Recently I made a sad trip to Canada for a wonderful celebration of life event for my dear friend Gary Russell (Vidler). (pictured with me above) Gar had passed away long before his time and as much as I didn’t like the reason why we there, it was nice to see some old friends like Doc Harris, Stirling Faux, JJ Johnson, and Gary’s brother Chuck McCoy. Just before his passing Gar and his wife Joan had put a list together of the people he wanted at his celebration which he also insisted be a happy occasion. With that in mind it was real easy to see why old friend Doc Harris (pictured below) made the short list because when he got up to speak he soon had the whole room laughing. He began by talking about when he and Gar met for the first time which was when I hired Doc to join us at CKOM in Saskatoon. Shortly afterwards though Doc complained, Johns “buggers” off to CKSO in Sudbury but I guess not to worry ’cause we both got the call to join him in Sudbury. Gar started out doing traffic report but seeing as there’s only one road going through Sudbury so the traffic was the same everyday we’d just head to the woods and do a little weed. Wouldn’t you know it theogh after only being in Sudbury a few months George “buggers” off again for Ottawa. Now suddenly waking up to the reality that we are living in a small mining town we don’t wait for his call because we’ve gotta get out of this place. Gar heads for Vancouver and I end up in Hamilton where a few months later I do get the call to join George in Toronto where he’s just been named the new Program Director. All was going real well at CFTR until of course Johns “buggers off” again but this time it’s to the States and I’m very excited. For over forty years now I’ve just been sitting here staring at my phone but still no call.
OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT…
Much as I wished my dad was still alive I’d hate like hell having to explain the transgender thing to him.
Have you ever noticed how many statues there are dedicated to artists but none honoring critics.
Gifted people need to add a little science to their act otherwise they’ll end up penniless like Mozart.
Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it art.
It’s the fear of death that keeps you alive.
Whenever we hear an absolute we tend to view ourselves as the exception.
Freedom of speech is just a myth, there is absolutely none in the workplace.
Why do people who suffer from depression appear to be happier than most people.
It takes an emotional experience before anybody will change anything.
Why do men hangin’ out are always laughing whereas a group of women appear to be upset about something.
Men are mostly into women where as women are mostly into lifestyle.
The sexiest part of a woman is her face.
Men are still men but women have become persons.
You need to get after your dreams while you still can.
Most of the people who demand star treatment aren’t.
The more powerful you are the funnier you are to the people around you.
Somebody has to die before they’ll change a law.
The biggest radio promotions of all time were done without a promotion department.
The trouble with voice mail is that you don’t get a chance to jump in and say … Got it!
The only way to prevent large market radio taking over your market is by adding local content.
When I lived in Coronado I read the San Diego Tribune but my wife only read the Coronado paper.
I prefer hearing about what people know rather than what they think because it’s usually much briefer.
Is it politically correct to bring up how absurd politically correct is.
How do you change someones thinking if you have no idea what they’re thinking.
I dislike the words don’t and stop until they are combined.
I sure don’t have the answers but unfortunately neither do the Democrats or Republicans.
Wow not only is Bobby Curtola gone but also Mr Hockey, Gordie Howe at 88, two of Canada’s very best.
Does anybody ever buy stock without insider information.
Weird that with all the guns that are supposedly out there that somebody else in the Orlando club didn’t have one.
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When my grandson Nathaniel (pictured below) was in kindergarten, my daughter Candis (pictured above) volunteered to teach an art class at his school. Being a singer/songwriter she decided that since music is no longer taught in school she would teach the kids how to write a song. What they came up with was a little tune called “Cool To B A Kid” and because Candis used to be the director of licensing at WEA, she knew how to get the tune published with BMI. Next she went into the studio and recorded it. Not only did each kid receive a CD of their tune, they also got an official document stating that they were one of the writers. (click on the link below to hear how it all turned out)
A BUNCH OF OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS…
The white American male who is an unprotected species is probably the most dangerous thing on earth.
There is no other you, in fact even that little voice you hear in your head now and then is just you.
I’ve grown up thinking that to compromise is to die. Recently though at a college commencement address President Obama claimed though that not compromising may make you feel good but but you’ll never be successful.
Your world grows only as large as your languaging skills do.
History was made by the people who wrote it down.
Only powerful people can be politically incorrect.
So next year on The Voice Alicia Keys is gonna sit in one of the judge’s chairs and I can only hope that she’s as color blind is Pharrell. I did notice though that when she sang her new tune that her background singers and dancers were all black.
Everybody has time to hear a kind word.
You don’t need to make peace with your friends, just your enemies.
The more detail you put into your work the more people will want it.
Who was it that thought music education wasn’t necessary in schools anymore but history which is mostly untrue is.
If Mr. Businessman wasn’t government protected there’d be a bounty on them all.
The thing that most Americans don’t understand about Canadians is that even the right wingers are slightly left of center.
If voting really changed anything I’m pretty sure it would be illegal.
It is said that even liberal Hollywood people become right wing fascists when their bottom line is threatened.
It should take as much effort to get welfare as it does to get a paycheck.
The more you desire the more you’ll receive.
One needs to dream today what he wants tomorrow to look like.
The only thing good about growing old is that you can practically get away with anything. Who the hell is gonna convict you.
You don’t need a whole lotta love to heal the world, a little kindness will do.
I think that the purest love of all may be between a brother and a sister.
When you listen to the words of “When A Man Loves A Woman” you understand why a man has a tough time committing. Who the hell wants to live like that.
Swapping the word you for the letter I results in bigger ratings.
You’re most likely to be liked by those you like.
In the 60’s a nice car used to cost less than a third of your yearly salary, now they cost more than you make in a year.
Why does TV news need an agenda.
It is useless to try and solve the problems of what you can’t control.
Being afraid to make a mistake is the biggest mistake of all.
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