December 12, 2018

When I was a kid growing up in Wisconsin, my Dad and his friend started a small-town radio station called WVLR. That stood for Wisconsin’s Very Live Radio, as opposed to WVDR, Wisconsin’s Very Dead Radio. So far as I know, there was no WVDR but, if there was, I apologi...

November 8, 2018

That's my Mom and her big brother, the last time they were together. His name was Winten...but everybody called him Pic. 

Like many of my Mom's brothers and sisters, Pic served during World War Two.  He carried the pain of his service for the rest of his life but n...

October 24, 2018

According to my intensive research, the word “downsizing” came into wide-spread use in 1986 to describe the practice of companies eliminating jobs. Now, by “intensive research” I, of course, mean Googling it. Yes, I Googled “downsized history of” and took the first ans...

September 29, 2018

When I was a kid, the last couple of weeks of September meant I needed to keep a special eye on the mailbox. It was time for the TV Guide Fall Preview! Please, don’t take this to mean that I had no friends and my whole young life was devoted entirely to watching televi...

September 19, 2018

I missed an important day back in August. Something called National Dog Day on August 26. This is not to be confused with National Puppy Day or National Mutt Day.

I also missed National Cellophane Tape Day on May 27. It honors Richard Drew, a scientist at 3M who is cred...

September 11, 2018

On September 11, 2001, I was talking on the radio with sports journalist and host, Jason Whitlock. I did a little weather and then we proceeded to discuss what we watched on TV the night before. That's when Jason and I, in different studios across town from each other,...

August 27, 2018

When I was a kid, this was my training week.

Not for the school football team or anything like that. I was in training for The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Each year my goal was to stay up and in front of the television set for every moment.

A couple of times I di...

August 21, 2018

This has nothing to do with “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Although, if an alien with access to a forklift, would like to snatch my body, they are welcome to it. As long as they return it, thirty pounds lighter and with a full head of hair.

I am a pod person because...

August 13, 2018

There are lots of names children use to identify their grandmothers. Baba. Nana. Grammie. Maw Maw. (That would make grandpa, “Paw Paw” and, if he was trying to quit smoking he might wear a Paw Paw Patch. Okay, that was a long way to go to make a weak joke about somethi...

August 6, 2018

To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never met anybody who didn’t like music.

In fact, it seems to me, I’ve only read about one person who said he didn’t like music: Walter Lippman. His name doesn’t come up a lot in casual conversation these days, but he was one of the mos...

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