By Gloria Yousha
Scene Around 

Scene Around


Syl LaFata

Okay! Okay! I'm sorta old (sorta)...

What kind of word is sorta?? And speaking of words and getting older, I received this email recently. Read on:

"Lost Expressions from Our Childhood

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

(Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd?)

Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really! The other day a not so elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said what the heck is a Jalopy? OMG (new phrase!) he never heard of the word jalopy!! So they went to the computer and pulled up a picture from the movie "The Grapes of Wrath." Now that was a Jalopy!

She knew she was old but not that old...I hope you are hunky dory after you read the following:

"Words and Phrases Remind Us of the Way We Word" by Richard Lederer

"About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included 'Don't touch that dial,' 'Carbon copy,' 'You sound like a broken record' and 'Hung out to dry.' A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige: Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We'd cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers lane. Heavens to Betsy!  Gee whillikers!  Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy [guacka]moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China! Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but then Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore."

(Had enough? Okay, so I guess I AM old. (Shut up!)

Just like Benny Goodman...

On Sunday, Jan. 31st, the fabulous SYL LAFATA will be appearing at The Altamonte Chapel with his fellow musicians. Syl looks and plays like Benny Goodman. It is truly amazing! (Actually I think he's better!)

Joining Syl will be pianist MICHAEL KRAMER, bassist BEN KRAMER and drummer GREG PARNELL. (I can assure you they are all great!)

There will also be a jam session with special guest musicians and vocalists who stop in.

The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 East SR 436 in Altamonte Springs. The phone number is 407-339-5208. Music begins at 12:30 pm and goes to 2:30 pm.

Speaking of music and great talent...

The Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors will hold their next meeting and social on Sunday, Feb. 7th at the synagogue, starting at 2 p.m.

The entertainment will be provided by talented singer CHARLES RUSSO and his trio of musicians.

Golden-voice singer Charles Russo is a singing sensation. From the moment he steps onto the stage his performance is electrifying. His extensive repertoire ranges from the easy listening ballads of Frank Sinatra to the upbeat tunes of Stevie Wonder. His breathtaking voice captivates audiences of all ages.

Refreshments will be served after the performance.

The cost is still only $5, COS Seniors; $8 for others.

For more information, call BERNY RAFF, 407-7676-6763. I will remind readers as the event gets closer.

And about getting old (I repeat Shut up!)...

This is another "must see" Mount Dora event you will want to attend:

"Assisted Living, the Musical" will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 30th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker Street in Mount Dora.

For further information, phone 407-603-9215 or go online to

One for the road...

My friend sent me this and many other jokes a long time ago and, although it is funny, I hesitated to use it. But on second thought, I decided it is too funny not to:

Abe was one of the best talent scouts in the USA. One day a young man walked into his office saying he wanted a career in show business. Abe gave him an audition and found him to be super talented in many ways. "Great kid. Just great!" Abe said. "What's your name? The young man responded "Penis Van Lesbian." Abe said, "You will have to change your name, of course." The young man refused and left.

A few months later he returns to Abe. "I changed my name," he said. No agent would help me with my real name. "Great, said Abe. What's your new name?"

The young man replied "Dick Van Dyke."

Charles Russo


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