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, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Bye Jay Cutler
The Bears have had a rough go at the QB position since Sid Luckman. It's only 70 years or so.
This song by my pal Tom Latourette came out a few years ago but is still great...
My Interviews Were Like This For Years
The best interview of 2017. Hands down. 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ugUdcHzjpV— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 10, 2017
This is his entry in Just One Bad Century's Every Cub Ever...
Bill Hands was nicknamed “Froggy” because his style was reminiscent of Don Larsen, who was with the Cubs at the end of his illustrious career and the beginning of Hands career. Larsen was nicknamed Froggy, so Hands was given the nickname too. Hands became a 20-game winner in 1969 and helped the Cubs to a second-place finish behind the Mets. He won another 18 games for the Cubs in 1970, and on August 3, 1972, he had his best performance as a Cub, beating the Montreal Expos 3-0. With Hands one out away from a no-hitter, Ken Singleton hit a little ground ball toward second base, and Hands tried to catch it. It went off his glove and away from second baseman Paul Popovich, ending the no-hitter. The Cubs traded him after the 1972 season to the Minnesota Twins for Dave LaRoche. After pitching for two seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and one more with the Rangers, Hands retired after the 1975 seasons. Where did he go after his career? Well, according to Baseball Savvy: Where are they now (2006); “Drive two hours east of New York city, to the rural hamlet of Orient, Long Island. There, you’ll likely need to make a pit stop at the only gas station for miles. If you’re lucky, the tall, skinny man pumping your gas won’t be just any local. He’ll be former Chicago Cubs pitcher, William ‘Froggy’ Hands, Jr.”
Just Announced: Trevor, WI - Apr 1 at The Fire Pitt https://t.co/LKBNRk6OKd— Dobie Maxwell (@DentedCanDobie) March 9, 2017
Another Representative Marie Antoinette
“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’ ” Marshall said in response to a question about Medicaid, which expanded under Obamacare to more than 30 states. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”
He added that “morally, spiritually, socially,” the poor, including the homeless, “just don’t want health care.”
Okey doke, Congressman Marshall. You might want to check out what happened to Marie Antoinette when she expressed similar empathy back in 1789.
The good news is that means spring is right around the corner. Naturally, in Chicago, that also means it's time to get really cold again.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Tim Weigel and Scott Miller
#tbt Sports anchor Tim Weigel and I 23 years ago at Navy Pier for the 10th Anniversary of Oldies 104.3 WJMK. #WeigelWieners @RobertFeder pic.twitter.com/6Xu0sOyxaO— Scott R Miller (@ScottRMiller) March 9, 2017
More Russian Smoke
Roger Stone tweeted about Wikileaks content BEFORE the e-mails came out.
Nothing to see here. Please disregard that billowing smoke.
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Do You Believe in Miracles?
Rabbi suggests the man-made miracle of @Cubs win may inspire legislators to perform miracle of passing a budget. pic.twitter.com/7YqFL430IL— Amanda Vinicky (@AmandaVinicky) March 8, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 42
EP42 – Rick and Dave discuss sex strikes, Sizzler, Polish Cubs, and Rick’s brush with Tony Curtis.
Listen to it here.
WGN Radio Adds to Business LIneup
WGN Radio's business shows now include:
"The Opening Bell" hosted by Steve Grzanich, Monday-Friday, 5-6am
"The Wintrust Business Lunch" hosted by Steve Bertrand, Monday-Friday, Noon-1pm
"The Wintrust Business Lunch" hosted by Amy Guth, Saturdays, Noon-1pm
"The Startup Showcase" hosted by Scott Kitun, Saturdays, 1-2pm
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Revisiting Father Knows Nothing
Dr. Marcie & author @RickKaempfer talk about how to get small beings to do what you need them to do. #parenting https://t.co/foMwiiJFoJ— Dr. Marcie Beigel (@DrMarcieBeigel) March 8, 2017
His book is an inspiration.
Coming late summer at Eckhartz Press..."Safe Inside" by Lee Kingsmill.
We sent out the manuscript to a few authors for blurbs, and here's one that was in my e-mail box this morning. It should give you an idea of how good this memoir is...
“The best books expand our humanity by the vicarious experiences and opportunities for compassion they provide. Lee Kingsmill’s Safe Inside is just such a book. It’s rich and textured, filled with family dynamics, religion, sexuality, the refuge of the imagination, the sanctuary of movies, and most of all, the depth, truthfulness, and complexity of humanity.”
-- Michael Lister, New York Times Bestselling author of Blood Work
Trump is Good for Colbert
That just happens to coincide with the beginning of the new Trump regime in America, and Colbert's shift to a much more overtly politically oriented comedy show.
As a regular watcher now, I can tell you it does help calm the agita created after watching the news.
Representative Marie Antoinette
In 1789 France, that sort of comment got Marie Antoinette beheaded. ("Let them eat cake!")
Feel free to ignore my advice, but it won't kill you to display a whiff of compassion toward your fellow man.
NICE PHOTO OF THE U-20 CHAMPIONS: pic.twitter.com/oxvGSYK3My— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) March 7, 2017
You May Want To Marry My Husband
She's dying of ovarian cancer, and the essay offers up her husband. He sounds like a great guy. By the end of the essay I wanted to marry him.
Cubs Ring Bearer
Bobby Skafish at WCIU (Photos)
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Just Admit He Pulled it Out of His Keester and Apologize
.@HallieJackson w/ great question on wiretap allegations: "Why would he want congress to investigate something he already has?"@PressSec: pic.twitter.com/O5iWo8DVkS— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 7, 2017
We all know the reason you can't answer this like a human being. Your boss is completely off his rocker. Try this out for an appropriate response from your boss... "I should have looked into this wiretapping claim further before making a public accusation of a felony. It's not befitting a president, and I vow to never do it again."
Minutia Men Reviews
Here's one from this morning...
"Rick and Dave channel all things from the classic 90s sitcom as they discuss lots of tiny bits of nothing which somehow combine to be really something. Their chemistry is great and it's obvious they are good friends. Check them out!"
--The Countdown Pod
We're recording a new episode tomorrow morning, and it will be posted on Thursday.
Bobby Skafish on You & Me (WCIU-TV)
Trump Meets FCC Chairman
When a radio exec says "radio-friendly" they don't mean for you the listener or you the employee. They mean for themselves, the pocket liner. You will be collatoral damage. The product will suffer. No question about it. Same goes for the Net Neutrality dismantling. These people literally don't give a crap about you, or what is best for the consumers. They are simply padding already over-stocked pockets by using the public airwaves.
RIP Robert Osbourne
Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne. #TCMRemembers pic.twitter.com/egWsPRGnJb— TCM (@tcm) March 6, 2017
Monday, March 06, 2017
Chicago Writers Association
Just got word that I was named to the board of directors at the CWA (Chicago Writers Association) last night. Looking forward to helping in whatever way I can.
Happy Pulaski Day
His EVERY CUB EVER entry is listed below...
~Moe Drabowsky 1935 (Cubs 1956-1960)
Moe was born in Poland, and was a hot young gun pitcher for the Cubs in the late 50s. His best season with the Cubs was probably 1957, when he won 13 games as a 22-year-old for a very bad Cubs team. He never lived up to that in the proceeding years, so the Cubs eventually gave up on him. He later pitched for the Braves, Athletics, and Reds in the early 60s, but really found a home in Baltimore. Moe became a key part of the bullpen for two World Series champions Orioles teams in 1966 and 1970. He beat Don Drysdale to win Game 1 of the 1966 World Series. Moe ended up pitching 17 years in the big leagues. (Photo: Topps 1961 Baseball Card)
The other 4 Polish-born players were Elmo Valo (who played 20 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the A's), Nap Kloza who played for the Browns, and Henry Peploski and Johnny Reder, who both played one season in Boston.
This Would Certainly Help
You are genius, Norway, thank you: https://t.co/7vqHfYIj9w pic.twitter.com/2kDdm7bKfK— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) March 5, 2017
WCIU-TV is giving away copies of Bobby Skafish's book "We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters".
Enter for your chance to win here.
Tune in tomorrow morning because Bobby will be on the morning show with Jon Hansen. I'll tag along to take some pictures.
I was the MC for a soccer banquet this weekend for Green White Soccer Club. It was a fun event, and the food was great. The beer looked delicious too.
But I gave up beer for Lent.
Must think these things through a little more next year.
This is our president?
President Trump read a conspiracy theory on Breitbart--created out of thin air by conspiracy theory talk radio host Mark Levin. He posted a series of tweets accusing the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower. 34 minutes later he tweeted about The Apprentice.
Put that into perspective, if you will...
Imagine if u honestly uncovered a Watergate-level scandal abt yr own presidency, but then 30 min later got bored & started tweeting about TV pic.twitter.com/YBhcbLJfcS— David Grossman (@davidgross_man) March 4, 2017
Then, the entire right wing media world goes with it. Spokespeople are sent out to defend it. Again, without any evidence at all--other than a crazy conspiracy theory article. By the end of the weekend, the head of the House Intelligence Committee says he will investigate this. (The same guy who has been saying the Russia story is nonsense--despite 17 intelligence agencies saying it is real).
Then the FBI Director says it's NOT TRUE. There was no wiretap.
NYT: Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 5, 2017
And Trump says he doesn't believe it.
White House spokeswoman doesn't think Pres. Trump accepts FBI director's denial of unsubstantiated wiretap claim https://t.co/KyZVTvCflK pic.twitter.com/mlPTQwE5iv— ABC News (@ABC) March 6, 2017
He believes the conspiracy theory. He doesn't believe the FBI. This is the president of the United States.
The Washington Post has 17 sources in this story this morning talking about what a white-hot-mess the White House is these days. 17 sources. The Breitbart article has one source--a conspiracy theory-peddling right wing radio talk show host.
I think Joe Scarborough summed it up best...
His tweets this weekend suggest the president is not crazy like a fox.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 5, 2017