Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bruce Springsteen and The Rising

Based in Burr Ridge, Illinois, Robert “Bob” Juckniess works with his team at Royal Buying Group, Inc., as chair and chief executive officer. Away from work, Robert “Bob” Juckniess enjoys listening to Rock and Roll tunes, particularly those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 

In the 70s and 80s, Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band honed their chops and made their name writing and playing songs about what it means to live and love in America. That kind of subject matter found particular resonance in the United States in the destructive wake of the September 11th attacks, when Springsteen’s album The Rising hit store shelves in July of 2002. Still reeling from the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, listeners found solace in the themes of struggle, uplift, and ultimately redemption among the album’s 15 tracks.

Notable tracks include opener Lonesome Day, whose lyrics touch on both September 11th itself as well as what it means to be a human being, as well as the title track, The Rising, an evocative, triumphant song told from the point of view of a New York City Fire Department rescuer ascending the tower. For these and other songs of hope, the listening public propelled The Rising to the number one spot on the Billboard 200.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

An Introduction to the Golf Scoring System

Robert “Bob” Juckniess is the chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Buying Group, Inc., in Lisle, Illinois. When he is not managing company operations, Bob Juckniess enjoys playing golf.

There are a variety of ways for individuals and teams to compete against one another on the golf course. Skins and stroke play are two of the most popular styles of play. Virtually every iteration of the golf scoring system requires golfers to complete each hole in as few strokes as possible. Holes on a golf course are given a numerical score, known as par. A golfer who completes 9 or 18 holes of golf with a score of -5, for example, is said to have finished 5 under par, short for 5 strokes under the combined par score for all holes played. A final score of +3, on the other hand, would be read as 3 over par.

There are several scoring terms golfers can use on a hole-to-hole basis. Finishing a hole at 1 stroke under par, for example, is known as a birdie, while 2 strokes under par is referred to as an eagle. There are also terms used for shots made over par, such as a bogey or double bogey for finishing a hole 1 or 2 strokes above par, respectively. Other terms include an albatross for 3 under par and an ace, or hole in one, for completing a hole in one shot.