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Well, friends, the time has come...

Autobiography of a Schnook has officially launched!

The truth is, though, it launched last week. The preface (or, as some podcasts call it, "episode zero") was released, but I didn't want to make an announcement until the first episode (or "chapter") was available as well, just to get both an introduction and some context out there.

The podcast is available on all the major podcast providers...except Apple Podcasts / iTunes...because, well...Apple takes up to two weeks to approve podcasts. Heck, even Google Play only took *hours*! But hey, it's out. icon_smile.gif

What's it about? Well...for years it's been my observation that you can go to a library or book store and find biographies of...famous people...but no biographies of just your average, everyday schnook of whom nobody's ever heard. I figured I should publish an autobiography and call it Autobiography of a Schnook. The reality is...I'd never actually finish it. But eventually it occurred to me: why not do it as a podcast? So...here it is.

Despite my two video game podcasts and my frequenting of video game fora, my first love is actually music, so every episode will have a segment called "Music for Schnooks." (Spoiler alert: a future episode will have a "Music for Schnooks" guest many of us have heard of. icon_smile.gif )

Having said that, I will NOT be posting here every time a new episode is out. In an effort to be as on-topic as possible, after this point I will only post when an episode has a video game topic. I just wanted to announce this podcast for now.

I don't know if this podcast will be any kind of success, but I really don't care; I just want to do it, and I invite you all to give it a listen. The home page is schnookpodcast.com. There's a Facebook presence, so you can "like" the page at facebook.com/SchnookPodcast if you do the FB thing. Episode links are below:

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PREFACE: Welcome to the world of a schnook.
Sean isn’t anybody rich, famous, heroic, or otherwise remarkable; he’s just a schnook. And he’s here to not only tell his story, but also to refer to himself in the third person.

https://www.schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Preface.mp3

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CHAPTER 1:
In the first chapter of Autobiography of a Schnook, Sean focuses on Thanksgiving-related topics:
– A Thanksgiving Curse?
– Music For Schnooks: Don’t Meet Your Heroes (Troubled Genius Edition)

https://www.schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter001.mp3

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Hey, all...I really didn't want to just pimp myself here, but Justin encouraged me to post updates about this podcast nonetheless. With his blessing...Chapter 6 is out!

February is a short month, but not so short that a new chapter isn't published! In this episode:

  • Growing Up Catholic: Catholic School - Sean talks about his wacky adventures in education under the rule of the Vatican
  • Long Title -- Music For Schnooks -- Don't Meet Your Heroes: Talented Dummy Edition - In honor of a recently departed musical hero

http://schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter006.mp3

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On 2/26/2019 at 3:29 PM, dauber said:

Hey, all...I really didn't want to just pimp myself here, but Justin encouraged me to post updates about this podcast nonetheless. With his blessing...Chapter 6 is out!

ABSOLUTELY you're invited to share your Podcast here! 🙌 I've been listening to Autobiography of a Schnook and I've enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not directly about video games but is pertinent to retro-life and chock-full of anecdotes about life in the 80s and 90s, working in a tech-related industry, etc. It's also been a terrific way to get to know one of our most active Forum members a little bit better, and for that reason alone it deserves to have a dedicated thread.

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The wake of St. Patrick’s Day brings the world a new chapter in this as-read-by-the-author book in podcast form. In this episode:

Death of The Mad Russian - Six years to the day of his death, we must wonder: why WAS he so angry?
Music for Schnooks: The Cliché-Free Love Segment - Sorry, no puns based on the name of the Elektra Records band, but…well, just listen!

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I've been really off the ball on my podcasts...not posting updates....well, I remembered this time.

Chapter 10 actually does have a classic video game segment, so it's on topic!

In this episode:

  • My SENIOR Year in High School - answering a frequently-posted social media survey
  • The Mysterious Phantom Pac-Man Game - For years Sean has insisted that a sequel in the Pac-Man franchise existed, yet nobody believed him.
  • The Doors Without Jim - What's the point? Well...

https://schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter010.mp3

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1 hour ago, dauber said:

I've been really off the ball on my podcasts...not posting updates....well, I remembered this time.

Chapter 10 actually does have a classic video game segment, so it's on topic!

In this episode:

  • My SENIOR Year in High School - answering a frequently-posted social media survey
  • The Mysterious Phantom Pac-Man Game - For years Sean has insisted that a sequel in the Pac-Man franchise existed, yet nobody believed him.
  • The Doors Without Jim - What's the point? Well...

https://schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter010.mp3

Glad to have this back @dauber 👍

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Just barely missed the July deadline, but here's a new chapter! In today's episode:

  • Sean does another Facebook bullet-pointed list
  • Chicago myth-busting
  • "Dear Ruby," a tribute to the writings of Italo Calvino and to a source of frustration for some people in Sean's line of work

https://schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter011.mp3

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