Posted in April 2012

Chicks and Ducks and Geese…

I am interested in symbolism that represents the human experience.  When I saw Margie Perry’s painting of Highland Farm, I wondered about the significance of the geese in the forefront.  I found the following online: A Goose totem reflects a stimulation of childhood thrills and the belief in stories and legends. The stories we loved as children … Continue reading

Gentleman, Genius, Genuine

What three words would you use to describe Oscar Hammerstein II?  Margie Perry, Bucks County artist, used gentleman, genius, and genuine.  What three qualities would you choose to describe him?  The qualities expressed by Oscar in his life and musicals will be the keystone of Led By A Rainbow.  Each contributor to the book will … Continue reading

The Doctor Is In

Last week, I received a phone call from Oscar’s daughter, Alice. She was returning a call that I had made to her  following my viewing of the JoAnn Young film Oscar Hammerstein II, Out Of My Dreams which aired last month on most PBS TV Stations.  It was so good to hear from her again.  Alice … Continue reading

Oscar’s Dream – World Peace

Occasionally, interesting items arrive in my inbox pertaining to the Rodgers and Hammerstein impact on society.  The following is such an example.  This is from  the one and only Gordon Porth – a consummate musician – who is featured on our At Home with Oscar – A Hundred Million Miracles CD.  If nothing else, be … Continue reading

Oscar, Reggie, and the Recipe

William and Alice Hammerstein had two sons, Oscar  and Reginald “Reggie”.   The brothers were very close.   Born in 1895 and 96 respectively, they grew up in Manhattan where their father, Willy, and grandfather, Oscar I, were famous theatrical impresarios.  Highland Farm became their homestead when Oscar and Dorothy moved there in 1940.  Reggie, … Continue reading

Oscar – The Farmer and the Cowman

This Was Doylestown, 1948  This article has been slightly revised from the original article that ran in the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1948 under the headline “Hammerstein’s ‘Blackbird’ Hits The Jackpot Again.”  Printed with the kind permission by Edward Levenson. (Notice the Aberdeen magazine on the floor in the photo above.) Hammerstein’s … Continue reading