Houston, We Have a Problem

Above, Texas oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, who once vowed that “No nigger will ever set foot on this campus.”

In our last post, Jack Egan, Loyola’s feisty guard, tells a story about being recruited by Houston coach Guy Lewis. At the end of the story he says, “At that time it was all white, Houston was. And it turned out to be the most bigoted place we ever played!” Here’s the story of the Ramblers’ harrowing trip to Houston in 1963.

Wild Weekend!

The Ramblers World Tour begins this weekend with four events and a radio show.

First, on Friday night March 1 we have Sports Night, a three-way reading with me, Rus Bradburd, and Ted Cox, 7 PM at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square (4736 N. Lincoln).

Rus Bradburd was an assistant college basketball coach for 14 years, so he knows what he’s writing about in Make It, Take It, a revealing novel-in-stories about a Division I assistant who’s struggling to keep his job, his marriage, and his scruples intact. Bradburd is also the author of 40 Minutes of Hell, a biography of coach Nolan Richardson, and Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops.

Ted Cox was for many years the Chicago Reader‘s sports columnist, one of the smartest and most literate voices in a crowded field. His new book is 1,001 Days in the Bleachers: A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports, which collects dozens of his best columns into a handsome volume with a cover and introduction by Tony Fitzpatrick.

On Saturday morning, March 2, Bradburd and I will appear on the Heartland Cafe’s “Live From the Heartland” radio show: 9-10 AM on WLUW, 88.7 FM.

Saturday afternoon I will be signing and selling copies of Ramblers at Loyola’s final regular season game against Cleveland State: 2 PM at Gentile Arena on Loyola’s Rogers Park campus.

Sunday afternoon Bradburd and I will return to Heartland for “Literary March Madness,” a discussion-reading-signing: 3-5 PM, 7000 N. Glenwood (poster below).

Then Sunday evening the two of us will drag our parched, tired bodies to Revolution Brewing in Logan Square (2323 N. Milwaukee), where hopefully we will not drink too many fine beers as we speak, sell, and sign in an event hosted by City Lit Books, which is just up the street.

Come see us at one of these events or all four!

On second thought, if you come to see us at all four, we might have to call the police.



See Me, Hear Me

Today I taped Chicago Newsroom, Ken Davis’s weekly show on CAN TV. (That’s community access cable for you non-Chicagoans.) Also on the panel were my old chum Neil Tesser, who’s been contributing of late to Chicagomusic.org, and Sarah Karp of the education journal Catalyst, explaining the latest on our amazing shrinking school system. The show will be cablecast Friday, March 29, 1:30 PM on Can TV channel 19; and Saturday, March 30,  7:00 PM, on CAN TV channel 21.

Friday, March 29, I’ll be with Rick Kogan on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift, 2-4 PM at 91.5 FM. That link will get you the live stream and the podcast when it’s posted.