"Boris" Boden, a native Chicagoan, remains somewhat of an enigma.
Despite being clean and sober since March 27, 1990, I remain a “Full Time Cynic, with Hopes of Someday Becoming a Skeptic.” After surviving decades of abuse, and certainly taking many shortcuts on a path to self destruction, I have survived and carry with me, 'lifetimes' of stories. (some of which, I can even remember) My 'Sense of Humor' (or lack thereof) is, as I describe it 'A Form of Self Amuse'.
After working for 36 years in Digital Media, I have put myself behind the lens of a camera over the past year. Most of my Photography is not 'traditional' or or 'conventional', in the sense of the words, as I often seek out 'The Beauty in Decay' in a lot of my work.
I am also the "Secret Weapon" on Woody Radio, a radio show of "Boris" favorites. Present, past, obscurities, oddities and a few guilty pleasures. Faithfully maintained by DJ Gidget of Woody Radio. The “Secret Weapon” is heard a number of times per week and has been received very well by listeners in 81 countries.
For a person who will never wear a hat, it seems I wear many.
I truly am, grateful to be here
Chip Joyce is enjoying writing pieces drawing on his 30+ years experience of being a “Peoria Kid." A Woodruff High School/ISU graduate who grew up in the East Bluff, he has a huge soft spot for that neck of the woods and hates seeing people move out of the city to places like Washington, Dunlap, etc.
By day, he works in radio and by night stays heavily involved with Peoria's theatre scene as a director, actor, and scenic designer. He is always looking for some creative outlet, new challenge or “getting away” whenever possible with his girlfriend Jenny for shows, concerts, and other such adventures. He hardly knows a stranger, cracks jokes like they’re going out of style, and does not drink coffee. In case this bio didn’t tip you off to this already, he has a restless mind and never sits still.
Bob Gordon grew up in East Peoria and has lived in Peoria for over 30 years. He has written for the Journal Star, People of Peoria, Prarie Sun and ICC's Harbinger where he met journalism instructor and fellow MBIP writer Mike Foster. He has owned Acme Comics since 1991. His wife Danielle, is nearing graduation at Methodist Hospital in nursing. He stays active and healthy watching his three daughters and one son competing in various sports, gymnastics, and school work.
Jaws the Cabbie is a retired Twin Cities area cab driver and the author of two books; "Two Fisted Cab Driving Tales" and ''Two Fisted Customer Service Tales'' available at Lulu. He is also a contributing cartoonist for Punk Globe Magazine (an online publication) and has contributed artwork to the various blogs of Marty Wombacher over the years. Check out some of his items and art on Printfection.
Ninty-nine percent of the posts here are going to be about things going on and memories of Peoria and towns nearby, but the one percent void is going to be filled by Gene Rubbico. Long time readers of my blogs will be familiar with Gene and his wife Smoopy and his friend Terry, or collectively as I call them, The BBC (Baltimore Bar Crawlers.) These people are experienced bar crawlers, when they blow into a town, it’s nothing for them to hit 978 bars in two days and consume 18,973 drinks between the three of them. I never even tried to keep up with them on their New York visits. Gene is also a photographer, so once a month, he’s going to be the designated MBIP Bar Crawler and will serve up a photo-essay with captions of his booze-filled journeys to bars. The title for this ongoing contributor’s post is called, Gene’s Bar Exams.
Brandon Hovey was born in Peoria, IL in the last decade of the twentieth century.
He attended East Peoria and Morton schools. Hovey earned a Communication (Journalism/Public Relations/Interpersonal Communication) degree from Eureka College in 2012. He now works as an independent journalist in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties.
Brandon’s work has appeared in The Woodford County Journal, The Pantagraph, and The Pekin Daily Times. Hovey is also a self-published author, his science-fiction novella, “Mr. Ensign Thuringer” is available on Amazon and CreateSpace. Also, he has published poetry in the literary journal Some Weird Sin, and Eureka College’s Impressions magazine.
In his spare time, he enjoys distance running, reading, craft beer, and paintball.
Scott Turley lived in Metamora for 32 years, and he now lives in Morton. Scot recently retired after working at Caterpillar Tractor for 36 years. Scott has attempted to drink at every bar within a 100 mile radius of Peoria. He hasn’t missed many in this thirsty quest.
Jeff Putnam is a native Peorian. Kellar Grade School and Richwoods High School. Finished college at Bradley. Navy veteran. Worked in graphic arts for many years at Multi-Ad Services and later Dynamic Graphics. Married to a school teacher. Live now in Chillicothe. Play guitar in the Irish band Turas. Like to stay active in sports. Still play softball and love to take my mountain bike for cruises along the Rock Island Trail and hike the Forest Park nature trails. It's a good life and I'm grateful for it.
Bob “The Whale” Miller has lived in Central Illinois since the '50's. He attended Peoria schools, Glen Oak, Woodruff, Illinois Central College and Bradley.
Whale has been a guitar and bass instructor since 1969. His main passion has been live performance in rock, blues, soul, and big band since 1965. Some of the bands Whale has played with are: The Squids, Eastern Beef, Flash, The Bowery Boys, Captain Strobe, Kool Ray and The Polaroidz, Ready Steady Go! The British Invasion, The ICC studio band and presently Whale and the Planktones. He’s worked in retail music, on and off since 1970. Whale has written for several regional and national publications. He’s married and enjoys travel to the south and west and loves barbecue.
Craig Moore was Born in the year of the Pig, not surprisingly. Musician, singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, writer/author. Founding member of numerous bands including in 1966, GONN (Iowa Music Association Hall Of Fame inductees, 2004), Ilmo Smokehouse, Ready Steady Go, others.
Another river rat, from the banks of the mighty Mississippi at Keokuk, Iowa. Moved to Peoria in 1976, formed the band Eyes and helped Sam Mahoney fill the first year of “Nearby Nite Life” under various pseudonyms. Produced Luther Allison's "Gonna Be A Live One In Here Tonight", Dave Chastain Band's "Rockin' Roulette", several albums for GONN and solo projects that included performances by local legends Greg Williams and Matt Warren, members of The Yardbirds, Creation, and others.
Married to Marina, Russian princess much too good for him. Claims to have played "Satisfaction" live in clubs from Istanbul to Liverpool and played pinball from Soho down to Brighton, as well as going north to Alaska to see in there really is an old white mountain just a little southeast of Nome.
Paul T. O’Connor refuses to send MBIP any bio information. I think he’s wanted by the law in more than one state.
Jimmy LaHood is proud to be a Lebanese Peorian, and is related to any LaHood, Kouri, Khoury, Couri, Maloof, Maroon, Maroun, Williams, Ghantous, Rashid, Alwan, Anthony, George, Joseph, Trad, Shadid, Haddad, etc....that you may know. And if you ask him, he’ll tell you exactly how: “They’re a cousin of my dad’s!”