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The Packaged Tourist Show

The Packaged Tourist Show

By Matthew DiBiase
This show features authors, artists, and commentators of all stripes dealing with the arts, sports history, American history, world history, and socio-political issues. This show tapes every Tuesday evening, usually at 10:00 PM EST.
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Mike Brown interview
Tonight’s guest is baseball author Mike Brown. Mike hales from Columbus, Ohio but for the past 60 years he has lived in Vermont, New York, as well as Ohio as a journalist and public relations director. He covered the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. He has won several national and regional awards for his writing in college publications. He presently works as a teacher and high school umpire. Last April Mike made his literary debut when he published “The Umpires Bunkhouse: Baseball Stories from Cooperstown’s Dreams Park” a paperback which examines the lives, travels, and travails of being a baseball umpire.
March 3, 2021
Shannon Bontrager interview
Tonight’s guest is historian Shannon Bontrager. Shannon is a professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, GA however he was born and raised in Michigan and taught for a time at Central Michigan University. Shannon even taught for a year in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the New English School in Amman, the capital. In 2012 Shannon Bontrager contributed an article for the Journal of the Early Republic which is now available on Amazon. Then, in February 2020, Shannon published his first book “Death at the Edges of the Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863 to 1921. This book studies the culture of death, burial, and commemoration of American war dead from the Civil War to the immediate aftermath of World War One and how America used this newly created culture to forge new political identities and come to terms with its newly found imperial ambitions.
February 24, 2021
Anthony Balbo interview
Tonight’s guest is author Anthony Balbo. Tony hales from Michigan and has worked variously as a football scout, assistant coach and head coach at various high schools in Michigan since 1989. Last August Tony made his literary debut when he published “Gimme a Six-Pack: the Story of the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers” a massive and moving account of one of the greatest football teams in NFL history. Tony delves deeply into the great players, coaches, and the members of the Rooney family who owned the team.
February 17, 2021
Chester Higgins interview
Tonight’s guest is photographic artist and author Chester A. Higgins, Jr. Chester comes from the Borough of Brooklyn and during the past 50 years he has explored the Western Hemisphere and Africa as a photojournalist working for the New York Times and was mentored by legendary photographers such as P.H. Polk, Arthur Rothstein, Cornell Capra, and Gordon Parks. He has co-authored nine books which features his magnificent photography and has had his works displayed in innumerable exhibitions at prestigious museums throughout America and the rest of the world. Tonight we will be discussing his upcoming release “The Sacred Nile: Where it all Began” which will be released in November this year.
February 10, 2021
Larry Landgraf interview
Tonight’s guest is novelist and songwriter Larry Landgraf. Larry hales from Texas and during his salad days he worked as a commercial fisherman and General Contractor and had already written two books in 1986 and 2012 before he unleashed upon the literary world in 2015 daring novel “Into Autumn: A story of Survival” (the first volume in his Four Seasons Tetralogy). Last May Larry’s latest book “The Adventures of Ollie Orangutan” was released (his first attempt at writing Children’s Literature).
February 3, 2021
Dwayne Gill interview
Tonight’s guest is novelist Dwayne Gill. Dwayne, a Louisiana native, is an up-and-coming author with a big imagination. He first thought of the premise of his series "Written By Blood" when he was just twelve years old. Growing up, he loved action movies and larger-than-life heroes, which is evident when reading his writing. However, as he got older, he became bothered by the typical action figure tropes and the predictability of the plots, causing his series idea to evolve further. If you like action thrillers, unlikely, conflicted heroes, twists, and character development that has a much deeper moral than most other thrillers in its genre, you'll want to follow the series "Written By Blood." A week ago one of Dwayne’s works was released as part of the Dead Silent: a Boxed Set Collection that features 17 other thriller novelists.
January 27, 2021
Peter Cozzens interview
Tonight’s guest is author and military historian Peter Cozzens. Peter is the author of seventeen very distinguished and critically acclaimed books on the Civil War and the American West. He recently retired after 30 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U. S. Department of State. He also served four years as an Army officer before joining the Foreign Service. All of Cozzens' books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and/or the Military Book Club. In 2002 Cozzens received of the American Foreign Service Association's highest award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent. He also received an Alumni Achievement award from his alma mater Knox College, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Tonight we discuss Peter’s latest work “Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation” which was released last October and has received many rave reviews from established literary critics across America.
January 20, 2021
Larry Lester interview
Tonight’s guest is author and baseball historian Larry Lester. Larry lives in Kansas City and is President and CEO of NoirTech Research, Inc. an internet company which provides sports scholarship exhibits, workshops, and academic conferences to educational institutions, museums, corporations, libraries, and churches. He is also the Editor of Blackball: A Negro Leagues Journal which is published twice a year and the Chairman of the Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference. Since 2012 Larry has written three books on Negro League baseball. Rube Foster in his Time in 2012; Black Baseball in New York City in 2017; and his most recent book (co-authored with Wayne Stivers) came out last April titled The Negro Leagues Book Volume 2: The Players from 1862-1960.
January 13, 2021
Joseph Rose interview
Tonight marks the start of season two for my show and to kick off season two is author and Civil War historian Joseph Rose. Since childhood Joseph has nurtured and cultivated a love for history, especially military history, visiting Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields. Although he has worked for decades in healthcare management, Joseph has never lost his love for history and in 2015 Joseph published his first book “Grant Under Fire: An expose of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War”, a daring re-examination of the Ulysses Simpson Grant which challenges established scholarly views of Grant as a general and tactician.
January 6, 2021
Jeff Dahlberg interview
Tonight’s guest is sports author Jeff Dahlberg. Jeff’s a freelance writer who specializes in promotional stories for new entrepreneurs and business startups. Jeff was born and raised in Western New York. He's a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Toronto Second City Training Centre. Jeff lives and works in the Buffalo, NY area and looks forward to the day when both the Bills win a Super Bowl and the Sabres win a Stanley Cup. In 2016 Jeff published his first book “Not Just Snow and Chicken Wings: Positive Stories about Buffalo’s Rebirth” and last month he released “”We All Just Bought a Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History”, a fascinating examination of key what-ifs and counter-factual scenarios in Buffalo sports history.
December 30, 2020
T.J. Troup interview-60th Anniversary of the 1960 NFL Championship Game
Tonight we are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1960 NFL Championship game where the Philadelphia Eagles played the Green Bay and to help us out we have special guest Pro Football Historian and author Terrence “T.J.” Troup. T.J. is one of the foremost historians of professional football. He has written numerous articles for “American Football Coaches Monthly” and was the football coordinator/consultant for the 2008 George Clooney film “Leatherheads”. He wrote his first book in 2009 titled “This Day in Football” and in 2014 he wrote the “The Birth of Football’s Modern 4-3 Defense” a splendidly detailed tactical analysis of how NFL teams played defense during the 1950s and a must read for all serious pro football researchers.
December 23, 2020
Neil Perry Gordon interview
Tonight’s guest is author and novelist Neil Perry Gordon. Neil lives in New York and during the past two years Neil has released seven books: A Cobbler’s Tale, Moon Flower, The Righteous One, The Bomb Squad, Hope City, and last month his latest book Sadie’s Sin: The Zwi Migdal’s Reign of Terror.
December 16, 2020
T.J. Troup interview-80th anniversary of the 1940 NFL Championship Game
Tonight’s guest is Pro Football Historian and author Terrence “T.J.” Troup. T.J. is one of the foremost historians of professional football. He has written numerous articles for American Football Coaches Monthly and was the football coordinator/consultant for the 2008 George Clooney film Leatherheads. He wrote his first book in 2009 titled This Day in Football and in 2014 he wrote the The Birth of Football’s Modern 4-3 Defense a splendidly detailed tactical analysis of how NFL teams played defense during the 1950s and a must read for all serious pro football researchers. Tonight T.J. and I will be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the 1940 NFL Championship game where the Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0, the greatest blow-out in NFL post-season history. The Bears victory altered NFL tactics forever. T.J. Troup using his vast knowledge of pro football history reveals the gridiron secrets behind the Bears incredible victory.
December 9, 2020
Sal Maiorana interview
Tonight’s guest is renowned sports journalist, broadcaster, and author Sal Maiorana. Sal has been the dean of Buffalo sports writers for 32 years with the Rochester Democrat and Courier. He has covered the Buffalo Bills for over 27 years (which makes Sal the longest tenured beat writer in Bills franchise history. Sal has received numerous and honors from the City of Rochester, NY, and from distinguished New York State media associations and services for his stellar work as a sports journalist. And his sports journalistic work is not solely confined to the greater Buffalo area. He has published innumerable articles in national sports journals and websites covering a broad array of topics from football to golf to lacrosse. Sal published his first book in 1992 and since then has published over 15 different books covering the full spectrum of North American sports and all of which receiving critical acclaim from his peers and the public. Last March Sal released “When Buffalo stood atop the Sports World” which chronicles Buffalo sports during the mid-1970s when its sports franchises the Sabres, the Bills, and the Braves in the NBA were at their peak of their respective powers. No longer content with sports writing, Sal is presently working on a historical novel of 1968 where he explores the seminal, sublime, severe, savage, and sad moments of that epochal year in American year which can be read on-line at
December 2, 2020
Aubrey Ferguson interview
Tonight’s guest is hockey author Aubrey Ferguson. Aubrey lives in Oakville, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto). Aubrey worked for 40 years in packaged goods marketing and general management but during his free time he (along with co-author Don Pillar) worked on a labor of love titled “The Golden Years: Bee Hive Golden Corn Syrup Hockey Picture Promotion 1934-1968” which was published privately last April and can be purchased at this website.
November 25, 2020
Paul Bouchard interview
Tonight’s guest is artist Paul Bouchard. Paul is a multi-faceted artist. His work is particularly influenced by working through his PTSD from the Vietnam War. His primary media are handmade cast paper, oils, welded aluminum and steel, acrylic, and watercolor. Paul has works in 20 public collections including: United States Department of State Art in Embassies Collection; State University of New York - Oneonta; Dayton International Peace Museum; California State University Art Museum (Long Beach); City of Beverly Hills Municipal Collection; Grant Kohrs National Historic Site; National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum. He has had over 100 group shows and 14 solo exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1972. His most recent exhibitions: VAP at the Pentagon till November, "Through Your Eyes" (National Park Service, Washington, D.C., 2012); Kingston NY Sculpture Biennial (2012).
November 18, 2020
Heather Ann Thompson interview
Tonight’s guest is Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Dr. Heather Ann Thompson. Dr. Thompson presently teaches at the University of Michigan but has worked at American and British collegiate academe since 1997. Last January Dr. Thompson helped co-found the History Studio with locations in New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The History Studio helps authors, producers, and documentarians make their projects a reality and have a greater impact in the public realm. In 2016 Dr. Thompson published her first book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its legacy” which achieved critical acclaim from American and international literary publications. It is a brilliant account of the Attica Prison Uprising and it earned her the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize along with numerous awards from esteemed legal and literary associations and societies.
November 11, 2020
James Sinclair interview
Tonight’s guest is author and military memorabilia collector James Sinclair. Since childhood James has had a fascination with collecting uniforms and memorabilia devoted to World War Two from both the Allied and Axis sides of the conflict. Then in the 1990s, James turned his attention to flag rank uniforms and by the middle of the 1990s he expanded his memorabilia collection to include uniforms worn by Russian generals and Field marshals from the former Soviet Union. You can get a sense of his amazing collection by accessing his website below. In 2004 and 2006 James published two books which discuss and feature his amazing collection of Soviet Russian uniforms and regalia.
October 28, 2020
Perry Lefko interview
Tonight’s guest is sports author Perry Lefko.  Perry lives in the greater Toronto, Canada area and has been a award-winning journalist for the Toronto Star newspaper as well  as various automotive, horse-racing, and golfing print and on-line publications for years. He has published nine books dealing thoroughbred racing, curling, and bios of football player Doug Flutie and pro wrestling legend Bret Harte. Last year he co-authored with Eddie Olczyk “Eddie Olczyk: Beating the odds in Hockey and Life” (which is now out in paperback) and today he has released his latest book which he co-authored with Nick Kypreos “Undrafted: Hockey, Family, and what it takes to be a Pro”
October 21, 2020
Robert Strauss interview
Tonight’s guest is author Robert Strauss. Robert hales from Haddonfield, New Jersey and has been a reporter at Sports Illustrated; a feature writer for the Philadelphia Daily News; a news and sports producer for KYW-TV, then the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia; and the TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Asbury Park Press. For the last two decades, he has been a freelance journalist, his most prominent client being the New York Times, where he has had more than one thousand bylines. He has taught nonfiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999 and has been an adjunct professor at Temple University, the University of Delaware, and St. Joseph’s University as well. In 2011 he released his first book, “Daddy’s Little Goalie,” a memoir about being the dad of girl athletes. In 2016 he released his first book, “Worst. President. Ever’, an irreverent biography of James Buchanan, which won the Independent Publishers Association Gold Medal for Biography. Tonight, however, I will be interviewing Robert about his next book which will be released in March 1, 2021, a scholarly biography of legendary Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Marshall titled “John Marshall: the Last Founder”.
October 14, 2020
Mike Wilson interview
Tonight’s guest is hockey author Mike Wilson described by admirers as the “Ultimate Leafs Fan” because of his lifelong love affair of rooting for and collecting memorabilia dealing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact Mike’s collection of Toronto Maple Leafs memorabilia is so vast that he had to sell most of it to the Museum of History in Ottawa, Ontario. Mike also serves on the board of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Mike has published two books. His first “Inside the Room with the Ultimate Leafs fan” allows readers a written guided tour through his enormous collection of memorabilia accumulated over a period of more than 50 years. His latest book “The Ultimate Road Trip: all 89 Games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ultimate Leafs fan” was just released today! “The Ultimate Road Trip” is a Kerouacian hockey journey where Mike followed the Leafs through all 89 of their exhibition, regular season, and playoff games during the 2018/19 NHL season and chronicles the ecstasies and agonies all Toronto Maple Leafs fans experience while living as loyal citizens of Leafs Nation.
October 7, 2020
Bill Nowlin interview
Yesterday September 28, marked the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Boston Red Sox history, Ted William’s last game as a player where on September 28, 1960, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Ted Williams hit a home run in his last at-bat. Our guest this afternoon to help us commemorate that great day is baseball historian Bill Nowlin who is uniquely qualified to discuss Ted William’s final home. Bill has been a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and was one of the first fans to mob pitcher Jim Lonborg when he pitched the final out of the game that clinched the 1967 pennant for the Red Sox. Bill was elected Vice President of SABR in 2004 and served five terms in that capacity before becoming director in 2016. In 2013 Bill released “521: Ted Williams’ Home Runs” which discusses the details of all 521 home runs Ted Williams hit in his major league career and also his All-Star game homers, exhibition game homers, and even some homers he hit in high school.
September 29, 2020
Patricia Bryan interview
Tonight’s guest is author Patricia Bryan. Patricia hales from North Carolina and is a distinguished professor of law at the University of North Carolina. For decades Patricia has had a splendid legal career in private practice and in American Legal academe where she has earned awards for teaching. She has also published several acclaimed articles in the Stanford Law Review and the Annals of Iowa. In 2005 she and her husband author Thomas Wolf published “Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland” a real life murder mystery where she and her husband examine the murder of Iowa farmer John Hossack. “Midnight Assassin” was praised by USA Today as being “An engrossing real-life whodunit”. But the book is more than a murder mystery it is also a thoughtful examination of the harshness of life in the American heartland and how women lived and endured during the turn of the 20th century as well.
September 16, 2020
Donny Hunt interview
Tonight’s guest is novelist Donny Hunt. Donny hales from Texas and has worked for various newspapers and radio stations while contributing to sports websites. During the past four years he has written and published four novels. His first “Blessed Poison” was released in 2016. In 2017 he released “The Quest for Aranwa” and “Angel of Death”. Lastly this year on July 20 he released his fourth “Already Fallen” a sequel to his first novel “Blessed Poison”.
September 9, 2020
Joe Zagorski interview
Tonight is a special occasion. My guest is my dear friend and fellow sports author Joe Zagorski who is making a record third appearance on this podcast (no other guest has made more appearances than Joe). Joe has devoted his life to chronicling Pro Football history, first as a sportswriter then, later, as three-time published author with a fourth book on the way. Tonight we will be discussing his first book The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade which was released in June 2016 because in a few days we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very first season of the NFL which had just merged with the AFL after a ten year rivalry.
September 2, 2020
Tommy Phillips interview
Tonight, I will be interviewing sports author Tommy Phillips on his 2020 release “Great Eighties: A Journey Through Another Exciting Decade in Pro Football History” which came out last April 20. Mr. Phillips is a very busy and prolific author. During the past two years he has published five books. The first “Nifty Nineties; the Story of an Amazing Decade in Pro Football History” chronicles the NFL during the 1990s. His second work (co-authored with Matt Johnson) “Packers vs. 49ers: A Golden Rivalry” delves into the obscure rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. Tommy’s third release “Tribute to Troy: The Stories of USC’s Bowl Victories” is a loving tribute to the USC Trojans when they were one of the greatest college football programs in America and how they performed in bowl game competition. His fourth release “Sundays at the Masters: From Jack to Tiger” is an exciting recitation of some of the greatest and most dramatic final rounds in the history of the Masters Tournament.
August 26, 2020
A Tribute to Kobe Bryant with biographer Roland Lazenby
Tonight’s show is dedicated to a discussion and tribute to the life and transcendental basketball career of the late Kobe Bryant. We are five days away from what would have been Kobe’s 42nd birthday had he (along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people) had not been killed tragically in a helicopter crash on January 26 of this year. Joining me in this tribute and discussion is a man well-qualified to discuss Kobe Bryant’s life and career: internationally renowned sports author and Kobe Bryant biographer Roland Lazenby. If there were a wing in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts reserved for basketball writers, Mr. Lazenby would (and should be) an inductee in very high standing. Roland has written more than 60 sixty books covering NBA and college basketball and football. In 2014 Roland released his epic biography of Michael Jordan titled “Michael Jordan: the Life” which instantly became (and remains) an international best-seller which has been translated in a wide array of languages. Two years later Roland followed up his magnum opus with another magnum opus: “Showboat: the Life of Kobe Bryant” which has also become an international best seller that is being translated and released in a wide array of languages.
August 19, 2020
The 140th Anniversary of Christy Mathewson with Noel Hynd
Tonight, we are on the eve of the 140th anniversary of the birth of legendary baseball pitcher Christy Mathewson who was born on August 12, 1880 in Factoryville, PA. To help discuss, honor, and commemorate his hall-of-fame career we have baseball author Noel Hynd who in 1988 and 2018 released his famous history “The Giants of the Polo Grounds: The Glorious Times of baseball’s New York Giants” which can be found at Amazon.
August 12, 2020
Frank Healy interview
Tonight’s guest is author Frank Healy. Five years ago Frank released his first book “Heal Your Memories, Change Your Life: Heal the Past to move on to a phenomenal present and future”. It is a self-help book that helps people cope and overcome traumatic memories that cripple their lives or else provides lessons with improving one’s memory. Frank is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach. And five weeks ago Frank released his latest book a novel titled "The Unquiet Sea". Frank Healy lives with his wife in Dennisville, New Jersey. He is in private practice at Associates for Life Enhancement in Northfield, New Jersey.
August 5, 2020
Andy Mele interview
Tonight’s guest is author Andy Mele. Since 2003, Andy (whose seven books can be found at Amazon under the name Andrew Paul Mele) has written books about entertainer Len Carrie; two books about the Brooklyn Dodgers; a book about Italian-Americans who lived on Staten Island, New York;a book about Italian-Americans who played baseball; and six months ago he released his latest book “The Italian Squad: How the NYPD took down the Black Hand Extortion Racket”. Born and raised in Brooklyn during the heyday of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Andy also writes articles in the Staten Island Advance and the Italian Tribune.
July 28, 2020
Stephen Laroche interview
Tonight’s guest is hockey author Stephen LaRoche. Stephen lives in Belleville, Ontario and has been a lifelong hockey fan and sports collectibles fan. Since 1998 he has written for Sports Collection magazines, Pro Wrestling websites, and Sports Collectibles websites. In 2004 he covered the World Cup of Hockey for Sportsology and began working for the trading card manufacturer “The Game”. Throughout the years Stephen has contributed innovative aesthetic ideas that have helped the sports trading card industry thrive. In 2017 he has been a contributor for the Upper Deck blog while also writing trading backs for the Upper Deck Trading card company. His first book co-authored with Jon Waldman, “Got ‘Em, Got ‘Em, Need ‘em: a Fan’s guide to collecting the top 100 sports cards of all time” was released in 2011 and in 2014 his second book “Changing the Game”, a history of expansion in the NHL was also released.
July 22, 2020
Rick Allen interview
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another episode of The Packaged Tourist hosted by yours truly, The Packaged Tourist in the Magical Mystery Tour called Life, Matthew DiBiase Tonight’s guest is author Rick Allen who is making his literary debut with his newly released book “Inside Pitch” a chronicle of the ill-fated Seattle Pilots who were an American League expansion team that lasted one season before moving to Milwaukee to become today’s Milwaukee Brewers. Rick has been a lifelong baseball fan and presently resides in the Pacific Northwest.
July 15, 2020
Jessica Irwin interview
Tonight’s guest, is archaeologist Jessica Irwin. Today Ms. Irwin has just begun a new position as the Assistant Director for the Center of Digital Antiquity at Arizona State University but during the past 11 years Jessica has done archaeological work on both land and sea for historical projects in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and Europe for various Federal Government agencies, private historical preservation foundations, and State Universities in Rhode Island and South Carolina. She has done archaeological projects from excavating lands owned by Presidents Washington and Madison; to diving and examining underwater shipwrecks; to searching for the remains of POW/MIAs.
July 8, 2020
Cendrine Marrouat interview
Tonight’s guest, is photographer, poetess, and authoress Cendrine Marrouat (pronounced Mar-Wah). Cendrine was born in Toulouse, France but now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. As a photographer she specializes in black and white photography of natural scenes. She is the co-founder of the FPoint Collective, devoted to photography. As a poetess and authoress she has written 25 works (and is presently working on three more works). She is the co-founder of the Aurora & Blossoms Poetry Journal. Not only is Cendrine Marrouat prolific she is also innovative as a poetess. She created a new poetic form called Sixku (pronounced sisku) which she will discuss in tonight’s interview.
July 1, 2020
Matthew Blittner interview
Tonight’s guest, is a bright newcomer in the realm of hockey literature, Matthew Blittner who will share with us his experiences and insights in writing his third book Unforgettable NY Islanders: Games & Moments from the Press Box, Ice & Front Office. Blittner reveals the history of the Islanders through the unique perspective: through the eyes of its fourth estate: print journalists, TV commentators, radio journalists, and internet journalists.
June 24, 2020
Ralph Carhart Interview
Tonight, our featured guest is baseball author and historian Ralph Carhart. Ralph comes from New York City and is the Production Manager for the Department of Drama, Theater, and Dance at Queens College for the City University of New York. When Ralph isn’t working his day job he also devotes himself to baseball research. He has been a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers in good standing. Last year he was the recipient of the Hilda Award awarded by the Board of Directors of the Baseball Reliquary for distinguished service to the game by a fan. Ralph has penned three official SABR biographies of baseball legends Rufus Jackson, Ray Knight, and Robert “Cotton”Williams and is presently working on the official SABR bio of Rachel Robinson, the widow of the immortal Jackie Robinson. Next week on June 24 Ralph’s first book “The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball” will be released to the public.
June 17, 2020
The David Wilson interview
Tonight, our featured guest is author David Wilson. David was born and raised in Arkansas and he presently works at the University of Arkansas but he also spent nearly three decades of his life in Missouri where he worked as a journalist, teacher, and school principal while obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. David published his first book “Learning Every Day” in 2019. Last January David released his second book “Growing Up with Pro Football” and three months ago David (in collaboration with Jason Atkinson) released his third book “If You Can Deal with Parking, You can Deal with Anything”. However for this evening the main focus of our show will be David’s second book “Growing Up With Pro Football”, a touching retrospective of David recounting his initial exposure to Pro Football and growing up in the 1970s watching Pro Football.
June 10, 2020
The Jacob Kornhauser interview
Tonight, our featured guest is author Jacob Kornhauser. Jacob is a digital video producer for FOX Sports in Los Angeles. He has worked previously for ESPN and in local television stations in Missouri and Oregon. In 2018 Jacob released his first book “100 Moments that shaped Baseball History: An Easy Guide to America’s Pastime, Complete with Trivia”. In February this year Jacob released his second book “The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 Players and their Brush with Baseball History”. Since its release “The Cup of Coffee Club” has received rave reviews from baseball experts and writers such as famed political columnist and baseball historian George Will who states, “The title is inspired, and its human interest stories are well told.” And it is this book which will be the main topic for discussion in tonight’s show.
June 3, 2020
David Dupuis on Terry Sawchuk: his life and NHL legacy
Tonight, our featured guest (making his second appearance on this show) is author and dear friend David Dupuis. In 1998 David wrote a highly acclaimed biography of NHL goal-tending legend Terry Sawchuk titled “Sawchuk: the Troubles and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Goalie”. Written with the cooperation of Sawchuk’s widow and his children, “Sawchuk” is a searing account of the forces that made Terry Sawchuk one of the greatest goalies in NHL and also the demons that destroyed his life and, ultimately, ended it exactly 50 years ago on May 31, 1970. My interview tonight with David Dupuis is commemorate Sawchuk’s life and legacy.
May 27, 2020
Tom Wolf interview
Tonight’s guest is baseball author Tom Wolf.  Tom comes from Chapel Hill, NC and has published numerous essays on baseball which were published in the Cooperstown Symposium and American Culture. He has also authored several acclaimed short stories that have been published either in the North Carolina Literary Review or in other literary forums that resulted in Tom being awarded or nominated for the Doris Betts Fiction prize for writing fiction or were also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Tom Wolf also co-authored the book “Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland”. Tonight however we will be discussing Tom’s latest release “The Called Shot: Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Season of 1932”.
May 20, 2020
The Brian "Chip" Martin interview
Tonight’s guest is baseball author Brian “Chip” Martin.  Brian is a native of London, Ontario in Canada and has been a lifelong fan of baseball and is a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers and has written many articles devoted to Canadians who have played Major League baseball. His latest book release “The Man Who Made Babe Ruth” tells the story of Brother Matthias, A Xavierian Brother who served in the St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore that housed the young Babe Ruth.
May 13, 2020
The Eric Zweig Interview
Tonight’s guest is esteemed hockey author Eric Zweig. If there is ever a Hall of Fame for hockey authors then Eric Zweig should be an inaugural inductee. Since 1992 Eric has blessed hockey readers with over 40 books written for all age groups devoted to hockey history. In fact his latest release “The Official NHL Hockey Treasures” came out last December. However for this show I will be interviewing Eric in his capacity as a hockey historian about the 50th anniversary of the Boston Bruins winning the 1970 Stanley Cup finals against the St. Louis Blues. That victory remains one of the famous moments in NHL history for reasons Eric Zweig will now explain.
May 6, 2020
Marty Rose Interview
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another episode of The Packaged Tourist hosted by yours truly, The Packaged Tourist in the Magical Mystery Tour called Life, Matthew DiBiase Tomorrow April 29th marks the 50th anniversary of America’s attack into Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The incursion sparked protests throughout the country, especially in college campuses. Five days after America entered Cambodia four students were shot dead by Ohio National Guardsmen at Kent State University. Tonight, I will be interviewing Vietnam War veteran Marty Rose about his memories of serving in the war and the turbulence that tore America in two.
April 29, 2020
Whit McCoskrie Interview
Tonight, I will be interviewing Author and Civil War historian Whit McCoskrie. Whit was born and raised and still resides in the Show Me State. He was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and spent 28 years in the Army and the U.S. Army Reserves. In addition to being a banker, Mr. McCoskrie has taught ROTC programs at the Universities of Missouri and Illinois State. He has been a lifelong devotee of Civil War History (a passion I share as well). Today Whit McCoskrie serves as a tour guide at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO.
April 22, 2020
Margie Lawrence Interview
Tonight, I will be interviewing Baseball & Music artist Margie Lawrence. Margie has had a lifelong love affair with Baseball and, especially the Chicago Cubs and for almost a quarter century she has painted and sketched a magnificent collection of images of baseball players, male and female; immortal and obscure. Her first exhibition of her works was in 1999 and since then she has had exhibitions throughout the United States. And when Margie isn’t immortalizing baseball players on canvas she also sketches and paints images of musical icons.
April 15, 2020
The Gregg Inkpen Interview
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another episode of The Packaged Tourist hosted by yours truly, The Packaged Tourist in the Magical Mystery Tour called Life, Matthew DiBiase Tonight’s featured guest is author Gregg Inkpen. Gregg, a Long Island, New York native, has had a lifelong love of hockey history. He has written, produced, and directed two video hockey documentaries (one of which dealt with John Brophy). He worked with NBC Sports on their NHL game coverage and has worked for NBC on their hockey coverage during four Winter Olympiads. Gregg is also been a long-time devotee of the history of the now defunct World Hockey Association which competed with the NHL from 1972 to 1979. Last year Gregg Inkpen made his solo literary debut with his biography “Broph: On and Off the Ice with John Brophy, one of Hockey’s Most Colorful Characters”.
April 10, 2020
The Tommy Phillips Interview
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another episode of The Packaged Tourist hosted by yours truly, Matthew DiBiase The Packaged Tourist in the Magical Mystery Tour called Life himself. Tonight, I will be interviewing sports author Tommy Phillips on his 2019 release “Sundays at the Masters: from Jack to Tiger” a chronicle of several of the most famous final rounds in the 87 year history of the Masters Tournament. Mr. Phillips is a very busy and prolific author. During the past two years he has published four books. The first “Nifty Nineties; the Story of an Amazing Decade in Pro Football History” chronicles the NFL during the 1990s. His second work (co-authored with Matt Johnson) “Packers vs. 49ers: A Golden Rivalry” delves into the obscure rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. Tommy’s third release “Tribute to Troy: The Stories of USC’s Bowl Victories” is a loving tribute to the USC Trojans when they were one of the greatest college football programs in America and how they performed in bowl game competition. His latest release “Sundays at the Masters: From Jack to Tiger” is an exciting recitation of some of the greatest and most dramatic final rounds in the history of the Masters Tournament.
April 8, 2020