CAINE FREEMAN ARKIN- Your VIP Screening of “Going In Style”

Hello Friends!

Would you like to attend the VIP screening of GOING IN STYLE? The film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. Our BATV screening will be on Monday, April 3rd in Hartford.

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of GOING IN STYLE on Monday, April 3 at 7pm at Cinepolis West Hartford, click here:
Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!


In theaters on April 7

(New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: Zach Braff
Writer: Screenplay by Theodore Melfi
Producer: Donald De Line
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Andrew Haas,
Jonathan McCoy, Tony Bill, and Bruce Berman

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King,
with Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz

Comedy. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

This film has been rated PG-13 for drug content, language
and some suggestive material.

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THE BOSS BABY- Saturday Family Movie Screening Event in Connecticut


Dear friends, I continue with my rehab after my recent heart bypass surgery- small steps but better each day- I am down to 243lbs- still need to get rid of a lot more!

please keep sending your healing emails and letters- they are much appreciated!!

And now something for YOU!!!


BATV is hosting an advance screening of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks’ upcoming release, THE BOSS BABY, on Saturday March 25th at 10 AM at Bow Tie Cinema City at the Palace – and you are invited!!!

I have 25 admit 4 passes for this special screening!!

Please find the URL and code below – go to the link and add the BATV code and get your passes- first come- first served!!!

Code: BossBabyBATV


Release: March 31, 2017

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Written by: Michael McCullers (based on the award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee)

Producer: Ramsey Ann Naito

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi


DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

THE BOSS BABY Official Channels



HASHTAG: #TheBossBaby

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Howard sends you a Heartfelt Gift- The POWER RANGERS VIP Screening

VIP MOVIE INVITE- It’s Morphin Time!!

My Dear Friends-

A Heartfelt Thank you for all your prayers, kind thoughts, good wishes, thoughtfulness, emails. Cards, and most importantly your friendship as I recover from my recent bypass surgery!

As an update- I am finally home and out of rehab-

As a special gift – I would like to invite you to SABAN’S POWER RANGERS.

For your chance to download passes to see SABAN’S POWER RANGERS on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7PM at Buckland Hills click here:

Release Date: March 24th

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, featuring Bill Hader, with Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Based o
Official Site: http://www.PowerRangers.Movie
Hashtags: #PowerRangersMovie, #Togeth

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Mending Hearts – Making it all anew- The Rehab of Howard

Mending Hearts- making it all anew!

The process of healing begins immediately- according to my surgeon, Dr. William Martinez, “Howard your heart was healed as soon as I added in the new arteries- now let your body heal- and that will take time”.

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I wobble, I sway, I teeter- clumsily I make my way from bed to chair. Within the first 24 hours they have me out of the bed. I clutch the red heart pillow that I was delivered with to offset the pain of my breastbone being divided in half to expose my heart. Sudden movements, coughing jags to bring up sputum, a sneeze, but it’s laughter that hurts the most as it rattles and agitates the chest cavity. Yet, I have to move this body. A day later, with an aide de camp, oxygen at tow, I make my first debut to the wooden hallway that borders my current 8th floor room here at St Francis- yes small baby steps.



A frightening moment alone. Truly, I am now dependent on the need of others – Nurses, aides, friends. Finally unleashed from the urinary catheter,
I have not urinated in several days. I await for other bodily functions to also return. I am provided medications to step up the process- but this also equates that I need someone to assist me in and out of the “toilet” where I am not that “free flowing” and it takes a bit of time for things to run freely downstream.
The time about 4:45pm – I call an aide to assist with my urination. The pee is shy in flowing – the aide adorned with an “Autumn Leaf” on her forearm, I can see is annoyed that I have wasted “her time” and hastily returns me to my bedroom chair and with a backward turn states, “I will be right back”. I still have to pee and pressure is mounting. Five, ten, 15 minutes pass- no return of “Autumn Leaf”. I then look for the “Call Button”-
It is way out of my reach- Autumn having buried it on the other side of the bed. I am now truly alone. “Help, Help”- I am truly screaming at those I hear out side my door- HELP! PLEASE HELP ME- PLEASE HELP ME ! Twenty, Twenty Five minutes pass- all of a sudden a Fire Drill goes off- someone slams my door shut- YOU BASTARDS!
Finally, at over 30 minutes, a savior arrives in the form of a Hospital Food Service Worker, delivering my dinner. In quick succession, she locates and PRESSES for the nurse- and they come a running including a visit by my surgeon – and tailing them – Miss “Autumn Leaf”. You know it- the old Howard flares up as I stare down this woman- “YOU LEFT ME VULNERABLE – AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT!!! Yep, I get out more of my indignation and the danger I was put upon me- but for those 30 minutes or so I was truly afraid! I want to leave….

I am truly blessed- and thank you are in order, first to God, o lord thank you for my life and guiding the surgeons hand, Dr. William Martinez-Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Patrick Corcoran, Interventional Cardiologist, my most fantastic brother Harvey Leon Frydman, Wayne Hypolite, this man came to my Hospital bed for several days at my lowest – and literally fed me!! Forcing me to eat – Wow! Dear Barbara Williams, son, Khalid, Meredith Johnson and her friend Tim, Donna and Victor- the whole “Christmas” Family” were at my bed side- at the very start of this journey. Good friend Sydney Schulman is writing me heart Health email advice and how that he had three bypasses as well- thank you for the lovely floral arrangement Syd and Alba. Of course my colleagues at the Bloomfield Board of Ed, thank you Don Harris for your healing prayers, and the Bloomfield Board of Education for the lovely floral arrangement. Many thanks to The Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee members and Chairman David Baram for the healthy Fruit Basket. Get well emails abound including a nice “holy crap” from singing sensation Nat Brown and love your Hospital “gownie” from famed actress Johanna Morrison.


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On Friday, late in the evening, I was finally released from Saint Francis Hospital and journeyed to the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, CT- my first and only choice for rehab- Duncaster, specifically Caleb Hitchcock. I have often visited Duncaster over the years, as a guest or video taping a special event, anniversary parades to political programs, and have always marveled at the extraordinary care, respect and dignity provided. I am now a patient. My room, grand, beautiful, clean and bright, the cuisine extraordinary- The staff knowledgeable and friendly. I feel safe here!!
I am finally off the bottles of “Ensure” that I subsisted on at Saint Francis. I am walking, currently look like “Grizzly” Adams in my new Ralph Lauren PJs, and desperately need a beard trim, and a good haircut – but that’s what hats are for right?


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Today is Wednesday- March 1st. I am still residing at Duncaster. It has been 13 days since I started this journey with you.
You made it through the operation, you’re now off to rehab-the second leg of your recuperation. Yet I fear being forgotten.
I must state it is your family and friends that are your most important key to a truly continued successful healing process. For the majority of your healing, as I am in a rehabilitation, I admit I am alone. I do feel abandoned. Yes, I know there are nurses and aides and PT folks around but it’s not the same. A sense of being alone and forgotten does creep in to ones mind – “Where’s a call from this friend, does she know?” How come “so in so” didn’t send a card – do they know? She lives right down the road from Duncaster- why not visit?
So I kindly ask – please send me cards, emails, please visit me! Make me smile – but refrain from making me laugh- “oh the pain!”





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My New Birthday- February 20th, 2017



So I am reborn- my new birth date is Monday, February 20th, 2017, 7:15am!

But let’s go back a few hours – the process… my last full meal was around 5:30pm Sunday, give it a minute or two each way.. The “supper”- overdone chicken, a bit of mash and gravy and green beans- well not the best of “noshes” – but this is going to havta hold me for at least several days.






The  first wash- about and hour later, a tech comes into my room to assist me in disrobing. ALL clothes off. I am instructed to wash everything, from between the toes to between what nature gave me. My entire bed is taken apart and remade with clean linen. A few friends stop by to give me strength, Meredith Johnson, her friend Tim, Barbara Williams and her son
Khalid, my best pal Wayne Hypolite and of course the finest Brother a guy could ever want, Harvey Leon Frydman. I am provided the much beseeched tranquilizer- but my gaze still follows the minute hand hour after hour.

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The second wash begins around 4am, starters- an entire shave and back hair cut- it takes this poor petite woman over an hour to do the “shave”- yep everything- modesty is out the door at this point. That is followed by another major scrubbing down from head to toe- clean clean and more clean. I remember getting some pre medications- but I don’t remember what they were. 6am, I am taken down from the 9th floor to the 5th floor to await the “operating theater”. All the folks in ICU are ultra nice- the “mantra” as on each floor, “what is your name, what is your day of birth”?


I am wheeled into the O. R. large open, cool, sterile. I am asked to scoot me behind from the day bed to a smaller cradle. The very last thing I recall is the beehive style operation lights floating above me. That’s it- i don’t remember anything else that took place – No sense of time, place or existence- yet I am reborn.

As I wake my brother Harvey is by my side, “Ya did good”, you’re fine”. Breathing tubes immediately harass me. PULL THEM OUT!! yet they stay. Dr. Martinez stops by- gives a thumb up- it will be a few days later that I can actually tell this man- “Thank you for saving my Life”! YOU SAVED MY LIFE! Oh my god! Thank you!



It’s a few days later- my throat is still scratchy- I heal….

The next chapter, the healing process  and then onto Duncaster for rehab – situated in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut!!

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Bypass Surgery- Part 2. A Picture is worth a thousand words…



Sunday Morning- 7:25am

Staff here at Saint Francis Hospital have been great! Special thanks to Nurse Jay- I spilt ginger ale all over the bed last night- arggggg!!! They want me to drink drink drink – but floating in liquid is beyond and above! Had a great restful sleep last night that is till the aide woke me up to take a reading of my weight- at 7am, yep 7am- here’s the kicker- I had to get OUT of bed for her to weigh me IN  bed- My weight? I ain’t telling!!!

Ok- as they say a picture is worth a thousand words – and many of you have asked me delicatly to explain…..   The image below is part of my reconstructive heart bypass surgery- where you see the drawn in images that is where they will do the bypasses-and ultimately save my life..,


and yes the OHS – OPEN HEART  SURGERY is set for 7:15am Monday Morning!!

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Bypass Surgery- oh my!! Part one of a rebirth!!


A knock on the door- part one of a rebirth- bypass surgery oh my!!



Here I lay- 12:32am – Saturday-as I rethink the last few weeks that have brought me to a hospital bed at Saint Francis Hospital in our capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. Hmmm? Yes it was my heart!!



For the past year, honestly maybe a bit longer, I felt out of breath doing the most menial of tasks, making the bed, climbing stairs, tying my shoes – “wooh” – I was out of breath. And on top of that I was feeling a bit of pressure on the top portion of my chest and into my left elbow. Now I’m a pretty smart guy and I knew something was going on – but like so many, you also get to feeling you are “super human” – (too many Amazing Spider-Man comics) and it’s nothing more than being too darn fat and never really doing any exercise besides my usual jaunts to the casino, my theater and restaurant reviews and sitting endlessly at my desk at BATV as I orchestrate the television station.

O.H.S. Stands for Open Heart Surgery- mine is this upcoming Monday.

The tale so far. So I was scheduled for my regular physical examination with my G.P. – the wise, enlightened and the one guy who can read his patient like a copy of the “New England Journal of Medicine” – Dr. Edwin Fierer. Yep he be a wise guy! So I pass my yearly physical, BP is fine, cardiogram looks perfect. So he asks, “how are you feeling” – scared, I stated I was feeling some upper chest pressure into my lower arm. “You’re saying all the right things” he remarked. Who do you want to see for a cardiologist? My response- “Patrick Corcoran, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology specialist and all around “Good Guy”!

Now, The Frydmans and Dr. C. go long back- the story often told is how my saintly father, Jack Frydman, the guy who would give you the shirt off his own back- (you notice I get this same trait from him) – worked at St. Francis Hospital and met this young intern- you guessed it Pat C. One day, my dad noticed Dr. C. was not having any lunch, inquisitive Dad asked, “what’s with you not eating”? Dr. C., “I’m broke, no funds from home yet.” Leave it to my pop to buy the young Dr. C. a meal and make sure he never went hungry. So there ya go- great story!

So off I go to Doctor Corcoran’s office- my cardiogram is fine, B. P. is ok- I’m over weight- so let’s do a tread mill stress test- failed! Next a nuclear stress test – it measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication. The test provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and damaged heart muscle- mine provides a False Positive- hmmmmm?
Another visit to Dr. C. – he decides to do a lookie-loo at St. Francis with an angioplasty on Friday.


I arrive on Friday at 9:00am – admitting office at S.F- terrific and fast- you know me- had a great discussion on the history of the hospital while I waited for transport to my private room on the third floor. In quick succession, off with the clothes- ALL CLOTHES, on with the “johnny”, IV needle installed and then received a buzz cut shave all over- yep- there too! No water, no food and I wait for my appointed time to receive the procedure- the aforementioned angioplasty. Dr. C. and team of four men and one woman. Literally I don’t feel a thing- but I hear Dr. C. say, “you should have been here yesterday”- I don’t believe it Howard but you are 99% totally blocked”, as he shows me the video image. It literally looks like a thread is tied around the arteries- blocking off the blood. Later on a nite nurse states I have the “Widow-maker”! Lucky me!!


I’m calm, I’m stoic, I realize I am saving my own life. Surgeon- Dr. Martinez will do the surgery. The hospital staff have been wonderful. I share with them photos of some of my famous friends such as Governor Malloy, actress Johanna Morrison and even my turn as the City of Hartford’s SANTA Claus. The cuisine may not be like that prepared by our friend the celebrated Chef Maria Rosu, but it’s fresh and hot and I just love their Chocolate Mousse Parfait.

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Well friends- that’s it in a nutshell- it is still Saturday and I have two more days to prepare for my “Big Adventure”.

Stay tuned….,

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