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Big Leap

Statistics say that about 200,000 Americans and 4.1 million people worldwide are Leap Year babies, born on February 29, the day that comes only once every four years. I am one of them. Once my nephews figured out they’d had more birthdays than I have had, they thought it was
Posted  on February 25, 2016
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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Many years ago, I worked with a woman who had been a high-school teacher in another life. She didn’t seem to be the kind of person who would embellish a story or pass off a made-up tale as real, so I am fairly sure the story below actually happened. In
Posted  on February 9, 2016
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The Beer Tourist Hits the Road Again

As of this moment, I have 217 pictures on my phone. At least half of them are pictures of beer. Same thing on my Facebook page. Lots of beer pictures. The picture at the top of this post is one of them.  I have mentioned at this blog before that
Posted  on January 25, 2016
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Cool Concert and Album Ads of the 70s

YouTube has done a great service in preserving the kind of stuff that used to disappear forever before there was anyplace to put it. For example, there are thousands, maybe millions, of hours of TV commercials on YouTube–and some of the most interesting ones are for record albums and concerts.
Posted  on January 9, 2016
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New Year’s With the Crew

I can’t remember anymore how the group of high-school friends we called the Crew coalesced, exactly. There were about a dozen of us, give or take, and a few other people came and went on the fringes of the group. Starting the year we were 17, various combinations of us
Posted  on December 21, 2015
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All of the Other Reindeer

Certain Christmas songs are so closely identified with a specific artist that nobody else should even try to record them. Nobody should do “Holly Jolly Christmas” except Burl Ives, for example. The best version of “The Little Drummer Boy” is the one by the Harry Simeone Chorale, which was the
Posted  on December 1, 2015
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The Locking Time

In my neighborhood, every October, the leaves go from green to mostly gold, and the slightest breeze sets them fluttering to the ground, whirling and sparkling like fat yellow snowflakes. But now, the trees are mostly bare. There are drifts of leaves raked to the curb waiting for pickup, and
Posted  on November 2, 2015
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Dining Room

Are you allowed to eat at your desk in your office?  Here at Magic 98, we are.  I joked the other day that over the course of my career, I have eaten exactly one million sandwiches in studios while I’m on the air.  The true number is probably something less
Posted  on August 17, 2015
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The Family Vacation

When I was growing up, we were took a vacation almost every summer, at least for a few days. The first vacation I can remember must have been in the late ’60s or maybe 1970. We visited Mark Twain’s hometown, Hannibal, Missouri, where my mother bought a copy of Tom
Posted  on July 18, 2015
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When You Say . . . What?

“The Bud Song,” well known to everybody around these parts, began as one of the most famous advertising jingles in history, ending with “When you say Budweiser, you’ve said it all.” The original commercial was first broadcast sometime around 1970, and it wasn’t long before the song was adopted by
Posted  on June 15, 2015