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John Parisella, Horse Trainer to the Stars with his New Book



Great to be joined by quite an interesting character, horse trainer, John Parisella, talking about his new book. And does he have some stories to tell.

The book is: From the Streets of Brooklyn to Trainer to the Stars: John Parisella’s Lifetime of Celebrity Connections

This is an amazing read!

An accomplished trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses, John Parisella grew up on the streets of post-Depression, post-war Brooklyn. The son of a bookmaker and shylock, he began playing the horses at Aqueduct and Belmont while in high school. He became the protégé of fellow New Yorker and Hall of Fame trainer, John Campo. Parisella ran horses at thirty-eight tracks and half the Thoroughbreds he sent to the post finished in the money. His most famous horse, Simply Majestic, once ran faster than the great Secretariat. That’s only part of the story of the man who went FROM THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN TO TRAINER TO THE STARS.

John Parisella enjoyed over five decades of adventures with the biggest names in sports and entertainment. In the early 1970s he appeared twice on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” and on his second appearance was proclaimed the “Trainer to the Stars” by actor Jack Klugman because, at that time, Parisella was training horses for a stable of movie stars that included Klugman, Caan and Telly Savalas. He went drinking with Mantle; cajoled Steinbrenner into helping Joe Pepitone and lived with James Caan at the height of Caan’s fame; became Pitino’s close friend and was the intermediary with the New York Knicks as he orchestrated Pitino’s move to become head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky; and, as Bethenny Frankel’s stepfather, was the father-figure in the future Reality TV star’s life as she was growing up.

The long list of notable figures with whom the TRAINER TO THE STARS was connected includes “Broadway Joe” Namath . . . Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater . . . iconic actor James Stewart . . . lead singer Bono of the mega-group U2 . . . former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones . . . and New York City shock jock Howard Stern . . . as they, too, are among the many stars within John Parisella’s almost-unimaginable orbit. He was even befriended by John A. Gotti, son of the man called The Teflon Don, mob boss John J. Gotti.

John Parisella lived faster than his horses ran, burning through millions of dollars as a result of his generosity and profligate spending. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he endured addictive behaviors associated with the condition—drug abuse and compulsive gambling. From the Streets of Brooklyn to Trainer to the Stars shares the whole story with never told behind-the-scenes conversations and dealings that helped make history.

Have a listen to Rick ad John this week- a lot of fun!


Bud Selig, ‘For the Good of the Game’



Former MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, from a book signing in the Atlanta area, this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Bud Selig is the former ninth Commissioner of Baseball. A life-long baseball fan and long-term baseball executive, he’s known for contributions to America’s Pastime including reform of the economic structure of the game, as well as labor and drug-testing policies. Tenured for more than two decades, he lives with his wife, Sue, and they have three daughters.

In this clip, he talks about his unique relationship with the legendary, Bob Uecker.

Uecker, remains a Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster and he’s beloved by Brewers and baseball fans.

For more than a century, the game of baseball was resistant to change – owners, managers, players, fans all were against it. No one knew this better than Bud Selig, who, as the game’s ninth commissioner and the head of MLB for more than twenty years, brought about more change during his tenure than his eight predecessors combined. He ushered in some of the most important, and controversial, changes in the game’s history – modernizing a sport that that had remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. In this enlightening and controversial book, Selig goes inside the most difficult decisions and moments of his career, looking at how he worked to balance baseball’s storied history with the pressures of the twenty-first century to ensure its future. Part baseball story part business saga, and part memoir, For the Good of the Game chronicles Selig’s career, takes fans inside locker rooms and board rooms, and offers an intimate, fascinating account of the process involved in transforming an American institution. Featuring an all-star lineup of the biggest names from the past forty years of baseball, Selig recalls the vital games, private moments, and tense conversations he’s shared with Hall of Fame players and managers and the contentious calls he’s made. He also speaks candidly about hot-button issues including the steroids scandal and the labor and economic issues that threatened to destroy the game.

 


Sabrina Ann Zielinski, Mrs. Georgia and Author of The Essential Oils Diet



Rick is joined this week, by Sabrina Ann Zielinski. She is not just the newly crowned Mrs. Georgia, She is here to discuss her secret to living a healthy life which she has shared in her book with husband Dr. Eric Zielinski, THE ESSENTIAL OILS DIET: Lose Weight and Transform Your Health with the Power of Essential Oils and Bioactive Foods, (May 2019).

In the book, the Zielisnki’s have combined the health benefits of essential oils that Sabrina promises is her secret to major health benefits for mental and physical health, like fighting off common ailments like colds and the flu, as well ass weight loss and weight management.

Sabrina Ann is a home birth mom of four and a natural health guru. The mastermind behind the allergy-friendly food recipes & DIY remedies featured on their website and books, she’s known as “Mama Z” to many mamas who are looking for natural ways to take care of their families. She is a personal trainer and pageant coach, now she is Mrs. Georgia 2019.

The Essential Oils Diet features a sensible, evidence-based, two-phase program—first, the 30-day essential fast track, which helps you banish excess pounds quickly, followed by the essential lifestyle, a gentle, practical maintenance program you can follow for life. Featuring delicious, easy recipes, meal plans, and strategies to keep you on track, you’ll learn how to harness essential oils and bioactive foods to help your body reach the homeostasis necessary to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and abundant health.

A great interview and this book comes highly recommended. Follow Sabrina Ann on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sabrinaannzielinski/


Chef Gigi Gaggero, Author ‘Food Fight” For Parents of Picky Eaters



Rick is joined by Chef Gigi Gaggero this week for an insightful discussion about her new book and kids who are picky eaters.

Make lunch, not war. Food Fight: For Parents of Picky Eaters (Koehler Press, August 31, 2018) is a hands-on guide to understanding and reprogramming how families battle picky eating. It’s loaded with proven tactics to help parents take mealtimes back.

As founder of a professional culinary school for children, author Chef Gigi Gaggero has coached thousands of children and adults in how to cook (and eat!) better.

Based on over 35 years of professional experience, Food Fight targets picky eaters with the science of flavor and taste mechanisms, teaching parents how to transform nutrient-dense meals into something delicious for their children’s unique and developing palates.

In addition to behavioral tips and solutions, the book features over 60 innovative and practical recipes, including naturally colored Green Eggs and Ham, smashed-fruit filled Purple Tie-Dye Unicorn Muffins, umami-rich Dinosaur-as Teriyaki Drumettes, and hassle-free Homemade Soft-Serve Ice Cream.

While it’s easy to see picky eating as a phase, moderate-to-severe picky eating often coincides with serious issues like depression and anxiety that may later require intervention. Chef Gigi exposes the habits that inadvertently reinforce picky eating and helps parents navigate the challenging landscape by showing them the science behind flavor and awakening them to the culinary magic of umami. Rick and Gigi also talk about what kids who are athletes need in their diets.

Gigi’s Tips:

Our taste buds disappear as we get older. Children have thousands of
additional taste buds, so flavor sensations, especially bitter flavors, can be
extremely overwhelming.
• If a child develops a preference for a certain flavor at an early age, odds are she
will stick to foods with similar flavor profiles.
• Hiding or disguising vegetables in children’s favorite meals has negative
consequences, with children later rejecting the food they once enjoyed and
becoming suspicious of all home cooked meals.
• Bribing backfires in the long run, as it teaches children to create lists of negative
and positive foods, where healthy foods are only viewed as a means to a dessert.
• Children, like adults, have a natural aversion to bitter foods, which may be a
survival measure. Most naturally-occurring poisons taste bitter and initiate a gag
reflex. Bitter foods can be made palatable to children by enhancing them with
umami.

Chef Gigi is a nationally recognized expert in children’s culinary education. She is the Former Dean and Academic Director of Le Cordon Bleu’s Hospitality Management Program, and founder of Kids Culinary Adventures, a professional culinary school for children and teens. She has appeared in a variety of broadcast media outlets, has been a frequent guest on Radio Disney, and is a regular contributor to numerous parenting and health magazines.

Enjoy this edition of ‘Tech of Sports.’

Food Fight
Chef Gigi

Sharkie Zartman, Author and Certified Health Coach



Great to be joined by Sharkie Zartman this week to talk about her new book.

The book is #HeySportsParents: An Essential Guide for any Parent with a Child in Sports.

Sharkie Zartman is a USVBA five-time All-American volleyball athlete and champion competitor at UCLA where her jersey was retired. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and also competed in the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association for five years and is a member of the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. As a coach, Sharkie led El Camino College to nine league and two state titles, and with her husband, Pat, she helped the South Bay Spoilers junior club team win multiple national titles.

Sharkie holds degrees in kinesiology and instructional technology. She teaches health and fitness at the community college and hosts “Sharkie’s Pep Talk” on Healthy Life Radio. Sharkie is a certified health coach with the official sanction of the New York State Education Department and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a dynamic speaker and is passionate about inspiring people to live their best lives at any age.

She is the author of ten books, including:
#HeySportsParents (co-author)
Have Fun Getting Fit; Simple Ways to Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body
Take on Aging as a Sport; The Athletic Approach to Aging
Shark Sense; Getting in Touch with Your Inner Shark
So You Think You Can Coach Kids?
Youth Volleyball; The Guide for Coaches and Parents
Empowered Aging; Expert Advice on Staying Healthy, Vital, and Active

If you have a child playing sports, this book is written for YOU! Sports parenting is easier said than done. It’s difficult to watch our kids play a sport and not have any control over the outcome. And it’s challenging to stay calm and supportive while helping our kids navigate the terrain of choices available to them.
However, if done properly, this experience can be very rewarding.

Website: www.sharkiezartman.com

Sharkie Zartman


Rooly Eliezerov, Co-Founder and President of Gigya, Author of ‘The Digital Identity Crisis’



Rick is joined by Rooly Eliezerov this week. Rooly is the Co-Founder and President of Gigya.

Who controls the data we have stored online? We take a look at that and a new book this week.

Gigya is the industry leader in Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM), providing over 700 leading brands and businesses with tools to help them foster more trusting, engaged relationships with their customers. Last year Gigya announced its acquisition by SAP, in order to help the German software giant provide a more comprehensive, streamlined privacy solution suited for the rapidly changing digital landscape.

Eliezerov leads Gigya’s overall product strategy and development. Rooly began his career in architecture but felt limited by the constraints of physical buildings, which, once built, could be easily adapted to the needs of people. Rooly thus chose to focus on designing virtual environments in the digital world, moving into the Internet advertising and marketing industry, with a focus on product development.

In the wake of the acquisition, and of over a decade navigating the evolution of digital identity and the changing relationships between businesses and consumers, Rooly released a book this at Adobe Summit entitled, The Digital Identity Crisis.

The Digital Identity Crisis catalogs the evolving dimensions of individual identity which have emerged through the digital era, the challenges that businesses today are facing as a result, but how with those challenges also comes an unprecedented opportunity to forge truly personal, lasting relationships with customers which bridge both the digital and physical spheres.

Rooly is a delight and a wealth of information and he even talks a little sports this week. Buy his book here.

The Digital Identity Crisis