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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Gene "Skip" Puntasecca
« Last post by BLeafe on January 04, 2021, 12:41:59 PM »
I'm really sorry to hear this. He was a great guy and a knowledgeable contributor to this site.

He last posted just 2 weeks ago:,3982

Hackensack Discussion / Gene "Skip" Puntasecca
« Last post by Editor on January 03, 2021, 07:43:45 PM »
I just saw this on Facebook. Very sad and to hear about Skip's passing. He was a big part of our community.
Just goes to show you someone as young and in shape like Bella Hadid can eat the garbage served at White Manna and shrug it off. I and many others avoid those burgers like the plague. I get such a kick out of remembering lines of customers waiting for the few seats available. LOL
Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2020 General Election Results in Hackensack
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on January 01, 2021, 12:39:25 PM »
Turns out the general election results for the Nov. 3 presidential election posted by BLeafe didn't tell the whole story.

According to the Bergen County Clerk, voter turnout in Hackensack was far better:

There were 26,928 eligible voters and 18,350 votes were cast for a turnout of 68.1 percent. The overall voter turnout in Bergen County was 75.1 percent.

Still, Hackensack doesn't have anything to be proud about. Mail-in ballots were sent to all registered voters, and although the ballots are a challenge to fill out, even if like me, you have been using them in local, state and national elections for years, I can't imagine why more than 8,500 eligible voters in the county seat didn't cast ballots.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masked citizens - the Coronavirus
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on January 01, 2021, 11:55:46 AM »
Covid-19 vaccine has potential of ending this health nightmare
Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2020 General Election Results in Hackensack
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on January 01, 2021, 11:48:07 AM »
Nearly 13,000 votes in the presidential election would mean about 10,000 registered voters in Hackensack didn't vote at all. Is that possible? Yes, Hackensack voters are famously apathetic when it comes to council and school board elections in April and May, but what's the explanation for so much disinterest in what was probably the most important election of our lives? Bewildering, troubling and downright ridiculous.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« Last post by BLeafe on December 31, 2020, 10:00:00 AM »
The Record has come up with the perfect way to end this God-forsaken year: a Top-10 list of "The Most New Jersey Stories of the Year". Look what made #9 (we also made #1):

Happy Sackin' New Year!

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack's Leslie West: tough Mountain to climb
« Last post by johnny g on December 28, 2020, 03:57:38 PM »
The Les Paul Jr I have is an homage to him...back in the days when he would buy them from pawn shops for next to nothing.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack's Leslie West: tough Mountain to climb
« Last post by BLeafe on December 28, 2020, 01:52:05 PM »
I just noticed something about the monitors in front of Leslie: they seemed to have some weird writing on them. When I blew them up, it still just looked weird.

DUH! It's a reversed mirror image, so I flipped them. They're Ian's.

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack's Leslie West: Dead at 75
« Last post by BLeafe on December 28, 2020, 01:20:54 PM »
I'm a little slow getting to this...........blame the holidays............yeah - that's it.

Another favorite guitarist gone. What the less-than-thorough Rolling Stone article failed to mention was that he was born and raised in Hackensack as Leslie Weinstein and attended Hackensack High School.

As you may know, I usually post a photo of the recently-deceased artist that I took during my career. Usually, it's been published somewhere, but not this time. I have never printed or scanned this slide until today, so no one's ever seen it before. It's a special shot, unlike any photo I've taken on any other night.

It was taken on September 11 (!), 1981 at Pier 84 on the Hudson River next to the Intrepid aircraft carrier (I shot a LOT of shows there).

It was billed as Leslie West & Corky Laing opening up for the Ian Hunter Band. Since I did a lot of work with Ian's management, they gave me some unusual access which I also used during Leslie's set. I was onstage toward the back of the stage and standing high up (on what, I don't recall). So I'm facing the back of the band, the audience, the Hudson River, New Jersey and a setting sun.

But I can't see the band directly because Ian's equipment is piled high behind them. However - and this is the strange part - there's a huge mirror high above the band. I have no idea what purpose it served. All I know is that I can now see Leslie, reversed and looking like a left-handed guitarist in that mirror. The band would normally be at the bottom of this picture, but - who cares?


I had NEVER taken a picture like this before. I had never seen (or imagined) a setup like this before. And I've never had occasion to publish  - or even SHOW it to anyone in almost 40 years, but now seems as good a time as any. I just hope there are a couple of Leslie West fans reading this who might appreciate it.

There's only one thing I question about this shot: in the upper right, is that a clear blue sky to the right of the mirror? If so, why does the sky look pinkishly cloudy under the mirror?

R.I.P., Mr. Weinstein.

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