Mr. "1970-Something" Mark Wills talks to Roger and Laurie about his very special song "Crazy Being Home" a tribute to our military folks. Mark is also the official spokesperson for USA Cares....this is a MUST LISTEN TO interview if you appreciate our brave Military...
Here are some highlights of my sister Sharon's retirement from the Pentagon this past January, after 42 years of service. Secretary Of Defense, William Gates gave a stirring speech on her behalf. What an honor to be invited, and needless to say, I couldn't be more proud!! Sharon has served through eight Presidential Administrations.
I am so proud of Kansas City's own talent, Sarah McMullen!! She's about to release her 2nd CD and it's a big deal!! Join us this Saturday at Barnes and Noble, Oak Park Mall as we roll out the Red Carpet for Sarah at her CD release party...6:30pm...she'll sign copies and perform a few new songs from the CD... she is super talented and still just a Sophomore at Blue valley North!!
Had a great time Saturday night at the "Challenge Your Fashion" event at the KC Convention Center. Thanks to all the Royals players that walked the runway. Mark Teahen and Luke HochevarÂ were the co-chairs.
The Great Northwest: Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Ocean to the west, the Columbia River Gorge to the east. Photo highlights include a 1600 Surgeon named "Henry", a 300 ft. waterfall, 500 ft. cliffs plunging to the Pacific Ocean, 12,000 ft. Mount Hood, Lighthouses, Dungeness Crab, Chinook Salmon, Honey Crisp Apples and Wine Country! (though certainly not in that order)
My wife, Kelly and IÂ are just 10 miles beyond the Columbia River Gorge. It's a big blue skyÂ over vineyards and fruit farms stretching out ahead of us. This climate/soil is about to give birth to theÂ next big craze for wine lovers. We do a tasting or 2 along the way. The air is sheer freshness, spiced with the scent of deep woods pine. We spot a sign that reads, "Draper Girls Produce"....probably no relation to Mad Men's, Don Draper, but weÂ stop anyway to purchase the tastiest peaches and Honey Crisp Apples on the planet, not to mention a jar ofÂ Marionberry jam.
Back on the road, we're sippin' icy coldÂ pear juice, heading to snow capped Mount Hood rising above a layer of white clouds and distant forest. Foot on the throttle, jammin' full volume to theÂ Doobie Brothers song,Â "Ukiah" from their album, "The Captain and Me".....if you know the words, you know how perfect it is!
I just rode with the Missouri Army National Guard in a Blackhawk UH-60 Helicopter!
Just like the one Saddam Hussein rode in after his capture. We had a 30 minute flight
over the stadiums, downtown, and the Missouri River, then back to the Armory.
Every military personal on the flight has served duty time in Iraq, and are beyond
PROUD to have done so....thanks guys, you certainly have my respect!!
I asked Sergent Thompson if I could sign up, but I'm apparently WAY past the age limit!
Lightfoot this Saturday night at the Uptown & you could be there with me!
We'll go backstage for a meet & greet!
Just tell me why you're Gordon's BIGGEST FAN! Something short & to the point, I'll draw the winner(s) tomorrow by 4pm...
It took me 52 years, but I can now say I've been in the presence of a Beatle, though it was a football field away at Sprint Center, Saturday night, July 24th! My wife, Kelly managed to snap a few photos off the Vision-trons on both sides of the stage, as priceless archive photos of early Beatles in Liverpool scrolled before the show.Â Arguably, Paul McCartney is the most influential ROCK GOD on the planet....and he lived up to his billing on this "Up And Coming Tour". He opened with "Venus And Mars", then slammed into "Jet" which was sonically amazing, power and precision!
Paul proceeded in taking us on his musical journey from the Cavern in Liverpool, through hand selected Beatles classics, his Wings material and his current solo stuff (not necessarily in that order)Â He stopped off to dedicate "My Love" to his late wife, Linda which was very emotional, he sang his tribute song to his writing partner, John Lennon and shared a picture gallery of George Harrison, topped off with Paul singing George's song, "Something".Â The pyrotechnics of "Live And Let Die" rivaled any Kiss concert, and then he "Please Pleased" the Paul-fanatics with his signature compositions, "Yesterday" "Hey Jude" "Let It Be" and "Blackbird". Words can hardly express what an honor it was to have Sir Paul McCartney in Kansas City, sharing his material that has influenced three generations, and has inspired a thousand bands!!
Over the July 4th weekend, I had a great outdoor adventure kayaking with Mr. Mike Sheehy from Washington D.C. We discovered the elusive Middle Creek River that feeds the Lake of the same name in Miami County, Kansas. We paddled more than a mile and a half to find it...in the rain!! Worth every minute and can't wait to return, I'm sure a big lunker black bass is waiting for me and myHula-Popper!!
About Mike, he's the former top advisor to the U.S.Â Speaker Of The House, and is listed as a "Top 25 PersonsÂ To Know"Â in the Beltway. Mike is also family, since he's my sister Sharon'sÂ significant other for a number of years. You may have heard Sharon right here on the Midday Show providing insight regarding the 9-11 attack on America. Sharon works at the Pentagon for our Sec. Of Defense. They love to travel the world, so it was nice to have them spending time in Stilwell, Kansas!!
....AND ROGER CARSON WINS!!!
It was "Girls Night Out" at The K Friday, May 14th and the REMATCH of the Hotdog Races!!
Tanna was in top shape but claims she lost a shoe halfway down the track. Do you see a shoe fly
off any where? Last time she won by a NOSE, so here we go.....another rematch is coming soon!!
After 25 thousand Royals fans helped me sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" the boys in blue caught fire and gave Ned Yost a debut win!!
Yes, she's Phil Collins daughter, Lily Jane Collins, who plays "Collins" in the Blind Side. You mayÂ have seen her on Nickelodeon, Glamour magazine, 90210 etc. She's the inspiration for Dad's song, "You'll Be In My Heart"
It's the "Prairie Dog Blog". Yes, those little "funnies" are Prairie Dogs coming right up to my wife,
Kelly and I feeding them peanuts (heath food!) Hundreds of them live in the Badlands of South Dakota. TOO CUTE!
Believe me, the mystical, magical Black hills are so worth the 12 hour drive there. First stop, Wall Drug, you can't miss their 150 road signs to lead you there. Then, Mt. Rushmore, see it at night for the lighting ceremony. It is truly an amazing story of American art.
The topper, Deadwood "Gulch". The Gem Saloon may be gone to history, but the legend lives on.......If you were a fan of the HBO special, it's a must-see!