Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Mary Van De Velde

This week at Chicago Radio Spotlight I interviewed the afternoon traffic reporter at WGN: Mary Van De Velde. Mary's life has recently been upended in the move from mornings to afternoons, which is one of the subjects we discussed. You can read the entire interview here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

E-mails, we get e-mails...

Brent e-mailed a great observation...

"Funny thing. When I went to the see the Jon Stewart interview, they make you watch a commercial first. The commercial I got was for Bank of America. Irony anyone?"

Neil Sedaka

He may have written a song called "Happy Birthday Sweet 16," but Neil Sedaka turns 70 years old today.

Last summer I interviewed Clark Weber about his new book, the foreword of which is written by Sedaka. I asked how he knew him, and Clark told this story that illuminates the kind of man Neil Sedaka is...

"I knew Neil from back in the 60s, and I decided to call and ask if he would do it, and he said hell yes. He and I were good buddies, and he would call on my office at WLS from time to time when I was the program director at WLS. The record company had their own promo people but if he was in town, he would come in personally. One time he was in my office and I got a phone call about a band cancelling at a church event in Evanston that I was supposed to be hosting. Well I went there that night, and I was ready to go on stage, and the people from the church said, 'You're not going to believe who is backstage to perform.' It was Neil, and he entertained the crowd for a half-hour."

Friday the 13th

Today I'm going to walk under a ladder, break a mirror, and force a black cat to cross my path. I'm feeling lucky.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ricky Gervais and Elmo

No sign of tension on the Sesame Street set on the day they announce massive layoffs. Although Elmo was a little loopy...

Johnny Kaempfer

He's funny, he's quirky, he's tough, he's got a bit of a Napoleon complex, and he is 11 years old today. Happy Birthday, Johnny!

Like his older and younger brother, my middle son was born on the radio. Read all about that here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

40 years ago this week...

...this song won the grammy for song of the year. I personally think it holds up pretty well. The link takes you to a recording of a live performance from that year.

Thumbs Up!

I finally got my thumbcast taken off this morning. It's not completely healed yet, unfortunately. Another four weeks of being "very careful" with it. With three boys that's going to be easier said than done, but whew! At least I can shake hands with people again.

35 years ago today...

...this show debuted. Remember it? I totally do. I was 10.

Recognize the voices? Marlo Thomas & Mel Brooks.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We're #2!

This week's Father Knows Nothing is getting quite a bit of reaction via e-mail, Facebook, and on the site. It's a totally immature piece called "We're #2!"

Among the comments I've gotten so far...

Tina: Although I am a female, I must admit that I enjoy the occasional “male” potty humor myself. Having an older brother and father that constantly crack jokes, even today at 32 and 54, one must succumb to the saying of “if you can’t beat them, join them”!

Momkat: And let’s not forget the eternal wisdom of “He who denied it, supplied it.” But you didn’t hear it from me. And yes, I did say “but.”

ML: Oh boy, you and my former husband would have gotten along famously, Rick!!! Potty humor galore!

Bill: Good one Rick! I was laughing out loud. My whole life was the opposite. Four sisters no brothers. Two daughters no sons. It wasn't until I inherited a step son that additional testosterone entered the home. "Butt" ....that doesn't mean I didn't get your blog! (he-he)

Anita: Try disciplining your son, and in mid-yell or mid-lecture, he just stares at you and then puts his finger up his nose and pretends to dig around. Instead of yelling, you start laughing and it's all over. It's now impossible to maintain any semblance of parental power in the situation. He knows I'm an easy mark for a cheap laugh, therefore, bodily function noises and scratching himself is also used when Mom is trying to actually ACT like a parent. I don't know what I did in life to deserve so many moon shots. I thought once he was potty trained, I'd never have to see his butt ever again. I was wrong.

Feel free to add your comments at the Father Knows Nothing site. The more the merrier.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Why men look for any excuse to get out of the house

"B" tipped me off to this article. This guy has the same sensibilities as me. The article is called "Why men look for any excuse to get out of the house."

Joke for a Monday morning

This was contributed by "AH". A few one liners about my home town...

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in Chicago

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Chicago

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Chicago

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in Chicago

If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of I - 80 for the weekend, you live in Chicago.

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Chicago .

If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again, you live in Chicago

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Chicago .

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in Chicago

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Chicago

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and everybody is passing you, you live in Chicago

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Chicago

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in Chicago.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in Chicago

If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you live in Chicago

Bill Maher

He's often a little too abrasive for my tastes, but Bill Maher has a way of cutting through the bells and whistles to get at the truth.

Friday night he did a rave out on the role of government, which I thought was right on the money. If you'd like to watch it, it's here. Warning to the easily offended: There are a few objectionable words.

Rush speaks

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Father Knows Nothing

I just posted my latest "Father Knows Nothing" column at the NWI Parent blog.

This one is totally immature and childish. Fellas will enjoy it. Gals will roll their eyes. It's called "We're #2!"

E-mails, we get e-mails...

From "BK", regarding John Belushi

"Your sites are fantastic - I wondered who else remembered that Bulooch passed on 3.5.82 - You answered my question!

I remember going with my parents and bros and some of the neighbor adults to see the movie - I was 13 and we were all in the front rows. When they get into the "You promised you'd go see the Penguin the day you get out. No F-ing way", Pat and I held our laughs, looked at all the adults who were busting a gut - including Mom and Dad - and let it fly!"