Monday, April 27, 2009

On the fast track

In late January, when I submitted the manuscript for my biography of Ray Schalk, I hoped that my publisher, McFarland & Co., would have a finished product released in the fall -- in time for holiday sales. McFarland says it usually takes 9-15 months from receipt of manuscript.

Those hopes will be exceeded.

Over the weekend, McFarland informed me that I can anticipate a summer release -- anywhere from June to September -- with a firmer date pending. Apparently the manuscript was reasonably clean, so copy editors got through it in pretty good order.

Still, in pre-preparing an index, I found some typos/errors that I will need to fix during the page-proof stage.

In any case, I'm thrilled that there will be a book by the fall season.,

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lise Marie joins the family

A short slide show from Claire, Ma and Pop's first meeting of Lise Marie, who arrived earlier in the day. (Her parents explain that her first name is pronounced like FLEECE, but without the 'f.')

Here's Lise's first photo, taken by her Dad.

It's a girl (again)!

I'm a grandpa (aka "Pop") again!

Lise Marie was born at 10:47 am today (Saturday, April 25) in Dubuque. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measures 21 inches. She arrived a mere 2½ hours after her parents arrived at the hospital, with the preliminaries beginning during the night.

Lise and her Mom are doing fine. So is her Dad. Meanwhile, Big Sister Claire is hanging out with Ma and Pop, and all plan to visit later this afternoon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Color this Fun

It's the day before Easter, and in the Cooper household, that means time for coloring Easter eggs.
To no one's surprise, the star of the proceedings was granddaughter Claire.

Uncle G, Aunt Ellen, Ellen's boyfriend Adam and Mama had supporting roles.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

There go the knees ...

After running competitively in high school and for a year in college, way back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I gave it up until 12 years ago. When I got back into running, all my races were of the 5k-5 mile variety (except for an 800m at the Drake Relays in 2001).

Despite all that time off, missing pounding the streets, I am now in my mid-50s and encountering injuries with greater regularity. Right now, I'm trying to exercise and train through an iffy knee situation.

Thus, I found a National Public Radio report (Monday) about retiring from running of particular interest.

Here is the link.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Day at the Races

I mentioned the other day -- with video evidence -- how granddaughter Claire has the running bug. Her parents -- both runners who competed in college -- report that Claire hasn't played much with her toys lately; she prefers to run laps in the house or sprint along the sidewalk instead.

Anyway, it was an exciting time at Claire's place Saturday, when a local road race sent competitors in front of her house -- twice. And, to make it even more interesting, her Dad was among the top finishers.

Afterward, as the video shows, that inspiring scene soon had Claire and Ma racing up and down the sidewalk. (It was Claire's idea, by the way. And Pop was NOT welcome to participate.)

Claire is a likely entrant in Grandview Gallop 1-mile run (for kids 6 and younger) this June in Dubuque. Perhaps organizers should set an age group for 3 and younger.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Preview of greatness?

Most of us have seen the video of a toddler Tiger Woods hitting golf balls on the Mike Douglas TV show back in the 1970s.

Now it is 2009. Tiger Woods is back winning golf tournaments. And there is a new girl on the scene: Granddaughter Claire. As this video indicates, she has been running all her life and her training has picked up since seeing (many times) a video of an Olympic heptathlete working out.
Are the 2028 Olympics in Claire's future? Only time will tell. Until then, watch this video produced by her mother.