When Thumbs Up Doesn’t Come, Then What?

by Kevin Burton    When I was a sort of young beep baseball player, I had a team mate who always talked about heart guards.     Beep baseball is baseball for blind players. The ball is slightly bigger than a softball and depending on who made the ball, it can be quite hard.     When …

Remote Adventures In South Dakota

by Kevin Burton    Checked into the Hampton Inn in Sioux Falls on a Monday, settled into our room. One thing was missing.    We were two days into a much-needed vacation and having a great time, ready to watch the Chiefs-Raiders game on Monday Night Football.    The room was nice, lots of space …

Visiting Johnny Carson’s Boyhood Home Town

by Kevin Burton    There was a time when one man captured this nation’s attention, made us laugh and in a way, held us together.    And that national smile began with the first five notes of that song, The Tonight Show theme.     “Daaaaa dum dum daaaa daaaa….”     You heard those notes and …

The Bible Is What’s Happening Now

by Kevin Burton    The late comedian Flip Wilson had an ongoing gag featuring a hip, fast-talking preacher who strayed for comedic effect, far from a right interpretation of the Bible.    His Flip Wilson Show aired Thursday nights on NBC from 1970 to 1974.  The recurring preacher segment came from what he called “The …

Quibbles And Bits: Shame On Starbucks?

by Kevin Burton    Got some things to say. Don’t want to make a federal, 700-word case of them, just want to have my say as they say in England.    Just some things I need to get off my chest.     I’ll call them Quibbles And Bits. I’ll serve them up on Page 7 …

Skunk Baxter’s Unlikely Second Act

   His parents named him Jeffrey, you know him as Skunk.    How did he get the nickname Skunk? He isn’t saying.     He played guitar for two of the best rock and roll bands ever, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a …

ESPN Classic: A Thing Of The Past

by Kevin Burton    ESPN will discontinue the ESPN Classic channel at the end of this year according to published reports.    You know what this means? I will have to come up with a new joke to explain the futility of my Cincinnati Reds. I have been saying I still love to watch them, …

Girl Scout Cookies Are Marketing Magic

by Kevin Burton    Let’s open another box of cookies, shall we?    Yesterday on Page 7 we established that October is National Cookie Month.  If you’re like me you have let several Octobers go by without having this knowledge.  But it/s never too late to make up for lost time.    One of the …

Friedlander Lives On Through Her Books

by Kevin Burton     A familiar and beloved voice has been silenced, yet her voice lives on.    Public law 89-522 is the law under which copyrighted books can be read on tape and distributed for the benefit of blind readers. I am one of those blind readers.    The earliest voice I can remember …

Here’s Fair Warning, Chef Kev Rides Again

by Kevin Burton    Guess what, I’m going to be on a cooking show!    The dickens you say…..    Yeah, I’m going to be the stuffed turkey! (ba-dum-bum).     These are the jokes kids. God help me, here I go. But me in the kitchen, no laughing matter.    And actually I should say …