Byline: By JOHN GFROERER

John Gfroerer: The art of manipulation

5/12/18

Okay, confession time: I am a professional manipulator.This is probably something to be embarrassed about, even ashamed of, rather than lay claim...

That was a heck of a storm the other day. Lot of snow to shovel. Meant leaving a day later for the trip to Florida. Meant re-arranging hotel stays...

John Gfroerer: Moments of action

1/10/18

The event happened many years ago during a brasher time in my life but is remembered with a bit of pride. A call came into my Lacrosse, Wis...

John Gfroerer: Moving to Year Zero

12/3/17

‘Year Zero” is a term that has origins in the French Revolution. Forty years ago, however, it was adopted by the Khmer Rouge during its reign in...

John Gfroerer: Truth be told

9/20/17

Do they still teach the cherry tree story in elementary school these days? You remember it, don’t you? George Washington chopped down his father’s...

John Gfroerer: A bumper on the road

9/7/17

There was a bumper sticker that confronted me from the back of a truck a year ago and still keeps coming back for consideration: “Why Should I Have...

John Gfroerer: Dad’s day of thanks

6/18/17

Fathers Day is generally recognized as a day for children to honor their dads. And as a dad, I kind of enjoy that. But I have long thought that it...

John Gfroerer: Walking man revisited

3/10/17

The story was heard on the radio years ago, told by Dick Summer over WBZ in Boston. Perhaps because I recorded it, and listened to it every once in...

On a bright sunny fall day in 1941, people in Kannapolis, N.C., danced and smiled for a camera. I know this because the film that camera recorded...

George Orwell’s Animal Farm has been coming back to me in recent months. It is interesting how a book read years ago can leave little pieces of...

Hitchhiking was a bunch of things I feared all rolled up into one neat little package. Being alone, being vulnerable, saying to the world you...

John Gfroerer: Nights of radio dreams

12/1/16

There are gifts that transcend the moment of their giving. For me, the radio was one of those gifts.It probably came at Christmas when I was 11...

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