Chapter 13

Another chapter in the life story of…a guy nobody’s heard of is available. A bit of a somber tone, but hopefully with some uplifting moments. For this episode:

  • Another one of those silly Facebook Q&A thingies
  • Memories of 18 years ago
  • Just buy the concert ticket.
Autographed Wonderful World of Wondermints
Wonderful World of Wondermints, as autographed by, uhhh….Wondermints!
Mike D'Amico and Darian Sahanaja
Mike D’Amico (left) and Darian Sahanaja…they haven’t aged a single day in 17 years! Lisa inadvertently captured bass player Bob Lizik’s home address and phone number (blurred…for your pleasure).

Appendix I: ONE IX

A special appendix episode commemorating the 50th anniversary of…something very strange! This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Even if you don’t generally like the topic, listen anyway — it’s quite fascinating.

Online Bibliography:

Chapter 11

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


Chapter 10

Coming to you live (well…okay, recorded) from the Schnook Nook, a new chapter!

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…

Chapter 9: The San Francisco Chapter

Believe it or not, this schnook isn’t just all about Chicago. This episode’s segments:

  • My Secret (?) Happy Place
  • Sean Goes to Prison
  • My Wife, the Enabler

PROFANITY ALERT: There are a few uncensored profanities in the preamble. I felt it would be cheap and just plain not right to censor them in the context of what I was saying.

Chapter 7

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!

Chapter 6

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



  • Sean being confirmed
    Good little Catholic boy, featuring (L-R) Deacon Paul Kolodziej, Bishop Joseph Imesch, some schnook, and apparently Jimmy Kimmel


  • Tork’n’Dorks. That schnook on the left has a weird-looking head, don’t he?

Chapter 5

So far 2019 has proven very busy for this schnook. In this chapter, we go a little bit past my 90-minute threshold, but not by far. Here’s what I have in store for you:

  • “Good afternoon, this is Sean.” Ever wonder what went on when you called tech support? This might give some insight.
  • The Beach Boys: In Defense of 15 Big Ones: I’m joined by a special guest to discuss what was supposed to be Brian Wilson’s comeback album with The Beach Boys. Was it really as bad as many fans think?