Page 228. " I had a paranoid schizophrenic coming to my house "

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by withdrawal from reality and delusions and hallucinations. It causes emotional, behavioral or intellectual disturbances.

Page 231. " Krafft-Ebing or one of those people "
Richard von Krafft-Ebing was a nineteenth century Austro-German psychiatrist and sexologist who was primarily known for his work on human sexual behaviour. He is responsible for popularizing psychiatry, giving many lectures and demonstrations on hypnotism.
Page 237. " at traffic lights on his daily drive to Stamford and back "

Stamford is a city near the southwestern point of Connecticut, the fourth largest in the state. It is part of the Greater New York Metropolitan area.


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Page 246. " nourished by the early recordings and movies of Gene Krupa "

Gene Krupa was a 20th century American jazz drummer and composer. He had an incredibly flamboyant and energetic style for which he became widely known. He worked with many respected musicians, including Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller.

Listen on Spotify:   The Drum Battle      Drummin' Man



Page 247. " cut loose on one of the old-time Benny Goodman jump numbers. "

Benny Goodman was a 20th century jazz musician and the leader of one of the most popular musical groups in America. He was known as the 'King of Swing'.

Goodman was an incredibly talented clarinet player, who launched the careers of many great jazz musicians through his bands, and continued to perform until almost the end of his life, eventually exploring classical music.  Listen on Spotify:  Blue Skies   King Porter Stomp

In this video, Benny Goodman is the solo clarinetist; the drummer is Gene Krupa: