BIRTHPLACE: Osceola, NE
High School: Osceola HS (Class of '79)
College: BS in Communication Arts ('84) Wayne State College (NE)
Man, I can't believe you've dug this far into the 'Woody' page! Either you're incredibly bored or ... you've gotta be bored. Anyway, thanks for listening and showing this much interest in me and the Show!!
Okay, a little about me and my family. I'm 51 (heavy sigh), but happily married to my wife of 22 years, Ressa, have three great kids, Luke, (30); Leah (27); and Zach, (26); and a terrific canine companion, Jill, the Golden Retriever (12), and Berta, our sassy Welsh-Pembroke Corgi (6). And Leah and Scott have given us two grandchildren, (Reece, 3), and Liam (2).
Ressa and I are empty-nesters. I'm a complete a sports junkie, and am also a sportscaster, actually (although not here in Columbus -- at this time, at least). I've done the NBA (San Antonio Spurs); and NCAA Division I basketball; (Creighton University) and I-AA football (Texas State); as well as Pro Beach volleyball. To quench my sports 'fix' I play Fantasy everything ... baseball, football and basketball ... and watch everything.
Ressa & I love to laugh, and can frequently be found at the Funny Bone. We also see a lot of movies - with comedies and thrillers our favorites. I love to travel -- Arizona and Hawaii, where my favorite brother-in-law lives, are our favorites ... although I travel back to see my mom and brother in Nebraska at least twice a year. Oh, and yes, I'm a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge Huskers fan!! LOVE my Huskers (but also am truly a big Buckeyes fan)!
I also love to ride motorcycles. I own 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible, and ride whenever I can. Made that "Big Ride" - to Sturgis, S.D. in '07 (and yes I rode it!). Ressa is starting to like it a little more, too, and I can see us spending more and more time on the road as the kids grow older.
And YES, I really do have the Alarm Force Home Security and Video Relay system in my home; did get my Lasik eye surgery at Bloomberg Eye Center (June of '08); bought three Mustangs from Germain Ford; got my HVAC system from Custom Air; have had roof work done by Tim Newman Roofing; and Ressa really did lose 41 lbs with Medifast! You'd be amazing how many of you ask me about that stuff!
THANKS FOR LISTENING, and visiting 'The Woody' page here at www.wcol.com.
Digital City and Wikipedia claim many cities will drop something other than a ball on New Year's Eve.
Bangor, Maine - drops a beach ball decorated with lights
Baltimore, Maryland - drops a disco ball.
Duluth, Georgia - disco ball called the Soaring Spirit Ball is raised
Terre Haute, Indiana - drops watermelons
Atlanta - drops a 800-pound peach.
Port Clinton, Ohio - drops a walleye
Mount Olive, NC - drops a pickle
Hershey, Pennsylvania - drops a Hershey's Kiss
Tallapoosa, Georgia - drops an opossum
Kokomo, Indiana - an aluminum 70-Pound Ball with 34,000 lights is dropped
Vincennes, Indiana - watermelons are dropped
Havre de Grace, Maryland - a wooden duck is dropped
Black Creek, North Carolina - a large red heart represents "A Small Town with a Big Heart".
Brasstown, North Carolina - The Possum Drop. A plexiglass pyramid containing a living opossum is lowered from the roof of Clay Logan's convenience store. The possum is turned loose at the end of the celebration.
Elmore, Ohio - a sausage is dropped
Cincinnati - the flying pig is "flown" - not dropped, confirming there is at least one occasion "when pigs fly".
Akron, Pennsylvania - A purple-and-gold shoe is dropped
Beavertown, Pennsylvania - a beaver is dropped
Cleona, Pennsylvania - A pretzel is raised
Frogtown, Pennsylvania - A frog is dropped
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania - A lollipop is dropped
Ickesburg, Pennsylvania - A french fry is dropped
Mobile, Alabama - A giant electric Moon Pie is raised
Flagstaff, Arizona - A pine cone is dropped from the balcony of Weatherford hotel.
Key West, Florida - A large ruby slipper, with drag queen Gary "Sushi" Marion inside is dropped
Easton, Maryland - A crab is dropped
Ocean City, Maryland - A beach ball is dropped
Eastover, North Carolina - A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania - Two pickles are dropped
Lebanon, Pennsylvania - A 100-pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped
Richland, Pennsylvania - A cigar is dropped
Bartlesville, Oklahoma - An olive is dropped