Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
I grew up watching Tim Weigel deliver the sports news on television. Tim's unique style included humor, which was greatly appreciated during very lean years for Chicago sports. Unfortunately, Tim died in 2001, succumbing to a brain tumor at just 56 years old.
One of Tim's daughters followed his path into the media, although in her own way. Jenniffer is an author, reporter, television host, speaker and more. The first book I read of hers was Stay Tuned, an amazing book about communicating with her late father from beyond. I have since read her other books and highly encourage all to do so, too.
Jenniffer's approach is one of searching for answers and options. She has her beliefs, but is pen to others, while continuing her search for more insight. I find her work immensely entertaining, informative and calming. I don't have to agree with everything she writes (although I pretty much do), to respect her thought process.
Jenniffer is known for posting various heart pictures on her social media pages. The hearts are really other things that are shaped close to hearts, but it is her way of saying love is everywhere. It's a great mantra and I have since found myself looking for hearts, too. I even occasionally post one and tag her out of respect.
At a Chicago Dogs baseball game, Jenniffer didn't find any hearts (or at least none that she posted), but she found Mustard and Ketchup, mascots of the Dogs. Jenniffer might be just what Ketchup needs to stop getting (playfully) booed (because everyone knows Ketchup doesn't belong on hot dogs). If Jenniffer can spread her message of love throughout the stands, maybe fans will be more appreciative of Ketchup. If anyone can do it, Jenniffer can.
Check out Jenniffer's books and other interesting stuff at JenWeigel.com. I'm a big fan and I have a lot of respect or Jenniffer. I'm not ashamed to say her books have helped me during random tough times.
As for the Dogs, they started play last Friday. I'll be "On the Beat" and reporting back here, on GlobalTravelerUSA.com and Patch.com. Go to ChicagoDogs.com for more info on the Dogs!
Squeeze, Jenniffer Weigel and Ketchup in Rosemont, IL-July 2020.