Monthly Archives: January 2012

Welcome to JulianaTheNovel

Alice Huffman comes to New York City from the potato fields of Long Island in 1941 to make her way on the Broadway stage only to discover she has no talent. At least, not for the stage. She meets Juliana, a perpetually on the brink of stardom cabaret singer, who is a sexual risk-taker during a time when being discovered could destroy her career and reputation and maybe even get her killed. Juliana initiates young Alice into these sexual adventures and inadvertently falls in love with her despite her belief that it is impossible for two women to truly be in love with each other.

Cameo appearances are made by Lauren Bacall, Angela Landsbury, Walter Liberace, Spivy (owner of a fifties Lesbian night club), Tallulah Bankhead, Jules Podell (manager of the Copacabana) and Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Ruth Gordon, Ethel Waters, Gladys Bentley, Gertrude Lawrence and more coming.


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How to Dial a Telephone

Sometime in the 1950s (I haven’t been able to locate an exact date, but I’d like to.  Hint, hint) New York City converted from operated assisted dialing to direct dial. (FYI: Party lines in New York City had been eliminated in the 1930s, although they existed for a long time afterwards in the rest of the country)

Today with everybody scrambling to learn the latest computerized, digitalized something it seems hard to believe that people actually had to be taught to dial a phone.  Watch this very cool You Tube video and learn how to dial a telephone.

What I find particularly interesting is the Spanish subtitles.  I thought our generation was the first to consider the needs of our Hispanic citizens. How arrogant!


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