Saturday, July 8, 2017

John Landecker's tattoo, Steve Scott, Pong remembered

Greetings from the Land of Lincoln, where no Boston Tea Party has been planned...yet.
  • I guess I'll jump on the celebratory bandwagon and congratulate John Records Landecker on his forthcoming entry into the National Radio Hall of Fame. I only met him once when I interviewed him (and I really appreciate it because he's well-known and established in Chicago radio). I'd heard good things about him, and he was, indeed, very friendly and positive. It seems like he has a ton of friends and support from Chicago and beyond. You can see a lot of pictures of him online, but here's one that I think no one else has taken: his tattooed arm. He told me that after his German-born father died (he was Jewish), the German government issued a number for a cash payment that was made to him. 
John Landecker's arm
I took this picture of John Landecker's arm...I'm saying this in case anyone wants to use it without attributing it to me, which has happened before, including by a major news outlet...not naming names, at least for now...bwahaha
  • In other more pressing news (pun intended), former WLS newsman Steve Scott (who* I also interviewed) is moderating an event on August 7 at the New York Press Club with Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered football injury-related CTE. (You're probably thinking, "I don't live in NYC, why does this matter?" Now you know how I feel when I get emails announcing glorious events hosted by the Writers Guild, which I must pay into, while never being able to actually go, unless I had a private plane and a pied-à-terre there. So I'm going to try to plan something in Chicago...this is news...stay tuned for updates.) 
  • And finally...even though it's supposed to be a fantastic weather day today, be sure to stay indoors because it's Video Games Day (not to be confused with my birthday, which always falls on National Video Games Day on September 12). Remember Pong? So do I, actually.
pong video game
My friend had this game and we played it. It was considered fun.

*I know it's supposed to be "whom" but I want to say "who."

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