Month: February 2016

The Ice Storm Sale Commercial

Chris Lytle, Guest Author  An ice storm hit Madison, Wisconsin in March of 1976. It was a doozy, a disaster, crippling much of the city. It was also the best thing that could have happened to a young radio advertising salesperson.

Five Best Places to Do What?

You know those things you see online constantly, “Top 5 Waterfalls of India,” or “Worst Places to Retire.” Well, I’ll offer this: “Five Best Places to Get Seasick.”

I’ll Walk You to the Circus

I’m not sure if I’d ever been to a circus before. At around five or six years old, I probably hadn’t. I do remember the excitement when I found out the Cole Brothers Circus was coming to town.

What Would Hopalong Do?

(From Favorites Collection – Original published 12/29/15) The sun was starting to rise brightly above the Catalina Mountains. To the west, a nearly full moon was slowly calling it quits for the day. My dog Roy and I left for our walk a bit earlier than usual.

Any Way You Spell It…

From time to time, we have picked on Facebook and the quality of its content. But, admittedly, there are a lot of good posts and usable advice that surfaces.

Tools of the Day – Then and Now

My father, Woodrow Vancil, died at age 30, a promising young architect. He worked with the drafting tools you see at the left in this photo.

Heartfelt Message from the Top Row

This week in 1988, a dear friend of mine passed away unexpectedly while undergoing heart surgery. Jim Watt was the General Manager at KSTT radio in Davenport, Iowa. Jim gave me my first program director job, when I was at the ripe young age of…

No Room for Fear Here

It was exactly six years ago, early February, 2010. It had been over a month since I’d entered the University of Wisconsin Hospitals Transplant Clinic to await a liver transplant.

A Toast to Frivolity on Facebook

Here’s what I saw pop up on Facebook the other day. Toast. Four rows of toast, four slices to a row. Sixteen slices total, conveniently numbered,

Does the Groundhog Really Know?

All day, February 2nd, I kept thinking about this Groundhog Day thing. If a groundhog somewhere in Pennsylvania comes out of his hibernation, or his cage, or wherever he’s been,

What Paul Anka Taught Me

When I was a teenager growing up in Kewanee, Illinois, the favorite dating places were the Wanee Theatre, the Bowlmore Bowling Alley, and the A & W Drive-In.

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