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October 30, 2013

BRADBERRY: Bewitched, bothered, bewildered -- and delighted

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Niagara Gazette — But in Detroit and much of Michigan, the night is known infamously as the place where innocent pranks quickly escalated into widespread arson in the 1990s.

Last year “ONLY”93 fires were reported in Detroit on Halloween and the days leading up to it, the fewest in 17 years, according to Mayor Dave Bing who, with a parade of other officials, patrolled the city during what is now known as the Angel’s Night period.

According to a Detroit News article published last year, “In the 1970s, Devil’s Night exploded in Detroit to a three-night arson orgy. In the 1980s, there were as many as 800 fires set every year.”

While that may be one, albeit foolish way to demolish vacant structures, of which Detroit has an over-abundance, a good percentage of the torched buildings were occupied, and tragically over the years, lives have been lost as a result.

Not my idea of fun under any stretch of my imagination, I say, let the kids have their fun dressing up and eating some candy for Halloween.

And, why not extend it to the fun loving adults as well; it is always interesting, to say the least, to see what full grown adults will do while they are masquerading as someone else, eh?

By the way, that song, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered was originally introduced by Vivienne Segal on December 25, 1940 in the Broadway production of Pal Joey; the 1956 version by Ella Fitzgerald, with a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Buddy Bregman from the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook is still ringing in my head, especially the only line I know by heart:

I’m wild again

Beguiled again

A simpering whimpering child again

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I …

Any suggestions on how to clear it from my mind for a while would be much appreciated!

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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