“The Debut” – Excerpt from book I am co-authoring with Brian Tollberg

Note: This is an excerpt from the book I am co-authoring about and with former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg. “The Debut” I had literally made this walk – the walk from the dugout to the pitcher’s mound – thousands of times dating back to when I was playing in the youth baseball league in Bradenton. Yet this was far from a casual stroll at a Boys & Girls Club game...

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“The Call” – Excerpt from the Brian Tollberg book I am co-authoring

Note: This is an excerpt from the biography I am writing about and with former Major League pitcher and inspirational figure Brian Tollberg. Chapter One – The Call I woke up early on Father’s Day in 2000. At the time, I was pitching for the Las Vegas Stars, which is the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, and we were beginning a four-game series in Tucson. Life in the minors is not one of...

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Dave Thomas profile for Ohio Magazine

NOTE: This feature appeared in Ohio Magazine Wendy’s Dave Thomas profile By Jeff Louderback Weary from a flight long delayed by inclement weather, Dave Thomas steps out of his corporate jet and minutes later arrives at the Wendy’s International headquarters in the posh Columbus suburb of Dublin. Dressed in blue slacks and a crisp white shirt adorned with a hamburger-emblazoned tie, the...

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Balsam Mountain Inn travel feature

Balsam Mountain Inn travel feature

This feature appeared in numerous newspaper travel sections. By Jeff Louderback Comfortably resting on a forest green oak rocker, I gaze at the hazy North Carolina wilderness from the ground floor of Balsam Mountain Inn’s two-tiered veranda. On this crisp late-autumn night, the twinkling stars seem within reach and a mountain silhouette provides a captivating backdrop. More than anyone,...

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Barry Larkin Profile for OverTime Magazine

Barry Larkin feature By Jeff Louderback This was originally published in OverTime Magazine. It dates back to 2008 but is one of my favorites that I have written!   One humid afternoon this summer at his home in Orlando, Barry Larkin was lounging on a raft in the pool when he broke the silence with a gratifying laugh. His wife, Lisa, asked him what the amusement was all about.   “I...

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