Monday, October 23, 2017
I watched the Patton Oswalt comedy special on Netflix last night. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
The first half is hilarious. The second half is moving. The whole package is a masterpiece.
Seriously. I'm a tough comedy critic. This is gold.
"[Pres. Trump] couldn't remember my husband's name. ... That's what hurt me the most." - Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/px5io2RbJB— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
Trump followed up with this tweet, essentially calling the widow a liar...
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
Even if you are right, Mr. President (and I believe her more than I believe you), in this case wouldn't a simple "I'm sorry my words weren't heard the way I meant them. We all grieve for your loss" be more appropriate? Your inability to say you are sorry, especially in this situation, is absolutely unbelievable.
The LA Times is on it.
The first shoe to drop belongs to director James Toback. 38 women came forward to accuse him, and they all tell a remarkably similar (creepy) story. The names of the victims aren't as famous as Weinstein's, but that shouldn't make a difference. This is some pretty reprehensible (and probably criminal) behavior.
Since the article came out, the number of women who reported similar behavior from Toback has doubled.
Every harasser in Hollywood (and elsewhere) is shaking in his boots today, worried that the gig is up. To which I say...Good!
(And every time a new story comes out, someone will mention that we elected a serial harasser as president)
By the way, is there a human being in the world (no matter how rich) who would pay $32 million if they were innocent?
Friday, October 20, 2017
The story behind the creation of "Chopsticks" (the song).
I did not know it was written by a 16-year-old girl 140 years ago.
Theo and gang has some work to do, but they are the right guys to do it.
Oct 10, 2017 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with a voice that will transport you back to the streets of Chicago. Mr. Kingsmill deals with topics of divorce, sexuality, and mental illness while coming of age during the 40's and 50's, while seeking refuge in the magnificent movie palaces of that era. A lyrical work of art that ends with a smile, or a tear, probably both. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 14, 2017 Hannah Frisch rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. So well written. The portrayal of the parents made me like them so much. A perfect ending. I want to ask the author what parts were real and what parts were fiction. The way the author imagined what was going on in the heads of the people he knew was, on the one hand so realistic and on the other hand so much more luminous than could possibly be real.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tommy is super low-key mellow dude, but his life began in the spotlight. When he was born, I was the executive producer of the John Landecker show. Tommy was on the radio when he was only a few hours old.
The following is a transcript of the telephone conversation on the air the morning of Tommy's birth. The participants are John Landecker (center), sidekick Vicki Truax (the only female in the group picture), and proud papa Rick.
John: Oldies 104.3 WJMK, It's 12 minutes after 6:00 with John Records Landecker and Vicki Truax. The hotline...the private line...is ringing. Hello.
Rick: I'm a papa.
(Loud cheering and whooping in the studio)
Vicki: A girl or a boy?
Rick: A boy.
Vicki: I KNEW IT!!! What's his name?
Rick: Thomas Peter.
Vicki: What time?
Rick: 4:06 a.m.
John: Wow. How's everybody doing?
Rick: Everyone is fine.
Vicki: Bridget is fine too? Is she exhausted?
Rick: Yup, she's holding Thomas right now.
John & Vicki: Awwwww.
Rick: 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
John & Vicki: Awwwww.
Rick: And I recorded the entire thing on Digital audio tape.
Vicki: You're kidding? She didn't make you turn it off?
Rick: No. I had it put in a nice place where it didn't get in anyone's way.
John: We've got Thomas' birth on tape.
Rick: Yup. And we got his first bath on tape too, and his first cry.
John: Something tells me we better get more tape. OK, here's his first eyelid opening. Better get that on tape. We're going through his first toll...let's get that on tape. Hey Rick, don't you just want to...
John, Vicki & Rick: Hug and kiss them all the time?
(That was something Vicki said so often about her daughter it was a running joke on the show)
Rick: He is so damn cute.
John & Vicki: Awwwwww.
Rick: Wait a second...is he crying? Hold on.
Sound: A tiny baby cry can be heard.
John: Is that him?
Rick: Yup. His on-air debut.
Rick: He's got some lungs on him.
John: That kid sounds like he's two years old.
Rick: Yeah, he's got good pipes.
John: Does he want to come in and do a few record talkovers?
Vicki: How long is he?
Rick: 21 inches.
John: So what was it like?
Rick: It was so cool. It was just like the movie "Alien." The baby kind of popped out and looked around. Then he jumped up and sucked my eyes out...
John & Vicki: (Laughing)
John: Then Siguorney Weaver came in with some sort of a mechanical device. It was unbelievable.
Vicki: You guys. Is he all wrinkly. Does he have hair?
Rick: Yeah, he does have hair. That was the first thing we saw. I asked the nurse...ewww...what is that? That's his hair. Oh.
John: Did you get it on tape?
Rick: Of course. Uh, oh. I have to go. We need to take Bridget up to the recovery room.
Vicki: You're still in the delivery room?
Vicki: That's dedication.
John: How many calls have you made so far?
Rick: This is my second call. I called my mom first.
John: Wow. Well take care of everyone.
John & Vicki: Bye.
John: There they go. Dad Rick, Mom Bridget and now Thomas Kaempfer.
Vicki: I kind of liked the other name Rick was talking about before.
John: I don't think Bridget was ever going to agree to Ringo.
"One man’s bad call, is another man’s Halloween costume…Glasses, Maddon Jersey, Jockstrap…Let’s get three more wins and keep it going."
In case you missed Maddon's post-game press conference, MR is eferring to that incredibly bad foul ball call against Curtis Granderson, after which Joe was ejected arguing the call. Maddon said if Granderson had hit the next pitch out of the park he would have charged out onto the field in his jockstrap.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Need a Christmas present for your favorite rock 'n roller, this is it!
By karen m daehn on September 23, 2017
This book was written by one of the hardest working on air personalites from the Chicago market. Funny, yet serious, insightful. Informative, a great read for any rock n' roll enthusiast. It's like you are right there with your cup 'o.joe. Highly recommend! !!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Rodger Long on September 7, 2017
GREAT book!! Full of memories and back stage encounters of a local Chicagoland DJ. I grew up listening to Skafish in the hey day of great music through present
5.0 out of 5 stars
By cubs34 on September 27, 2017
Great stories from one of the best DJ's Chicago ever had.
5.0 out of 5 stars
This book is fantastic! I could not put it down
By Dorel Dittmann on September 28, 2017
This book is fantastic! I could not put it down. Even the musicians I don't care for were interesting to read about. I highly recommend this book
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This is the personal story of former Chicago Tribune TV critic Maureen Ryan. I think she does a great job of explaining what it's like to be the object of harrassment or worse. I recommend reading it if you get a moment.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Of course, if you can't make it, "Chasing the Lost City" is available at Eckhartz Press.
“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”
Great read. Highly recommended.
In other countries it often doesn't work that way, and when it does, the journalists themselves are in danger. Daphne Caruana Galizia was a journalist from Malta who wrote about corruption. Among the stories she broke, the Panama Papers, which exposed Vladimir Putin's worldwide money laundering.
Yesterday Daphne got into her car, turned the ignition, and was blown to bits.
Oct 13, 2017 Bart Shore rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - Doin' The Cruise was a great read, I used to hear Mitch back in his WDAI days when I was in High School, then followed him along his path of rock and roll radio. Having been in the radio industry myself, starting out in Iowa and then coming to Chicago for my own path on the radio dial, it was so interesting to me to hear Mitch's stories. In fact while I was in Iowa, we used to run some of the radio commercials Mitch talked about producing in the book, and it was always cool for me to hear Mitch on my station in Iowa, knowing that this was "the guy in Chicago" who I used to listen to. For me, there were so many names in the book that I either knew personally or heard on the radio over the years, it was like finding a long lost friend or two, in fact I just reconnected with someone in the book that I haven't talked to in years. So, even if you're not in Chicago Radio, this is a fun read to hear it from a guy who was there for some of the greatest times in FM Rock Radio. Mitch is still "Doin' The Cruise" ..thank goodness.
Sep 22, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
For *anyone* who grew up on a steady diet of rock radio in Chicago, this is a MUST READ. And if you're not in that category, but you have a sincere love of and passion for the music, this is a MUST READ. This is a first-class, first-hand story from a guy who helped fashion the rock-radio landscape in Chicago, and how hard he worked to survive all the ups and downs in a brutal industry...thanks to a sincere love of and passion for the music. It always comes back to the music. Mitch Michaels, currently doin' the cruise at 95.9 The River, thank you for your hard work and for your honesty in sharing your journey. And for believing in the music. KC sez "check it out!"
Oct 08, 2017 Jan rated it it was amazing
If you have any interest in Chicago radio and/or the rock music scene in Chicago, this is the book for you. Well-written and full of interesting stories. I couldn't put the book down.
Sep 20, 2017 Bob rated it it was amazing
A must-read for fans of radio and rock & roll music. Radio legend Mitch Michaels takes you behind the scenes of some of Chicago's most popular radio stations that were part of his remarkable career. An honest, in-depth, revealing look at the radio stations, DJ's, management, and rock stars that created the soundtrack to our lives. The memoir is very enlightening, and at times extremely funny, but also with moments that are heartbreaking. Mitch Michaels along with Ken Churilla have perhaps written the best book to date that captures the life of one of Chicago's most beloved radio personalities. A great read from start to finish.
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Washington Post has the story.
We will make sure that Colt isn't around when John signs them.
Larry Flynt took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post asking for dirt on the president that could lead to his impeachment. He is willing to pay $10 million.
Here is the ad.
So I decided to do this...let's see what happens. pic.twitter.com/Xpy4qrwHU7— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Below are a few excerpts about Tom's book...
Tom Weinberg, longtime and pioneering videographer, gives us “Chasing the Lost City: Chronicles of Discovery in Honduras” (Eckhartz Press), a lavishly illustrated and compelling tale of his more than 20-year obsession (his word) with and journeys to, as he writes, “one of the wildest and most dense spots anywhere in the Americas.”
Weinberg was born and raised in Highland Park, where as a child he loved “tromping through the ravines” near his home. Elliott was born and raised in Downers Grove, which he ever refers to as “Uppers Grove.” Though both have spent most of their lives in Chicago, their paths have crossed only a couple of times, and those in recent years. They likely have some friends in common and both certainly knew (Weinberg knew very well) the author-radio host Studs Terkel who, in his fashion, gave them each a philosophical life road map when he said that he wanted his own epitaph to read, “Curiosity did not kill this cat.”
As Weinberg writes, “For me, the driving force in the exploration wasn’t so much the buried objects that might be in the jungle… (It was) the tingle, the drive, the thing that has always taken over whatever else I was doing … the gut need to go and experience what it feels like to be in an unknown place on the earth, no matter how big or small.”
Weinberg’s book is detailed and evocative, a grand adventure tale that has already received some serious praise. Preston calls it “gripping, frightening and sometimes humorous” and that it is. It makes for compelling and enlightening reading. For Weinberg it represents something more: “(This) was the personal adventure of a lifetime — with major impact on my mind and body — unprecedented and indelible. It brought out the best of my abilities and my most vulnerable feeling.”