Point’ guy. (Malcolm Gladwell*)

45. Lining of your uterus? (endometrium)

46. That big Cal-Neva lake in Northern California. (Tahoe)

47. Who wrote The Servant? Jewish writer, married Antonia Fraser. (Harold Pinter*, yes had to look this up.)

48. The TV sitcom Frasier, what was it a spinoff of? (*Cheers; I never would have remembered that, so this isn’t a real memory lapse.)

49. Frasier’s wife, Lilith? Jewish, she was in the Chicago musical revival. (Bebe Neuwirth, this took a while to come to me.)

50. Christopher Caldwell book? (Age of Entitlement*…I really blanked out, had to look this up.)

51. The odd meat company with the Musketeer name. (D’Artagnan*)

52. London prison with the funny name. (Wormwood Scrubs*)

53. 1960s actress who was in the Smirnoff Mule ads with Woody Allen. (Julie Newmar*)

54. Nice guy who was a friend of Michael S-DeF and came to our brunch on West 29th St around May 1980, and a few weeks later we walked through Alphabet Town. Friend of Elizabeth Ashley. “She doesn’t like women.” (Bob Corpora) I completely blanked out on this one but the name came to me after 5 or 10 minutes.

55. Australian/American actress who was married to Tom Cruise, in this thing with tom cruise  Keeny Randall Kim Stopcock there’s a K in there (*Nicole Kidman).  Seriously, had to look up.

56. County seat of Saratoga. Something springs. (Ballston Spa.)

57. Novelist whose name is like Hart Crane. Maggie, a Girl of the Streets. (*Stephen Crane)

58. Juvenile actress 1940, wisecracker, Philadelphia Story, Babes on Broadway (Ginny Weidlin? No, Ginny *Weidler).

59. Dennis… actor who was in Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant? (something about something that clamps shut) was married to that Jewish actress in Three Women. (Dennis Hopper. But he was never married to Janice Rule and I don’t know why I thought that, or was sure she was Jewish.)

60. French chef guy, worked for DeGaulle, ran the HJ industrial kitchen in the early 60s.  (Jacques Pepin)

61. Pointy-nosed French actress, in Chabrol movies. (Isabel Huppert*  but came up with name Sandrine Bonnaire first.)

[updated 9 May 2021]

62. Boomtown Rats Live Aid guy, saw him at the Oriel in ’96, the day he got divorce from Paula Yates. Bob something. (Bob Geldof)

63. Guy in class of ’73…[actually ’74] Scotland enthusiast. Black hair, nose with bulbous tip at end. Wanted to study Scots law. CSP knew him. Perhaps in Morse? (Bill Eakins)

64. Harare. Where is Harare? Capital of some African country, I’m sure. (*formerly Salisbury, Rhodesia, now “Zimbabwe”)

65. French stew with navy beans and sausage or duck confit…in a bowl, what do you call it? (*Cassoulet; had to browse through recipes)

66. Art Nouveau hotel in Asheville, I knew the name when talking to Tom, who was once the only guest. Grove Park Inn? (Yes)

67. Pen-and-ink comic strip (in the Telegraph?) about City Man. By Peattie? Alex? (Yes, and it’s still going.)

68. That Jewish late-life TS who was in the Sea Org. “Hidden: a Gender.” (*Kate Bornstein, found it somewhere.)

69. Ambassador to USSR, married to Marjorie Meriwether Post. (Joseph Davies)

70. Boozy, snobby, English character actor. In Noble House, A Private Function, Alfie. (Denholm Elliott)