Drug Raid – The Cupboards Were Bare

Drug Raid - in Dudley, United Kingdom

By Judy Berman

Minutes after an undercover police officer made a drug buy from the back window of a house, I heard him over the police radio.

“It’s a go. There are three people in there.”

Then, six police officers, dressed in black, ran down a city street and around the corner.

With guns drawn and two mighty whacks with a battering ram, they knocked down the door and ran in.

The suspect tossed $350 and 12 baggies of crack cocaine out the window. Investigators said the suspect had 11 baggies on him, and he’d just sold three.

It was like the movies. Only, this time: no guns blazing or suspects jumping out of windows to avoid arrest.

This is from the way-back files when I was a cops reporter in Utica, New York.

It was a rare behind-the-scenes look for me at what goes down during a drug raid. Utica Police Chief Benny Rotundo gave the go-ahead to me and to one of the Observer-Dispatch’s photographers to join the investigators.

We wanted to be in on the action from the get-go. But they were overly cautious – and with good reason. What if something happened?

“You never know what’s behind that door,” said Sgt. Angelo Partipelo, the department’s senior investigator of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Liability concerns and safety are the reasons why many police agencies hesitate to grant this kind of access to reporters and photographers.

I told the police chief that a story I was working on – about 7 ½ years of drug arrests by SIU – would look a lot better if it was tied to a drug arrest – with me and a photographer along.

Rotundo was a savvy man. He agreed.

Once inside, the investigator, who wore a Stetson, smoked a huge cigar as he searched for evidence. He wore plastic gloves because “these places aren’t the cleanest,” and to protect himself if one of the suspects was bleeding.

He’s hearing nothing but polite denials and excuses from one of the women in the house.

“No, officer, I just came here to see my cousin, Angel,” she claimed.

The officer disagrees.

“You’ve been seen coming to this drug house several times and were inside when a drug buy was just made,” he said.

Then, he starts singing “Angel in the Morning.”

In the kitchen, there’s a box of baking soda on the counter. A cigarette butt is out in the drain.

I gingerly open a fridge door by using my pen on the handle until one of the investigators gives me plastic gloves. Inside, there’s only a can of Sprite.

Utica drug bust - UPD Sgt. Angelo Partipelo and me (Judy Berman)

Other than salt-and-pepper shakers, the cupboards are bare.

After the raid, Deputy Chief Nick Yagey joked that I was a con artist and had hoodwinked investigators into letting us go inside the drug house.

“You weren’t supposed to take any photos identifying SIU members,” he said.

Yagey claimed he could ID one who was bent over searching thru a couch for evidence.

“You couldn’t pick that face out of a crowd,” I challenged, knowing that SIU had vetted the photos before publication so no undercover officer was put in jeopardy.

“His butt, maybe,” I laughed.

Fortunately, Yagey was laughing, too, when I left his office a few minutes later.

 

Kudos to the police officers in the Utica Police Department who often assured my safe passage as a cops reporter at some very dicey scenes – especially Utica Police Chief Benny Rotundo, who died in 2010, and Sgt. Angelo Partipelo, who died in 2001.

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Movie Trailer: The French Connection (1971) – Undercover cop Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) in his famous high speed chase in pursuit of a criminal – great film. But this is reel life – not real life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_7ZopT6oM  

Music Video: Bad Boys (1992) by Inner Circle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVBB2upbVys&feature=kp  

Video: Dragnet (1951) – TV show starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Friday. The just-the-facts ma’am detective. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj-qhIGTXdU  

Main Photo: Drug Raid – in Dudley, United Kingdom – taken Feb. 22, 2013 by West Midlands Police from West Midlands, United Kingdom  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3a/Day_53_-_Early_morning_drugs_raid_in_Dudley_%288497719406%29.jpg/640px-Day_53_-_Early_morning_drugs_raid_in_Dudley_%288497719406%29.jpg

Photo: Utica Drug Raid – Sgt. Angelo Partipelo and me (Judy Manzer Berman) at the scene of a drug bust in Utica, New York.

 

The Beatles Pleased, Pleased Me

The British Invastion - The Beatles - Kennedy Airport - February 1964

By Judy Berman

Motown’s soul music and surfer music had me in its grasp. But like any fickle teen, my heart soon belonged to a shaggy-haired mop-top group from Liverpool: The Fab Four.

Parents had no sooner stopped gnashing their teeth over the swivel hips of Elvis Presley and his effect on their children’s morality when their attention shifted to a new threat: The Beatles.

When asked how long he thought the Beatles would last, John Lennon said at the time: “About five years.”

Even Dr. Billy Graham thought the group was just a blip on the screen. “The Beatles … they’re a passing phase: of the uncertainty of the times and the confusion about us.”

Both underestimated the staying power of The Beatles.

For me, it’s been a lifelong love affair. I loved their wit and mischief. But the closest I’ve ever gotten to them was watching their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 8, 1964.

Their upbeat love songs with harmonicas, guitars and drums morphed into complex orchestra arrangements with deeper messages.

Years later, we visited their Abbey Road Studios when we were in London. We walked over the zebra crossing as The Beatles did on their album, “Abbey   Road” – their last recorded album released in September 1969.

This album cover added to the rumor that Paul McCartney had died following a car accident in 1967. That speculation was fueled by his limited public appearances after he married his first wife, Linda, and while he was contemplating a solo career.

I thought it was a hoax, but I was caught up in the mystery. I honed my sleuth-like skills and examined the evidence.

On the radio, a DJ (disc jockey) claimed, that when the lyrics were played backwards, it proved that Paul is dead. Some suggested that in the song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” that band-mate, John Lennon, uttered “I buried Paul.” McCartney later revealed that the actual words were far less sinister. He said they were “cranberry sauce.”

Then, there was the album cover itself. Some interpreted it as a funeral procession. John Lennon, in white, symbolized the preacher. Ringo Starr, in black, was viewed as an undertaker or mourner. George Harrison, in denim jeans and shirt, symbolized the grave digger, and McCartney, barefoot and out of step with the other band members, symbolized death, according to sources quoted in Wikipedia.

Fortunately, they were wrong. But the demise of the group took place the following year in 1970.  They went their separate ways and onto successful solo careers.

From my teen years to motherhood, The Beatles were part of the fabric of my life. I recall playing (poorly) the song, “Good Night,” (1968) written by John Lennon and sung by Ringo Starr, to our girls when they were young.

In December 1980, I awoke to the heartbreaking news of John Lennon’s murder on the classic rock station (WAQX-FM, where I worked at in Manlius, New York). His death was devastating, to say the least.

George Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. Paul and Ringo continue their musical careers. I thank all four for the fun, creativity, thoughtful and musically diverse offerings they played for me, my family and all their fans. They did “Please, Please Me.”

Music Video: “Love Me Do” – The Beatles ’62 

Help – The Beatles – movie trailer (1965)

All My Loving – The Beatles – 1964

Please, Please Me – The Beatles (1963)  

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Main Photo – The British Invasion – The Beatles – KennedyAirport – February 1964 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Beatles,_Kennedy_Airport,_February_1964.jpg

Lennon and Rev. Billy Graham quotes from: “The Beatles an Illustrated Record,” by Roy Carr and Tony Tyler (1975).

Feeling Happy – New Attitude

Dancing

By Judy Berman

One Sunday, as I was leaving church, I turned on my iPhone and started dancing in the parking lot.

One man smiled as he left the parking lot. A woman, however, seemed to be hurriedly walking past me as she ushered her child to her car.

Probably thought I was crazy. It made me smile.

For anyone who knows me, this is not my usual behavior.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que owner, John Stage once described the way I threaded thru his restaurant/bar crowd in Syracuse, New York, as “cautious as a hemophiliac in a razor-blade factory.” I always found that to be dead-on and hysterical.

What prompted the change? Rapper Pharrell Williams’ very upbeat song, “Happy.” I definitely caught the vibe. Every time I listen to it, I want to burst out singing or dancing.

Pharrell Williams - Happy

As the song says, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof … because I’m happy.” It’s a feeling I wish that everyone shared.

The song comes from the film, “Despicable Me 2,” which Pharrell helped create the soundtrack for, according to hollywoodreporter.com.

The song is 4 minutes long and plays in a loop 15 times an hour on 24 hourlong videos found on the website 24hoursofhappy.com. I watched two one-hour segments. Some feature celebrities like Steve Carell. It also includes extras, your average Joe or Jane on the streets of Los Angeles, who just wants to dance and have some fun.

That number might get a little old for some folks. Maybe their ears are bleeding after the first 1 ½ hours.

Despicable Me - Minions

But, not for me. It was a quick pick-me-up.

Depending on your perspective, you might dance and sing along as well.

How we look at things and how we react to things can make or break our day. Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude” (1984) in the movie, “Beverly Hills Cop,” sums it up well.

So, if you see some woman rockin’ out to a music video you can’t see or hear, try not to freak out. She might appreciate it if you dance and sing along.

Happy, Happy New Year!!!

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Music Video – Pharrell Williams – “Happy” (2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM  

Main Photo: Dancing – taken by Jesus Solana, Madrid, Spain – April 6, 2009 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fa/2010_-_A_year_plenty_of_Hopes.jpg/640px-2010_-_A_year_plenty_of_Hopes.jpg

Photo: Despicable Me – Minions – figurines from movie – taken  by Sonny Abesamis on June 24, 2013 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c8/Despicable_Me%2C_Minions%2C_Agnes%2C_Gru%2C_Figurines.jpg/640px-Despicable_Me%2C_Minions%2C_Agnes%2C_Gru%2C_Figurines.jpg

Photo: Pharrell Williams – Happy http://cdn.baeblemusic.com/images/miscvideos/pharrell_williams/pharrell-happy-586.jpg

Music Video – Patti LaBelle – “New Attitude” (1984) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfZ5SZZ4xE

Musical Memories and Love

The Fab Four

The Fab Four

By Judy Berman

Your first crush? No need to ask: “What’s your name?” You do remember the time … and you remember it well. How the fragrance of his cologne lingered long after he’s gone.

Looking over the music of several decades, the songs I recall tell a story of puppy love, heartbreak, exuberance, questioning, self-examination, hopes, dreams and fond memories.

1. Puppy Love by Paul Anka (1960)

My first love was a shy guy from Colorado, a real gentleman. When I asked him to go with me to a Girl Scout ice-skating party, he didn’t tell me he didn’t know how to skate. He twisted his ankle when he was practicing on borrowed skates, but he went anyways. I was the envy of a lot of girls that night.

- Paul Anka’s inspiration for this popular song was Annette Funicello, whom he was dating at the time. Annette, one of the most popular Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club, died April 18th at the age of 70. I adored both Paul Anka and Annette Funicello.

2. Why Do Fools Fall in Love? by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers (1956) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sAHiR0rkJg

Ah! The dating years. I introduce my friend to my date, and he winds up dating her. So many cads, so little time.

- Frankie Lymon was only 13 when he wrote this song, but this is one question I’m sure many of us have asked ourselves at one time or another. (The song was in the movie “American Graffiti.”)

3. She Loves You by The Beatles ( 1963) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOuu88OwdK8

That magical, incomparable feeling. I was so ecstatic when I discovered my crush felt the same way about me.

4. How Deep Is Your Love? by The Bee Gees (1977). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwZhAP4Uiqw

It seemed so right at first. Then, unsure of where we were heading, I began to question if our love would last for the long haul.

- This song was used as part of the soundtrack to the film, “Saturday Night Fever”

5. What Have I Done to Deserve This? by The Pet Shop Boys (1987) – featuring Dusty Springfield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn9E5i7l-Eg

Now the angst begins. Where did I go wrong? We planned a future together, then it was over. I briefly wallowed in self-pity before I picked myself up, brushed myself off and moved on.

6. Where Did Our Love Go? by The Supremes (1964) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzKUoxL11E

So what happened? It seems our love was over before it even began.

7. Do You Want to Dance? by Bette Midler (1972) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV5KGvQGaMY

Let’s face it, Bette is talking about much more than a stroll across the dance floor. Her message: you’re back … and you’ll be fine. I was and I am.

8. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by The Shirelles (1960)

This is question that goes beyond whether what happened was a one-night stand. It’s one you’ll ask throughout life. We all seek reassurances from those we love whether it’s our parents, spouses, children or those we admire.

-  Some radio stations had banned this record when it first came out because they felt the lyrics were too sexually charged, according to wikipedia.

9. Remember the Time? by Michael Jackson (1992) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiFF0gvqcc

The lyrics recall a youthful love affair, a sweet look back at happier times, of the one you wish had not gotten away. Or, better yet, it’s a bit of nostalgia that you savor and share with the one you love.

These are just a few of my favorite tunes. What songs would be on your playlist?

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Photo: The Beatles – as they arrive in New York City in 1964.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/The_Fabs.JPG/600px-The_Fabs.JPG

Love That Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

icon - Rock N Roll GuitaristBy Judy Berman

“Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music, any old way you choose it. It’s got a back beat, you can’t blues it, any old time you use it.”

When I hear that tune, “Rock and Roll Music,” my first thought is of The Beatles. It shouldn’t. Their version came out in 1976. It was sung in 1957 – almost two decades before – by Chuck Berry, one of the many strong influences on The Beatles’ earlier works.

“Chuck Berry melded the blues, country, and a witty, defiant teen outlook into songs that have influenced virtually every rock musician in his wake,” according to Rolling Stone, “Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll.”

That was the appeal for this rebel without a cause. My love of rock and roll took on many forms: Buddy Holly, Motown and surfer music. But the ones that caused the biggest battle at home was the splatter tunes – the cheatin’ and the cryin’, the lyin’ and the dyin’ music.

Those tearjerkers – such as “Last Kiss” (1964) by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, and “Leader of the Pack” (1964) by the Shangri Las – had a short life-span when my Dad crossed the threshold of our home.

As soon as Dad’s car pulled into our driveway, I’d race to turn off the radio in our living room and retreat to my room to hear them.

Then, Mersey beaucoup. The reception was a bit warmer for The Beatles. On Feb. 7, 1964, the Four Lads from Liverpool crossed the pond and landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport. Several hundred thousand people jammed into the airport to welcome them. Two days later, they appeared on TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.”The British Invastion - The Beatles - Kennedy Airport - February 1964

Beatlemania was rampant. They were cheeky, fun and cute. Their songs – many of them upbeat – were great danceable rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

“I feel happy inside, it’s such a feeling that my love, I can’t hide …” (“I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles).

Quite a contrast to tunes where the girlfriend – or boyfriend – died, leaving a heartbroken teen behind.  I’m still trying to figure out the story behind “Teen Angel” (1959) by Mark Dinning and Alex Murray.

A teenage couple is riding in a car that stalls on the railroad tracks. The boy pulls his girlfriend to safety, but she runs back to the car and is killed by the train. In her hand, his ring. Why didn’t she have the ring on? Or, just get a new ring?

Me? I would have said, “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” and “P.S. I Love You.” [Happy Valentines Day, honey.]

What music gets your heart – and feet – to skip a beat?

Video: Beatles arrive in U.S. – Feb. 7, 1964 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Df-LvrRcEo

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Photo: Icon for rock music on Wikipedia. Silhouetted rock ‘n’ roll guitar player. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RockNRollGuitarist.svg

Photo – The Beatles – KennedyAirport – February 1964 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Beatles,_Kennedy_Airport,_February_1964.jpg

Video: Rock and Roll Music, Chuck Berry (1957) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH8IrcvdiD8

Video: Last Kiss, J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh4se9YMV3A

Video: I’m Happy Just to Dance With You, The Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44YitKiVZ8E

Video: The Beatles, P.S. I Love You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6ynDcrF2b8

Bond … James Bond

James Bond finds Jill Masterson dead after Goldfinger had her painted in gold in the film “Goldfinger” (1964).

By Judy Berman

James Bond peels off his wet suit as he emerges from the water in the opening of the film Goldfinger and steps out on shore in a tux. It was the third film in the British spy series, and the beginning of my love affair with the MI6 agent James Bond (code name “007.”)

It is now the longest-running film series and celebrates its 50th anniversary with the opening of Skyfall starring Daniel Craig as Bond. The first Bond film, Dr. No, opened in 1962. There have been many admirable performers in Bond’s role. But, for me, the best is Sean Connery.

Shirley Bassey’s title song and the iconic opening as we first view the character thru the view of a gun barrel set the tone for an action-packed spy thriller in Goldfinger (1964). The cheeky spy, the gold-painted girl, humor and gadgets lured me in like Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) to a bar of gold.

That love of all that glitters was used as payback for betrayal. International jeweler, and suspected smuggler, Goldfinger had his former mistress and secretary, Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), painted in gold when she left him for Bond. Bond explained to his boss that Masterson died because her skin couldn’t breathe because the paint closed off all the pores of her body. (This was widely believed at the time, but was later found to be false.)

“Incidentally, Goldfinger, was not the first film in which a person was killed by being covered with gold paint. That honor belongs to the 1946 Boris Karloff movie, Bedlam,” said Snopes.com.

Before Bond can get the goods on Goldfinger, he returns to London and heads to the lab of his weapons specialist “Q.” There, Q gives Bond two tracking devices, and a new car (a 1964 Aston Martin DB5) that is equipped with machine guns, oil slick, smokescreen, passenger ejector seat, tire slashers, bulletproof glass and revolving license plates.

1964 Aston Martin DB5, produced by Corgi, as a tie-in to the James Bond film, “Goldfinger.”

Bond puts the car thru its paces as he pursues, and then tries to elude, Goldfinger. It doesn’t end well for the Aston Martin nor, initially, for Bond.

Who else could remain as unflappable as Bond when he’s strapped to a table and about to be cut in two by a laser? Bond’s memorable line to Goldfinger:
Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!

Bond didn’t, of course. He was able to dupe Goldfinger into believing he knew all about the villain’s Operation Grand Slam, as did his replacement, 008. Goldfinger did not want to risk word leaking out and ruining his plans to dominate the market for gold. So he takes Bond with him to the scene of his next crime: the gold in the depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

There, Goldfinger’s henchman, Odd-job is electrocuted. The weapon? Odd-job’s own lethal hat with a metal rim. Bond notes that Odd-job (Harold Sakata) “blew a fuse.”

Sad to say, the creator of the Bond books that led to the movies, Ian Fleming, never lived to see this film. His reaction to the screening of the first film, Dr. No, was “Dreadful. Simply dreadful.” I’m sure he would have been delighted with Goldfinger which was the first Bond film to to win an Oscar (category: Best Sound Effects).

For an excellent review of the newest Bond movie, Skyfall, visit Love Your Movies at: http://loveyourmovies.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/bond-celebrates-its-50th-anniversary-with-a-true-gem/

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Main photo: James Bond (Sean Connery) finds Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dead after being painted gold in the film Goldfinger (1964). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200113/Shirley-Eaton-Bond-girl-victim-Twitter-Goldfaker.html

Video clip from Goldfinger with title song by Shirley Bassey. 

Snopes.com finds that the actress who portrayed Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), in the James Bond film Goldfinger, did not die from asphyxiation after being covered with gold paint . http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/goldfinger.asp

Photo: 1964 Aston Martin DB5, produced by Corgi, as a tie-in to the James Bond film Goldfinger  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/1964_Corgi_Aston_Martin_DB5.jpg

Love Is All Around

By Judy Berman

A wedding ring. There is no beginning. There is no end. Just like the song, “Love Is All Around.”

Well, before the ring, there was a beginning. Just what is it that draws people together?

“It was a million, tiny little things that, when you add them all up, it just meant that we were supposed to be together.” In the movie, “Sleepless in Seattle,” that’s the explanation Sam Baldwin (played by Tom Hanks), a widower, gave about how he knew he loved his wife.

“I was just taking her hand, to help her out of a car, and I knew it. It was like magic,” Baldwin (Hanks) said.

Love is in the air during the dating stage. But the real test is whether that spell will last after the knot is tied.

Before Dave and I married, I used to kid him about his limited skills in the kitchen. He could sure microwave a mean pizza. Now, he helps me make meals that might be the envy of the Food Network gurus. (Jamie Oliver, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse – move on over.)

I love the tenderness and caring he gives to our cats – brushing them each morning before their breakfast. It’s also a joy to see him play ball with our grandkids, and how he laughs as he reads to them – changing his voice with each character and really getting into the stories.

I love the tender moments when we’re out for our nightly stroll. I love how he cheered me on when I went back to college, even though it meant he’d be the only breadwinner for about a year.

I’d like to think that he’d feel as strongly about me as Steve Martin did about his true love (his real-life wife at the time, Victoria Tennant) in “L.A. Story.”

Victoria asked Steve, who played a weather forecaster in the movie, what would he do if she were to leave L.A. and return to England.

“All I know is … if I had the power, I would turn the winds around. I would roll in the fog. I would bring in storms. I would change the polarity of the Earth so compasses couldn’t work, so your plane couldn’t take off.”

A powerful and romantic moment to be sure. But that was Hollywood.

All I have to say is, “Dave. I’m so glad you took the plunge with me into the deep end of the matrimonial pool 28 years ago.”

As they say in the song, “You know I love you. I always will. There’s no beginning, There’ll be no end.”

Happy Anniversary.

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* Main Photo: Love – heart – There is a lot to love about astronomy, and … photographer Julien Girard offers a “heartfelt” example in this image. A bright pink symbol of love appears to float ethereally against the backdrop of the night sky over ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. Girard drew the heart in the air by shining a tiny flashlight keychain at the camera during a 25-second exposure with a tripod. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/53/Heart_of_the_Milky_Way_-_Valentine%27s_Day.jpg/640px-Heart_of_the_Milky_Way_-_Valentine%27s_Day.jpg

* Photo: our wedding rings

* LA story – fog scene (Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant) – video clip

When Harry Met Sally – (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) – video clip

Love is all around, by The Troggs (1967) (music video)