Goodbye, James

After work, several of us gathered at the nearby (and newly renovated Beef & Brandy) to say farewell to James – whose last day is tomorrow.

I was out on the fringes for the first half of the evening, and didn’t’ get a ton of great photos. This is the best one I got of the man of the hour. A little later, when folks shifted around… I was able to snag a spot on the couch.

Raising a glass to James!

Though we all wish him the best, it’s definitely sad to see James go. He’s an incredibly creative guy, and works tirelessly on a multitude of projects – all at once. In addition to being a husband and a father, I honestly don’t know where he finds the time to do all he does.

He is, in no particular order, an author, WGN commentator, the mind behind a successful Kickstarter project chronicling the history of Q101 in Chicago, has his own show on the Steve Dahl Network, and is a great teller of stories. The man works.

Though tonight’s gathering was to say goodbye, I reckon we’ll be hearing and seeing James in the near future. His book will be coming out in November, and there was talk amongst a few of us about a return trip to the infamous Pita Inn, in Skokie.

Goodbye James, and good luck! We’ll be looking for updates (and creating band names with you) on Twitter.

// Edit: Because I liked this talk so much… here once more is James talking about his first car:

We’re Going Someplace Called “Pita Inn?” In Skokie? Really?
James’ Kickstarter Project: Smells Like Rock Radio (An Oral History Of Chicago’s Q101)
Off The Record Collection: Book Launch Party At Challengers Comics
CHIRP Radio’s The First Time: First Car

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