That kind of hard-nosed attitude is what made all the Bennett brothers a success, and Divver did a great job pointing that out in his piece.


A tip of the beret to Herb "Mr. Pawtucket" Weiss.

Herb, the economic and cultural affairs officer for the city, serves with Jorge on the board of the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame and is very excited about the imminent induction of the Cowsills, America's first popular "family" band.

Herb wrote an excellent profile of the group for the January 25 edition of The Times of Pawtucket. And Jorge was struck by one particular nugget Herb dug up for the piece.

In the mid-'60s, it seems, radio station WPRO ran a contest urging listeners to vote for their favorite single. The two choices were "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel and "All I Really Want To Be Is Me" by the Cowsills. The Rhode Islanders won, hands down.

The excitement is starting to build for this great band's return to its home state to perform at the RIMHOF concert and induction ceremony April 28. We urge you to get your tickets for the show now, as it's sure to sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased at rhodeislandmusichall


Since our team is not playing in the Super Bowl, we have little interest in the codpiece ballet this year. Instead, you will find on the giant screen in the Boom Boom Room the far more exciting (not to mention lovable) Puppy Bowl, to be aired by the Animal Planet cable network.

The Puppy Bowl will apparently feature 63 puppies, 21 kittens, and nine baby hedgehogs. No wagering is allowed at Casa Diablo.

In fake animal news, our intrepid research associate JEM informed us of a story in The Onion featuring a western lowland gorilla who escaped from the San Diego Zoo and went on a killing spree at a local shopping plaza. The story explained that the incident had inspired skyrocketing gorilla sales.

"After seeing yet another deranged gorilla just burst into a public place and start killing people, I decided I need to make sure something like that never happens to me," Nick Keller of Atlanta told The Onion, shortly after purchasing a 350-pound mountain gorilla from his local gorilla store. "It just gives me peace of mind knowing that if I'm ever in that situation, I won't have to just watch helplessly as my torso is ripped in half and my face is chewed off. I'll be able to use my gorilla to defend myself."

To our knowledge, there are no gorilla stores in the Biggest Little. However, we have contacted the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and suggested that an investment in gorilla store start-ups could be the "game changer" we've all been waiting for.

And in a final bit of animal news, a much beloved cat — Inky — recently passed away. We found some solace in an excerpt from the singer, songwriter, author, and sometimes political candidate Kinky Friedman's 1993 tome, Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola, about the passing of Kinky's feline companion Cuddles.

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