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It's the Thanksgiving season. And even though I will not be in Fairfield for the holiday and the lighting of the lights, I will be there in spirit. 

Point an ear toward The Feed Store on Thanksgiving Day (10 AM central time) and you'll hear the people and things that make me thankful.

It's my first holiday special of the year (I feel just like Andy Williams). Also listen sunday at noon central time. 

 

I'm always proud of Fairfield. I like how it operates. I like how it's a melting pot of all kinds of folks. I just plain like the way it smells.

Now I am really proud of the city for coming together to produce and erect a lasting memorial to Lee Gobble, a man who did more for our town than we'll ever know.

I interviewed him for the Troy Banner when I was in high school in the seventies. And we bought my graduation suit from his store(along with all my blue jeans).

Thanks, Fairfield. You done good. 

One of the great anchors in my entire life (aside from my mother and my wife) has been my friend and fellow Fairfielder Richard Hadley. We met as very young men who bonded over Star Trek, comic books and Monty Python.

And we have remained friends throughout the decades (we stood up in each other's weddings). And now he's been a guest on The Feed Store.

And a darn fine guest at that. Stories about the Bargain Box. Stories about Turk Balderson. He was a real pip. Richard, my sincerest thanks for the friendship. 

 

It's amazing how the memories and stories of the Fairfield of my youth keep returning to me.

I surprised myself in a forthcoming episode of "The Feed Store" when I remembered a little thing we called the activity bus.

It was a way for kids to participate in after school activities and still get a ride home on a school bus. I hadn't thought about in years.

And now it's a part of broadcast history.

Hear that story and many more on "The Feed Store" on thursdays at 10AM and sundays at noon on KRUU.

I will be spending some time very soon in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. That's where my best pal Richard lives, breathes, thrives and survives. Richard grew up in Jefferson County at the same time that I did. Any time I hang with Richard, I get more stories that I have forgotten about our time in Fairfield in the 1970s. That means more fodder for The Feed Store. Be listening to future episodes for the stories that we whomp up. Thursdays at 10am central time and sundays at noon central time. It's worth the effort. 

I love Jerry Lewis. I grew up watching the MDA Telethon on Labor Day Weekends(it was the only time all year when there was something on tv in the dead middle of the night...so hard to believe today). I watched Jerry's movies on KCRG channel 9 on sunday afternoons. I worshipped Jerry's 40 weight hairstyle in the sixties. I couldn't get enough of Buddy Love in "The Nutty Professor." I saw Jerry Lewis live on stage twice in my life. Deep down, i know that my best friend Robert and I ARE Martin and Lewis(I'm the monkey and Robert is the handsome crooner). I am saddened by Jerry's passing. That man did a lot in his 91 years. Go in peace, Funny Man. 

Yes it's definitely summer. It's warm. It's humid. It rains like nobody's business at the drop of a hat. But look at it this way. In about three months the Christmas lights will be up in the Fairfield Square. And if I'm a lucky old soul I'll be there in person for the lighting on that friday night after Thanksgiving. Until then keep listening to "The Feed Store" on KRUU thursdays at 10AM central time and sundays at Noon central time. 

The secret to my father's success as an Iowa farmer--keep your costs down and just keep doing what you're doing. By the time a handful of decades have passed, you'll be doing alright...if you play your cards right. That's not exactly world-shattering advice. But it really is how my dad managed to leave this world with more than a couple of bucks in his pocket. And that's my method with "The Feed Store." Like Lenny Bruce, I don't make a big deal out of it. I just do it. And I might be wrong but I stiil think I'm fairly entertaining. Listen for yourself, thursdays at 10AM central time and sundays at noon central time. 

Adam West changed my life in more ways than I can count. Adam West, of course, shot to fame as the Caped Crusader in the "Batman" tv series that bowed in 1966. I was a five-year-old farm kid who was just beginning to discover comic books. Science fiction was still a few years in my future. And then "Wham," "Bam" and "Pow" came to my television and I was transformed. I found my guiding light--superheroes, bright colors, camp comedy. I was hooked. And I am still hooked to this very day. Bless your heart, Mr. West, for taking on a character that nearly destroyed your career but endeared you to millions. He seemed like a genuinely good person who made so many people happy.

 

FYI, the cape and cowl I'm wearing in this picture was made for me by my sainted mother when "Batman" was originally on the air. I wore it for many a Halloween...as did my nephews in Minnesota. Now it hangs in a place of honor in my own Chicago batcave. 

Several weeks ago my bride and I made a whirlwind dash to Fairfield to see my family. We were celebrating what would have been my father's 100th birthday(he was not a perfect man but he was pretty good at raising kids in his own rough-hewn way). We weren't in town very long. But we we sure had a whee of a time. And you'll hear all about it on upcoming episodes of "The Feed Store" thursdays at 10AM central time and sundays at noon central time. So there. 

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