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"Choices" awe inspiring choices revealed by successful entrepreneurs, introduced by Cathi Watson.
Our guest today is Chuck Brazelton, President of the Brazelton Insurance Agency located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
MY LIFE'S WORK, from frostbitten toes to fingers. The youngest of four boys all born at home in the family house near Brocton, IL. Mom and Dad wanted a girl, but that didn't happen.
Chuck attended a country school for the first two years. The school was 2 miles from his house, the only way to get there was by walking. Talk about freezing, his frostbitten toes and fingers are finally thawing.
After grade school, graduating from High School Chuck earned his keep by helping his brother run a filling station...the price of gas....19 cents a gallon
From plumbing to...etc.
The "honey" bucket...etc.
Romance was in the air...etc.
My Life's destiny...etc.
1968, a momentous...etc.
Tonight we will hear about the upcoming play The Tower from special guests Maya Rook (Dramaturg) and Adam Scott Mazer (Playwright).
The Tower is a psychedelic journey into the history and mythology of the Donner Party, a group of snowbound pioneers who notoriously resorted to cannibalism to survive the brutal winter of 1846-47. Historical narrative collides with hallucinatory imagery to create a shifting landscape filled with the whispers of the past and the roar of the future. A vision of adolescent America: frostbitten, bloodstained, ravenous. Find out more at www.antimattercollective.org
722 Metropolitan Ave, 3rd floor
April 12-26, Wednesday through Sunday at 8pm.
The Tower Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM6SwEkGbXM
The Tower Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-tower--2
CAST: Elizabeth Bays, Courtney Fenwick, Rebecca Hirota*, Marlowe Holden, Andrew Krug*, Christopher Norwood*, Joe Petersen, Scott Raker*, Leah Walsh*, Curry Whitmire*
SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR GLENN SPILLMAN. Glenn is going to take us through his experiences as they are written in his two books:
Frostbitten Spirit and
1000 Miles from Nowhere
He will discuss suicide and bipolar disorder and the road this took him on. Don't miss this show!
'MY LIFE'S WORK'...From frostbitten toes to fingers-Chuck Brazelton.
Chuck, the youngest of four boys, all born at home in the family farm house near Brocton, IL.
Chuck attended a country school 2 miles from his home. The only way to get there was by WALKING. Cutting across several farms as a shortcut to get to school, my poor toes and fingers are finally thawing out.
Making CHOICES came early in my life. I had to make a decision/choice, move with my parents to a farm in Indiana or stay put. I chose to stay put and live with Elmer, my older brother and his wife. Elmer ran a filling station. Gas wars were popular back then. The lowest gas price was about 19 cents a gallon. Sure do miss the good old days.
After high school, I thought I was smart enough to...etc.
Worked in a plumbing & electrical business...etc.
Fate works in strange ways...etc.
I love airplanes...etc.
First job with Delta, dumping the 'honey bucket'...etc.
"My Life's Work"...frostbitten toes and fingers.
I've known Chuck for over 25 years. Remember earlier I said "Timing is Everything." GOOD NEWS, the time is NOW 2012 to hear Chuck's story of being the youngest of four boys, walking two miles to school, no gloves, no boots, hence the frozen toes and fingers.
Interesting journey and factual, Chuck remembers when gas was 19 cents a gallon.
Employment history, working for a cousin, plumbing and electrical, decided it wasn't for him. Chuck reconsidered College, after 3 years turned to his love of airplanes, his job, dumping "honey" buckets. Use your imagination, buckets DID NOT CONTAIN 'HONEY." This job was short lived. Some of my Choices came back to embrace me, others to bite me in the butt.
How I met my Soulmate...etc.
Jobless, now what...etc.
My exprience with Airfreight...etc.
Did I want to spend my life typing...etc.
Doors closed and the ONE opened...etc.
Ashley’s Tragic Story: A Heartbreaking Example Of How The Economic Collapse Of America Is Destroying Lives
Finally, in December of 2009, I was lucky enough to get a part time job at a pizza place. It was a really long walk from our apartment, but we needed the money badly. So I took the job.
By mid winter, my old snow boots, which had successfully lasted me through several terrible winters, were beginning to rapidly deteriorate. They had holes all over them and they were splitting at the seams. My feet were soaked and freezing all day long. At that point, we were lucky to have food on the table. We had to watch every penny. We couldn't afford to get me new boots. So I had to make do with the ones I had. My father worked feverishly to try and repair them. He spent hours supergluing them duct taping them. In addition to that, I doubled up on socks and wore plastic bags inside my boots, but nothing did any good. My feet still got drenched.
There was nothing to do but turn around and make the long trudge back home. By the time I got home, I knew that something was seriously wrong with my feet. They felt horrible. My father helped me out of my drenched boots and socks and we discovered that my feet were all purple and swollen. They were severely frostbitten.
They eventually turned black and began to ooze. At that point, my father broke down and called a car service to take us to the hospital. The doctors told us that, given the extent of the damage, they would not able to save my feet. The frostbite had progressed too far. I ended up having both of my feet amputated.
Epic Rites author, Mark Walton, joins us for a 2 hour poetry extravaganza. Mark, winner of the 2008 London Slam! Championship, will be reading the complete text of his modern masterpiece, Frostbitten. The phone lines will be open after the reading for Mark to answer questions.
It's Super Sunday and we are doing poetry, gay beyond words but we don't care. We really don't. And it's Jack birthday, almost. He's old and gray and some say gay but that's okay...
Mark Walton is rocking it as well: He has a new chapbook...
"There's an electricity and fire to Mark Walton's Frostbitten. Sad, heroic, astonishing in its clear voiced honesty, Walton's work alternates between post-Punk and neo-Modernism. A razor sharp edge to each line, Walton will astonish you and, ultimately, surprise you as his work draws you deep into a world most people are either unaware, or uncomfortable to visit. Mark Walton is sharp, clever and honest and his new work, Frostbitten, will be an important and interesting addition to anyone's collection of poetry."
publisher/heroin love songs
Mark Walton is a poet and I think the first oral chappie cat to take a swing for the fence.
Meet Mark here:
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