Stuff I Forget, Volume IV


99. DRAFT HEALTHCARE, Draft FCB. What was the old parent company name? FCB? Foote Cone Belding

100. The movie about working at Vogue, with Meryl Streep as a mean Anna Wintour and Stanley Tucci as the friendly flitty stylist. Who is the star? *The Devil Wears Prada *Anne Hathaway

101. The Lowe Bell lady whose name I borrowed for hotmail login …ah caroline sturdy

102. Orange brown little tart onions… *shallots

103. That strange guy who published books and pamphlets about the jews etc. Morris something. Book on that poet. Ezra Pound. Eustace Mullins

104. The Jewish premier, the milk drinker. Mendes-France

105. College in Northhampton, where Claire went. Mt Holyoke

106. frank e funeral parlor on mad… Frank E. Campbell

107. The jerk in Urbana, on Usenet. Jason Heimbach? jason heimbaugh jason r heimbaugh

108. the part of LA where UCLA is…Westwood

109. Ad agency in Pan Am building where I worked for two days in Sept 1979. (Foote Cone and Belding…oddly enough I worked for them again, or a branch, as DraftFCB Healthcare in 2010.)

110. PM 1979-1988 Maggie? Oh Thatcher

111. head of Lib party after Jo Grimond…Jeffrey? Jeremy Thorpe

112. term for hourglass figure on a woman…hourglass…thinking of buying a Chemex

113. kooky long cloud
cloud cuckoo land
couldn’t remember expression

114. bill bundy’s father in law
dean acheson

115. Josie Kulikowski’s mother…took a moment
Kiki Reynolds

Josie’s mother Kiki’s stepbrother was Edward Gorey

What’s Gorey’s Story?

116. screenwriter of darling, two for the road… frederic raphael?

117. kennels’ basset hound…what was the name??
son of the sufferns’ dog c 62 or 63 Katie
timmy and i had a song to the angels 63 hit ‘my boyfriend’s back’
something, something, the puppy’s back

116. Boston store with brown bread and baked beans, like S&S Cross
SS Pierce

117. Salesia, East Prussia, Pomerania
could not remrmber Salesia

118. Deborah Friedell in LRB 19 January 2023 said JPK was removed as ambassador for his defeatism. This did not happen.

‘Lindbergh argued that it was ‘obvious’ the British were losing the war; indeed, they were destined to lose to Germany, no matter how much assistance the Americans provided. Roosevelt had recalled the American ambassador to Britain, Joseph Kennedy, for saying much the same thing.’

FDR in fact insisted on keeping JPK on nearly a year longer than JPK wanted. But this is a minor point, one more instance of British vagueness about American political history. (Like journalist Francis Beckett who in a biography of his father, described the Hiss-Chambers case as Whittaker Chambers shopping his old colleague Alger Hiss to Joe McCarthy: a confoundment of epic proportions.)

119. James Whitmore in Oklahoma film…could not come up with his name
as the farmer

120. Pile of leaves and decaying veg matter to be used as fertilizer
compost heap….came to me later

121. Town in VA, battle in Dec 1862. Fredericksburg

122. Elyse HF’s name. Maxwell

123. John Waters movie with Elizabeth Coffey…had to look this up. Pink Flamingos

124. Squid rings you eat… calamari!

125. British Jew playwright…Arnold Schindler or something.
Wrote the servant, the cocktail party
married to antonia fraser or another catholic antonia
what pinter?
Harold Pinter

126. Strange quasi-tranny who briefly wrote for SpliceToday then TheMarySue. All I could remember was the surname was Riedl. Sam Riedel

127. Star of Double Jeopardy, along with Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Greenwood. Anna Yount? Something Judd? Ashley Judd.
Have had trouble remembering that name in the past. She had a brief career.

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Selfie San Francisco cafe, w/ glasses

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Here we have Diotima and Hannibal in the tiki torch parade on 11 August 2017, also Avalie and Augustus around the same time, and random other images.

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Stuff I Forget (Part III)


This began in 2017 as a Failing Memory? blog post that grew and grew for a couple of years. In 2020 I added a Stuff I Forget: The Sequel with notes from 2018-2020. Occasionally I noted the day when I when I was trying to remember.

Part III here consists of notes from 2021 and 2022.

I find this Un-Memory Book mildly amusing, but also intriguing and therapeutic. The stuff I can’t remember and strain to recall, or finally look up, doesn’t get forgotten again.


* = I had to look it up. Generally it was through internet search, but in some cases I had had to dig into old books and newspapers.

71. The expensive cupcake store? (*Magnolia)

72. The Less Than Zero guy. (Brad Easton Ellis)

73. Author of Little Women. (Louisa May Alcott)

74. Semitranny from Toronto that G. Eugene Pichler was hot after. (*Nina Arsenault. This took a bit of looking, first with image search, and then I forgot it again so came up with a mnemonic: Gore Vidal’s mother [Nina] has her head sticking out of the Central Park Arsenal.)

75. The Redmond lady, clinical psych, writes about bipolar and lithium? (*Kay Redfield Jameson, not Redmond. An Unquiet Mind was the book.)

76. Willowy Icelandic guy, long blond hair, was with CPTC for a while, running coach, may have worked for Jerry Macari at Urban Athletics. (Toby Tanser. Suddenly came to me after a few weeks.)

77. The Harvard institution up on the hill overlooking DC, where something was founded during WW2. (*Dumbarton Oaks.)

78. The Daily Themes guy. E R or Edward something. (*E. J. Gordon. Found a 2″ obit in the New York Times.)

79. I am confusing La Fontaine and Charles Perrault…one did fables and the other wrote the fairy tales. (*Looked them up.)

80. The jew harmonicist in The Singing Marine, later whined about Red blacklist, comeback on cable TV in the 1980s. (*Larry Adler.)

81. The sports broadcaster who became an anti-Bill O’Reilly political pundit on MSNBC and had a career meltdown, finally coming back with YouTube rants where he sat at an Ikea folding table and pretended he was back on TV. (Keith Olbermann…took a couple minutes.)

82. Who wrote The First Crusade? The GOOD one. Orwell knew him or his son. (*Stephen Runciman.)

83. Who is our junior senator, the blonde lady? Kristin? Went to Dartmouth? (Kirsten Gillibrand. Think I asked Michael for that one.)

84. The other 90s actress not Drew Barrymore. Freeway. Legally Blond. (Reese Witherspoon.)

85. General in Vietnam…northern county in England…(Westmoreland.)

86. Uncle to TR, head of Confederate intelligence. (*James Dunwody Bulloch.)

87. Murdered actress, married Roman Polanski. (Sharon Tate.)

88. Jazz pianist, Take Five. (Dave Brubeck.)

89. Spanish-named twin-tower hi-rise at 90th and CPW. (Eldorado.)

90. The controversial misreport that someone received a very costly set of jewelry. From whom, Baruch? And who received it? And what’s the French word? Paroir? (*Louise Macy, married Harry Hopkins, 1942. Gift from Lord Beaverbrook, sent in diplomatic pouch.It wasn’t a paroir, but jeweled clips from Beaverbrook’s mother. This required extensive search through 1943 news stories. Roald Dahl book mentioned the gift, I believe. It was Walter Trohan who spread the malicious tale.)

91. Those square waxy crayons, usually in black or brick red, made by Caran d’Ache. (Conté crayons.)

92. The type of sound technology in film that became standard in the 30s, with the imprinting of recorded optical lines next to the frames…? (Ah, optical sound.)

93. Redheaded Italian guy on SNL who got old and fat. (Joe Piscopo.)

94. Blonde in Octopussy and LA Confidential. (Kim Basinger.)

95. What you call emplacements of cannons in a fortress? (*Casemates.)

96. What was 1964 Rat Pack Chicago prohibition comedy? (Robin and the 7 Hoods.)

97. Movie in which aria from La Wally figures. (*Diva. Really had to squeeze my brain and hunt for this. The ‘Ebben’ aria is beautiful but the source was treated as something of a joke, since the opera was rather obscure, it’s the only one the composer ever did, and the name sounded silly. Film was flop in France, big splash in America in 1982 but I haven’t thought of it since, except perhaps for the garlic-bread scene, which I couldn’t identify.)

98. Campy interview writer whom NatLamp once listed as a Great Disappointment. (Dotson Rader.)

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NAPOLEON I Cartoon of Napoleon I with George III in a Lilliputian context

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Margot Darby

Selfie San Francisco cafe, w/ glasses

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New Margot Darby

Relics from the Boneyards

CMS and blogware

There was a season, long ago, when I started multiple blogs at MovableType, Typescript, Serendipity, Drupal, Blogger, Bloxsom, and some very very early versions of WordPress! Some of these still function, others can be read (only in part) via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. But most are dead and inaccessible, as are most of your 15+year-old blogs…unless you still own the database and are willing and able to painstakingly reconstruct your old site.

WordPress is the winner and perennial champeen in the blogware/CMS stakes, no doubt about it. However, 15-16-17 years ago it was about as secure as a papier-mâché bank vault. That’s one of the reasons why there are so many security plugins for it today.

Updates to PHP versions constitute the main reason old WP sites no longer work. For a few years you might have been able to view your old 2005 site, but with a lot of database and program errors logged at the top of the screen. Now you probably can’t see it at all. Your URL simply gives you a blank.

Coming across old blog posts might therefore be a rare treat. From a version 1.2 WordPress site set up in early 2005:

From a simple Blogspot site a few years later, 2010. Being from Blogger, and therefore not self-hosted, this site is still functional:

That’s Ella King Torrey in the photo. I think she’d recently died.

Moving on, these old MovableType blogs (early 2005) still work for some reason:

Serendipity, or Sy9, was one of the many also-rans in the blogware survey of 2005. It was just prominent enough for me to read about and install. Down near the beginning there, I x’ed out somebody’s surname because the late, lamented Sharlene Spingler did a Google search and found him there. Doubly embarrassing for me, because in addition to discussing his mutilated foot and life, I included a photo of him with his demipod. Ouch.

It appears I followed up that Serendipity blog with a new one in 2014, at almost the same address: :

These old versions of Sy9, both v1.7.8, still work although Serendipity’s PHP versions are now 7 and 8. I suppose this is due to the simplicity of the platform, and the lack of plugins, which are what makes WordPress fall down, usually.

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FILE — This March 18, 2010 file photo shows the main entrance of the American embassy in Paris. At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015, in the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)



This portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald was done in 1925, back when things were going well for the young writer. “Everything was golden for him early on,” says writer Stewart O’Nan, “and then things started going against him … it’s a spiral