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Before all of those online dating sites showed up, there were live radio shows that spent four hours a night trying to hook up Caller A with closet serial killer B or drag queen caller C. Nobody did it better than Jim from Winner 100, WNIR.
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Words: 1,540
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310179839
About Michael Pollick

I was born in Akron, Ohio in 1964, but now call the Deep South home. My interest in creative writing started at a very early age, after several teachers entered my class assignments into regional and national writing competitions. I had my first professional publication credit at age 16. I mostly write poetry and microshort fiction, but have also started writing humor essays. Some of these essays were scheduled to appear on the labels of gourmet coffee cans from Portland, Oregon. Others appear in my print titles "Growing Up Bulldog: The Stowbilly Chronicles" and "All That To Say This".

My work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals over the years, including The Iconoclast, Miller's Pond, Midwest Poetry Review, Whatever Remembers Us and Will Work For Peace (new political poems). I have also created a series of visualized poems based on the collection available here at Smashwords. They can be viewed at or at my YouTube channel.

If you would like to participate in my Beans for Books program, follow this link and order your favorite ebook titles. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of bagged rice or dry beans for the needy in my area. My church distributes these items every second Saturday of the month. For every 5 downloads of a FREE title, I will personally donate a bag of rice or beans.

Here's my first professional review:

"By John Davis For The Decatur Daily | 0 comments
By Michael Pollick.
CreateSpace, $5.75, paperback.
I found this collection of essays, vignettes and poetry captivating. Indeed, the essays and poetry are each uniquely valuable, for they reveal entirely different aspects of this gifted writer. I found this collection worthwhile, and here’s why.
Michael Pollick, born and raised in Ohio, and now a Decatur resident, offers a treasure trove of humor. Most intriguing, however, we learn that he is not only genuinely funny, as his essays on school life (and coffee!) reveal, but he is also a mature, intense, thoughtful poet.
You can tell when someone is funny when he can make you laugh, when reading by yourself, about places and people you never met. Pollick is a humorist in the vein of Mark Twain.
He takes relatively benign events, such as his home town’s Fourth of July parade, his grade school’s bizarre teachers and his high school’s social engineering and make them so funny you want to tell someone. I suppose what I found most appealing was his Jay Leno style of using exaggerated “psycho babble” to explain school days manipulations by psychological experimentation.
Pollick does as well as Bill Cosby, whose spelling class, scary kid stories, and Fat Albert reminiscences remain among our funniest memories. You’ll have to read the book to enjoy the tales of the little Spock-throttled third grade prisoners marching to the demands of their Skinner box school days.
What’s more, you’ll find the coffee essays equally entertaining. Not only coffee, though, but rambling thoughts on Saturday morning cartoons, mattresses and broken thermos bottles will keep you reading one short vignette after another. You’ll find you don’t want the list to end. And might I add his list of defined coffee terms is an absolute hoot!
And then you get to the poetry. You find a different man writing here. Here we find a sensitive, indeed, poignant poet. We read of nostalgia and of the sense of loss. I find links to the earlier humor in an unusual way. A writer who can draw us back to common experiences which make us laugh, can also do as well to make us cry. I read “Bringing the Wendy’s” and knew this poem would live long after we are all gone.
Pollick’s books are available on and"

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Review by: tony parsons on March 25, 2014 :
Howie Chizek was the host of WNIR (dating game). The call in contestants had to be 18. Jim Albrecht & Kerry the producers did the interviewing. They had some very unusual contestants & bizarre dating stories through the yrs. What is the future for WNIR?
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written romantic short story (book). It was fairly easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. You have to read it to the end. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios & a great set of unique characters. A very easy rating of 5 stars for this short story (book).
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)

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