The Story Behind Football for Lovers by Bob Brooker & Kaye O’Doughtery


Football is for Lovers

Funny.  The inspiration for Football is for Lovers was a disaster.

Not the content: we’ve always loved football, and thought it was too bad that so many couples seemed to be missing out on the fun, and ended up fighting over the TV clicker instead.  So the opportunity to suggest a new way of looking at football (intimacy, romance, sex and M&Ms is how we like to put it) seemed like a pretty neat thing to do.

It was writing a book at all that called for inspiration.

We’d been ‘active words’ people for most of our lives.  That is, we wrote words that would be sung, or spoken by actors.

Bob traveled all over the world as a singer, and recorded for RCA Victor and Capital back in the day.  He has been the onstage part of our duo, the entertainer.  Kaye has always preferred to do her creative work from behind the scenes.  Together, we wrote songs, videos, TV and radio scripts, stage and screen plays, even musicals.

The thing is, our words back then were about sound, voice, movement . . . performance.

A few years ago, we decided to take a break and go back to school.  Kaye was graduated from St. Peter’s in Englewood Cliffs, NJ in 2003, Bob magna cum laude from Montclair State in May of 2004.

The plan, then, was to get back to work.

In August of 2004, Bob had just done a gig at a local nightspot, and we were scheduled to go into a recording studio on the following Tuesday to finish up a new album.

That Sunday, Bob had a stroke.

His left side was paralyzed.  Including his left vocal chord.

Walking and talking was something we would have to work on.  Performing . . . well.  It looked like we needed a Plan B.

And that was Football is for Lovers. We’d still be creating, but we could do it sitting down with our mouths shut.  Just what we needed!

So I guess you could say Football is for Lovers was inspired by a stroke.  Like Bob’s Dad used to say, “Out of every bad comes some good.”

And this was so good, we’ve started work on our second book, He’s Not the Guy (God Didn’t Do It!)

This sitting down stuff ain’t all that bad!

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Bob Brooker and Kaye O’Dougherty have been adventuring together for a lot of years now. They first met at a recording studio on 42nd Street. Yes, that 42nd Street. They recorded a commercial for E.J. Korvette’s, who went out of business soon thereafter.

Bob is an old saloon singer who, as Bobby Brookes, recorded for Victor and Capital back in the day. Kaye has trouble carrying a tune in a bucket. Nevertheless, over the years, as Brooker and O’Dougherty, the two have collaborated on a variety of theater projects, performing, writing, directing, managing, and producing. In keeping with the changing times, they have even created a cyber alter-ego named eBobb.

Recently, Bob and Kaye both took long-overdue turns at being rather mature college kids. Kaye now holds a Bachelors Degree in the Humanities from St. Peter’s College in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Bob was graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Theater, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

You can visit their website by going to FootballforLovers.com

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