MontClairVoyant: Seymour Gets Nod. This August 10-Themed Column Is Odd

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (8)


With things slower in Montclair during a late-summer month, how will you fill this August 10 column?

Dez Perado

By using historical events that happened on August 10. For instance, born-that-day author Jorge Amado wrote a novel that includes drinking scenes, so I had a designated driver return that book to the library.


But after you wrote most of this column, the Planning Board voted 9-0 on August 7 for the massive Seymour Street-area “arts center” that will cram our town with more people, traffic, pricey housing, etc. How does that relate to August 10?

Gilderoy Gridlockhart

Tonight, the Planning Board Fan Club of Montclair will receive the coveted Consistency Prize for 10 consecutive years of having no members other than developers.


Quite an honor! Anyway, to continue this column’s August 10 theme: With Montclair kids having the choice of so many great summer destinations such as school camps and Essex Youth Theater, what August 10 event is most relevant to that?

Donna Summer-Fun

On August 10, 991, the English were defeated by a band of Vikings in the Battle of Maldon — after which the two sides used their swords to toast s’mores.


August 10, 1519, saw Ferdinand Magellan’s ships leave Spain to circumnavigate the globe. How did those boats travel the first leg from the Atlantic to the Pacific?

Ocean’s Two

Uber to Edgemont Pond.


You “don’t know much about history.” On August 10, 1792, Louis XVI was arrested by French revolutionaries. Why?

Pierre Robes

It had something to do with too many restaurants in Montclair.


Numerous great eateries, but, yes, how many can one town have? A year later, on August 10, 1793, the Louvre officially opened in Paris. What was its first exhibit?

Moe Nalisa

One-upping the future Montclair Art Museum, that 1793 show spotlighted George Inness’ early work. And I do mean early — he was born in 1825.


The Russo-Japanese War began on August 10, 1904, and…

Fight Club

…Montclair councilman Robert Russo was not involved.


On August 10, 1943, singer Ronnie Spector was born. “Be My Baby”!

Ron Netz

Did another cutesy-named boutique open in Montclair?


Red Holzman and John Starks of New York Knicks fame had/have August 10 birthdays. When will the Knicks win another NBA championship?

Basket(ball) Case

When Montclair has enough affordable housing. So, the year “Never.”


This evening — August 10, 2017 — the New Jersey Jackals will be away rather than in the enjoyable Yogi Berra Stadium. Comment?

It Ain’t Over Till It’s…Played

A near-future baseball game isn’t a historical event. Still, the “Get Jacked!” team slogan resonates on a profoundly intellectual level.


August 10 is also International Biodiesel Day. Do you celebrate it with fireworks?

Fuel on the Hill

Yes, but last year’s fireworks touched a biodiesel spill, ignited an explosion, and dazed me enough to write a column as inexplicable as today’s. I’m also dazed at the way Montclair officials give developers almost everything they want.



Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.





  1. POSTED BY daveastor  |  August 11, 2017 @ 7:09 am

    Column clarification: The Seymour vote was taken at the Planning Board’s August 7 meeting, but technically the vote didn’t happen until early-morning August 8. (This comment is a variance of sorts. 🙂 )

  2. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 11, 2017 @ 9:26 am


    I’ve been yearning for the Knicks to return to their winning ways. It has been far too long. Do you have any pull with owner James Dolan?


    Basketball Jones

  3. POSTED BY daveastor  |  August 11, 2017 @ 10:21 am

    Ha! A droll, well-done extra question. 🙂 Thanks, silverleaf! Yes, it HAS been far too long for the Knicks — no titles since 1970 and ’73.

    Anyway, my attempt at an answer:


    I’ve been yearning for the Knicks to return to their winning ways. It has been far too long. Do you have any pull with owner James Dolan?


    Basketball Jones

    If I had any pull with James Dolan, I’d pull him out of the Knicks ownership spot and let him devote his extra time to playing more bad music with his band. But not at the Seymour “arts center” plaza…

  4. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 11, 2017 @ 11:53 am


    Fully agree and certainly not before Dolan thoroughly read, as a means of getting acquainted, JD Salingers’s “Seymour: An Introduction”.

  5. POSTED BY daveastor  |  August 11, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

    That was CLEVER, silverleaf! Worthy of Yogi Berra (“The Catcher in the Wry”).

    Also on James Dolan’s reading list could be Shakespeare’s “Carmelo Anthony & Cleopatra” and, in honor of Anthony and other aging Knicks, Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Overtime.”

  6. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 11, 2017 @ 1:38 pm

    Touche’, Dave. Shhhh . . . home games played at “The Secret (Madison Square) Garden.”

  7. POSTED BY daveastor  |  August 11, 2017 @ 1:53 pm

    LOL! Yet, despite the “secrecy” of that arena, the pitiful Knicks continue to draw big crowds year after year. Must be MSG’s bargain food prices… 🙂

  8. POSTED BY daveastor  |  August 13, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    After this week’s horrible white-supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, Va., I found another August 10 event: On that date in 1995, according to Wikipedia, right-wing white terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for the Oklahoma City bombing.

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