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Talking to the Oldtimers: My Interview with Dick Williams

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 8, 2007

I met Kathy, the daughter of Dick Williams, at KFOG’s KABOOM in San Francisco several years ago. When I learned who her dad was, I started to try and talk baseball with her, and although she was really nice about it, I could tell she wasn’t a huge baseball fan. A few months later, I persuaded her to give me her father’s phone number at his house in Henderson, NV. I could tell why some reporters found him tough to talk to. I asked him several questions that he thought were stupid and he had no problem telling me so. Dick Williams was a player and manager in the major leagues for a total... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, san francisco

Cafe Gratitude: Joining The Grateful Fed

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 7, 2007

With two cafes in San Francisco, one in Berkeley, and with their newest location in San Rafael, Café Gratitude has gained a much-deserved reputation in the alternative culinary community for its inspiring environment and distinctive, flavorful organic foods. To find out what Café Gratitude is all about, all you need to do is check out their mission statement: “Cafe Gratitude is our expression of a World of Plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We support local... (more)

Tags: san francisco, environment

Message to Michael Vick: Dog Fighting is Dog----!

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 6, 2007

Does anyone want to buy an authentic Michael Vick Atlanta Falcons NFL jersey? I paid about $200 for it, but you can have it cheap. Please respond soon because if I can't sell it quickly, I'll  burn it. When I found out the other day that Vick is involved in the so-called "sport" of dog fighting, I suddenly lost all interest in the man and his spotty football career. Already a problem child, Michael Vick, it appears, is a member of a sick segment of our society that thinks it’s cool to watch innocent, helpless animals attempt to kill each other. I have never seen the attraction to something... (more)

Tags: new york, atlanta, football, nfl, mike vick, dog fighting, humane society

Talking to the Oldtimers: My Interview with Ernie Fazio

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 4, 2007

Ernie Fazio was one of major league baseball’s very first bonus babies. He played two seasons for the fledgling Houston Colt .45’s, whom he signed with in 1962. He was the very first player signed by the team, just minutes before Rusty Staub. In 1963, he played semi-regularly for Houston, appearing in 102 games at second base, but batted only .184. In 1965, Fazio was traded to Charlie Finley and the Kansas City A’s, as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Jim Gentile to the Houston Astros for Jesse Hickman. Finley took Ernie under his wing, mainly because he liked his style... (more)

Tags: baseball, soccer, golf

Punking Postings on Craigslist

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 4, 2007

I love to punk people on Craigslist. I never do it in a mean way, but every once in a while I feel a need to do it. I saw this yesterday and couldn’t resist: “(((_WANTED: ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMEN FOR SIGNED MUSIC GROUP__))) We are looking for two girls who are bright and motivated to work hard in the music entertainment Biz. We have a Signed Music Group that is searching for Girls with talent in dancing, and singing! Ages of 18 to 25! Auditions would be held in Hollywood. There will be Travel, and we need Unsigned TALENT!!! SEND PIX, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER AND A COPY OF YOUR MUSIC TO:... (more)

Tags: hollywood, music

Katie Holmes: Devising an Exit Strategy?

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 3, 2007

Please Note: This article is a joke, something you might read in Mad Magazine, The Onion or National Lampoon. (It's called SATIRE) “They’re everywhere. Someone please help me.” A gardener found this message scrawled in the dirt in the backyard of the mansion where Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise currently live. I know I’m risking a rattlesnake in my mailbox by saying this, but Katie Holmes is reaching out. She didn’t realize that when she married Tom Cruise, she was marrying the late L. Ron Hubbard as well. Katie has held on long enough and hasn’t left Tom Cruise's side since... (more)

Tags: beckham, religion, hollywood

Barkley Bashes the Bay Area

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 3, 2007

TNT broadcaster and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley dissed the Bay Area recently, saying that he would rather live on Alcatraz than reside in either Oakland or San Francisco. He went on to say that he likes Sacramento more. Locals are fuming and want The Round Mound of Rebound’s large head on a platter. “I love it when they give me a hard time,” Barkley said. “I know that I’m getting a lot of love there now.” Bay Area radio and TV stations have received numerous complaints about Barkley’s remarks. People have created amusing photo shopped pictures of Barkley in a rowboat on... (more)

Tags: san francisco, nba, shooting

Deep Dark Confessions of a Freelance Ad Writer

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 2, 2007

Someone asked me to write an article about being a freelance advertising copywriter. Well, it used to be called freelancing, back when I started in this business more than two decades ago. Now it's called contracting. Which, in a way, shows how much things have changed. Freelancing conjures up visuals of flip-flops and Vaurnets, back in the days when you needed a typesetter. Things were much more mellow back then. You could get away with playing the distant, quirky, creative type. It was okay if you're dressed casual, and slept in your car the night before. I told my parents back home that... (more)

Tags: freelance writer

Capturing Baseball History: My Interview with Gus Zernial

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 1, 2007

Part of what I get to do as a baseball historian and a member of The Society of American Research (SABR) is interview old retired MLB players. It is one of the joys of my life. I love hearing their old stories and learning about their careers. Here’s an interview I did with Gus Zernial recently at his home in Fresno, California. Gus Zernial’s greatest achievement in major league baseball was probably when he led the American League in home runs in 1951. He was a power-hitting outfielder who never played for a first division team, but he hit 237 career homers and batted .265. His nickname... (more)

Tags: baseball, california

Alyssa Milano: She's All Blue!

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 1, 2007

Alyssa Milano is every guy's dream girl. She's super smart, incredibly beautiful, a savvy business woman AND (maybe best of all) she's an LA Dodger fan. She has a great baseball web site called "Touch em All" (Alyssa.mlblogs.com) where she has some very well-written, highly insightful postings about the LA Bums. Milano also has a new clothing company called "Touch," featuring a lot of baseball apparel. There's just something that I find so sexy about a woman who knows her baseball. I always enjoy talking to women who know their stuff. Alyssa has obviously been a baseball fan for a long time,... (more)

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