2000-07-08 / Columnists

From The G-Man...by Gary Toms

From The G-Man

Local Author Makes Book List

Hey people! About a week ago, I had the privilege of sharing a cold one, a large Sprite, with an author who has lived in Rockaway for the last 30 years. Stuart W. Mirsky is an extremely intelligent and gifted man, and he has a passionate concern for many areas of the peninsula. He also has a vast knowledge of Viking history, and he has managed to combine this rich heritage with his talent as a writer. In doing so, he has written a novel that has received a five star rating from some of the most respected literary critics in the country.

In November of last year, IDUNNA Magazine wrote, "The King of Vinland’s Saga"…. earns a place on the bookshelf beside other neo-sagas such as "Eric Brighteyes" by H. Rider Haggard and E.R. Eddison’s "Styrbiorn The Strong". I did some checking folks, and these books are enormously popular. That says a lot for Mirsky’s masterful work.

If you are a history buff, and you love anything that is associated with the Viking period, I urge you to read "The King of Vinland’s Saga". You can order the book online at Amazon.com, and you can read more reviews of the book as well. I have no doubt that it will be made into a major motion picture some day, and many will equate it with Mel Gibson’s "Braveheart". The book is that good!

Continuing with the Viking theme, a committee known as Viking Sail 2000 has put together a small exhibit of Viking ships, and they will be arriving in New York, on the 2, 3 and 4 of September, which is the Labor Day Weekend. It will be like the OpSail 2000 event, only on a much smaller scale. It comes as no surprise that Stuart W. Mirsky is the New York director for the event, and he wants to have the ships come into Rockaway as well. Unfortunately, he’s had difficulty finding a representative to oversee the project here in Rockaway. This is where you folks come in.

Viking Sail 2000 has reached out to the Parks Department, Al Stabile and some upstanding local businessmen, such as restaurant owner Jim Bullock, cable television producer John Baxter and construction giant Walter T. Gorman. However, more help is needed. I would like to call upon all of the local chapters and organizations, such as the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, for assistance.

I believe this would be good for Rockaway and its "nothing good ever happens here" image. The proposed site for the event is along Beach 116 street, and this is an opportunity to have something really nice for the residents, both young and old. Just imagine the looks on the faces of kids, as they see these ships sailing around the waters of Rockaway. For that reason alone, it’s worth it!

If you wanted to, you could even turn it into a festival by serving food, playing music and blocking off the streets so the public can have access to the event. It would be good for the area restaurants, ice cream shops and businesses. Quite simply, it would be good for the area in many, many ways. For those of you interested in making this thing happen, please take note that time is not our friend at this point. The president of the Viking Sail 2000 operation, in Norway, must have some type of correspondence by July 16. Something as simple as a letter, from a political leader or major organization, expressing an interest in having the event here, could have a major impact. Just contact me via e-mail, or The Wave, and I will link you to the committee rep. Let’s do this!

I, and I’m sure thousands of other Rockaway residents, would like to congratulate Stuart W. Mirsky on his success and his attempts to give back to the community. It is my sincerest hope that people in powerful positions will recognize his efforts, and that they will come forward to help put a smile on the face of "Lady Rockaway". God bless you Stu!

I want to switch gears now and address the person, or group, responsible for the vile, racist comments made on The Wave’s opinion poll website last week. Oh, c’mon dudes! Did you really think I was going to just let you spew that crap and not say anything? Well, you "sickos" better think again. It was bad enough that you slammed on Jews and others, but I take offense when you use the term "dirty nigger".

Now, the last time I checked, there was only one Black person pictured in The Wave. It’s not Dorothy Dunne, and it isn’t Howard Schwach. Hey, I guess that leaves me! Let me tell you something folks. People like this have nothing better to do with their time. They can’t get dates. They often have an I.Q. ranging between –2 and 5, and they smell like the underarms of a pro football linebacker, after a 12-sack game! They’re a joke, and they are a disgrace to the human race!

Once caught, and they will be, I hope The Wave prosecutes them to the fullest extent and plasters their photo on the front page for weeks! I’ll use the photo as a new covering for my dartboard. If you continue to insult and threaten people, and claim that it’s your constitutional right, I’m going to exercise my constitutional right and kick you’re you know what if you try to hurt me or anyone here! Sorry folks, but I have no patience for people like this. Three Black men have been found lynched in different parts of the country since last year. Jewish and gay students are being beaten, on a daily basis, on many of the nation’s campuses. We must stop ignoring these "waste products" and finally deal with the issue of racism in this country.

You can find me at

Mapel2000@aol.com. See you next week!

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