2017 Year In Review

2017 — What a year! We came off of a dismal 2016 with all sorts of celebrity deaths to a year of some personal gains, personal happiness, personal sadness and the loss of some dear friends. My wife Becky and I took separate vacations this year, because I had a trip to California planned and she wanted to go to Duluth, MN. Since I’m not really a Duluth fan, she went up and took it all in.

One question that came up was, “You let your wife go to Duluth alone?” Well, yes I did. She’s been there before alone and I have no reason not to trust her. Good Lord, I attended three events in the first quarter of 2017 that were “adult” in nature — and she trusted me!! She had a fun time and I had a fun time — so let’s look at the year 2017!

Our year started out great with a few Minnesota Twins events that Luke was excited about and we even went to a few games. I hit 5 Twins games during the season… and I’m not even a Twins Fan… but a fun time was had by all.

On January 17th, a dear friend of mine passed away. William Margold, known affectionately to his friends as “Papa Bear” for the role he played as caretaker and father figure to the world of Adult Performers. Yes, by definition Bill was what you would call a “Porn Star” and starred in over 500 movies in a career that started back in 1972. But that didn’t define the person he was to me. To me he was a Yankee Fan, Lions Fan, BBQ Fan, Mexican Food Fan and for MANY years was a movie reviewer for a newspaper in the Los Angeles area.  He died, on the air, at 6:19pm — doing what he loved — talking about the adult industry and how to protect the performers.

After the phone line went dead, I tried calling him at least six times that night and four the next morning, telling myself, “Well, he just went out for a bite to eat.” Finally, I got scared and called a mutual friend who called the LAPD and when they broke the door down, they found Bill right there in his chair in front of his computer. The phone had dropped from his hand and was on the floor. Shortly after my call to our mutual friend, my phone lit up the rest of the night and for many days to come with adult performers calling from all over the country — Bill spoke to them all of the time and must have circulated my name. “Pat, you have to come out to California, Bill would have wanted you to be here,” said Herschel Savage, a veteran in the adult entertainment business after the date of the William Margold Memorial was set. So, I did and was then invited to speak to the crowd of around 100 or so.

I miss Bill everyday, that’s for sure. It was like talking to my Dad, I guess that’s why I wrote so much about him. Sadly, I never got to say goodbye to Bill — at least I had that with my Dad.

Moving on, Becky and I went to The Hollywood Show and met some great folks out in Chicago. We met up with a classmate and his wife and had some Chicago Style pizza. Personally, Pasquale’s Pizza in Humboldt Iowa is a whole lot better. We flew on Air Choice One and it was a bit bumpy, but we made it back in one piece.

I went back to California for an event that I promised Bill I would go to. I really don’t think that Bill cared about the event as much as he did being able to hang out and going out for some meals. Instead, I went to the event and my friend, Herschel Savage was my driver — along with some Uber vehicles as well. I stayed at the home of David Bertolino and his fiance Cindy. They are wonderful people and we have become good friends as well. I met David and Cindy at an event in California the year before and they remembered how “some guy from Iowa was so nice and thanked us for the meal we prepared.” It’s called, “Iowa Nice” — we can’t help it.

In the meantime we welcomed the births of Henry Brase and Nora Klenz — our great nephew and great niece. Much fawning was done over them by Becky…me, I don’t care for children, but I’m sure they’ll do just fine without me gawking at them.

We went to many concerts in 2017 — Ronnie Millsap, LeRoy Van Dyke, Gary Morris, Rex Allen Jr, The Gatlin Brothers, just to name a few. We enjoy meeting the folks and listening to them talk about their lives. Sometimes it’s just interesting to hear what they have to say when they aren’t in front of crowd.

Becky once again played in the NIACC and Hampton Municipal Bands and enjoyed it very much.

We had fun times at birthday parties and other events with Becky’s family. Since my folks are gone, it’s nice to feel like I’m part of a family again — even though it’s on a more subdued level sometimes.

Becky enjoys her job at MetalCraft and I am still The Computer Guy and love it. I did partner with a friend of mine to create, “Home Grown Social Media” and we teach classes all over Iowa. It’s fun and we hope to grow it in 2018.

The video pretty much says it all — we had a fun year!

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Random Access – Show #10 – Having Fun At Auction School

One of my favorite places to hang out in North Iowa is at The World Wide College of Auctioneering when they have their Auction School. Sara Broers, who handles much of their social media training called me today, “PAT, PAT, you have to come over here and meet someone!”  Naturally, when she gets THIS excited, I have to go see what’s going on. (As you remember from my last trip to auction school, I met Reggie Rivers from the Denver Broncos!)

Today was a great day because I got to meet Kody Ray Steele from Minnesota. Kody is studying the art of auctioneering, BUT also brought a gift to the class as well. The gift of humor and impressions. No, he doesn’t do impressions of famous politicians, but, as this video shows — he brings a lot MORE to the table. His class was in stitches!  Watch and see!

Many thanks to Sara Broers for shooting some of the video and for Paul C. Behr and his staff for letting me hang out for a bit while the folks ran through several auction exercises.

Just so you know — Kody has his own YouTube Channel, so check out his videos as well.  It’s at Kody Ray Steele!!


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Random Access – Show #9 – Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles — Still Going Strong After 40 Years

Forty years is a LONG time to be in business!! Through the ups and downs of the economy, a flooded building and the ebbing and flowing of the popularity of certain toys, games and comics Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles remains a fixture in Mason City.

I chatted with Mike Tickal as he prepares for the 40th Anniversary Party this Saturday, October 14th and it is shaping up to be a grand day. Lots of in store specials, giveaways and characters will be at the event. Be on the lookout for some special vehicles as well making their way to the North side of Federal Avenue in Mason City.

More information can be found on their Facebook Page — Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles

I wish Mike, Carmen and the rest of the staff continued success in this business!

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Random Access – Show #8 – Do You Want Fries With That?

A few months ago, I noticed a new business page on Facebook that offered food delivery in Mason City and North Iowa. The page was called “We Got It.” It looked like two guys were starting up a service running food all around town. They mentioned a few places and talked about their travels. It made me wonder, what kind of a commitment must this be and how does this all work?

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I reached out to them and asked them how it was going and if they’d like to be my guest on this blog and right away they said, “YES!” So, I lined it up so they could meet me at Social Media Breakfast in Mason City and I’d just chat with them after the program. Little did they know, they were going to get the BONUS plan, because KIMT-TV was planning on coming after the breakfast to interview Sara Broers and I about our new venture of Home Grown Social Media and our NEW on-line school that we had just launched.

When Sara told us that KIMT was on their way but running behind, Jonathon sort of kicked at the ground and said, “Gee, I wish KIMT would do a story on us.” I said, “Hold on boys, don’t leave — I’m thinking we can work this out.” Right away there were smiles and a few “WOWs” and sure enough, after our portion was done, the boys from “We Got It” were interviewed …and played on that night’s KIMT 6:00pm newscast. Click for their KIMT interview.

Meet Trysten Swanson and Jonathan Marinero — the guys who will go the extra mile for your culinary cravings — just call them and order your food at (641) 210-8699.

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PS: I think they’ll be back to Social Media Breakfast!

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Random Access – Show #7 – Happy Trails To Rex Allen Jr

As long as I’ve been going to country music shows, I’ve had the chance to see Rex Allen Jr, probably a dozen times or so over the last 30 years. Always pleasant, always jovial and a hit with the audiences no matter where he goes, I thought it was time to catch up to him on his “Sunrise To Sunset Tour” that will wind up in September — right here on Random Access.

I first learned of his retirement from the road in November of 2016 when he appeared in Emmetsburg, Iowa at the Wild Rose Casino. The crown gasped when he announced it and I also couldn’t believe it’s true. All good things must come to an end, and in this case, Rex Allen Jr was a good thing.

While waiting to get my photo signed, I heard him talking to the fans. Naturally, they remember his Dad, Rex Allen and the many shows he was on and that country radio just isn’t the same as it was. When asked about his plans, Rex told one fan, “I want to get my music on CD and I want to get Dad’s music on I-tunes. I think it will be quite a project, but I’ll get it done.”  When you’ve spent 50 years on vinyl, maybe it’s time to do some updating. Rex will have plenty of time for that.

I wish Rex the best in his retirement from touring — and if he ever wants to get back on the road, I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket!



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