It started with a couple dozen funny stories. I didn't have a plot or a way to link the short vignettes. My only measure for success was if I thought the story was funny. It's been a long - but educational and entertaining - ride to turn unfocused and unrelated tales into a complete story. In this first podcast, detailing my journey into the world of fiction writing, I explain the genesis of my vision for a book and why I kept writing month after month.
I rediscovered a 25-year-old fan letter I sent to Mark Grace in 1990. Gracie answered my questions and returned the letter. Seeing that letter prompted me to visit him in D.C. when the Diamondbacks were in town to play the Nats. We spoke about his career, his desire to bring a World Series title to Cubs fans and his championship experience with the DBacks.
Joe is a founding member of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and co-wrote many of the band’s songs including Someday I Suppose and their No. 1 hit The Impression That I Get.
Joe discusses the band's 30 year career, what drives them to keep playing and recording and how he's helping the industry's next generation as a professor at Lyndon State College in Vermont. He also reveals the grandmotherly scolding he received after being stabbed in Italy.
Steve Taneyhill endeared himself forever to Carolina fans by beating Clemson twice and leading the Gamecocks to their first bowl victory. Today, he’s a successful high school coach in South Carolina who has won five state championships. We talk about his time at USC, what it takes to be a leader, coaching the perfect game and why he wants another state crown.
Wendy Hudson-Jacoby is pastor at North Charleston United Methodist Church. She has a passion for service to her congregation, community and her family. Wendy is leading a resurgence at a church that previously suffered from declining membership. Wendy and I met at the University of South Carolina, she officiated my wedding and is one of my favorite people of all time. We discuss leadership and what drives her to serve.