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I first photographed The Babys in 1977. The Aquarian Weekly - the region's music publication - did a story on them, which I've attempted to reproduce here (without the front page lead-in). The editor, Mike Greenblatt, who I've worked with on dozens of publications, flew out to  Cleveland for band access. Two of the pictures were taken by Janet Macoska - the queen of Cleveland RnR photography (she shoots for the RnR Hall of Fame now) and I took the third one of guitarist Mike Corby at the Palladium in NYC in October 1977.

The caption in the upper right picture is rife with errors: Mike Corby isn't the organist, Wally's last name is Stocker and John Waite is not the bassist. I don't even see the  bassist in the picture...............maybe Greenblatt filled in for him that night (yeah, right).

These two half-pages wouldn't stitch together, but maybe someone would like to print them out full-size and give them to John - something for him to read on the way to his next stop (Reno, NV on the 10th).

I hope he's flying.

Just noticed...........there's a 1979 Babys shot from the Bottom Line on my site (

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:05:05 PM »
Art Stapleton has been a good football writer for The Record for a long time. After the ownership changed, he appears to have been required to use this idiotic "5 things" in almost every one of his stories and it's REALLY annoying. I know this probably isn't his idea because it's all over the must be a USA Today thing.

Speaking of "things", here are 16 sequential ones from Mr. Stapleton in the last 6 weeks (12 in just the last 4 weeks). The last one is from today and it's somewhat misleading.

Click to enlarge most of them so you don't miss a "thing".

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 01, 2018, 03:47:17 PM »
Over the past 2 months, The Record - especially the sports section - has gotten much better at spelling words correctly and cleaning up the myriad mistakes they CONSTANTLY made, though they are far from perfect (and they're still overdoing that annoying "5" thing I wrote about in the previous post).

After a few hiccups over the last couple of months, they're starting to slip again. Along with those hiccups, here are some of the other head-scratchers, ending with two stunning screwups this week:

(click where available to enlarge)

« on: January 27, 2018, 05:47:44 PM »
It's about 8 minutes long and is comprised of 28 segments from 16 small videos. If you would, kindly click on the YouTube icon and watch it there so I can register some views. Thanks.

The first photo shows a previously-unseen side window that was blocked by the rightnextdoor Hanson Real Estate structure that was demolished two days before the window itself was smashed to bits yesterday. It's quite interesting-looking. Too bad this was the only way to preserve it. It's also shown/mentioned/heard in the video of the demolition.

Most of the rest of the images are shown sequentially and can also be seen and heard in the video. Crank it up if you love the sound of breaking glass. NOT in the video are the third-from-the-end closeup of the front steps and handicap ramp that little kids loved to run up and down on and the last image two-photo stitch (scroll horizontally). The next-to-last shot shows what had been the identification canvas that stretched across the front of the building.

All images are ęBob Leafe.

Click to enlarge:

Because of photo file size per post limitations, I had to make a separate post.

This crane sat right in the middle of E.Salem St because there was nowhere else to put it.

While I was on Moore St, I noticed some workers at the top of 210 Main - the old bank building (last picture). It's the first time I've seen any workers there.

It was slow driving on Main St in the Salem-Camden area on Thursday (and no driving on E. Salem or Moore St in the same area). I was there to photograph the two giant cranes that were dancing about the construction sites.

Part 1 concerns the HUGE crane that could be seen from all over town and seemed to tower over Manhattan in the view from my apartment, appearing to be ready to pick up the Empire State Building in the first picture.

In the next four pictures, it's preening in front of the well-lit city just after sunset.

The next morning, it's kind of middle-fingering the ESB. That's when I headed over to the Current on River construction site (can't they get a better name?) to shoot this colossus. It's quite impressive fully extended.

The last picture was taken Friday morning when it was in its sleeping position. It hasn't budged since.

Part 2's (next post) crane was two blocks away and caused some of the traffic problems.

This is THE video still of this morning's event. I have about 3 dozen small videos to edit down to one and a few hundred machine-gunned photos to wade through plus a couple of other things I shot this week, so it may be a while before I get to post it all.

Finished: See separate posts for demolition photos (,3662) and demolition video (,3663).

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Well, if you had today in the pool, you won.

The Hanson Real Estate building came down just before 10am. Fortunately, I just happened to notice when they started and shot this sequence from my living room.

The Don Alfonso Restaurant appears to be next. More later and click to enlarge:

Lotsa things flying toward/by the Courthouse in the last few days, including a couple in the last shot that are already out of the frame.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:27:28 PM »

Current on River/Old OFC site

1-5. The Current here also seems to be flowing fairly rapidly from two weeks ago.

Click to enlarge - especially on the photo stitches, where you'll need to do some horizontal scrolling.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:22:13 PM »
I went for a nice, long walk on Main St yesterday and decided to check up on a bunch of projects, starting at 76 Main and working my way north:

76 Main

1. I took a 2-pic stitch through the back fence and it looks pretty much like it did a year ago, except there's a hole on the Main St side of the mural (you can see a parked car's sunlit taillight through it) and a couple of panels are off the Bridge St side and thrown on some debris.

2. A closeup stitch of those panels

3. The credits panel - has this been here all along? I've never seen it looks like it could be displayed better.

The hole at Main & Mercer

1,2. Also looks the same as last year

210 Main

1,2. Not much change to see on the outside. I'm sure it's a different story on the inside.


1-4. Front, back, inside and in-between all look quite different from my earlier post of two weeks ago.

Current on River/Old OFC site (continued in the next post so as not to exceed post's file size limit)

Click to enlarge - especially on the photo stitches, where you'll need to do some horizontal scrolling.

This stitch tells me to pick tomorrow in the office pool.

45 ambulance picks up at The Ice House.

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