Well, this is it. The very first blog-post from my brand-new website, larryleecaplin.com. I’d like to tell you a little about what this is all going to be about, but truth be told, I don’t have the faintest idea; hence the title “Apropos of Nothing.”
I got that title from many, many years ago. Back when I was a young guy and living in Detroit. Detroit was a very much alive, and very vibrant town back in those golden and halcyon days. There was tons of fun stuff to do and places to go in that wonderful city by the river.
One of the really neat places to go, was The Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown on Woodward Avenue. Every Sunday afternoon they had a film in the Institute theater. It was part of “The World Adventure Series,” television program hosted by a long-time Detroit booster named George F. Pierrot. George’s show aired in the late afternoon, five times a week. It would usually promote a visiting travelogue guest. The guest would show, and narrate a 16mm film from his travels, which could be anywhere in the world.
Generally speaking, that very same guest would stay over in Detroit and show his film again in the Institute theater on Sunday. It would be quite an affair. It was ticketed, and came with all the trimmings, including a four-color program. The program would tell about the host and the film that he was presenting, and of course about The World Adventure Series as well.
On the back page was my favorite item. It was called “Apropos of Nothing.” It was about . . . absolutely nothing. It was about whatever was on George Pierrot’s mind when he wrote it. And trust me when I tell you, that could be anything. But it was always a lot of fun, and it was one of the things that I remember most about those lovely Sundays afternoons so long ago.
That’s kind of what I want this blog to be about. Absolutely nothing, and absolutely everything, all at the same time, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean, that’s alright. Maybe I don’t really know either. Maybe we can find out as we go along. One thing I do know though, is that absolutely nothing will be sacred. Not religion, not politics, not the latest news. Not entertainment, and most definitely not books. It’s going to be a lot about books, which still are, at least to my mind, the purest form of entertainment.
There are of course ground rules. No cussing, no name-calling. No bomb-throwing. No sick humor, although to be perfectly honest, some of my well-known dark humor does skirt the line. I promise I’ll try to be careful about that. Mostly, we won’t be trying to hurt people here, or tear them down. What I would most like to see is something positive. Building things, and people up, and offering positive suggestions and feed-back. Let’s give it a try, shall we?
We’ll go down memory lane quite frequently. I like that place a lot. I spend a lot of time on that particular street, as I am now sixty-five years old, and a whole lot more of my personal road is behind me than in front. Please leave comments. As long as they follow the rules, they will be published. Mean and nasty stuff gets tossed. Fast.
Welcome to my website and my blog. It’s going to be good to get to know you and become friends. Life is a very deep mystery, and very funny sometimes. Sometimes it’s even the “ha-ha” kind of funny. But life is first and foremost, almost always a mystery. Maybe we can figure a little bit of it out together.
Welcome to my World.