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GREETINGS FROM: Backstage of The Jackson Beldon Food & Balloon Festival kicking off The NFL HOF Week.


I guess it is appropriate that I have just added my good friend and legal advisor, Attorney Greg Barwell to this list. Why? Cause it is SHARK WEEK on Discovery starting on Sunday Night. THE SINGLE BEST WEEK OF TV!!! Sorry Greg had to have a lil fun with you!

FIRST OFF If you are a DJ or IN A BAND-or know someone who is, I am booking for a LARGE event on THE MORNING of Sunday October 16th! Please e-mail for more info. Little WORK, DECENT PAY!


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You can also add my buddies while you are at it 

Last week while I was in Wisconsin I was a lil homesick. I was in the gym and “Hang on Sloopy” (The State Rock Song of O-H-I-O) came on IN A GYM OUTSIDE OF MADISON. This was awesome, didn’t think I would hear this anywhere outside of C-Bus, and here I am in a gym and it comes on the oldies station they had on (I think one of the only stations they could get?).


Sounds awesome for this Buckeye, right? NOPE! Cause the next song was “Roll with The Changes” by REO Speedwagon. I AM NOT OLD ENOUGH to have a song I grew up with on THE OLDIES STATION!!!



The past few weeks and while in Wisconsin I have been running a lot. I am sure this is good for me, however, there is a fine line between healthy exercise and BEING HURT! My knees have been bothering me, and on Thursday while running…had to call the neighbors to come get me. I was 4 miles out and did not want to walk (or hobble) back. So I am lucky I threw out an SOS and the neighbors came with a tow line back to home.


But all this is hurting my manhood. Not the asking for help (however did bother me a lil when the neighbor and her daughter came to pick me up), not the knowing my mind says yes but body says no, not even the ice on knees as I am sitting here on the side of the stage waiting on my sound check. NOPE NONE OF THAT!


My Manhood was affected when getting out of the ice bath. THINK ABOUT IT, waist down in a bath of FREEZING COLD ICE WATER. Makes me shiver…and shrink, just remembering it!!!

This week has been a GREAT ONE! Well other than the freezing my manhood away (gave me a sore throat-guess they do run away?). ANYWAY…had a chance to chat with a friend who heads up a Military support group I do some work for and with. I had never had the chance to hear why/how he got involved as well as his own “story.” While some of the stories made me uncomfortable…they all made me respect him (and all OUR Brave Men & Women) more. R.B. and all who serve(d) and support-THANK YOU!

ALSO had a chance to chat via text with one of my buddies. He seemed to be having some problems with some folks who, well…have a reputation of “positive messages” and turn around to some of the most negative human traits I have ever had the mis-pleasure of seeing. I personally think he has EVERY RIGHT TO BE UPSET, and since many of them read this-I guess I would encourage them to LIVE the words you spew! Or at the very least…TELL THE TRUTH!


REGARDLESS of those actions, my buddy was hurt, and even pi**ed. This reminded me of many of my own interactions. This unfortunate situation allowed me to truly believe there is good in EVERY SITUATION, and yes people WILL hose others. Sometimes intentionally, many times not. The way in which we view the actions, and the person ONLY AFFECTS ourselves. If we (or my buddy) don’t let it bother, the situation is much more easy to deal with, and in turn-learn from. AT THE VERY LEAST…learn that we don’t want to ever be a part of the mis-truths, lies, theft, and negative feelings that others’ actions put into place with ourselves.

This conversation reminded me a lot of about many of my own instances. The times I have been hosed, and the times (yes…) that I have hosed someone. I never want anyone to feel the way in which I have, and will do my best to guide someone to not allow negative actions to impose on them as well! ALL the good and bad, led to some memories, some smiles, some tears, ALL learning experiences. Then as I was reminiscing a GREAT SONG came on. A song about life, and the experiences that makes it all up!

Something that don’t happen twice-Kenny Chesney



I guess I am now off to create my own memory, however I hope to get the gig again in the future-so I hope it IS something that DOES happen twice.  I am getting ready to rock & roll, honky-tonk, Hick & Hop this place.


Since it is the NFL Hall of Fame Festival; Here is a lil warm up…by “Grammy Winning” and former Bengal Mike Reid. He played for the Who Dey when their extracurricular activities did not include jail time!–2167963;_ylt=AmeqcS2.PG_Oi4fpCoCq5wnHxCUv

This weekend go for the “Long Ball” throw that “Hail Mary” odds are you won’t score…but what if you do?!?!? You won’t know till you heave that ball or “go for it on 4th down.” NO MATTER WHAT, TRY and cross that goal line!!!


…and check out this movie. ‘Life in a Day’ is an amazing piece of cinematography…PLUS  WE FIND OUT WE ARE NOT ALL THAT DIFFERENT!



NEXT TUESDAY AND EVERY TUESDAY-Hoggy’s Polaris Bike Nights. Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?


FRIDAYJuly 29th:

Friday July 29th “80’s Night Cocktails at the Commons” 5pm with my good friend DJ Nohbody, and 80’s tribute band Whitefinger (My Buddies Jon White and Nate Efinger)




The Jackson-Belden Food Fest, Balloon Show and Fireworks kicking off the NFL HOF festival.

On July 31, from 6-8 p.m. the Friday entertainment is Stickers, a country band. Following Stickers, from 9-11:30 p.m. is Jackson’s own Ryan Humbert. Home from Nashville, Humbert has just released a fantastic CD featuring his brand of American Rock.


Saturday, Aug. 1, the entertainment starts off with Mary McCoy, who will perform from to 5-6 p.m. McCoy offers a sound that crosses between Faith Hill and Reba McIntire.


The U2 Tribute Band, a group that has gained a following from performances at the House of Blues and other local venues, will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Performing last, the high in-demand band, Jimmy and the Soul Blazers, will perform from 9-10. They’ll break for the fireworks and then take center stage again from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. for the final concert of the Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks.


Family entertainment includes inflatable toys, a rock climbing wall and speed pitch machines. The children’s area is $5 per child. It is age appropriate for 4 year olds and up, said Jackie Palmer, the chamber’s financial manager


The Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks is held in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic. It is two separate events, but the two chambers, Canton and Jackson, work cooperatively. The balloon glow is July 31 at 9:45 p.m.


The event is held at the Kent State University Stark Campus and Stark State College, 6000 Frank Ave. There is ample free parking.  The food fest runs from 4 p.m. -11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.


Admission to the food fest and fireworks are free. A private VIP tent is new this year for companies who wish to have a private dining table and great vantage point to enjoy the event. Call the chamber for details at 330-833-4400.


July is the Halfway point of the year…I am offering a SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER!


“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”- WARREN BUFFETT


FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER (Until September 6th) I AM OFFERING 3 HOURS FOR $500.00, WITH NO DEPOSIT (with signed contract) If you or someone you know is getting married, please feel free to refer our services to them. We have been in the entertainment and wedding industry for over 25 years. Our expertise will make you or your friend’s wedding, a moment to remember. Refer us and receive 15% of contracted rate. Call 614-580-3118 to secure your date


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IN HELPING A GREAT CAUSE, and an endangered species

Never has the need for your help and support been greater! Our vessel the Steve Irwin has been detained by the UK courts because of a civil lawsuit brought against Sea Shepherd by a Maltese company: Fish and Fish Limited (F & F). This is due to our actions that saved 800+ illegally caught bluefin tuna during Operation Blue Rage 2010.

Unless we immediately post a bond for USD$1,411,692.87, the Steve Irwin will be held or possibly sold. Your gift is incredibly important and will make a difference. Thank you!



THE OHIO STATE FAIR KICKED OFF THIS WEEK, here is a list of all the entertainment: (in addition to the Doughnut Burgers!!!)

Live Music at the 2011 State Fair

Ke$ha with special guest Semi Precious Weapons
Thursday, July 28, 7 pm ($32)

Summer of Love Tour
Tank / Chrisette Michele / Avant
Friday, July 29, 7 pm ($20)

Meat Loaf
Saturday, July 30, 7 pm ($28)

Seether with special guest 10 Years
Sunday, July 31, 7:30 pm ($24)

David Crowder Band
Monday, Aug. 1, 7 pm ($12)

Loretta Lynn / The Oak Ridge Boys
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7:30 pm ($28)

Big Time Rush with New Hollow
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 pm ($25)

Trace Adkins presented by BC Powder with special guest Brantley Gilbert
Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 pm ($28)

The O’Jays
Friday, Aug. 5, 7 pm ($20)

Journey with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger**
Friday, Aug. 5, 7 pm ($25, $45, $55, $75)

Melissa Etheridge Live
Saturday, Aug. 6, 7:30 pm ($32)

Brad Paisley featuring Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann**
Sunday, Aug. 7, 7:30 pm ($25, $45, $60)

Free shows

Ohio Lottery Cash Explosion Road Show*
Wednesday, July 27, 2:30 pm, 7 pm

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir*
Sunday, July 31, 1 pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1 pm

Buckeye Sports Fest*
Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 am – 1 pm

Sale of Champions Livestock Auction*
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2 pm

*Tickets are not required for these shows
**Show is in Crew Stadium
Tickets are available at,

New activities, exhibits, entertainers and food will excite fairgoers at Fair. In addition to fairtastic favorites, some new events include:

New food
Fried Kentucky whoopie pies: The Whoopie Pie, two cake-textured cookies stacked together with a fluffy filling, is deep fried.

Fried Kool Aid: A special batter made with flour and Kool Aid is deep fried.
Frozen key lime pie on a stick: This delicious ice cold treat is perfect for a warm day.

Honey Caramel ice cream: Ohio Farm Bureau and Velvet Ice Cream partnered on an ice cream flavor contest in 2010. This was the winning flavor, submitted by eighth grader Alex Grooms of Williamsburg. It can be purchased at multiple locations on-grounds, including the Dairy Products Building.

Krispy Kreme burger: Instead of buns, enjoy your favorite burger between two donuts.

Pork parfait: Shredded pork, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce are layered in a parfait cup and are topped with a cherry tomato

New attractions
Agriculture is Cool!: Learn firsthand what makes agriculture cool at a variety of hands-on stations hosted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio’s commodity groups located throughout the Fair. Exiting fourth grade students (2010 – 2011 academic year) and one chaperone can attend the Fair for free any one day to enjoy this program simply by presenting a valid report card at the entrance gates. Students can also compete for a chance to win one of four $500 scholarship’s offered by the Ohio StateFair.

Visit for more information and official rules.

Chocolate Pig and Piglets: Like the butter cow? You’ll love the Fair’s newest edible sculpture – a pig and piglets sculpted entirely of 500 pounds of chocolate!

Civil War Encampment: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War at an official Civil War 150 event. This authentic union encampment lets you discover how soldiers lived with demonstrations on every aspect of daily life.



Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Deerassic Classic August 4-6th


MDA FIREFIGHTERS Mifflin Fire Department MDA Volleyball Fest in Gahanna August 6th (Covered by Chris O)


Brad Paisley Parking Lot Pre-Party August 6th


Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12


Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20


Columbus Crew High School Event (Pending) Aug 20


Filling Station Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 20


Yoggy’s  Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 27


Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




Sometimes in life things get pushed to the side…sometimes pushed so far that they become out of reach. Life is about balancing the things that are most important…not hoping that they are in reach when needed or wanted.-My friend B.C.S.


You do not need to be different from who you are. You only need to be more of the person you already are.


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye

But when trying to meet someone half way…I found my own destination


‎”In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” – Unknown



Dog Days of Summer are here… and this is just a FUN Summer song (looking forward to playin’ this pre-party at CREW STADIUM)


My Style of Country!!!



Love this song, Flags are a flying!!!


Last Weekend I was cruising to the gym about 80-90 mph through the mountains and I it was just kinda fun, and “Free”…yep at that very moment with the sun shining early in the morning through the trees…everything was “Alright!”


We all say we have bad days “sometimes” BUT “sometimes” we can have a good day, just by colliding



What is the Hokey Pokey really IS what it’s all about?



The  best way to help others is to help yourself. This is a GREAT READ. By finding your own success, you can then help others.


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


If busyness, long hours and hard work equaled success—I’d be wealthier and more successful than Richard Branson, Tony Hawk and Donald Trump.


I KNOW I put in more hours, take fewer vacations, play less golf, get in less beach time and spend far less time with kids, family and friends than they do.


And yet, in a world where all four of us have exactly the same 24/7/365, I produce nowhere near the results they do. What’s worse, I am not even allowing myself to enjoy as many non-work-related joys of life as they are.


I have to confess, this really ticks me off!


And the only person I have to be mad at… is me. All four of us started out this journey relatively the same—a couple of them in much more difficult circumstances than me—and yet, I’m getting my butt kicked.


I think I’ve finally figured it out a critical distinction of how they are accomplishing so much more than me… and probably you too.




You see, I have always been an overachiever. If you read The Compound Effect you know I was raised by a university football coach, single dad. And the way you got love and an ‘atta-boy’ in our house was to achieve. Do well in school; you get to go to the ice-cream parlor to celebrate. Don’t do well and you’re left home. Hit a home run at Little League and we stopped at the pizza parlor on the way home. Collect a day of strike-outs and it was a cold, quiet car ride—straight home.


Looking back, this is why I think I am such an achievement addict—or as it is commonly known as in polite society, an overachiever. In fact I have worn this title as a badge of honor. I was proud that I could outwork most anyone.


But I now understand the massive difference between an overachiever and a superachiever. They kind of sound the same, don’t they? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But they are worlds apart—or you can say islands apart, as Branson has his own island… and I do not.


As I start seeing the differences between what overachievers do and what superachievers do, I realize how many of us are also probably confused between the two.

We all lead incredibly busy lives, trying to keep up and get it all accomplished. We feel this pressure to be superman or superwoman and do it all, BE it all! So we overstretch and overreach and in doing so become the exact opposite of productive.


How many of you already feel overworked, overstressed and at times overwhelmed, but you still aren’t getting the results you want? The strategies I will outline in this series are for you if you want to go from being an overworked, overstressed and overscheduled overachiever to becoming a superachiever who produces stunning results with less effort, less stress in less time—leaving lots of time to experience your hobbies and be with your family. How does that sound?


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


After interviewing hundreds of superachievers, many of whom you have seen grace the cover of SUCCESS magazine, I have found about a half-dozen key distinctions of superachievers.

In this series I will outline one of the BIG strategies and a 5-point plan to dramatically increase your productive output, while significantly lowering your stress and schedule burdens.


Superachiever Distinction No. 1:


It’s NOT what the superachievers DO that separates them from everyone else…


I am constantly asked, “What do Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and the like DO that makes them so successful, productive and wealthy?”


What’s supremely interesting is that what they DO has little to do with their extraordinary success. It has more to do with what they DON’T DO.


Steve Jobs: When asked what is the thing he is most proud of what he and Apple has created, this was his answer: “I’m as proud of what we DON’T do as I am of what we do.”


Warren Buffet: When asked for the No. 1 key to his success, this is his consistent answer, “For every 100 great opportunities that are brought to me, I say ‘NO’ 99 times.”


Isn’t that interesting?!


You see, saying “yes” is easy.

Yes I have a minute

Yes I’ll take the call

Yes I’ll take on that project

Yes I’ll come out for happy hour

Yes I’ll have another drink

Yes I’ll have dessert too


Saying “no” is much harder. And I have learned it is the master skill of the superachievers and their ability to succeed—extraordinarily.


Put it this way: For everything you say “yes” to you are saying “no” to something else… and you only have so much time. For most people, the ability to do MORE is impossible, you are already overwhelmed and working yourself to exhaustion 24/7.


In a world where we are constantly being tugged on from a thousand different directions, your ability to be productive and ultimately achieve your big hairy audacious goals has more to do with all the things you DON’T do versus the things you do.


When Mark Parker started as CEO of Nike he was on a call with Steve Jobs and Steve gave the new CEO some advice. Steve said while Nike makes a lot of great and quality products, they also make a lot of crap. Steve suggested Mark have Nike stop making the crap.


While you might produce some quality work during your day, I bet you do a lot of crap (time, energy and productivity-sucking activities) too. Take Steve’s advice, “stop doing the crap” so you have the time and creative capacity to produce more quality and on-goal results.

Peter Drucker: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently, that which should not be done at all.”


Kenneth Cole: “Success has less to do with what we can get ourselves to do and more to do with keeping ourselves from doing what we shouldn’t.”


Doing more is not the answer. Doing less is. Say “no” to more things so you can say “yes” to the right things with greater focus and depth. This is the key to more efficiently and expeditiously achieving your goals.


Assess yourself:


Look at your calendar last week. Ask yourself, What should I have said “no” to? What took your time, attention, focus and energy, but wasn’t on target with your top few major goals?

Now, look at your calendar for next week. Ask yourself, What should I say “no” to? If it won’t move the needle on any of your top few goals “D” it—Delegate, Delete or Decline. Here is your new slogan: Just DON’T Do It!


And look at all your lists—your to-do list, project list, task list, new idea list, new features list, etc. Ask yourself, Which should I say “no” to?


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


Here is a simple (but don’t let the simplicity fool you!) but PROFOUND plan to immediately multiply your productive output many times over your current rate.


I’m not talking about activity (more work, more time). I said productivity (results, money, accomplishment, goal attainment)… all the while, living much more stress free and carefree existence (more time for family, fun and hobbies!).


Let me outline a 5-point Superachiever Productivity Plan for you… this is what I do.


No. 1—Plan tomorrow today. Jim Rohn taught me, “Don’t start your day until it is finished on paper.” And the best time to do this is the day before.


This is an important and many times not so easy-to-keep discipline. The last thing I do before I shut down for the day, by routine, is to review and complete the plan for the following day.


The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. What you don’t want to do is wake up and then figure out what you should be doing—it’s way too late by then. Chances are the rest of the world will have decided what it wants you to do and it will control your day, instead of you.


You will be reacting instead of creating.


Let me take you through that simple planning process, since the key to brilliant execution is always brilliant planning.


That takes us to…


No. 2—Review, or establish if you don’t already have, your BIG 3. These are your top three goals for the year. Not 100 goals, or 10 goals; it’s critical you to  focus them down to just your BIG 3—your top and most important goals. The kind of goals that if you only accomplished those three you would undoubtedly have your best year ever.


This review and focus process is important to calibrate and align point number three…


No. 3—Identifying your 3 MVPs—your three Most Valuable Priorities: those few activities that are worth five to ten times the value of all the rest of the tasks.


“If you have more than three strategic priorities, you don’t have any.” —Jim Collins


No. 4—Now that you have your 3 MVPs, take your calendar for tomorrow and chunk. This is where you block out chunks of time on your calendar to specifically work your 3 MVPs. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done.


Additional Tip: During these important time chunks, clear the potential distractions. Put yourself in a “cone of silence.” Turn off your phones, your email, your Facebook, Twitter or anything else that can reach you. Also shut your door; you don’t need to have an open-door policy all the time. There is a time for intensely focused, undisturbed productive work.

I put a sign on my door that says when I will be available next. This way if someone comes looking for me, I am not just simply unavailable; it is clear when I will be available next. No problem.  If you find keeping the distractions away from you difficult then maybe do what I do often—go somewhere where you can’t be found and is away from your typical addictive distraction traps. I will go to a library, to a colleague’s unused conference room or even in my car parked at the beach or in a park. I am AMAZED at how much creative work I get done when I separate from my normal environment, which is full of distraction devices and temptations.


Now that you have your BIG 3 goals reviewed, your 3 MVPs aligned to them and your time chunks allocating to executing on those MVPs, we can now discuss what to do tomorrow.


No. 5—The very first thing you should do when you enter the office—don’t check email, don’t sort your mail, don’t review the morning news—is lick your chops and Eat That Frog (the title of a Brian Tracy book). Take the nastiest but most important priority of the day, and eat it first. Spend 90 minutes in your cone of silence doing nothing but executing, with complete and uninterrupted focus, on your most important priority… for 90 minutes straight. No more, no less.


If you do this, you will get more done. More important, you’ll get more done of what is IMPORTANT than most people will get done in two or three days of constantly interrupted and distracted 12-hour days in the office.



Keep fighting kid…but it won’t do ANY GOOD!




A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and
set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the
post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a
little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat
off the back of his neck, “These puppies come
from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his
pocket, he pulled out a
handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here,
Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran
Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain
link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way
to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down
the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup
began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The
farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,
“Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and
play with you like these other dogs would.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence,
reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his
leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too
well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the
little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy… “No charge,”
answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.



….Maybe they should have “made her go to rehab” but she said no, no, no. But in all seriousness she was an amazing talent fueled by a troubled soul


‘Rehab’ singer’s body discovered in her London apartment, publicist confirms.
A press release from Metropolitan Police does not specify Winehouse by name, but reads: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05 hours today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Winehouse canceled her European tour last month, and has long struggled with substance abuse.

On June 18, Winehouse performed the first show of that European tour at Forest Fest in Belgrade, Serbia, but things went terribly wrong. The Brit songstress reportedly showed up more than an hour late and then once there, she repeatedly left the stage mid-performance. Winehouse forgot lyrics to her songs and even dropped the mic as a disgruntled crowd of 20,000 booed her set. After the show, she canceled festival appearances in Turkey and Greece.

Apart from her touring plans, Winehouse was also reportedly working on the follow-up to her award-winning Back to Black, but a concrete release date for the album was never established.

Earlier Saturday, Winehouse’s management team released a statement confirming she was pulling out of all gigs to concentrate on her recovery: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”

Amy Jade Winehouse, born September 14, 1983, exploded onto the U.K. scene in 2003 with her debut album, Frank, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the award given to the year’s best British or Irish album. After a string of well-received festival gigs and an Ivor Novello songwriting award, she began work on the album that would make her an international star: Back to Black, released Stateside in 2007.

Teaming with producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson (and the New-York based Dap Kings ensemble), Winehouse crafted a sound that was heavily indebted to the girl groups of the 1950s and ’60s and, when combined with her smoky vocals and towering beehive hairstyle, served as a welcome antidote to the electronic-based pop music of the day. Buoyed by the success of iconic single “Rehab” — and Winehouse’s near-constant coverage in the tabloids — Back To Black became a worldwide phenomenon, topping the charts in the U.K. (where it would be the year’s best-selling album) and earning Winehouse five Grammys, including Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Following the success of Back to Black, Winehouse toured the world, and began a star-crossed (and much-covered) relationship with a former video-production assistant named Blake Fielder-Civil. Around the same time, several media outlets began reporting extensively on the couple’s drug use and, in 2008, Fielder-Civil served time in prison after an altercation with a bar owner. During this period, Winehouse also had several run-ins with the law, including a 2007 arrest for possession of marijuana in Bergen, Norway, a “common assault” charge in early 2008 and, most famously, a May 2008 arrest stemming from a video of her smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. She avoided jail time in each instance but, at the urging of her father, the singer made several attempts to get clean, repeatedly checking herself into rehabilitation facilities. Her last stint in rehab reportedly took place in May of 2011.

During all of this, Winehouse had also begun working on the follow-up to Back to Black, heading to the island of St. Lucia with Remi to record tracks. In July 2010, Winehouse made a surprise appearance at a Ronson show in London, flubbing the lines to the producer’s song “Valerie.” A few days later, she told the U.K.’s Metro newspaper that the new album was due in January and would follow in the footsteps of Black’s retro leanings.

She recorded a version of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” for legendary producer Quincy Jones’ Q: Soul Bossa Nostra album, and was also tapped to sing with Tony Bennett on his upcoming Duets II album, which is due in September.

In the hours following her death, Winehouse’s American record label, Universal Republic, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.”

FOLLOW UP: Maybe we should not ASSume is was drug related?


Quitting Alcohol Killed Amy Winehouse, Family Sources Say

Singer Amy Winehouse’s family believes she was killed by quitting alcohol, The Sun reported Thursday.


They believe the singer’s decision to lay off alcohol completely for three weeks was a lethal “shock” for her tiny body.


Family sources told the newspaper that the “Rehab” singer, who was found dead aged 27 on

Saturday, was killed after ignoring her doctor’s advice to cut down on her heavy drinking gradually.


He family believe she was killed by a seizure because her tiny frame could not cope with such a dramatic withdrawal.


A source close to Amy’s family said: “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”


The soul singer was seen drinking gin and other alcoholic drinks at the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, according to The Sun.


But at Winehouse’s eulogy at her funeral on Tuesday, her father Mitch Winehouse dismissed reports she went on a 72-hour binge saying that he, her boyfriend and her manager believed it was actually the complete opposite.


The source said, “He said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely.”


“Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take,” the source added.


Winehouse’s mother Janis, 56, and film director boyfriend Reg Traviss, 35, saw her the day before she died and were sure she had not been drinking. Her doctor gave her a clean bill of health the same day.


The cause of the singer’s death is still not known, as police await toxicology test results that could take up to four weeks.



Alcohol, benzos, and opiates – Withdrawal that might kill you!

Quitting drugs can actually kill you – Educate yourself for safety.

Along with teaching and telling stories, part of my goal here at All About Addiction is to get important information out to those who can benefit from it.


Most drug users who quit drug use “cold turkey” have to go through withdrawal of some sort. Withdrawal is never comfortable, but sometimes it can actually be dangerous. The list below outlines some drugs that should NEVER be quit suddenly without medical supervision. This is the reason why some rehab treatment is preceded by a medical detox period lasting anywhere from 2 days to a week or more.


Which withdrawals can actually kill?


Alcohol – Yes, after long term use, withdrawal from alcohol can kill. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can take on mild, moderate, or severe forms. If while withdrawing from alcohol a person develops a fever, extreme nausea, diarrhea, or DT (delirium tremens), they need to be rushed to see a doctor as soon as possible. In fact, alcohol withdrawal after heavy, chronic use is best managed under the care of a doctor or a professional medical detox unit. By using medications that relieve withdrawal symptoms, these professionals can essentially eliminate any of these risks.


Benzodiazepines – Benzos were introduced as a replacement to barbiturates that were causing common overdose cases, many of which resulted in death. Nevertheless, withdrawal from extended use of benzodiaepines can kill. Whether Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam) or other variations, long term use of Benzodiazepines requires medical supervision to be completed successfully with minimal side-effects and risk to the patient. Normally, the withdrawal process is managed by slowly reducing the dose and transferring the patient from a slow acting, to a long acting, form of the drug. Still, full resolution of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can take up to 6 months (or even longer).


Opiates – Many people are surprised to learn that in most cases, withdrawal from many opiates is not deadly. Still there are some very important exceptions. Methadone, a long-acting opiate often prescribed as a replacement for heroin can cause death during withdrawal if it’s consumed in high enough doses for a long enough period. The debate of whether the state should be prescribing something like this should be saved for a later date. It is one of the better ways of getting people off of heroin, though obviously, it does replace dependence on one substance with another, more manageable one. Also, some of the recently popular methods of rapid-detox from heroin addiction can themselves cause death, and many other negative side-effects.


Overall, I would recommend checking in with a physician and conducting opiate withdrawal in a controlled setting. Withdrawal under Suboxone or Subutex can be far less horrific.

Much of the danger in withdrawal from all of these drugs has to do with the body’s response to the extreme changes in the chemical processes going on in the brain and the rest of the body. Alcohol, Benzos, and Opiates interference with the GABA system, the body’s most common downregulator.


Withdrawal from these drugs is like trying to turn the heat up in a cold house with a broken thermostat and an out of control heater – It won’t always lead to disaster, but it’s a bad idea.

The withdrawal danger summary


That’s pretty much it. “Cold Turkey” withdrawal from cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, ecstasy, GHB (never mix GHB with alcohol though!!!), and many other recreationally used drugs will not lead to death in the vast majority of cases. While it may make you uncomfortable, and you may feel moody, constipated, dehydrated, hungry or nauseous, and a whole slew of other symptoms, the chances of someone actually dying from withdrawal are very small.

One of my 70’s “AM Rock” band leader Dan Peek, America Founder, Dies at 60

Amy Winehouse wasn’t the only singer who had an untimely death this past weekend. Dan Peek, founder of the iconic ’70s band America, passed away on Sunday. He was found dead in his Missouri home at the age of 60.


According to RadarOnline, his wife found him dead in their bedroom and as of right now, the cause of death is unknown.


Along with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell they founded America in 1969 and quickly catapulted to the top of the charts. As for their hits? A Horse with No Name, Ventura Highway and Sister Golden Hair hit the Top 40. No slouch in the writing department either, Dan wrote a few hits, too such as Lonely People, Don’t Cross the River and Woman Tonight.


Although he left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo Christian career, it sounds like Dan left the group on good terms. On the band’s website Glenn wrote, “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Dans passing. He was a dear friend for many years. Dan & his music will live on in the great songs he shared with us all. My sincere condolences go out to Catherine and the entire Peek family. May he rest in peace….”




Senator Frank LaRose-One of the best guys I know along with his beautiful bride Lauren who is the single sweetest woman I know welcomed Hadley Jeanne LaRose into the world this week on Wednesday at 9:21 at Akron City Hospital. Mom and baby are both doing well!

Apple Offers Concert for Bangladesh for Free (3 Days Only)

In honor of the 40th anniversary, Apple is offering iTunes customers the chance to watch The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s charity fund raising concert from 1971, for free for three days only starting on July 30th. The event included performances from Messrs. Harrison and Shankar, as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston.


The free concert film stream is to promote the addition of both the album from the event and the concert film to iTunes. Apple said that the album will include an iTunes LP version with special features and other material from the concert.


The Concert for Bangladesh was a one of the first major charity fund raising events organized by rock stars. It was held in 1971 to help with relief in Bangladesh after a cyclone named Bhola laid waste to the impoverished country in 1970.


According to Wikipedia, 40,000 people attended the two showings of the concert, both held the same day, and raised a then-staggering amount of US$243,418.51, which wasn’t bad for a bunch of long-haired, no-good hippy freeloadin’ SOBs.


Proceeds from the album and the movie still go to The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

It was also one of the first appearances of any Beatle following the breakup of that band. Ringo Starr joined George Harrison for the event, but neither Paul McCartney nor John Lennon was part of the event.


The video below is from the movie (posted to YouTube) of the concert of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” complete with Eric Clapton on lead (with George Harrison joining in with his own leads at the end) — it was Eric that recorded the solo on the The Beatles’ version of the song on The White Album.



Mark Wahlberg confirms ‘Entourage’ flick


MARK WAHLBERG and Adrian Grenier have confirmed that their long-running HBO series “Entourage” will be made into a movie, a la “Sex and the City.” Kevin Dillon, who plays Grenier’s older bro Johnny Drama on the show, told FanShare “I talked to Mark Wahlberg just a little while ago and he wants to do it right away. He doesn’t want to waste a lot of time. He wants to roll right into a movie.” Seeing as he’s an executive producer on the show, it will be a busy couple of years for Wahlberg, who has already started training for “The Fighter” sequel, and will appear in a variety of upcoming movies, including comedies with Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill. The eighth season premiere of “Entourage” airs Sunday.



My buddy Chas Kaplan is making big strides with events revolving the local music scene. Please “like” him on facebook




Ralph MacDonald honored with a proclamation by the Mayor at Stamford, CT Jazz Festival.

With family surrounding him onstage and even more admirers watching from the wings and in the audience, Grammy Award-winning percussionist, composer and songwriter Ralph MacDonald was honored with a day all to himself Wednesday, just before entertaining the crowd on the final evening of the Jazz up July music festival.


MacDonald, a 35-year Stamford resident, was emotionally overcome by the surprise honor, which came in the form of a proclamation by Mayor Michael Pavia.


“We have the greatest resources in the world and we are about to see one of them, live and in person,” Pavia said. “Ralph MacDonald, today is your day on behalf of the citizens of Stamford.”


Speaking for her family, MacDonald’s daughter, Nefra-Ann, 25, thanked all those in attendance, noting, “My dad has dedicated his life to making great songs and making people happy and that has made him happy all his life.”


It was the kind of night that gave him a boost, MacDonald said, after a year of significant health problems, including the discovery in September of lung cancer. It was the first time this year, for instance, that the 67-year-old has taken to a stage.


He and fellow Stamford resident Dennis Collins, a 19-year resident, performed a set of songs at the start of the concert, the finale of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District’s first such monthlong event, paving the way for the evening’s headliner Roberta Flack. The award-winning singer has worked with both men during her career.


“To have Ralph and Roberta both on stage is heaven to me,” said Collins, who sang several of MacDonald’s songs, including “Just The Two of Us,” which brought on more emotions during a night where tears and smiles were plentiful.


For most of MacDonald’s career, he has worn many hats, from percussionist to composer, songwriter to producer.


He has recorded or performed with some of the top names in business, including James Taylor, Billy Joel and Grover Washington Jr. MacDonald also has worked with Harry Belafonte, with whom he got his start, Paul Simon (“Graceland” and others) and many other artists. In the recent past, he has toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band and has performed with the Toph-E and The Pussycats.


As a producer, performer and songwriter, he has earned multiple Grammys, including those for


“Calypso Breakdown,” which was included on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, and


“Just The Two of Us.” And, along with songwriter Bill Salter, he wrote “Where is The Love,” which earned Flack and Donny Hathaway a Grammy.


“She just sang it beautifully,” MacDonald said.


During the course of his career, MacDonald has been nominated for a Grammy eight times.


He was born in Harlem, N.Y., to parents who had immigrated to the United States from Trinidad. With a father who was a percussionist (the Calypso performer “Macbeth The Great”), MacDonald said it made sense that he would pursue the craft.


“I do a little bit of everything,” he said, which over his career has included contemporary jazz, funk, disco, R&B and pop, among other genres. “I’ve played with so many people.”


“My parents were from the West Indies,” MacDonald said. “I had no right to know only one kind of music. Music is music.”


As for Stamford, it has served as a welcome home base.


“Stamford has been great,” he said. “Nice and peaceful.”


The evening had the element of coming full circle.


Joe Richichi, 65, who was standing off to the side of the stage, remarked that it was at about this time 35 years ago that MacDonald arrived in Stamford. Initially, Richichi had been introduced through a mutual friend to serve as MacDonald’s attorney. By sheer happenstance, the two men learned they were soon going to be living across from one another.


“This really has me choked up,” Richichi said.


Although Richichi did not have a proclamation to give 35 years ago, he did manage to get this sign on the Palace Theatre marquee: “Stamford welcomes Ralph MacDonald.”


“I wanted the city to know who was joining our ranks,” he said.



365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams–including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge–seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal–come what may–of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous–for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way–from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.

365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message–and benefits–come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.

John Kralik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan for college and law school. He practiced law for thirty years, and was a partner in the law firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Miller Tokuyama Kralik & Sur, and Kralik & Jacobs. In 2009, he was appointed a judge of the Los AngelesSuperior Court. He lives in the Los Angeles area.



Hoggy’s gives a 15% discount to all active armed forces, police, firefighters, paramedics. Just show us your ID and we’d be happy to serve those who protect and serve the greatest country in the world.



This Had me in tears. Not sure which moved more tears; the reunions themselves, knowing I can’t be one of these heroes, or that they have someone who cares they were gone…and I don’t



The next Armed Services Blood Drive will be held in three weeks, on Saturday, August 13th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 165 N. Yearling Road, next to DSCC. This month’s drive is being sponsored by the Ohio Civil Air Patrol, supported by the American Legion of Central Ohio, and hosted by the U.S. Army Reserve. The blood collected by the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), the military’s exclusive blood collection agency, goes exclusively to military personnel, including a good portion to help save the lives of American forces deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tentative date for the next one is October 15th.

This is one of the few blood drives for the Armed Forces in the country that is open to the public. Come in and donate next to our reservists and national guardsmen.

All blood collected will be immediately processed, and then most will be flown directly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by priority overseas and in theatre within a week. You cannot ask for a better, more direct way to support our troops.

For eligibility information (including not having donated since June 17th), please see the Armed Services Blood Program webpage at

Food and refreshments will be provided, including warm sandwiches, coney islands, baked beans, chips, pretzels, donuts, cookies, cakes, and other snacks. Drinks will include water, Gatorade, juice and juice drinks, pop, and coffee. The Blue Star Mothers will be providing the food, and will be available for interviews about their deployed sons at the blood drive.

While walk-ins are accepted, donors are encouraged to pre-register for an appointment at (This gives us an idea of how many to expect, and saves YOU time in the donation process, because appointments go to the head of the line). Donors can search for this blood drive by zip code (43213) or city (Columbus) to register (add the date too: August 13th).

Please help give a fellow serviceman or servicewoman a chance to live. Give a life-saving gift that literally comes from the heart. For more information, please contact Peter Margaritis, blood drive chairman, (614) 395-0387, or Steve Ebersole, (614) 783-6862.

You’ve seen the TV. Our forces overseas are heavily engaged in combat operations. Please, give a wounded serviceman or servicewoman a great gift in honor — a gift that literally comes from your heart.


Operation Homefront Ohio is proud to announce the Freedom 5KWalk & 5KRun 2011. To be held Saturday September 10, 2011.


During the month of September citizens across the country join together in walking to establish a tradition to renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country, to honor our veterans, past and present, and reflect on the lives lost on September 11. Funds raised in conjunction with Freedom Walks will go to support the mission of Operation Homefront

Freedom Walk/Run Venue: McPherson Commons (Nationwide Arena Area & Olentangy River Trail)  With this being the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we are anticipating a record turnout! Join us to  show your commitment to Freedom!


Please visit our event registration page for further details as well as invite your family, friends and coworkers to join you and even set up your own personal fundraising team & page encouraging others to support you in the walk.


Click here to register:


After registering Click here to set up your own fundraising team & “Invite Others to Contribute”



Proposal to abolish part of federal health-care law has enough signatures for Ohio ballot


A proposal to abolish a key portion of the federal health-care law in Ohio has enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot, the secretary of state’s office says.


Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified 426,998 signatures for the constitutional amendment, which only required 385,245 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters, or 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010. Challenges have been threatened for many of the signatures, however, meaning the ballot battle may not be over.


The issue would take its place on a statewide ballot that already has two issues: a referendum on Senate Bill 5, the law slashing collective bargaining for public employees, and a proposal to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges.


Opponents of the health-care law also collected signatures equal to 5 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010 from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. That requirement was met in 82 counties.


The Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment seeks to invalidate the federal health-care mandate that requires residents to buy health insurance. The measure was supported by the state Republican Party as a possible GOP counterweight to the Democrat-backed referendum on Senate Bill 5.


Even if Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom had fallen short in today’s count, they have continued to circulate petition forms during the past few weeks to gather additional signatures, and would have had another 10 days to pad their total.


ProgressOhio, a liberal activist group, is independently reviewing the petition signatures. Brian Rothenberg, executive director of the group, said the group has found problems with about 20 percent of the petition forms it has reviewed. Any challenges to petitions must be filed by Aug. 5 for petitions turned in by the regular deadline.


The state Ballot Board will meet Aug. 3 to set language for the state issues.


Drafted by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, the amendment would make it illegal for any local, state or federal law to require individuals to purchase health insurance. Advocates say the federal government overstepped its constitutional bounds when it passed the health-care law frequently called “Obamacare” by critics.


Some constitutional experts, though, have said the proposed amendment lacks real teeth because no state law, even a constitutional amendment, can override a federal law.




OSU alumnus builds street-legal Batmobile

The world’s first turbine-powered Batmobile was built by Dublin, Ohio, resident and 2005 OSU alumnus Casey Putsch.

An Ohio State graduate has brought the Batmobile from the streets of Gotham City to the streets of  Columbus.

A turbine-powered Batmobile replica, thought to be the first of its kind in the world and based on the design from Tim Burton’s 1989 and 1991 films, “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” can be found just minutes away from campus.

Casey Putsch, a Dublin, Ohio, resident, 2005 OSU alumnus and owner of Putsch Racing, built the car himself.

The idea to build a Batmobile came to him randomly more than a year ago.

“The Batmobile came about because, quite frankly, it was probably late at night when I was like, ‘That would be cool. I could do that,'” Putsch said. “Then I looked into it and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I can’t not do that.'”

To make the car as authentic as possible, Putsch rebuilt a Boeing turbine engine from a decommissioned military helicopter. The engine helps the car reach top speeds of “only” between 165 mph and 180 mph, he said.

The car is street legal as it’s registered and insured for street driving, but the noise of the engine could potentially attract the attention of Gotham, err, Columbus police.

“I didn’t really muffle it, so it’s pretty loud, but nobody really cares,” he said.
The five months it took him to build the car weren’t easy, either.

Because the dimensions of the Batmobile are unlike any other car on the road today, Putsch had to build a special frame and chassis. The suspension and transmission were borrowed and modified from a Corvette. It even features a navigation system that runs on an iPad.

The design of it, however, was done in his head.
“I just know material sciences and processes and how things work together well enough that I can just think about it for a long time and think about the best course of action,” he said.

Putsch would not say how much it cost to build the car, but said the majority of the costs on such a project come more from labor, including input and design from engineers, rather than materials.

“The reason I was able to do this as just one person is because I have all the skill to build it by myself … but I also am the person who engineered it,” he said.

Reaction to the car has been wild, Putsch said. He said people tend to be skeptical that the engine is a real turbine engine, but when the car starts, people can’t help but be drawn to it.

Even old ladies with camera phones have stopped to take pictures, Putsch said.

“The people who see it will freak out and stop because it’s the Batmobile,” he said.

“You can tell that boundary between fiction and reality just got broken down in their minds and they don’t know how to react. It kind of freaks them out.”

Because of that, he doesn’t drive it on the street often because it might distract drivers and cause an accident. He also limits driving it in public because he’s worried people will “maul” it.

The car was on display at a Putsch Racing open house the weekend of July 4, where Josh Quellhorst, 32, ofWorthington, Ohio, and a 2003 OSU alumnus in criminology and sociology, first saw the car.

His first reaction to seeing the car was simple.

“It’s the Batmobile! What else is there to say?” he said.

David Reyes, Jr., director of marketing for the Graphic Novel Club at OSU and a fourth-year in English, was also impressed, but by photos of the car.

“Oh man, that looks sweet,” he said. “I always find it cool when people are able to combine their passions with their own personal interests. Not many people can use their degrees to achieve a personal dream like that.”

Putsch said he also considered building the “Tumbler,” the vehicle Batman has driven in the last two Batman films, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” but thought the Batmobile from the Burton films was more fantastical.

“(The Tumbler’s) not so magical to me, and I think a lot of people, as the Tim Burton one because the Tim Burton one had a much more fantasy kind of role to it, so it was much more fun bringing it to reality because it never existed, it never was going to,” he said. “The Tumbler is more kind of real. It (doesn’t) exactly seem like as much (of a) challenge.”

Putsch came to OSU as an industrial design major. He requested to design a car rather than a bathroom scale as required, and when he was denied, he left the program and became a fine arts major.

That’s not what helped him build his Batmobile the most, however. That came at the OSU stable responsible for such projects as the world-record-breaking Buckeye Bullet.

“The biggest credit I can give to Ohio State regarding my ability to build the Batmobile came from everything I learned at the Center for Automotive Research,” he said.

Putsch’s Batmobile has since gone viral, being featured on MTV, Engadget, Yahoo! News and BBC’s “Top Gear” website, among others. But, he said, that’s not what he’s most proud of.

“The thing that makes me happy is just the fact that it works exactly the way I thought it would, perfectly, the first time,” he said. “I haven’t had to change anything. Nothing’s broken. I haven’t adjusted anything. It’s been perfect.”


Alex Trebek on crutches after chasing intruder

For more than 25 years, Alex Trebek has been known for being the man with all the answers on the hit game show “Jeopardy!” But on Wednesday he was supposed be asking the questions at the National Geographic World Championship event he was hosting in Northern California. But taking the stage with an injury had him answering the question “Why are you on crutches?”

“The answer is: At 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall,” Trebek explained. “My Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting, bruising my other leg in the process.”

Early Wednesday morning, 71-year-old Trebek and his wife were sleeping in a San Francisco hotel when an intruder broke into their room, grabbing money and valuables.

“As they exited the room, they gave chase to the suspect injuring themselves as they were giving chase. The suspect was later apprehended by one of the security inside the hotel,” Police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested by San Francisco Police and charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property.

Among the items stolen was one with sentimental value – a bracelet. Alex Trebek’s mom tells CBS News she gave her son the bracelet 20 years ago and he’s been wearing it on the show every day since.

So did Trebek get the bracelet back?

“No,” Trebek said.

Trebek is now home in Los Angeles and will undergo surgery on Friday.


Fecal, Maintenance Issues Close Scioto Mile Fountain


For the second day in a row, officials closed the new Scioto Mile fountain in Bicentennial Park.

According to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the fountain was closed

Wednesday due to a “fecal incident.”


The fountain was closed again Thursday due to a maintenance issue.


Officials said one of the two re-circulating pumps that provide the filtering of the water failed during the night and that they are working with the fountain installer to determine the cause.


The pump has been removed and is in the process of being rebuilt.



Hollywood movie premiere and party cancelled due to rioters


Movie premiere party about rave turns into a riot sparking the ire of DJ Kaskade. The DJ used social media to urge rioters to calm down during the violence and then denounce the bad behavior when the smoke cleared.


An impromptu music dance party turned into a riot outside of a Hollywood movie premiere Wednesday night. The party thrown by DJ Kaskade occurred at premiere of a movie about the Electric Daisy Carnival.


The event which was partially marketed via to Twitter to Kaskade’s thousands of fans erupted turned into a mob scene outside the Jimmy Kimmel theater.


Thursday morning Kaskade issued a statement saying, “I’m incredibly disappointed that last night ended the way it did. It’s unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to be a celebration of music into a regrettable event. This is not what EDM is about.”

The premiere and after-party had been organized for weeks and according to police was by invite only however many people showed up sans proper credentials.


The LAPD shut down Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange avenues after hundreds of people descened. Event when the crowd was ordered to leave by police many refused to leave and fighting and flying bottles were witnessed. Then some people jumped on police cars and began smashing windows.


Nearly 100 officers wearing riot gear were forced to use bean bag guns to get the unruly crowd under control.


Police ordered the crowd to disperse, but many refused to leave, and began fighting and throwing bottles.


Three people were arrested and 20 others detained but later released. No officers were hurt in the melee.


While things were spiraling out of control Kaskade once again took to Twitter to reach his fans during the chaos, saying that the party was over and urging people to calm down.


“EVERYONE CHILL NOW!!! The block party has officially been shut down! BUT THIS IS TOO CRAZY AND WE NEED TO BE SAFE!,” Kaskade tweeted.





Supperclub also told fans via their Twitter page, to stay away if they did not have tickets.

A video on YouTube captured some of the violence and can be found here :


Insomniac Inc., the organizers of the movie screening, issued a statement saying they were “disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening.”

The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience is a film about the music festival by the same name, which is attended by tens of thousands of people. The event which used to occur in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has since been moved to Las Vegas garnered headlines and sparked increase oversight by Los Angeles city officials when a 15-year-old girl died following an overdose from the drug ecstasy days after the event.



I usually think Mike Brown and the entire Brown family are MORONS! While I will miss Chad Ocho Cinco I am supporting him on this one!!!

Bengals’ Brown: ‘We aren’t going to reward’ retired Palmer

Bengals owner Mike Brown seemed to add clarity to Palmer’s situation (or lack thereof) in Cincinnati on Tuesday, saying: “I honestly like Carson Palmer. He was a splendid player for us. He is a good person. I wish him well, and he has retired. That is his choice.

“I’m not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment, we aren’t going to reward him for doing it.”

A two-time Pro Bowler, Palmer has four years remaining on his contract but had pledged to retire in the offseason if the Bengals didn’t trade him. He passed for 3,970 yards 26 TDs and 20 INTs in 2010.


As the race for the pinnate REALLY heats up, and my Reds crash…there is truly something special about this time of year, and this our Nations Pastime!

Amazing TV show!!!



Hmmm…I say we make sure it is BADGER season for the ENTIRE BIG 10 SEASON!!! HE


IS A DRUNK AND HAS NO CLASS, even if he is friends with my neighbors.

Bielema delivers firm Tressel criticism


Bret Bielema was barely out of his mid-30s when fellow coaches—older coaches—first began to point out to him that his could be a voice of influence in the college football coaching profession.


He was 37, 38—and already winning big. Now he’s entering his sixth season after averaging about 10 victories through the first five, and developing a reputation as the most outspoken coach in the Big Ten not named Joe Paterno.

On Thursday, before hundreds of media members in a South Loop hotel ballroom, both men—41-year-old Bielema and 84-year-old Paterno—addressed the offseason scandal at Ohio State.

Penn State’s iconic coach took a diplomatic tack when asked about Jim Tressel’s ignominious departure and the state of the Buckeyes program, hemming and hawing before settling for—sorry, Joe—a cop-out of an answer:


“I just don’t know enough about it,” Paterno said, “and I sure as heck don’t want to be critical of situations when I’m not that familiar with them.”


Bielema, on the other hand, was far more direct:


“If I had a dream world,” he said, “I would say hammer the guys who don’t do things right. … When you are consciously aware of abusing a rule, there’s no excuse for that. When you consciously break an NCAA rule, the only way to deter that is to get rid of people or seriously hold people accountable.


“When I come across someone who’s knowingly or willingly (breaking a rule), I have no tolerance for that.”





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Shark Bites No Match For Dolphins’ Powers Of Healing

Dr. Michael Zasloff, a surgeon and researcher at Georgetown University, is famous for discovering compounds in the skin of frogs and sharks that can fight disease in humans.

Now, he’s tapping another animal to mine the secrets of its immune system. It turns out dolphins have a remarkable ability to heal quickly—and seemingly painlessly—from severe shark bites. Zasloff hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild missing tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.

To do this research, Zasloff reviewed the “clinical histories” of a few dolphins who recently succumbed to shark bites. He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find. His results appeared in a letter in the online version of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Shots caught up with Zasloff last week to learn more about his adventures in dolphin biology.

Q: OK, so imagine a human and a dolphin both being bitten by a shark. How would the healing process differ between the two?

Well, the dolphin wouldn’t hemorrhage…or have any infection, which is miraculous. And despite having sustained massive tissue injury, within about month the animal will restore its normal body contour. There’ll be some surface markings, but a chunk of tissue maybe the size of a football will have been restored with essentially no deformity.

And what is equally amazing is that handlers who know these animals will tell you that they observe absolutely no indications in the animal’s behavior that it’s in pain.

Q: And the human?

Even if it was a tiny bite, we would die of sepsis, or infection, within three or four days if we weren’t given antibiotics because sharks have a lot of dangerous bacteria in their teeth. Then we’d have to make sure all the [infected tissue] was removed. If we were lucky and got it all, we’d still have this massive hole, which you may or may not be able to fill.

Q: Why are dolphins so good at healing?

Dolphin blubber makes compounds like organohalogens that act as natural antibiotics and keep the tissue from getting infected.

The next mystery is the recovery of contour [of the body]. When the animal restores its wound, it regenerates the complex structure of blubber. It doesn’t create a scar; it produces a sort of patch that ultimately is woven back into the surrounding tissue.

What is exciting is that there must be great numbers of stem cells [involved], and by looking at these stem cells, we would probably be able to identify what they are and possibly even the hormones or proteins that are involved in their expansion. And if we looked for comparable cells in man, these might be the very cells that we would want to use to promote healing of complex wounds in us.

Q: So what are the next steps for research?

Identification of the antimicrobial agents, which have to be in those tissues. All you’d have to do is take some dolphin blubber, extract it, and start looking for stuff that would kill bacteria.

And with the pain issue, it’s the same thing. You would take the blubber or the regenerating tissue, you’d isolate stuff—purified components or crude—and you’d administer it to mice. And lo and behold, you may find, in the regenerating tissue or the decomposing blubber, the long-sought natural morphine that we’ve been looking for.

Q: You’ve gone through the process of drug development with some of the compounds you’ve found in the tissue of other animals—frogs, for instance. How long before we see dolphin-inspired therapies?

I wish I could work on this, but I don’t have access to dolphins. So I’m just putting this out there for other researchers to see. Once you appreciate that this is kind of a miracle, it isn’t terribly hard to come up with ideas [for how to do the research]. The hardest part is to realize that there’s a miracle in your midst.



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Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good. JoePaterno



“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” – Thomas Foxwell Buxton


“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” -Spencer Johnson


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“We live in hell, because most of us can’t create the heaven we want on this earth with our minds.” ~ Eugene Williams



Ke$ha  plays The Ohio Expo Center

Steve Earle takes the Copperhead Road to The Southern Theatre

Flogging Molly  plays The LC, The  Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

One of the BEST DUDES in Country Music, Phil Vassar plays the Bluestone
WaterFire featuring Dwight Lenox  at The Downtown riverfront around Genoa Park

The Beach Boys  plays The Lancaster Festival at The Ohio University (Lancaster)

Marvin Lee Aday, also known as Meatloaf plays The Ohio Expo Center

Paul Rodgers plays The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

“Pickerington Violet Festival” at Victory Park (Pickerington) welcomes
Eddie Money

We The Kings, and Hot Chelle Rae play the Newport Music Hall
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Seether plays The Ohio Expo Center


The Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops: The Ohio State University Marching at The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service

Daniel Tosh  plays Veterans Memorial

J Medicine Hat performs, hypnotizes, and steals your girl? At The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

‘Cowboys & Indians’  starring Harrison Ford, rated “PG-13.”


A good date night movie (and I don’t even like Steve Carrell) ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’

rated “PG-13.”
THE FAMILY friendly ‘The Smurfs,’ rated “PG.” AND making the return of Paul Reubens-aka Pee Wee Herman
MY PICK OF THE WEEK: The coming of age teen flick, ‘The Myth of the American Sleepover’ rated “PG-13.”
‘Source Code’ rated “PG-13.”
Eric Church releases his much anticipated “ Chief”

Paul McCartney is back with “The Family Way”



Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31


Deerassic Classic August 4-6th


MDA FIREFIGHTERS Mifflin Fire Department MDA Volleyball Fest in Gahanna August 6th (Covered by Chris O)


Brad Paisley Parking Lot Pre-Party August 6th


Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12


Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20


Columbus Crew High School Event (Pending) Aug 20


Filling Station Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 20


Yoggy’s  Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 27


Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




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