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Nancy Faust is Back!
by Hal Vickery

I have good news and bad news this week.

The good news is that Nancy Faust will be back playing organ at The Cell for the 2006 season. She sent her signed contract to the Sox on January 14.

The bad news, at least for her fans, is that she will only be playing for games starting at or before 3:05 p.m. This means that Sox fans will be subjected to canned music only for most home games which start at either 6:05 or 7:05.

Ill also be playing opening night as well, Faust said last week. I cant wait.

Faust said the new contract is not necessarily limited to those games. If there is anything special for any other evenings, they can call me to play, she said. I also hope to be playing at all the playoff and World Series games this year, too. Thats another plus of this contract.

According to Faust this change in her status was fine with her. The new format was my suggestion. It seems to fit in with the evolution of ballpark entertainment, she said. Im happy with this agreement. The Sox organization has been wonderful to me, and Im happy to continue working under this new arrangement.

The new contract also gives Faust a chance to do what she likes best, watch baseball and interact with the fans. Faust said, As you know, Im a big fan of the fans, and to be able to remain associated with the Sox and the fans is a great privilege.

As this association enters its thirty-seventh year, Faust, who initially figured that this gig would last maybe a year or two before she would have to go out and get a real job, still has trouble believing that she has spent most of her life in this job. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I think of my life and the people and games that surround it, she concluded.

Ive never held back the fact that Im a huge Nancy Faust fan, so its obvious that Im thrilled she will be back in 2006. Im also happy that Brooks Boyer has publicly said that Nancy Faust will play for the Sox for as long as she wants. This contract seems to confirm that Boyer meant what he said. It confirms to us something that weve felt for a long time now, that Boyer is a straight shooter.

It is kind of sad that an era is coming to an end, but it was inevitable. Nancy Faust has been with the White Sox since 1970. That has to be close to a record for ballpark organists. Eventually Nancy Faust will decide that its time to retire. That will truly be a sad day.

Nancy Faust is unique among ballpark organists. No one has been able to match her quick wit, great choice of music, and rapport with the fans. Weve been fortunate to call her one of our own.

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about our friend Jan Bryk, who was scheduled for surgery. It turned out that she had an infection, causing the surgery to be postponed. This week will be their second try. We wish Jan all the best and a speedy recovery.

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Well be taking next week off to attend SoxFest. Once again the Windy City Sox Fans will have a booth there. Wed love to sign more of you on as members for 2006. If you dont join, wed also love to have you stop by the booth for our World Famous Pencil Pull. It only costs a dollar, and proceeds go to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities and earmarked to Childrens Memorial Hospital.

This year, through club activities and individual donations, the club was able to donate nearly $14,000 to CBCC. Wed love to beat that figure in 2006 and put our total donation to CBCC over the $100,000 mark. We can do this only with the help of SoxFans like you, and SoxFest is the start of our annual fundraising activities.

We hope to see you there!


Editor's Note: Hal Vickery has been a White Sox fan since 1955 when he was five years old. For much of that time he also had a secondary rooting interest in the Cubs, which he has shown the good sense to abandon. When not cheering for or writing about the Sox, Hal teachers chemistry and physics at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove, IL. Hal commutes there daily from Joliet, where he lives with his wife Lee, and their dog, Buster T. Beagle. Hal's opinions are not necessarily those of North Boone High School, his wife, or Buster T. Beagle. You can write Hal at hvickery@svs.com.

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