Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Smooth as Silk

     There was a time a few years back, (quite a few by now I guess), when WHO radio/TV featured newscasts by Boone native Ev Hickman. Day or night, there he was, a voice smooth as silk and very authoritatively, relaying the news of the day to HO listeners. I believe there's a prestigious all-Iowa award, named for Boone native and fellow WHO broadcaster Jack Shelley, presented to outstanding Iowa news broadcasters annually and yes, Ev Hickman is on that list of recipients.
     Anyway, it was great to hear from one of Ev's Boone buddies this week. Ken Aldag, BHS-54, wrote, "was reading your memories of KWBG and you questioned if Ev ever worked at BG. Yes, he did, DJ/announcing I believe his and my junior and senior years of high school, 1953-54. After BHS graduation, he went to Drake but continued to come back for weekend duties at BG. If memory serves me right, WHO hired him for announcer duties in 1956 and he continued there, primarily as a news reporter/broadcaster, for both WHO and WHO-TV into about the late 1990's. He and I were college dorm roommates at Drake for three years and he was the best man at LaVonne's and my wedding, 58 years ago. Ev now lives in Charlotte, NC, where his daughter also lives. I last saw him at our 60th BHS class reunion in 2014, but we occasionally talk via telephone. Enjoy your work Mo, keep it up. You're about my only connection to my home town now."
     The Kornerman says, "hey, I bet good Korner friend, Vern Modeland, who I'm sure worked at HO along with Ev, will have some "tales to tell.""
     I've read this before but thoroughly enjoyed reading it again courtesy of Barry Wills, BHS-58. It is a story written by Michael Gartner about his dad and its wonderful. I wish I could send the entire thing to all of you viewers but its pretty lengthy.
     Gartner, of course, is the one-time publisher of the Des Moines Register, a one-time co-owner of the Ames Tribune, a one-time President of CBS news and a 1997 winner of a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
     Maybe on occasion the Kornerman can include some snippets of the story.
     Since this is baseball playoff season let's go with this. Gartner wrote about his dad waiting in the car while his wife was in the beauty parlor. "if it was in the summer, he would have her (his wife, cause he never drove) leave the car running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio. In the evening I'd stop by and he'd explain, "the Cubs lost again. The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base so the multimillionaire on third base was able to score.""
     One of Boone's most popular restaurants, Legal Limits, has closed. Word is the owner/operator simply "ran out of steam." I hear she's hoping someone will step forward to get it reopened. Then too, Facebook, reportedly, indicated the Tic Toc has been closed for at least a few days, supposedly due to the departure of their chef.
      The "Travel Iowa" website, on its page devoted to Boone's Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace, says, "CLOSING: site needs repairs and administrators have decided to close Mamie's for up to two years. The primary function of the facility could change."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  Norman Knight, 83, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Kelli Belden, of rural Madrid..........Cedric Guy Hall, 87, Ames. Formerly of Boone. BHS-48. Drove trucks for Fareway for over 43 years. Retired in 1993 but then served as an RV Tech for Twin Anchors RV Center near Colo. Boone area  survivors include his wife, Helen Springer Hall, of Ames, formerly of Boone, and daughter, Becky Caskey, of Ames, formerly of Boone. Three sons survive as well as his sister, Doris Eastlund of Boone.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's REALLY Happening?

     Here we go again. Its up to the Korner to cover a pretty significant Boone Iowa story that, unfortunately, you haven't read about in the Ames/Boone News Republican and, perhaps, never will.
     On their website, the Boone County Historical Society has reported, "The Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace is closing for the regular 2018-19 touring season and COULD be CLOSED through 2020 as the Boone County Historical Society considers a variety of possible options related to the Birthplace Museum. The Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Museum has been open to the public by guided tour for 37 years. The LAST tour will be given on October 31, 2017."
     Yes, some of the Museum's most ardent supporters, via their passing, have departed through the years but many remain viable today and fear that the "new guard" doesn't have the same passion, same loyalty to this historical project its previously maintained and these new developments could even be a forerunner to complete dismantlement.
     Communities this size have few opportunities for statewide and even national attention but the Eisenhower Museum has received some through the years. It remains one of only two Museums in the entire nation dedicated to the birthplace of ex-President's wives.
     Its true, as cited in the news release, "at the height of its popularity, there were 12,000 people going through the birthplace and over the last several years, declining visitor numbers have caused concern for the Boone County Historical Society." And in fairness, the news release also notes,"our efforts will be focused on keeping the birthplace available for tours at some level, and to keep Mamie's birthplace in the public domain. The Society is committed to finding ways to ensure long-term sustainability for the site."
     According to the news release, "at this time, the Society is making an overall assessment of the birthplace, due to the fact that significant repairs are needed at the site and funding requests have fallen far short of asking."
     The release concludes, "we hope to gain more local and state dollars to repair problems with the structure and to address other concerns that involve the collection and then, ultimately, to reopen the site with renewed interest and perhaps, with a broader base of community support for whatever the future holds in promoting the Eisenhower legacy as Boone"s First Family," MacKay said." Mara MacKay is the Director of the Boone County Historical Society and authored the news release.
     Longtime Boone resident George Eckstein, BHS-58, is one who has a special feeling for the Birthplace as well as the Boone County Historical Society. He is a former Past President and board member of the society and he's very much concerned, fearful this latest development could be the "beginning of the end" of something Boone has been well connected too and well known for.
     "I'm certainly aware of some of the concerns expressed. However, I'm wondering how much effort is really being made to sustain the birthplace. I'm aware of an individual willing to write a check to cover the repair problems and I believe there are still sufficient volunteers willing to provide assistance," he said.
     The recently completed and newly created YesterBoone, a product of the Historical Society, seemed very successful, participation wise, in, at least, some cases, but Eckstein and others have questioned the cost involved. Eckstein commented, "it seems to me quite a sum of money was involved in that and even on other new items such as huge decorative banners surrounding the society's building. The birthplace has never sought huge sums of money but, perhaps, things are being "overspent" in some areas of the Society in lieu of better maintenance of an already established national treasure our city and community have been proud to claim these many years."
     The news release stated, "the temporary closure is intended to provide time for the board to consider other possible ways to engage the public around education and programming at the Eisenhower site."
     Eckstein concluded, "I'm not in favor of the upcoming closure as stated and I, and others, anxiously await the board's consideration of those possible options and what they would be."
     With the aid of Tony Crandell, BHS-59, we issued a Korner puzzle last time. The question was, "which of the following was  the earliest to-go pizza places in Boone?" Was it the Tic Toc, Manriquez's, Belluci's, Van Gordon's or Schwitt's Drive-In?
     According to our non-paid pizza expert Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, "Van Gordon Pizza and Manriquez's Pizza both started the same day in 1956. I thought Belluci's later took over Van Gordon's at their current location on Story Street by the Rialto Theatre. Manriquez Pizza was "take out" only from 1704 Carroll Street. We converted our house basement to house the pizza ovens. The entry was  on 17th Street with parking for about six cars. We had a garage built next to the house and a door that led to the basement steps. We did deliver pizza but only to bars. We had signs in most of the bars and patrons would call in an order and we would deliver. My mother, who's parents were from Italy, started the business in early 1956 and closed it in 1959. The three Manriquez boys, Jerry, Jim, BHS-56, and John, BHS-56, would come home from school and start making pizza from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. After high school, the Manriquez boys joined the Army and Navy leaving my mother to run the business alone until she became too ill to continue. Schwitt's Drive In did not exist at that time and the Tic Toc started pizza in 1957 with pickup from their alley."
     Thanks to Tony and Jerry. Similar puzzles will follow.
     We hadn't heard from Holden Stradlater, BHS-56, for some time. By the way, there's a good puzzle question, who is this Stradlater guy?
     Anyway, he commented, "the very first taste of pizza for me was from Manriquez basement kitchen. I remember the basement doors covering the outside entry. Great pizza besides being the first one in town. I like Tony's idea for the receipt of puzzle questions. You're going to be getting some good ones I hope. Keep up the great work Mo."
     Holden did offer a question that we'll come back to in a future edition.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Father James Fangman, 86, Carroll, formerly of Boone. BHS-49. Was ordained a priest in 1963 and served at parishes in Estherville, Willey, Ogden, Kingsley, Marcus and elsewhere after saying his first mass at his home parish, Boone Sacred Heart. Brother Robert, a Carroll priest, survives..........Kevin Cleveland, 51, West Virginia. Formerly of Boone. Kevin's dad, Thomas Wirtz, passed away in 1971. Kevin was adopted by Judy and Paul Cleveland and his name was changed to Kevin Cleveland. Kevin lived in Arizona and Washington as well as Iowa. He and his wife, Connie, were team truck drivers........Robert Koenig, 49, Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-85. Was an auto mechanic. Boone area survivors include his wife, Elaine Banner Koenig, son, Jared Koenig, and a step-son, James Gregory, all of Boone. Also surviving are a step-daughter, Mary Johnson, of Dayton, and two other daughters.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Puzzling Edition

     Former KWBG compadre, Tony Crandell, BHS-59, had an idea for the Korner. He wrote, "why don't you run a Boone quiz like on Wednesday and then provide the answer on Saturday?"
      The Kornerman says, "yah, we could do that" and Tony even gets us started with, "which one of the following, was the earliest to-go pizza places in Boone? Tic Toc, Manriquez, Belluci's, Van Gordon's, or Schwitts Drive'in." Schwitt's was a "sleeper" he conceded.
      Tony has secured the services of Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, to provide the proper history.
      Anybody out there got thoughts on this?
      O.K., we'll follow up in the Saturday edition.
     Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and many of the roads weren't paved.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Richard Wilkening, 77, Boone. Formerly of Perry. Army vet. Worked at and then owned Bauer Built Tire Station in Perry. Wife Linda survives. Boone area survivor is a son, Jeff, of Boone. Two brothers, one sister and two other sons also survive..........Richard (Dick) Matt, 88, Ames. Formerly of Boone. Born in Boone. BSH-48. Air Force vet. Was an engineer at WOI radio/television until his retirement in 1992. Wife Priscilla of Ames survives. Two sons, two daughters and three brothers, including Tom Matt of Boone, also survive.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Back in Business

     The move, itself, is complete but lots, and I, the Kornerman, mean lots of boxes to be emptied. So, the Kelley's are now officially located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. That doesn't mean the newspapers, mail, etc. are here yet........but I'm sure they'll all follow eventually.
     Thanks for all the good wishes.
     We mentioned in the most recent Korner about Gary Long, BHS-73, and all his travels chasing after the Minnesota Vikings and all of the major league baseball diamonds. Gary, a good friend and one of my favorite guys, answered with a "thanks" and this, "my trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto to see the Angels and Blue Jays play on July 28th was really exciting for me. I was able to get in the first row, right behind the Angels dugout. We were so close that when my friend yelled, "Cedar Rapids" at Mike Trout, he ackowledged with a smile and thumbs up. Trout once played in C.R. for the Kernels, a  class A affiliate of the Angels. Attending that game, mean't that I had been to all 30 current MLB stadiums. I've also been to 15 former MLB stadiums. My first game ever was at the Met in Bloomington, MN. I watched the Twins play there many times, including several games in two different World Series. Now, I've followed them at Target Field, their current home, a few times That's a total of three stadiums the Twins, themselves, have played in that I've watched."
     He concluded with some comments very meaningful to the old Kornerman but nothing that needs to take up the time of you viewers.
     Last time we heard from Becky Reynoldson, she was emailing from Jeruselem. She's back home in the good old USA and Boonetown and shared some memories,"this goes back to the early and mid 70's. We lived in the 1600 block of Fifth Street. At that time, there were 28 kids in that one block, from some very young'uns up to seniors in high school. In the summertime, we had ballgames in the street, football fun and kids loved playing school in the garage. There were water fights, annie, annie over, riding big wheels and just having so much fun as there was always someone to play with. We watched eggs bake in the street on those hot summer days. At that time, kids walked to their neighborhood school. How lucky that they were able to do that."
     John Hinz, BHS-64, wrote, "it was fun catching up with you at the 1967 BHS reunion. I knew more members of Linda's class (John's wife, Linda Swain Hinz) than I thought. It was fun catching up with Tom Peterson, Kelly McMullan, Tom and Sue Ferry, Hal Lyness, Julie Berg, Dick Duffy, John Peterson, John and Christi Munson Winters and many others. I enclosed an old photo of the KWBG staff posted by Larry Kelley on facebook. You've probably seen it, but it reminded me of he days our family listened to the station to get the "breaking Boone news.""
     The Kornerman says, "it was interesting to see the BG broadcast crew at that time, headed by owner-manager Ken Kilmer. Larry K. was Program Director, Dennis Borwick did sports, Rick Roberts was News Director while Lowell Ellis and Mike Pace (yes.....that Mike Pace) were staff announcers."
     Two short stacks: (1) Thanks to Kathleen Wheelock for the beautiful "new home" card and (2) good friend Loren Frazier keeps his 1958 class "hoppin'." Right now, he's promoting an update of the class roster......address changes etc. etc.
     How time passes. 100 years ago, everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Now, everyone owns a car and only the rich have a horse/s.
     Loren Frazier, via Bob Cramer, tells us that John Finley passed away in California last Wednesday. John's wife is Loren's classmate, Pat Curran, BHS-58, sister of Boone's Bill Curran. Bill and his wife, Diane, are Boone residents.
     Condolences also to Tom Matt, BHS-60, and family on the death last night (Friday) of Tom's older brother, Dick.
     OTHER BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Curt Stuhldryer, 65, Ogden. Navy vet. Attended Clinton schools. Lived in Florida and Tennessee before settling in Ogden. Was an over the road truck driver. Boone area survivors include his wife, Pat, of Ogden and his brother, Reggie, of Boone. A son and daughter also survive.........Bonita Keel Thomsen, 89. An Ogden High School grad........Verle Burgason, 88, Ames. Well known in the area as a lifetime newspaper man and good friend of many Boone area folks. Worked for the Ames Daily Tribune for 40 years, including some time as a co-owner.........Leo Nervig, 89, Perry. Formerly of rural Kelley. He and his wife farmed near Slater. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Connie Gardner, of rural Madrid. Another daughter also survives........Beverly Hansen, 74, Boone. Boone area survivors include her family at Cornerstone Alliance Church in Boone, including several special friends and members of the Tuesday ladies Bible class.........Geneva Wilson, 87, Bondurant. Formerly of Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-48. Was a homemaker and volunteered for the DAV for over 20 years. Her husband, Robert, passed away earlier this year. Two daughters and a brother survive.........Tony Martz,58, Boone. Born in Boone. His parents were Milton and Iva Martz. He drove stock cars at the Boone Speedway and worked at the Sinclair station. Was a National Guardsman and worked at the Iowa State Facilities Department. Boone area survivors include his sister, Twila Ingham, his aunt and uncle, Jonathan and Judith Martz, and son, Talbot Martz, all of Boone. Another sister and brother also survive.........Tamara Wilson Martz, 58, Boone. Went to Saydel schools. Worked at Taco John's in Boone. Boone area survivors include sons, Talbot Martz, and Cody Wilson. Her father is Ron Lehman. A sister and two half-brothers also survive.........Martin Lundvall, 91, Waterloo. Born in Boxholm, Boxholm High-44. Was a member of the Boxholm American Legion.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

We're Movin' On

     You may have recent editions we've had a "countdown" of "days to go."
     A few people have questioned that........wondering, "what?"
     Fact is we, the Kelley's, are moving to a different address. After 32 years at 710 Aldrich, as of Wednesday, October 4, we will be at a new location......928 South Jackson Street.
     With all the hassle connected with moving, we will not have a moving day edition Wednesday. However, we hope everything will be back in place for a regular Saturday, October 7, comeback. Anyway, we will back........sometime.
     Nothing has changed except the address. Phone number, website.....still the same.
     Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, when not lounging in the California sun is still working hard on a constant update of his terrific website. Here are some recent additions:
     BSH and Ryan High graduation pictures from 1893-1970.
     Sarah Eastlund of the Public Relations Office at BHS has sent class lists for 2006-2015.
     BHS yearbooks have been received from: Wendall Condon, for 1975; Stella Rilling Alexander, 1978; Lisa McGee Sebring, 1979-80; Kim Madden Ohge, 1981; Monica Nystrom McHugh, 1982-86; Barbra Madden Peterson, 1987-88; David Howell and John Howell, 1994-99; Rhaechel Ohge, 2005-08 and Chad Ohge, 2012.
     In the next month or so, Jerry said he would be uploading BHS scrolls sent by Colette Stumbo, for 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Robert Lay will be sending a 1990 edition.
     Tom Tays is sending Boone Junior College/DMACC yearbooks from 1972-75.
     The only BHS  yearbooks Jerry is now missing are, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1931, 1977, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2017.
     Anyone who has yearbooks, class reunion picture/books, school newspapers they would like to share, please send them to Jerry, via the U.S. Post Office "Media Mail" and he will scan them and then return them to you.
     You can view any of his material at...........
     Jerry Manriquez, 3211 Kips Korner Road, Norco, CA
     Right to the point: (1) Dick Longworth, BHS-53, said his book, "Caught in the Middle," which came out in 2008, has done real well, six printings. (2) Vern Modeland, BHS-50, reminded that his classmate, Chuck Brainerd, built his own profitable specialty electronics antenna business for government and others was "mostly rooted from what our BHS teacher, H.L. Cunningham, taught a few of us who took his specialty class called, "Radio." Vern asked, "how many other high schools have a story like that that no one has shared. Not many, if any." (3) John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "I know Boone is a big softball/Little League town. I watched the Little League girls World Series on TV. Does Boone have a similar league? Where do they play?"
     In answer to John's query the Kornerman says, "yes, we've had similar competition but it appears that both Little League and Babe Ruth in Boone has lost some of its appeal. At least, there aren't as many leagues, teams and players as in their earlier years. Soccer is getting blamed for some of the loss. That sport seems to be growing steadily."
     4 Days to go
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Gary Knox reported, "I've been informed that Darel Browning, Jordan HS-53, passed away September 7. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He was a good basketball and baseball player for JHS. He was on the team that narrowly missed the state basketball tournament thanks to Roland and Gary Thompson. Dave Cottington was one of his teammates."
     Althea Elaine Zethraus, 94, Platteville, CA. Formerly of Boone. Husband Stan, now deceased, retired from the postal service in 1976 and the couple moved to California. Son Bruce and daughter, Jilayne Paley, survive..........Tamara Martz, 58, Boone...........Tony Martz, 58, Boone.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters will soon be located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036. Phone number is still 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New YMCA? Really!!

     What's this about a new YMCA?
     At the latest Boone City Council meeting, that subject was broached. There have already been some meetings about that possibility and, in fact, a taskforce is in play to check on the feasability of such a project.
     Plans seem to be in solid play for various other upcoming projects........a new bank, a Squeaky Clean laundromat, new housing units, another laundromat, that new Boulder Inn and convention center and, perhaps, a real estate office housing Exit Realty.
     A pair of good Korner friends, John Kueck, BHS-61, and Ron Hopkins, BSH-59, were kind enough to send me a copy of Visions magazine, Fall edition, which provides members of the Iowa State University Alumni Association with news of interest about ISU, its past and present.
     Staring the Kornerman in the face from the Visions cover was a huge, color photo of Boone's Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005. Inside, was a complete and terrific story of one of the nation's premiere ultra runners. Lots of great pictures too.  Pete, of course, was home just a week or so ago to lead the Pufferbilly parade as the 2017 Grand Marshal.
     He's 29 years old now, married to Nicole Larson, a 2011 ISU chemical engineering grad, and they reside in Hannibal, MO. Pete earned his ISU degree in international business and finance in 2009 and he works as a Financial analyst for the National Research Corporation.
     His parents, still Boone residents, are Clare, who teaches at DMACC, and Charlie, who has been an ISU faculty member for over 30 years.
     SURPRISE! Today, the Kornerman is going to tread very lightly on Pete's numerous national running achievements. Been there, done that......many times in the Korner and, of course, there's been lots of nationwide reporting on those events also.
     No, being a big fan of food, nutritious and otherwise, in this writing I'm going to lean toward what I think is some interesting info on the diet he followed during his border-to-border record breaking run.
     Here's what Pete was quoted as saying, "essentially, I was burning 100 calories a mile (3,067 total miles) on top of just normal calorie needs. So, I was burning well over 10,000 calories most days."
     When you're burning that much fuel, you have to "catch up" by..........eating. This is the part the Kornerman likes.
     On his run across America, here was Pete's typical DAILY menu: First Breakfast - oatmeal, toast, banana, protein shake; Second Breakfast - protein bar or trail mix, Gatorade; Brunch - breakfast sandwich; Lunch -foot-long sub sandwich, followed by something sweet and a big soda; Afternoon Snacks - sweetened, dried pineapple and banana chips, Gatorade; Dinner - steak and potatoes; Dessert - A pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream; On His Nightstand - protein bars, water, juice and animal crackers.
     He often ate eggs, red meat, avocadoes and high calorie meals like lasagna, tater-tot casserole, mac and cheese and spaghetti.
     Sounds great........but there's something I don't like about this plan............all....... or any..... of that running.
     On this subject of eating..............let's look back to eating in the 50's. You remember those days I'm sure but do you remember this........
     (1) Pasta had not been invented. It was mac or spaghetti. (2) Bananas and oranges usually appeared just at Christmas time. (3) Chips were plain. (4) Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking. (5) Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green. (6) We hadn't heard of yogurt. (7) Cooking outside was called camping. (8) Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it, they would have become a laughing stock.
     And, the things that we never, ever had on/at our tables in the 50's.........elbows, hats, cell phones.
     7 days to go
      BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Lois Kuhl, 93, Boone. Born on a farm near Ogden. BHS-41. Worked at H.V. Patterson Insurance Agency until it closed..........Cleo Carroll Jr., 73, Boone. Attended BHS. Worked at Grabau construction and for Hallet's Materials. His wife, Judy Deemer, is deceased. They were married in 1966. Boone area survivor is a son, Michael, of Boone..........Bill Littrell, 88, Marshalltown. Formerly of Boone. Was married to Rita Cole. Boone area survivor is Terri Todd of Madrid. Two other sons survive.........Richard Beachler, 66, Boone. Worked at ISU Media Graphics until retirement in 2011. Was a well known musician. Boone area survivors include his wife, Leanne, of Boone, son, Ian, of Ames, and daughter, Aleda Richardson, of West Des Moines...........Don Silver, 93, Boone. Was a dry cleaner for 42 years. Owned and operated North Side Cleaners in Boone for 25 years prior to retirement in 1987. Boone area survivors include his wife, Vivian, and daughter, Carla Toms, both of Boone. Three sons also survive..........Loras Woodard, 70, Boone. BHS-65. Held several jobs prior to 29 years at John Deere in Ankeny. Retired in 2004. Boone area survivor is his wife, Mary Jo Fritch Majors Woodard, of Boone. He raised four girls and two step children..........Tom Kieffer, 85, Ogden. Navy vet. Was an Ogden teacher for 38 years. Also did some woodworking and construction work. He and his wife, Dorothy, were married for 58 years prior to her passing. Boone area survivors include two sons, Bob and Steve, both of Ogden. Four other adult children survive.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Floridians are O.K.

     In a recent edition, Loren Frazier, BHS-58, recalled his concern when his classmate, Gene Strandberg, faced the wrath of hurricane Charley in Florida several years ago. The recent hurricane, Irma, brought back those memories and again, this year, Loren was wondering about the Strandberg's fate.
     Gene and his wife, Diane, read that Korner and replied, "all newer homes in Florida, like ours, comply with building codes that make them able to withstand 135 mph winds. And, they come with metal hurricane shutters for all the windows and doors. So, we were relatively safe inside. Our only damage was a leaning tree. Also, newer developments, like ours, have buried utilities which minimizes the length of power outages. Some of our neighbors evacuated to Orlando and Atlanta but Irma went there also."
     In the last edition we offered an idea for tracking down names or addresses when they can't be found in the very scaled down current telephone books.
     Wanda Lingren wrote, "thank you for the tip on finding addresses. I will try it. A few weeks ago I was trying to find an address and, of course, it was not in the phone book. We are still listed because I won't give up my land line. A person could lose their cell power so that is why I am keeping ours. After seeing nothing on your blog a few times I got worried that you might quit so I'm glad to see that you are back up and running. I don't go back as far as some of your usual contributors that's why I usually don't have anything to say. We did not move to Boone until I was 11 so I don't remember a lot of the things talked about. But I know we all appreciate your hard work."
     McDonald's is a pretty good place to discover folks you haven't seen for some time. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing a former co-worker, Vivian Khan, I hadn't seen for a long time. Years ago  we worked side by side at the Boone News.........I, with some instructions as to how I wanted "my" page developed and she would then follow up........placing the stories and making the page camera ready. Oh, how I miss those days and all of the other people I worked with through the years. It has given me a thought I might soon follow through with.........listing as many former BNR folks as I/we can remember.......just like we recently did with KWBG.
     P.S. Vivian said she has worked as a church secretary for 13 years and is contemplating retirement. Hard to believe but that "little kid" of hers she used to talk about is now a chiropractor and, in fact, is right now opening up his first office. Its located at the building across the street and just west of the old Dairy Queen, now a Cyclone Car lot, on Mamie Eisenhower.
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wrote, "I know it can get to feel like you're the only person willing to do this. But, I hear from a lot of my friends that he/she knows someone who "saw it" on Mo's blog. Thanks to IPad and all of those technologies I dislike so much, I've come to believe we're close to the end of communication between family and friends. Damn pity."
     A couple of quickies to close.(1) Gary Long, BHS-73, was an excellent wrestler, football player at BHS and Coe College and is just a heck of a good guy/friend. For years, he has been involved in Iowa high schools as an educator, leaning mostly toward athletic activities. I've know of his passion for the Minnesota Vikings. For years, he's followed their games all over the country as well as in Minneapolis. Now, his mom, Marilyn Miller Long, BHS-49, tells me he has completed a long-time goal. Via a most recent trip, Gary has now  seem a major league baseball game in EVERY major league park. (2) The Kornerman told you viewers in a recent edition about classmate Dick Longworth's book. It was also mentioned that Dick's dad, Dr. W.H. Longworth, had written a history of medicine in Boone County. Dick, BHS-53, replied, "dad took that on as a retirement project and got a lot of joy out of it. After his death, Dr. Lou Greco updated it. I believe both versions are at the Boone County Historical Society.
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      BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Brian Grosnickle, son of former Boone residents, Delores and Gary Grosnickle..........Lois Kuhl, Boone.........Richard Beachler, 66, Boone..........Don Silver, 93, Boone.
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