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“Jesus Crisco: The Memorial Disco Musical Performance.”  In loving memory, we shall not forget as we once again listen and watch with quiet awe and reverence to Jesus Crisco singing and performing the disco musical version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” just prior to his surprising, unexpected and shocking demise.  It’s very painful to remember, but we must.  Peace, Pax and Pox.

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My Articles for Sunday, July 29, 2007

“Photo of the Day: The Total Louis Vuitton Ensemble.” Just the outfit for the faux Hollywood celebrity socialite who must have absolutely everything. And now here’s one of the silliest designer ensembles that you’ll ever see (except, maybe, Victoria Beckham’s hats). Just take a look at this total goofiness!!

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“Greenwich Village Memories.” This is a photographic-essay about New York’s Greenwich Village. The photo-essay presents beautiful classic photographs of West Village historic buildings, including a photo-gallery and video. Music audio of Bob Dylan singing “Restless Farewell” accompanies the presentation.

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Photo of the Day: The Total Louis Vuitton Ensemble

Photo of the Day: The Total Louis Vuitton Ensemble

Photography by: Yelena Lark

“Photo of the Day: The Total Louis Vuitton Ensemble.” Just the outfit for the faux Hollywood celebrity socialite who just must have absolutely everything.  And now here’s one of the silliest designer ensembles that you’ll ever see (except, maybe, Victoria Beckham’s hats).  Just look at this total goofiness!!

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Greenwich Village Memories

Washington Square Arch

Sheridan Square, 1970’s

McSorley’s Old Ale House


Bob Dylan at The Chelsea Hotel

Music: Bob Dylan/Restless Farewell

Slide Show: Greenwich Village Memories

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The End of the 3rd Avenue El

You can read one man’s riveting, detailed story of coming to terms with being gay in New York City and The Village from 1945 to the 1990’s here.

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Culinary Institute of America Accepts $35 Miillion Gift for El Sueño

The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N. Y.

Christopher Goldsbury, who made billions from the commercial sales of salsa sauces, is giving $35 million to the Culinary Institute of America. The gift is thought to be the largest single donation ever made on behalf of culinary education. The school will use the gift to expand its Center for Foods of the Americas in San Antonio and to build a center dedicated to teaching Latin American cuisine at the Culinary Institute’s main campus in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Kim Severson reports in The New York Times:

“PACE picante sauce, one of the first salsas sold commercially, made Christopher Goldsbury a billionaire. Now the salsa fortune will pay for a push to deepen the United States’ relationship with food from Latin America, and help restaurant workers move ahead in the kitchen.

Mr. Goldsbury is giving $35 million to the Culinary Institute of America, a gift thought to be the largest single donation to culinary education. The school will use $7 million to expand its Center for Foods of the Americas in San Antonio and another $5 million to build a center dedicated to teaching Latin American cuisine at the institute’s main campus in Hyde Park, N.Y.

The bulk of the donation, $23 million, will feed scholarships that will pay for students to attend the center’s 30-week program in San Antonio. The best of those students will be sent to the Culinary Institute’s main campus in New York to work toward a two- or four-year degree in a program specializing in foods from countries such as Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Peru.

The gift, Mr. Goldsbury said in an interview, is a way to give something back to an industry that made him successful, while helping young dishwashers or prep cooks change their lives.

As far as people working in the kitchen, money is the biggest barrier to getting the kind of training they need to move up,” he said. ”Leaving their homes and going as far as Hyde Park is a tough thing for them. A lot of them would have to leave their families, and they’re supporting them.”

Hispanics are the largest minority group working in restaurants in the United States, making up about 18 percent of kitchen employees, according to a report on the industry workforce by the National Restaurant Association. Most, about 70 percent, are from Mexico. Nearly 30 percent are dishwashers, and may have other jobs in the kitchen. Only 10 percent are food service managers.

Interested readers can access the entire New York Times article here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) reported that Tim Ryan, President of the Culinary Institute of America, rejected the $35 Million offer repeatedly over the course of two years:

“It is not often that a college president has to tell a potential donor that he cannot accept a $35-million gift. Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America, rejected such a donation repeatedly, over the course of two years.

Christopher (Kit) Goldsbury, former owner of Pace Foods, who is credited with making salsa the most popular condiment in the country, approached the institute four years ago, with no prior connection to it. His dream was to pay for a branch campus of the Culinary Institute in San Antonio, where he lives.

Mr. Ryan explained that such a campus was not in the institute’s strategic plans. Mr. Goldsbury, however, did not give up.

We were sitting in my office one day and again, I said, ‘We love you, but your idea is not in line with our plans,'” Mr. Ryan says. “He finally asked what would compel us to consider his idea, which was a very important question that we batted around for another month.”

Leaving such a big gift hanging in the balance for so long is not a natural instinct for higher-education leaders today. But Mr. Ryan says that doing so probably only fueled Mr. Goldsbury’s fire. His business philosophy was focused on the quality of his products, and he came to the institute because he was interested in creating a partnership with “the best in the world.”

I must have said no ten times,” Mr. Ryan says. “I think it only convinced him more that we were the right institution because we were concerned about maintaining the quality of our offerings.”

In May, Mr. Ryan finally relented and accepted the largest donation in the institute’s history….

To help more Latino workers move out of entry-level positions, $7-million of Mr. Goldsbury’s gift will pay for a Culinary Institute of America Center for Foods of the Americas, in San Antonio, and $5-million will go toward a facility devoted to Latino cuisine at the institute’s main campus in Hyde Park, N.Y. The remaining $23-million will pay for scholarships.

The entire project has been dubbed El Sueño — the Dream.”

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