2012-01-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO BY JIM MUNRO Bill O’Brien, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator who just accepted the job as the new football head coach at Penn State, is a nephew of island attorney John A. Murphy. Before coming to the Patriots in 2007, Bill coached at Georgia Tech, Duke and Maryland.


Speaking of John A. Murphy, we should send him to Congress so he could sow his scattering seeds among the dunderheads in Washington.


From Beth Weibust: “A great big thank you to the kind library patron who found my pocketbook on the ground next to the book deposit box and brought it to the front desk on Friday. I will definitely pay it forward!”


Bring back Rex Morgan, M.D.!


Received a letter from former Shoreby Hill resident Ron Hickman in Hattiesburg, Miss., saying that his book, “Operation Big Flounder,” published a little over a year ago, is about to go digital. Receiving rave reviews, the book is based on an actual tax scam involving a Pensacola seafood king in a community on the Gulf of Mexico. Ron says the story and events are real “with the exception of some embellishment by the author.”

Ron passed on a short story about the song “What a Wonderful World” recorded by Louis Armstrong. “For a couple of years the only exposure or airplay given to this now standard came from England where a minister was playing the song as his theme song. Soon, it became popular in Europe and spread back to the USA and later was the theme in the movie ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ with Robin Williams. The late George David Weiss, a friend of mine who had composed some 950 songs, including the Elvis hit ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love,’ related the story during one of our visits.”

Thanks, Ron.


Elizabeth Mancini and Cheryl Fernstrom emailed correctly that last week’s poser is “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon.


They give us those nice bright colors,

They give us the greens of summers,

Makes you think all the world’s, a sunny day,

I got a Nikon camera,

I love to take a photograph,

So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away.


If there is such a shortage of cod, why is it available just about everywhere?



Too late to save myself from falling,

I took a chance and changed your way of life,

But you misread my meaning when I met you,

Closed the door and left me blinded by the light.


The Jamestown Arts Center will present “Life on the Ledger: How to Make Your Art Add Up,” on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Richard Streitfeld, CPA, CFE, will discuss accounting for artists. Topics will include what artists can deduct, keeping the books, quick overview of fi- nancial statements, sales tax blues and minimizing audit risk. It’ll be only $10 for all that information. For the answers to questions and to register, call 560-0979.


It’s a shame that with all the talent available in our wonderful country that the current Republican candidates for president are the best we can do.


Donations are needed for the treatment of a dog hit on the island by a vehicle on Jan. 2 and finally rescued on Jan. 7 after a five-day search by many island volunteers. The dog is a 6-year-old male German shepherd and is being treated at the Warwick Animal Hospital.

Barbara Szepatowski reports that the dog spent five days and nights outside without food or water. “How he lived through the cold on Monday and Tuesday night is truly a miracle. He has sustained multiple serious injuries, including possible internal injuries, a broken hip, an injured/broken front leg, and rib cage damage. Once he is stabilized a decision will be made as to whether he can be saved, which of course is partially driven by cost. He belongs to a woman who is recovering from surgery.”

Any donations are greatly appreciated. Checks made out to the Jamestown Animal Fund can be dropped off to Jamestown Finance Director Tina Collins at Town Hall. The dog will survive, but the owner does not have the money for additional diagnostic care. As of Saturday afternoon the bill was $1,100, and the cost increased as additional treatment continued.


Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday is Ben Franklin’s birthday and the date of the beginning of the Persian Gulf War in 1991.


Be true!


Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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