This week's episode answers a question you might not even know to ask: What's a Panenka? https://t.co/UZojUS9Yeg— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) May 14, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Former #Cub Wimpy Quinn was born on this day in 1918. His #Cubs career was very short–he only played in three games in 1941. Wimpy acquired the nickname because his given name (Wellington) was the same as J. Wellington Wimpy, the comic book character from Popeye. #everyCubever pic.twitter.com/hNcp8CYjpf— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
What a fun interview with @mark_giangreco. He tells some hilarious stories about his many suspensions, our mutual friends Kevin Matthews and Chet Coppock, and his plans for the future. Well worth the listen. https://t.co/1BKLP1tMIB— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hard to believe we've been doing this for five years. It has been a joy. This episode includes the greatest sentence ever written and the story behind my love scene with Liesl from The Sound of Music. https://t.co/zPHturZjRy— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
I started my promotional campaign for my first novel $everance 14 years ago. I'll admit, my campaign was a touch unusual. This is my piece from May of 2007.
I've probably already told you about my satirical novel (“$everance”) that explains who and what really runs the
media, but you’d be surprised how difficult it is to get the word out in the
media about a book that exposes the truth about the media…
Some authors faced with such a seemingly insurmountable dilemma and an advertising budget of zero, might be deterred or overwhelmed. Not me.
I’ve created the world’s first truly interactive billboard.
I know this looks like a very fancy billboard, but it’s really just my three sons facing a blank wall, waiting for someone to walk by and look at it. When someone does, this amazing billboard “comes to life.”
The first boy turns around and says: “Severance is available at www.encpress.com”
The second boy turns around and says: “It’s only $16 if you order right now.”
And the third boy is supposed to turn around and say, "That's a heck of a deal for a "hysterical critique of corporate morality" that is "told with the keen insight of an industry insider", and is, take your pick: "laugh out loud funny", "yeah, that funny", "brilliant satire", "great, funny, sarcastic, and thought-provoking" or "whiplash-fast choke-on-your-coffee funny"."
(All actual quotes from actual reviews. See them all here: Praise for $everance)
Unfortunately, he's only 4, and he usually says "Dad, this is stupid."
I suppose I could try another way. I could ask people to help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to people who may enjoy the book. Or I could ask people to suggest "$everance" for their book clubs. Or I could just ask people to help rescue these children from the humiliating experience by spending a measly $16 right now by clicking here (www.encpress.com)
Or.... the boy could learn his lines and deliver them with feeling. What are they teaching these kids in pre-school these days?
Maybe we'll see you this summer. The boys and I will be traveling around the country looking for blank walls that are just screaming for an interactive billboard. With any luck, I'll sell enough books to allow them to go back to school in the fall.
If not, acquiring the salesmanship skills and street smarts this project will teach them will more than make up for what they miss in 6th grade, 4th grade, and pre-Kindergarten, respectively. Don't you think?
Monday, May 10, 2021
Former #Cub Jim Hickman would have been 84 today. In 1970 at the age of 33, “Gentleman Jim” somehow had a career season (.315/32 HR/115 RBI/102 Runs) and got the game winning RBI in the All-Star Game (Pete Rose crashing into Ray Fosse). #everyCubever pic.twitter.com/WslcvDDVrv— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 09, 2021
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Lloyd Price, the pioneering, Rock Hall-inducted R&B singer behind hits like “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Stagger Lee” and “Personality,” has died at the age of 88 https://t.co/dTq5LrKnb2— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 8, 2021