Thursday, July 02, 2020

Free Kicks--The Liverpudlian Champions

This week's Free Kicks includes a tribute to the Premier League champions Liverpool.

Listen to it here.

RIP Hugh Downs

I honestly thought he passed away years ago, but no. It was yesterday. Hugh Downs was 99 years old.

Here is the ultimate Hugh Downs minutia. He plays the part of the Little Blue Man in this song.

NFL greats play baseball

July 2, 1917.

Three future NFL Hall of Famers played at Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) in a big league baseball game.

Paddy Driscoll (photo) played 2B for the Cubs. That was his only year in baseball, but he went on to a great football career with the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals.

Jim Thorpe & Greasy Neal both played in the outfield for the Reds.

Thorpe’s biggest baseball claim to fame was knocking in the winning run in the double no-hitter between Hippo Vaughn & Fred Toney, but he was one of the greatest players in the NFL during the 1920s, and was named to the all-decade team.

Neal was a member of the 1919 World Champion Reds (that beat the cheating White Sox), but he went on to become an NFL head coach, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to two championships (1948 & 1949).

On this day in 1917, Thorpe & Neal came out victorious as the Reds beat the Cubs 8-5.

The music makes this one

A Good Retort

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

John Williams

This month's Illinois Entertainer is out, and features my interview with WGN talk show host John Williams. Thanks again to @wgnkingjohn for doing the interview!

You can read it here.

How the rest of the world sees us

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Howard Sudberry & Steve Baskerville

Two celebrities for the price of one this week...Former Channel 2 legends Howard Sudberry and Steve Baskerville are our guests. Fun conversation:

Listen to it here.

A man on an island

I'm curious who is still supporting Trump now.

One Upped Again

Barry Butler is the king.

Serious Question

Have the sunsets always been this beautiful but I've been too busy to notice the last 56 years, or this year particularly amazing?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This is going to leave a mark

RIP Carl Reiner

A genius. One of my idols. The writer/producer of the greatest television sitcom of all-time (The Dick Van Dyke Show). A mensch of a man. I met him a few times and he couldn't have been nicer. He sent me a birthday card for my 50th birthday. He was active on Twitter until the day he died. I'm truly saddened by this one, but treasure the fact that we got to enjoy him for so long.

Monday, June 29, 2020


The official video of Sonic45's debut single pills...featuring among others (lead singer) Matt Spiegel, (lead guitar) Dag Juhlin, and (bass & songwriter) Len Kasper...

Borat Undercover

Borat (Sacha Baren Cohen) went undercover to lead a group of Republicans in a sing-a-long. You have to see it to believe it. We live in a very sick country, we really do.

Minutia Men--Cringeworthy Injuries and Legendary Stunts

On the final episode of season 1, Rick and Dave discuss unusual COVID injuries, baseball’s new rules, Kosher lube, Rick’s brush with an Academy Award-winning actress, and they interview legendary (Avengers Endgame) stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton.

Listen to it here.


Not making America great again. This is really inexcusable...

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Cubs Through History

The three major contenders for the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention 1932 (held at the Chicago Stadium from June 27 – July 2, 1932) were Franklin Roosevelt (Gov of NY), Speaker of the House John Nance Garner and former governor of New York and 1928 presidential candidate, Al Smith. Smith was the machine candidate. The NY Democratic machine (Tammany Hall) and the Chicago Democratic machine (run by Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak) were firmly behind the man who lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928. Cermak made sure the Stadium was packed with Al Smith supporters. Roosevelt had the support of influential Senators like Burton Wheeler, Cordell Hull, Alben Barkley, and Huey Long, who held the Deep South for Roosevelt. Roosevelt also had the western progressives, ethnic minorities, rural farmers, and intellectuals; none of which had previously been Democratic voters. Garner had newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst behind him. Roosevelt didn’t win the 2/3 majority until Joseph P. Kennedy (father of John) convinced Hearst to get Garner to drop out and urge his supporters to go with Roosevelt. When that happened, Roosevelt won the nomination handily.

A significant decision was made by the National League while the nation’s Democrats were slugging it out at the Chicago Stadium. The league passed a rule requiring all teams to wear uniforms with numbers.

During the convention, these new Cubs uniforms (left) made their debut.

The 1932 Cubs were a powerhouse on their way to the pennant, and now they could be identified more easily by the fans.

These are the original numbers passed out that day…

1–Woody English (3B)
2–Billy Herman (2B)
3–Kiki Cuyler (OF)
4–Riggs Stephenson (OF)
5–Johnny Moore (OF)
6–Charlie Grimm (1B/manager)
7–Gabby Hartnett (C)
8–Rollie Hemsley (C)
9–Mark Koenig (SS)
11–Billy Jurges (SS)
12–Charlie Root (SP)
14–Guy Bush (SP)
15–Pat Malone (SP)
16–Burleigh Grimes (SP)
17–Lon Warneke (SP)
18–Bob Smith (RP)
19–Harry Taylor (1B)
21–Bud Tinning (RP)
22–Marv Gudat (RP)
23–Leroy Herman (RP)
27–Bobo Newsom (RP)
31–Stan Hack (3B)
34–Zach Taylor (C)
41–Red Corriden (coach)
42–Charley O’Leary (coach)
49–Vince Barton (OF)
51–Frank Demaree (OF)
56–Lance Richbourg (OF)

The numbers on the backs of uniforms remain to this day, although it should be noted that many of the players on this list eventually took different numbers in later seasons. With their new uniforms, the Cubs played a three game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field, winning the first two and losing the third. Guy Bush (#14) and Lon Warneke (#17) won, and Charlie Root (#12) took the loss. They were in first place as the Democrats left town, and they would go on to win the National League pennant, before losing to Babe Ruth’s Yankees in four straight.

Another great one

One-Upped Again

Barry Butler nailed this one...

Amazing Sunset

The sky was amazing over the Chicagoland area last night, so I went out and snapped a few pics outside my house. Here they are...

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cubs through history

#Cubs through history: June 26, 1963. President Kennedy gives a speech at the Berlin Wall, and says “Ich Bin Ein Berliner!” The Cubs take the lead in the top of the 14th inning against the Mets on a 2-run homer by Billy Williams, only to lose it in the bottom of the 14th in NY.

8th anniversary

100 Reasons

The Bulwark has compiled a handy list of 100 resaons why Trump is unfit to be president.

It's in chronological order. You've probably forgotten 50 of them. And they are all disqualifying.

Now do Biden. Come up with a hundred of the worst things ever said about him, and compare.

This is not a difficult choice, even if you hate both of them. it's the easiest choice in the history of this country.

The Chicks

The Dixie Chicks have removed the word "Dixie" from their name. In the book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name" John Landecker and I wrote about the day the Dixie Chicks almost ended our radio careers. If you'd like to read it, that story is here.

Sunrise in Chicago

One of the things I love the most about Barry Butler is that he'll get up early and capture the sunrise. If you need sunset photos, I'm happy to oblige. Sunrise? Not a chance.

Damning Graph

Chris Wallace started in Chicago?

I had no idea about this part of Chris Wallace's career. (His Dad also got his start in Chicago). From Robert Feder's column today...

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace reminisced the other day about his first TV job — as a reporter at CBS 2 in 1973. “I’m still trying to live that down,” the Chicago native joked in an interview with Bob Sirott on WGN 720-AM. (Here is the link.) “I’d worked for the Boston Globe for four years, and I came to Chicago and it was when the Channel 2 newsroom started and the anchors were Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson, Brent Musburger was the sports reporter, I was a fledgling but I was the political reporter. And I have to tell you: I knew then that was a really special group. I’m sure a lot of people would remember some of these names — John Callaway, John ‘Bulldog’ Drummond, a bunch of others. It was a really good newsroom, and we were very proud of ourselves.”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Free Kicks--Smack Barm Pey Wet

Adam and Rick discuss the latest Premier League scores and news, and explain an inexplicable English culinary tradition called Smack Barm Pey Wet. It’s as good as it sounds. [Ep73]

Listen to it here.

The Winning Message

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Carmen Fanzone

This week's Minutia Men Celebrity interview is with former Chicago Cub Carmen Fanzone. Fun chat with a man who wore #23 before Ryne Sandberg.

Listen to it here.

White House Correspondent's Dinner Canceled

This event has been a non-event during the Trump years because the little boy can't handle a little criticism, so it's probably not a big deal that it was canceled.

Details are here.

Baseball will finally return!

Looks like July 23-24 is the start up.

DH in NL, extra-innings start with runner on 2nd, mega-division with 10 midwest teams including White Sox, 60 game schedule. All of that is a little weird. But I'm still happy Cubs will be back soon.

All the details are here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Ryne Sandberg Game

36 years ago today...

Phase 4 Sunrise

The Lakefront is now open. A view I would have never seen. Thanks to Barry Butler for getting up at sunrise and capturing it. Amazing.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Playing with his head

These ads are not for the voters. These ads are strictly to mess with Donald's fragile ego. I don't think it would work on any other president in history, but it will definitely get into the head of this guy...

COVID strikes

Former US Mens National Team (soccer) player Ken Snow, a former teammate of my brother at Green White Soccer Club, has passed away at the age of 50. Details are here.

Comedian DL Hughley passed out on stage in Nashville, and has tested positive for the virus. He is currently quarantined.

This virus is not going away, folks.

Minutia Men--God Friended Us and a Galapagos Turtle

This week's episode of Minutia Men includes an interview with "God Friended Me" writer/producer Steve Harper (@yourcreatvlife ). He offers his thoughtful insights into the #BLMprotests. Smart guy. Classes up the podcast.

Listen to it here.

Friday, June 19, 2020

RIP Sir Ian Holm

He passed away today at the age of 88. Probably best known for his part as Bilbo in Lord of the Rings. If you've never seen that trilogy (like me), you still know Ian Holm. He's been in so many movies and shows over the years.

Here he is in the Academy Award winning "Chariots of Fire"...

Free Kicks

After 100 days of no Premier League soccer, we finally get to talk about current games in this week's Free Kicks.

Listen to it here.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lee Thomas

Cubs through history: June 18, 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival ends, kicking off the infamous Summer of Love. The Cubs are on the other coast, splitting a double header with the New York Mets. Future Phillies GM Lee Thomas knocks in the winning run against Tom Seaver in Game 2.

The Lincoln Project, Again

Not for faint of heart...

Put it There

Happy birthday Paul McCartney...78 years old today.

This is one of his solo songs, and it's a special one to me and my boys. I sang it to all of them when they were young, and whenever we hear it, we think of our father/son relationship.

The Sandlot

This week's Minutia Men Celebrity Interview is with one of the actors from the great baseball movie "The Sandlot".

Listen to it here.

Reconcile the Aisle

My Eckhartz Press co-publisher David Stern and I appeared on the podcast Reconcile the Aisle this week.

Here's a link if you're interested.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


My lovely bride is celebrating a birthday today.

Happy birthday Bridget!

Quaker Oats Retires Aunt Jemima

It's about time, don't you think?

I didn't realize that Aunt Jemima had Chicago roots. Neil Steinberg tells that story in his blog Every Goddamn Day.

The Lincoln Project

Remind me never to piss off the guys at the Lincoln Project. They take no prisoners...

The Virtual Emmy Awards

They've announced that this year's Emmy Awards will not be the usual glamorous affair. Instead, it will be virtual, just as we've been living our lives since March.

More details on how they intend to do this are here.

Jimmy Kimmel will host.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ned Williamson

Cubs through history: June 16, 1884. The first roller coaster in America opens on Coney Island. The Cubs (known then as the White Stockings) are in Buffalo losing to the Bisons 20-9. Ned Williamson sets the single-season homer record that year with 27. Babe Ruth breaks it 1919...his last year with the Red Sox. Ned was long dead by then. He passes away in 1894 at the age of 36.

Janet Sutherland

Congrats to Eckhartz Press author Janet Sutherland for her mention in this morning's Daily Herald.

You can read it here.

Garry Meier

From this morning's Robert Feder column. Could my old colleague be making a radio comeback?

It’s been more than five years since Garry Meier was replaced by Roe Conn as afternoon personality at news/talk WGN 720-AM. Now Meier, 70, may be on his way to reclaiming his old job. Sources confirmed Monday that Sean Compton, the Nexstar Media Group executive vice president overseeing WGN, is talking with the Radio Hall of Famer about returning to the station to replace Conn, 56, whose contract is up at the end of the year. Once partnered with Steve Dahl, Meier spent eight years as Conn’s afternoon co-host at news/talk WLS 890-AM before he quit in a bitter salary dispute in 2004. He’s been gone from terrestrial radio since 2014 when his five-year solo run ended at WGN. In 2016 Meier launched a subscription podcast. In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, WGN ranked eighth in afternoons with a 4.2 percent share. Overall the station was tied for third with a 5.2 share.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sammy Sosa

I watched that show last night and I thought it was a little too much McGwire and not enough Sammy. The Sammy quotes that did make the show "God didn't choose Griffey. God chose me," were egotistical gold.

That being said, I still think it's time to invite Sammy back to Chicago. You can't deny the impact he had in his years here. Sounds like he really, really wants to return...

Billy Williams

Happy 82nd birthday to one of my all-time favorite Cubs...

~Billy Williams 1938– (Cubs 1959-1974)
Billy Williams got his nickname (“Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler”) because of his nearly perfect swing and his hometown: Whistler, Alabama. He played for the Cubs from 1959-1974 and is simply one of the greatest players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. Sweet Swingin’ Billy was a six-time All-Star (and hit a homer in the ’64 game), a batting champion, was named the MLB player of the year, finished second in the MVP balloting in two different years, hit more than 400 career home runs, and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1987. Ernie Banks may have been Mr. Cub, but during the years he shared the field with Billy Williams, he may have only been the second best player on the team. Billy Williams manned left field for the Cubs for twelve years (other than a few years in the mid-60s when they switched him over to right). Near the end of the 1973 season, however, manager Whitey Lockman had the brilliant idea of moving the life-long outfielder to first base. After setting a NL record for most consecutive games played (1117), and establishing a reputation as an iron man outfielder, it only took a few games at first base for Billy to get spiked. He missed twice as many games in 1974 as he missed the previous twelve seasons combined. He finished his career with the Oakland A’s, where Billy finally got a chance to play in the postseason. (Photo: Toppps 1970 Baseball Card)

Minutia Men--A Cobbler's COVID solution

Rick and Dave discuss an illegal workout, a cobbler’s COVID solution, Ben Dover, Rick’s brush with a celebrity, and they interview Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg. [Ep182]

Listen to it here.

Jon Stewart Interview

Have you missed Jon Stewart since he left the Daily Show? Are you wondering what he thinks about current events?

The New York Times magazine had a long chat with him over the weekend. You can read it here.

Warning: It's not funny. It's quite serious.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Alma Mater

Bush & Gabby

Cubs through history: on the day future president George Herbert Walker Bush is born in Milton Massachusetts (June 12, 1924), Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett knocks in a couple of runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the Boston Braves at Braves Field.

The National Review Turns on Trump

Sounds to me like they know he is going to lose, and are laying the groundwork for returning to their obsession with budget deficits (which only matter when Dems are in charge). Still, this magazine has largely supported him since he became president, and this was written by the editorial staff who frequently goes on television to defend him. Pretty harsh stuff...

Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land. For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice. His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians — including many Democrats — with donations.

Trump has gotten far in the GOP race on a brash manner, buffed over decades in New York tabloid culture. His refusal to back down from any gaffe, no matter how grotesque, suggests a healthy impertinence in the face of postmodern PC (although the insults he hurls at anyone who crosses him also speak to a pettiness and lack of basic civility). His promise to make America great again recalls the populism of Andrew Jackson. But Jackson was an actual warrior; and President Jackson made many mistakes. Without Jackson’s scars, what is Trump’s rhetoric but show and strut?

If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives? The movement that ground down the Soviet Union and took the shine, at least temporarily, off socialism would have fallen in behind a huckster...

Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Free Kicks--The British are Coming

The Premier League doesn't start up until next week. For those of you still watching the Bundesliga this weekend, I have a few German phrases that might help you understand what you're hearing the players say.

Listen to it here.

Winter in America

Bridget and I watched a great PBS documentary last night about the Black Panthers. It was produced five years ago, and it was about what was happening fifty years ago, and yet it seemed as timely as today.

It has led me down a rabbit hole this morning, because I heard a little clip of this song last night and I wanted to hear the whole thing. It's amazing. Now I'll be watching Gil Scott Heron videos all day. The man could write lyrics. Amazing.

Dag Juhlin

This week's Minutia Men Celebrity Interview is with Poi Dog Pondering guitarist and Steve Dahl Show co-host Dag Juhlin. Always wanted to chat with him about his music, and finally got a chance. Of course we also talked about our mutual connection to Steve Dahl.

Listen to it here.

Cubs Top Draft Pick

The last time they took a home-town kid with their first pick was Grant Johnson in 2004. He was a pitcher from Lyons Township High School in Lagrange and the University of Notre Dame. He went 14-22 in four minor league seasons and never made it past Double A. Career minor league ERA was 4.53.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

5 Drivers

I may need to get a second job to pay for the insurance. We now have five licensed drivers in the Kaempfer family. Congrats Sean!

RIP Claudell

RIP Claudell Washington. Passed away at the age of 65.

Here's a bit of trivia about Claudell. He is featured in the Cubs game (as a member of the Braves) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Check it out next time you watch.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Big Day in Chicago History

On this day in 1908, Chicago’s Board of Aldermen announce that the addresses in Chicago will all be changed beginning September 1st, 1909. Madison and State streets are declared the center of the grid system, and all addresses will be based on their proximity to those streets. (Photo: Madison & State Street in 1908) The city is divided into one-mile sections which contain 8 blocks to the mile. Every average block is assigned a new series of 100 numbers. Therefore, each 800 in numbers is one mile.

The streets are numbered going south, and named going north, and an alphabetical system is used. That’s why all of the streets with the same letters are lumped together. Every four blocks (or half mile) is a major secondary street (like Addison is 3600, Irving Park Rd. is 4000, etc.) Thanks to this system, Chicago is still one of the most easily navigable major cities in the world.

The Coward & The Commander

These Lincoln Project people are not holding back their punches. These spots are devastating...

Here's another one...

Chicago Radio Ratings

From this morning's Robert Feder column. Click here to see the daypart breakdown...

1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 7.0 (8.4)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 6.4 (6.4)
3. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 5.2 (5.6); WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.2 (3.7); WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.2 (5.0)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.9 (4.4)
7. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 4,7 (5.4)
8. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.6 (4.0)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.9 (3.9)
10. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.2 (2.8)
11. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.8 (3.1)
12. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.7 (3.0)
13. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.6 (2.8)
14. (tie) WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.5 (2.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.5 (2.4)
16. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.4 (2.1)
17. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.3 (2.6)
18. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.2 (2.0)
19. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.1); WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.1 (2.2); WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (2.4)
22. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.8)
23. WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.6 (1.5)
24. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.5 (1.2)
26. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 1.2 (1.5); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.2)
28. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.0 (1.5)
29. WSRB 106.3-FM urban adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.5)
30. WDCB 90.9-FM jazz, blues 0.5 (0.5)

Monday, June 08, 2020

RIP Bonnie Pointer

This song will continue to be played at every wedding in America...(Over 12 million views on YouTube)

Bill Russell

Roger Badesch

Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch was on WGN Radio last night talking about his new book "The Unplanned Life"...

Ken Korber

Our very own Eckhartz Press author Ken Korber appeared on Chicaago's very own WGN-TV over the weekend.

5 years ago

This was one of my favorite days as a publisher/author, moderating a discussion with broadcasting legends (and Eckhartz Press authors) Joel Daly and John Records Landecker at the Printers Row Litfest.

Posted by Rick Kaempfer on Sunday, June 7, 2020

Saturday, June 06, 2020

A Scathing Spot

Feels a little weird to have these Republican campaign geniuses on our side this time. But boy oh boy can they deliver a punch...

Friday, June 05, 2020

A Message from Michael

This was released today by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand...

Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community.

Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.

It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same.

Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.

Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.

A message from Paul

Thursday, June 04, 2020

RIP Steve Priest

Lost another one...

In case you don't understand the "Are you ready Steve?" portion of that tweet...

The Lincoln Project

Pretty strong stuff here. Cheering on the Lincoln Project...

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Bush Statement

I'd take him back tomorrow compared to what he have now, and he started a war against the wrong country...

Three Boys, Three Haircuts, after Three Months

New ad

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Arrested for Speech and nothing else

This leaves me speechless...

Marc Silverman

This month's Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with ESPN Radio host Marc Silverman
@WaddleandSilvy. Thanks again to Silvy for doing the interview, and wishing him the best in his fight against cancer.

You can read it here.

Righteous Might

One of the most rewarding moments of being a publisher is when your author gets to hold the very first copy of his book. Congrats to Keith Conrad and his book Righteous Might.

RIP Wes Unseld

Lost another one today. Wes Unseld always fascinated me. He was only 6'7" and he played center in an era that featured the likes of 7-footers Kareem Abdul Jabaar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Artis Gilmore. And he was a star. Amazing. Rest in peace, Wes.

These are the two Wes Unseld cards in my collection...