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Letter: Lombardo always made New Year’s Eve special

Lombardo always made New Year’s Eve special

I don’t imagine that career thieves reminisce much, or maybe even most career politicians for that matter. But to me, life – anyone’s life – is a precious book destined to be stored for all eternity in God’s sprawling library in the sky. In that vein, and if I was ever allowed to pick a personal nickname, that nickname certainly would be “The Great Reminiscer.” And I believe that New Year’s Eve, more than any other day of the year, is the perfect time to catch up on the heavenly art of reminiscing.

Perhaps one has to be an old duck like me to remember Guy Lombardo. He was the guy who would appear on TV along with his orchestra, the Royal Canadians, just before midnight on the last day of the year, performing for a vast crowd of dancing and partying New Year’s Eve revelers. And when the swinging gong resonated for the 12th time, he would lead his orchestra into the euphoric presentation of the most tear-jerking, most beautiful, most heart-wrenching tune ever composed and written by man: “Auld Lang Syne.”

New Year’s Eve just has to be the loneliest and loveliest day of the year inasmuch as it represents the sad and conclusive termination of yet another chapter in that wonderful book of life and swings open the golden door to the next. It is a beautiful, bittersweet event where new resolutions are made, fractured friendships are repaired and cherished old songs are sung. And the most cherished and revered of them all, “Auld Lang Syne,” is sung again and again throughout the world, but now without Lombardo. For me, it just ain’t the same anymore because he’s gone. But I’m hoping hard that he really isn’t. That maybe, he and his guys are playing somewhere else, somewhere nicer.

Michael Martino

Lake View