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American OZ & The Story Cycle are HOT!

Amazon #1 bestseller American OZ is being re-launched in July and followed by the end of summer by The Story Cycle. An avalanche of publicity has splashed both across several newspaper front pages – including the Chicago Tribune – and resulted in TV, radio, and national podcast appearances.

Both American OZ and The Story Cycle are getting AMAZING publicity. The Chicago Tribune splashed a story and photos across the front page of the A + E (Arts) section and I was featured on WGN Radio twice with Tribune Columnist Rick Kogan and radio legend John Records Landecker. I was also on WLS-Radio with “Big John” Howell and Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ’s “Reset.” I was on WGN-TV Morning News and podcasts with The Hidden Truth and Frommer’s Travel Show (American OZ will be featured on July 4th).

While I was on The Story Cycle: Bicycling Route 66 Chicago to LA in Covid’s Deadliest Time, I made the front-page centerpiece of the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff and the Santa Monica Daily-Press in California. I met an old friend, Steve Pokin, at the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri and he wrote a Gannett column on me and The Story Cycle/American OZ.

Here’s a summary of the publicity and links for both projects so you can read, listen and watch!


WGN-TV Morning News

Chicago Tribune, front page Arts, at the launch of American OZ – Aug. 2020 —

Daily Herald BANNER FRONT PAGE STORY – calls me the Odysseus of storytellers, Aug., 2020

Tribune Magazine – Labor Day, 2013, by columnist Rick Kogan, picture of me at Puerto Rican Fest carousel in Chicago

Northwestern Magazine – 2013 – (editor says, “it’s true you’re an amazing storyteller!” – written from McDonald’s outside State Fair of Texas) —

Marquette Magazine – 2014 –


Chicago Tribune (3/4ths of Arts front page) June 8, 2021 – (mentions American OZ too).

Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, “Reset” with Sasha-Ann Simons

WGN-TV Morning News

WGN-Radio – After Hours with Rick Kogan – Not Archived

WGN-Radio – Host John Records Landecker

WLS Big John Howell Show, June 11 —

The Hidden Truth podcast with Fox News broadcaster Jim Breslo

     LISTEN – The Hidden Truth —

      WATCH – The Hidden Truth —

Frommer’s Travel Show with Pauline Frommer —

Arizona Daily Sun front page centerpiece – April 23, 2021

Santa Monica Daily Press front page in May, 2021

Flagstaff Business New

Tribune wires——————————–

Texarkana Gazette

Route 66 News

Bloomington Daily Pantograph

Yahoo Sports