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Reg Presley: 10 Facts About the Rocker Who Gave Us ‘Wild Thing’

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou may not know Reg Presley’s name, or that of his rock band, the Troggs. But if you grew up in the mid-1960s and had an AM radio, you instantly would recognize the distinctive growl of his peculiarly half-spoken, half-singing vocal: Wild thing You make my heart sing You make everything Groovy “Wild Thing” — an earthy, thumping three-chord guitar ode to youthful lust, punctuated by an oddly erotic ocarina solo — soared to the very top of the Billboard …

Ed Koch: Hizzoner’s Best Bons Mots

Posted on 02/1/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyNew York has had a lot of colorful, idiosyncratic mayors, from Fiorello La Guardia to Rudy Giuliani. But Edward I. Koch, who led the city for three terms in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was perhaps the most quotable. Koch, who died on Feb. 1 at age 88 in New York, “could out-talk anybody in the authentic voice of New York,” as his hometown paper, the New York Times, put it. Here are 10 classic Koch bons mots. “Her …