Donald G. Evans spent his formative years on Chicago’s Northwest Side, where Opening Day was an undeclared civic holiday. He flipped wooden grandstand seats in exchange for free passes, essentially giving him a season ticket for the price of a single admission. Don’s Cubs hat was such a permanent fixture, adults would joke he would go bald; they were right. He is the author of the novel, Good Money After Bad, which is set in Wrigleyville during the 1995 baseball season.





Randy Richardson came out on the losing end in a brawl with a milk-thirsty billy goat at the age of one, taking a swift kick to the forehead from the bearded ruminant. Forty-five years later, he's still trying to get the better of that damn goat. He's also still trying to unload all those Brooks Kieschnick rookie cards he invested in a few years back. He is the author of the novel, Lost in the Ivy, a murder mystery set against the backdrop of Wrigley Field between the 1993 and 1994 baseball seasons.




Jay Raemont can solve a Jumble almost before you read the letters out loud, generally  completes the Sunday Magazine crossword puzzle in minutes rather than hours, and once narrowly missed qualifying as a contestant on Jeopardy. His resume drops off from there. A White Sox fan from McHenry, Jay considers it his duty to aggravate Cubs fans; he figures there will be lots of targets at the Lovable Losers Literary Revue.





John Barnicle is an aging guitarist for the aging punk band, Dummy. That pays for the beer; computer consulting pays for the rest. Those who aren't highly insulted find John funny--the trick is to find more people who aren't highly insulted. Growing up a Cubs fan in Elmwood Park probably didn't inspire any Dummy songs, like Venom Spit or Drowning Man, but you never know.





Sid Yiddish When Sid Yiddish was 7½ years old, his father took him to see his first major league baseball game--the Chicago Cubs versus the New York Mets in the summer of ’69. The Cubs were in first place and the Mets were in the basement. Of course, the Cubs lost that day and would eventually fall from first place, while the Mets went on to win the World Series. Sid became dismayed watching the Cubs lose year after year after year. In the summer of 2001, Sid’s parents moved to Arizona, and that fall he switched allegiance to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series. Sid believes that each time the Cubs lose, that loss will make the club stronger overall and prepare them for the playoffs and World Series--that is, if they ever make it that far.  Sid is the Chicago Coordinator of the Bathroom Poetry Project, a regular contributor to, and a throat singer.


bobbleheadjeff.jpgJeff Myers aka Harry Caray, grew up in Lisle watching Jack Brickhouse (Hey, Hey) in those days calling both the Cubs and Sox games. Jeff’s best boyhood chum, John Grochowski, a world class Cub fan, went on to be the “gaming” columnist for the Chicago Sun Times. Jeff, as a young radio announcer living in Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of Shoeless Joe, in 1981 spent $6,000 for one of those early backyard dishes so he could watch baseball from superstation WGN-TV Chicago. This summer Jeff and fellow Loser Kyle Bault, will be the radio voices of the Chicago Bandits.


Don Carlquist is a veteran karaoke singer; you want to put up the stop sign up after three songs or 10 beers, whichever comes first. A Cubs fan from Downers Grove, Don is pretty good at most things, driving and gambling not included, but can’t make the numbers compute for playing musical theatre roles, hitting 16-inch softballs or whipping off one-liners the same way as with selling computer software.

Kyle Bault has been a local sport radio announcer since 2001 alongside Jeff Myers for WRMN AM 1410 and WEPS 88.9, both out of Elgin. Kyle serves as the color analyst for high school football, basketball and baseball for Elgin High School, the Upstate Eight Conference and now for the Comcast Chicago Bandits. Kyle even hosted his own sports talk show, “GAMETIME” a program dedicated to the youth sports programs through college and semi-pro leagues. Kyle has served as President of the Elgin American Little League, (2002-2005) overseeing a five-year, $500,000.00 capital improvement plan. During his tenure, he assisted in the start of the Elgin Area Challenger Little League, a league for kids with special needs. Along with this project, Kyle is the Chairperson for the 2008 Elgin July 4th Parade and is an independent marketing consultant in special events, capital campaigns and sporting events.



Special thanks to Roberta Richardson for her graphic designs, to Will Byington for his photographs, to Tim Souers for his illustrations, to The Book Cellar for its support, to Cindy Crescenzo for her tech support, to Jim Ylisela and to J.D. Gordon, and to El Jardin Restaurant for giving us a home base.