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

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Doin' The Bing

Christmas is over now and the constant playing of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is in the archives for another year.

Too bad the rest of Bing's vast recording legacy is neglected. Recently Bing's estate/family decided it was time to attend to Bing's recordings and are trying to get some more public awareness for them. Good news!

From the depression, through World War Two, from radio, television, and the movies, Bing was an international icon. It is hard to believe how much he has faded from the public memory (except for that Christmas record!)

The book above "Bing Crosby: Pocketful of Dreams" only covers his career up until 1940 and it's almost 700 pages long! It's one of my favorite biographies as it is chock full of interesting stories about this American legend.

I'm not going to list a whole bunch of Bing movies and recordings you should try to listen to, as they are easy enough to find via an internet search. I do want to share this cool clip released by Bing's archives. Click here. It's called "Doin' the Bing" which we need to be doing more of as he is Mr. Music (a title incidentally of a great Bing movie).

pics of Bing include one with Perry Como, who idolized Bing

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