Posts tagged as brian boone

An Open Letter From the F.B.I. – Female Body Inspector, by Brian Boone

I have seen countless novelty catalogs, tourist trap gift shops, gag-gift kiosks, and Internet websites sell T-shirts, caps, and coffee mugs that openly mock, belittle, cheapen, and demean me and my profession. I am a public servant who puts his life on the line everyday, and instead of being shown the same respect, kindness, and reverence given freely to policeman, firemen, and members of the military, I am humiliated and forced to constantly defend my job, to explain that it is, in fact, a real thing and a legitimate profession.

My name is Paul Derry, and I am a fully licensed, government-certified Female Body Inspector.

Billy Joel vs. Allentown – 1982-1991, By Brian Boone

1982: From his album The Nylon Curtain, Billy Joel releases as a single “Allentown,” a sad song about the rapid decline in the economy, culture, and overall quality of life in Allentown, Pennsylvania, due to the closure of Bethlehem Steel, the area’s main source of employment. Billy Joel, from nearby New York, was acutely aware of the downfall of Allentown when he would play concerts there for his blue-collar fan base in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The song reaches #17 on the pop chart.

1983: With a lot of time on their hands since the closing of Bethlehem Steel, as well as a lot of unresolved anger [...]