Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

a great summer read by Andy Williams

Biographies of great singers are always high on my must read list and this one is no exception. Singer Andy Williams has that cool easy style much like another of my favorites Perry Como.

His book "Moon River and Me" published last year by Viking is cool and easy...like visiting with an old friend....and that's how you feel with people like Andy Williams. His tv shows and albums have entertained us for years. Here's a great clip of him singing "Danny Boy"

Andy certainly has lead an interesting life. In this book he details his early years and how his father was the driving force behind getting him and his brothers in show business. He writes about what it was like to ride high with a top rated tv show, hosting the first Golden Globe awards, but ruining his marriage. He also talks about his ex-wife and the controversy surrounding her shooting her husband. Williams knew Bobby Kennedy and was getting ready to go to dinner with him when he was shot. Andy sang at his funeral and hasn't sung the song since.

The book is just like life, humorous and melancholy at times. Andy had high and low points but now seems very content with his new life and theater in Branson, Missouri. One of the most interesting updates is how just a few years ago several of his songs were used in commercials overseas, prompting a huge resurgence in his popularity there. Go get 'em, Andy!

Above left is a picture of this great biography. To the right is my copy if his "Greatest Hits" album, which I had autographed at his theater in Branson. That was a great show by the way. I understand he still does a Christmas show there. Vacation plans, anyone?


  1. Thanks, Hans. Very nice. I agree with your comment, "Biographies of great singers are always high on my must read list," and I would add great actors and dancers too, as I still have my Fred Astaire books (autobiography and biography) and just can't give them up, although I have tried. What song did he sing for Bobby Kennedy's funeral?

  2. Andy sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic"...aka "Glory Glory Hallelujah..."