John Wells wrote, George, I Loved the pic you sent of the KY Christmas party …..
You did have them all laughing; my Mom looked great. She still has the same hairdo and is 98; Evelyn turned 100 this year. You likely heard Cactus died in ’99 at 88… But he walked 18 at St Charles 2 weeks before he checked out.
I loved your random thoughts, likely because, as an old white guy, it was easy to agree with every one of them.
John Wells King called me at Fairbanks from the office of our FCC attorneys, Haley, Bader, and Potts, and said, “I’ve been assigned to you, and my job is to figure out how to say yes to everything you want.
Kurt Johnson wrote; Thanks for the story/obit. It was a sad day here in Big D when Kay Ville passed. I am grateful that I got to spend a few years in the PD chair with her. She was grand, classy, and a real presence in any room.
Lesley Palmiter wrote on my blog; Dear Cami, Congratulations on your graduation. I met you when you were about six, and we all had such fun. You are clearly an exceptional and lucky young lady, as your dad has been with you through all your milestones and has updated his extended broadcast family with all your successes over the years.
As you well know, your dad is also a very special, warm, and wonderful man. A person who always makes others feel better for having known and spent time with him. I’m sure you are much like him in this regard
.Ken Held wrote, Well, George, You’ve packed a lot of thoughtful and deep stuff into this short blog. I think you know that even though you keep hitting on my girlfriend, in the words of the great Billy Stewart, ‘I Do Love You.’ Good job, pal.
Steve Eberhart posted; Ask any government employee, and they can usually tell you the exact date of their retirement.
GM of KOB, Art Schreiber, who had traveled with the Beatles on their first tour across America as a news reporter, told me after I asked, “How did the Beatles resist all those young girls throwing themselves at them? ” “They didn’t resist at all, and in fact, we were all amazed that they could still play each night.”
Bruce Walker of the Jury wrote, Too bad you quit playing George. I still practice regularly, write songs, and sing my heart out. Music is invaluable to me. It is a place to go and drown all your cares for a while. Extremely relaxing.
Paul Cavenaugh wrote, Wow, George. You had the best customer service experience a Bank could offer! Only a month screwing you around? You big shots always get special treatment!
After my parents passed away about ten years ago, I fought with DirecTV for six solid months before those creeps finally backed off on their $200 “Early Termination Fee”.
By the way, those aren’t New Yorkers honking horns. Those are Miami drivers trying to get the heck out of there!
Jerry Bobo shouted out at a Fairbanks conference immediately after Hilliard said to us, “Intelligent people reasonably informed seldom disagree,” “Jim, you lost me at intelligent.”
Bob DeCarlo wrote on my blog; You sent me from San Diego to Dallas to listen to Ron for a few days. That was the beginning of my doctorate education in George Johns Radio 101, and man, did it pay off. I can’t thank you enough for all you and Ron Chapman helped me accomplish. If he’s doing mornings in heaven, I want middays.
Julie Heath writes; George, you know I fantasize about you! Love ya!
Larry Macinnis wrote on my blog. George, you are so right about “The fewer the words, the greater the impact.” All good comedy writers know that. So did Lincoln. So did Churchill. It was the first and best lesson by my first boss at CHUM, Mike Kornfeld.
Jim Harper commented on Radio Geo’s Media Blog, Like most kind and wise men, you never asked or seemed to want anything but to engage in interesting conversations and see people succeed. Maybe THAT’S the point? I could never repay you for the success you’ve helped me achieve.
My FAVORITE Georgeism: “OK…let’s stop discussing this great idea before we talk ourselves out of it.”
Michael Cranston asked, Is it too late for you to hire me in Dallas???
Ken LeMann wrote; I’m sure if Bart McClendon really cared about radio, he would feel the same as you regarding squandered opportunities such as your not putting Rick Moranis and Sandy Hoyt together in the mornings on CFTR in Toronto.
One of my buddies at KNUS in Dallas was the overnight kid Fred Kennedy but nobody seemed to hear how talented he was. Even you guys at KVIL missed your chance by choosing the talented Cat Simon from our staff instead.
When KNUS dissolved and the on-air talent scattered to various parts of the country, Fred teamed up with our afternoon guy, Randy Hames, and became the new Hudson and Harrigan in Houston for the next three decades. I can only assume they made a fortune.
Norm Wilkens from our advertising agency in Indy wrote, George: As I remember, we offered $1,000,000 to anyone who could accurately predict the final thirty-three starting positions of the Indy 500. We called it “The IMPOSSIBLE CONTEST,” and it was just that. The number of breakouts was so numerous that it was IMPOSSIBLE to calculate. Jim Hilliard and I discussed the obstacles, and he said not to worry; no one would even come close. He was right!
Paul Canvenaugh commented on my blog; Hey George! First of all, Political Correctness isn’t difficult unless your heart has something to hide. Take it a step further…Although I can’t afford it anymore, I still hang out with boating people. Is it a sign of prejudice or intelligence? When did you hear about a drive-by shooting at the Yacht Club?
As for Jesus, I don’t think it was Mary and Joseph…It was Maury and Josephine. Do you think an innkeeper would rent a room to a laborer and his pregnant wife who suddenly showed up with a donkey and no reservations? It was a business decision!
Red Robison wrote: George Keep on punching; I always read your stuff. Good radio was always in the hands of people like you. What happened to radio is happening in newspapers and magazines. They have taken the low road. Hey, they’re corporations, and you better toe the line or get out now.
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