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FTV: Athletically Speaking

    A while back, I spent four segments of From the Vaults reminiscing about my high school years.  Having discovered my old high school annuals (called The Tatler), it was rather fun thinking back to the things that kept me busy and off the street.  The vast majority of these memories revolved around both high school […]

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FTV: Joe B Revisited

  We last visited Joe Bonamassa-land after the release of his 2016 album Blues of Desperation (FTV: Joe’s Blues 5-4-2016).  At that time, we found Bonamassa riding the crest of a wave of creativity that saw him releasing multiple live CD/DVD packages of his own work (Live at Royale Albert Hall and Live at Radio City […]

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FTV: Uncle Walter

      “And that’s the way it is.”  For some reason this phrase used to irk my brother Ron.  Any time he heard this phrase, he would snarl, “No, that’s the way you SAY it is.”  I am still not sure why this riled Ron up, but coming from Walter Cronkite at the end of his […]

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FTV: Halloween Carnival

Raisanen, I have run two carnivals so now it is your turn.”  So said my Junior High Student Council co-advisor and field trip taking buddy Bruce Johanson back in October of 1980.  I am not totally sure what makes Finlanders sign up for the long haul on every project that they get involved with, but […]

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From the Vaults: A Tough Business

Now the title of this FTV is pretty generic.  It could apply to just about any endeavour, but with my background as a Geography/Earth Science teacher, it won’t surprise you that I am talking about science.  Perhaps it is just a force of habit, but one of the first books I read after retirement set […]

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FTV: Alligator Records

      Bruce Iglauer isn’t exactly a household name.  If one isn’t a blues music fan, Alligator Records probably won’t ring many bells either.  During the past couple of years, there has been a profound transition in the music business and Alligator Records is, by Iglauer’s estimation, lucky to still be hanging around at all, let […]

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FTV: Rabble Rousers

 In September of 2018, RadioWorld magazine featured an article by John Schneider as part of a series they call Roots of Radio.  The full title of Schneider’s article was The Rabble-Rousers of Early Radio Broadcasting,  subtitled Take a look at some of radio’s less-remembered provocateurs. Schneider’s article focused on the formative years of radio (1920s […]

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