Thanks to my mother, I now hold a small piece of history in my hands...literally. My mom went to the ongoing sale at the cultural center in Fairfield and she bought one of Lee Gobble's many neckties and sent it to me. It's quite an honor to possess a piece of clothing that belonged to the man who sold me many pairs of blue jeans, quite a few sport shirts and my high school graduation suit in the late seventies. I will show this necktie to those in the know(former Fairfielders) and they will be quietly impressed.
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I am once again stuck between a rock and a hard place. It's the gift giving time of the year. And members of my family(my wife's family to be exact) are asking me what I want as a Christmas present. Well, "my two front teeth" is a bad reference to a very old song(and I still have my two front teeth thanks in no small part to the expert work of my Fairfield dentist Dr. Thomas Nash in the seventies). Quite frankly, I don't know what to tell them. I really have everything I can realistically want. House in the suburbs. Lovely and talented wife. A great bunch of friends. And my very own radio show on KRUU.
Oh wait...I could use some tube socks. Big and tall man size, please.
I'm sure glad I have family in Iowa (Fairfield to be exact). I live in Chicago... which is east of Iowa(thank you, Rand MacNally). Here's why it's good to have people in Iowa. The weather moves in from the west. Whatever crummy weather is coming down on Fairfield, it'll be coming down on me in the next few hours. If it's really really bad(like a huge snowstorm) I can count on my mother to give me the heads up with a phone call. She's my own personal weather radio.
“What’s it like to play in the same leagues as the big boys,” you might ask? Or you might wonder, “What the heck is he talking about?”
Well, get your head out of the sand. Donald Trump hosted Saturday night live on November 7, and NBC has granted “equal time” requests to four other GOP candidates. No, they won’t be hosting SNL, but they will get prime time access to air their messages to voters.
On KRUU’S Great Taste we provided a platform for Democratic senatorial candidate Tom Fiegen to communicate his views on family farms, GMO’s, climate change, and sustainable agriculture, and Rob Hogg, another Democrat running in the spring primary asked and presented his thoughts on the same issues. This week, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley also weighs in on the same topics.
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To celebrate the 50th year of Rounder Records we'll be featuring the 2010, Rounder Records retrospective: The Rounder Records Story.
We'll hear cuts from Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Sarah Harmer, Johnny Adams, Roomful of Blues, Norman Blake, Nanci Griffith and Madeleine Peyroux.
A fading Iowa town's real-life elderly mayor, his donkey Wayne, and the centenarian daughter of an Iowa button company magnate all helped author Delia Ray bring history alive for young readers in her intriguing new mystery novel, FINDING FORTUNE: A MYSTERY ABOUT TREASURES LOST & FOUND.
True life details, like the connection between actor Ronald Reagan and Muscatine's 1946 Pearl Button Queen, enliven the story of why Ray, an award-winning Iowa author, felt compelled to write this book. For a glimpse into an award-winning author's creative process and Iowa's forgotten history, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and author Delia Ray.
It appears as though there may be a significant snow event by the time this show airs Saturday morning at 2 AM, so hunkering down inside and tripping through 21 songs sounds like preferred territory to me. Mostly down-tempo tunes with a couple of ringers to keep you awake inbetween. Chill with The Red House Painters, Mark-Almond Band, Dead Can Dance, and Greg Ashley. Check the playlist online. Cool Breeze
John Potash has been featured on CSPAN’s American History TV and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations around the US and abroad. His work has also been published in the Baltimore Chronicle, Covert Action Quarterly, Rock Creek Free Press, and Z magazine. He has worked counseling people with mental health issues and addictions for over twenty-five years.
In May 2015, Potash released Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Activists. Potash completed graduate studies at Columbia University. He published his first book, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders, in 2007. Click on John's pic for more info.