It's happened again, boys and girls! Another Monday came rolling around after Sunday! And "Uncle Jay", a Brooklyn boy with a white beard and not a whole lot of hair, a fellow who has worked in movie sound production and movie editing, started making his three-minute video "explaining the news."
And why should I know such a thing? Well, right
before Christmas around Hanukkah, my friend from the Judean mountains, Jack Golbert, sent me this link telling me how funny it was. Well, he didn't send it to just me, he sent it to a few (thousand) close friends and relations. Anyway, I've been hooked ever since.
Boy did I have that wrong! Talk about bloggers checking their facts at the door! I got an e-mail from the real Uncle Jay asking me to fix the article. So, now the fix is in. The fact that your Uncle Ruvy was dumb enough to believe his original research and think that "Uncle Jay" was originally from Brooklyn, very likely Jewish, just a year or two younger than Uncle Ruvy, and looks at the world with the same wise-
ass acre mentality that Uncle Ruvy does (that's three out of four wrong!) should not cloud your judgment of Uncle Ruvy. Maybe that Samarian mountain air did something to him. Maybe the fact that he just moved and is still living out of boxes… Heck, let's cut the whining, and talk some about the real Uncle Jay.
According to Notes from Neal, Uncle Jay is a familiar voice to those around Cincinnati, being better known as Jay Gilbert. Uncle Jay was one of the early crew on WEBN, one of the first FM stations playing “progressive rock” back in the early ’70s. He does the 3:00 to 7:00 p.m "drive time." He's an old hand at radio, and is possibly well known to the publisher of Blogcritics Magazine, Eric Olsen, also a (not so old) veteran of the radio business.
According to Waldorf to Your Astoria, Bill Konigsberg, who interviewed Uncle Jay Gilbert at the end of 2008, "Anyhow, yesterday I happened on a clip that has been making the rounds and getting rather popular, and really got hooked in." Sound familiar?
In the course of the interview, which Uncle Ruvy highly recommends you read, you find out that YouTube has been a godsend for Uncle Jay, who gets thousands of hits on his videos. Like many, he wasn't prepared for his success. Some folks, at least, are doing okay in this lousy economy. If he plays his cards right…
Anyway, yesterday (2 March 2009) the big story in the news was the stock market — where the Dow Jones Index fell through the 7,000 point level for the first time in a dozen years. Apparently, Uncle Jay didn't catch that one, having taken his notes on President Obama's State of the Union Address, and on the budget he presented to Congress, and he concentrated on those stories and the traditions surrounding them. I mean, there isn't a whole lot you can talk about in the time it takes to make and serve a Whopper sandwich (180 seconds or so), like Uncle Ruvy used to do so many years ago in Minnesota. Well maybe Uncle Jay did catch the story and decided to talk about something different. Uncle Jay had already made at least three videos dealing with what passes for the American economy these days; one on 7 April 2008, a great one on 22 September 2008, and one more on 23 February 2009. Plus, nearly every other video he has made since January 2007 has included some mention of the economy. Just how many videos can you make on the same boring subject, boys and girls? After all, who really cares about money, the budget, investments, keeping their job, their car, their home or what have you? Britney Spears is far more important!
Just ask a guy like Uncle Ruvy, who used to be homeless. He knows!
Now, this article really should be a review in the video or culture section of Blogcritics Magazine — but what makes Uncle Jay so interesting is the way he covers politics. He's a lot more informative than the screed writers of the newspapers that are dying away, or the screed writers of the now flowering "blogosphere" (including some of our very own friends right here at Blogcritics Magazine), though in all truth, you do need a working knowledge of current events in the United States to understand what Uncle Jay is talking about. We old (and not so old) geezers are the boys and girls he is really addressing with that sweet, friendly, sarcastic stab-em-in-the-back delivery style of his. If some kids happen to learn something along the way, well that's really great. But if they're too busy Facebooking and Twittering, and otherwise occupying their parents' computers with
bullshit the wonders of 21st century technology, how can they possibly have time to listen to someone like Uncle Jay? I mean, he's an old-timer who still remembers the Beatles, for heavens' sake!
The Beatles! He's ancient!
But this young geezer does remember the Beatles and could care less about what passes for popular culture these days. Well, maybe those upskirt photos of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton do merit a glance or two. But otherwise…
Otherwise, it's rapidly getting to the point where Uncle Ruvy is willing to abandon the news of the "real" world – which is filled with lies and illusions anyway — and just sit back and enjoy while …
Uncle Jay Explains the News. It's almost as much fun as singing "Happy Days Are Here Again!"
Don't forget, boys and girls, you can always go to "Uncle J-Mart" and buy yourself a CD or a mug with that credit card mom or dad gave you. Remember not to use your hard earned money irresponsibly – that's the government's job!