Friday, August 02, 2019

Rick in Elgin

Got an early start on my day today. A few photos from this mornings broadcast. Thanks to the good folks at the Gail Borden library in Elgin, Mark and Larry from 1410 AM, and George Rawlinson for setting it up and taking these pictures. Had a great time.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Phil Manicki

The August issue of Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with the Drive's Phil Manicki

You can read it here.

Cubs Trades

I like these moves...

Cubs get Tony Kemp from the Astros. (He's a nice second baseman with speed and pop. A little guy. Fan favorite type)

Cubs get Nick Castellanos from the Tigers. (Former infielder turned outfielder with a great bat. Last year he was one of the best hitters in the league. Having a down year for him--but way better than what we have.)

And all it cost us was a third string catcher and two pitching prospects that aren't even in our top 15 prospects. I'll take it.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Friday Morning

This Friday morning I'll be appearing at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin at 8am--as part of the WRMN 1410AM radio broadcast. Hosts Marky B and Larry Jones will be talking to me for about an hour about the Cubs and my book "EveryCubEver" in the shadow of the library's great new Cubs vs. Sox display (

I'll bring some books along if anyone would like to purchase an autographed copy.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

One town that won't let you down

This is pretty darn cool...

The Alma Mater

I'm a sucker for this one. I don't exactly bleed blue and orange, but I did go there, and graduate from there, and meet some of my best friends ever there...

Another Shooting

There are real-live consequences to racism being allowed to exist in the open. This shooter in California was only 19 years old...

Investigators said three weeks ago the suspect legally purchased an AK-47 style assault rifle in Nevada. Sunday afternoon he walked about a half mile from his car to the festival where he cut through a fence. That day he had posted at least two images to Instagram, one showing the fairgrounds and another that referred to an author with white nationalist views and contained a derogatory reference to mixed race people.

And of course it was an AK-47. This story has already receded from the news. It's that common. This is who we are as a country right now.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Eckhartz Press Sunday

Yesterday two of our authors (Deb Tokarz and Janet Sutherland-Madden) appeared on Playtime with Bill & Kerri on WCGO. Thanks for having them on!

Nice catch Dad

The sleeping baby in his arms didn't even wake up. Dad power.

Minutia Men, Episode 143

EP143: Rick and Dave discuss fast food fights, Obscene wedding invitations, branding problems, the day Rick was born, Rick’s brush with former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, and they interview Schoolhouse Rock’s Essra Mohawk.

Listen to it here.

Essra, by the way, sang this immortal School House Rock song...

And this one...


Club 400 Podcast

On Friday night I got a call asking me if there was any way I could do the Club 400 podcast on short notice in Algonquin Illinois the following afternoon. I said "Sure"

Thanks to Stew and William for having me out there. It was a blast.

You can listen to it here.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Viva Baltimore

Incredible responses to President Trump's racist tweets about Baltimore. This is the last paragraph of the Baltimore Sun editorial...

Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.

This is a CNN morning anchor and Baltimore native...