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....
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 29, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
RIP Cathy Smith
You won’t see it, but this will devastate Trump. It’s his only gauge of success. https://t.co/zmzXPM5Sjk— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 28, 2020
Windy City Reviews on "The Unplanned Life"
Very pleased by this review yesterday of Roger Badesch's book "The Unplanned Life" by Windy City Reviews...
The Unplanned Life: The Journey of Roger Badesch. Roger Badesch. Eckhartz Press, June 25, 2020, Trade Paperback and E-book, 340 pages.
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
Free Kicks--Season Finale
Our season finale. Luckily for us, the next season starts up in just a few weeks. https://t.co/5cD6DxuXVM— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) August 27, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
I agree with Joe
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
A View from the Inside
🚨🚨🚨— 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."
Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Summer Crockett Moore
#MinutiaMenCelebrityInterview EP34: Rick and Dave sit down with Summer Crockett Moore @summerlymoore https://t.co/KP0Uh10jH8— Radio Misfits (@RadiosMisfits) August 26, 2020
A dog watching soccer
A dog watching a soccer game :)
This video of a dog watching a soccer game is just .... hysterical!Posted by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. on Friday, August 21, 2020
A new puppy
Little Man is getting his first pup.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 26, 2020
Happy National Dog Day. We don’t deserve them.
Dogs, bruh...#NationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/q0xp2pOILQ
West Wing Reunion
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
Ratings for Conventions
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
Happy Birthday Elvis
ICYMI here’s Kimberly Guilfoyle’s #RNC speech.— JerriLynn (@Jerri_Lynn25) August 25, 2020
5-star reviews for two new Eckhartz Press books
Righteous Might by Keith Conrad is available here at Eckhartz Press, and the kindle version is available at amazon. Here is what readers are saying about it…
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Jaunt Into Alternate History
A little bit of Final Countdown meets Philadelphia Experiment, this one was absolutely flooring, cover-to-cover. Character development was awesome, though I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing them in further works, along with how they end up affecting the world after these events. Absolutely loved the battle portions–the detail reminded me of watching the likes of Midway play out; extraordinarily real and I absolutely loved the MacGuyver-like technical improvisation by the characters. Overall, a wonderful read and will definitely pick it up again one day.
I have to admit i did notice an homage to the Final Countdown and the Philadelphia experiment. The characters were well written and i have to admit i did enjoy the combination of forces. I do hope for a sequel even one more based on the technological side and not the fighting..
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel with air battles… What more is needed?
This Sci-fi novel has time travel and air and naval battles with realistic physics regarding the differences between flight capabilities in the 1940s versus today. It’s a fun mystery read as the crews of the various ships try to figure out what happened during the DARPA test. It takes turns that seem to be changing the past while respecting and referencing the original course of history. I’m really hoping for a sequel.
“The Unplanned Life” by Roger Badesch is available right here at Eckhartz Press and the kindle version is available at amazon. Here’s what readers are saying about it…
5.0 out of 5 stars We all have unplanned personal journeys
I first met Roger in the late 1990s. We were part of a group of educators that met each April in Las Vegas at the Broadcast Educators Associaton annual convention. Roger and I were part of the Two-Year/Small College interest division. It was nice to see him every year for the next ten years or so.
I can say I know Roger but I really didn’t get to know Roger until I read his book, “The Unplanned Life.” WOW. As I read I didn’t realize how much Roger and I had in common. We both found an interest in broadcasting early in our academic years. Neither of us planned to become teachers of our craft, but we did.
I wish the miles between Chicago and eastern Idaho were closer. I would love to spend more face to face time with Roger.
Do yourself a big favor and read Roger’s book. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. Most of all, it will inspire you to become a better person whatever your life plans may be or whatever life throws at you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unplanned: a radio person’s story
I got the print edition. Mr. Badesch does an excellent job of describing his life to this point. He can tell as story with the best of them. Well worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger’s entertaining memoir includes his work with icons of Chicago broadcasting and politics.
I worked with Roger at WKQX shortly after it’s transformation into one of Chicago’s first full-service FMs. He was City Hall correspondent and after stellar work as a reporter there, he was tapped to work for two legendary mayors. His recounting of the twists and turns of his careers in journalism, education and promotion make for a fascinating personal history, while also illuminating interesting incidents in Chicago city history along the way.
How do you cover a speech full of lies?
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.
A Cabbie in Madrid
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.
Mail-In Ballot Dos & Dont's
Monday, August 24, 2020
🔝 Congratulations, 2019/20 top scorer Robert Lewandowski! ⚽️#UCL pic.twitter.com/OMmyya17L4— #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) August 24, 2020
Minutia Men--China Pulls a Hildegard
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.