About/Contact Ralph Zig Tyko

“I’m under arrested development. I’ve the right to remain silent. I just don’t have the ability.”

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My name is Ralph Zig Tyko.

I am the host and producer of COMFORTABLY ZONED RADIO.

I am a political lefty, and a cultural Jew. “I believe in miracles, not fairy tales.” -Madelon Chapman

I was born into a dysfunctional family, long before the catch phrase became popular.

I was raised in New York City where I graduated PS 148, Joseph Pulitzer Junior High School 145, and Newtown High School in Elmhurst.

I spent hot summers at Kittatinny Camp and joined the Air Force to escape the cold draft. After Basic Training and Tech School in Texas, I was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

After the service, I established roots in California and lived in Sacramento, San Francisco, and the East Bay Area. Over the years I’ve: sold insurance, owned and managed an insurance agency, wrote, performed and produced comedy. I was known as “The Unzipped Mind of Ralph Tyko,” from time to time was billed as Zig Zagman Jr., and also wrote and performed as Max Gornisht.

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I was the West Coast Representative for Topps Baseball Card Company, covering the California and Northwest Leagues from 1983- ’96. I produced and hosted a number of televised baseball interviews and the video documentary, “Portland Rockies Inaugural Year 1995.”

My most satisfying gig is co-raising my son, Phillip, with his motha, Diane Satin. I was Mr. Mom,” the stay-at-home dad for his first five years.

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I keep busy now as the executive director of People Care 4 Day Care, Inc.

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I produce and host a week;y radio show, Comfortably Zoned.

For fun, I photograph and write about my surroundings. I’m an avid baseball fan/historian. I play tennis, chess, and pocket pool.

I live in paradise, Alameda, California.

You may contact me for any reason at:  z.zagman@yahoo.com

40 Comments

  1. Frederick Karp said,

    Zig,
    Thanks for sharing this self-portrait that indicates that you’ve enjoyed life and being a person and have accomplished some significant things and continue to keep busy. At the same time, you have exhibited humility and humanity! Good Luck. Fred

  2. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    Fred,
    Wow… Best of all, I’m blessed with dear friends like you!!

    Z

  3. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    I recently received a email from an old friend who gets “it.”

    Here are some excerpts:

    “Nice website(s). Of course you still communicate with the world, you would never stop. it amazes me that almost everyone i know comes from a dysfunctional family yet most are loathe to speak of it until it just sort of comes up eventually after you get to know them well, say, 25 years later. but you just let it hang right out there, nothing hidden about being exactly what everyone else is all about. and yet i’m sure your message is unsettling to most, though their response to it is either a yawn, or an “oh gawd!” or an “oh, big deal.” These responses of course are by the most fucked up who have endeavored to keep that fact hidden from everyone including themselves, esp. in their own dreams/nightmares. And you don’t make funny about it. You just hang it out there in the introductory sentence. Go figger. At first it seems naive, self-involved, but then you realize it’s just such an important inyourface handshake. “My cobwebs are out of the way, hey.” Or are they? Are they ever? They also run into your face before anyone has a chance to ask or think anything else about you, about your skeletons, your pain, misery, your secrets, the real ones.

    “You look g-r-e-a-t old man Scorp. Good to see you doing good work at the nonprofit. Philip looks very different all grown up than he looked at 4. Congratulations on the good job; he looks like a sound Mensch.”

  4. Linda said,

    Ralph

    The flying fickle finger of fate – it appears that after all these years you are probably still the same ol’ Ralphie. As for Phillip – handsome guy, when playing Mr Mom, hope you fed him more than mustard and Pretzels.

    Linda

  5. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    Yes, the “same old me.” I’m taking that as a compliment. :-)
    Pictures of your kids and grandkids grace this page, Linda [not Rinda]:

    http://pushpull.wordpress.com/images-of-family-friends-acquaintances-fellow-alamedans-andor-loved-ones/

    • Linda said,

      Rinda contacted me about 18 mos ago. Still married to Chuck. They have lived in the same house 30+ years

      • Ralph Zig Tyko said,

        She is the only “Rinda” I ever met. :-)
        I hope you’re well and are enjoying a happy holiday!!

  6. mike said,

    you’re a cool dude..

    mlazar from baseball fever……………….

  7. Thom Ross said,

    http://www.gunnarnordstrom.com/dynamic/artwork_detail.asp?ArtworkID=845

    let me know if this opens for you. It shows my 5-panel art piece of Mays making his famous catch as it looked when I placed it ON THE ACTUAL SITE WHERE HE CAUGHT THE BALL on the 50th anniversary, Sept 29, 2004.

    Yesterday I did a 30 minute interview for NPR Radio talking about Mays and his catch; don’t know when it will air.

    Best,
    Thom Ross
    B-R T -R

  8. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    It opens fine, Ross. Thank you so much!!

  9. GARY KAUFFMAN said,

    DEAR RALPH,
    I AM SENDING MY BEST WISHES TO YOU……JUST BECAUSE I THINK OF YOU REGULARLY WHEN I LOOK AT THE BLOG FOR CAMP UPDATES. THINGS SEEM QUIET LATELY BUT AT OUR AGES, NO NEWS….IS GOOD NEWS…SO THEY SAY.
    NOTHING TOO NEW TO REPORT. I RECEIVED A CALL FROM ART SPECTOR A FEW WEEKS BACK…..HE WAS CHARLIE THE BAKER’S GRANDSON……GOOD TO SPEAK TO A CAMP PERSON…HIS GPOP WAS A REALLY NICE AND VERY INTERESTING MAN…AND A GREAT BAKER. I LOVED HIS CUPCAKES AND DINNER ROLES BUT HIS DOUGHNUTS WERE THE BEST…SUGAR DOUGHNUTS FRESH IN THE MORNING…..PROBABLY HOW I STARTED MY FAT BELLY BUILDUP…. I MISS THE BLOG FROM FELLOW CAMPERS…….I HOPE WE HEAR FROM SOME OF THE GANG SOON…I SEARCH FACEBOOK BUT A PICTURE HERE AND THERE IS NOT LIKE THE MORE COMPLETE BLOGGING INTERACTION…..I HOPE YOU ARE WELL…
    IT IS GOOD TO THINK OF YOU AND THE CAMP HISTORY YOUR BLOG KEEPS ALIVE. …MY AUNT HELEN MOSS, HENRY’S WIFE , DIED RECENTLY…
    I DO SEE AUNT MOLLY KAUFFMAN FROM THE CANTEEN….UNCLE MORRIS FROM THE KITCHEN’S WIFE…SHE IS DOING WELL AND LOOKS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME, DESPITE HER 90 YEARS…..WE GO TO DINNER WITH HER DAUGHTER, ELLEN KAUFFMAN AND HER HUBBY. SHE WAS A CAMPER, ALSO..
    WELL, NOT TOO MUCH MORE NEWS…..JUST MY REGARDS TO ALL. HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING WELL…..REGARDS, GARY KAUFFMAN…PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA.

    • Ralph Zig Tyko said,

      Never have I tasted a better breakfast roll than those that came out of Uncle Morris’ kitchen, Gary.. The KLC thread on this blog has enriched my life… more than you’ll ever know. Thanks for contributing!

      Kittatinny alumn:
      What up?

  10. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    I now produce and co-host COMFORTABLY ZONED.. http://www.fccfreeradio.com/?page_id=5457

  11. Brian Joura said,

    Hi Ralph,

    Just came across your site and I like it! I tried to send you an email but the one listed above was not valid. I wanted to talk about the Mets and your work writing about them. Please contact me when you have a moment.

    Thanks,
    Brian

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  34. Phyllis Moroney said,

    You are such a hoot, you make my day,,,,keep up the good work

    • Ralph Zig Tyko said,

      I, just now, saw your nice comment, Phyllis. Thanks SO !!

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