Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Book: The Haldeman Diaries

by Peter Cates The Haldeman Diaries The Haldeman Diaries, a massive book of almost 700 pages, was issued by Putnam a year after the death of H.R. Haldeman (1926-1993) who served as Chief of Staff for former President Richard Nixon for four years before being quietly pressured to resign by his boss in the spring […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Church steeples; Author: Thornton Wilder; Singer: Kay Starr

by Peter Cates Church steeples The Protestant church steeples still seen in The Town Line’s surrounding communities include the towering beauty at the China Village Baptist Church. Back during the decades of 80 or more years ago, some of these steeples summoned the citizens of the surrounding communities to Sunday morning assemblies to an extent […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Author: H.L. Mencken; Film: Cop Land

by Peter Cates H.L. Mencken The delightful scoundrel H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) wrote the scholarly and hilarious Treatise on the Gods in 1930 and revised it in 1946. Like so much of Mencken’s writing, it is very biased, scores points both intentionally and unintentionally in spots, reveals blindness in other spots, and was never intended to […]


by Peter Cates Harry C. Browne A ten-inch acoustically recorded shellac, Columbia A2179, featured singer and banjo player Harry C. Browne (1878-1954) performing Balm of Gilead, while side two contained another banjoist Fred Van Epps (1878-1960) playing Southern Medley, comprised of such quaint tunes as Old Folks at Home, Jordan Is a Hard Road to […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Symphony Sounds from the Colby Campus

by Peter Cates Symphony Sounds from the Colby Campus Century Custom Records, once based in Cape Elizabeth, released an LP, Symphony Sounds from the Colby Campus, an anthology of live performances of the Colby Community Symphony Orchestra conducted by its late Music Director Ermanno F. Comparetti during the 1970-1971 seasons. The selections were as follows: […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Soundmaps Extended Realities

by Peter Cates Soundmaps Extended Realities Valeria Zorina, violin and Evgeny Sinaiski, piano Oehms Classics OC 492, CD, recorded May 1-5, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. Although she has not yet set foot in the United States, Moldavian violinist Valeria Zorina has concertized extensively in England and Europe to tremendous and deserved acclaim. The late violinist […]