Hello, hello! We have a ton of new subscribers to Open Court and added followers to @JoanneCGerstner, so I want to properly welcome you to the fam.
(Cueing the GenX spirits to provide you with this blessing:)
But seriously, I am thankful to have you along for the ride. A little reset for the newbies: I’m Joanne C. Gerstner, a long-time sports writer, author, sports fan, and former hack college tennis player who now goofs off on the court for fun. I’m also a student of life, lover of travel, pop culture and music (especially pop, hip hop, and super especially BTS), a researcher/writer of science and sports (concussions) and somebody who takes a critical eye from time to time at sports and the world. I’ve written for places such as The New York Times, ESPN, USA Today, Detroit News, have authored 6 books, and have done TV, radio, speeches and such. I've won awards and fellowships, which I appreciate, and was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame last year. (Which still doesn't feel real. Not feeling old enough for that, but yep, here we are.) Not bad for a kid from Metro Detroit who just wanted to play catcher for the Detroit Tigers...until she realized girls didn't play for the Tigers. It was a sad day.
I'm not here to flame, fight, insult or boost my ego. I love what I do, and I've tried to do right and leave the world a better place with my words.
I’ve been lucky enough to cover the Olympics, World Cups (men’s and women’s soccer), the Super Bowl, Grand Slam tennis, NCAA tournaments and all the other good stuff. I have been blessed to see the world, meet and talk to a lot of the best athletes in the game, and witness some profound moments of athletic skill.
The goal of Open Court is simple: to talk about the things we need to say out loud. A lot will be sports. Some editions may be me being pissed at the stupid stuff happening around us. Others will involve athletes and sports people you need to meet in a different light - even if you think already know them. We’ve had guests on our monthly FB Lives such as Olympic gold medalist and GOAT ice dancer Meryl Davis and USA Today’s audience engagement editor Fatima Farha to talk about aspects of their lives.
We’ve talked about the Paralympic movement, what I wish the media would do better, why the sports world needs to take a stand against Russia - for many reasons, the need to protect elite athlete kids from being abused, the role of women in sports (I'm a Title IX baby for sure), mental health in sports, a field trip to Switzerland to see the FIFA Museum, the fan fave reading room, my friend Jen trying to turn me into a runner, and my experience going to LA to see BTS in concert.
Yes, I will throw in some music now and again, especially stuff about BTS. Sorry, not sorry. I don’t take it personally if an edition of Open Court is not for you. I’m being authentic, not pandering.
Open Court’s goal is to have a conversation with you. And your job is hopefully to make that a two-way deal. I want to hear what you think, what you want to know, and yes, I want to for sure hear when you don’t agree with me. All our conversations will be civil. I am committed to that. I don’t flame back, and I don’t accept online abuse. We’re all better than that.
I will be doing a reader survey soon, so be on the lookout! I’d appreciate your feedback!
Over the next few months, Open Court will be adding some cool features for paid subscribers. The newsletter will be free, I am committing to that. The cool stuff will be value-adds to make the experience richer.
Let’s take this ride together. This our Open Court. Glad you’re here.
IT IS HERE! Back in the dark days of winter, I was lucky enough to survive the cyber Hunger Games for a wind chime designed by Kim Namjoon of BTS. I wrote about the insane experience, and how so many were left frustrated and confused by the crashing Weverse merch app.
Well, my wind chime (Bongeoppang in official Korean) arrived at my Michigan doorstep yesterday. it is as cute and lovely, and has a gentle on-pitch tone. Apparently I have some hot merch, as fools are asking $330 and up on eBay for my happy fish.
Nope. Not selling. It's been put in its rightful place on the screened in porch.
FOLLOW THE CAT: If you are on Twitter, and are NOT seeking to revenge-buy the deeply-flawed social media platform because your feelings were hurt (sorry, aside only for Elon Musk), then you need to follow @jortsthecat. It’s a relatively new account, popping up last December. It’s turned into one of my faves. Jorts, and his kitty co-worker/friend Jean, offer a lovely mix of life advice, pro-union advice and cheerleading, hilarious trolling of Starbucks, and all-around kitty fun. You never know what Jorts will do next.
So check it out.
LIGHT IT UP: The pandemic has taught me the value of having things to look forward to doing/seeing. Even if they are small or nothing dramatic. We need things to keep us going in these thoroughly distressing times. I will be in Las Vegas for a business thing next weekend, and I have booked a night-time tour of one of my favorite places: the Neon Museum. I’ve been there in the daytime, and it was amazing. I think it will be even more spectacular at night, with some of the famous marquees of Vegas attractions of the past lit up.
Those neon signs are lovely pieces of pop art, and I wish we still had establishments that dared to be so funky. Anyways. I am excited for the Neon Museum. Yay me!
Have a good weekend and see you next week.
Open Court publishes on Tuesdays and Fridays, bringing you the stuff we need to talk about with author and sports journalist Joanne C. Gerstner.
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