Hot Air

Wild In The Streets

Eek. The planet’s most privileged and pestilent subspecies, Homo Sapiens freshmanensis, is once again infesting the heretofore pleasant streets of this throbbing megalopolis. (And you’ve been fretting about 17-year cicadas — hah!)

Yep, I just drove by the tall dorm on 3rd St. west of Jordan (the Forest Quad) and the long driveway and even the street itself are lined w/ shiny new SUVs driven by alabaster daddy-os and soccer moms, dropping off their trophy spawn along with all their vital belongings like vape rigs, pristine copies of the new Harry Potter title (just released for sale at midnight), and the latest wardrobe necessities from Lulu’s, American Eagle, and Charlotte Russe.

Hmm. I’m tempted to go find a dump truck-ful of LSD and dose our town’s water supply. I mean, if we have to put up with this mass migration, at least we should be somewhat entertained by it. And, besides, roofying the young-uns w/ acid can’t be worse than what the kiddies themselves are gonna put inside their bodies (in every sense of the term) this fall.


Oh, Honey, Our Little Girl’s All Grown Up Now!

I’ll Give You Another Chance

Did you catch my interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Indiana U. Media School professor Tom French that aired this past Thursday on WFHB?

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If not, here it is. And — just a nagging reminder — in August B’ton’s online mag, Limestone Post, will be running my piece on Tom, his wife Kelley (also an ward-winning newspaper dame and IU prof) and their micro-preemie babelah, who is the subject of their forthcoming book, Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon.

A-a-a-and, we’ll be running my entire 75-minute interview with Tom on this communications colossus as well as on WFHB’s site just as soon as I edit the track, cool by you?

Unus Plus Rei: I’ll be in the studio tomorrow night with delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Cathi Crabtree, taping this week’s Big Talk for a Thursday air date. Stay tuned, babies.

Radio Gossip

WFHB, pretty much as usual, is in a state of high chaos these days as it seeks a new GM to replace outgoing boss Bertolt Sobolik. The community radio station also is trying to dig up three new board members since that number deserted the ship immediately prior and subsequent to Sobolik’s resignation.

I have it on unimpeachable authority that certain remaining board members have been begging long-ago GM Chad Carrothers to guide them through this current disarray. Not only that, there are those who wouldn’t be a bit displeased to see CC come down from Indy to take a seat on the board.

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Carrothers sent a jaw-droppingly frank written message to a high-ranking board emissary conveying the following opinions:

  • Any normal non-profit board that had allowed the misguided, unauthorized, and thoroughly unprofessional memo to Sobolik, criticizing him for imagined shortcomings and that led to his wish to get the hell out of the station’s 4th Street offices, would have resulted in a necessary and total board housecleaning
  • The current board president ought to resign forthwith and the board should call for an immediate electoral convention of station membership so as to elect an entirely new board
  • And, finally, CC advised the emissary to stop trying to drag him back into WFHB’s quagmire. Carrothers stated in no uncertain terms: Don’t try to contact me again.


I’ve been predicting Ivy Tech, the station’s landlord, will sooner rather than later take over WFHB’s operations. Insiders now tell me Ivy T. lacks the dough and the will to do so. That’s a shame; it seems a perfect fit.

Costumes And Weird People

My old work pal Susie Taitel (we peddled cheese and wine together at the Evanston, Illinois, Whole Foods Market a decade ago) is a scifi and fantasy geek. So much so, she even creates her own works in those genres. She’s got a worthwhile take on the most recent Star Wars entry, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, that hit our holy land’s multiplexes last Xmas.

Me? I know nothing about SW and, honestly, couldn’t care less. Then again I dig baseball so that shows how skewed my cultural POV is.

In any case. Susie’s thoughts on whatever the cowboys and Indians in spaceships do on the big screen are worth your while if you, like her, eat that stuff up. Go to her blog for it, savvy?

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Something Called “Admiral Ackbar”

BTW: Did you know Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski despises SW? Here she is ranting about Ep. 7 last November when only its trailer was available: “It is stupid. It is so stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I can’t stand Star Wars. The costumes and the weird people.” That might be the first damned quote I’ve ever read from MoJo that I agree with.


A little teaser: You dig drinking water? Cool. Pay continued attention to these parts for info about a forthcoming big-assed story — penned by me, natch — re: our aqua. That is all.

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