For the early birds among you, I’ll be doing a short appearance on Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago tomorrow morning at 6:45 CT. I’ll be discussing the Cubs, the financial stuff, and the future, probably, all while hopefully not looking like a grizzled corpse. How much concealer is too much concealer?

For those of you who aren’t in Chicago, it *looks* like you’ll be able to watch online here.

I suspect it will be very brief, and not a terribly deep dive, but, hey, it’s cool because it’ll be my face and words and stuff right there on your picture box.

If the appearance is awful – if my voice cracks, if I say something stupid, or if I have a giant booger – I’ll thank you not to harass me too aggressively.

  • Crockett

    {{{runs to store and buys tomatoes}}}

  • DarthHater

    “if my voice cracks, if I say something stupid, or if I have a giant booger”

    Okay, I’m taking bets on which one of these things happens first…

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  • Karl Groucho

    With all those 24-hour blogathons and sleepless babies on your resume, a 6:45am TV appearance should be small beans.

  • Darth Ivy

    Let’s hope Brett’s appearance goes nothing like this

  • 5412

    Hi Brett,

    As you know I spent 35 years in front of audiences all over the world. You will be terrific tomorrow.

    I once had the opportunity to spend some time with Joey Bishop, who hosted the Tonight Show before Johnny Carson. I was a very young man just getting started at the time. He told me something I will never forget, and now I can also say he was right.

    “The world will forgive you as long as you are not trying to be something you are not.” Brett, you are a Cub fan who is well educated, curious, does his homework and communicates well. That is who we will see tomorrow.

    Just don’t coulda, woulda, shoulda yourself when you are done. In my second career I do interviews all the time and I still learn from every one of them.

    Most of all, have fun.


    • Brett

      Thanks, man. Very kind and thoughtful of you.

  • 5412


    I do have a question. For those of us who may not be able to watch you live, can you please post a link to the archive?


    • Brett

      I will definitely do that if they make it available.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    And they said you had a face for radio. Best of luck.

  • Mike F

    I always liked Joey Bishop as a kid. Really cool guy and fun to watch. Man are we dating ourselves…. Seems like a lifetime ago…..

    • 5412

      Hi Mike,

      It was a life time ago. I was in my early 30’s giving a seminar at the Balboa Bay Club near San Diego. John Wayne had his yacht there and Bobby Riggs was hanging out.

      At the time I was young and just getting started as a public speaker. Joey Bishop came in and was sitting in the bar at a table talking with anyone who stopped by. At the time I was writing a module on “stage fright” and had quoted many entertainers as to what they experienced and how they dealt with it. Oddly enough, the symptoms were very similar for sales people who made cold calls. Particularly technical people who found it terrifying.

      In any event, I asked “Mr. Bishop” if I could ask him a shop talk question and told him what I was working on. He told me to sit down, bought me a beer and we spent about an hour one-on-one. What a delightful guy. He was born in 1916 so he had to be close to 60 at the time. He was very encouraging.

      Shortly after that, I was asked to be a charter member of the National Speakers Association. I was the odd ball kid with guys like J. Douglas Edwards, Bill Gove, and others. Their mantra was that part of the job as you get older is to help mentor the younger folks. At the time I did not realize just how lucky I was.

      I started as a public speaker in January 1970, that indeed is a lifetime ago.

      You touched a nerve, hope I did not bore anyone.


      • Sandberg

        Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

      • Medicos

        Hi S412: Interesting story about Joey Bishop. Back the early 1970s my aunt had a travel agency in the LA area. One day, while on vacation out west, I happened to be in her office and Joey Bishop walked in. He’d been a client of my aunts for years. We talked for at least a 1/2 hour about show biz and his celeb friends. It was an afternoon I’ll never forget. He’s born on the east coast and was a huge Yankee fan.

      • Mike F

        Nothing boring there at all my friend. What a rich rich life. Almost attended Law School there in 1977. At the last minute change course and got a MBA. San Diego and LA in that time, the end of an era, all those guys were great great gentleman. I always love you posts.

        Best 5412, all the best brother you are a true true gentleman.

  • fromthemitten

    hopefully we can watch a rerun online… that’s 4:45AM for me.

  • Jon

    Must have started early, tunes in at 643 but interview was just about over

    • MaxM1908

      It started about 6:39. I was thankful I flipped it on early. They were just segueing into the segment when I flipped over. Great analysis all around, Brett. And, nice den.

  • Tadd Gleason

    I saw your segment this morning Brett. Nice!!

  • Darth Ivy


    When are you posting the video of your appearance? Don’t make us wait until it comes out on DVD

  • Ed

    Nice job, Brett! There also was a shout out on the Waddle & Silvy show this afternoon, hopefully that will make this site even more popular,