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, December 3, 2013

Perry's back, but....Missing those old Christmas specials

Run to Amazon or your local mall store and pick up the Nostalgic Rambler gem find of the month, the dvd release of Perry Como's Christmas Show. It looks like its already on backorder at the official website, so maybe that's a good sign that they are selling?

This CBS classic from 1974 features Perry, The Carpenters, ice skating star Peggy Fleming and Rich Little (doing an impression of Jack Benny as a mall Santa Claus!). This release is done by mpi home video and is not your usual public domain blurry crapola we usually have to put with to see a good old show. We are even treated to a commentary by Richard Carpenter about Perry Como and his Christmas legacy. It features some COLOR excerpts from Perry's television shows (nice to see they are locked away someplace and not lost...now if we could only see ALL of them and not just a few snippets!). Anyhow, hope you buy this dvd so we can get more them. It's copyrighted by Perry's company Roncom, so maybe there is still a light in the office somewhere and we will see more of this in the future. One can only hope. 
It was good to see Perry as well as the Carpenters again.

It's been a while since we've had some really good CHRISTmas specials on television. In fact, it's been years.  Too bad some of the old "specials" aren't shown on TV anymore. Bing Crosby's CHRISTmas specials were always stellar. Bob Hope was one of my favorites. I guess some people still must recall those glory days of CHRISTmas programming. There is even a Bob Hope ornament out:
 For years Bob's show was on for Texaco and he did a lot of the commercials. Of course his wife Delores usually made a cameo appearance as he sang "Silver Bells" to her.

It's a few weeks off but since things usually get a bit hectic around here, I want to wish you a very merry CHRISTmas!