Today’s useless trivia: There has never been a time when all five Toppy editors have been together, in person, at once.
In fact, unless Jeff, Brian, Blaine and Lou have been hanging out behind my back, there’s never been a time when four Toppy editors have been in the same place at the same time.
And as far as I know, there’s been only one occasion on which three Toppy editors have gathered at once (at least at a time when they were all Toppy editors).
As you’ve probably guessed by now from the title of this week’s update, the location was the Cream City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it wasn’t exactly last week, either.
It happened on a dark and snowy night in February 2008, at a diner near the Milwaukee airport. Blaine and I had driven up from Chicago to connect with Brian and with Dick Golembiewski, who’s not a Toppy editor but is a great guy nonetheless.
At the time, he was putting the finishing touches on the draft of a magnificent volume of Milwaukee TV history, since published by Marquette University Press as “Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years.”
It’s a remarkable piece of work, and well worth the purchase price if you have even the slightest bit of interest in TV history.
Anyway, these are the IDs I was taping as we sat around the table that night. Oddly, with three editors present, I think I was the only one actually rolling any tape on anything. Go figure…