Saturday, January 14, 2017

After All These Years........

     It appears there is quite a shakeup underway in the Boone funeral home community.
     Stark Welin Funeral Home at 609 Seventh Street, and, also with a Stratford satellite, was first established at the Boone site in 1888 and has been operated by the Welin and Stark families and Bruce Conlin through the years.  Harry Schroeder began the Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth and Story in 1932 and, it was purchased in recent years by Aaron Schroeder of Jefferson. Since 1986, Larry Schroeder has offered Schroeder Memorial Chapel at 1006 Sixth Street.
     As far as the Kornerman knows, there have been no official announcements, however, there are indications that all three services are undergoing operational changes.
     The Kornerman first noticed that on the Schroeder Memorial website, the name Reimers has been appearing alongside that of Larry Schroeder. Joseph Reimers and  Larry Schroeder are listed as Funeral Directors and a name change to Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel appears to be underway.
     Meantime, there are indications that Stark Welin and the Schroeder Funeral Home on Story are combining forces. Aaron Schroeder is listed as the Funeral Director/Owner of the combination and on the Stark Welin website, the history and staff links are "being revised."
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     Hip hip horray's to the Boone Park Board. They have officially designated the brand new ice skating rink, at its new location, the John Hansen Memorial Ice Skating Rink.
     For years, the skating rink was located on the north side of Park Avenue at the bottom of the big hill. The new rink is located in the Gutteridge Equestrian area on the south side of Park Avenue up the hill from the old rink. Both are/were located in Herman Park.
     In recent years, the old rink became inoperable much of the time due to environmental issues and despite the fact that the late John Hansen personally worked hour after hour after hour, both as a member of the Park Board, and, in other times, simply as a proud Boone citizen, in an attempt to keep that rink viable. He would be so proud of the new facility which may or may not have ever occurred if it wasn't for his steadfast support of this great entertainment facility for area residents.
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     Perhaps in a few days.......or not, like next Thursday, BNR readers will read more details about these "breaking stories" of interest which our weekly newspaper hasn't covered to date. The Korner strikes again, first and foremost.
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     While watching TV the Kornerman was hit by a memory that goes back to the 60's. Let's just ask, "who out there remembers Dale Oliver?" More details in the next edition.
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     Bits and Pieces: (1) Maybe the idea we presented, in jest, isn't so crazy after all. We suggested maybe the old Redeker building could house a kids entertainment center with bumper cars, various games and maybe a bowling lane or two. John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote that,"a wave of arcades is sweeping Minneapolis." He's wondering if, "this new restaurant/entertainment is for the millennials?"
(2) The recent SBS Tour of Golf Champions was held in Maui and Larry Kelley, BHS-64, had a front row seat. Always the showman, Larry pointed out that he could be seen on the telecast of the tourney. He wrote, "Russell Knox on hole number three found his ball in some weeds. I was helping him find his ball. I had a purple t-shirt on and a white visor with tan shorts." The Kornerman is sorry I missed it.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  Dick Lilegren, 89, Stratford/Dayton............Bonnie Wisecup, 88, Boone. Born in Boone. Farmed with her late husband, Clarence Wisecup, in Boone County. Worked at Hamilton Hardware, Holst Hotel, Jo's Cafe in Madrid, Mary Greeley and Bourns. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Cynthia Beckwith of Boone............Martha Jane Minson Carswell, 82, Boone. Born in Boone. Housewife. Boone area survivors include her sons, John and Joe of Boone, and Jeff of Ames and daughter, Anne Bushore, of Madrid. Also surviving are two sisters, Maurine Morris and Marjorie McNeil both of Boone.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT............
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Boone Connected Deaths

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Irene Keating Westfall, 100, Guthrie Center. Services Friday in Boxholm..........Arvilla Nunley, 89, Stratford. Married in Boone in 1943. After living in several communities, moved to Stratford in 1987. Homemaker. Boone area survivors include her son, Daniel Dillon, and brother, Melvin Bechtel, both of Stratford..........Gladys Stumbo, 94, Boone. Worked at Woolworth's and Randy's Meats. Farmed with husband, Arnold, southwest of Boone. Boone area survivors include sons, Dean, Larry, Marvin and Jerry, all of Boone.........Susan Bray, 70, Boone. Born in Boone. Parents were Chester and Jeanette Harris. BHS-64. Was a loan officer at Avco Finance and Hawkeye Federal in Boone. Boone area survivor is her husband, Wayne...........Brody Smith, 57, Boone. Born in Boone. Parents were Billie and Patricia Smith. Was a salesman and small engine mechanic at Red Fox Sports and Red Fox Marine and Trailers. Was also a welder. Boone area survivors include his wife, Colleen Platter Smith, his mother, Pat, and brother, Craig, all of Boone.......Mary Beth (Ginger) Rice, 93, Fort Dodge. Burial in Boone. Lived with her husband, Clarence (Bud) Rice, in Boone for several years. The couple were part of a dance band, "Pedro Banana and his Bunch" who played at the Boone Country Club. Mary was the lead singer and Bud played the clarinet..........Ronald Olena, 78, Arizona.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT......
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Win Some, Lose Some

     Well, I guess our speculation was wrong. The Kornerman had a feeling something might be happening at the old Redeker's facility.......highlighted by the fact that, for a time, anyway, the huge "For Sale" sign, that had been so obvious for so long in front of that building, had finally disappeared. However, I'm told the sign has now reappeared. So maybe something that might have been cooking has cooled off.
     STREET TALK: We do understand that the Top and Body shop has been sold to an "insider" and we also hear the possibility of a strip mall being built at the site of what, at one time, was Gillespie Motors and then, later, S and H Motors on South Marshall.
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     The Kornerman found this interesting. Gary Knox wrote, "I had mentioned once my dad, Alvah Knox, telling me he played guard on the Boone Junior College football team. He never mentioned he had also played basketball there. He was in the first BJC graduating class (1928-29). He was a 5-6 and about 175 pound "strong man" and joked that opponents ran over the top of him when he played football. Being from Luther HS, he had never played football, just baseball and basketball. I guess I inherited his math ability. I graduated with a BS in math from Iowa State and an MS in math from Northwestern University."
     A few comments about Gary's email. (1) He sent photos of his dad's BJC teams that show they had about 14 football squad members and 10 basketball players. (2) Regarding those math skills, in Alvah's graduation comments it says, "when we get stuck with Physics or Math problems, we run down to the lunch room from second period and let Alvah help us out. (3) the Kornerman is a BJC graduate, 1955, having taken all those courses on the third floor of the "old" BHS building. That was way before the more "modern" facilities of Franklin Hall, at the site of the old Franklin elementary at 12th and Carroll, or today's beautiful DMACC facilities in south Boone. And yes, I played basketball on a non-successful Bears team during my two years with no knowledge, whatsoever, that the school had, at one time, provided a football program. (4) For some reason, at various times, when in the company of DMACC athletic department employees, members of our coffee group would, teasingly, come up with the question, "why don't you guys have a football program.?" It always seemed to be met with some disdain. DMACC does have lots of athletic programs now for both genders but a football program these days is expensive with special recruiting and staff needs, equipment etc. etc. I suppose that's why there are very few Iowa community colleges that do have football programs. (5) In looking at Jerry Manriquez terrific website and its BJC yearbooks, it appears that football was part of  the BJC program just that one year. The Bears had a 1-3 record.
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     Speaking of DMACC, the Kornerman heard from Dave Dunkelberger this week. He was replying to me after I had sent him condolences on the recent passing of his dad, Harold. Big Dave was a standout basketball player for the DMACC Bears during his time there. He still works for Wells Fargo, but now lives in Ames.
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     Apparently Jon Wilson, BHS-62, saw that the Kornerman had listed him as a viewer we hadn't heard from for some time. He responded this week, "I wish I had your talent for telling a story. I saw the note about some of us readers. I thought I'd give it another try. I got a new cell phone the other day and started thinking about our old phone service in Boone. The letter at the end of our number meant it was a party line...749-j. Sometimes, we would pick up the phone and hear the Browns who lived across the alley. Their number was 749-w. You would hang up, wait a while and then, try again. The telephone was provided by the company and when you picked it up, the operator would say, "number please?" One day, I was calling my mother at my aunt's house. The operator knew my mother and my aunt were at my grandmother's house. She connected me right up."
     Jon added, "later,we got a rotary dial telephone. You dialed the number yourself and didn't have to talk to an operator. That is, unless you were making a long distance call. The rotary dial was mechanical and they would never break. In a few years, they changed to touch tone phones. You still dialed yourself and the phone company owned the phone. They were just as reliable but faster to use. These new phones had a transistor in them to do the tone dialing. Just one transistor.  I own my new cell phone and if I ever drop it or it breaks, I have to fix it. It has at least 10,000 transisters and no wires. I have to charge the battery every day or it doesn't work. It is full of "apps," it has a calendar, a clock and it plays music. It even has maps. It has a camera and can store pictures. It has games that I don't know how to play and "apps" from companies I do not know. It even has a flashlight. The other day, I needed to make a phone call. The little green phone was the last thing on the third page of the "apps." The days when we were 749-j were not really so bad. Do you remember your old Boone number?"
     The Kornerman replies, "no."
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Arvilla Nunley. Burial near Stratford..........Lillian Allison, 90, Boone. Was married to husband, Orville, in Boone. Worked at Hawkeye Laundry, Green Giant in Ames and was a volunteer for RSVP, the Scenic Valley Railroad and operated the information booth on South Story for the Boone Chamber. Retired in 1991..........Jim Bustad, 72, Stratford. Formerly of Boone. Worked for 30 years for the city of Boone, retiring in 2008 as Public Works Director. Boone area survivors are his daughter, Jennifer Frank of Stratford, his mother, Bernice, and brother, John, both of Woodward, and his special friend, Dodie Flockhart of Stratford.........Lonnie Nichols, 52, Boone. Attended Grand Community schools. Was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Belize and was employed by Webster County at the time of his death. Boone area survivors include his wife, Digna, daughter, Zana, and son, Arlo, as well as his sister Jackie Moore all of Boone.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT........
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

He's Alive but Heading South

     The Kornerman heard from another of our "lost" viewers this week..........one we hadn't heard from for quite some time. Good old Holden Stradlater wrote, "I've stayed true to your blog, just haven't had anything to report lately. I agree with the importance (and absence) of the Fourth Estate, not just in Boone but in quality, nationally. When a society loses its newspapers and journalism everyone suffers. We've moved to Arizona. Winters and the pace of life beckoned us to the sun. Miss old friends that we had an occasional beer or coffee with like Tom Rinker, BHS-55,  and J. Peterson, BHS-56, and you and the McDonald's group. Your comments and editorial about the void in Boone were well written and thought out. Sad to see your reader's comments that the Ogden paper took longer to read than the one that services Boone. We're alive and well and sincerely appreciate you and your contributors and Boone."
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     Here's something to wonder about. Ever since Redeker's closed on South Story, their former facility has been closed. However, there has always been a huge "For Sale" sign in front. The Kornerman noticed the sign is gone. In addition, these old eyes have also noticed, on a couple occasions, lights on in that building AND, on one occasion, noticed a couple guys were standing in front and having a visit. Remember, if anything happens there we were the first to give you an inkling.
     Speaking of such things, I know its hard to believe but the old Kornerman and, at least, one of my coffee mates get ornery on occasion and start business rumors just to see how long those stories will be returned to us............usually within a week or so. For example, we thought maybe the old Depot/Giggling Goat would make a good place for a roller skating rink and/or how about the old Redeker building for a kids entertainment center with bumper cars, games, and maybe a couple lanes for bowling. Sounds like a good tale. At various times we've also had Cracker Barrel and Cold Stone Creamery coming to town.  I don't know why but, for some reason, it seems like the rest of our coffee group and other groups in McDonald's, who have seized our "plant," refuse to take some of the things we say seriously any more.
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     One of our good viewers had a suggestion for Wanda Lingren, who relies on newspapers, at a cost, simply for the TV guide if for nothing else. We know Wanda has a computer because we receive emails from her. So, why not go online to get the TV guide and print it out. I did a test.......googled TV guide and there it was on the screen for my area. Easy pickin's.
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     The Kornerman was so pleased to hear from a wonderful KK contributor, Gary Hessel, BHS-50, who included a holiday picture of his family. I guess Gary's "real" home is Monroe, WI. but the guy gets around, despite a few health issues in the last year. He's been spending time in Arizona, visited the Dominican Republic, is taking his daughters to New York to attend an opera, "Hamilton" and do some other sightseeing prior to going back to Arizona for the rest of the winter. At 84, he's not letting any grass grow. Good for him and a big thanks to him also.
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     Barry Wills, BHS-58, likes to keep us chuckling. He wrote, "I really think tossing and turning in the night should be considered exercise."
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     Good to hear from United grad Gary Knox again and he has provided some info that we're anxious to pass on and will in the next edition.
     Did you know Boone Junior College once had a football program? I bet even the DMACC folks aren't aware of that. More about it Saturday.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Beverly Parkinson Mullins, BHS-52, passed away over the weekend......... Dorothy Gibson Edwards, BHS-53, passed away in 2016 in St. Louis with burial in Boone's Linwood........James Dawson, 90, Grimes. Formerly of Boone. Lived in Boone from 1971-94. Retired in 1992. Was a District Sales Manager for a food company. Wife Mary survives as does a daughter, JoAnne Van Cannon of Ames..........Harold Sorenson, 93, Ames. Worked at Ames Fire Department until retirement in 1978. Also worked in construction. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Paula Elliott, of Boone........Frank Yenger, 82, Stratford. Former teacher and worked for Stratford Fire Department.........Carolyn Bell, 72, Boone. Attended BHS. Was a tax preparer and later, a dealer at a casino in Las Vegas. Returned to Boone in 2001. Boone area survivor is her mother, Gerry Bell, of Boone........Julie Taylor, 69, Ogden. Moved to Ogden in 1979. Worked at Archway and was a day care provider. Boone area survivors include her husband, Junior Taylor, and children, Jill Ahrens, and Jason Taylor all of Ogden and a son, Tony Kramer, of Boone..........Carolyn Heeren, 85, Boone. Was involved in the banking business. Moved to Boone in 2010. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Jayne Smith, of Boone.........David Jacobson, 76, Ames. Born in Boone and grew up in Boone. Clinton HS grad. Worked at a paper company in Clinton. Boone area survivor is a sister, Shirley LaFollette of Boone.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT........
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

     In our last edition, we mentioned the names of several of our viewers that we hadn't heard from for some time.
     A few of those came "out of the woodwork."
     Not only is that bird house alive, Wanda Lingren is too. She emailed with the banner, "Yes, I am Alive and Well." "Surprised to see my name. We are in Texas for the winter. I still read you every Wednesday and Saturday. Most of the things I see are something I know nothing about to contribute to. I am not a young chicken, but a little too young to remember a lot of what was going on in Boone way back when. But, I do enjoy reading about it anyway. We still do take the Thursday Boone News Republican, but only because it has the TV guide in it. I think the Ogden paper does a much better job. At least it takes longer to read it. We figured that $1.00 a week to get the guide was much cheaper than buying one at the store. I don't care what happens in Ames and there's too much in there (the BNR) about Ames. We live in West Boone and never had the shopper delivered to us once all last year. We love garage sales, so we need the shopper but now can't even pick up one at the convenience stores. Keep up the good work,we need you now more than ever."
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     Laurie Erbe Maurer, BHS-71, wrote, "Bill Wallace alerted me to your mention of me so I thought I'd better send a comment. We 4 "Erbe girls" as we are often referred to, were in Boone this past July for the wedding of Susan Thorngren and Dave Reed. Of course, we had to drive through McHose Park and visit Cap Erbe Park. One thing we always do when in Boone is get some AE cottage cheese (best anywhere), AE dip and Fastco chips. We also made a stop on the way back to the airport at Kammin's sweet corn stand to bring home some Iowa sweet corn. We all enjoy reading KK. Thanks for keeping it going."
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     The Kornerman knows this is a busy time but we hope some others we mentioned will also find time to respond to get back "in touch."
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     Meantime, Mary Casserly Mowrer, BHS-56, said she and her sister, Alice Casserly Murken, BHS-54, were trying to think of who Ron Flockhart married. The Kornerman was able to answer that one. Ron's wife is Kay Honohan Flockhart. Both Ron and Kay are BHS-50 grads. And, of course, the Flockhart's daughter is Calista Flockhart, who has been a celebrated Hollywood movie actress for many years and is married to another Hollywood celeb, Harrison Ford. Someone out there in Kornerland may remember, when, in her youth, Calista spent some time each summer in Boone visiting her grandparents, Harold and Ev Honahan.
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     Sorry to hear of the death of Larry Paulsen's wife, Pat. We had just listed Larry, BHS-61, in the last edition as someone we hadn't heard from for some time. Sandy Crandell, BHS-59, had seen Larry's name in the Korner and wanted to let us know of the death. She said, "that might explain his absence. Its my understanding his wife was in a rehab center after a recent hospitalization."  Her obituary stated the death of the 77 year old was unexpected due to cardiac issues. In addition to Larry, a daughter and step-daughter are among the survivors.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  Lonnie Nichols, 52, Boone..........David Crocheck, 59, Boone.......Sarah Tinker, 33, Atlanta, GA. Boone area survivor is her grandmother, Linda Baer of Madrid.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Its Alive. The Bird House is Alive

     The Kornerman was lamenting what we thought was the loss of the bird house, which for years had been located high above the southwest corner of Park Avenue and South Story Street. What made this bird house so unique was the fact that it was built to duplicate the house, itself, that stands on that corner. Aside from the size difference, the house, itself, and the bird house were identical twins.
     Alas, Janelle Henry tells us, "that bird house has been all over the country. It started out at the corner, then moved to the house next door when that house was built. Then, it moved to another "outside" location before coming back to Boone. It is at that house but is in the side yard and may not be seen from the street. I heard this whole story about the bird house when I looked at the real house once when it was for sale."
     I, the Kornerman, did drive by and took a look-see but yes,  I was unable to view it from the street.
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     Its almost the end of another year and most HUGE or is it YUGE operations like the Korner offer a year-end report to their constituents. So here goes: Its rather hard to determine but the Korner seems to become a regular "stop" twice a week for 400-500 viewers. The latest check reveals that 5,005 folks have taken a look in the last month. Overall, since we started the online version on March 6, 2010, there have been 287,602 views.
     Since things are a bit slow right now, I'm thinking of doing something I've considered at various times before. In looking through my files, I notice so many names of viewers, or I guess former viewers at one time or another, that we haven't heard from for some time.  Some of them may simply be too busy with work and family, some may have been "turned off" by this project.....maybe even mad at us for some reason. I don't know. Anyway, the thought of their absence spurs my curiosity, if for no other reason, just wondering if these folks are still alright. I don't want to think about the worst alternative.
     So, I've decided to list a few we haven't heard from for awhile (in some cases, quite awhile.) It would be great to hear from them again or, at least, hear that they are enjoying a wonderful life, even without us.
     Where have you been?.....Lauren Taylor, Larry Paulsen, Larry Jackson, Linda Caldwell, Marsha Wilson, Wanda Lingren, Bill Clark.
     Are you O.K.?......Tony Riker, Paul Jackson, Dick Chamberlain, Patty Harris, Priscilla Thomsen, Peter Wirth, Jon Wilson, Mike Elsberry, Bill Olson, H. Stradlater, Laurie Maurer.
     There are more but I'll stop right there for now but may add to the list sometime later. You're all part of the Korner's history and we care about you. Just wondering?
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dr. Enfred Linder, 92, formerly of Ogden. Served as a doctor in Ogden for 34 years prior to retirement in 1988.........Delmar Gifford, 96, Boone. Moved to Boone in 1975 to work for the railroad as a dispatcher. A charter member of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad..........Glenda Jones, 70. Lived in Boxholm for a time, then settled in Pilot Mound in 2003. Boone area survivor is her husband, Stan Jones, of Pilot Mound...........Herrald Rickey, 90, Ogden. Born near Woodward. Worked for Northern Natural Gas for 37 years. Services in Ogden and burial near Woodward.........Mary Anderson, 73, Garner, formerly of Boone and Pilot Mound. Worked at Heinrich Envelope for 23 years. Boone area survivor is a sister, Darlene Sego, of Ogden. Services in Boone and burial in Pilot Mound.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT........
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Best Wishes to All

     The ENTIRE  Korner staff extends best wishes to all our viewers, near and far, with the hope that you will all enjoy a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.
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     Jim Harken, BHS-91, wrote, "I'm trying not to be so busy that lots of great memories get past me. Having three little ones, we're all excited for Christmas. Their thoughts of Santa and getting to teach them about the birth of Jesus, it is truly a special time. I have lots of great Christmas time memories of good old Boonetown. Sledding on killer hill at McHose Park. Christmas programs, caroling and the candle light service on Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian.The luminaries along Story Street on Christmas Eve. The lights and displays at the Athletic Association during the holiday season. Shopping in the stores downtown with all the decorations and the Christmas music playing. Snow piled in the middle of the streets downtown. Singing in the choir and playing trumpet with the band and orchestra in the Winter Concert at school. "Coming home" to mom and dad's house as I got older, married and had kids. So many good times and good memories."
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     Thanks to Kathleen Wheelock for the nice ecard holiday greeting and very special thanks to Jack Kelly, BHS-58, from clear out in Locust Grove, VA. for his Peanuts Christmas greeting card. Jack wrote, "I'm a loyal fan of your blog and enjoy hearing about the people and places in my hometown."
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     Question of the Week: The Kornerman was traveling south on South Story and all at once, it hit me. It is gone.  Dr. Whitaker had lived on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and South Story and, for years, I was accustomed to seeing, on that corner, a bird house that replicated the Whitaker home. It looked exactly like it. Now its gone.......and, the question is...."how long have I been asleep?" "how long has it been gone?" Many years I imagine but the Kornerman just never paid that much attention before.......kind of took it in stride. But, suddenly, the other night, that bird house came to mind again.
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     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, had some thoughts on the material some visionaries have provided that we have been passing on to our viewers. Loren wrote, "they said that 70-percent of us will have smart phones and also that people will not need cars as they will use those phones to call for a car to pick them up. I assume that the 30-percent without smart phones will be us septuagenarians and octogenarians and nonagenerians so we will not be calling for a car, but we probably, due to force of habit (commonly called stubborness), will still be driving our own cars. This may end up increasing the accident rate rather than decreasing it as the information suggests. Just kidding. I really think older drivers do a better job at it than younger people, especially those concentrating more on their phones than their driving. Another comment. The need for a facial expression reading app to tell if a politician is lying is a completely unnecessary product. Already, we can tell if a politician is lying by just observing if his/her lips are moving. If they are, he/she are lying. And, finally, the reduction of the number of lawyers by 90-percent would, undoubtedly, be a good thing."
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wrote, "you muse about the future", "our kids will never own a car and will never have a driver's license."" I thought we were already there."
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     Here's this edition's more complete dose of that material. "The Tricorder X price will be announced next year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone. It scans your retina and your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyzes 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be so cheap, that, in a few years, everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, almost free."
     Then too, "electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil fuels. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025. With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scare drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if we can have as much clean water as we want, at almost no cost."
     The Kornerman says, "the thing that strikes me is that many of these things mentioned by these visionaries as future possibilities seem to point toward the elimination of many, many "human" jobs. Think of the effect that might have?"
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: None to report.
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