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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“GET OUT” – Exclusive Screening Invite- In Need of a SCARE??? Huh?




Hey YOU GUYS!!!  I have a screening of GET OUT next week. See info below and a link to this very exclusive screening!!

Please enter-to-win a pass for you and a guest to the advance screening of GET OUT in Hartford on 02/21. You will be notified via email if you’ve won. Passes are available while supplies last, on a first come, first served basis.



In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), Edward H. Hamm Jr. (Bad Words) and Peele. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Stephen Root (No Country for Old Men), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).
OPENING DATE: Friday, February 24TH
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes


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THE GREAT WAll – Starring Matt Damon – Exclusive VIP Movie Screening Invite



img_3233BATV and your pal Howard invite you to the exclusive advance screening of THE GREAT WALL – starring Matt Damon


The advance screening of THE GREAT WALL is on  Wednesday 2/15 at BOWTIE PALACE.


RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes



Genre: 3D Action-Thriller

Cast: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang and Andy Lau

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

Story by: Max Brooks and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz

Screenplay by: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy

Produced by: Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, Peter Loehr

Executive Producers: Jillian Share, Alex Gartner, La Peikang, Zhang Zhao, E. Bennett Walsh

Co-Producers: Eric Hedayat, Er Young, Alex Hedlund

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

THE GREAT WALL will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 17.

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Chef Maria Rosu- “La Festa Degli Innamorati” – Valentine’s Day at Village Pizza



My Love is like a Pizza- cut into slices 4, 8 – or just two, the crust I may give to others, but the Heart is always saved for dear You”!!

The “Empress of Pizza” – Chef Maria Rosu- owner of the famed Bloomfield Village Pizza in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut, is readying her kitchen in honor of Valentine’s Day — known in Italy as “La Festa Degli Innamorati- “she cordially invites “lovers of all ages” to celebrate the holiday at Bloomfield Village Pizza with authentic “Cabo dell ‘amore” – “food of love”.


Chef Maria Rosu, will be crafting during “Valentine’s Day, what she calls “Romantica” – dinners of romance, special selections, treats and multi course menus for all with a case of “Cupid-itis”. Chef Maria states, “Be it a romantic dinner for two, or an entire family, we are lovingly putting together gourmet creations you will “fall in love with”. Please call, or ask for me personally when you arrive and I will prepare a special “Romantica” dinner that you will remember and cherish forever. My staff and I are also eagerly looking forward to assisting in several wedding proposals taking place at the restaurant as they do each year”.




Special Valentine Day creations will include Maria’s famous “Pepperoni Proposal Pizza” – a large cheese pizza emblazoned with a pepperoni heart; the “Romeo and Juliet” – a Mediterranean Seafood Platter, an offering of “Frutti di mare” – fruit of the sea such as fresh haddock, scallops, colossal shrimps, and clams; and for your own “Lady and the Tramp” moment- freshly made spaghetti with in-house handcrafted meatballs. For desserts Chef Maria will be preparing her luscious sweet Baklava and her homemade “strictly for lovers”- Tiramisu.


Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut, hours Monday- Thursday: 9:30am till 10pm, Friday to Saturday 9:30am till 11pm and Sunday 12 noon till 8pm. For Valentine’s Day reservations please Call Bloomfield Village Pizza at 860-242-3339.

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A Review And Commentary – The Comedy of Errors – Hartford Stage


Johanna Morrison and Noble Shropshire star in The Comedy of Errors.

Johanna Morrison and Noble Shropshire star in The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors” – A commentary, a review.
‘Tis 48 hours since a “Ghost Light” beaconed proudly. ‘Tis 24 hours plus one since a grey rain trumpeted down throughout the land. This day – this very day of rest – this Sat-tur-day – a vibrant throng marches globally – finding millions of women, modern St. Joan’s with men beside them making siege to underscore an “Enfant Terrible’s” rage and reign. Me thinks it’s all a comedy of Errors- yet “alas poor Yorick” it be all too real. We pray history will not be repeated.
In solidarity sits I in a most cherished bastion of expression- of hope – a theater! – The Hartford Stage by name! On this day, all I want to do is lose myself in the play- the play is the thing and for a vibrant neon 90 minutes- I am aglow – for this infamous winter is now made glorious summer! The perfect play for this imperfect moment – The Hartford Stages production of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” – a comedic musical divine!


Here I sit, row 6, seat 208, – A slow lone tear rolls from my eye – my heart is joyful- sunshine glows inward as I take in the delicious “kitch” technicolored Greek on-stage village setting of “Errors” – think Mediterranean blues and Aegean foams, a harbor docks duel fishing boats housing duel fishermen/musicians, stage right home to the red light district, a Santorini style monastery beckons from center stage. Our players- 22 strong, from its leads to the ensemble are having fun – boisterous rollicking fun- and it shows- all the way to a very appreciated audience. I swear, I want to join them on stage or even hop on the next plane and visit the blue grotto!


Ok – who’s ta blame in this new blameful society? Well I blame Darko Darko Darko! Tresnjak that is- “Errors” Director and Scenic Designer for this effervescent exhilarating mixture of 60s Beach Blanket Bingo, Greek culture, Shakespeare and even Indian Bollywood – yep it’s a grand slam madcap musical comedy at its finest- and ya did a “marvy” job on that set too Darko! The “McGuffin” – twins- ya know the story- think Twain’s “Prince and the Pauper”, Haley Mills “Parent Trap” – You know “TWINS”- Schwarzenegger and DeVito!! No? How about the “Patty Duke Show” – “They laugh alike, they walk alike, At times they even talk alike — You can lose your mind”!! Good- you get the idea- here it’s two set of twins- Antipholus of Syracuse, his twin Antipholus of Ephesus and their servants Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus- whoooo! (btw- yep both Mr. A’s and Mr. D’s have the same name – hmmm?) – add a set of twins into the midst of anything, throw in a plot twist or five and its a Nielsen or Rotten Tomato ratings hit- here it’s pure madcap musical madness worthy of a Tony- watch out for lost gold chains, rings, eye glasses, flying beach balls and long lost mamas and papas- oh my!


Our players- yep another blame game – this time it’s Johanna, Johanna Johanna!- the absolutely enchanting Johanna Morrison, our “Mother Courage”, she literally “Lights Up”‘ the entire production as the “oh so celestial” purple robe adorned abbess of the priory in Ephesus. Miss Morrison you ARE “Royalty”- we just love ya!! As for the nimblest actor I have ever met that honor goes to Mr. Noble Shropshire- he shines as Egeon – the wayward merchant from Syracuse- father of lost sons. Noble scrambles one way than another throughout the production in search of “Almes” – at one point literally hanging on to the side of the stage. I actually wanted to add a “fiver”, to his empty cup, as he traveled about seeking aide to save his life- bravo Noble!



Mahira Kakkar and Tyler Lansing Weaks


Alan Schmuckler, Tyler Lansing Weaks, Jolly Abraham, Mahira Kakkar

A tip of my mackinaw to our stalwart cast including the duel Antipholus’s- Tyler Lansing Weaks and Ryan-James Hatanaka; the Duel Dromio’s, Alan Schmuckler and Matthew Macca.
A Howard’s Golden Globe goes to the gorgeous Paula Leggett Chase, portraying a ahem “Courtesan” she sets the entire tone of the production with her alluring “Never On a Sunday”- btw you forgot to give me your card! Not to be forgotten – both Jolly Abraham as the shrewish “Adriana” and Makira Kakkar as her unmarried sister “Luciana” – bravo to you both- from cat fights to your Bollywood dancing- your onstage hijinks are a delight to watch! At times the entire cast reminds one of a Gidget/Moondoggie/Annette beach romp x two – the only one missing is Vincent Price with a skewer of shish kabobs! Surf’s Up!


Cast of The Comedy of Errors.


Howard Steven Frydman, Johanna Morrison and Noble Shropshire.

Dear readers – you get the pic- this is a truly “Divine” inspiration here- this production is what we ALL so wholeheartedly need in these darkest of times- in the words of “Gidget” – “Oh boy, the bigger they are the dopier they come”. Ain’t that too true- no “error” there! Enjoy!


Howard Steven Frydman and Johanna Morrison.

Tickets for the Hartford Stage production of “The Comedy of Errors” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (860) 527-5151 or by visiting Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays, Sundays and select weekdays at 2 p.m. Saturday’s at 8pm.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at



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