|BlackJack produces and announces WDCB's weekly "BlackJack's Blues Calendar" which airs during "Blues Edition" and "Hambone's Blues Party". He has been a blues fan since he was a small child. His parents eloped in 1955 and spent their wedding night at Aurora's historic Leland Hotel and its famous Sky Club lounge... the rest is blues history. The Sky Club is heavily steeped in blues lore, where hundreds of blues and other recording were made, especially during the 1930s. Sonny Boy Williamson, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy, Big Joe Williams, Roosevelt Sykes, Yank Rachell and other musicians recorded groundbreaking early Urban Blues records there that led the way to form the roots for modern day rock 'n roll. Honeyboy Edwards made what may be the last recording in the lounge, with his Earwig label "World Don't Owe Me Nothin" album.
BlackJack would later meet and travel with Honeyboy (and Earwig owner/musician Michael Frank) to the Mississippi Delta on occasional blues jaunts for dedications, symposiums and blues festivals. Of course, Honeyboy is most renowned for being with Sonny Boy and Robert Johnson the night that Robert Johnson's drink was spiked with moth balls (or poison). BlackJack has enjoyed his discussions with Honeyboy on this and his other blues travails, including his stories on the lesser known 1932 flood in Mississippi that helped motivate much of the Mississippi populace to move north to Chicago.
BlackJack is a proficient blues lyricist, having written over 3,000 blues songs. He volunteers for the Windy City Blues Society, where he has contributed articles (under his "Black & Blues" byline) on such topics as "Mississippi Hill Country Blues" which covers both the history, and current musicians, of that genre. Over the years, BlackJack's "real job" has focused on operations and cash-flow management for the legal and service industries. He has coached youth basketball and soccer teams for twenty seasons, as well as teaching and tutoring mathematics.