Ken Mottet's blog

I play his records on "The Feed Store." My wife and I see him pert-neart every time he performs in the Chicago area. And he's more than welcome to stay at my house any time at all. The man in question is, of course, Mr. Dale Watson from Austin, Texas. We've been chasing Dale for more than twenty years. The Gin Palace Jesters have shared the stage with Dale several times. And now Dale has his very own copy of the Jesters' latest "For Better of For Worse." Lord, I hope he likes it. 

 

Mark the date on your calendar.

Yours truly will be back in the great city of Fairfield for the Thanksgiving weekend in November. I'll be on the Square for the lighting of the Xmas lights and the arrival of Santa. I'll be digging through the Bargain Box. I'll be visiting the Collectables Store on the north side of the square. I'll be in the liquor department at the Hy-Vee picking up a fifth of Cabin Still.

Oh we're gonna have a whee of a time. 

  • Thu
    Feb 11
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

Joseph "Duane" Mottet

I am saddened to report the passing of my Uncle Joseph "Duane" Mottet who died February 5th at the age of 85 at the Halcyon House in Washington.

Duane was my dad's baby brother. And he was a true Mottet---a talker, a thinker, a storyteller. He was a real cut-up who made everyone laugh.

He and my Aunt Carol raised four great kids in a house just outside of Brighton, a house where I stayed while my folks went on vacation in the late sixties.

I'll always remember his voice. I'll always remember his walk. I'll always remember his good nature.

  • Thu
    Jan 28
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

I love county courthouses. The good ones always look like they were built at the end of the 1800s. Spires. Clock towers. Marble staircases.

I love the Jefferson County courthouse and the care and updating it has received in recent years. But the courthouse in Washington is not too shabby either.

Best of all, one of my cousins works there. On my last trip to Iowa I took some time to visit the seat of government in the next county over. 

I cannot prove as an absolute fact that I was glued to my television set the night of January 12, 1966. But I like to imagine that I was. I was two weeks away from turning five and that was the night that "Batman" debuted on ABC-TV. Whether I was there or not, that night changed my life(for the better). I became a full-on comic book/sci-fi/monster movie geek.

And I celebrated that night fifty years(to the hour) later by watching the first episodes of "Batman" in the living room of my own home in the Chicago area. I surrounded myself with many of my Batman souvenirs(some of them purchased during the original run of the tv show). And I wore the cape and cowl from the costume my mom made for me back then. Zap, pow and biff indeed!

  • Sun
    Dec 27
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

A big, warm, fuzzy Merry Christmas to you and yours from me, the Boy Who Dared to Broadcast. Christmas in my youth was always pretty cool--Mom, Dad and four kids in a farm house thirteen miles north of Fairfield.

I will be telling those stories on The Feed Store, Sunday Dec. 27 at noon CST.

I hope you can be there for the fun. 

  • Thu
    Dec 24
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

 

Star Wars. Star Wars. Star Wars. I still have vivid memories of seeing the first(any my fave) SW film at the Co-Ed in Fairfield in 1977.

And just to make the viewing that much better(and to unknowingly make my parents very uncomfortable as they dropped me off  at the theatre) I dressed up as some kind of super secret sky-fy soldier guy.

Hey tinfoil and turtlenecks were all I had to work with at the time. 

  • Thu
    Dec 24
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

The end is near.

The end of another year, that is. And we just have to accept the fact that the weather is going to be crummy for the next few months. Snow. Cold. Wind. Muck everywhere. Fortunately we still have KRUU and "The Feed Store" to brighten our days. Perhaps I am being a bit too optimistic. But that's exactly how I feel every time I step up to the microphone.

Hear the results thursdays at 10 AM CST and sundays at noon CST. 

  • Thu
    Dec 03
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 06
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

Fresh off the highway, I am home in Chicago after another lightening trip to Fairfield.

I had an absolute blast thanks to my mom and my brother, Bill at the Collector's Store, Clementine and the Christmas lights in the town square. And I tanked up on stories for the upcoming Feed Stores.

Tune in Thursdays at 10am CST and sundays at noon CST.

Wait until you hear the story about my dad and the Washington State Bank. It's a killer diller.

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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