Ken Mottet's blog

Lee Gobble was the best friend Fairfield ever had. His clothing store outfitted us for decades. It's where I bought my blue jeans and my blue graduation suit. He supported every activity in town. He led the movement to put the steeple back on the courthouse. He made a guest appearance at my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary party at the Isaac Walton League. Every town, if it's lucky, has a Lee Gobble. 

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    Apr 09
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    Apr 12
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Stan Freberg RIP from The Feed Store

 

 

 

Many thanks to my former television producer Mike Hoffman who had Mr. Freberg sign this album for me.

 

Amen. 

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    Apr 09
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    Apr 12
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The Feed Store

Sorry, fans. Chicago's finest purveyors of traditional and original country & western music, the Gin Palace Jesters, will not be a part of Fairfest 2015. But we will be in Iowa. The Jesters are part of Vintage Torquefest (a fabulous hot rod car show) in Dubuque on saturday May 2. We hit the stage at 4pm right after our musical pal Kim Lenz. Hope y'all can make the drive to the city by the river. 

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    Mar 29
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    Apr 02
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The Feed Store

 

 

You've heard some of the songs off my solo cd "Showmen's Rest" on the ever-lovin' "Feed Store."

Twangin', sangin' and everythangin'.

Now it's available worldwide through the courtesy of www.cdbaby.com/cd/kenmottet.

If you click on the pic, that'll do the trick.

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    Mar 08
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    Mar 12
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The Feed Store

 

 

I can now freely admit that this winter almost got me. The cold, the snow, the overshoes, the dirty drifts in front of my house---all this and more combined simply took its toll on my good nature and aggravated my daily aches and pains.

I was turning into a very grumpy guy.

And then, as if by magic, the daily temperature rose above thirty degrees, the sun came out and so did my neighbor's big yellow kitty. I began to feel hopeful. I'm in the mood to wear a red stripey t-shirt and skip to my lou.

We have broken the back of old man Winter shortly before it broke me. 

The passing of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy makes me sad. But it also reminds me how connected I am to my mother. Some time around 1974 or so I came home from school one day. My mom immediately loaded me into the car and we drove to Davenport.

That evening, Leonard Nimoy was making an appearance at Palmer College. We sat down front and enjoyed the entire evening(which concluded with a big screen showing of "Amok Time," the episode where Spock gets horny and thinks he's killed Captain Kirk).

To this very day, I still thank my mom for that adventure.

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    Feb 15
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    Feb 19
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The Feed Store

 

 

 

COMING SOON!!

When it comes to liquor, I don't mess around. I don't get caught up in the latest trends. I have little or no time for flavored vodkas. And a million and one craft beers hold little or no interest for me. I drink like a detective in a black and white forties movie. Not only do I drink bourbon. I drink cheap bourbon. Old Fitzgerald's to be exact. It's made in Kentucky. And it's been made there since the turn of the last century. And now my clerk at the liquor store tells me it's being discontinued. Which I can understand. There ain't enough hard-drinking, economy minded men and women left in this world to keep a brand like that in the black. I am keeping it together. I will press on if Old Fitz is no more. I will switch my allegiance(probably to Old Crow---in the clubs I usually order up Jim Beam because I know only one place in the Chicago area that keeps Old Fitzgerald's behind the bar...and I think I'm the only idiot drinking it there). If you are booze fan(or just a plain old drunk) try a bottle today...before it's just a hazy memory.

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    Jan 22
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The Feed Store

I make no bones about it. I am a victim/product of the times in which I was born and raised. I sprang forth in 1961. By 1966 I was 5 years old and I was the primary target of the Batman craze spawned by the Adam West tv show. That program made me the weirdo/comic book/fan boy that I am today...and I couldn't be happier.

Coming soon to the Feed Store, more stories about me making my own Batman toys (necessity, after all, is the mother of strange bedfellows).

Be listening Thursdays at 10am CST and Sundays at noon CST. 

Someone, hit me in the head with a scoop shovel. Please remind me just how terrible last winter really really was. So far this one has been rather cold(at least for the last week or more). But all of December we got almost no snow. Last December we got fourteen inches of the stuff. Time to hunker down and count our blessings. This one ain't so bad...so far. 

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