My Beautiful Birthday Present. (new geo Blog for the week of May 14/18)

 

Many years ago when we all worked for Jim Hilliard in West Palm Beach, my friends Bob Christy, Eric Chaney,(RIP) and me were celebrating my birthday by doing a bar crawl on Clematis Street. As the evening wound down and I was about ready to call it a night, Bob who wasn’t near done yet said, “Let’s go over to Palm Beach (the place where the people who really run America live) and have a final, final at the Leopard Lounge.” I scrunched up my nose and said, “Nah, only old rich people go there,” and with a wave of my hand, I headed home. Little did I know that God had a special birthday present waiting for me there in the form of the beautiful Jan Hall. (pictured above with me )
Jan was a senior flight attendant for US AIR at the time but now has her own very successful business in LA called Moonstone Marketing. She and her staff specialize in everything a company would need to have a well-visited Web site. Their expertise has resulted in her company catching fire, especially in the Oxnard Ventura area.

Anyway back to my precious birthday present. When Bob and Eric ventured into the Leopard Bar that night, they were the only people except for Jan and her flight crew who were under 90. Eventually, they gravitated towards each other and while having a few cocktails, Bob and Eric began chatting them up. However, I think Bob totally misread the situation because I’m pretty sure that God only wanted him to amuse Jan until I eventually showed up as was originally intended. Now, not only won’t he give her back to me, the prick married her. Damn!

OK ENOUGH OF MY WHINING LETS GET ON WITH IT.

Being a “Dually,” I get to hate twice as many politicians as most.
 
I think things would be much better if the Dow weren’t so wussy about rumors.
 
If someone is grandfathered in politically by race or religion why would we want to hear what their old school political point of view is?
 
Doing what you love doing will not only make you successful, it will make you happy.
 
If you don’t get an excellent education you better hurry up and invent something.
 
I wonder why alcoholics feel the need to finish the whole bottle whereas a drug addict only needs a hit and a smoker just a cigarette?
 
If anybody needs advice, it’s me, but I don’t wanna hear it!
 
Sometimes more often than not, what you think may be better left unsaid.
 
Whatever happened to the Tea Party?
 
When you go to a car dealer, their goal is to sell you a car that’s already there and then get you to pay as much for it as they can. There ain’t nothing else going on.
 
It doesn’t matter how often you fall, the last person to get back up wins it all.
 
We didn’t pay Stormy, but we sure did pay for a bunch of harassment suits brought against several congressmen. Names, please?
 
I think if the teachers were willing to blow up the “old school” school system, there’d be a lot more money for them.
 
Guys start bands to get free women and beer which may be the same reason why the guys who can’t play, start their own businesses?
 
The worst sin of all is fooling around with a woman that’s not as good looking as your wife; the public will never forgive you. However, based on that, I think Slick Willy gets a pass.
 
Is it just me or is Dan Patrick starting to look like Jerry Lewis?
 
The problem isn’t not having the knowledge of what to do about stuff; it’s coming up with the inspiration to get on with the doing of them.
 
All that happened when American Airlines reorganized its reward program was that it now takes much longer to accumulate points for free air travel. Surprise!
 
An interesting experiment may be to answer no when the person at the check out counter asks you if you found everything?
 
I don’t know what Trump’s theory is but my experience with rich people is, the more money you give them, the more they hoard.
 
Your best years may be behind you, but they will always define who you are.
 
We all evolve but unfortunately, we do it at a different rate which can make it tough on any marriage.
 
Doesn’t it look weird to see bull riders at the rodeo wearing crash helmets instead of Cowboy hats?
 
If you’re thinking of running for office remember one thing, you can lie cheat or steal but you can’t have sex.
 
The main difference between Frank, Elvis, and The Beatles was that Frank never changed the world.
 
When you’re the president of anything, you’re probably working even when you’re not at work.
 
We all have to learn how to deal with the way things are not how we wish them to be.
 
The government collecting more from the rich ain’t gonna change nothing, it’s their spending that’s killing us.
 
Of course, it’s a sexist society, and I for one am tired of it. I once sued a woman and won but still had to pay all the lawyers and court costs.
 
Isn’t being politically correct just another form of lying?
 
It’s pretty obvious that Trump is nothing like Obama, but for some reason, a lot of folks are shocked and horrified that he doesn’t act like him?
 
We can all change our mind unless of course, we don’t have one.
 
The better you become so becomes the world.
 
While watching the Voice this season, it was hard to predict if America was going to move a black or white singer forward. However, I did know who Alicia Keys was gonna go with.
 
Much more @ George Johns.com. On Twitter@GeoOfTheRadio.

 

 

Geo’s Media Blog. (CKY Reunion) 5/07/18. #7 in 2018

 A few years ago I found myself flying back to Winnipeg with Jim Hilliard for a long overdue reunion at CKY. (Jim pictured above with Deno Corrie, me, and Burton Cummings) When I began my radio career as a board op at CKY, not only was Jim the station’s Program Director, he was also the afternoon drive guy known as Jimmy Darin.
Unfortunately, as exciting as the reunion promised to be, I’m afraid that we’d waited too long because most of the first team we’re already gone. How sweet it would have been had I been able to come home and thank Daryl ‘B’, Chuck Dann (Riley), Jack Wells, Frank Roberts, Jim Coghill, Bill Trebilcoe, George Dawes, John Pierce, and Mike Hopkins, for all that they had done for me.
When our plane touched down in Winnipeg, we still had a few hours before the big event so we decided to revisit some of the places we used to hang out at. This included the drive-in movie theatre where along with Barbara and Lana, we discovered James Bond. Now some 50 years later Jim and I continue that tradition by seeing the latest James Bond flick together.
When our reminiscing tour of Winnipeg was done, we cleaned up and headed for the reunion and once there we got to reunite with the few folks from our era who were still around. This included Em McDermid, Deno Corrie, Warren Cosford and even some of the guys from the Jury. Ray St Germain who was Winnipeg’s first rock star was there along with Burton Cummings who sang a chorus of our first record “Until You Do” which he claimed he bought with the money from his paper route.
When I worked at CKY I was just starting out as a board op, but as I look back, I now realize that those days were probably the most fun I’ve ever had in radio. At some point, Burton asked me if Jimmy Darin was there? When I told him that he was, he excitedly asked if I would introduce him. When we caught up with Jim he was talking to a few folks, and when there was a lull in the conversation, I said, “Jim, you remember Burton Cummings don’t you?” He said, “Of course I do” and after shaking hands, Jim said, “Hey Burton I don’t want you to think I’m a star-fucker or anything but my wife Barbara made me promise to say hello to you if I saw you. She still remembers when we picked you up years ago when you were hitchhiking in the rain.” Burton responded with the line of the night when he said, “I understand you’re not being a star-fucker Jim, but perhaps Barbara is?”

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS.

I recently learned that when the Irish came to America, they were slaves too but were much cheaper than their African counterparts.

Speaking of slaves, how about the Chinese who built the railroad across our great land?

Life is a yin and yang thing; sometimes you give sometimes you get.
 
I guess PC is still alive and well in America, I’ve heard nothing at all about John Legend playing Jesus in the rebooted “Jesus Christ Superstar.” I doubt very much though that the same would be true if Michael Buble were cast as Martin Luther King in a musical.
 
Great men weren’t usually known as great fathers.
 
I wonder how many trees the internet has saved?
 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they gave us some decent political candidates to vote for instead of who to vote against?
 
Do you find it as weird as I do that everybody talks about and believes in local radio but nobody does it?
 
Wow, now Pope Francis says that his words overrule the Bible, how Trumpesque of him.
 
The perfect combination you need to succeed on the radio is a mature mind with an immature vocal delivery.
 

Almost anyone can learn how to play guitar but unfortunately, you can’t learn to play like Eric Clapton or Lenny Breau.

The peaceful majority have always been irrelevant.

If I were a pedophile, I would think that becoming a priest would be the perfect job.

Radio’s real problem is the fact that it has no “afterlife.”Films, plays, and songs can be sold over and over and over again whereas radio needs fresh product every day.

Recently a friend was offered a job in San Diego which paid three times what she’s currently making which was very exciting until she realized that she still couldn’t afford to live there.

Even if you tax the shit out of the rich, you still won’t have enough money to fix America. Ask Canada.

Why does it seem that the people most concerned about the environment leave a mess wherever they go.

Going against the flow may be the most heroic and difficult thing you’ll ever do.

Some loyalties last only as long as the money does.

Being an addict should give you fewer rights, not more.

Gas in Canada in some places is running at $6.00 a gallon. This, in a country that has more oil than we do with only 36 million people to use it compared to our 325 million. So much for the scam of supply and demand.

You don’t get over things you get through them.

As I told my grandson Nathaniel, “The secret to life is first figuring out what you love to do, then find somebody who’ll pay you to do it.”

#Geo’sBlog above is about a reunion for #CKY, #Winnipeg #TheJury, #JimmyDarin and #BurtonCummings. My #LifeLiners deal with #Slaves, #Radio and #Music amongst other controversial subjects. For sneak peeks at upcoming #Geo’sBlogs, go to GeorgeJohns.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Sharing and commenting is appreciated.