The "Black Panther" star was only 43 years old. Sad news. He was a super talented performer who portrayed people like James Brown and Jackie Robinson in the movies. The movie "42" is a favorite in our house. My son Sean has probably watched it ten times. And to think he passed away on Jackie Robinson day in baseball....
Friday, August 28, 2020
Very pleased by this review yesterday of Roger Badesch's book "The Unplanned Life" by Windy City Reviews...
Reviewed by Gerry Souter.
Perhaps a more apt title would be "The Unplanned Book of Roger Badesch." Normally, this would signal the retelling of a tedious ego trip that offers neither lessons nor entertainment for the reader. The book is mostly a chronological recitation of Roger's life, and therein lies the hook. He's had a damned interesting roller coaster life, a life summed up in a quote early on in the journey: “Man makes plans, God Laughs.”
His huge fan base comprises everyone who has met him, listened to him on the radio, learned from him in the classroom, or drawn upon his wisdom by osmosis. What staggered me as a reader was his mirror image of my life. As I read, place names pelted me like a spring shower. It was spooky. His love affair with radio shows, the newspaper route, a gang of kids living in the shadow of tougher Polish and Irish kids from steel mill families who perfected their pounding skills on us—I was there before him. It gave me a vivid image of my neighborhood's future life as I read his anecdotes and life tales from 10 years later.
Roger's journey is divided into two major parts, with a little bit of both parts suffused into each other.
The first half is a patchwork of anecdotes about his ascending the ladder of low wattage student radio-music and interview shows to arrive at Chicago’s City Hall Press Room at WKQX-FM as a street reporter and sometimes news anchor, ultimately serving in the Mayor’s Press Office for five years under Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. After a private-sector stint in advertising and public relations, the now-husband and father could fulfill a secret yearning—to return to school as a teacher. Making use of school radio and TV facilities, first at Downers Grove North, then migrating to Chicago Vocational Career Academy, he took that student raw material and, during a “whirlwind summer vacation,” assembled a 17-minute film titled “The Last Stain,” that went on to win an Emmy Award. In 2013 Badesch was re-elected Communications Chair of the Two Year/Small Schools Division of the Broadcast Education Association. He had achieved his childhood dreams of being on the radio and so much more.
The second part of this book is titled “Chapter Nine—The ‘C’ Word,” a title that says it all. On August 2012, Roger began another fight, this time for his life, battling cancer. He wanted to keep teaching at Roberto Clemente Community Academy and covered the pain as well as he could. At home, he had his dog, Rufus, to comfort him. In the next to last chapter, his son, David, took over typing for Roger as the insidious disease attempted to eviscerate his father. Courage runs deep in the Badesch family. But you don’t accomplish what Roger did without grit, and the next goal he had set was to finish this book. And here it is, all 362 pages, told with that straight-from-the-shoulder news anchor’s voice.
Live long, Roger. You’ve set a high bar, unplanned or not.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
NEW – PREBUTTAL TO TRUMP RNC SPEECH:— VoteVets (@votevets) August 27, 2020
The first combat death under Trump happened when he ordered a Navy SEAL team into Yemen while at a dinner party.
He wanted to play big-man-going-to-war.
The Gold Star dad of the hero lost has some BRUTAL words for Trump.#DontTrustTrump pic.twitter.com/qg2Z8XdPmV
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Once again, a Black man — Jacob Blake — was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 26, 2020
Is this the country we want to be?
Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence — and peacefully come together to demand justice. pic.twitter.com/WdNqrxA3PK
🚨🚨🚨— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 26, 2020
NEW: Elizabeth Neumann, former Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention at DHS in the Trump Administration.
“I do not think we can afford four more years of President Trump. We are less safe today because of his leadership.”pic.twitter.com/KOFjHMJN2A
Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch made the socially-distancing drop-off of his book to Evanston Library yesterday. He reports: "I was finally able to drop off 2 copies of the book to Elizabeth Bird, Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library - one for the main library (the site of the photo) and one for the Central Street branch. Not only do I and the library have a long history together, having grown up in Evanston, but an event involving Mayor Byrne, our daughter and the library is noted in the book."
I've been watching the old series on Netflix. It's comforting to remember a time when the presidency was taken seriously. And now, they are bringing the old gang back together. West Wing Reunion Special Will Air in October on HBO Max.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Overnight ratings for night one of the conventions. Six networks combined, 10-11p ET:— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) August 25, 2020
Democratic - 14.6
Republican - 11.6
There's a lot of complaining coming from right wing media today because the media is not covering the RNC the same way they covered the DNC. This ABC article sums up the complaining pretty well.
I'd like to point something out regarding this subject. The two sides are treated differently because one side is insistent on lying, and in this case, the lying concerns a public health crisis. This must be corrected. Stop lying, and the coverage will be the same. The media is under no obligation to help you endanger the lives of Americans.
Oh, and by the way, Fox News did all of the things they now accuse the real media of doing, but they did it during the DNC speeches. And they did it during truthful speeches they just disagreed with. So put a cork in it and stop your whining, snowflakes.
Eckhartz Press author Brent Petersen has a fun piece out today about his favorite cab driver in Madrid. It's for the rockers out there. Rock on Garth.
Monday, August 24, 2020
When I was a kid and couldn't finish my dinner, my mother would tell me there were starving children in China who would never waste food like that. What happens when Chinese kids don't finish their food? That question is answered in this week's episode. Listen to it here.