(Pictured: a shock-rock summit. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, front left, hangs with Marilyn Manson, behind Reznor, and the rest of Manson’s band, backstage at a 1995 TV taping.)
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January 18, 1995, was a Wednesday. ABC and CBS lead their evening news broadcasts with the continued legal maneuverings in advance of O. J. Simpson’s trial for murder. He’s accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman last summer. NBC leads with stories about an earthquake in Kobe, Japan, that caused widespread damage and thousands of deaths, and a far smaller quake in Oklahoma City; the Simpson case is covered after the first commercial break. Controversy continues over the ethics of newly installed House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s $4.5 million book deal with Harper Collins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Gingrich is also under fire for comments he made about women being unfit to serve in combat: “females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections.” Volunteers in 71 countries are monitoring their various forms of news media to see what’s being reported and how, and to draw conclusions about media and gender. The first report of the Global Media Monitoring Project will be published in September. Studies will be done every five years; in 2020, over 100 countries will be involved.
Two graduate students at Stanford, who have maintained a directory of places that can be visited by computers connected to the World Wide Web, formally register the domain name Yahoo.com. In New Orleans, Celeste Keys is born, three months after her twin brother Timothy, who arrived prematurely last October. Ninety-five days between twins is the longest span on record. Also born today is future NFL running back Leonard Fournette. Colorful major league umpire Ron Luciano, who retired in 1980, dies at age 57. Charles Baskerville, a member of the R&B trio Shep and the Limelites, dies at age 59.
Eight games are played in the National Basketball Association. The league’s top team, the Orlando Magic, runs its record to 31-and-7 with a 108-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Shaquille O’Neal scores 42 for the Magic. David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs also scores 42 tonight in a 111-110 loss to Charlotte. Play will resume in the National Hockey League on Friday following the settlement of the labor dispute that led owners to lock out the Players Association last October. NHL teams will play a 48-game regular season.
Among the choices for midweek moviegoers are Legends of the Fall starring Brad Pitt, Nobody’s Fool starrring Bruce Willis and Paul Newman, and Dumb and Dumber. ABC wins the TV ratings race tonight with episodes of Sister Sister, All-American Girl (starring Margaret Cho), Roseanne, Ellen, and the news magazine Prime Time Live. NBC airs episodes of The Cosby Mysteries, Dateline NBC, and Law and Order. CBS starts the night with the Designing Women spinoff Women of the House and Hearts Afire, both set in Washington D.C. and produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason. They’re followed by two sitcoms from Murphy Brown creator Diane English, Double Rush and Love and War. CBS ends its night with an episode of Northern Exposure. FOX has episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and Party of Five.
The Eagles play Sacramento on the Hell Freezes Over tour. R.E.M. plays Sydney, Australia, and Nine Inch Nails plays Milwaukee. A Nine Inch Nails show scheduled for Moline, Illinois, tomorrow night will be cancelled due to a 15-inch snowstorm. There’s been controversy about the show since it was announced last December. Religious groups object to the band’s songs and images, and to the fact that Nine Inch Nails refers to those used for the crucifixion of Jesus. Later this week, a local Baptist preacher will tell the local newspaper, “We have had several people pray that the Lord do something to stop it, and I feel that he has done what he has done.” One newspaper story about the cancellation is headlined, “Blizzard Hammers Nails.” The show is not rescheduled.
Perspective From the Present: We were living in Davenport, Iowa, across the Mississippi River from Moline at this time, although I don’t remember the Nine Inch Nails controversy at all. I had other stuff on my mind: this day would have been my second day back in college at the University of Iowa, pursuing a teaching certificate. (I seem to recall that I got there and back, an hour commute on the interstate, on the blizzard day.) I wrote about the music of this week back in 2015; that post is here.
(Pictured: Jimi with Noel Redding, 1969.)
December 31, 1969, was a Wednesday. Although the crime won’t be discovered until next week, union leader Jock Yablonski, his wife, and their daughter are murdered tonight in their Pennsylvania home. Earlier this month, Yablonski lost a controversial election for the presidency of the United Mine Workers union to the current president, Tony Boyle. Vice President Spiro Agnew, currently on a tour of the Phillippines, will make a brief stop in Vietnam tomorrow to meet with President Thieu and American soldiers. Vietnam continues under a New Year’s truce, although each side charges the other with violating it. The Army orders that SSgt. David Mitchell be court-martialed for intent to murder 30 civilians in Vietnam at My Lai. He’s the second soldier bound over for trial, after Lt. William Calley. Tonight, NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley Report airs a feature on the mating habits of college students amid the growing number of co-ed dormitories. Another NBC story discusses the perception that long hair equates with degeneracy, rebellion, and disrespect for American ideals. ABC concludes its evening news broadcast with commentary by anchors Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith bidding farewell to the 1960s. Reynolds closes the broadcast by saying, “And that’s the way it is . . . good night Walter, good night Chet, good night David, and happy new year everybody.”
The college football postseason continues tonight with the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in the Houston Astrodome, where the University of Houston defeats Clemson 36-7. Four of the season’s 11 bowl games will be played tomorrow. Undefeated Texas will try to claim the national championship with a win over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame has changed its no-bowl-games policy and is playing in one for the first time since 1925. Also tomorrow: Penn State vs. Missouri in the Orange Bowl, USC vs. Michigan in the Rose Bowl, and Arkansas vs. Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl. Four games are played in the National Basketball Association tonight. Among them, the Milwaukee Bucks get 35 points from Lew Alcindor, 32 from Flynn Robinson, and 28 from Bob Dandridge to defeat the San Diego Rockets 143-126. Elvin Hayes leads the Rockets with 26 points.
Even though it’s New Year’s Eve, the TV networks roll out first-run episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, Then Came Bronson, and The Virginian. Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys open a two-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York City with two shows. After a countdown to the new year, Hendrix and the band play “Auld Lang Syne.” After the show, Jimi goes to a bar in Greenwich Village, where he jams with the James Cotton Blues Band.
The top movie of 1969 is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Although it’s been out only since late October, it’s outdistanced the year’s other top films, which include the Disney comedy The Love Bug, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, True Grit, and Goodbye Columbus. Only four books led the New York Times‘ weekly list of fiction best-sellers this year: The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes, in which government agents pursue Nazi-era secrets; Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth; The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann; and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The year’s top nonfiction books include Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Dr. David Reuben, and The Sensuous Woman, by an author identified only as “J.” On television, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In ended the 1968-69 season at #1 and is on its way to leading the ratings for the 1969-70 season now in progress. Other top-rated shows this year include Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Mayberry RFD, and Gomer Pyle USMC, which ended its five-season run in May second only to Laugh-In in the ratings. Around the country tonight, radio stations spotlight their top hits of 1969.
Perspective From the Present: The Yablonskis were murdered on the orders of Tony Boyle, who eventually died in prison. David Mitchell was cleared of charges in the My Lai massacre. Texas was voted college football’s national champion by the Associated Press after its come-from-behind 21-17 win over Notre Dame, although other voting bodies awarded titles to Nebraska and Ohio State.
After watching the Bluebonnet Bowl at my grandparents’ house, to which we were usually packed off on New Year’s Eve so our parents could celebrate my father’s December 31 birthday and the new year, I watched the last 10 seconds of 1969 tick away on the clock that sat next to Grandpa’s chair in the living room. As it hit midnight I said to myself, “Now it’s 1970.”
Buckle up, kid. The next
10 50 years are gonna be quite a ride.
(Pictured: Mick and Keef perform on the barely raised stage at Altamont.)
(A version of this post has appeared at this blog previously, and at the late One Day in Your Life site. This version has been revised quite a bit.)
December 6, 1969, was a Saturday. In what is billed as college football’s “game of the century,” #1 Texas comes from two touchdowns behind to defeat #2 Arkansas 15-14. President Richard Nixon attends the game in Fayetteville, Arkansas, along with congressman and future president George H. W. Bush. There are two pro football games today. In the AFL, Joe Namath throws two touchdown passes and the New York Jets hold off a late rally to beat the Houston Oilers 34-26. In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Chicago Bears 42-21. The Bears’ record falls to 1-11-1; the 49ers are 3-7-2. Sonny Liston is knocked out by Leotis Martin in Las Vegas; George Foreman fights on the undercard. The University of Dayton opens its new arena with a basketball game against Bowling Green. Future actress Torri Higginson and future stripper Alyssa Alps are born. The man who kidnapped Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes and two friends earlier this week turns himself in to police.
Kids’ shows on TV this morning include The Pink Panther, H. R. Pufnstuf, The Banana Splits, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, and Cattanooga Cats. Tonight, NBC airs a Hallmark Hall of Fame special titled The Littlest Angel starring Johnnie Whittaker. It’s followed by the 1965 theatrical movie The Hallelujah Trail, a comedic western starring Burt Lancaster. ABC’s lineup includes The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Lawrence Welk Show, and the variety show Hollywood Palace. CBS starts with The Jackie Gleason Show, followed by the special With Love From Hollywood starring Ann-Margret and her guest Lucille Ball, and ends with episodes of Petticoat Junction and Mannix.
Jethro Tull plays the Fillmore East in New York City, Led Zeppelin plays in France, and Pink Floyd plays in Wales. Bill Cosby performs in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Monkees, now down to a trio of Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith, play Salt Lake City. Ten Years After plays Copenhagen and Janis Joplin plays Charlottesville, Virginia. The Rolling Stones, whose new album Let It Bleed was officially released yesterday, conclude their American tour at Altamont Speedway in California with Santana, the Jefferson Airplane, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and the Grateful Dead. Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, with Eric Clapton and George Harrison on guitar, play the Empire Theater in Liverpool. It’s Harrison’s first performance in his hometown since 1965. Tomorrow’s show in London will be recorded and released next year as Delaney and Bonnie and Friends on Tour With Eric Clapton.
At WSPT in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, “Holly Holy” by Neil Diamond is #1 this week, replacing “And When I Die” by Blood Sweat and Tears, which falls to #3. “Take a Letter Maria” by R. B. Greaves is #2. Four songs are new in the Top 10, including “Someday We’ll Be Together” by the Supremes, which will be the last Hot #100 #1 of 1969, and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B. J. Thomas, which will be the first Billboard #1 song of 1970. Other songs more popular in central Wisconsin than they are in other places include “Morning Dew” by the Las Vegas group Sound Foundation, Chicago favorites the Cryan Shames with “Rainmaker,” and “Ready to Ride” by Southwind, country-rockers from Los Angeles, featuring singer/guitarist John “Moon” Martin.
Perspective From the Present: Studying events from late 1969 from 50 years’ distance, the sensation of an impending ending is impossible to ignore. It may have felt that way at the time, just a little. Everyone knew how momentous the 1960s had been, and if a person had a sense of mingled relief that the decade was ending and nagging fear that the 1970s might be even wilder, nobody could have blamed them. Looking back now, certain songs popular in the last couple of months of the year give me an end-of-days vibe—“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Fortunate Son,” “Yesterme, Yesteryou, Yesterday,” “Cherry Hill Park,” “Baby It’s You”—but that’s cherry-picking. There were just as many songs not dark at all: “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Backfield in Motion,” “Down on the Corner,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Jam Up Jelly Tight,” and on and on.
On this particular day, I watched the Texas-Arkansas game, and I would probably have looked in on the pro football games, too. I did not feel like the end of days was coming. What was coming was Christmas, and nine-year-old me looked forward to it like Ralphie Parker.
(Pictured: Bob Marley onstage in Chicago on November 14, 1979.)
November 11, 1979, was a Sunday. One week after Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, the Ayatollah Khomeini calls President Jimmy Carter “an enemy of humanity” and strongly rejects Pope John Paul II’s offer to mediate the crisis. After attending church this morning, Carter spends the entire afternoon talking with advisors and cabinet members one at a time, although he takes a break late in the afternoon for a 20-minute jog with the First Lady. His working day ends with a formal meeting on the situation in Iran. After relaxing in the White House theater with the 1958 western The Big Country, the Carters retire for the night. The Iran hostage crisis leads the network evening news broadcasts. Other top stories tonight include train derailments in Canada and Florida, a nursing-home fire in Ohio that left 14 people dead and two missing, and Veterans Day observances around the country. The New York Times reports a poll that says looking back over the last five years, Americans are far more likely to believe the country is worse off today than it’s better, and most expect further decline.
In the National Football League today, the Pittsburgh Steelers run their record to 9-and-2, blowing out Kansas City 30-3 behind three touchdown passes by Terry Bradshaw. Houston, San Diego, and Denver all win and are 8-and-3. The Dallas Cowboys will look for their NFC-leading ninth win in the Monday night game against Philadelphia. Among the also-rans, the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 19-7 in a game played in Milwaukee. Packers quarterback David Whitehurst throws two touchdown passes but also three interceptions; the Packers miss two extra points. Both teams are now 4-and-7. In yesterday’s college games, top-ranked Alabama squeezed past LSU 3-0; the other top teams in action, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Southern California, all won. Also yesterday, Wisconsin snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-3 home win over Northwestern. The Badgers are 3-and-7; Northwestern is 1-and-9.
On this week’s Dr. Demento Show, the #1 song on the Funny Five is “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from the movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which is currently in theaters. Top new movies at the box office this weekend are the re-release of the 1971 musical Fiddler on the Roof and The Rose starring Bette Midler. Shows on TV tonight include Salvage 1, a science-fiction series starring Andy Griffith as the owner of a company that collects space junk. Also tonight: Mork and Mindy, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day at a Time, Alice, and Trapper John, M.D. The Eagles play the Omni in Atlanta, ABBA plays Wembley Arena in London, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play New York City, and Leonard Cohen plays Hannover, Germany. The Who plays Brighton England, and Bob Marley and the Wailers play Madison, Wisconsin, with Betty Wright opening. Led Zeppelin plays Knebworth, England, and Talking Heads play Amherst, Massachusetts.
At KELI in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the top four songs are in the same positions as last week: “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles, “Babe” by Styx, the Commodores’ “Still,” and “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer. Donna’s duet with Barbra Streisand, “No More Tears,” is #5. “Please Don’t Go” by KC and the Sunshine Band moves up to #6 from #10 a week ago. Led Zeppelin’s “All My Love” is at #7; like many stations, KELI is playing it like a single even though it has not been officially released as one. The biggest mover on the KELI chart is “Sure Know Something” by KISS, up seven spots to #18. (It peaked on the Hot 100 at #47 a couple of weeks ago.) “Confusion” by ELO is up five to #25.
Perspective From the Present: My brother and I were at the Bob Marley show in Madison. He drew about 3,500 fans to the Coliseum; it would normally have seated upwards of 11,000 for a concert, but was in a more intimate configuration on that night. (Still, he drew about double the capacity of Madison’s venerable Orpheum Theater, where he had played in May 1978.) My brother was a senior in high school and I was a sophomore in college. Our musical tastes did not match much (and still don’t), but we were both listening to a lot of Bob Marley at that moment. It was an experience I’m glad we were able to have together, and it’s one of the shows I am gladdest to have seen. I found a bootleg recording of it a few years ago, which is quite a treasure.
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(Pictured: the cast of The Dukes of Hazzard.)
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October 24, 1980, is a Friday. By presidential proclamation, it’s United Nations Day. Headlines in this morning’s papers include the retirement of longtime Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin, who has served in the post since 1964, and who stepped down yesterday for health reasons. He will be replaced by his deputy, Nikolai Tikhonov. Also yesterday, UN Ambassador Donald McHenry spoke to the Security Council and blasted Iraq’s invasion of Iran. Some observers believe the speech is aimed at conciliating Iran, where 52 American hostages are in their 355th day of captivity today. A ship named the SS Poet leaves Philadelphia, officially bound for Egypt with a cargo of corn. The ship will never arrive at its destination; a Coast Guard investigation will declare it lost at sea and all 34 crew members dead. In future years, there will be suggestions that the Poet contained $40 million in arms and spare parts, paid for by the Reagan campaign and sent to Iran as a bribe to keep their American hostages in captivity until after the November 4 election, and that the ship was deliberately destroyed after delivery to keep the shipment secret. Scientists continue to watch Mount St. Helens in Washington state, which erupted again last week. It’s the fifth smaller eruption since the devastating one last May. In Chicago, you can buy a gallon of two-percent milk for $1.49 and a pound of Oscar Meyer wieners for $1.99 at Jewel food stores.
In boxing, heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney knocks out Ron Lyle in the first round. Future R&B singer Monica is born. Alexander Poniatoff, founder of Ampex, the company that developed the first practical videotape recorder, dies at age 88. The first U.S. national tour of Sweeney Todd opens in Washington, DC. NBC airs the final episode of The David Letterman Show, a daytime variety series that has followed the Today Show since June. CBS starts primetime with two Peanuts specials, the new Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown and the annual repeat of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Also on CBS tonight: The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas. NBC airs a repeat episode of the miniseries Centennial, followed by the news show NBC Magazine. ABC’s Friday night movie is the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The network takes out newspaper ads with the tag line, “Another outstanding movie on free television.” The movie is followed by a political program, in which Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan talks economics. Opening in theaters this weekend: Motel Hell, a parody of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and My Bodyguard, joining box-office hits Private Benjamin and Hopscotch, which stars Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau.
Head East plays Austin, Texas, the B-52s play Chicago, Bruce Springsteen plays Seattle, and Linda Ronstadt plays Iowa State University with the Joe Ely Band opening. At WRKO in Boston, there’s a distinct adult-contemporary vibe going on with “Lady” by Kenny Rogers, “Woman in Love” by Barbra Streisand, and “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs all in the Top 10. There’s a Doobie Brothers vibe at the top as well, with “Real Love” and Amy Holland’s “How Do I Survive,” produced by Michael McDonald, who is Holland’s husband. The chart is also rich with decaffeinated R&B, including “Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills, “He’s So Shy” by the Pointer Sisters, and “Give Me the Night” by George Benson. The closest thing to rock on WRKO at the moment is Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening,” but even that has the tasteful stamp of the 1980-1982 pocket that made MTV necessary.
(Pictured: Daryl Hall welcomes you to his world, 1986.)
September 23, 1986, was a Tuesday. It’s the first day of fall, which arrives at 2:58AM Central time in the United States. Headlines on the morning papers involve US-Soviet arms control talks, possible normalization of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Israel, continuing unrest in the Philippines, and new information about last spring’s Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. Today, a Congressional resolution declares the rose as the national flower. A U.S. Senate committee concludes impeachment hearings for federal judge Harry Claiborne, who is currently serving a jail term for filing false income tax returns. Claiborne, formerly a prominent entertainment lawyer, received a lifetime appointment to the bench from President Carter in 1978. He will be removed from office by a vote of the full Senate next month, the first federal official to be removed by impeachment since 1936. Also today, President Reagan makes a number of nominations and appointments and delivers prepared remarks before a couple of groups visiting the White House. Tonight, he attends a scholarship fundraiser at a Washington hotel, where he gives a nostalgic, humorous speech about his days at Eureka College in Illinois. Reagan is presented with the Eureka class of 1932 ring he could not afford to buy back then. In Connecticut, 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn goes missing and is later found murdered. The case will go cold until a suspect is arrested in 2019.
Last night’s NFL game saw the Chicago Bears run their record to 3-and-0 with a 25-12 victory over the winless Green Bay Packers.
The game featured a vicious hit by Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin on Bears quarterback Jim McMahon a full 20 seconds following the end of a play. Martin was kicked out of the game and will be suspended; the injury McMahon suffered on the play will end his season. (Editor’s note: the Charles Martin hit happened on November 23, not September 23. I am not the only Internet source to get this wrong. Tip of the helmet to Jeff Ash for the correction.) Tonight in baseball, Houston Astros starting pitcher Jim Deshaies sets a modern record by striking out the first eight Los Angeles Dodgers he faces. (The all-time mark of nine, set in 1884, still stands.) The Astros win 4-0. With two weeks left in the regular season, the playoff pairings look to be a foregone conclusion: the Astros versus the New York Mets in the National League and the Boston Red Sox versus the California Angels in the American League.
On TV tonight, ABC presents Who’s the Boss, the premiere episode of the detective spoof Sledge Hammer, Moonlighting (the highest-rated show of the night), and the second episode of Jack and Mike, a romantic comedy set in Chicago starring Shelley Hack and Tom Mason. NBC presents Matlock and the TV movie Doing Life, a fact-based prison drama starring Tony Danza. CBS starts the night with the third episode of The Wizard, an action-adventure series starring David Rappoport as a wealthy genius with dwarfism who helps the downtrodden. CBS has its own fact-based TV movie on the schedule tonight, Firefighter, with Nancy McKeon as the first female firefighter in Los Angeles County.
Boston’s long-awaited third album, Third Stage, is officially released. REM plays Mesa, Arizona, ZZ Top plays Frankfurt, Germany, and Ozzy Osbourne plays Portland, Maine. Emerson, Lake and Powell play Richfield Coliseum in suburban Cleveland, and Bon Jovi plays at Western Carolina University. David Lee Roth plays Indianapolis with Cinderella opening, and the Ramones play San Diego. “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis and the News is #1 on the latest Cash Box chart, knocking last week’s #1, “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin, to #2. “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood is #3. Only one song is new in the Top 10: “Dreamtime” by Daryl Hall at #7. The biggest upward move by any song in the Top 40 is five places, and several songs make it: “Heartbeat,” by Miami Vice star Don Johnson, is the highest-ranking of them, at #19. Three songs debut in the Top 40: “Girl Can’t Help It” by Journey, “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles, and “Point of No Return” by Nu Shooz. The highest debut on the Cash Box Top 100 is “I Am By Your Side” by Corey Hart at #66. The biggest mover in the Top 100 is “Human” by Human League, up 15 spots to #53 this week.
Perspective From the Present: The Packers/Bears rivalry was never more vicious than it was in 1986; players and coaches quite literally hated each other. (Editor’s note: this was as true in September, as it was in November.) Of the Martin hit, I said at the time, “I don’t condone it, but I understand it.” Staying up for the Monday night game made it a late night for a morning radio jock. But on this day, I did my show as always, as summer turned to fall on the prairies of western Illinois.