Cast of The Moth on stage after the show

Final bow.

On stage with cast of storytellers
Post show bow at Pittsburgh’s The Moth Grand Slam in October 2018.

Wonderful show. Catherine told a great story that centered around a 16 month relationship with a plant, not a ten-year struggle over cancer.

Lots of physical mojo in the stories including a guy who aims to dunk, then the trip to NYC with a back-seat pee, a bully-beating in high school, a patient patient, an ants in his pants teacher, and more.

Catherine’s three-time reign as Pittsburgh’s Grand Slam Champion has come to a close.

Bio in the program

Catheine Palmer is a professor and audiologist. Her stories focus on the funny reality of parenting whether your kids are babies or taxpayers. This often misguided parenting has produced tow resilient young men who continue to make new stories. Listen to four of her stories on the website.

Cast

David Montgomery (host), Joel Brady, Stephan Cooper, Bob Creo, Davit Davitian, Kimberly Giles, Catherine Palmer, Mariah Passarelli, Lora Rigatti, Nate Sandstrom, Denise Scheuermann. David Bennett (musican), Michelle Jalowski (director), Kelly Flanagan Dee (Story-SLAM producer).

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Audience at August Wilson Center's auditorium with cell phone lights on.
Host’s photo.

Bye week. Moon shot. Grand Slam weekend.

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Hi All,

The Steelers have a bye week, and we’re saying bye to the warm weather in Western PA, but let’s not be strangers.

It is time to show up for some winter training and I’m calling to you — and not just #26, Le’Vion Bell.

Our first visit to Moon to happens from 2 to 4 pm on SUNDAY, at the new, indoor, MOON high school pool for some community SKWIM.

First visit is GRATIS. Open swim starts at noon. We start our game-play at 2 pm. I’ll bring the disks and you just bring the “plays well with others, can-do attitudes.” They even have plenty of fins at the pool.

See my new, mini, web course on SKWIM rules: https://skwim.us/courses/skwim-rules/

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We’re going to go back to Moon a number of Sunday afternoons throughout the the remainder of the year, and we need a good turnout. We’ve been doing well, but have plenty of additional space on our Friday night sessions at Mt. Lebanon High School. Tuesdays we can swim and play both SKWIM and Water Polo at Chartiers Valley High School too.

We want you to stay active this winter — at the swim pool — in our programs. Say BYE to inactivity this winter.

Our events are being promoted on the MeetUp group, Free & Almost Free in Pittsburgh. You can RSVP there: https://www.meetup.com/pittsburgh-free/events/254996510/

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Another competition happen in Pittsburgh on Friday night at the August Wilson Center in Downtown when my wife takes the stage to tell another story in The Moth’s Grand Slam event. Catherine is 2-time (or is it 3) defending champion for Pittsburgh. Ten people, all winners of the monthly shows in the past year, get an invite to tell a new story.

https://themoth.org/events/results?eventLocations=6470&typesOfEvents=&eventDate=201810

If you are going, let me know and we can include you in the tailgate.

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For the local buzz on other moon news, see:
https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/first-man


Ta.

Mark Rauterkus
412 298 3432 = cell

Gather sign.
MeetUp in Moon. Click to see the MeetUp event.

Another big week with Catherine

Catherine attended her first board meeting in her new role as president elect at her professional organization, Triple A, the American Academy of Audiology. The board gathered in the DC area for three days.

Next weekend, without travel, rare in these seasons, comes with a Friday night performance at The Moth’s Grand Slam event in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center.

On Saturday, the new graduate students in Audiology at University of Pittsburgh get to celebrate at their White Coat Ceremony.

 

Coach and swimmers in 2005

Golden years, coaching my kids.

An interesting fact about this team was that all the coaches had their own children swim on the swim team.

Coach, dad and two sons, in swim suits
Coach Mark Rauterkus and his sons, Grant and Erik, swimmers at CAR, the Carlynton Swim Club, 2005
Swim team group photo
Carlynton Swim Club, with three coaches who all had their children on the swim team.