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‘CHASING WILLIE MAYS’: BACKYARD FANTASIES, BASEBALL, ARCHEOLOGY OF THE 50s and 60s MELD INTO PRIZE-WINNING MEMOIR

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY FEB. 21, 2017) — One of the most recent book projects THE PLANET undertook was our role in a magnificent new memoir by Paul Kocak. a book titled CHASING WILLIE MAYS: Chronicles of a Fan Left Behind. If this title doesn’t win a […]

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PAY RAISES GALORE FOR LAWMAKERS, MAYOR, DEPT. HEADS, PSD WHILE ‘THE LITTLE GUY’ SUFFERS … THIS ELECTION SEASON, GET YOUR REVENGE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 20, 2017) —  Late last month, THE PLANET aired as comment and reaction this blisteringly funny exchange between Ron Kitterman and Heh Heh (not to be confused with Lord Haw Haw). RON KITTERMAN Dan, I know you don’t allow advertising on your […]

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WINTER-WARD: A TIME TO OUTPACE THE RUSH OF LIFE BY SLOWING DOWN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 17-19, 2017) — THE PLANET had a fun exchange Thursday with our good friend Mike Ward. Our Facebook chat centered on the topic of winter. Mike initiated it with this posting: WARD: There’s a difference between enjoying snow and wanting […]

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SHOVELING, STROKING, STROLLING, SHILLING: IT’S ALL CONNECTED

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURDAY FEB. 16, 2017) — It all ties together. That’s the notion of “interbeing.” It’s looking at a paper bag and seeing the sun that grew trees from which the paper was made. With that in mind, let THE PLANET show how interbeing works in Pittsfield. […]

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TWO MORE WALK PLANK AS ICEBERG HEADS STRAIGHT TOWARD TYER-HELMED ‘S.S. PITTSFIELD,’ BUT NOT TO WORRY. WE HAVE BILL BELICHICK. WE HAVE TOM BRADY.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY FEB. 14, 2017) — If you think THE PLANET is going to shamelessly milk and rehash the astounding win by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, you’re right. We can’t get enough a game all sorts of “experts” are calling the […]

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CITY’S NEW WEB DESIGN IS STILL UNDER WATER … or … AMATEURVILLE AT ITS BEST

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, FEB. 10-12, 2017) — Thank Bog, Brady, Belichick, and Bob Buhl that the City of Pittsfield finally changed the look of its website. No longer do you call up the site and see Pontoosuc Lake inundating the PHS Dome. In its […]

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