Monthly Archives: August 2006

The Simpsons & The First Amendment

A new survey by the McCormick Tribune Feedom Museum indicates only 28 percent of Americans were able to name more than one of the five First Amendment freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Compare that with 52 percent of Americans … Continue reading

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Last Ride

Thanks to the security guys at the Seven Clans Casino for helping get the top up on my car after the Last Ride Blues Festival Saturday night.  (It’s a long story.)  Some people shouldn’t be allowed to drive.  I’ve always said, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to everybody at the Alerus Center for bringing  Cirque dul Soleil’s DELIRIUM to the area.  It is a spectacle.  I’ve never seen anything like it. Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, DELIRIUM has a great deal of … Continue reading

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This week on television we’re going to be talking about swag.  Swag stands for Stuff We All Get.  (You can substitute the sh-word, if you care to, to create the variation shwag.) Actually, "we" don’t all get it.  Swag is … Continue reading

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Dick King

It’s terribly sad to have to report the passing of Dick King this evening.  Dick died this afternoon at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.  He was 85. Since 1976 he led the Dick King Classic Swing Band.  As we said in … Continue reading



Martin Short’s new show "Martin Short:  Fame Becomes Me" opens on Broadway tonight .  It’s a one-man show with a 5-member cast–very Short-like.  I interviewed Martin Short a couple of years ago before a show at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand … Continue reading

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Getting Dunked

I’ve been told before that I’m all wet, but on Saturday I expect to be all wet–literally.  I’m going to be taking a turn at the Willing Workers 4-H Club Dunk Tank as part of Heritage Days in East Grand Forks.  The … Continue reading


On The Fringe

An interesting story in the New York Times today on the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival, supposedly the toughest competition in the world for stand-up comedians.  It quotes former Saturday Night Live cast member Rich Hall. "It goes on the longest, … Continue reading

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Chili Cookoff

Now I know how Susan Lucci feels.  Your Home Team walked away from the 7th annual Friends of the Greenway Chili Cookoff today without the gold (or silver or bronze).  The cookoff is part of Catfish Days in East Grand Forks … Continue reading


Dick’s Sick

Sorry to hear that musician (and lawyer) Dick King is hospitalized in Grand Forks.  I’m sure he could use some cards and e-mails. Dick King and His Classic Swing Band have been helping keep the music of the big band era alive … Continue reading

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