Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Joe Gans – The Old Master” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, Feb. 3 – Feb. 7, 2014

The first African-American boxing champion (1902), Joe Gans is unknown to many but his legacy lives large in American popular culture history.


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Speaking Appearance

Doc will give a talk about 1908 London Olympic marathoner – Italy’s Dorando Pietre at the Sons of Italy Eureka Lodge

Dorando Pietri

Dorando’s surreal strychnine-induced stagger and repeated falls at the end of the race transfixed the crowd.  Dorando’s memorable final lap inspired a young unknown song-writer named Irving Berlin to stardom as well a sportswriting stint for Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 Sons Of Italy Eureka Lodge #1274 polenta potluck, St. Bernard Parish Hall (the Olive Branch Hall),6:00 PM, January 28, 2014

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Radio Interview

Listen to Doc on Radio El Sol on KMEC 105.1 FM live at 5:00 PM, Monday, January 27, 2014



Doc and radio host Annie Esposito will discuss the first Hispanic to fight for the world heavyweight boxing championship on Sept. 14, 1923 –  Luis “Wild Bull of the Pampas” Firpo. Firpo, an Argentinian was immortalized in  America’s greatest sports painting entitled Dempsey and Firpo by American realist George Bellows in 1924.

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Radio Interview/Book Review – New Books in Jazz

Doc interviews music professor, musicologist and jazz pianist Dr. Keith Waters about his new book, The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-1968 published by Oxford University Press, 2011 on the New Books Network.


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Jack London State Historic Park Tour

Wolf House Walk Tour,  Sunday,  January 26, 2014 at 1:00 at Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Wolf House

Doc leads a walk from The House of Happy Walls Museum to the famous stone “Wolf House” designed and built by  California writer Jack London that was supposed to stand for 1000 years but was destroyed by a ferocious fire more than a 100 years ago.  The 1 hour and fifteen minute hike to the house and back includes a trip to Jack London’s gravesite and a trove of information about Jack’s extraordinary adventures and literary life that included 50 books and over 200 short stories.

The guided walk is included in your $10 vehicle fee for the park.  The park includes over 20 miles of trails over 1400 acres in the heart of the wine country 15 miles east of Santa Rosa, CA.

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Radio Interview

Chronologically Gifted:  Conversations on Life After 50,  Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:20  PM on the KHSU Homepage, 90.5 FM, Arcata


Doc speaks with show hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown about creative and artistic pursuits as important and nourishing dimensions in one’s life after 50.

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Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“War and Football” – the Strange Case of Stephen Crane on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, Jan. 20 – Jan. 24 , 2014

Red Badge

Famous author of the Civil War classic “The Red Badge of Courage” uses images and descriptions from sport to describe to the public a war he never experienced.

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Radio Appearance

Ovids’s Metamorphoses– on Classics Now,  Thursday, January 16, 2013 at 1:15  PM on KHSU 90.5 FM, Arcata


Join Doc and Mary for their monthly classics literature show on the Humboldt Homepage.  They will discuss the Roman poet Ovid’s classic work Metamorphoses.  Rivaling the Bible and Homer’s Iliad in terms of its influence on western literature, Ovid’s retelling of tales of love, violence, nature, power and creation drawn from ancient myth is a timeless treasure.  Doc and Mary will glimpse in particular a the stories of Narcissus and Echo, Latona and the Lycian Peasants and Baucis & Philemon.

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Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Alexis Arguello” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, Jan. 13  – Jan. 17, 2014

Description –


Nicaragua’s Alexis Arguello’s was one of boxing’s great and beloved warriors of the 1970’s and 1980’s.  A champion in the featherweight, jr. lightweight and lightweight divisions, he never lost a championship title defense.  But later in life, politics proved to be more treacherous and unpredictable than the fight game.

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Read Christian Giudice’s compelling blow-by-blow biography entitled “Beloved Warrior:  The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello at