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More on Baseball (Oct. 3, 2016)

It was about a year ago that I wrote about rejoining the baseball world after a 20 year sabbatical. I know that’s (calling  it a 20- year sabbatical) a contradiction of terms, but bear with me on this. Or is it bear with me on this? It’s bear.
Boy… My first blog in months and I’m already confused.
Anyway… If you think I abandoned baseball again since I haven’t been posting scores or “W Flags” on my Facebook page, no, I haven’t abandoned baseball.  In fact I’ve listened to or watched 90% of the Cub’s games this whole season. So I’ll make up for not posting “W Flags” on Facebook:
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Ok… there are 12 flags. But I would have to insert 91 more flags to show what the Cubs have done this year (103 winning games this season).
Yes, you heard me right.  The Cubs have won 103 games this season. The last time the Cubs won 100 games was in 1935.  In fact, until this year the Cubs have only won 100 games 5 times:
1906   116 wins
1907   107 wins
1909   104 wins
1010   104 wins
1935   100 wins
Even in general, winning 100 games doesn’t happen often.  It looks like it’s only happened 99 times in the last 125 seasons (from 1892 through 2016).  So even though he Cubs have joined a fairly elite group in winning 103 games, and are the best team in baseball as they have been all season long, I don’t even think about thinking about the Cubs winning the world series.  Did that make sense?
How about this: The Cubs have 3 players that could wind up as the National League Most Valuable Player: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell.  So you’d think that would bolster my hopes that the Cubs will win the world series, right.  Nope.
How about pitching?  The Cubs have the best staff in baseball.   Last year’s Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrietta, this year’s potential Cy Young Award Winner Kyle Hendricks plus John Lester, John  Lackey and the most feared flamethrower in baseball, Aroldis Chapman. This guys throws 105 mile an hour fastballs. So with a great starting rotation, a solid core of middle relievers and Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman to close them out, am I now satisfied the Cubs will win the world series?  Not at all.
The bottom line is, although I believe the 2016 Cubs are the best Cubs team I’ve seen in my life, and I do believe they are the best team in baseball,  I felt better about last year’s team winning it all than I do this year.  It’s not that I am superstitious or anything or believe in that Billy Goat curse or any of that nonsense.
What I do believe in is numbers.  And history has shown me that the team with the best record in baseball rarely wins the world series.  One of the things that makes baseball so great is that on any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball.  Last week the Atlanta Braves (one of the worst teams in baseball) put the spanking on the New York Mets (one of the best teams in baseball fighting for a wild card slot), sweeping them at New York.
Remember what I said, “On any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball”.  Last year the Kansas City Royals won the world series and at the end of the regular season, they only had the 4th best record in baseball.
If you clicked the above hyperlink and read the article, you know that over the last 54 seasons, only 14 teams with the best record went on to win the Fall Classic
That’s why I don’t think the Cubs will win the world series this year.  Some of the best teams in the history of the sport have been eliminated before making it to the World Series.  Plus, one of the teams with the best win/loss record in the history of baseball was the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who won a record 116 games… Any they got beat in the American League Championship Series.  They didn’t even make it to the World Series.
The 2001 Seattle Mariners share the record with the most regular season wins.  Guess who the other team is… The 1906 Chicago Cubs, and that team lost the 1906 World Series to their cross town rivals, the Chicago White Sox.  I’m not really saying the 1906 Cubs and the 2001 Mariners are the two best teams in the history of baseball, but I am saying they had the best records in the history of the game and neither won the World Series.
Last year the Cubs rolled into the post season with a bit of momentum, and a little bit of swagger but not a lot of attitude (except Arietta). This year they just rolled into the post season.  They really are the best team in baseball but on any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball.
Still, like last year it’s been a great year to be a Cubs fan and at this point, that’s good enough for me.  Any wins from now on will be a bonus.

October 3, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That’t My Story…

I’ve told this story several times over the years and after they announced that K C and the Sunshine Band would be playing Rock the Park this year, a few people who’ve heard my story called to ask me my thoughts… so I decided I’d better get this story on paper (or at least on a blog) so here it is.
IN the summer of 1975 I was living in Melbourne Florida and working at a radio station in
Cocoa Beach. This was when AM radio still ruled but FM was out of the gate.
The station was WKKO (I know there’s a huge country station in Toledo with those call letters today but this was over 40 years ago). Studios were just off I-95 in Cocoa.

WKKO 1975
Studios just off I-95 at State Road 520

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The WKKO Control Room

I occasionally played records at a lounge called Big Daddy’s in Vero Beach. Actually Big Daddy’s was a chain with several locations in Florida, but I played records there on Saturday nights. Remember, disco was big in these days.
There was a little record company in Hialeah Florida (on the fringe of Miami) and in late spring or early summer 1975 a promotions guy from T K Records dropped off several copies of a record at WKKO’s studios. It was an unknown band made up of mostly studio musicians for TK Records. I found it laying on the counter and listened to it. I thought it was a great record and I told the program director (PD) he should add it to our playlist. He said it was a bit too ethnic (or a similar excuse) and it didn’t get added.
I nabbed a copy of it (this was in the days of 45 RPM vinyl records) and took it to Big Daddy’s the following Saturday. I played it and the people went nuts. I think I played it 4 or 5 times that first night.
On Monday I went back to WKKO and told the PD it was a really good record and told him the people at Big Daddy’s loved it too. He still didn’t add it and the next Saturday at Big Daddy’s it was the hottest song,  requested 4 or 5 times. On Monday I finally talked the PD into adding it, although in a very low rotation. I also called a friend at WDAT in Daytona Beach and told him about it.
The first time we played it at WKKO the phones went nuts and within a week it became an A Current, meaning we played it every 2 hours. It was the hottest record of the summer of 1975 and shortly after we added it, WDAT in Daytona beach added it, then the Orlando stations added it followed by WAPE (AM 690) in Jacksonville. WAPE was a 50,000 watt AM station heard all over Georgia and Florida and was a huge station in the southeast.
It soon became a Southeast regional breakout hit in Billboard magazine and it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in late June 1975. On August 23, 1975 it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Shortly after that the guy from T K Records gave WKKO a gold record for breaking the single.That was 41 years ago and this band would go on to have a dozen Top 40 hit singles, 5 of which went all the way to number 1.
The name of the single was ”Get Down Tonight” by K C and the Sunshine Band.

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K C and the Sunshine Band in 1975

K C and the Sunshine Band Album
Their debut album

I’m not so arrogant to believe that K C and the Sunshine Band would have never been discovered without my help, they were a great band and most certainly would have had a great career, but I like to think I might have hastened things along.

In any event K C and the Sunshine Band will be performing at Rock the Park August 13th at Mill Race Park. I’m not sure how many original members of the band are still around, but Harry Wayne Casey is still the front man. I don’t think Richard Finch, who was a major part of the Casey-Finch songwriting team still tours with them, but I could be wrong. It should be a great concert, especially if you are over 40 and really liked disco (I am both).

June 11, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top Box Office

Over the Christmas holidays I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens… twice.  It was really good and I will be going back to see it for the third time before its original theatrical run ends.

Force Awakens
It really is a good movie.  And it looks like it’s going to break box-office records. But is it one of the best movies ever made?
Nope, it isn’t even close.
That’s what wrong with the headlines proclaiming Avatar to be the the biggest movie of all time, and Titanic and Jurassic World part of the top 10. In fact, based on domestic box-office, here are the top 10 domestic movies of all time:
#1  Avatar (2009 $760 million)
#2  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015 $740 million thru 1-3-16)
#3  Titanic (1997 $658 million)
#4  Jurassic World (2015 $652 million)
#5  The Avengers (2012 $623 million)
#6  The Dark Knight (2008 $534 million)
#7 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999 $474 million)
#8 Star Wars (1977 $460 million)
#9  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015 $459 million)
#10 The Dark Knight Rises (2012 $448 million)
Those are the current top 10 based on ticket sales in the US, current as of 1-3-16.  The problem with this list is that it doesn’t reflect the number of tickets actually sold, it reflects on box-office dollars, not-adjusted for inflation.  The actual number one movie of all time is 1939’s Gone With The Wind. The reason it doesn’t rank at #1 on this list is because the price of a movie ticket in 1939 was about a quarter.  The current cost of a movie ticket (nation wide average) is about 8 bucks. So for Gone With The Wind to do the same amount of box office as The Force Awakens, it would have had to sell 32 tickets at 25 cents each to equal one ticket at today’s price of 8 bucks.  You see where I’m going with this… I believe all lists of the most popular movies should be adjusted for inflation. Here is the list of the top 10 movies of all time, adjusted for inflation. And I really believe it better reflects the actual popularity of movies:
Gone With The Wind
#1  Gone With The Wind (1939 Adjusted domestic gross $1.7 billion)
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#2  Star Wars (1977 Adjusted domestic gross $ 1.5 billion)
Sound of Music
#3  The Sound of Music (1965 Adjusted domestic gross $1.2 billion)
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#4 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982 Adjusted domestic gross $1.2 billion)
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#5  Titanic (1997 Adjusted domestic gross $1.1 billion)
Ten Commandments
#6  The Ten Commandments (19566 Adjusted domestic gross $1.1 billion)
Jaws
#7  Jaws (1975 Adjusted domestic gross $1.1 billion)
Doctor Zhivago
#8 Doctor Zhivago (1965 Adjusted domestic gross $1.0 billion)
The Exorcist
#9 The Exorcist ( 1975 Adjusted domestic gross $952 million)
Snow White
#10 Snow White Seven Dwarfs (1937 Adjusted domestic gross $938 million

I’ve seen all of the movies on both lists, several of them multiple times. I saw almost all of them in theaters (the exceptions being The Exoricst, Dr. Zhivago and The Ten Commandments, which I saw on Blu Ray or regular DVD).  In spite of all of the hype surrounding The Force Awakens, it’s nothing compared to all of the hype surrounding Star Wars (1977) or the hype leading up to and including the release of  Gone With The Wind in 1939 (according to what I’ve read and seen in documentaries) .What about Titanic?
Sure, Titanic was a good movie but was it really one of the top 5 in history?
I believe the multitudes of 13 year old girls swooning over Leonardo DiCaprio were the ones snapping up all of those movie tickets. But that was still enough to put Titanic at #5 on the top 10 after adjusting for ticket price and inflation, which still makes it impressive.
The Sound of Music certainly got a lot of hype when it was released and it seems like the music was coming out of speakers everywhere in 1965.
I played in band in Jr. High and High School and I believe at some point I’ve played every single song from the soundtrack.
The movie that I am least familiar with is Dr Zhivago. I’ve seen it a couple of times and I was aware of it’s popularity when the novel was published, and the movie was good but it was a very long movie about Russians, and a love affair taking place in the years leading up to and including the Bolshevik October Revolution in 1919 and I wasn’t quite in the “history phase” of my life yet. Not sure how this managed to make this list but I was a 13 year old male when the movie was released and I wasn’t exactly their target demographic. Otherwise this list seems pretty accurate.
Back to Star Wars: The Force Awakens… This is certainly the best Star Wars film I’ve seen since the original in 1977. I know there are many Star Wars fans who rank The Empire Strikes Back as the best of the series, but I had issues with it (that’s another blog), so even if Force Awakens passes Star Wars (1977) on the list of biggest box office ever, it will never pass Star Wars (1977) in adjusted gross.
Every time I see one of theses lists I want to correct them, and remind everyone that Gone With The Wind is really the biggest box office draw in history, and Star Wars (1977) is a close second! They will probably never be challenged.

 

January 4, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jimbo and Baseball

First off, if you are a Cub fan you might want to check out the hyper-links in this blog. Lots of great video embedded.
I’ve spent most of my idle time this summer watching baseball, but it’s been a long ride back.
As a youngster, my sister lived in Chicago and I spent some summer months visiting and watching the Chicago Cubs on WGN. This was before WGN became a cable superstation, and I became a Chicago Cubs fan and have remained that way. I was a young Cub fan in 1969 (well, I was a sophomore in high school) when the Cubs had a huge lead late in the season. In fact they led the division from the start of the season for 105 straight games going into August. They had a seemingly insurmountable lead of 8 ½ games over the Mets… But it was not to be. You know the story: The “Miracle Mets” went on a terror and won the division by 8 games over the 2nd place Cubs. Cub Skipper Leo Durocher made plenty of mistakes which resulted in the September swoon, and that was my first real shot at being heartbroken by the Cubs.
I was working in Florida when WGN became a superstation and finally I was able to watch 150+ games a year.
I watched the Cubs thru the 70’s and early 80’s on WGN whenever I could, but they were the lovable losers. “Wait ‘till next year” became my favorite saying.
In the early 80’s the Wrigley family sold the Cubs to the Chicago Tribune and the ledgendary Jack Brickhouse (“back, back, back, HEY HEY, a home run!”) retired and Harry Caray moved from the White Sox to the Cubs.
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I saw Harry on TV (White Sox broadcasts) when I was in Chicago… the Sox were on a Chicago UHF station station, WSNS ch 44, and were not available anywhere but Chicago, I remember not particularly liking him. He seemed like he was more of a hard drinking fan than a play-by-play guy. I remember when he was doing White Sox games he was drinking and promoting Schlitz beer. Later on I would learn that it was because of a bad relationship with the Bush family when he was fired by the Cardinals. Caray admitted in 1984 to Milo Hamilton that he’d in fact had an affair with the daughter-in-law of the longtime Cardinals owner Gussie Bush – which has long been rumored to be the reason for his firing by the Cardinals in 1969. Harry was not going to promote Bush’s beer any more! Before and after the White Sox years Harry was a “Bud Man”. Harry was with the Sox during the infamous “disco Demolition Night” promotion on July 12, 1979. If you are in the radio biz, or were a Sox fan, you what that means. It was the beginning of the end of the disco era.
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The significant thing to me about being a baseball fan during the 80’s was the baseball strike of 1982. My daughter, Jennifer was in the hospital in very critical condition and had just had open-heart surgery. I desperately needed a diversion and baseball was it. But the players and owners could not get together and the strike of 1981 was enevitable. The strike began on June 12 and forced the cancellation of 713 games resulting in the infamous split-season playoffs. All I remember about that was that the Cincinnati Reds had the best record in baseball and they didn’t make the post season playoffs.
When the middle of the season was cancelled it broke my heart and really changed my view of baseball players and owners.
I nearly gave up baseball but I was Cub fan and the future was looking good.
My family went to Tucson during spring training 1984 and watched the Cubs play the Indians at Hi Corbit Field in Tucson (before it was the spring training site for the Rockies the Indians played there). We also went to Phoenix and visited Sun City and Mesa to watch the Cubs. It was at Hohokam Park that I got a chance to talk to Dallas Green, the GM of the Cubs (he sat a row in front of me). I remembered him from his Philly days plus his first season as the Cub GM. I obtained his autograph. I also talked to Jim Fry, the new skipper, plus Jody Davis, Ryne Sandberg and almost the entire roster.
I also met and talked to Harry Caray and Milo Hamilton. They were so approachable in spring training and it was so much fun to be a fan. Dallas Green had made some significant trades and the Cubs looked good this season.
I remember watching the “Sandberg Game” in June. Check it out on YouTube if you get a chance. I knew then that Cubs would go all the way!
The Cubs won the division in 1984, and for the first time in a zillion years they were going to play in the post-season! I came very close to buying tickets to the game in Pittsburgh, knowing the Cubs would clinch the division title there, but I didn’t want to watch baseball at Three Rivers Stadium in front of 5,000 hapless fans (the Pirates really sucked during this time). In any event the Cubs won the division and would be playing the Padres in the NLCS. I will spare Leon Durham (whom I met and got his autograph at spring training) and not go into details of the NLCS. Suffice it to say that the Cubs lost in a heartbreaking game 5 of the series against the Padres.
In 1989 the Cubs again won the division and would play the Giants in the NLCS. Of course the Giants beat the Cubs in game 5 with Mike Beilecki pitching for the Cubs and former Cub Rick Reuschel pitching for the Giants. This was the year the Giants played the Oakland Athletics in the World Series and they had that earthquake!
I continued watching the Cubs thru the early 90’s but by 1994 the owners and players were at it again. On August 12th the strike began. It was the fourth in-season work stoppage in 22 years and resulted in the remainder of that season being cancelled, including the postseason and, for the first time since 1904, the World Series. The strike was suspended on April 2, 1995 after 232 days, making it the longest such stoppage in MLB history, breaking the record set by the 1981 strike.
948 games were cancelled in all, and MLB became the first major professional sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles. Due to the strike, both the 1994 and 1995 seasons were not played to a complete 162 games; the strike was called after most teams had played at least 113 games in 1994 and each team played 144 games in 1995.
I had had enough! I swore I would never watch a baseball game on TV or visit and major league ball park for the rest of my life.
As a result I missed out on the Sammy Sosa years plus the Cubs playing in the post season in 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008. I will admit I did watch one of the games during the playoffs in 2003. That was when the Cubs played the Braves. I didn’t watch the entire game but I did see the fan interfere with Moises Alou’s catch and it reminded me that Cubs were still haunted by the curse of that stupid goat.
But I basically lived mostly true to my original statement. I did go to a couple of games in Cincinnati, one at Riverfront Stadium and one at Great American Ballpark. But let me make it clear, I got those tickets free from the radio station where I was working and it only cost me the gas.
While I was away they expanded the league, adding teams in Miami, Tampa, Denver and Phoenix. The Astros left the National League while the Brewers left the American league. The Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals. The National League teams were playing the American League teams during the regular season… Interleague Play was here. Lots of changes, most of which I knew nothing about until this spring.
During Spring training this year I looked at the roster and started paying a little more attention to the Cubs. I guess after 20 years, I could give baseball another chance.
I started the season watching the Cubs on Comcast Sports Net Chicago and WISH/WNDY. They had these young guys, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, plus Starlin Castro and a bunch of other good players. Plus, they were wining.
Anthony_Rizzo_2012Anthony Rizzo
Kris_Bryant_on_April_27,_2015Kris Bryant
I pony’ed up for the MLB package on Dish Network so I could keep up with the Pirates and Cardinals and to be honest, I have watched a lot of baseball this season. A LOT OF BASEBALL!
Kyle_Schwarber_on_July_8,_2015Kyle Schwarber
The Cubs also brought up Kyle Schwarber in late June and he has been a delight to watch. Most of all the Cubs were winning. They’ve been the 3rd best team in the Major Leagues most of the year, but since they were playing in the toughest division, they were behind the Cardinals and Pirates.
As I write this we have about a week left in the season and the Cubs are in pretty good shape to make the wild card game. I am more excited about the Cubs this season than I have ever been. I have been wearing my Ryne Sandberg #23 Cubs jersey,
I don’t know if the Cubs will win in the post season, but they certainly have a shot with these guys.
No humor in this blog, but I did get to tell my baseball story, and re-live a lot of memories. I would have posted pictures from all of our trips to Arizona during spring training but the great flood of 2008 claimed them, along with my autographs and memorabilia.
But I have forgiven baseball and am enjoying the game again. I guess it’s about time.

September 21, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coming Soon! Well 2 Years But It’s Gonna Be Good!

Again, it’s been a while since I posted here, so I thought I’d remind you to remember this date and write it down!
Monday, August 21, 2017
The place:  Hopkinsville, KY
On this date there will be a total solar eclipse in North America and the closest and best place for us to see it is Hopkinsville Kentucky (see.. there is a reasonable excuse for visiting Kentucky after all).

Ecli[pse 2017

If you live close to this line, book your flight, make your reservations because this is a once in a… well, forever, experience!
There is a small problem…. As of 5-3-15 I can’t fine a single Hotel in Hopkinsville that is taking reservations. The best I could do is the Best Western, who took my name/number and said they would call me after Christmas 2015. That’s when they will start taking reservations for 2017, but I digress.
There is a website called “elipse2017.org” with a plethora of info, but here is what it says about Kentucky:

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KENTUCKY

Kentucky also boasts wonderful viewing areas, with totality at Paducah (1:22pm) lasting 2m20s of totality. The Land Between the Lakes is a wonderful spot to view the eclipse from, and the farther north you are here, the better! Eddyville gets 2m39s at 1:23pm. After that, Hopkinsville lies right on the centerline, and enjoys 2m40s of totality at 1:24:41pm. This, together with the preparations that the folks at Hopkinsville Community College are making, makes it a great place to consider watching the eclipse from.

Franklin (2m26s at 1:26:48pm) and Russellville (2m29s at 1:26pm) are other good spots from which to see the shadow. Bowling Green lies in the path, but it is on the northern edge, and folks here are advised to head to Hopkinsville, or down I-65 into Tennessee.

Mammoth Cave and Murray are not in the path, and neither are Louisville and Lexington. In these locations, the eclipse will never be total for you, and you will need to use eye protection for the entire eclipse! This show belongs to the far southwestern part of the Commonwealth, and you are urged to get there and be a part of it all!
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My brother first tipped me off about this 10+ years ago and we’ve been counting down the time.  My brother (Dale) is battling cancer, but if he is not around in 2 years, I’ll be there in Hopkinsville with my Polaroid and Brownie cameras, ready to bring you all the sights.  I might even shoot some video on my phone (who would have thought I could do that 10+ years ago?).
In any event, remember the date and I’ll see you at the Dairy Queen in Hopkinsville Kentucky!

Hopkinsville DQ (2)
Yea, that’s really the Hopkinsville DQ

June 3, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Northwest of Hopkinsville Kentucky on Monday August 21, 2017

Again I remind you to write this date down and make every effort to visit Hopkinsville, KY on Monday, August 21, 2017.
You still have slightly over 5 years to plan for it so DO IT.  Make hotel arragmements and make sure you have scheduled the time off because this is literally a once in a lifetime experience.  More will be revealed soon….

June 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It Was The Third of June another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day

Just a quick note of nothingness, but interesting none the less.

It was 46 years and 21 days ago today (Friday June 3, 1966) that Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge (today’s date is Sunday June 24, 2012).

Assuming that it happened on the, “3rd of June, another sleepy dusty delta day”. And later in the song Bobby Gentry sings, “a year has come and gone since we heard the news about Billy Joe”.  So we must assume that the song was written the next year.  The song was written and copywrited in 1967 and first hit #1 on the Hot 100 on August 26th and it stayed there for 4 weeks. So this song is about a slice of Americana from June of 1966, except for the fact that it never happened (this was a work of fiction).  Still, all in all in was a great tune.  Disregarding the cheesy movie, what do you suppose Billy Joe was really throwing off the Tallahatchie Bridge???

Bobby Gentry Ode To Billy Joe

June 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been a few days…..

Flood Blog written a couple of years ago, pictures added 5-3-15

Hospital Flooding 2 6-7-0-8 Hospital Flooding 6-7-08
It just dawned on me that it’s been a few days since I posted anything here.  Actually, 1,392 days.  My last post was in the spring of 2008.
One thing, I live across the street from Lincoln Park and the Hospital, and we all know what happened on June 7,2008 (06-07-08)… We got clobbered with water.  There were others who got it much worse, and for that I am grateful.  I am also grateful for the outpouring of love and help from this community that came during the flood.
Total strangers were walking down my street with giant boxes of Wendy’s Cheeseburgers.  Others had containers of bottled water, soda and one evening a good Samaritan strolled through the ‘hood with a cooler of Budweiser (I declined).  I have dozens of stories I could share about all of the people God sent to help at this time but there’s just no room. Besides, it’s been almost 4 years and it’s time for me to move on… but I will never, ever forget all of the wonderful people who did wonderful things during a terrible time in my life.  I was a cynical person up until that time but my faith in humanity was restored as I watched people all over Columbus come forward and perform acts of bravery, humility, hard work and personal sacrifice.
Hawcreek Ave Floog 6-7-08
The above picture was taken 1 block north of my house, looking south.  The flood waters stopped at 21st and Hawcreek Ave.  My house was/is in the 1900 block.  Groundwater at my house reach 4 1/2 ‘ above turf, and I have a full finished basement. Down there the water reached 7″ (the FEMA Watermark is prominently displayed on the wall in the den.

If you want to see some cool video, go to youtube.com and search for Columbus Indiana Flood.
You will see incredible scenes of devastation, and you listen closely to those with car radios on, you will hear me on the air while my house was under water.
It was not my intention to go off on a tangent about the Great Flood of 2008, but once I got started…. well, you know.
I have found that posting here on WordPress is so much more personal than Facebook and Twitter, which seem to be somewhat shallow.
Next time I post (in August of 2016 at the rate I’m going) I’ll fill you in on something I mentioned briefly in an earlier post.  Something historically big is going to happen here… well, just  northwest of Hopkinsville Kentucky on Monday August 21, 2017.  I’m gonna be there.  Want to go?  Here comes what we call in the radio biz the “hook”:
Keep listening for more details!

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Earthquake!!!

Yesterday morning (Friday 8-18-08) at 5:30 I was still in bed (obviously since I rarely get out of bed before 9AM).
At about 5:30 my neighbor’s dog started barking which woke me up.  Then my dog started barking and things started rattling, like my closet door, which rattled on its hinges.  The water in my waterbed started sloshing around a bit (yea, I’m still stuck in the 70’s… been sleeping in a waterbed for 30 years).  I considered the possibility of an earthquake, but I had more important matters on my mind… getting back to sleep.
When I finally got up at 9 AM, I checked the headlines online and found out it really was an earthquake.
Earthquakes somewhat rare in the Ohio Valley, and certainly nothing like the west coast, Alaska, Japan or other parts of the pacific ‘rim of fire’.  But we do have minor earthquakes with some regularity.  The Friday quake registered  5.2 on the Dewey Decimal System, with a 4.5 aftershock at 11:10 or so.
This was not the “Big One” they have been predicting for the New Madrid fault for years… In fact it wasn’t even the New Madrid fault this time. History buffs may know that the New Madrid fault produced four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, with magnitudes estimated to be greater than 7.0 on the Richter scale, all occurring within a 3 month period between late 1811 and early 1812. The Mississippi river course changed by 5 miles and it actually flowed northward/backward for a time.  Accurate measurements of earthquakes were impossible in the early 19th century, but the Feb 17, 1812 quake would most like be rated above an 8.0 (some scientists say it could have been near 9.0).  If this quake occurred in modern times, Evansville, Paducah, Memphis, Cape Girardeau, and even St Louis would sustain catastrophic damage, and Indianapolis would have major damage and loss of life.
However, studies indicate this unstable mass only results in earthquakes every 300-500 years, and the last “major” activity was in 1812, so we aren’t due until 2111 or so, except we all know mother nature doesn’t follow patterns.
When I got to the radio station at 9AM on Friday, I was talking to Chris Fox, Sara Beth and Brittany Gray. They were actually on the air at 5:30 AM, with the microphones on, chatting away. The countertops, which hold the control board and computer monitors, keyboards and CD players isn’t secured very well and I believe they all thought someone was bouncing it around.  Eventually they knew something weird was going on.  Even though they hadn’t considered an earthquake in the early seconds, you might say you heard it “live” on QMIX as they tried to figure out what was going on.  Nikki G took a few days off, and Sara Beth filled in.  I was thinking that wherever Nikki G is, she has to feel bad that she missed an historic event, and the chance to do an entire morning show with virtually no prep (research into what kind of things they are going to talk about).  The entire morning show itinerary was set by 5:30AM, and the phones rang off the hook.
I wonder how many times radio stations played Carol King’s “I Feel The Earth Move, Under My Feet”?
Speaking of the Ohio Valley being a hotbed for mother nature’s frivolity… remember this date and write it down:
Monday – August 21, 2017.
Just over 9 years from now a once in a lifetime event will occur in the Ohio Valley, more specifically just northwest of Hopkinsville Kentucky.  I already tried to make hotel reservations, but I’m going to save that for another blog.  In other words, “keep listening for details”.

April 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s Gremlins

Y’all remember that movie back in the 80’s when Hoyt Axton’s kid buys this furry little creature named Gizmo, with instructions not to feed it after midnight, keep him away from bright lights and to never-ever-ever get it wet.
Well, Gizmo jumped into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken at 2AM, then got wet and you guessed the rest, it morphed into and started releasing those miserable creatures, the “Gremlins” into the world.
In the movie, all of the Gremlins get torched in the end, but I’m here to tell you that someone at Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers didn’t burn ’em all.
This one found it’s way to 9th and Washington!
Gremlin
No, I haven’t actually seen this guy yet, but I know he’s there.
Last week Sara Fischer called to say that she’s been losing emails.  She hit the ‘send’ button but the message never showed up on the recipient’s PC, and she didn’t receive a ‘delivery failure” notice.
I did some research and found nothing.  It must have been those Gremlins!
Then, yesterday I was hooking up a new telephone interface in the KORN studio, and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t work (still doesn’t).
I brought the telephone, the interface and the module from the control board into the QMIX studio and it worked fine.  I checked all the wiring for continuity, everything checks out perfectly.  But in the KORN studio, the exact same equipment won’t work.
Keith Maddox and Bobbie Sue will be giving away $100 bills starting Thursday on KORN Country 100.3 (shamelessly trying to buy more listeners) and Mike King (my boss’s boss’s boss) said the phone interface MUST be ready for the Cash Cow Contest on Thursday or there will be.. well, you know. 
I’ll eventually figure it out (hopefully by Thursday morning), but for now I’ve thrown up my hands and blamed the Gremlins.
I have made 13 trips to our 3 main transmitter sites in the last month.   Well, except the QMIX transmitter site east of Columbus on 46…. there are snakes in there so any invading Gremlin would last about as long as a mouse in a snake pit… plus I don’t go in there without someone else going in ahead of me with a shovel (I’ll leave those details out).
Anyway, by the time I get to the transmitter site, everything is fine.  I can’t figure it out. More Gremlins.
These aren’t recent happenings, they have been going on for a long time.  Since it could not possibly be my inability to troubleshoot these problems or a lack of knowledge to fix them, it must be Gremlins.  And since all of this weirdness started sometime in the mid 80’s (Gremlins was released in theatres in 1984… coincidence.. I don’t think so), it must be those creatures who escaped from Hollywood.  Kind of like Brittany and Lindsay, you might say.
Now… before I quit bloggin’ and go back to work,  I need to tell you that Sara Beth just walked by and saw my picture of the Gremlin and said the movie Gremlins scared her (she needs to watch Poltergeist, another of Speilberg’s mid 80’s flicks if she wants to see scary), so just to even out the graphics with this blog, I include this to calm down the 7 year olds (and Sara Beth) reading this:

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I know, Gizmo is cute and cuddly, but just feed him KFC and get him wet and look out!
I’m not kidding.
Finally, with all due respect to American Motors Corp (RIP),  I must insert a disclaimer that the Gremlins refered to in this Blog have nothing to do with the AMC Gremlin, a terriffic car manufactured in the 70’s.
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And… Yes I did have a 1976 Gremlin and it was one of the best cars I ever owned.
Meanwhile I gotta try to get that phone thingy fixed.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments