Category Archives: Anecdotes

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Money, Mothers, Names

Money • Screenwriter/critic Frank Cottrell Boyce met Nico at Eric’s, a punk nightclub in 1970s Liverpool, but maybe that wasn’t a good thing. He told her that he loved her, and she replied, “Really? Do you have any money? I seem … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

Hans Pfitzner, composer of the opera Palestrina, went to a German town for an event and stayed in a small hotel. He got up early and started composing, but at 7:30 a.m. workers began to break up with a drill … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

Katy Perry’s real name is Katie Hudson, but she changed her name to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Almost Famous. “Perry” is Katie’s mother’s maiden name. (Katy … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Prejudice

Resisting segregation and racism is a good deed; so is simply being non-racist. Ralph Ellison, African-American author of Invisible Man, grew up in the era of Jim Crow and segregation. The black children knew about racism. When he was a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Practical Jokes Anecdotes

• Years ago, almost everyone working for the Denver Morning Postwas fired when the newspaper folded. H. Allen Smith, who had been offered a job with the Evening Post, got drunk out of sympathy for his fellow reporters. A young woman … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

As a young boy, pianist Carl Czerny heard a family friend named Gelinek talk about how he was looking forward to meeting a pianist later that night at a party and how he and his friends were going to “thrash … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Letters Anecdotes

For a while, writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur ran a movie studio in which they produced their own scripts. They had a policy of not responding to letters, instead hiring someone to burn their mail each day, unread. However, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Baseball Anecdotes

In 1978, when she was age 23, Jill Baer got a chance to manage a major-league baseball team. She met Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and Dodgers first-baseman Steve Garvey in a TV studio where she worked, and she … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Baseball Anecdotes

When Stan Musial was a minor-league pitcher (and hitter) with Daytona Beach in the Florida State League, he was newly married. The team manager, Dickie Kerr, and his wife, Corinne, befriended Mr. Musial and his wife. Much later, Mr. Musial … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Food Anecdotes

Ice skating coach Frank Carroll (who is now Michelle Kwan’s coach) once explained to a mischievous young skater named Christopher Bowman — at the request of the young boy’s mother, who felt Christopher was growing pudgy — the importance of … Continue reading

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