Musings, observations, and written works from the publisher of Eckhartz Press, the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer, co-host of Minutia Men, Minutia Men Celebrity Interview and Free Kicks, and the author of "Back in the D.D.R", "EveryCubEver", "The Living Wills", "$everance," "Father Knows Nothing," "The Radio Producer's Handbook," "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", and "Gruen Weiss Vor".
Saturday, August 15, 2015
50 Years Ago Today
Friday, August 14, 2015
A new low
A cancer has cancer. Oops, I mean, Jimmy Carter has cancer. Same diff. #tcot #gop #JimmyCarter #ACancerwithCancer— Debbie Schlussel (@DebbieSchlussel) August 12, 2015
Very classy. When people talk about beauty only being skin deep, Schlussel is the kind of person they have in mind.
It was 50 years ago today
Defending Len Kasper
@djordan1235 @LenKasper Actually there were 31 Babes according to Baseball Reference, including two All-Stars, and 4 #Cubs.— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) August 14, 2015
Yes, I know I'm a dork, but Len Kasper is too because he retweeted me.
Sesame Street Moves to HBO
As part of the deal, starting this fall, new episodes of Sesame Street will air nine months ahead of when they air on PBS. Sesame Workshop will also produce a new show based on the Muppets.
I'm looking forward to the slightly edgier Sesame Street shows. Here are a few lines floating around the writers room...
*"Hey there, buddy Burt. Whaddya say we head down to the courthouse and make this arrangement official."
*"How many times have I warned you...Don't mess with Oscar the Grouch. Yippe-kai-ay, MFer."
*"Is it twue what they say about you BIG birds. (Zip) Oh, it's twue, it's twue, it's twue."
*"After I'm finished with you Guy, you'll reeeeeally be Smiley."
*"I love to Count my guns. One...two...three AK-47s. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. (Rat-a-tat)"
*"Cookie. I love Cookie. Cookie Rojas. Me new husband."
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles
One of my favorite cookies is no more. Production of Maurice Lenell cookies has stopped, ending a Chicago tradition that goes back to the 1920s.
I loved the pinwheel swirls.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
WLS Version of "Life is a Rock"
Twitter Announces Changes
Not from me. Not looking forward to getting the ridiculous lengthy direct messages I currently can get on Facebook.
When "All in the Family" Traumitized Nixon
But according to Norman Lear, and the Nixon tapes, the one time Nixon was traumitized was when the show tackled the subject of homosexuality.
Listen to the tape, watch Norman Lear explain it, and show the portion of the episode that so bothered the president.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s - On this date in 1966 The Beatles begin final tour at International Theatre Chicago pic.twitter.com/Uz8gnj8uzl— Mike Baker (@MikeBaker45s) August 12, 2015
WCFL coverage of that show...
Was the Civil War about Slavery?
Dealing with Hecklers
The Next GOP Debate
The debate moderator, and future target of Donald Trump's crazy personal-attack tweeting, will be Jake Tapper.
Full details are here.
Joe Maddon's Facial Hair
Joe Maddon has noticed a pattern among championship-winning coaches in Chicago, they all had facial hair.
In an effort to get his new team out of its century-long title slump, the formerly clean-shaven skipper has been doing his best to grow a beard this season.
I know he's thinking of Ditka, Quennville, Ozzie and Phil Jackson, but I hate to point out to him that the last Cubs manager who won the World Series looked like this...
Colbert's First Show
At the very least, it will have a large curiosity viewing audience. (And it never hurts to ride in on Clooney's coattails. George Clooney will be the first guest)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Turns out, it's the other way around. From the Daily News: Hungry Women Less Interested in Love
A full belly makes women more interested in romance, according to a new study from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
The researchers asked 20 women to fast before looking at romance-themed pictures, such as a couple holding hands. They then drank a 500-calorie shake and viewed the images again.
When the women weren't hungry, "they were more responsive to romantic cues" and less irritated by them.
Any married guy already knows this, but that's a free one for the single fellas out there.
Read it here.
This is the first summer in a long time that I haven't been able to crank out a writing project. Check out my writing history. When the Cubs are terrible...I can be prolific. When they are good...I end up spending way too much time watching them, reading about them, and writing about them.
Cubs writing doesn't count.
Amy's Two Dads
Newly-married man sues wife for emotional trauma after seeing her without makeup
“He said she looked very beautiful and attractive before marriage, but when he woke up in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was frightened as he thought she was a thief."
He clearly didn't recover too quickly from that remark. It could have still been saved at that point. "By that, honey, I meant that you stole my heart."
Monday, August 10, 2015
McCartney at Lollapalooza
More Trump Drama
He may be bufoony, but every Sunday talk show yesterday was all about Trump, and in the first poll since the debate he actually increased his lead.
The Greatest Sports Lineup on the Radio
Boasting a play-by-play lineup many broadcasters would envy, Chicago radio’s most unlikely sports powerhouse is Univision America WRTO AM 1200, the full-service Spanish-language news/talk/sports station.
Spanish-language radio and TV are quietly assembling an impressive sports lineup. I know when I can't find a soccer game I'm looking for, the first place I look is Spanish-language TV.
RIP Frank Gifford
I will always remember Frank as one of the announcers who delivered the most painful news of my childhood--the death of John Lennon. He and Howard Cosell reported the news in the middle of a Monday Night Football game.
I've read a lot of the tributes to Frank, but here's an article that wasn't mentioned by any of them. It's an excerpt from the book about Johnny Carson, and it's called: The Night Johnny Carson Found Out His Wife Was Banging Frank Gifford.