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Tue, October 29, 2013

Death of a PhilCast Family member

Dear PhilCast Family,

I received sad news Tuesday evening at home. One of the original "Gold Card" members of the PhilCast Family has passed away unexpectedly and I wanted to share the story with you.

"Linda in Mequon" has left us way too early, but not before leaving her mark with many.

Back in late 2009 just months after the PhilCast started I began doing Pack Yak with Rich Ratay. Back then the PhilCast used an 800 number for listeners to call in and leave messages to be played on the podcast show. Suddenly there was this passionate lady from Mequon named Linda calling each week, leaving her two-cents worth on the game.

Rich and I would look forward to hearing her call because she told it like it was when it came to the Packers.




LInda in Mequon took the hot seat during a live on-location Packers' party in Brookfield in 2010.



I'll be playing an audio clip of one of Linda's calls during the PhilCast Wednesday. It was a call she made after becoming so disgusted after a loss that she called him...
Coach Mike McCrappy.


But Linda in Mequon was more than just a Packers' fan.

She was a gardener, and she canned all sorts of things from that garden. She used to call in for "HowzYer Weekend?" and tell us all about the good stuff she cooked up using fresh-from-the-garden ingredients.

Linda once donated an entire basket of her home-canned goods to be raffled off for one of the PhilCast charity DVD drives.

Linda made my wife Sandy special batches of Linda's blueberry jam, which Sandy still says was the best. I still remember eating the pickled beets Linda canned for me. The best. Her pickles rocked too. (see photo below)

Linda was a singer too, active at her church, the same church where PhilCast Family members Frank and "Soccer Mom" Patti knew her from.

Just a week ago Linda was putting out tweets about the Packers and Pack Yak. She would always remember to add the (Hashtag PhilCast, Hashtag WHBY) in her tweets.

We'll miss you Linda.
(#saveaspotforusupthere)
(@goPACK)



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