Tag Archives: Jackie’s Agnes

The Night Mickey Mantle Called Me Johnny

As I might have mentioned once or twice, I’ve been a Made Yankee Fan in Boston for over four decades. But beyond that, I’ve been a Made Mickey Mantle Fan for almost 60 years. So the following episode was, well, major. … Continue reading

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Ave Atque Vale, the Queen of Prince Spaghetti

The city of Boston said hail and farewell to one of its signature characters this past week. From Steve Annear’s Boston Globe obituary: Mary Fiumara, 88; mother from Prince Spaghetti commercial Her call, two words, turned Mary Fiumara into an icon of … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy (Mario Cuomo Edition)

St. Ignatius Loyola Church, the Kim Kardashian of the Upper East Side that’s about to swallow the far more worship-worthy Church of St. Thomas More, is back in the news today. (As the hardlapsing staff has previously noted, we were an … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy (Peggy Noonan Edition)

As the hardworking staff has previously noted, back in the 1960s we were the world’s oldest living altar boy at the Church of St. Thomas More in Manhattan. And as we also noted, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York intends to … Continue reading

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‘The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy’ II (St. Thomas More – or Less – Edition)

As chronicled here not long ago, I was the world’s oldest living altar boy back in the ’60s, thanks to a deal my Mom (aka Jackie’s Agnes) cut with Bishop Furlong at the Church of St. Thomas More in Manhattan. In … Continue reading

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Five-Ring Circus: Selfie Taking an Official Olympic Sport

Many years ago, the hardworking staff was a regular competitor in the annual Carroll Family Olympics™ held at the Big House in Windsor, CT. Trademark moments: The Nancy Carroll 30-Second Asthma Timeout®. The Jack Carroll 30-Minute Cocktail Timeout©. The Jimmy … Continue reading

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‘The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy’

(In a recent post about potential sneaker endorsements for Pope Francis, I mentioned that years ago I had been “the Oldest Altar Boy Ever (details to come).” So here they are.) I grew up on New York’s Upper East Side before … Continue reading

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The Very Model Of A Modern Sports Mom

From our Mother’s Day desk: Sweet piece by Jason Gay in the Weekend Wall Street Journal: On Mother’s Day, the Real MVP My mother never really helped me with sports. I’m not even certain if she loves sports. All she … Continue reading

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