Smith: Cheers, to the end of the silly season

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

Anyone else glad the political silly season is over?

I sure don’t miss the endless negative commercials.

No wonder many politicians aren’t held in higher regard: Most of what we know about them has been told to us through damning commercials by their opponents.

They all have been pretty much dragged through the mud for the past several months. I wonder how long it will take us to forget all of that. (Forever?)

I salute Congresswoman-elect Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who says, “Let’s find ways to work together. I think we should have a Michigan agenda. Let’s all get into a rowboat and row in the same direction.”

I agree.

And I know she means it.

Time will tell.

■I salute University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy as it celebrates its 43rd Scholarship Auction Gala tonight with a sold-out crowd who will make it possible for this fine school to maintain its excellence and incredible diversity.

Job well done educating young men to be “Men for Others” through academic excellence, faith formation and community service.

The gala is led by President Karl J. Kiser, along with honorary chairs for the auction, Mary Jo and Chip Dawson, Mary Ann and Carl Fontana and Bill Wentworth (Class of ‘62).

■Two great books featured recently on my morning show.

“Hope” by Richard Zoglin.

The 70-year career of a guy who achieved success in every mass entertainment medium: vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television and live stage performing and influencing today’s stars even years after his death.

This is the first biography of Bob Hope that touches fully on all of this great entertainers achievements and interests.

The other is “Speaking Frankly: A Southern Boy’s Journey From Slaughterhouse to Creation of the World’s Top Hot Dog Brand.”

Eighty-eight year old Clyde Riley gave the world Ball Park Franks, you know, the ones that plump when you cook them.

It’s a great story that started right here in Detroit.

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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