57 episodes

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year olds to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each week we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun, less grind, and more meaningful. Our guests have created amazing Second Acts! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

I Used to be Somebody Carl Landau

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year olds to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each week we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun, less grind, and more meaningful. Our guests have created amazing Second Acts! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

    Dr. Robert Vogel: Beloved College Professor Finds New Stage

    Dr. Robert Vogel: Beloved College Professor Finds New Stage

    Have you ever reconnected with someone after 45 years? Carl does, when he had the opportunity to talk with his favorite professor, Dr. Bob Vogel from Miami University (Ohio). Bob has had a truly remarkable life teaching communications for 40+ years and then in post-retirement (and in his 70's), he followed his childhood dreams of becoming a professional musician and entertainer. He's now on a national concert tour with comedian/historian Lenny Dave.
    Carl also announces the super secret-project he and 3 accomplices have been working on the past six month. Tune in to hear the BIG announcement.
    More about Dr. Bob Vogel: https://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/mjf/about/faculty-staff/vogel-robert/index.html

    Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Bob-Vogel-Interview-Beloved-College-Professor-Finds-New-Stage

    Sponsor: How to Retire and Not Die: https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die

    Sponsor: Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast

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    • 49 min
    "Sudden" Sam McDowell: All-Star Player with Hall of Fame Second Act

    "Sudden" Sam McDowell: All-Star Player with Hall of Fame Second Act

    What a thrill this week for Carl to meet one of his childhood heroes, "Sudden" Sam McDowell, star of his beloved 1960's Cleveland Indians. Sam was a five time all-star pitcher who was deemed to be the next Sandy Koufax. He was a young superstar under great pressure, however. Sam tells us his career was fueled by alcohol and addiction.
    You don't need to be a sports fan to be inspired by Sam's amazing second act. After he was "thrown out of baseball", Sam's life hit rock bottom. He lost everything -- his family, his job, his will to go on. But Sam recovered and turned it all around in a big way. He became the very first sports psychologist and counselor for professional sports teams. His programs continue to help hundreds of players and their families deal with the same addictions he suffered.
    Fun fact: The popular TV Show "Cheers" based their Sam Malone character on Sam.
    • Sam's new book, The Saga of Sudden Sam: https://tinyurl.com/45nbruc6
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Sam-McDowell-Interview-All-Star-Player-with-Hall-of-Fame-Second-Act
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die: https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die
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    • 57 min
    Corky Logue: Pawn Shop King turns into Pickleball Pied Piper

    Corky Logue: Pawn Shop King turns into Pickleball Pied Piper

    Carl has a great time interviewing a true character in the (Un)Retirement world -- Corky Logue. He's a serial entrepreneur who has owned 40+ companies and counting at age 74. A big success came at 47, when he went public with his chain of EZ Pawn stores, leaving the company a few years later with about $30 million in stock.
    Corky follows the beats to a different drum, needing only 3 hours a night to sleep. And his latest obsession is pickleball. In just the past few years he's built 2 personal pickleball courts in his backyard outside of Austin and one at his ranch. He schedules 45 people a week to play at his courts or what he playfully calls his "Hatley Hospice", (the name of the street where he lives and the courts are located.) He also hosts an amazing happy hour every weekend for his players and their friends and family. We warned you, he's a character. 
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Pawn-Shop-King-Turns-Into-Pickleball-Pied-Piper
    • Sponsored this Month by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast
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    • 44 min
    Mike Murphy: Political Hack turns Media Pundit

    Mike Murphy: Political Hack turns Media Pundit

    Carl interviews his first "Political Hack" this month. He chats it up the one and only Mike Murphy who turns out to be one of our all-time funniest and entertaining guests. He had a big time as a Republican political consultant for some of the biggest names -- John McCain, Bob Dole, and even the Governator -- Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's hard to take sides when you listen to Mike, (despite your political view) because he's so damn funny, wicked smart, and not mean spirited. He pokes fun at everyone!
    Mike Murphy is now the co-host of the very popular "Hacks on Tap" podcast where he's the conservative voice to balance out former White House Obama staffers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs. They were foes in politics and are good friends in life. They pull back the curtain on what's really happening on the political scene. It's incredibly entertaining.
    Murphy has gone from political consultant to media darling and most recently has become a writer and producer in the entertainment biz.
    • More about Mike Murphy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Murphy_(political_consultant)
    • More about Hacks on Tap: https://www.hacksontap.com/episodes
    • Episode Content: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Mike-Murphy-Interview-Political-Hack-turns-Media-Pundit
    • Sponsored this Month by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast
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    • 54 min
    Renel Brooks-Moon: Former Radio Personality Breaks Barriers as Baseball Announcer

    Renel Brooks-Moon: Former Radio Personality Breaks Barriers as Baseball Announcer

    Warning: Carl turns into super-fanboy this week when he gets a chance to talk with Renel Brooks-Moon. She has broken barriers as a baseball announcer whose accomplishments are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even if you're not a huge baseball fan like Carl, you will be inspired by the incredible second act story of how a young woman of color breaks into the world of radio in the '80's, co-hosts the highly popular "morning zoo" show and then became the beloved public address announcer of the San Francisco Giants. 
    Twenty-two years later and 3 World Championships later Renel is still inspiring girls and young woman around the world. Plus one oldish Jewish host.
    • More about Renel Brooks-Moon:
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renel_Brooks-Moon
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Renel-Brooks-Moon-Interview-Former-Radio-Personality-Breaks-Barriers-as-Baseball-Announcer
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: 
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    • 43 min
    Greg Schwem: Funniest Pickleball Player in the World

    Greg Schwem: Funniest Pickleball Player in the World

    Carl is in "pickleball" heaven this week since he got to interview the very funny Greg Schwem. Not only is Greg a talented comedian but also happens to be a kick-ass pickleball player! Greg talks about the amazing third act (or is it fourth?) he created for himself, as the producer/director/writer/star of the TV show "A Comedian Crashes Your Pad". 
    Greg also shares some great advice for anyone looking to reinvent themselves in the second half of their life. And as a bonus, Carl admits he has own fledgling comedy career.
    • More about Greg Schwem: https://www.gregschwem.com
    • More about A Comedian Crashes Your Pad: 
    https://acomediancrashesyourpad.com
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/greg-schwem-interview-stand-up-comedian-finds-his-third-act
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    https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Cthuft ,

Awesome show!!

Carl, you do a great job of bringing us a diverse group of talented people to listen to each time. Keep up the good work, looking forward to even MORE pickleball talk.

A.g.dog ,

So worth tuning in!

Carl had me smiling, laughing and thinking. Good questions and interesting guests make it a great way to spend 35 minutes! And I don’t even play pickle ball.
Gary

Wannabeddie ,

Amazingly clever idea

This is a great podcast in the vein of “How I Built This” but with guests who came up with great ideas later in life. Add their stories with some funny talk about Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America, and you have a clear hit!

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