Category Archives: Anecdotes

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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