Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday at Blue Island Brewing Company on Old S. Western Avenue I'll be speaking and signing my new book, a book heavy with stories about my life and the games and people I've covered that you have never heard before. @MarkPotash @BruceWolfChi @jwasports 2:30 to 6:30 #oneofakind pic.twitter.com/4W7jkI90s8— Chet Coppock (@ChetCoppock) September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
My youngest son Sean turns 16 years old today.
In honor of his birthday I'm posting a few old Father Knows Nothing columns from his youth. These two columns didn't make the final version of the book, but they remain very good insights into the boy...
The first one was written in 2009, when he was 7 years old.
The other morning when I woke up my youngest son Sean, it was immediately clear he was waking up on the right side of the bed.
“You know, Dad,” he said, as he rubbed his eyes. “Life is good.”
I laughed, and agreed.
“I really mean it,” he continued as he climbed down the stairs of his bunk bed. “Think about it. I’ve got it pretty good here. I mean, this is a nice house.”
I nodded. “Nice enough, I suppose.”
“And look at all my stuff. I’ve got a lot of pretty cool stuff.”
“Yes, that’s true,” I concurred.
Our dog Ivy came up to lick his hand. He let her lick his left hand, while he patted her head with his right.
“And this dog. We’ve got a beautiful dog. Look at how awesome this dog is.”
“Are you sure you’re not sleepwalking?” I asked.
“I’m awake, Dad,” he said. “It’s just that sometimes you have to remind yourself how good you have it. I’ve got everything I ever needed.”
“OK,” I said suspiciously, “Now I know you’re up to something. What is it?”
“Nothing,” he said. “Honestly. Nothing. Everything is great.”
He walked into the kitchen and began to make himself some breakfast. I followed him.
“Don’t forget, you have great parents too,” I reminded him.
He put his cereal box down, and looked up at me. “You know what,” he said. “That’s true. You and mom are awesome parents.”
“And you have great brothers too,” I added.
“Dad,” he said, showing me his palm. “Don’t push it.”
I should have quit while I was ahead.
The second one was written in 2010, when he was 8. His brother Johnny was 12 at the time, and his oldest brother Tommy was 15.
Sean calmly told me that the fighting that used to consume every waking moment in our house would never happen again. He seemed pretty confident about it.
“And how are you going to manage that?” I asked.
“I figured out a way to protect myself and make Tommy and Johnny laugh at the same time,” he said. “Want to see it?”
So he ran into the basement, fiddled around with a few things, and then called me downstairs to unveil his incredible new invention. His voice was a little muffled, and I soon discovered why.
“Well, when Johnny gets mad, I just put on these rolled up sleeping pads. If he stays mad I can block his punches and it won’t hurt. If he pushes me over, I’ll land on pads, and it won’t hurt. But mostly he just laughs at how stupid I look, and the fight just ends.”
You may mock this device, but I should tell you that we’ve now gone two full months without a fight in my house. That’s nearly Guinness World Records worthy.
Good news for musical artists who have really been taken advantage of since the beginning of time.
“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” said the nonprofit education organization behind the PBS series. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
One final question. Is there a Yeti combover?
The Republicans are crying foul about this Cavanagh situation, which is particularly galling because they literally stole a Supreme Court seat from Obama.
How can we get past this? I have a solution that will bring this country together, or at the very least, end the inevitable payback loop we are now engaged in.
Trump should withdraw Cavanagh. Nominate the rightful Justice Merrick Garland. Consider Neil Gorsuch your newest Supreme Court justice. This is his rightful seat now. He would no longer have an asterisk next to his name, would no longer be considered an illegitate justice installed unconstitutionally. Democrats could no longer bring up the stolen seat. Republicans could reclaim a moral high ground--something they haven't been able to do in more than a decade.
Average: Average people are high in neuroticism and extraversion, while low in openness. This is the most common personality type.
Reserved: The Reserved type is emotionally stable but not open or neurotic. They are not particularly extraverted but are somewhat agreeable and conscientious.
Role Models: Role models score low in neuroticism and high in all the other traits. They are good leaders, dependable and open to new ideas.
Self Centered: Self-Centered people score very high in extraversion and below average in openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.
I can't figure out which one I am.
Among the winners, John Oliver, SNL, Game of Thrones, and a bunch of Emmys went to a show I've never seen or heard of (but now must seek out)...The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Monday, September 17, 2018
But I read her account, and it sure sounds believable to me.
The question is, in this #metoo moment are we just going to Anita Hill her? I sure hope the answer is no, but I'm not optimistic.
Listen to it here.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Former CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving the company “effective immediately.”
CBS News president David Rhodes made the announcement official in a memo sent to staff today at 1:31 p.m. ET. 60 Minutes executive editor Bill Owens is managing the 60 Minutes team, while Rhodes and Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews will search for the new permanent 60 Minutes ep.
Rhodes said the move “is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports. …However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.”
In this case it's more like the firing of Bill Shine from Fox News. He wasn't accused for actively participating in the harassment--just in fostering a culture in which harassment was allowed to exist.
After getting fired by Fox News, Shine was hired by the president to run his communications office.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
You could ask Portland chef Daniel Brophy.
Well...you could have asked him a few weeks ago. His wife, the romance novelist who wrote an essay entitled "How to murder your husband", murdered him.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
This year's series of four shows, sponsored by Wintrust and Heineken, will be held at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2, and will feature live performances from 12 acts. Follow along, won't you, as we read off the lineup by date:
Nov. 29: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Houndmouth, Alice Merton; Nov. 30: Smashing Pumpkins, grandson, Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist of The Strokes); Dec. 1: Walk The Moon, Chvrches, Flora Cash; Dec. 2: Death Cab For Cutie, Elle King, lovelytheband. Tickets are now on sale via ticketmaster.com.
John Landecker posted this on his facebook page: “Leslie Keiling, Rick Kaempfer, Vince Argento, Richard Cantu, Brant Miller, and myself were all on the air together the morning 9-11. I certainly don’t want a repeat of that awful day but I’d give anything to be a part of a team like that again.”
In the pages of “Records Truly Is My Middle Name“, John tells the full story of that day on the air…
The most unique broadcast that I have ever been a part of, has nothing to do with planning, promotion, prizes, and listeners. It was the morning of September 11th, 2001.
I’m sure that every morning show in the country has their own story of what they did when the planes hit the twin towers in New York. This is mine.
We were doing our regular show. Our producer Rick was on the phone with Butch Patrick, who had played Eddie Munster on The Munsters. He was going to be a mystery guest — listeners were to call in and try to figure out who he was. When Rick got in touch with Butch, the news had just broken that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.
“Are you watching this?” Butch asked Rick.
“Yeah,” Rick replied. “I don’t think we’re going to do this mystery guest bit.”
“No, you better not,” Butch replied.
Brant Miller was our weatherman and had a broadcast line hookup to his home. He was also the meteorologist for NBC-Channel 5 in Chicago, and had access to all of the NBC News information. Richard Cantu was our news man, and he’s a real journalist, and was connected to the CBS Radio network.
Needless to say, after the news had come across that the first plane had hit, we turned on the television in the studio, and we were all watching it, and the microphones were open, when the second plane hit the tower.
I’ll never forget what Brant Miller said: “We’re under attack.”
Well what do you do in a situation like that? Our decision was to go all news right on the spot. There weren’t many details early on, so there was a lot of repetition, as to the content, but we didn’t play any music. I thought it would really be ridiculous to play “Hang on Sloopy” and then do more content about being under attack.
We did play commercials, but not because the clients had paid for them to air — because we needed that time to regroup and find out as much information as we could so we could better inform our audience what was going on. News stations didn’t play commercials, but they were set up to handle this much better than we were. They had a full staff on hand. We just had the four or five of us in the studio.
But I’m really proud of what we were able to deliver. Brant was able to tap into what NBC was getting. Richard was able to tap into what CBS was getting. And I sort of quarterbacked and anchored the whole thing; repeating the facts as we knew them, and encouraging people not to jump to conclusions about who did this, because we didn’t know anything for sure.
I found out later that listeners stuck with us during that morning show, and didn’t tune into the news station, and that the radio station itself toyed with the idea of keeping us on the air until noon. The adrenaline, the being in the moment, and the feeling you have in that situation takes on a whole different sensation — one that I hope I never have again frankly.
It was certainly one of the most memorable mornings I’ve ever spent on the air.
LESLIE KEILING remembers
Leslie Keiling was one of the co-hosts of the show during the WJMK run, including the day of 9/11. This is how she recalled that time… “I wouldn’t trade the time we spent together on the morning show at WJMK for anything in the world. Being with everyone on that show on the morning of 9/11/2001 is etched in my head and heart. I now have a glimmer of understanding about sharing a foxhole.”