Saturday, October 31, 2015

Have a Safe Halloween Holiday

     Boone Connected Deaths: Jean Nelson, 86, Boone..........Barb Caruth, 77, Boone. Was a bus driver for the Boone schools for 44 years. Boone area survivors include a son Vernon of Stratford, a daughter, Tamra Fitzgerald, and brother, Jim Ryan, both of Boone, sister Lucille Anderson of Madrid, brother-in-law Cleo Carroll of Boone and sister-in-law Doris Caruth of Stratford...........Tim Lindgren, 66, Ogden. OHS-68. Son of Walter and Vera Lindgren. Was employed by the Ogden schools as a custodian. Boone area survivors include a son, Eric, grandson Henry Wagner and his mother, Vera, all of Boone, his sister Rita Wheeler and sister-in-law Bev Lindgren both of Ogden.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Boone Connected Deaths

     Boone Connected Deaths: Douglas Williams, 68, Clear Lake. Served as Gilbert Superintendent of Schools and for four years, was a shared Superintendent of Gilbert/United Community. Later, was Vice President for Business Services for Des Moines Area Community College..........Noreen Perkins, 80, Des Moines. She was a sister of former Boone resident, the late Marge Folvag. Marge and her husband, Harold, who is also deceased, were Boone residents for quite some time..........Lori Tassin, 44, Des Moines. Among the survivors is a brother, Tony Foley, of Boone.........Kay Annear, 83, Boone. BHS-50. Her parents were Joseph and Audley Fritch. Kay worked at Quinns for over 50 years. Boone area survivors include a sister Mary Jo Woodard, a niece, Deborah Jensen and a nephew, Joseph Kramer, all of Boone..........William Bill Thomas, 78, Boone. Moved to Boone in 1971. Bill worked for the Iowa State University Ames Laboratory until retiring in 1999. Boone area survivors include his wife, Patricia of Boone and a son, Michael of Huxley.
     Former BHS teacher/coach Rose Hall will be celebrating her 90th birthday Saturday. Former students/friends, some from many miles away, are urged to contact her with birthday greetings. Her address is 232 South Boone Street, Boone, Iowa 50036.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Great Honor, Serving Vietnam Vets

     The Kornerman remembers. Loren Frazier, BHS-58, reminded me of a family name I hadn't heard in quite some time.......Kost.
     Loren had received a note from his BHS classmate, John Kost, regarding his, John's, experiences in helping Vietnam vets and received permission to pass that info on to the Kornerman.
     John wrote, "I'm sorry to hear of Dick Hamilton's death. We grew up together, went to school at Page elementary and then BHS. I was just thinking about the fun times we had growing up in Boone. We did grow up in the best time, which cannot be repeated by another generation. We were so lucky."
     John went on, "We, in Story County, have organized a Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1102. I have the honor of being elected Chapter President and work with Viet veterans and families throughout Story County. We meet the fourth Thursday of every month at the Ames Public Library, 1830 hours (6:30 p.m.). What a great honor and I am humbled to work with VV and veterans. Also, I was honored to be elected to President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Iowa State Council, which is headquartered at the U.S. Federal building in Des Moines. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-68, stationed out of Long Beach, CA. The ship I was assigned to was the USS Ashtabula, AO-51, refueling ships and providing supplies to the Pacific fleet. We operated off the coast of the Gulf of Tonkin. I made three deployments to Vietnam, 1963, 1964 and 1965. I am very honored to have served those years and I'm very proud to be a Vietnam Veteran."
      Loren wrote, "I want to thank John for his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. I also want to thank him for the service he is performing now for the Vietnam Veterans and all other vets. His email address"
     I, the Kornerman, remember the Kost family. In addition to John, there was a brother, Harold (Dune) Kost, BHS-52, and a daughter, Jean Kost, BHS-54. Never did hear any explanation for the nickname Dune. If memory serves me, the Kost dad was also Harold and it seems to me he was a painter. Mrs. Kost, a sweet lady, gave piano lessons didn't she?
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, had an addition to the recent mention we made of Tom Grasso's, BHS-60, work connection with various celebrities. From down in Ozark country, Vern wrote, "enjoyed your blog today. It brought admiration and memories of some of those "names" I, and I'm sure, Dick Longworth, BHS-53, can recall having had various levels of contact with through our career years. But, to keep it all where it belongs, I recall the thoughts of the late Paul Henning, creator of the "Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres," and "Petticoat Junction" at their TV peak. Perhaps, because of his successful career, he became a friend and booster of Silver Dollar City, the Branson, MO. theme park during the 1970's. That led to some trips for me to Filmways Studios in Beverly Hills, CA., escorting some of Silver Dollar City's loveable characters for cameo parts, and details for the "Hillbillies" filming of five shows at Silver Dollar City. During one of those visits, while Paul, as most creative writers are wont to do, was still writing the ending of a show already filming in the studio a few yards away, I had to use his "facilities." I found its walls, ceiling and "most anywhere else they could be put," were full of black-framed awards from, and for, about anything you could imagine and from anywhere you could imagine. When I later asked about those awards and their location, he replied "it helped keep it all in perspective.""
     Outside construction time will soon be slowing down but not yet. The former Lynn's Lounge site, the northwest corner of Tenth and Story, and the former Imperial Lanes site, on West Mamie Eisenhower, have "come down." They've been demolished.
     The brand new and huge Redeker Furniture store, a few miles from downtown Boone, east and a bit south of  the former location, is now open.
     The former location of Redeker's apparently has been sold and there is a RUMOR that some of the building may eventually be occupied by Des Moines Area Community College.
     No official word on the old Tic Toc/Calmer Company restaurant building but there have been some hints by city officials that  some interest has been shown in a  possible reopening.
     The Kornerman very much appreciated a kind note from John Kueck, BHS-61, who wrote from Minneapolis, "as ever, I enjoy Kelley's Korner so much. Thanks for keeping us all "in touch.""
     Wow! What a neat thank you card. Very colorful and it includes pictures of John and his wife and a couple inspirational "sayings,"........."how beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it" and a repeat of a Shakespeare "saying," "we can no other answer make, but thanks and thanks."
     The Kornerman knows that many Korner viewers were taught/touched by former Dayton/Boone High School teacher/coach Rose Hall. Rose will celebrate a big "O" next Saturday, October 31. I know she would love to hear from friends and former students who may be many miles away from her Boone home these days. Her address is.........232 South Boone Street, Boone, Iowa 50036.
     Rose will be 90 years young.
     Boone Connected Deaths: Shirley Tomlinson, 82, Boone. Born in Boone and attended Boone schools. Worked in nursing in Des Moines and California. Boone area survivors include sisters Pamela Jones and Mary Ann Walters, both of Boone...........Avenelle Olson, 88, Boone. Born in Ogden. OHS-44. Attended AIB in Des Moines. Worked at Percivals in Boone and for 30 years as a secretary at Augustana Lutheran Church. Retired in 1994. Boone area survivors include daughters Maureen Stoneburner and Janelle Hilsabeck both of Boone, brothers Raynold Johnson of Woodward and Daryl Johnson of Ogden and sister-in-law Jean Johnson of Boone..........Dan Miller, 64, Hermosa, S.D. OHS-69. Parents were Albert and Doris Miller of Ogden..........Viola Gustafson, 103, Boone. Grew up and lived in Ogden. Boone area survivors include sons, Doug and Steve Gustafson, both of Boone..........Pat Snow, 64, Boone. Lived in several Iowa communities before moving to Boone. Was a beautician who operated Golden Shears Salon at the First Evangelical Church Home until retirement in 2008. Boone survivor is her husband Tom.........Rendall Franklin, 47, Boone/Stratford. Worked at Ledges Manor as a CNA. Boone survivors are her mother, Julee Willits, and sister, Amanda Ristvedt.
     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..........


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Let's Talk About Talent

     Let's talk about talent.
     Especially when the talent has a pretty close connection to "home," Boonetown.
     Thomas V. Grasso, BHS-60, has already had a tremendous Hollywood/Nashville type career and Maggie Baugh, a granddaughter of Jayne Clark Baugh, BHS-58, appears to be enroute to an outstanding career in music, especially country style.
     (1) Larry Kelley, BHS-63, who the Kornerman is naming CEO of the Korner's Entertainment Division, wrote, "how does a Boone boy get to work with hundreds of Hollywood and Nashville TV, film and recording stars? For Thomas Grasso, it all started when he got the opportunity to hold cue cards for entertainers like Bob Hope and Judy Garland. That, eventually, led to a long career of producing and directing nearly 300 TV specials and shows. A little digging on the internet will show parts of many of these shows. In them, viewers will find that Thomas worked with such actors, actresses, comedians and singers as June Allyson, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett, Les Brown, Howard Cosell, Fats Domino, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Haggard, David Letterman, Brenda Lee, Liberace, Rich Little, Marilyn May, Rick Nelson, Roy Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Kay Starr, Mel Torme, Woody Herman and others."
     The Kornerman was especially drawn to a list of awards and honors Thomas has received through the years. He was honored as Director of Showtime's highest rated show of 1981, "Liberace in Las Vegas;" he received a 1981 Letter of Merit from PBS for "That Great American Gospel Sound' which was the 16th highest rated show and the highest per minute fundraiser in the history of PBS and a Letter of Merit from PBS for producing and writing the only two variety specials to air for six years in a row, "That Great American Gospel Sound" and "The Christmas Songs." Closer to his home state of Iowa, Thomas was honored by the Iowa Broadcaster's Association and also received a Governor's Award for producing the best variety program,"Memories of a Bicentennial" and the Iowa Arts Council has honored him for the best variety series the, "Bix Beiderbeck Jazz Series."
     Larry sent me a lengthy list of shows Thomas has been an important part of. Just to give you an idea, television specials such as the NBA Awards Show, Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA shows, those latter three where he was in charge of production for Paramount Studios, and also the Rick Nelson and Fats Domino "Live in Concert" production. Then, too, there were television series such as "Divorce Court," and "An Evening at the Improv," and, yes, even commercials for many nationally known firms.
     Obviously, there was more than "cue cards" involved in Tom's success. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and followed up with a Master's in Theatre/Film from the same school. That was after attending a business college, Pasadena City College and the Community College of Southern Nevada where he earned various other degrees.
     (2) Jayne and C.L. Baugh's granddaughter, Maggie Baugh, is still a high school student but has already had her talents recognized by several well known country musicians. She's already played fiddle onstage with such country icons as Neal McCoy and the Charlie Daniels Band. She opened a show in South Florida for Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annie's, Cole Swindell, Josh Dorr, Radio Romance, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson, Cowboy Troy and the Old Southern Moonshine Revival. Proud grandmother Jayne says, "she amazes us with her song writing as well as her singing and the instruments she is playing. We are going on a Country Cruise where she is featured. Her teachers are letting her out of school because the cruise features songwriters/future songwriter's classes."
     Korner viewers can read/hear more about this amazing young lady at this web site.......
music@maggiebaugh, or just
     Boone Connected Deaths: Viola Gustafson, 103, Boone.........Robert (Buck) Williams, 61, Des Moines. Born in Boone. Son of George and Betty Clark Williams...........Dick Hamilton, 75, Frisco, TX, formerly of Boone. BHS-58. Spent his entire working career in banking in Texas after graduating from TCU. Boone area survivor is a sister-in-law, Rosalie Harrison of Boone. Dick was born in Jefferson. His parents were Avis and William Hamilton. In Boone, Dick's dad owned and operated Hamilton Hardware..........Beverly Garner Worm, 75, Pueblo, CO. Formerly of Boone, IA. and Boone, CO. BHS-58. Born in Boone, Beverly was a glee club singer, dancer, creative cook, world traveler, teacher and artist..........Mary Pat Portwood, 91, Harlan, formerly of Boone. Moved from Clear Lake to Boone in 1964. Pat worked at FS Farm Service, Boone State Bank, the ASCS office and at Iowa State University. She retired in 2002 and she and her husband, Les, moved back to Harlan that same year.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

"On Scene" Freedom Flight Reports

     Regarding the recent Boone County Freedom Flight, the Korner has a pair of "on scene" reports. One from Rick Houser, BHS-63, and another from Janelle Givens Henry, BHS-70. Rick lives in Fairfax, VA. and Janelle lives in Quinton, VA..
     You Korner viewers may recall that in a recent edition we reported that Rick had a great idea. Through the Korner, he encouraged Booneites who reside in the Washington, D.C. area to make an effort, if possible, to be at the D.C. war memorial site to meet, greet and honor the Boone County veterans when they arrived there. At least two former Boone residents, Rick and Janelle, did exactly that.
     Rick explained, "I know there are many former Boone area residents "out here" who follow the Korner and when learning about the Freedom Flight, I'm hopeful some will be able to be on hand."
     Rick said, "I was there and happy to see some familiar faces. The weather was outstanding and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. The party got to see all the various memorials, they were well fed and the entire day was very inspirational. It was something very special to see coach Chuck Lovin and his son-in-law, Marty Dannatt, BHS-68, have the honor of placing a wreath on the grave of the unknown soldier. Everything was just very special."
     Janelle wrote, "after reading the Korner on Monday, I looked at my work schedule and had Tuesday off. I called the BNR and connected with Georgia Hubby Robertson, BHS-72, and told her I could meet the Boone group in D.C. and help out. Rick Houser's suggestion was wonderful. He is a former neighbor of my family but I hadn't seen him in many years. I got to see Rick, along with others I knew, some my father, Bob Givens, BHS-38, knew and others that knew either my brothers Paul, BHS-65, Steve, BHS-67, or both. There was a family there from New Jersey surprising their uncle."
     Janelle added, "I got to spend the day helping out our veterans from WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. Many people viewing the sites came up to them and thanked them for their service. Some of our veterans were hearing that praise for the first time. We started in D.C. at the WWII Memorial. We then went to Arlington Cemetery to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. We went past the Pentagon on our way to the Air Force Memorial. Then it was off to see the Navy Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial and the Viet Nam Memorial. At this point, I had to leave but I believe the tour then went to the Iwo Jima Memorial before heading to the airport."
     Janelle concluded, "I was exhausted but would do it again in a heartbeat and I told Georgia I would. I am so thankful I read your blog. If I had not read Rick's suggestion, I would have missed a wonderful opportunity to, in a small way, help and honor those veterans. So, thank you for writing your blog, thanks to Rick for his suggestion and thanks to those who organized this flight and, of course, many thanks to all our veterans."
     Editor's note: The Georgia Robertson referred to, along with her husband, Rick, BHS-71,were among the many great volunteers who organized the Freedom Flight from the very beginning and had all those smallest of details worked out perfectly. There were numerous other committee members who contributed their time and effort also..........Don Batt and Dick Thul to name a couple. The Korner salutes them for the great job they did.
     At times, the Kornerman has heard, "Pufferbilly is on it's last legs" or "Maybe it's time to end the Pufferbilly celebration."
     A letter received this week from Dick Musser, BHS-64, refutes any such notion. At least in one case, Musser's, the event brings lots of former residents "home" where they have an excellent chance for some visiting with old friends and reminiscing about "old times."
    Admittedly, this is just one sample but we know there are other BHS/BSH classes that actually schedule their reunions at Pufferbilly time.
     Dick wrote, "Mo, I had hoped to see you over Pufferbilly Days but time seems to move too quickly. As Al Dannatt recently said in the Korner, "it was great to see so many old friends." For me, it was talking with some of brother Chuck's, BHS-57, friends.......Larry Land, Jay Peterson, Ray Gragg and others. I tried hooking up with Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, in Red Wing, MN thanks to your blog but he was away in Cincinnati at the All-Star baseball game. I always enjoy reading the Korner, hearing about old friends and learning about other Booneites."
     In the last edition Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, reminded us that in the old movie, "Back to the Future" it was predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015.
     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, adds, "my wife Pat is a cubbies fan to the extent that her email address is, and we have a grandson working and living in Kansas City, and enjoying the exploits of the Royals, so we will have an interesting time in our household should the two teams end up challenging each other. Pat is keeping close tabs on both teams. Thanks for passing on in the Korner the information about our class of '58 birthday party in Branson. I know that quite a few people have enjoyed reading about it."
     Boone Connected Deaths: Shirley Tomlinson, 82, Boone..........Mary "Pat" Portwood, 91, Harlan but formerly of Boone.........Doris Ryan, 94, Boone. Formerly of Chariton. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Connie McDowell, and Connie's husband, Marshall, of Boone.........Arvid Huffman, 94, Boone. Born in Boone. After military service moved back to Boone. Was married here and employed by Iowa Electric Light and Power from 1949-84. Boone area survivors include a son, Steve, of Boone and former son-in-law, Loren Tungesvik.
     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........


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yup, We've Still Got a Chance

     The good old U.S.A., land of the free and home of the brave, but, let's be honest, things have been just a bit shaky in recent years, the old spirit, seemingly lacking a bit. Lots of infighting over a mantra of wide and diverse subjects, some trivial but others important, very important. Some doubt about the future?? Ya, probably more than we want to admit. Somehow, things have just seemed different, more negative than positive.
     But then, at least in our little acre of the world, a glean of hope. It occurred Sunday afternoon, October 11, 2015, when hundreds of Boone area citizens turned out to salute well over 100 Boone County veterans who then left yesterday (Tuesday) for Washington, D.C. to personally view the war memorials as part of a Boone County Freedom Flight.
     U.S. flags? Large and small they were everywhere, including a huge one "a mile high" at the top of a Boone fire unit. There was a motorcycle escort. Seemed like 500, someone said they counted 91.
     Proud husbands, wives, kids, relatives and other just as proud citizenry shouted and clapped their approval as the "old guard" departed their busses to attend a send-off program. It was a sight to be remembered and it forced the old Kornerman to admit, "ya, there was more than a tear that leaped forth, even without a try."
     Why this emotion? Probably because in at least these few moments, on this one day, at least one man, without urging, expressed the thought in his own way that......."hey, despite some hiccups, we, this country of ours, really isn't that far off track. Our citizens won't allow it. When push comes to shove, we're still Americans, we're still proud and we are willing to step forward today just like those vets of yesterday did.
     Yup, we, our nation, still has a chance for restoring the greatness these vets and many more like them across this country fought and died to defend.
     Our recent mention of the class of 1958's 75th birthday reunion in Branson reminded Andy Anderson, BHS-62, of an event that's held annually in Southern California.
     He wrote, "for the past few years, a small number of the 176 BHS class of '62 meet for a gala event in Southern California. Typically, it will be in the Oceanside, CA. area. We have had attendees from Chicago and some wintering in Arizona. If any of your readers know of anyone living in that area or wintering there, I'd like to inform them of the good time we'll have on February 17, 2016 commencing at 10 a.m..Maybe we'd allow some '61 or '63 grads to join as well. Thanks for all you do Mo. Your blog reminds me that I came from a good town named Boone."
     Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, tells us he recently read that when the movie, "Back to the Future" was made several years ago, a prediction was made, within, that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015.
     It could happen. Those Cubbies are still alive.
     Boone Connected Deaths: Lyle Gustafson, 65, rural Ogden. BHS-68. Owned and operated Gustafson Trucking. Boone area survivors include his wife, Jeannette of Ogden, son Jeremy of Huxley and his mother, Eileen of Boone............Marilyn Shearer, 76, Huxley. Boone area survivor is her son, Curt Shearer of Boone..........Donna Hill-Snipes, 81, Norwalk. Boone area survivor is a sister, Shirley Ross of Boone...........Shirley Fowler, 95, West Des Moines. She taught archery at Camp Hantesa...........Mary Taylor, 87, Boone. Born in Boone. Parents were Frank and Bess Judge. Was a cosmetologist but spent most of her life as a housewife.
      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.......    


Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Great Idea

     Yes, past experience has proven that the Korner does have some viewers from the Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. area and our buddy Rick Houser, BHS-63. who lives in Fairfax, VA. called  this week with a great idea for the rest of you folks out in that D.C. area.
     As you may or may not know, Boonetown and surrounding area will be sending over 200 of our finest war veterans your way, to Washington D.C., this coming Tuesday, October 13, on a Boone County Freedom Flight so those heroes can view all the various D.C. war memorials.
     Rick said, "here's a great opportunity for former Booneites from this (the D.C.) area to meet and greet them there that day. I'm sure the veterans would be surprised and thrilled that folks from their hometown, now living here in the east, would take time to honor them in this way. Some of them, no doubt, would be acquaintances."
     Thanks for the wonderful idea Rick.
     Mike Sundall, BHS-68, of Cedar Rapids emailed this week with some good memories of a recent trip home to Boonetown.
     He wrote, "I've just made two visits in the last couple of weeks. The first was to attend Mary Wittmer's funeral service. It was really good to see you and chat with Mark, BHS-68, and Mike Wittmer, BHS-65, and fellow classmates from the class of 1968, Kent Gragg, Dale Gisvold and Erik Miles. Lots of baseball stories about Jimmy Archer Field and Memorial Park for Babe Ruth and high school ball. There was also nostalgic talk with Nikki Kokinakis Wittmer, BHS-65, about the Coney Island restaurant that her family owned. Wonderful memories of the malts, coneys and chili at the Coney Island. My wife Lynn and I came to Boone for the Moorman family reunion, which was attended by 104 Moorman's from all over the Midwest. Vern Moorman, BHS-47, the elder Moorman at 85, and his nine brothers and sisters, were all in attendance. Lots of fond memories of growing up in Boone, Iowa. I also had an opportunity to play golf at the Don Williams course, which I hadn't played since 1967. Always enjoy your blog."
     Congratulations to a young Boone lady who has broken a BHS diving and pool record. Kennedey Bass, a member of the Toreador swim/dive team, recorded a score of 276.15 in her six-dive effort to surpass all previous Boone High efforts in that event. Kennedey is a correct spelling by the way.
      The Kornerman had mentioned in a previous edition that a group of BHS grads, who were in the midst of attaining their 75th birthday, class of 1958, were planning a reunion September 23-24 in Branson. Loren Frazier kept us up to date on that venture and now that it has been completed, he has sent a "final report."
      Loren wrote, "in attendance were13 classmates, nine spouses and one financee, a total of 23. There were several others who had planned to attend but were forced to cancel due to health issues and in one case, a family death. Most of the group actually came in on the 22nd and quite a few went to a dinner show or dined in small groups that evening. Most of the group  then met for dinner on the 23rd and again on the 24th. Several of the group stayed at a Holiday Inn Express while others stayed at condos or time shares. The Holiday was very gracious. Those living elsewhere were allowed to join us for breakfast and they even opened up the pool area for the entire group. Several shows and events were attended over the two days and, of course, there was some shopping and lots of visiting. Everyone seemed to have a great time and there was discussion about a future mini-reunion."
       Boone Connected Deaths: Richard Hilsabeck, 81, Romoland, CA. Born in Boone. Attended country schools, then Luther and Jordan. Was a career Marine. Boone survivors include his brothers, Virgil and John Hilsabeck, sisters-in-law, Barbara and Margaret Hilsabeck and nieces and nephews...........Clarence Dixon, 87, Boone. BHS-46. Army vet. Operated Dixon Body Shop for over 40 years. His wife, Marjorie, is a Boone area survivor. Yes, Clarence was a brother of Wilda Dixon and an uncle of Jon Weston, both of whom had recently passed away and were mentioned in recent editions..........Gertrude Dorene Capps Knowles, 98, Northfield, MN.. From 1960 on, Gertrude and her husband, Arlo, lived in several Iowa communities including Boone..........Lyle Gustafson, 65, rural Ogden.
     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.........

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Surprise! Surprise!

     What a week! The unpredictable ebb and flow of the Korner. Notes from Illesheim, Germany and Memphis, TN. and wonderful, surprise calls from two Des Moines Metro friends PLUS a box of chocolates.
      Alright, one by one. Wendall Condon, BHS-75, wrote from Germany, "just wanted to say a big thanks for your blog. It is nice to see all the familiar names and the stories everyone has of old Boone. Please know you make a huge difference. Please, never stop! Also, thanks for the update on my dad, Vern, BHS-49. I know he has your blog on his "favorites.""
     From Memphis, Doug Miller, BHS-71, wrote, "good to see you guys a couple weeks ago. It's always fun to come back "home"to see and do things that bring back good memories of the past and to see how things have changed. Thanks for helping us keep up with all the latest news and, most importantly, thanks for being great neighbors to Arnie Ahrens. He enjoys seeing and talking to you guys and said he may have to go on a diet with all the yummy cookies he receives from Jo."
     The Kornerman had a great phone visit with Vicki Weston Colby. Vicki, who lived in Boone with her parents, Jack, BHS-49, and Punky Weston, BHS-48, her sister Carla and brother Jon, until the early 60's, has been a long time resident of the Metro. She called to thank the Korner for mentioning her mom and brother's recent passing. Her dad, Jack, had also passed some time ago. We had mentioned in a recent Korner that Jon, about eight years old at the time, served as our bat boy on the 1962 Boone Babe Ruth All Star team that was so successful, including a trip to the Ruth World Series in New Jersey. The Weston family members were great supporters of that team, following it all the way to New Jersey. Marty Dannatt, BHS-68, had started this connection by sending our Korner mention of Jon's death right to the guest book at McLaren's Chapel in Des Moines when Jon died. Marty and Vicki had been classmates at Lincoln Elementary in Boone. Vicki replied her thanks to Marty for sending her the Korner comments and then she called the Kornerman personally this week to thank us for doing that. Vicki said she is an art photographer and has a family of six children. By the way, sister Carla passed away 10 years ago via a stroke.
     Also enjoyed a phone visit from Toni Aldrich Sly, BHS-64. The Kornerman remembers Toni from when she spent lots of time, way back when, at the old Bon Appetite restaurant when her mom, Jane Aldrich, was in charge of the BA. The Kornerman should add that the Bon Appetite was one of the "in"places for all of us "kids" in those days so yes, we spent lots of time there too. Anyway, Toni, who lives in the Metro area, wanted to reminisce a bit and added that she intends to come to an upcoming class reunion and she has some Boone memorabilia she wants to share. She indicated she could probably sell some of the items on ebay but would rather "pass them on."
     Finally, this Kornerman found a box of Whitman's Sampler at his front door. A note was included, "thanks for helping get Al McCoy in the Iowa Hall of Pride. You do a great deal for Boone and I thank you for all you do." It was from former BHS teacher/coach Chuck Lovin who, yes, was a geography teacher of mine at BHS.
    The date for the Boone County Veterans Freedom Flight, October 13, is fast approaching and the Kornerman is afraid he's dropped the ball on one connecting item. Family members of those going on the flight have been urged to send letters of appreciation to those passengers so they can have another "mail call" while on this journey. The problem is they were hoping to receive the notes by October 2. I'm sorry I overlooked that earlier date......I was thinking more of the 13th. Maybe.....maybe a few such letters could still be sent and accepted? Boone County Freedom Flight, Box 311, Boone, Iowa 50036.
     Bits and Pieces: (1) Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, wrote, "KRNT has had some big changes over the years, but abandoning a proven market to be the "new kid on the block" in a tough sports market sector may not show brilliance. Nonetheless, you may be able to get KRNT-FM on your previously cursed computer. Likewise, if you google, "Big Band Radio" and "Rock n' Roll Radio" you will find several sites that play the music you"
     (2) John Kueck, BHS-61, advises that when you google Kelley's Korner you get numerous possibilities. However, most of them are Kelly's Korner and they are located all over this planet. Funny how one letter of the alphabet can make such a difference. Oh yes, there is one Kelley's Korner and it's located in Boone Iowa.
     (3) Kathleen Wheelock wrote, "so glad you're back. Missed you on Wednesday. Love your blog. Read it all the time and forward it to some former Booneites. Believe me, you are really appreciated by us all."
     (4) In a recent Korner we passed on a new address for Willy and Barbara Mondt, provided by the Mondt's. However, Barb tells us she sent the wrong zip code. It should be.....91010.
     (5) We have a complete rundown on the fun time the class of 1958 had in Branson while celebrating their 75th birthdays recently and we will be providing that info in the next edition of the Korner.
     (6) The walls are comin' down.......even more so. Picture the northwest corner of 10th and Story. The most recent occupant in that area, and for many years, was Lynn's Lounge. Unfortunately, a north wall of the building did come down some time ago and now, the entire remainder of the building is being purposely brought to earth. Along that same line, the former Imperial Bowling Lanes on West Mamie Eisenhower is also about to fall, in the same manner.
     (7) The brand new Redeker's Furniture is now officially open at it's new location, east and a bit south of Boone on highway 17.......the road that goes toward Luther and Madrid. It's a huge and great looking building and a grand opening will probably be forthcoming. What about the former location on South Story you may ask? No official announcement yet but word is that it has been sold.
     Boone Connected Deaths: Janet Baker, 73, Ames. Boone survivor is a daughter, Tracy Bloomquist............Selma Gau, 90, Ames. Formerly of Waukee and Boone. She retired from the Boone County Auditor's office after several years of work there. Boone survivors are sons, Michael and Douglas Peterson.
     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........


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Slow Learners

     C'mon, admit it, you  missed us.
     The Kornerman and Jo were extremely sorry that we were unable to produce a Wednesday edition. For almost two full days, we alternated, attempting to overcome a computer problem that wouldn't allow us to write this blog. In hindsight, with our tinkering, we probably made things much worse than they actually were.
     After lengthy, futile attempts, we finally called in our Korner Technological CEO Thomas Peterson and, in what seemed like no time at all, he had diagnosed and cured the problem. That was Thursday. So, here we are........back at it.
     The best case scenario would have been to quickly understand there was a problem that we would not be able to solve on our own (that's almost anything) and immediately call Mr. Pete.
     Lesson learned. Computer problem. Don't dabble. Let it stand as is. Contact someone knowledgeable for a solution.
     The Kornerman is sorry to report we've had an avalanche of disappointing business news lately. The Tic Toc/Calmer Company has closed out, Curves has closed and the Grows, Fred and Jackie, at Eckstein Jewelry, report they will end business sometime later this year. They are in the midst of an out-of-business sale.
     A pair of sources have told the Korner that the classes of 1952, who were planning a reunion this very weekend, have cancelled those plans. Calmer Company was scheduled to host events all three days and, on such short notice of inavailability of a site, it apparently seemed impossible to re-schedule.
     A sign of the times.......I guess.
     The Kornerman has been a listener/supporter of the great music on KRNT, Des Moines, 1350 AM for a long time. It's OUR kind of music (50's, 60's, 70's) and the ONLY option I'm aware of for that kind of music. Recently, it was learned that that AM channel will now become a full time sports operation and the great music will be switched to FM 104.5, which is not available in the Boone area on any radio I have.
     It was heartening to learn, via my coffee visits, that several others have also relied on 1350 for their music and we are all very disappointed. The Kornerman immediately wrote a letter of disappointment to the KRNT administration and quickly received a nice reply but, of course, with no word than anything will change.
     Just doesn't seem right......our ONLY access to that music is gone and it's replaced by another sports station which will compete with four or five similar stations in the metro area.
     Classmate Tom Canfield, BHS-53, sent me a copy of a story/picture that recently appeared in a University of Northern Iowa publication.
     It was in tribute to someone who was termed an "impactful alumni." The story was about Sonia Scholl Wilson, BHS-48, who's dad, Konrad, was a well respected BHS orchestra director in the late 40's, early 50's.
     She was born in Ohio and in 1946, was the concert mistress for the very first Iowa All-State Orchestra. Then in 1947, she was named co-concert mistress. Sonia received a BA in Music Education from UNI in 1952 and was married in Boone to Robert Wilson that same year. Sonia taught music at Toledo and Alexander, took a 12-year absence to raise her three sons, came back to teach at Belmond in 1969 and eventually retired in 1992. She passed away in Iowa City, December 2, 2013.
     Boone Connected Deaths: Pat Anderson, Greenfield, 69. Boone survivor is a sister, Susie Benshoof............David Lynch, 68, Des Moines. Born in Boone. Parents were George and Pearl Lynch.........Aves Kapfer, 100, Boone.............Mildred Brown, 94, Boone. She and her husband, Richard, moved to Boone in 1958. A homemaker, Boone area survivors include son Mark Brown, daughter Gloria Jay and daughter-in-law Pam Brown all of Boone.........Kurt Wilhelm, 45, Davenport.
BHS-88. Worked at Percival in Perry and at a bank in Davenport.....................Edward Nelson, 65, Boxholm. Grand Community-69. Farmed in the Boxholm and Rembrandt areas and worked in construction in Ohio. Boone area survivor is a brother, Bob Nelson of Boxholm...........Dorance Wilchek, 86, Boone. Don and his wife, Daloris, moved to Boone from California in 1989. Was an electrical and mechanical worker and a woodworker known for his homemade Christmas decorations. A Boone area survivor is his wife, Daloris............Allen Henning, 82, Boone. A farmer, truck driver, operated a salvage yard near Ogden and was a maintenance man in Ames prior to retirement. Boone area survivors include sons Rodney Walker and James Hall of Boone and Kris Henning of Ogden and a daughter, Nancy Baker of Boone...........Betty Bimbi, 84, Clive. Born in Boone. Her parents were Newton and Pearl Zerr...........Gail Klonglan, 67, Madrid. MHS-grad.
     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.........