Saturday, May 19, 2018

OVERKILL??

     Did somebody say something about a Royal Wedding?
     In answer to that question, the Kornerman, in the banner overhead, probably said something that, if said, should have been whispered or even unsaid.
     We're not criticizing this great event itself. Its just that when certain monumental events occur, they are embraced so breathlessly by ALL of the media it invades the sanctity of the occasion.
     The extreme coverage, in such instances, has become a joke at our coffee group. When such events occur and its wider than wide expansion continues, somebody will offer,  "hey, did you hear?" and, knowing what they are referring too, a laugh or two is the result.
     When renowned celebrities pass or there is an event such as a royal wedding, wouldn't it be nice if the media would formulate a revolving schedule so just one or maybe two of the outlets would give it extensive coverage while all the others are free for "normal" programming.
      Here's a fearless Korner prediction. That won't ever happen.
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     The Kornerman has culled some information from a 2018 Boone County Laborshed Report which I found interesting.
     The Boone County Laborshed encompasses an area approximately 40 miles in diameter with the city of Boone the epicenter. That area includes just over 460,000 eligible workers between the ages of 18 and 64.
     Here's the "meat" of the report: (1) nearly 3,300 people "out commute" to work from the city of Boone each week with the cities of Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines and Perry attracting the majority of these commuters. (2) 31.9% of those who work in Boone County commute here from more than 10 miles away; 10% from more than 25 miles away and 2.5% from more than 50 miles away. (3) 20.8% of those surveyed indicated they are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to change jobs if presented with the right opportunity. (4) those likely to change or accept employment in the Boone County Laborshed are willing to commute an average of 29 miles one-way. (5) the largest percentage of those currently employed in the Boone County Laborshed reside in jobs tied to education or healthcare/social services, each at 14.4%.
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     The Kornerman had an opportunity for a nice visit with Boone native Ken Mallas, BHS-51, the other day. Kenny was in town to present some Mallas family scholarships to graduating seniors during Boone High School's annual awards day. They've been doing this for years and BHS students are not the lone recipients.
     Lots of memories came flowing through during our visit. Kenny was the eighth of nine Mallas children who grew up in West Boone as their mother operated the Mallas Cafe.
     Kenny was a track star in high school and college. He was a pole vaulter and a darn good one. At Iowa State University, he was the captain of the Cyclone track squad. Nevertheless, we had to chuckle when comparing his early days in the sport using a bamboo pole and the fancy top-of-the-line poles used these days. He admitted, "at my best, I wouldn't even qualify for events these days."
     Ken spent his real working days in education. He served as Superintendent of Schools at Minburn, Central Dallas and finished up with 20 plus years as Superintendent at Corning where he still lives in retirement. He looks great.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Eileen Siders, 93, Boone. Born in Moingona. Married Hobert "Al" Siders in 1945. Was a homemaker and a cook at the Eastern Star Home. Boone area survivors include a son, Don Siders, of Boone and a daughter, Diane Duncan, of Pilot Mound. One other son and a second daughter also survive.........Beatrice "Bea" Phipps, 85, Ogden. Married Dick Phipps in Boone in 1954. Worked at City State Bank in Ogden for 25years. Retired in 1995. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Lori Dittmer, of Ogden. Two sons also survive.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT......
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

KORNER TALK HITS EASTERN IOWA

     Ah! The sheer power of the Korner.
     Michael Sundall, BHS-68, wrote, "After Lynn and I read the Kelley's Korner on Saturday, May 12, with regard to Boyd's Dairy and the Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa, we decided to take a road trip to Wilton from Cedar Rapids to "check it out." We took the Iowa back roads over to Wilton and found the Candy Kitchen. The new owner was most delightful and was so enthusiastic when I shared Kelley's Korner with him.  And, yes, he has been in contact with those you mentioned (LaVerne Anderson) in your blog to help him get his ice cream maker operational. He spent a good half-hour talking with us."
     Mike added, "we next drove over to Kalona and went to the Stringtown Grocery Store. While standing in the candy section, two ladies next to me were commenting on the Candy Kitchen in Wilton and were wondering if it was ever going to reopen. Of course, to their pleasure, I was able to fill them in about the new owner's plans. All because of Kelley's Korner. What a great Iowa afternoon."
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     We heard from my old KWBG partner, Mark Campbell, BHS-67, recently. He has moved to Nashville, TN and, in reply, the Kornerman asked him if he had submitted any country songs for consideration. He replied, "I'm very nearly tone deaf. Our neighbor writes songs and two were actually recorded. Another neighbor was seamstress for some stars......Porter Wagoner, Bill Anderson and others. Also, for the keyboardist for the Steve Miller rock band. So, Mo, its up to you to put the pen to paper to come up with some tunes."
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     On the subject of music, I always think of another former KWBG partner, Larry Kelley, BHS-64, and son, Jamie, BHS-98. Larry wrote, "Mark Campbell sent me info on Ken Kilmer, one-time KWBG owner, who died in 1991 at the age of 72 in Utah. His wife passed away in 2007. Sad that they are gone. I really liked working for Ken. Probably the best boss I ever had in my life. Do you remember what year he sold the station (I don't). He asked me once if I wanted to become a partner in the station. He was probably thinking I'd buy him out in time and take it over. I missed my chance didn't I?"
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     Continuing with a music theme......
     Many of the Kornerman's spare moments are spent listening to music
     A current favorite is, "I just can't imagine" by Ivan Parker and it seems, Jennifer Nettles is making a big, big movement forward. She is the lead singer for the Sugarland group but seems to be getting lots of solo opportunities and is terrific. I pulled up the Lincoln Center awards program of several years ago honoring Neil Diamond  and she sang one of Neil's big hits, "Hello" that night and it was great.
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     The Kornerman decided to investigate some local circulation figures.
     As of 2016, the Boone News Republican showed circulation of 1,577 and readership of 3,154. For the Madrid Register it was 1,138 and 2,292 and for the Ogden Reporter it was 953 and 11,886.
     Circulation means that's how many folks are buying the paper and readership mean's several people are reading each paid subscription. Example: someone buys the paper and several people end up reading it.
     I can't explain that 11,886 readership for the Ogden Reporter.
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     John Kueck, BHS-61, says, "Iowa is great but, in this way, Minnesota reins."
     He's talking about a recent study that shows men live longer in minneyhaha than anywhere else in the country. Minnesota women are fourth in that category and, overall, the two genders combined are fourth best with an anticipated live span of 80.8 years. Hawaii, California and Connecticut rank 1-2-3.
     Here's the skinny: Minnesota men have a lifespan of 78.7 years and the ladies have a lifespan of 82.9.
     By the way, the state of Mississippi is at the bottom of the list. Folks there have a lifespan of 74.7 years.
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     Here's something learned from a study of cows, bulls and elephants. It is impossible to reduce weight by eating green grass, salads and doing lots of walking.
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     BOONE AREA DEATHS: Beatrice Phipps, 85, Ogden.........Larry Madden, 80, Boone. BHS-56. Served in the National Guard. Worked 17 years for Boone Construction and 20 years for the Boone schools. Also worked at McMillan Oil in Des Moines, Quinn's, Town Talk Skelly, J.C. Penny, Rock Co. and after retirement in 2001, drove buses for the Boone schools and HIRTA. Was a Boone County Fair Board member for 16 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Diane, daughter, Kim Ohge, and sons, Jim and Jon Madden, all of Boone. Also surviving is a daughter, Barbra Peterson of Dayton and a brother, Leonard Madden Jr. of Boone.........Anita Lamm, OHS-73, passed away recently in Pennsylvania...........Minnie Harper, 47, Boone. Worked at various convenience stores. Boone area survivor is her husband, Larry Harper, of Boone.........Phyliss Jane Markey, 83, Colo. BHS-53. Passed away May 6, services were May 15 in Colo. Burial will be in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone. Phyliss was married to Gerald Wirth.
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     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT......
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

GOOD TO HEAR FROM A NEW KORNER FAN

     Now from Nashville, TN, Mark Campbell, BHS-67, wrote, "read about the contributions of Vern Condon. As a dispatcher for Iowa Police Radio, I got to know Vern's brother, Carl,who was posted in Hampton. Carl was a lot of fun and was legendary for things he'd do and say. He told me that, as a kid, he and Vern would knock on doors and volunteer to rake leaves from front yards into the street. They'd circle the block raking all the front yard leaves into the gutter, then set the leaves on fire. He claimed the fire department was called and all the neighbors came out to watch the excitement. I don't know if it is a true story or a yarn but Carl made it sound like a lot of fun. Carl died a number of years ago. Have a good day and keep that Korner coming. It's a good one."
     The Kornerman has lots of memories, some from the hinterlands, of a very young Mark Campbell when we both worked at KWBG.
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     What a great way to start the day. Jim Seitz, BHS-73, wrote, "I found your blog.......what a wonderful walk down memory lane. Keep up the good work. You've got another Kelley's Korner fan."
     But here's the "meat" of his contribution. He wrote, "I had the good fortune of growing up in Boone and was one of the lucky kids who got hired by Mr. Boyd to work in one of his retail stores. I spent most of my Boyd's career at the southside store but also worked some at the West Boone store and visited all of the Boyd's stores on those occasions when I helped Charlie Rentschler on his truck route from Perry to Ames. I even worked at the campustown Boyd's in Ames as a freshman at Iowa State. Being a red-blooded, American teenage boy, I loved getting the chance to drive one of the Boyd's trucks, either standing up in the old step van or driving Charlie's larger refrigerated truck. To this day, I am ever grateful for Charlie teaching me how to use mirrors when backing up. Those were the days and oh, the stories I could tell."
     Jim added, "I was in Wilton, IA over the past weekend, home of the Wilton Candy Kitchen that has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places. It dates back to the 1860's and is, supposedly, the oldest continuing business of its type in the United States. The Nopoulos family sold it after George Nopoulos died. He was famous for his homemade ice cream and left behind an ice cream machine that reminded me of my days in Boyds. The old freezer cases I saw also took me back in time to when I scooped ice cream out of them for cones, malts and sundaes. Cones were a nickel a dip and  malts/shakes were 40 cents. I made 90 cents an hour with all the ice cream I could eat. The new owners of the Candy Kitchen would like to use the old ice cream machine to carry on the tradition of selling homemade ice cream but, sadly, George took the instructions on its use with him to the grave, leaving nothing behind in written form that could help them now. I told the new owners of my days at Boyd's and mentioned that Dick Farley, BHS-42, who died in 2014, was our ice cream maker. I told them I would attempt to locate anyone from Boyds who made ice cream and was still with us. LaVerne Anderson, BHS-54, was mentioned in the Korner in December so I wondered if you, the Kornerman, would help me get a message to LaVerne. I remember him as a very nice, friendly and helpful fellow who worked in production at Boyd's. If he felt he might be able to help the folks at the Wilton Candy Kitchen with any tips on how to use their ice cream maker, please have him call them or email the new owner, Lynn Ochiltree."
     The Korner's investigative unit immediately "kicked in" and  LaVerne was contacted, seemed interested in learning more and was given instructions as to how to contact the folks in Wilton. I'm sure we'll hear back from LaVerne as soon as he pursues this adventure.
     P.S. The Kornerman remembers Jim's dad, Ray Seitz, was the manager of the Boone Sears store I believe and the Seitz family lived hear us on Southeast Linn.
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     BIT'S AND PIECES: (1) Regarding our "replay" of the Monica Pearson story, the Kornerman understands this is her 52nd year doing her music for Sacred Heart and plans are being made for a celebration of that in a coming month. (2) It's now official. We mentioned earlier the possibility of this being Nick Collison's final year as an NBA player. He announced Thursday that he has completed a 15 season career. (3) Our DMACC softball team remains unbeaten with, I believe, a record of 44-0 for the season and will next compete for a national championship in Mississippi next week. (4) We're in the midst of Triple Crown horse racing. Justify won the Kentucky Derby and that will be followed by the Preakness and the Belmont in coming weeks. Read a great story about Secretariat, the 1973 Derby winner. The story said that Secretariat had a heart weighing 22 pounds, which is more than twice the size of that of an average horse. Is that the secret of great success? Secretariat is probably the sports greatest horse. First horse to break the two-minute barrier in the Derby, broke another record in the Preakness and won the Belmont by 31 lengths in record time. (5) Heard from good friends Max, BHS-46, and Larry Moore, BHS-52, who reside in the Riverside, CA area. They were 25 miles from the center of that recent earthquake and Max reported, "it shook me out of bed."
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Lois Pies,  87, Madrid. Worked at a local pharmacy and at the ISU Library. Boone area survivors include her husband, Kenneth, and a daughter, Denise Hiveley, both of Madrid. Another daughter also survives.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

STORIES FROM OUR PAST

      Loren Frazier, BHS-58, really enjoyed our recent "reissue" of a story we wrote about Vern Condon, BHS-49. Judging from additional response, many other Korner viewers were equally pleased.
     Loren commented, "maybe stories like that will spark the memory of viewers, who will then submit some of their old stories."
     Loren followed up with one of his memorable experiences.
    He wrote, "I worked for a while for Bill and Les Standard Stations. One of their locations was a half block east and across the street from Vern's location at Fourth and Story. I believe, at the time, Mr. Jackson operated that corner station, as a DX station. Bill and Les also had a Standard station on the southeast corner of Eighth and Greene, just north of the library. One story that sticks in my mind involves a heavy snowstorm that hit Boone one night. My friend and co-worker, Dave Stuckey, and I came into work early the next morning and were tasked with shoveling the drive, by hand in those days. The drive extended from the alley all the way to Marshall Street. If you recall the layout of the station, that drive was probably a bit wider than a two lane street. There was an entrance in from the alley, another entrance from Fourth Street (Highway 30 at the time) and a third entrance from Marshall. There was lots of snow and  when we shoveled it, we had to put it someplace and that ended up being the perimeter of the station drive, along the edge of Fourth Street and on the north and south sides of the drive entrance on Marshall. So, there were tall piles of snow next to the entrance/exits of Fourth and Marshall.We just got done shoveling and one of our friendly Boone policemen pulled in. He informed us that the piles of snow by the exits to the streets were too high and too close to the streets and they obstructed the view of drivers trying to enter busy Fourth and Marshall. We were instructed to take three or four feet of snow off the top of the piles and, in so doing, we had to carry that snow to the parking area on the north side of the drive and the east side of the station building. Lots of work, even for a couple of young guys."
     Loren added, "there may be another reason, besides the obstructed view, that caused the officer to pay us a visit. But, that story, about a scarecrow built out of one gallon Standard Oil cans and hung from a flagpole on top of the Citizens National Bank building the previous Halloween, can wait for another day."
     The Kornerman says, "oh, yeah. Anybody out there remember those shenanigans?"
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     Here's another of those personal stories that the Kornerman wrote about one of Boone's best "givers." I remind you that nothing has been changed from the "original," so it definitely is a bit out of date........in some ways. The story, with a nice accompanying picture of the subject, appeared in the Boone News Republican, 16 years ago, in 2002.
     P.S. As I understand it, "she, our subject" 16 years later, continues to be a constant contributor to her church today.
     MONICA PEARSON'S MUSIC IS PASSION TO EVERYONE'S EARS
     Music, music, music.
     Piano music, organ music, clavinova keyboard music.
     Music at mass, music at funerals, music at weddings, music lessons and family music gatherings.
     To Monica Pearson, that's life, and she wouldn't have it any other way except, "it would be nice to have a weekend sometime."
     However, she hasn't had free weekends in the past and doesn't expect them in the near future, and that's the rest of the story.....commitment.......deep commitment.
     She can remember begging her mother to let her take piano lessons when she was in the second grade."I don't know. Maybe my folks couldn't even afford it at the time, but the nuns gave lessons and probably less expensive than some others would charge. That's how it started," she says.
     "As I was growing up, I was inspired by those who were playing for mass at the time......Paul  Douroumis and Kate Gibbs.....and I wanted to do that," she explains.
     Time passed, and the lessons continued, and when the nuns departed for the summer at the end of her freshmen year, a dream came true. They left her in charge of the music program. That was in the late 1960's, and has much changed since then? Maybe the format a bit. But the devotion of time, the commitment? No way.
     "Prior to 1963, when the church, worldwide, implemented some changes, I played mass every single day" she says. "Since then, it's been weekly, rather than daily, with a children's mass once a week, in addition to the regular services," she adds.
     She doesn't mention the special events, the funerals, the weddings and, of course, the scheduling and the selection of music for all portions of the services, including the choir's offerings.
     That's right. She directs the choir, too. "I did take some voice lessons in college, but I'm the first to tell you, I'm not a singer. However, we have a dedicated, core group of vocalists, and they put up with me every Wednesday night, and I'm so thankful for that," she proclaims.
     Monica's also appreciative of the help provided by Beth Judge and Monica's sister, Mary Jo Wickman. "She's the singer in the family," she admits.
     Monica and Kevin Pearson were married in 1972, and, no surprise, she played for mass on her wedding day.
     You might think that raising five children would threaten at least some of that musical obligation. "Sometimes it took some adjusting to make everything fit," Monica concedes.
    A son, Kelly, was followed by four daughters......Molly, Annie, Natalie and Melissa. Kelly and Melissa, who is a Boone High School senior, are still in town. Molly is in New York, hoping to eventually develop a career in dance. Annie is a math teacher in eastern Iowa, and Natalie is a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa.
     Monica does some guitar picking on occasion. Kevin has taken some piano lessons as an adult, and the kids played various instruments at times. "We have a great time, musically, when we all get together," Monica says.
     She likes all kinds of music from country to classic, and despite devoting so much time to musical duties at church, she's not immune to coming home and playing for relaxation or "to get better. I'm not the greatest organ player in the world, and although there are similarities between the piano and organ, I'm always trying to improve, to take that next step forward," she says.
     In this long, successful career, there have been some special moments. "It's always special to be able to play when the bishops are here, and then Colly's ordination was special to me," she relates.
    Colly is longtime friend, Father Craig Collison. The twosome were in school from kindergarten on and graduated from Ryan High School's last class......the class of 1970.
     "We'd team up a lot......he'd sing and I'd play, and then we'd go have a doughnut together. It was a special moment to play for his ordination," she said.
     Monica Pearson wouldn't change a thing. "I've enjoyed what I've done musically, and I still like what I'm doing, but.....?
     There is one regret. "I'm worried about the fact that it seems so hard these days to find people to provide this type of service. Lots of churches are looking for people to step in, but they're hard to find. I know some of our local churches even have to rely on people from other communities to come in."
     In the meantime, that weekend off is probably going to remain on the wish list. "As of now, if I don't do it, there's no music," she concludes.
     The Kornerman says, "I know it sounds like I'm tooting my own horn here but darn it, every one of our citizens has a story.....of some kind, and people are interested in hearing more about their friends and neighbors. Along with good local news and sports, a good feature story about them is the "cherry on  top"............something really LOCAL to look forward too. Unfortunately, there hasn't been that kind of coverage here for quite some time.......and fewer circulation numbers.......indicate that lack of personality stories may be part of the reason."
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     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, informs us of the  death of Louis Irvin, 80, Illinois Veterans Home, formerly of Loraine, IL. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Crumbaugh Irvin, BHS-58.   
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Delores Jebron, 94, Dayton. Her daughter, Evelyn Bolton, has passed away but Evelyn's husband, John Bolton of Boone is a Boone area survivor.........Minnie Harper, 47, Boone........Guy Johnson Jr., 84, Boone. He married Clarice "Peggy" Mowery and they had five children. Guy worked at Rath Packing for 18 years and Ledges Manor in Boone for 18 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Clarice, sons, Randy and Richard, and daughter, Cindy Bishop, all of Boone. There are two other daughters surviving including Brenda Davisson of Woodward..........Ron Krause, 60, Fraser. He married Jill Shaw in Boone. He was a truck driver for Madden Trucking, Pacific Provisions and Krause and Sons all of Boone. He also drove for Barr-Nunn of Granger. Boone area survivors include his wife, Jill, sons, Jeremy and Tim, and his brother, Robin Krause, all of Fraser. A daughter and three sisters also survive.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

TO THE RESCUE

     The always helpful John Kueck, BHS-61, comes through again.
     Knowing we are at the low end of material for coming editions, John has posed this question for possible use. "As a sportscaster, sports writer and sports fan, which are/were your favorite sports to broadcast, write about or simply watch?"
     The Kornerman's reply might be boring but with little else Korner news brewing, why not?
     I don't know, I've just always loved the big three of football, basketball and baseball, probably because I participated in all three and, at an early age, my dad, a former coach, promoted a great interest in sports.
     Late in life, I've enjoyed golf more, even though I gave the game up, personally, after getting son Chris involved in youth golf. I religiously follow any tournament that Iowan Zach Johnson is involved in. His success story is so inspiring. Not able to make his high school golf team, Zach has gone on to become one of the 11 top money earners in the history of the sport.
    P.S. You young dads, keep this in mind. Even though golf was not my "thing," I'm extremely happy I got Chris involved.........he continues to enjoy participating in it as an adult. It was worth my effort.
     Zach's story holds true for Nick Collison and NBA basketball. I must admit, I'm not a great NBA fan on a daily basis. Too much brawn and not enough finesse for my taste. Still, because of Nick's numerous Boone area connections, I've also been interested in following Nick's career with Seattle and Oklahoma City.
     Actually, if any Iowan or any athlete with an Iowa connection is a participant on the national pro scene, I enjoy following their activity. A good example right now is Pella native Kyle Korver who actually played his college basketball out-of-state at Creighton. He has performed extremely well for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in the current playoffs and that makes me happy and proud to be a fellow Iowan.
     I've never really got into hockey or soccer.
     Of the big three, I'd probably have to say that major league baseball is my favorite, followed closely by college and high school basketball and college football. Once again, I have a sporatic interest in the NBA and NFL IF an Iowa native, or someone with Iowa connections, is involved.
     In my radio days, I thoroughly enjoyed broadcasting high school sports because I happened to have the lucky opportunity to share in some of the Toreador teams, both boys and girls, brightest days, mainly in the 60's. Its no coincidence that some of Boone High's greatest athletes were involved in those very successful days. Believe me, when teams are successful, radio descriptions or written compositions of their play come much, much easier.
     Nothing was better, in those days, than broadcasting an exciting and mostly successful ballgame on KWBG, coming right after the game to the Boone News office to put the contest result in writing for the next day's paper while also consuming a delicious Tic Toc pizza from next door. Lots of late nights but what a life that was!!
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     Pam Claussen of Marshalltown sent an interesting tidbit. She described her grandmother as a newspaper clipper and enclosed an article she clipped from the "Sixty Years Ago" column from the Ogden Reporter of February 12, 1893.
    Here goes, "the Lincoln House, which burned last week, was about the first large building in Boone and was built by the Northwestern road in 1867. All along the line of the Northwestern, at convenient intervals for the stopping of trains for meals, such buildings were put up. The Lincoln House probably cost $15,000 or more. The first landlord was Henry B. Minier."
     Thanks Pam.
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     Am I the only one? Does anyone else notice or care about the incorrect spellings of words, usually on those "rolling news items" at the bottom of the TV screen. However, I've seen them above that line as well. In fact, they usually stick out like a sore thumb. Its not just local either........even on the major networks I've noticed words misspelled. I guess I just expect "better" than that and maybe I'm the only person on earth that this bothers.
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     From Vern Modeland, BHS-50, "there is a song, "Everything Old is New Again." And, your latest at the keyboard reminds me of how true that is. As a journalist turned marketing communicator, turned whatever, I'm so reminded of just how, through the years, I have read the news release like Fareway now ascribes to. It usually signifies a new advertising agency, new corporate organization or something similar. I recall, with a laugh, how I sat in at Springfield, MO. one year many back to sit through a presentation of a state-wide bank's newest advertising agency. They revealed, with much secrecy and fanfare, (an oxymoron?) how a big local bank was going to introduce itself as re-invented, with a fancy name that it turned out no one could pronounce. At least no one in the media, who were given the "secret" right after the board meeting. When will entities note in the records that changing the logo or uniform doesn't improve anything. Just spends money that could go into recalling how, "everything old is new again." Or, as a very talented ad agency artist liked to say, "$80 worth of art and $8,000 worth of rationale.""
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     I guess I'll go with Audible in the Derby.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mark Stone, 61, Boone. Died in an accident. BHS-75. He established Stone Electric in 1980 and expanded with the addition of Stone Rentals and Stone Storage. His parents were Calvin and Ruth Stone. Calvin is deceased. Boone area survivors include his wife, Julia, his mother, a daughter and three sons including Jake Gibbons of Madrid. Also surviving are two brothers and a sister including Matt Stone and his dad's wife, Maggie Stone, both of Boone.........Ben Young Jr., 86, Mesa, AZ........Gary Carlson, 73, Jewell. Gary and Louise Eckhart were married at Trinity Lutheran in Boone in 1976. He farmed, worked as a driver for Winnebago and retired from ISU in 2004. He was involved in the Boone Speedway. Boone area survivors include his wife,  Louise, of Jewell, a brother, his mother-in-law, June Eckhart, and his father-in-law, Larry Eckhart, both of Boone. A sister-in-law also survives........Todd Craven,  47, Boone. Gary and Kathleen Craven were/are his parents. Todd worked for Adidas in Cedar Rapids. Boone area survivors include his dad, Gary, and Gary's wife, Janet, of Boone. Also surviving are his mother, Kathleen, two brothers and three sisters........Jack Long,81, Madrid. Worked at Firestone for 40 years. Five children, two girls and three boys, and a sister survive........Bob Nadler, 51, Madrid. His wife, Laura, three brothers and a sister survive.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

TIME MARCHES ON

     Change at Fareway stores? Truly, not much has changed, other than personnel, since May 12, 1938, when Paul S. Beckwith and Fred E. Vitt opened their first Fareway grocery. Wayne Cramer, the husband of Beckwith's daughter, Pauline, was also part of the original administrative team.
     Yes, its been an 80-year success story and that birthday will be celebrated this coming May 12, 2018.
     BUT, in addition to celebrating its success and longevity, the big news is that the company is looking forward to the next 80 years through some NEW and DIFFERENT lenses.
     Current Fareway CEO Reynolds Cramer verified with this comment, "we know who we are at Fareway. We are evolving our brand to better tell our story and to meet the needs of our customers going forward."
     A new, fresh design will soon replace the storied shield that has been prominently displayed for all those years on all of the Fareway trucks, buildings etc..
     Cramer commented, "this new design focuses on what we do best - meat and groceries. While this new design focuses on Fareway's strengths, it also symbolizes a fresh perspective. As part of this effort, we're committed to refreshing your Fareway experience. Customers have already seen architectural and in-store fixture changes."
     In addition to a fresh logo and building updates, other changes were promised soon. A new shield of quality icon will mark a product that is high in quality and value, such as fresh items from the meat markets.
     And get this, the very familiar employee black slacks with white shirts and black tie are on the chopping block. Over the next year, customers are promised to see Fareway employees in new uniforms, which will be "professional, yet functional."
     Customers can only wonder if/when Sunday sales at Fareway will ever be offered. Locally, as well as at most other sites statewide, HyVee and even Walmart, "are currently commandeering that market."
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     Bomgaars is the business that has purchased the old Walmart property which has recently been occupied by Farner Bocken.
     Bomgaars is described as a broad-line farm, home and ranch retailer.
     They have 84 stores in seven states. One of their stores is in Carroll, the community that is the home base for Farner Bocken. If you want to take an early look-see, you might take the hour drive to Carroll.
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     Pufferbilly days, 2018, is making some news. The 42nd annual event will become a three-day, rather than four-day event, September 7-9.
     The carnival will be expanded, the food court will be moved inside the entertainment area and all of the Sunday events will be relocated from the park to the main festival area downtown.
     Quite a re-shuffling.
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     There's old and then there's even older and it ain't no fun when it gets personal.
     When the Kornerman retired from the Iowa High School Athletic Association in 2000, Bud Legg was HIRED to assume some of my former duties. NOW, guess who is retiring? Yup! Bud Legg has announced he will yield the reins at the end of June after 18 years at the IHSAA.
     When the guy who replaced you when you retired and now he's retiring........that, my friends, makes you older than old.
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     A local reminder: The Boone County Courthouse is 100 years old and this Friday, the Mason's of Grand Lodge of Iowa, will rededicate the cornerstone laid at the courthouse on May 1, 1918. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. outside of the north side of the courthouse. An open house and reception, including tours of the courthouse, will be held after the ceremony.
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     Our Boone campus, Des Moines Area Community College, women's softball team certainly deserves a "shout-out" in the Korner.
     All the Bears have done is complete a perfect regular season with a 40-0 record. They are rated number one nationally and will soon be involved in the tournaments that officially decide the national championship.
     The old Kornerman can't help but have a strange thought regarding an occurrence like this. I don't know that I've ever visited with any coach about it BUT does their come a time when you would really prefer a loss or maybe even two or three prior to competing for an exceptional conclusion to your season?
     The thought, of course, is that a first loss or two might alleviate some of the huge pressure that must have been building throughout this perfect campaign and high national ranking.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mark Stone, 61, Boone.........Gary Carlson, 73, Jewell.....Todd Craven, 47, Boone........Bobby Clayton, 80, Boone. Boone area survivors include his wife, Barbara, daughter, Cyndi Roberts, and son, Jason Clayton, all of Boone. Two other sons also survive......Lorna West, 81, Des Moines, formerly of the Ogden area..........David Huinker, 83, Ames/ISU. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Doreen Blackmer, of Madrid.......Timothy Anderson, 48, Boone, son of Maribel Anderson and George Smith. BHS-89. Army vet. Worked at Thermal Mass, formerly Composite Technologies. Boone area survivors include his sons, Zane and Zeth, his sister, Monica Miller, and brothers, Mike and David Anderson, all of Boone.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

CATCHING UP

     We have a few items, not previously mentioned, so, this will be a "catch-up" edition of the Korner. That, of course, means that we will have cleared the desk and need new material for the coming editions.
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     Another thing Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, mentioned in his recent email was some info that ties in with hotel/motel discussions we've had in the past. He wrote, "Snub Pollard, the brother of my grandma Ethel Lindmark, owned the Topper Motel. I'm almost sure he also owned the Chick-A-Dine restaurant, which was next door. One of the things I liked best about visiting the Topper was the silver, metal ice chest outside by the guest rooms. It had nice, thin ice cubes to suck on. That was long before the hotel ice machines to which we have now been accustomed. The father of Ethel and Snub were frequently seen riding around on a Shetland pony. Grampa Pollard was in his 90's at the time. He would even ride the horse from the Topper to 206 Linn Street, where my grandparents, Bert and Ethel lived."
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     DOWNTOWN CHATTER: I think the Kornerman is a bit behind on these but for the benefit of our out-of-towners who may not have heard yet:
     (1) Due to the recent passing of Chad Brensel, Belluci's Pizza has changed ownership. (2) The old Walmart building, housed recently by Farner Bocken, has been sold. That property will be occupied by a farm-type chain store operation in the near future. It will be good to see some cars in that huge parking lot.
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     Speaking of Boone businesses, KWBG radio held an open house at their new facility yesterday. Nice crowd on hand and a very nice addition.......newly remodeled and bigger than their previous location.
     Its hard to believe that it was over 65 years ago that the Garvey's, Harold and Mary, and Bud Fisher and others established a radio station in Boone. If memory serves me well, it was about 1951 when it went into operation and I was privileged to serve 17 years at the station in various capacities. Got my start there as a high school senior in 1953.
     Oh, the many memories (mostly fun memories) but I won't bore you........at least right now.
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    The Kornerman had a great meeting with Steve Shaler, BHS-59, Barry Wills, BHS-58, and Tim Croxen, BHS-59, at McDonald's Thursday.
    That threesome has, for many years, made the Drake Relays an excuse for getting together to discuss old times. I know Steve said he's made almost every one of the Relays since, I believe it was 1957.
    We had some memorable talk for a couple hours and it was great fun to reminisce about our BHS days and all the old classmates and friends we had encountered during those years. Lots of questions and answers about where some of those folks are now. It was great!!
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: John Judge, 74, Boone. BSH-62. Attended Boone Junior College and served in the National Guard. Worked as a Superintendent for Story Construction of Ames until his retirement in 2015. Boone area survivors include a brother, Bernard "Butch" Judge, and a sister, Karen Anderson, both of Boone and a sister, Kathleen Kohler, of Ankeny......Rosemary Erickson, 85, Boone. Lived most of her life in Ogden. OHS-51. Worked at ISU, for the Ogden schools, City State Bank and the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Melanie Erickson, of Boone.......Alice "BeBe" Fisher Arbuckle, 87, Johnston. Formerly of Boone. BHS-49, where she was an outstanding basketball player. William & Mary University grad. Taught and coached at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS. In fact, she was the first women's basketball coach there and also coached at McPherson College. A great golfer, she won many country club and city championships, including some in Boone. Boone area survivors include her brothers, Bob Fisher, of Boone and, David Fisher, of West Des Moines........Edith Anderson, 87, Gilbert. Worked at the Boone County Hospital as a lab technician. Lived in rural Gilbert. Worked also as a cook for the Gilbert schools for 20 years. Boone area survivors are a son, Doug, of rural Gilbert and a daughter, Sue Carlson, of rural Ames.........Stan Oviatt, 69, rural Boone. Woodward HS grad. Army vet. Farmed in Boone County. Boone area survivors include a son, Shawn Oviatt, of Boone and a daughter, as well as a sister, Susan Oviatt, of Woodward.......Marilyn Kislingbury, 72, Boone. Born in Boone. Earned a Masters degree in elementary education from ISU. Worked for the Boone schools for 35 years. Was a founding member of the Boone County Humane Society. Boone area survivors include her daughters, Linda Tesdall of Boone and Mary Harris of Nevada and a son, Brian Harris of Ames. Three step-children and two sisters also survive........Elizabeth Stanfield, 80, Boone. BHS-56. Was a certified nurses aide. Also worked as a cook and waitress. Boone area survivors include two sons, Larry Beers, and, Jim Stanfield, and a daughter, Betty Stanfield, all of Boone. A brother-in-law, Richard Hayes, of Boone and a brother, Melvin Mitchell of Mason City, a former Boone resident, also survive.........Darrell (Pete) Anderson, 80, Stratford. Born in Boone. Stratford HS-56. Was a farmer and also worked in Lehigh and for Stratford Grain and Supply for 36 years, before retiring in 1999. Boone area survivors include his wife, Marvelene, a daughter, Kelli Peterson, of Stratford, one other daughter, and sisters, Sharon Wisecup, of Boone and Wilma Westrum of Stratford..........Elinor Christensen, 96, Huxley. Boone area survivors include a daughter, Darlene Buche, and a son, Duane Anderson, both of Madrid. Another son and a sister also survive.
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