Monthly Archives: May 2010

Time to Remember

Mental Floss magazine has one of the more entertaining feeds on Twitter. Today they posted a link with “10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day” that I immediately “re-tweeted.” As a former northerner, I didn’t know that the southern states … Continue reading

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Hey, Good Morning

Certain guests in my radio career made me want to do something out of the ordinary to prepare for their arrival. When Julia Child was coming to KLOS, I wanted to feed her. When Captain Kangaroo was coming, I wanted … Continue reading

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Set Free

Gary Coleman scared the bejesus out of Brian Phelps one morning. The diminutive former child-star had gone along with my plan to hide inside a box at KLOS. As you can imagine, the stunt took a bit of planning. My … Continue reading

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Darn Tootin’

There was a stretch in my career when I had to give depositions in one lawsuit after another. The lawyers preparing me for the questioning told me to only answer exactly what was asked. If the opposition asked a yes … Continue reading

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Translators and Repeaters

If all goes according to plan, this summer I should get three states closer to achieving my goal of visiting all 50. On Wednesday afternoon, I grabbed my newly obtained AAA TourBook for Idaho, Montana & Wyoming and started reading … Continue reading

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Crema-tour

The Body Farm novels have made Helen Taylor a bit of a local celebrity. Recently, a widow arriving at the East Tennessee Cremation Company for her husband’s cremation asked Helen to autograph a Jefferson Bass book before the cremation began. … Continue reading

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Pilot Episode

A desire for free coffee and a Facebook coupon for free oatmeal was the motivation for my idea to combine the two. Customers at Pilot Travel Centers use the same Styrofoam cups to serve themselves both items. The idea was … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

“Oh, it’s like Amelia Bedelia,” said the woman hosting the graduation party my family and I attended on Saturday. I had no idea what she was talking about. Another woman chimed in that she uses the books to educate her … Continue reading

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Stay, Lost

Four years ago my daughter helped organize a “Lost” viewing party for that season’s finale episode. As the show wraps up tonight, she will be doing it again. Throughout the afternoon, she has been sending me picture messages with some … Continue reading

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If U Cn Rd Ths Msg

Mentions of coffee seem to turn up regularly on the social media sites I use. I’m as guilty as the people whose Twitter feeds I read. I “follow” at least four purveyors of coffee, hoping to hear about freebies and … Continue reading

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Stop Callin’

Young customers at Big Ed’s Pizza are allowed to use the restaurant’s phone to call home for a ride. The old-timey telephone has been there since before their parents, and possibly grandparents, were even born. While I was there on … Continue reading

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Roofies

A woman walking alongside me during the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk wanted some advice on marketing her new business. She is selling Dove Chocolate via direct sales, similar to Shaklee or Pampered Chef or Tupperware parties. We brainstormed several … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Boneses

Dr. Bill Brockton is a fictional character based on the knowledge of Dr. Bill Bass and the personality of Jon Jefferson. Some of the people in Dr. Brockton’s world share names with their real-life counterparts. For example, Dr. Arpad Vass … Continue reading

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Upfront? ‘Mon Back!

A few of the nice folks at WTNZ said it wouldn’t feel like the upfronts without me. As has become my annual tradition, I accepted Kimay Bloch’s invitation to watch the closed-circuit feed of Fox’s presentation to advertisers on Monday … Continue reading

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