The years come and go and it is more than a platitude to say that the older you get the faster they go. What can I say? I am 60 and though my birthday was almost 10 months ago, that number is still nothing more than an incomprehensible joke. Ha Ha, I'm 60.....ha, ha fooled you...I'm really
There are a multitude of songs about time, suggesting that time as a concept and a reality is on the minds of many. That fact, at least, is comforting.
♫ Time, Time, Time is On My Side...Yes, It Is ♫
♫ Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? ♫
♫ Time After Time ♫
♫ Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) ♫
♫ Summer Time and The Living's Easy ♫
♫ The Fist Time Ever I Saw Your Face ♫
♫ As Time Goes By ♫
♫ The Times They Are A'changin' ♫
♫ I Had the Time of My Life ♫
♫ A Time to be Born, A Time to die, A Time to Plant, A Time to Reap, A Time to Kill,
A Time to Heal , A Time to Laugh, A Time to Weep.. Turn! Turn! Turn! ♫
Time has a way of hurting then healing as time goes by, which brings to mind the many expressions there are using the word Time.
Time as an idiom. .
~ Time is of the essence.~
~ No Time like the present ~
~ Time flies ~
~ Racing against Time ~
~ Time is money ~
~ Time heals all wounds ~
~ Only Time will tell ~
~ Time out ~
~ Killing Time ~
~ Too much Time on my hands ~
~ In the nick of Time
~ Out of Time ~
~ Hard Times ~
~ Race against Time ~
~ A stitch in Time saves nine ~
~ Time Is Up! ~
So, what got me thinking about time? You could say the theater did, because the theater, as well as writing and facebook, have taken up a lot of mental space of late. In 1968, undoubtedly, a seminal year of my life, my mother took me to the theater to see a play called, Jimmy Shine in which Dustin Hoffman plays the main character, Jimmy Shine. This particular play from this particular year came up in conversation with my friend, Jeanne T., as we sat in the theater waiting for the play, Other Desert Cities, to begin. To our utter amazement, we found that we both had gone to see this rather obscure play, Jimmy Shine. We were astonished by the coincidence. So I told Jeanne about the silly thing I did in 1968, which was to cut the head of Dustin Hoffman out of the Playbill in order to post it on my wall. In my immature infatuation, e-Bay was not on my teenage radar. Many years later, when organizing my playbills in folders, I could not find a picture of the original 1968 playbill, so I did the next best thing and found what I thought was a fair facsimile and plugged it in accordingly. Lucky for me, Jeanne saves and organizes Playbills like I do, and she promised to send me a copy of the original, which she did, which explains the pictures of the Playbills below.
Dustin Hoffman on a Time Line:
1967 The Graduate
1968 copy of head from original playbill Replacement of head until Jeanne sent the original.
2011 HBO's Lucky
Despite the fact that, Hoffman netted his second Drama Award for his performance in the Broadway production of "Jimmy Shine", it was by all other accounts an unremarkable flop.The first time I googled it, this is the link I came up with, Urban Picaresque. Basically it said that 'Murray Schisgal's Jimmy Shine attempts an inner journey. The trouble is that it doesn't go anywhere." I think that sums it up pretty well.
Turns out that yet another friend of mine on facebook also actually saw this play (this fact, which I learned only recently, totally blows my mind. I mean as far as I could tell, despite the drama award Hoffman received, it was an obscure blip on Hoffman's resume). Both friends agreed that they could remember little about it other than that Dustin Hoffman was in it and it wasn't very good. One friend recalled how difficult it was for Hoffman to connect with the audience, even to look out at them. Go figure.
Jimmy Shine was in December, the end of 1968. So much happened earlier in the year which effected, not only me, but the rest of the world as well. In 1968 the War in Viet Nam was in full force. Too many of the events of the year were associated with that war. Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose book, Baby And Childcare, published in 1946, to later become the second best selling book after the Bible, became known as much for his politics as his baby rearing books. In January of 1968 Benjamin Spock was indicted and later convicted of conspiracy to encourage violations of the draft law. The charges were the result of actions taken at a protest rally the previous October at the Lincoln Memorial. Though I didn't know it at the time, in the next few years, I would be joining Spock in his anti-war sentiments.