Friday, November 03, 2017
Watch the video here! It's really entertaining.
Here are the pics. The extra person at WLS is Amy's boyfriend Bradley Whitford, the former star of West Wing...
He also thanked everyone who helped him along the way, including yours truly. Very nice speech. We had a great time. The dinner was held at the Museum of Broadcasting, which currently has a great SNL exhibit. (Hence the SNL-type photos below)
Thursday, November 02, 2017
It’s published by Eckhartz Press, whose co-founder, Rick Kaempfer, served as producer of Landecker’s morning show on WJMK FM 104.3 and co-wrote the book.
Big night tonight! I'll be attending the National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony and watching my old friend and co-author John Landecker take his rightful place among the all-time greats. I even bought a new suit!
I worked with Marv briefly at the Loop in the mid-00s. He certainly knows the history of that station. He's also a native Chicagoan.
Yesterday, a woman accused the actor of sexually harassing her back in the '80s, when she was 17 years old. She says this took place on the set of a TV movie where she was interning. And that Hoffman grabbed her butt multiple times and had sexually inappropriate convos with her. Hoffman said he was sorry for "anything I might have done" and that the account is "not reflective of who I am."
For Donald Trump that answer is obvious. His next interview will be with Laura Ingraham at Fox News. She's been pushing the "You're not the puppet, Hillary's the puppet" story line since she got her own show.
My prediction of her first question: "How are you coping with this onslaught of fake news?"
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
It's so inpiring, in fact, that my wife Bridget and I just booked a trip to go down to Mark's current hometown of Atlanta the weekend of November 11 so that we could participate in and offer support to their annual 5K run to benefit pancreatic cancer research. It's called the Purple Stride, and if you want more information about it, click here. We're donating 25 copies of GelStrong to the event.
Mark is going to be a featured speaker. He is still dealing with cancer, but every time he speaks, he encourages people to have a positive outlook on life.
A hell of a guy. A hell of a cause. If you can't make it to Atlanta, you can still contribute. Do it in the name of Team GelStrong. We'd appreciate it.
In a crucial step toward closing the merger of CBS Radio and Entercom, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the $2.86 billion deal. The settlement with the DOJ will see Entercom swap stations with iHeartMedia and Beasley Broadcast Group in Boston, Seattle, Richmond and Chattanooga and strike local marketing agreements with Bonneville International Corporation in San Francisco and Sacramento.
On the day I announced we were starting this company, here's what I posted to our facebook page...
Details about my new publishing company and our first book (and some of the other books already in the pipeline) will be coming soon, but here's an explanation of the company's name. The name is a combination of two names; Eckhard and Fritz. Those were the first names of the co-owners' fathers, Eckhard Kaempfer and Fritz Stern. The laughing "E" in the logo might give you an indication of the kind of books that will be coming from Eckhartz Press.
Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of harassment
Two women accuse NPR News boss Michael Oreskas
And this scandal hasn't even hit Washington yet. Just wait until you hear the stories of what happens there.
He asked Facebook how it's possible that they didn't realize Russians were buying political ads when they paid for those ads in Rubles.
That's a true story, by the way. They paid in Rubles. And some (one, actually) still says it's all a hoax.
Because of that, I'm on the e-mail list of the DANK Haus. This is the organization in Chicago that preserves German history in Chicago--and there is a bunch of it. Chicago was essentially built by Germans. The DANK headquarters is on Western Avenue, just a block away from Lincoln Square. I've been there several times to research things I was writing about, and to show it off to fellow German Americans. It's really amazing if you're into history.
The November e-mail just crossed my desk and led me on a historical exploration this morning. This is what was written...
The DANK Haus is happily celebrating our building's 90th anniversary. Built in 1927, we treasure the historical structure that provides a home to the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. The 6-Floor building was designed by Architect Paul Gerhardt Sr. (1863-1951). The structure was originally built for the Three Links Association, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and in 1967, it became a home for German Chicago.
Paul Gerhardt, the architect of the DANK Haus and German native, was born in the town of Dobeln in what was then the Kingdom of Saxony and today a part of Germany. He came to the United States upon the request of the German Textile Corporation to design spinning mills. Early in his career and shortly after arriving in the United States, Gerhardt also designed hotels and restaurants for German clientele, including an earlier Bismarck Hotel and the Rienzi restaurant in Chicago. He then was chosen as the Cook County Architect where he designed the Cook County Hospital and the building still remains today on Chicago's Near West Side along W. Harrison St. He was then hired as the supervising architect for the Chicago Board of Education and designed numerous schools. In the midst of all of his accomplishments, Paul Gerhardt designed the building that we all cherish, the DANK Haus.
Is there anything in this description that catches your eye? I was immediately drawn to the line about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. What in the world is that?
So, I did some research and found that the organization was a charitable fraternity that helped people in need during a time when the government didn't do it at all. This isn't just a bunch of Odd Fellows who got together, either. The list of members is unbelievable. Most of them were not located in the Chicago chapter, but still. Check out this list...
Some notable members are:
William Jennings Bryan, U.S. Secretary of State (1913–1915)
Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Senator (1959–2010)
Charlie Chaplin, comedic actor and film director
Schuyler Colfax, U.S. Vice President (1869–1873)
Wyatt Earp, law officer in the American Old West
Ulysses S. Grant, 18th U.S. President (1869–1877)
Warren Harding, 29th U.S. President (1921–1923)
Rutherford Hayes, 19th U.S. President (1877–1881)
Thomas Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States
Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, author, inventor, explorer
Sir John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada
William McKinley, 25th U.S. President (1897–1901)
Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President (1933–1945)
Earl Warren, U.S. Chief Justice (1953–1969)
Amazing list, eh? Turns out that after the New Deal passed and the social safety net was instituted, the need for the Odd Fellows diminished and the membership dwindled, although it still exists in dozens of countries.
There is also a black mark on this organization, however. They didn't allow African-Americans until 1971. That seems like a pretty late date for that inclusion, doesn't it?
Nevertheless, that's how I spent my morning today. Welcome to my rabbit hole.
They revealed a few of the Russian-paid ads, including this one...
When you watch the disgraceful Fox News coverage (and the equally ridiculous Wall Street Journal editorial page coverage) comparing the Hillary dossier purchase with the collusion of Trump's people, keep this in mind.
If the Russians were really colluding with Hillary, why on earth were they spending all their money ripping Hillary and helping Trump? The evidence is overwhelming. First of all, the stolen e-mails were only stolen from one side.
As we learned yesterday, there were hundreds of millions of facebook pages/posts created--and they haven't found ONE that was pro-Hillary. There were hundreds of millions of Twitter profiles/tweets created--and they haven't found ONE that was pro-Hillary.
Stop it. Just stop it. This is a national emergency. We need to stop the Russians from stealing another election. This isn't a partisan issue. Next time it may be in favor of the Democrats.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
2. Reese's Minatures
4. Kit Kats
6. Reese's Pieces
7. Milky Way
8. Reese's Stuffed with Pieces
9. Peanut Butter M&Ms
Apparently kids love peanut butter. And I'd like to meet those kids who put Butterfingers in the top ten. Those are vile.
As a non-peanut-butter lover, I like the second ten even more. I'd gain 100 pounds if I had an unlimited supply of these.
11. Peanut M&Ms
12. Three Musketeers
14. 100 Thousand Grand
16. Nestles Crunch
18. Milky Way Simply Caramel
By the way, last place on the list is Good & Plenties. They are #86.
New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish
E! News correspondent Ken Baker
Amazon Studios head (since resigned) Roy Price
Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele (sounds like a porn name)
Famous Chef John Besh
Monday, October 30, 2017
Look out. The merger between AT&T and Time Warner (which is scheduled to happen by the end of the year) could bring a pro-Trump CEO to power. That could mean the end for three of the most critically acclaimed political comedy programs on television.
Vanity Fair has the details.
But today, I feel stupid for being pissed about that. Miller is in serious health jeopardy, and that's way more important than a stupid football game...
Paul Manafort just agreed to turn himself in to the FBI. What should we report on?— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) October 30, 2017
Fox News: Hamburger emoji pic.twitter.com/Wjsvkb2coW
Another shoe drops. This one dropped a month ago, but prosecutor kept it secret.
NEW: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos secretly pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI *about HRC's emails* pic.twitter.com/w5PsAayv5G— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 30, 2017
Just a couple more days to take advantage of the early-bird discount for our brand-spanking new writers conference.https://t.co/snSANLvUdC— Chicago Writers Assn (@chicagowrites) October 28, 2017
Since the '17 season ended, the Cubs have parted ways with their pitching coach, hitting coach, assistant hitting coach, third base coach, and now their bench coach.
The new pitching coach is Jim Hickey, formerly with the Tampa Rays. Their new hitting coach is former big league slugger Chili Davis. Will the new bench coach be David Ross? Not sure about that. He'll demand a pretty penny. He's making a fortune these days as a media maven.
What did he say? From Recode...
Why? Not just because Stone called CNN's Don Lemon a “cocksucker” and a “dull witted arrogant partyboi,” but for this tweet, which announced that Lemon “must be confronted, humiliated, mocked and punished.”
That, according to people who know things about Twitter but don’t want to say them on the record, violates Twitter’s anti-abuse rules, which say users can “not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others” by “inciting others to harass another account.”
"Safe Inside" keeps garnering great reviews, including this five star review on GoodReads...
What a joy to read! This is a many layered story filled with rich description, strong wit, poignant moments, and a protagonist you will root for. Set in the 1940's and 50's on the south side of Chicago, the novel explores the universal theme of the search for identity and acceptance. It provides insight into the saving power of the arts and a rich interior life. Reading this finely crafted novel is a journey well worth taking.
Get your copy of "Safe Inside" at Eckhartz Press today.