A Song for the Rescue Dogs

We put together this short music video as a public service and posted it on YouTube in late November. After three weeks, it had been viewed more than 2,200 times. After viewing it, consider this from the Humane Society: “Thinking about getting a pet? Millions of companion animals in shelters across America are just waiting for a special home like yours. One is waiting to get to know you. Navigating the adoption process isn’t as hard as you think. The HumaneRead more

Memorable Ride from the Temple

The Masonic Temple in Davenport, Iowa has been the venue for many concerts over the years. It’s an ominous building, looks like a government structure, concrete top to bottom. Some claim that today it is haunted. A lot of the concerts back in the 1960s were promoted by the owner of KSTT, the radio station where I worked as program director, so I emceed many of the shows, introducing people like Johnny Mathis, Steve and Eydie, Andy Williams, The Mamas and TheRead more

Friends ’til the Record Runs Out

In mid-1968 I left my job as program director of KSTT radio in Davenport, Iowa to take a similar job at a station in Washington, D.C. It didn’t take long for me to know that I did not want to live there. I returned to Davenport and took a job selling mutual funds. That didn’t work out, mainly because of my selling technique. “You don’t want to buy any mutual funds do you?” just wasn’t a good approach. So, afterRead more

Man’s 18-Millionth Greatest Invention

On the list of man’s twenty-million greatest inventions, this ranked number 18,004,600. It’s called clam shell packaging. You know the kind. Hard plastic, pressure-wrapped around almost anything from thumb tacks to hair dryers. Without proper tools, it is virtually impossible to open within a reasonable amount of time without hurting yourself, or breaking into an uncontrollable sweat. Great minds have tried to figure out why such packaging is necessary. If it is to prevent theft, wouldn’t someone just steal theRead more

Is It a Bird? Is It a Badger?

In late September, the colorful, capricious species known as snowbirds begin returning to their winter habitat, flying and driving to Arizona to escape from the winter chills of Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Canada, and other cold places. There are those who divide their time fifty-fifty between their northern haunts and the warmer climes. There are others who come south for just two or three months. They are spotted most often in November and December. By January they tend to take on more ofRead more

From Lucy to Sheldon and Beyond.

It is hard to believe that well over half a century has passed since Ozzie and Harriet and I Love Lucy were on TV every week. That was in the ’50s. I watched them, as a young child of course. Today, one can be of any age and be familiar with shows of any era, thanks to cable re-runs, DVDs, and old people talking about them. Let’s move up a decade. There was The Andy Griffith Show,Read more

Purple Sky, Lightning, and Lou

Since she was a little one, I recognized that my daughter, Tori Lou, whom I call “Lou” and most others call “Tori” was a creative soul. As she grew older she became accomplished at drawing, painting, and graphic arts. In addition she developed into a very good photographer. Until recently, upon reading some of her posts on social media, I had not noticed that somehow she has acquired some writing skills. I welcome her to Brainshowers as our second “GuestRead more

Getting Pasted at the Pharmacy

Aquafresh, Gleem, Colgate, Crest, Aim, Pepsodent, and. . .there are so many more. Endless rows, shelf after shelf, box after box, lining the drug store and supermarket aisles. How many different kinds of toothpaste can there possibly be? And, how many different variations? Whitening, decay preventing, sensitive, gel, mint, mint gel, striped, fluoride, and so on. Toothpaste has been around for more than a hundred years, yet somehow the different brands keep coming out as “new and improved.” How many timesRead more

Keeping Up With the Karaokians

When you’re on the radio, playing hits and spouting time, temp, and song titles. . and an occasional bit of concealed wisdom, you can’t see the listener. (Notice I said, “listener.” It is a known fact that people seldom listen in groups sitting in bleachers.) So, what happens when a disc jockey is in front of a live audience? Ideally, he or she will speak to one person, perhaps someone toward the back of the bar, preferably one who’s awake.Read more

Career Detour: Through a Scary House

In 1968 there was a brief interruption in my radio career. I left my job at KSTT to sell mutual funds for a company called Investors Diversified Services (IDS). After a few months of trying to sell funds, I found the training boring, the job generally uninteresting. As a result, I didn’t get many people to invest. It didn’t take long to realize I should have stayed in radio. However, there was one shining moment in as a mutual fund salesman thatRead more

Play That “New” Jingle Again

My neighbor had been complaining for weeks that his golf game kept getting worse. Shank to the left, shank to the right. Chip from the rough. Putt, putt, putt. Then one morning, when I stopped over for coffee, he announced “I had a great game yesterday, with my new clubs. . .” His old clubs were perfectly good. And, the set before that as well. But, sometimes golf clubs just stop working. The whole set. No good. Enter the new andRead more

Shades of Early Learning

Many people remember a favorite grade school teacher, one they liked the most and often paid attention to. I would venture that if you’ll think back, and decide which teacher was your favorite, you would find it was one who also influenced your life more than others. I was trying to  remember the names of all my grade school teachers. I remembered most of them. Taking this a bit further, I tried to remember what the classrooms looked like, and recall certain events,Read more

A Radio Ride to Remember

The Masonic Temple in Davenport, Iowa has been the venue for many concerts over the years. It’s an ominous building, looks like a government structure, concrete top to bottom. Some claim that today it is haunted. A lot of the concerts back in the 1960s were promoted by the owner of KSTT, the radio station where I worked as program director, so I emceed many of the shows, introducing people like Johnny Mathis, Steve and Eydie, Andy Williams, The Mamas and TheRead more

Conquering the Catalinas

From our home in Marana, near Tucson, we have a view of Mt. Lemmon, the highest point in the Catalina Mountains – over 9,000 feet. Since we moved here nearly three years ago, we have talked of driving up to Summerhaven, a small town near the summit. Andrea and I started the assent once a couple of years ago, but part way up we both became a little shaky about the curving roads with seemingly steep drop offs. We didn’tRead more