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Monday, May 28, 2001

’50s FLASHBACK

’The Vocal Lords’ bring back sounds of doo-wop crooners

In 1957, the same year Sputnik launched, the Edsel flopped and the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, two Bensonhurst boys, Marty Joltin and Steve Judanger formed the doo-wop group, Marty and the Joltineers. A short while later, John Cipriani of Red Hook joined them to form The Vocal Lords. Comment.

TURTURRO: TRUE CHARACTER

Actor-director John Turturro and increasingly chic Brooklyn are a lot alike. You adore both the accomplished actor and the borough and thought they were a best kept secret. Comment.

NAME YOUR DISH

I don’t take orders very well. Comment.

UNDERCOVER COMPOSER

In the annals of classical music, the prodigy is the most amazing of stories; we all know about Mozart, who composed three full-length operas before he was 12. The extraordinary talent of violinist Fritz Kreisler also manifested itself at an early age: he began studying the instrument with his father at the age of 4, and entered the Vienna Conservatory at 7. By his death in 1962 at age 87, the Austrian-born Kreisler was among the most celebrated violinists of all time. Comment.

HAMLET ON WRY

Suddenly, "Hamlet" is sprouting up everywhere in Brooklyn. Comment.