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

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year Ramblings Andy Williams, Guy Lombardo

 Happy New Year to all the Nostalgic Rambler followers...Are you out there? Sometimes I wonder if this is just a therapy for myself or if someone is actually reading this

This posting will be just a little hodgepodge as I've been under the weather recently. But I did want to finally check in with "you all."

The newspaper did a story about the heirs of Guy Lombardo. Sad to hear that the memorabilia of the man who millions looked forward to watching every New Year's Eve is now deteriorating in storage units here in Florida. Read the story here.  I wish I could help but I don't think my wife would let me bring more "stuff" into the house. Maybe Michael Feinstein could help.

As most look forward to the New Year 2013, I turned to clock back to January 3 fifty years ago and watched "The Andy Williams Show". My wife gave me a dvd collection for Christmas (she knows what I like!).

 
 Hard to believe that I watched a show that was 50 years old to the day. It was in "Living Color on NBC" so to me it looked brand new. Those shows are so great. Where else can you see Irene Ryan from the Beverly Hillbillies as a singer and dancer? Or Bobby Darin, Vic Damone, and Henry Mancini all on one show as Andy's guests? The Osmond Brothers are on some of the shows and their parents even made an appearance. As usual I am enjoying my time warp. Am looking forward to the next two shows which feature Bing Crosby, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sad to read the another of the greats Patti Page has left us. Her Tennessee Waltz, How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? or Old Cape Cod were songs that charmed millions.
Here's a link or two to Patti's hits.

Take care my friends! May the new year bring you all the best.

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