I’m starting an advertising campaign with Marcus Promotions, placing ads in some of its Footlights programs – the in-theater programs you get at plays and shows in and around Milwaukee. I’d like to thank Angie Mack for helping me get this campaign under way, and the Marcus Promotions design staff for its great work on these ads.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to spread the word about Buddy Schumacher’s story around the Milwaukee area in the next few months. I believe the first Footlights we’re scheduled to run in is the “Groucho: A Life in Review,” the story of funny man Grouch Marx, at Next Act Theatre in Walker’s Point, Nov. 14 to Dec. 8.
My wife and I love to attend live theater. There are so many great productions, something for everybody in the family. I encourage you to check out the huge variety of great shows you can see in the Milwaukee area by clicking right here!
Come see me, and 20 other local authors, at the Greenwood Public Library Local Author Fair on Nov. 9, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library, 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, Indiana.
A wide variety of authors will be represented at the event, held in conjunction with the library’s Friends of the Greenwood Public Library book sale.
For more information, contact the library at (317) 881-1953 or go to the library’s website.
I am happy to announce the identities of two special guests who have graciously agreed to help out with the Yes Cinema presentation on August 19.
- Detective Lieutenant Mike Ward with the Columbus Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division will speak on the updates in investigative tools police have at their disposal today that they may not have had in 1925, when this crime took place.
- Bud Herron, retired publisher of The (Columbus) Republic, will speak on “yellow journalism” and the differences/similarities to the ways in which this case was covered in 1925 and how it might be covered today.
I will also present a PowerPoint presentation on the book and related topics. And we might have a few more surprises up our sleeves.
Aug. 19, 7 p.m. at Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus, IN 47201. Info: (812) 378-0377. This is a benefit for the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Care Center, a nonprofit agency helping out folks in central Columbus. $1 admission goes to the center. Concessions proceeds go to the center. $1 from the sale of each book goes to the center.
My friend and high school classmate, Art Mellor, took some photos of me at his Milwaukee studio last week. Some were serious, some were silly and some were done so he could test out some lighting and other technical photo things.
One of the things we did was a series of shots with my book and a magnifying glass. I couldn’t find the Sherlock Holmes-style hat we were looking for, but since I didn’t have a Sherlock Holmes-style pipe or cape either, I think we managed just fine without it. Art picked out his favorite pose, then added various backgrounds to them. I think they turned out quite nice.
Here they are:
My wife and kids and I spent some time Saturday dropping off business cards for “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” at several Wauwatosa businesses on Saturday. Everyone was very cordial, and I found out that there are some very cool businesses in town that I hadn’t visited before.
We hit The Village area, the downtown section of town where Buddy Schumacher lived. Along the way, I met some very nice business owners and employees. One young lady working at Noodles and Co. seemed pretty excited to see the author of a book she had been interested in purchasing walk into the restaurant.
I also bumped into the Wauwatosa city attorney at Be Spectacled. He said he’d read the book. I asked him if I was going to get sued, and he said I would not (whew!) and also said that he enjoyed the book.
I love going into some of my old favorites down in The Village like Robertson Hardware, The Chancery and Baskin Robbins. We like to take the girls to Yo Mama frozen yogurt in the old Drew’s building when we’re in town. I’ve got to get back to Café Hollander, too. And, of course, there’s the Little Read Book store, which has been selling “Murder in Wauwatosa” from the beginning. Make sure to stop by and support the local bookstore! We were also able to walk into The Little Red Store, the oldest commercial structure in the city. It always seems to be closed when we come to town, but this time we got there just as it was closing and were able to take a look around.
Later, my wife and I took on North Avenue, scattering our efforts from 92nd Street down to 68th Street. There are so many neat restaurants and stores on this street. From The City Market Café to Alterra Coffee to Rocket Baby Bakery, this area has baked goods and gourmet coffee nailed.
We also found some neat restaurants that were not there when I was growing up in Tosa. Ono Kine Grindz is full of Hawaiian food and drink. I can’t wait to go back and try it out. The new BelAir Cantina at 68th and North is in an old Audi dealership and looks very cool.
My wife found a neat little consignment shop, we came across a store featuring handmade items from Africa and Asia called Fair Trade for All, I ran into a gentleman who runs a store called Candy Bouquet whose father taught with my dad in the Wauwatosa School System for eons, and we love the Rosebud Theatre (formerly Tosa Theatre), where I’ve presented a program on the book.
And I haven’t even mentioned the cool Italian deli … Fattoni’s where Johnson Bicycle Shop used to be. Wow, did the food in there look good!
There are so many other neat places in Wauwatosa. This is just a smattering of the cool places in those two districts. There are many more. I plan to sample some more of them next time I’m in town.
Here is the poster we’ll be using to promote my program at the Yes Cinema in Columbus, Indiana, on August 19. You’ll be seeing it around Columbus soon. And you should start seeing it on-screen before movies at the Yes in the near future.
There’s already one in Out of the Blue Finds, a neat little antique store at 1604 Central Ave., Columbus. Autographed books are also available for purchase there. Thanks, Bonnie! Out of the Blue is located next to Kramer’s Restaurant.