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Journalism is a front row seat for the Freak Parade, and I love it. In four decades I’ve been constantly amused, covering almost every function and malfunction associated with the human condition.
With United Press International I cut my teeth on Louisiana politics and sports. They’re remarkably similar. I once grabbed an interview with Pete Maravich while he was indisposed in stall number two in the men’s room of a Holiday Inn in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He was just sitting there, so I started firing questions. He actually answered some of them.
I migrated to Western Colorado, and landed in Vail. It’s a fascinating place and a bit like Aspen, except: The People Who Must Be Seen go to Aspen. The People Who Own the People Who Must Be Seen Come to Vail and Beaver Creek. Along the way I’ve interviewed President Ford, Mr. Firestone, celebrities from Bob Hope to Bob Woodward, from Muhammad Ali to Loyd Gerard and his four kids about their 4-H county fair projects. Kobe Bryant misbehaved badly while he was in town, speaking of front row seats to freak parades and center rings of media circuses.
Besides United Press International, I’ve been published nationally and internationally by Associated Press, the Denver Post, the London Daily Mail and I’m under contract with the New York Times. My stories have been picked up by newspapers and broadcast outlets all over the country. I’ve been skewered by Rush Limbaugh … twice.
I’ve appeared on dozens of national network television news shows and I’m an occasional correspondent with NBC News.
During my stint in Los Angeles and Hollywood, I wrote comedy for The Blue Comedy guys – Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy (Dan Whitney) and Bill Engvall – through their website, mybluecollar.com. I learned that it’s fun to split lanes on my motorcycle in L.A. traffic, which, like most tattoos and all political affiliations, seemed like a good idea right up to the moment I barked my knuckles on a stuck El Lay motorist’s rearview mirror. That’s where I learned that dying is easy, but comedy is hard.
I’ve done extensive public speaking, standup comedy, taught junior high English, and hosted a morning radio talk show.
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