Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
E-Mail: bergen.anthony@gmail.com
Posts tagged "Keith Davis"

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I know that many of my readers were also fans of the writing that my friend Keith Davis used to post on his Tumblr.  For those of you who wonder where you can find his work, he has a piece prominently spotlighted in the back page slot of the current issue of In My Bed Magazine.  You can subscribe to In My Bed online, or find it IN PRINT at selected bookstores throughout the country.

My buddy Keith (nice neckerchief, Fido) is getting back into the routine of having a Tumblr and, if you are looking for interesting people to follow, you should click that little button on Keith’s page.  When we first joined Tumblr back in 2007 with our personal pages (I started Dead Presidents at the beginning of 2008), we had a nice following despite the fact that we wrote nothing but garbage.  Now that we’ve grown up gotten older, we still have terrible, mean-spirited senses of humor, but we’ve accepted the fact that our offensive comments aren’t good advertising for a couple of guys who are writing serious book projects and making films.

On Keith’s new Tumblr, he is publishing snippets and flashes of his writing alongside photos and experiences about raising his adorable daughter, Jocelyn, who is so awesome that she can’t possibly be related to him.  His writing is opposite in almost every way to my writing — the first thing you’ll notice is that he doesn’t suffer from my inability to write something that is less than 8,000-words-long — but I’ve always said that Keith Davis is the best writer that I’ve ever known.  When I first met him nearly 20 years ago (TWENTY YEARS AGO, fuck), we sat at the table in my grandparents’ kitchen and wrote diss raps about everybody who lived in Franklin County, Missouri, and we’ve been writing ever since.  His affinity for University of Michigan sports is questionable, especially since he is secretly a fan of Sacramento State basketball, but, seriously, Keith is the most talented writer I know, and he’s funny as hell, too.  As a human being, he’s an absolute piece of garbage, but so was Hemingway.  I highly recommend that you follow him.

(P.S.:  Yes, I once posted Keith’s phone number on Tumblr and suggested that people send photos of animal dicks to him.  My bad, I thought he was lonely.  I also once posted a Craigslist ad as “Keith” in the “Men Seeking Men” section when he was stuck in a hotel by himself for that night.  Of course, I included his phone number, and said that he hoped for some sexy texts from other lonely gentlemen and noted that he was wanting to have a “mouth party”.  I’m not even really sure what a “mouth party” is, but it sounded like something that Keith would be itching to host.) 

In Episode 7 of Overrated Radio, Keith and Anthony start off by discussing “The Street Stops Here”, a wonderful documentary about Bob Hurley, Sr.’s remarkable basketball program at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Besides consistent athletic success, Hurley’s players have an outstanding history of academic achievement.

Keith and Anthony talk about a potential project with the American Legion that will help surviving veterans of all American wars tell their unique and often heroic stories.  Keith talks a little about his recent experience broadcasting high school basketball games, and answers questions about his writing interests.  Anthony answers questions about a potential political career, as well as the likelihood of major assassinations in today’s seemingly highly-secure atmosphere.  Finally, the guys end Episode VII by giving an update on whatever happened with their MMA training.  Listen to Overrated Radio now, or download it here!

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The Street Stops Here

(I forgot to make this an audio post earlier…oops!)

It’s Episode VI of Overrated Radio with Keith Davis and Anthony Bergen. The guys talk about the new film, “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game”, which they viewed before the podcast and is a rare instance where Keith’s obsession (University of Michigan athletics) and Anthony’s obsession (Presidential History) intersect.

Keith discusses his experience at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and the guys answer questions from Anthony’s readers. Check out the sixth episode of Overrated Radio!

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Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game

It’s Episode VI of Overrated Radio with Keith Davis and Anthony Bergen. The guys talk about the new film, “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game”, which they viewed before the podcast and is a rare instance where Keith’s obsession (University of Michigan athletics) and Anthony’s obsession (Presidential History) intersect.

Keith discusses his experience at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and the guys answer questions from Anthony’s readers. Check out the sixth episode of Overrated Radio!

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Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game

Overrated Radio, Episode V

Freshly recorded, it’s the fifth episode of Overrated Radio starring Keith Davis and ME.  This week we talk about Keith’s upcoming induction on Sunday into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame along with his high school basketball teammates.  I talk about the unpredictable battle for the Republican Presidential nomination which went from a seemingly unstoppable Mitt Romney victory to a toss-up after the South Carolina Primary as the GOP heads to Florida.  I also give my non-sarcastic thoughts about President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

As always, we answer your questions and covers subjects such as First Ladies, Presidents, Keith’s obsession with University of Michigan athletics, and any children that we may or may not have.  We also talk about our experiences with Tumblr, why Keith’s original Tumblr was shut down, and the reason we did not or do not follow very many people.  We wrap up with talk about the WWE’s Royal Rumble, which we were scheduled to attend before Keith’s dumb Hall of Fame induction was announced.

Listen now to Episode V of Overrated Radio (I use Roman numerals because the look classier) or download it here.

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Overrated Radio, Episode 3.5 (Supplemental Episode)

Hello everybody!  Keith called me on Tuesday night and wanted to do a supplemental podcast for this week that focused completely on politics.  So, we recorded this, but there was a storm that blew through the area that night and screwed up my internet connection until today.  We would have liked to have posted this on Tuesday, but it’s still good and it focuses on nothing but the Presidential campaign.  Listen to it above, or download it here.

Surprisingly, the all-politics episode was Keith’s idea.  We talk about Mitt Romney’s likely nomination, potential Vice Presidential running mates, Jon Huntsman’s campaign and his possibilities for 2016, and President Obama’s Administration.  Keith and I also look at whether or not Romney can beat Obama (you may be surprised at my answer), and what each candidate will need to do to win the White House in November.

It’s an all-politics supplemental episode of Overrated Radio.  We’ll be back with a special BIRTHDAY episode of Overrated Radio tomorrow, which means we’re going to be exactly one year away from Inauguration Day, as well!

*P.S.: Sorry for the delay in getting this up.  The audio is also a little shaky because Keith had a cold and we recorded it without planning ahead, but I promise you…if you’re interested in Presidential politics, you’ll like this episode. 

Keith and I just finished taping the third episode of our podcast and it finally has a name: Overrated Radio.

In this Friday the 13th episode, we play the greatest voice mail ever, courtesy of Keith’s wife.  Keith shares a book recommendation and we talk about collegiate athletics.  Finally, we end with questions from the readers of Dead Presidents.

Here are the links to two books that Keith and I mention in the episode:

Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football by John U. Bacon (Kindle version here)

The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football by John J. Miller (Kindle version here)

The second podcast from Keith and myself is available for you to listen to right now!  You can also download it from SoundCloud.

We had some technical difficulties with this one, so next week’s podcast will be much better, but there’s still some good stuff in this episode.  Keith talks about a really cool film project that he has on the horizon featuring veterans from a local American Legion post.

We discuss how Keith and I first met each other despite being born in different worlds and how we stayed close friends despite not seeing each other for 12 years.  Keith brags about his Michigan Wolverines and I do something that isn’t even close to bragging about my Sacramento Kings.

I also answer questions from you guys, and it all happens in just 29 minutes.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Also, our podcast STILL needs a name.  We’re looking for a really good name for the podcast (and it can’t just be “The Dead Presidents Podcast” because that’s lazy).  Come up with the name for the podcast and we’ll come up with a real prize to send you.