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Casual Fridays Radio Show airs each Friday at noon (and again at 11 p.m.) on Lakeshore Public Radio, WLPR, 89.1-FM, streaming at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/casual-fridays/. Listen to previous shows at that site also.

‘Please tell everyone I said thank you’

November 25, 2014

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Remember my request of birthday cards for a woman who turns 99 on Thanksgiving Day? Well, thanks to my readers and social media followers, Ruth Antrim of Chesterton has already received dozens and dozens of birthday cards, with more coming in each day (and even one gift left at her door). I visited Ruth on […]

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Dillinger makes front-page headlines… again

November 16, 2014

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I can only guess that the infamous bank robber John Dillinger is in hell, not heaven. But if I’m wrong, and he’s looking down on us, he’s surely shining that trademark cocky smirk of his these days. Here it is 2014, 80 years after his death, and the native Hoosier is robbing us again in […]

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Keeping abreast of public ignorance

November 15, 2014

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I did everything I possibly could not to stare at the woman’s bare breast. It was no use. My young eyes couldn’t have gravitated to her chest any faster if it were decorated with lit sparklers, rare baseball cards and neon signs screaming “Hey kid, look at this!” I was about 10 years old and […]

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My annual Holiday Elf Fund now taking nominations

November 12, 2014

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For the sixth straight year, the same Hobart couple has contacted me to help locate a handful of region families that can use a financial boost during the holidays. The couple again asked me to serve as an elf, of sorts, and I’m honored to play the role. I rely on social service agencies, trusted […]

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Region rat, Regionnaire, Regionite, whatever…

November 10, 2014

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Do you consider yourself a “region rat”? Personally I don’t consider myself such a thing, but I know many Northwest Indiana residents who proudly wear the region-rat reputation. And I am convinced they will never see themselves as anything else, til death do them part. It doesn’t matter that the derogative term sums us up […]

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Hey, that’s MY band, not yours

November 1, 2014

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The year: 1980. I just escaped high school. I heard about a new rock group called U2. Friends who were seduced by the mainstream classic-rock likes of Boston, Foreigner, and REO Speedwagon told me that U2 was a Christian rock group. They told me U2 sucked. They told me U2 is a stupid name for a rock band. I told […]

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Ever have a friend who……?

October 30, 2014

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Have you ever had a friend who covered your tracks even though they shouldn’t? Ever have a friend who made you laugh so hard you sprayed Coca-Cola from your nose? More than once. Ever have a friend who answered his phone angry and rude, and then heard it was you and changed his tune? Every […]

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