Nothing like a blogger "get to know you" game to get you in the spirit of the holidays. Ace web marketer David Scott tagged me, asking for five things people don't know about me and five bloggers I want to tag. Thank you, David.
1. I may have the only basketball autographed by baseball icon Sandy Koufax, a hoops star at the University of Cinncinati before becoming the greatest southpaw in the history of baseball.
2. My journalism career began in 1974 at Ken Kesey’s Bend in the River Conference at Chemeketa Community College in Bend, Oregon, as plans were laid to start a new alternative weekly for Eugene, Oregon. That weekly became the Willamette Valley Observer, which I served as publisher and editor for seven years.
3. I learned everything I know from that “internship” at the Observer, including how to clean worm casings out of coinboxes, “bait boxes” that we re-purposed into newspaper-selling machines.
4. Everything is Not Illuminated, according to my own Ukranian roots tour, which I made with brother to our ancestral towns of Kremenets, Tarnopol and Novy Oleksinets five years. We are trying to export a bit of light though in the Kremenets cemetery restoration product now underway.
5. I was made a Brahmin for about 32 minutes in January, 2005, when our daughter married (yes, our own Monsoon Wedding) a Kashmiri in Delhi. To become a Brahmin, I was “threaded” and then, curiously, unthreaded, soon as the five-hour-in-total ceremony ended.
As my daughter Jenika likes to say: Make new friends.