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.
     11 days to go
      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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Germany, then Jerusalem

     Remember that Wide World of Sports intro?  Just like that,  Korner viewers are scanning the world. In the last edition, we heard from Wendall (Spike) Condon, BHS-75, who keeps in touch from Germany. This edition, Becky Reynoldson chimes in from Jerusalem. She wrote, "hey Mo, this is Becky Reynoldson over in Jerusalem. What a trip of a lifetime. Awesome, overwhelming, and overload on information. I'll be contributing some info about the Fifth Street gang later."
     I, the Kornerman, received an invitation to the Boone 1967 class reunion.......their 50th......and I did attend the Friday night get-together at Toby K's Event Center.
     It was my first trip to the Event Center and its a wonderful place for such an event. One more plaudit. Boone's Diane Patrick was in charge of the appetizers. I see her working in the Dutch Oven bakery often (probably too often) and was surprised to learn she does catering work for such events. Anyway, she did a fantastic job and I would certainly recommend her catering services.
     Now......the hard part........trying to jostle my memory. It was a time, primarily, of visitation and the Kornerman had an opportunity to catch up with so many folks, many that I had not seen in quite some time. There were lots of stories being told, garnering numerous guffaws. Some tall tales, no doubt, rose even taller during the evening. I had to laugh, thinking at the end of the night it would take quite some time to separate the wheat from the chaff if you know what I mean.
     Anyway, Tom Peterson  issued the invitation and I was greeted at the door by Donna Woods Rusnak and Sue Anderson Mersereau. Along the way, some of the attendees I visited with were Kelly and Marcy McMullan, Jane McGriff (she has a grandson that's quite a talented kicker for the BHS football team), Topper Lyness, Christy Munson Winters and John, Mike Doyle, Mark Campbell (who's moving to Tennessee), Dick Duffy, Jack Rusnak and Sally Radnich. Linda Swain was there also and brought her husband, Jon Hinz, BHS-64, along. I apologize........I'm sure I missed others.
     Everybody seemed to have a great time.
     I guess you could call this the Tip of the Week.
     With the slow elimination of land lines and no directory yet of cell phone numbers, many of us have struggled trying to find addresses of people we used to obtain via the telephone book. A group of us were grumbling about this inability to locate some local people anymore.
     Here's what I've found. You can pull up white pages on your computer and sometimes obtain some help. But, not always.
     The best way I've found of locating people is through the use of Beacon Homes. If, on your computer, you type in and pull up Beacon Homes Boone County, you can then access from that  site a site that says, "Property Search." Tag "Property Search" and you will be taken to a site that asks for an address or a name. Type in the address or name and you should obtain the information you are seeking. If you don't have that much of a address or're probably out of luck.
     The Kornerman has given up on white pages but has had a good success rate using Beacon Homes.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dorothy Myers, 90, Melrose, FL. formerly of Boone. She married Juel Haaland in 1944 and they were later divorced. She married Eugene (Bud) Myers in 1986. She is survived by two Boone residents, daughter, Martha (Toby) Ahrens, and step-son, Gary (Mox) Myers........Dean Blougher, 92, Perry. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Alma Swanson, of Ogden........Lorene Franklin, 85, Boone. Formerly of the Stanhope area. Stanhope HS. Boone area survivors include her husband, Ben, daughters, Kim Curell and LuAnn Robinson, and son, Tony, all of Boone, and daughter, Dorine Bloomberg, of Ogden........Vivian Kennedy, 93, Boone. BHS-42. Was a telephone operator for many years. Boone area survivors include her husband, James, sister Patty Bushore, and nephew, Brian Bushore.........Andrew Pfaltzgraff, 33, Boone/Ogden. OHS-2003. Was a former OHS football assistant coach. Worked at 3M in Ames. Boone area survivors include his parents, David and Georgena, and his sister, Jo-el Sprecher, all of Boone........Genevieve Cook, 97, Boone. Jordan HS. Was a homemaker.........David McClain, 67, Boone. Layed carpet and tile for a Carroll company. Boone area survivors include his wife, Janice Baker, step-son, Jeremiah Baldus, and brother, John Helm, all of Boone........Norma Jean McDonald, 91, Boone. BHS-44. Worked at Boone Dairy and DeLux Cleaners. Boone area survivor is a son, Keith, of Boone.
     14 days to go
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boone Native takes Hollywood for a Ride

     Wendall (Spike) Condon, BHS-75, it seems, has spent a military lifetime in Germany. He's still there now and had an interesting encounter recently. He wrote, "I've had a hard time following you the last three weeks or so. I was cut off on my military computer and had to put in a work order for your blog. They finally checked it out and determined it was a "safe" site. Actor Brian Cranston of "Breaking Bad" and "Malcolm in the Middle" TV programs, along with his wife, Robin, were here on a USO tour. They came to the Illesheim Flight Simulator facility and I took Mr. Cranston in a Blackhawk simulator flight. We were in there about 30 minutes, even had time to land on a frigate. I think he really enjoyed it. Additionally, the Flight Simulator facility is expanding. We are going from three flight simulators, Blackhawk, Apache and Chinook, to a device called the AVCATT, NCM3, another Apache and Blackhawk M model. So, I'm almost out of real estate. Hope this finds you well."
     Your editor responds, "thanks Spike. So good to hear from you and thanks for sharing that experience. See, everyone has or has had, sometime in their life, something that happened to them, with them, about them, that would be of interest to our vast viewership."
      Loren Frazier, BHS-58, always has some interesting material to pass on. He's been thinking about Irma, the most recent hurricane in Florida. He wrote, "I have several classmates/friends in Florida so it was a concern of mine. A number of years ago, during what I think was hurricane Charley, one of those friends, Gene Strandberg, BHS-58, was living in Punta Gorda, FL. and I thought I'd call him. Surprisingly, Gene answered the phone, right in the middle of the hurricane. He was hunkered down in a closet in his house along with a bottle of rum. Well, during this recent hurricane, Irma, I called again and yes, he had remembered my call years previous during Charley. When I told him I thought he had a bottle of scotch in his closet that night, he reminded me it was rum. I guess that is more of a Florida drink than scotch. Anyway, he was watching the forecasts and was hoping things would  be alright at his location. I'm sure someone else may have a hurricane story to tell........or some other story.......its up to them to keep this Korner going. If they want to continue reading it, they must contribute to it or it will be gone and they'll have nobody but themselves to blame."
     Your editor says, "right on Loren."
     Gary Knox, United-57, has a story that reminds me of way, way, way back in my "childhood." Gary explains, "my grandparents lived in a large, two-story house with an enclosed front porch on North Marshall street in Boone. Above the porch were several windows with narrow spaces between them. I found an old tennis ball and created a game of one player baseball. I would throw a pitch against the siding between the windows.......never hitting one. If I caught the rebounding ball, it was an out. If the ball hit the ground it was a hit if I was unable to catch the grounder and make a clean throw between the windows. I kept track of base runners, scores, outs and innings. I played the part of both teams. I played this game from age 8-12 during the summer........thinking it was more interesting than the conversation in the house. In wintertime, the tennis ball was my basketball and I invented a similar game in an open, empty basement room."
     Editors Note: Here I, the Kornerman, thought I was the ONLY one that concocted such "silly" games. Hey, back then, in my case anyway, no television......etc. etc. We had to while away our time in very unique and I guess "silly" ways.
     My game/s were done with three dice. If I remember right, in baseball, if I rolled three or 18, it was a home run, 13 was a strikeout, 10 a ground out etc. etc. I, too, made up names of players and kept a scorebook. Some of the players were Ben Down, Stewart (Stu) Pover, Marty Gra and Dee Moyne. I had maybe six or eight teams organized, drew up a schedule and played lots of games on all those cold, winter, Iowa nights. Using the scorebook, I even kept individual statistics and used that for the basis of selecting season ending all star teams. I also put together a yearbook with all the final statistics on each of the teams.......along with some advertisements for Heckova watches and other made up clients. I'm not much of an artist, but I even had some illustrations of some of the players included along with their autographs of course. In fact, I a page for each team with autographs of all the players of those teams. Its really amazing how many different ways you can construct autographs.
     To me, it was so much fun and occupied so much of my time when, at that time, teenagers had a lot more time for "doing not much of anything." I'm sure if my mother were here, she would still be clamoring for me to spend that much time on my scholastic work rather than those "silly" games.
     P.S. I still have that yearbook, scorebooks etc. somewhere in this house.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  James Frederick, 83, Boone. Parents were John and Bernice Fredericks. James lived at the Woodward State Hospital for 54 years prior to moving to a Boone group home in 1996..........Gerald Mass, 79, Madrid. He worked heavy highway and bridge construction. Gerald's wife, Flo Ann, survives.........Larry Embrey, 76, Madrid.
     18 days to go
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pufferbilly Week Rewind

     Pufferbilly 2017 has come and gone and another edition of the Super National races has also disappeared after being a huge part of the Boone community for a good week.
     The Pufferbilly parade was the usual 90-minute affair minus any horses this year. The Boone High School band, with its nifty uniforms, was impressive and the extra huge Ames High School band was also outstanding. Although both the Republican and Democratic parties were well represented, it was noted that there were few "live" state/national politicians this year with one exception.
     That one exception has received special local attention.  Steven Ray, BHS-88, is doing something he has always wanted to do. He's running for Governor of the state of Iowa on the Republican ticket. He's facing long odds and he knows that but does anybody remember Democrat Jimmy Carter or Republican Donald Trump?? They weren't given much of a chance either.
     Those Super Nationals? What a story. As a reporter, I, the Kornerman never feels I give them adequate coverage. Maybe because its an impossible task. Unless you have closely experienced that event, you just can't imagine it. I don't think I can adequately describe its impact.
     For the entire week, starting on Labor Day, an entire separate city, Boone South, emerges all around the Boone Speedway area as well as other surrounding areas. On the grounds themselves, camper after camper after other similar forms of living accomodations develop side by side......a number I wouldn't attempt to cite.
     The races, themselves, bring in 850-900 race cars from all over the nation. The Des Moines Register gives the event no coverage at all but I was able to obtain a list of top 20 finishers in the main event, the modified class, from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
     Among the top 20 finishers in that one of numerous races, were cars/drivers from Chandler and Buckeye, AZ; Torrance, Winton and Olivehurst, CA; Delta, CO; Minot and Ray, ND; Great Bend, KS; Beatrice, NE and Mooresville, NC. Despite the national competition, it was a Richie Gustin of little old Gilman, IA. (pop - 509) that won that feature race last Saturday night.
     This is an amazing event that has to be seen to be fully realized.
     An item or two or three: (1) Rosemary Runyan Mitchum, BHS-64, wondered if I could produce a recipe for the famous mexiburgers we all enjoyed in our younger days. Yes, I was able to find it, send it on and Rosemary said she was going to "give it a try." (2) Regarding the mention of the book, "Caught in the Middle," written by my classmate, Richard Longworth, BHS-53, in the last edition, John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote to remind me that Dick's dad, Dr. Wallace H. Longworth, was also an author. He wrote a book, "History of Medicine in Boone County," many years ago. (3) Nick Collison, a member of the National Basketball Association Oklahoma City Thunder, has had and does have many relatives in the Boone area. In fact, his parents, Dave and Judy Collison, BHS-72, were raised in the Boone community. Nick recently signed a one year, $2.3 million extension to his contract. So, he will return to the Thunder for his 10th season with them and 14th NBA season overall. He's 36 years old and there was speculation that last year might have been his last as a player. He'll soldier on at least one more year. 
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Paul Siegfried, 85, Boone. Formerly of Niota, IL. Service vet. Farmed. Moved to Boone in 2014. Boone area survivors include his wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Alison Purtle, both of Boone.........Marjorie Buechler, 90, Boone. Boone area survivors include her daughter, Deb Nelson, of rural Boone..........Eldon Blanshan, 86, Escondido, CA. Formerly a long time Boone resident. Eldon passed in March of 2017 but memorial services will be held in Boone. He was a vet, a rural mail carrier for 30 years here and worked for Boone County Transportaton for 17 years. His daughter, Dr. Bridget Blanshan, of California survives..........Saundra Grabau, 51, Gilbert. Attended Boone campus of DMACC..........Virgil Calkins, 69, Huxley. Worked at the Woodward State Hospital.
     21 more days
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Longworth Book Features Boone Talk

     Don Nystrom, BHS-56, stopped at the headquarters the other day to deliver a book he thought the Kornerman might be interested in.
     Oh yes, it is "Caught in the Middle" which was written by my classmate, Richard Longworth, BHS-53, a few years ago. Dick describes the book as a look at "America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism."
     I haven't had time to read the 267 pages yet but in scanning them, I note numerous references, throughout, to his home community and quotes from some of our community leaders. That, of course, does interest me greatly so I will, as time permits, be taking a more of an in depth look at Richard's book.
     We 53ers salute with great pride, Dick's long and successful career. He's a former award-winning correspondent and senior writer at the Chicago Tribune and has twice, been a Pulitzer Prize finalist. At present, he is a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is a Boone News Republican alum.
     Thanks Don.
     Richard Young, BHS-57, tells us where he is and Ross Hanson, BHS-74, tells us where he's been.
     Richard is in Phoenix and talking about the heat. He wrote, "our temps are starting to drop from 110 degrees to the low 100's. Some days are dry with 8 percent humidity to other days when its 70 percent. Our monsoon season is about over so the weather will be real nice starting next month. Then, we can get out and start enjoying the following seven months. Hope everyone in Boone is doing well."
     Ross wrote, "sounds like things in the big town of Boone are a little quiet. My wife, Gerlie, and I had to make an unplanned trip to the Philippines the past two weeks because of the unexpected passing of her brother. Their funeral practices over there are different than ours. After death, they wait for nine days of mourning at the funeral parlor. Someone in the family stays there around the clock to watch over the deceased. Then, they have a burial and a big dinner for family and friends. Its been a little tense with all the chatter about North Korea because we fly back through Guam. I haven't heard about October 31 in your neighborhood yet. You know what I mean."
     The Kornerman says, "yes, he's referring to Halloween and the huge display his sister, Nikki, and her husband, Tim Mullins, have had for many years for all the kids on Beggar's Night. That's at their home on Greene Street across the way from Korner headquarters. Its been lots of work and it seems to me that the Mullins have been wanting to, at least, downsize it a bit so we'll see what they finally decide for this coming holiday."
     Andy Anderson, BHS-62, over Cedar Rapids way said his classmate, Bill Olson, first brought up the subject. "He told me I, for a short time, had a program on KWBG radio on Saturday morning but I don't really remember that. If so, it didn't last very long." He wondered if the Kornerman could remember and.......I can't.
     Andy wrote me about the class reunion that was recently held here. "We had 46 in attendance at the Tic Toc and everything there was "awesome," food, service, everything. Later, we met at the Adobe and that was good too."
     Speaking of class reunions, we know there are at least two tied in with the Pufferbilly celebration which is underway. The class of 1967 and the class of 1952 meet this coming weekend.
     That reminds me that Kenny Zanker, United-57, called the Kornerman recently to explain that the UC classes of 1956, 57 and 58 had their reunion last June. He had called earlier wondering if the class of '57 was meeting. He found out they already had. Ken was also wondering if Boone Sacred Heart, class of  '57, was meeting this year?
     Ironically, just as I was writing this, I had a knock on the door and Kenny was at headquarters in person. We had a good visit. He was in town for Pufferbilly..........hoping to catch up with some old friends.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Steve Gingery, 61, Boone. Loved his guitar and playing it. Boone area survivors include his wife, Lori, of Boone, daughter, Stephanie Fogarty, of Madrid and his son, Ryan, of Ames...........Mary Anne Wicks, 66, Boone. Was a caregiver. Boone area survivor is her husband, Charles, of Boone.........Alice Brown McNace, 84, Boone. BHS-50. Worked many years at the Boone State Bank, retiring in 1984. Boone area survivor is her daughter, Janelle Vickers, of Boone........John Baker, 94, Chicago. Services and burial took place in rural Stratford...........Naylene Crispin, 57, Madrid. Ames HS-78. Worked for many years at Principal in Des Moines. Boone area survivors include her husband, Don, of Madrid and a son, Matthew, of Ames.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Your Editor's Musings

     I know you've heard this before but it definitely needs repeating.
     The format of this blog was not intended to be a bully puppet featuring the editor alone and it was not designed to just feature a panel of 4-6 contributors every edition.
     The idea was that 500 or whatever number of viewers there are out there would keep the blog alive by alternately submitting their stories, memories or even comments. The number one excuse I've heard for not participating is, "well, I just don't have anything to send." BALDERDASH. Anyone who's ever lived, has stories and/or memories of their time in their home community. You know it and I know it. That's a very lazy excuse.
     Unfortunately, over time, the blog has become more of a panel with, bless them, a small handful of folks who have been willing to take part consistently. You know their names......they've been contributing on a regular basis for a long time and, in fact, have, on several occasions, been the only impetus for even continuing this project. I, the Kornerman, don't think its been fair to them or to me to have to rely completely on them for a continuation of the Korner.
     I admit, the last few publication dates, relying on them (again) along with some ancillary info, I could have cobbled together a column but chose not to. Instead, I've been asking myself the question, "why?" "Why do this when its not meeting its initial purpose?" So, I chose to simply go silent for awhile.
     By no means do I want to discourage my faithful "panel" from continuing to keep in touch. They've been loyal, outstanding and I can't tell them enough how much I've appreciated their assistance and as long as we continue, I want them to continue to help. HOWEVER, I also need some new names providing new stories and new memories.
     Fortunately, I do now have some material submitted by folks who we have heard from before but not on a consistent basis and not recently. Fortified also by the addition of some material submitted by some of those regulars we will have another edition Saturday.
     Beyond that, I don't know? I am so despondent about our local news or lack of local news situation, I've even contemplated just providing death notices alone because, in our current state, I think that's important. Maybe that should be our plan for the future. I guess it really isn't up to me, its up to whoever views this. Do they want a Korner as we've tried to provide since 2010, a death notice only provision or nobody really cares one way or the other. I guess we'll see.
     Catching up on BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Wanda Graham, 84, Altoona. Born in Boone in September of 1932 and attended high school and junior college here.........Ardith Blazanin, 89, Perry. Boone area survivor is a sister-in-law, Helen Aarons, of Madrid........Anne Bisignano, 94, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a niece, Denise Gowdey, of Boone........Ruth Shiflet, 95, Perry. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Deanna Garwood, of Ogden.........William "Bill" Hyett, 92, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a grand niece, Camden Moran, of Madrid........Elaine Jondall, 88, Ames. BHS grad. Born in Boone the daughter of Leslie and Helen Davis. Boone area survivor is a sister, Colette Williams, of Boone.........Glenda Stoeffler, 64, Windsor, CO. Raised in Ogden. OHS-71...........Steve Gingery, 61, Boone.........Mary Wicks, 66, Boone.........Norma Jean Ninneman, 82, Boone. Worked at Archway and ISU. Boone area survivor is her husband, Herman...........Betty Ann Horstman, 80, Boone. Worked at Bourns and ISU. Boone area survivor is a son, Bill, of Boone.......Lucinda (Cindy) Biladeau, 69, Boone. Homemaker. Boone area survivors include her husband, Jim, and sisters-in-law, Jeannie Backous and Rose Bielfelt, all of Boone and sister-in-law, Joan Anderson, of Stratford.........Gary Freel, 64, Boone. BHS-72. Worked at Danfoss in Ames until retirement in 2015. Boone area survivors include his wife, Leann, and sister, Judy Brower, both of Boone.......Merrill Lamm, 98, Ogden. Air Force vet. Farmed in the Ogden area. Boone area survivors include his wife, Beula, and son, Alan, both of Ogden...........James Lynch, 73, Westhaven-Boone. Was a TV repairman in Marshalltown most of his working years. Boone area survivors include his son, Joshua, and daughter, Jill, both of Boone and daughter, Jayme Stoneburner, of Ogden.......Deborah Sue Clark. Survivors include her husband, David, her mother, Cathy Leonard, son, Zach Twedt, and daughter, Penny McFeron..........Donna Saunders, 81, Ogden. BHS-grad. Homemaker and farm wife. Boone area survivors include her husband, Harley, sons, Randy, Neil and Grant, and daughters, Brenda Fisher, and Teresa Davenport, all of Ogden. Sister-in-law, Chris Alexander, of Boone also survives.........Charles (Butch) Kester, 73, Boone. Military vet. Was a welder for Mid States Steel. Boone area survivors include his wife, Penny, daughter, Kim Miller, and sisters, Rowena Bray, Jeannie Porter and Kathy Martin, all of Boone. Other survivors include son, Jeff, of Moingona, brothers Randy, of Ogden and Dennis, of Boone. Brandie Phipps of Pilot Mound also survives.
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Building Boom

     According to the latest community tittle and tattle, there are at least five business building projects on tap for the future. Regarding that "future," who knows? Some of them have been "in the air" for some time and there has been no real progress seen. Also, it is getting a little late in the year. It would seem some of those talked about projects would have been underway right after the last snow. So conjecture reigns. As my mother used to say.......often......."wait and see."
     Here are the projects we've been hearing about: (1) There was mention in the latest city council meeting of a proposed hotel/motel on the south side of Highway 30, somewhere east of the Boone Speedway. We've heard 40-50 rooms and a huge conference center that could handle 400 people. (2) There is the long awaited housing project to be located across the street, south of the Fareway store. (3) Then there's a proposed building housing Exit Realty to be located next door west of Fareway. (4) A building housing the Ogden Telephone Company on South Linn Street, south of the Sundance apartments and (5) A new bank, from out of town, has indicated they will build somewhere in the Walmart area of town.
     LATE BREAKING NEWS: Just back from McDonald's and yes, finally, it appears a new and different McDonald's is truly on the horizon. We've been hearing, for what seems like forever, that a new building was imminent but until now,  not much of a clue. This morning, soil samples are actually being taken in that immediate area. Its a good, progressive sign.
     The Kornerman receives lots of  various informational type copy.  Some are items we just don't think are worth reciting in the Korner.........having not that much interest or value.  However, recently, there have been two such items that "caught the Kornerman's eye" and have been deemed important enough information to pass on to our vast audience.
     ITEM (1) After NUMEROUS situations resulting in serious consequences, Shell Oil Company has issued a warning about the use of cell phones in the area of their or other gas pumps. The two don't mix well at all. In one case, someone left their cell on the trunk lid of their vehicle, it rang and a resulting fire destroyed the car and gas pump. In another case, an individual suffered severe burns when fumes ignited as they answered a cell phone call WHILE refueling. Static electricity is the culprit. In one case, a person was severely burned because a cell phone in their pocket rang while they were fueling their vehicle.
     Here is the recomendation: (1) Turn off the engine. (2) Don't smoke. (3) Don't come close to using a cell phone while fueling your vehicle and (4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.
    ITEM (2) What if you are ALONE somewhere and start feeling the pain and other symptoms of a possible heart attack?
     If your heart is acting improperly and you're feeling faint, only about 10 seconds is available before losing consciousness. What to do?
     Here's the recommendation: cough repeatedly and vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
     It seems those deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating and do give you a chance to contact someone or get yourself to a hospital.
     Two quick items: (1) Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wrote that he felt the solar eclipse could have, at least, "held off until Pufferbilly Days." (2) Classmate and good buddy Gary Grosnickle, BHS-53, is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery performed in Bella Vista Tuesday morning. He seems to be doing well. If you're inclined, here is his address: 9 Oxford Lane, Bella Vista, Ark. 72714.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Beth Anne Ferrari, 71, Des Moines. Born and raised in Fraser. Her parents were Armando and Frances Ferrari. Sister Phyliss and brother Roy survive........Twylla  Sonquist, 90, Stuart/Des Moines. Raised and lived most of her life in the Boxholm/Dayton area. She and her husband, Richard, farmed and raised three daughters........Judi Ann Crocheck, 70, Boone. Her parents were George and Ruby Gibbons. Boone area survivors include her husband, Larry, and a son, Larry, of Boone and a daughter..........Deb Duncan, 59, Boone. She grew up and attended school in Ames. Was a prominent member of the Family Tradition Blue Grass Band as a singer and bass player.  In 2002, she married Chris Duncan and the couple made their home in Boone. Deb worked as a custodian at Iowa State. Boone area survivors include her husband, Chris, son, Kenny, and daughter, Samantha Perry, all of Boone. Two other sons also survive..........Herman Kopitzke, 86, Boone. An Army vet, he was a native of Montana and a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Ag Engineering. Worked for the U.S.D.A until retirement in 1986. He and his wife, Helen Capps Kopitzke, made their home in Boone County after retirement. Herman was heavily involved in community service, particularly as a member of the Boone Lions Club.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Solar Eclipse is Coming

     Alright, a solar eclipse is coming into view Monday and some folks are going ga-ga over this development. The Kornerman doesn't get excited about this type of thing BUT Loren Frazier, BHS-58, has sent some info about it that proves to be very interesting.
     Loren wrote, "even those of us who do not live in the path of the full eclipse can enjoy viewing a partial eclipse.There is a website that will give you an idea of what the eclipse will look like in your neck of the woods."
     Here is that web site: mp/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map
     I, the Kornerman, took a look and its easy. There is simply a box where you insert your zip code. When you open the URL and insert the zip code,  you should see what the eclipse will look like in your zip area on August 21.
     Three angles are shown, each at a different time, and in zip code 50036. The peak time in this area is 1:07.46 when 93.5 percent of the sun is obscured.
     This pre-opportunity is pretty fascinating.
     P.S. That will be the Kornerman's entire participation in this phenomenon.
      In a recent Korner we provided the Tip of the Day, a reminder that time is running out for seniors to obtain a lifetime Golden Age Passport for $10 plus a $10 processing fee which provides entrance to our nation's parks and recreation areas. The new fee will be $80.
     Ron Hopkins, BSH-responded, "I want to echo John Hinz recommendation. I have had my passport for 15 years and have probably saved several hundred dollars with free entry to some monuments, parks, etc., and half-price to many others. On a recent trip to see our grandson finish basic training at the Air Force Academy, Judy and I camped almost every night on federal land (Forest Service of Bureau of Land Management) and got a couple of free passes to monuments or parks, probably saving $100 (and 10 times more compared to motels) on one trip. It was a great bargain for our $10 investment and would have been so even at the new price of $80. I am so very glad that you continue your efforts with the Korner. Hope to get to Boone one of these times and catch you again at the McDonald's Coffee Club."
     P.S. John Hinz thought the cutoff date for purchase of the passports is August 28.
     Shorter stuff: (1) Tom Peterson, BHS-67, informs that some 50 classmates/spouses have already indicated they plan to attend the 50th class reunion, Sept. 15-16, with Friday night action at Toby K's Event Center and the Saturday gathering at the McHose Park Shelter House. Some teachers of that year have indicated they will attend. (2) United Community grad Gary Knox wrote a short note telling us that his late wife's obituary in the Boone News Republican cost him $240. "That's obscene," he said. The Kornerman answers, "unfortunately, I guess that's the world we live in today." (3) I just now, received a call from Ken Zanker, United-57, wondering if they were having a reunion this year? Whether they do or not, Ken said he would like to visit with old classmates. His phone number is 402-212-9067. (4) Regarding the recent death of Pearl George, Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, wrote, "her daughter, Marcia, was in our class and a cheerleader. I'll always remember her husband, Dick, going to all of our athletic contests, home and away. He always had a good word for us kids when he saw us on the street or in Cardinal Cleaners where he worked."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Timothy Veale, 61, Ames. BHS-75. Owned the Cyclone Taxi Company of Ames. Boone area survivors include his parents, Barb and John Veale, of Boone, his wife, Kellie Hanson Veale of Ames, a son, four daughters, a brother and a sister..........Verne Stumbo, 94, rural Boone. Attended Boone High School. Farmed with his brother, Francis, in Boone County. He also drove a truck for Wenger Trucking. A daughter survives.........Marlene Nichols, 67, Madrid. Boone area survivor is a son, Joshua Heeren, of Madrid. Another son and her mother also survive........Michael Temple, 59, Melbourne, IA. Lived most of his life in Ames, working for the city of Ames before retirement. Boone area survivors include brothers, Roger Temple, of Boone and Dave Temple, of Ames. A sister and another brother also survive........Elizabeth Stumbo, 93, Boone. BHS-42. Worked at the hemp plant, Places and Oshkosh Tanning prior to retirement in 1986. Six children survive. Sons Ray Jr., Frank and Chris and daughters, Ida Williams and Jane Boersma, all of Boone. One other daughter also survives. Elizabeth was preceded in death by two husbands, Arnold Stanley, who was killed in WWII and Raymond Stumbo Jr.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Tip of the Week

     Thanks to John Hinz, BHS-64, and Jane Larson for submitting the Tip of the Week for our vast audience.
     John wrote, "I thought most people were aware of this, but am sending it to fellow seniors to make sure they are aware of the approaching timeline. We got our pass and it truly may be the last time we can get a deal from the government that doesn't hurt more than it helps! Thought you would spread the word."
     Here it is......Tip of the Day: The lifetime pass for national parks/recreation areas for seniors (62 and over) is increasing from $10 to $80 later this month.....we think the cutoff date is August 28.  Via the link below, you can purchase a lifetime pass for $10 plus a $10 processing fee........
     As usual, I, the Kornerman has scoured all of Boone's streets and alleys seeking parcels of news but to no avail this time.......AND, of course, you and you and you out there didn't help me a bit. As a result, we'll conclude this short edition with
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Pearl George, 92, Nevada. Formerly of Boone. She and her late husband, Dick George, worked together at Cardinal Cleaners until his passing in 1966. They raised their two children in Boone. Pearl later worked at ISU for 16 years before retiring in 1988. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Marcia George Tannehill, of Ames. A son, Jim, of Florida also survives.........James Boustead, 86, Boone. Boone area survivors include his wife, Joan, and son, James, both of Boone. Two other daughters and two other sons also survive. He spent most of his life in the Woodbine area.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Items/Shorter Items

     Its all teensy weensy pieces this time.
     (1) Dick Longworth, BHS-53, says he seems to recall that Bill Otis, BHS-52,  had a show on KWBG in the 50's. He also wrote, "I got to know Dennis Ryerson later but never realized he had worked in Boone at KWBG. After Des Moines, he became the editor of the Indianapolis Star and is now retired. (2) Larry Kelley, BHS-64, sent some KWBG memorabilia, even including some old radio logs that had been kept by me, the Kornerman, while on the air. They were from the year 1962. To explain, those of us "on the air" were guided by "logs," which told us what programs and commercials to put on the air and what time to do so. Two additional names of former KWBG employees were also added by Larry........Bill Deming and Russ Mott. (3) Sadly, we report the fact that Roger and Lou Oxenford, longtime Boone residents and Korner viewers and contributors, are leaving our fair community to return to California. They had spent their working days in California but when they retired, they came home to Boone. Both have had some health issues and are moving closer to five daughters in California. We hate to see them that far away but understand that is probably the best move for the couple. No doubt about it, they'll still be viewing the Korner twice each week, even from a longer distance (4) Richard Young, BHS-57, wrote, "I, too, have been going through storage boxes and finding forgotten items from years past. Came across a plastic bag of Pufferbilly Days buttons from back in the 70's, 80's, 90's, and early 2000's. I noticed two, in particular, for their misprinting. One is the 1977 button with "Pufferbelly Days" and the other is the 1984 "Streaming Towards Tommorrow" instead of "Steaming Towards Tommorrow." Also in the bags were buttons from the "Watson's Original Hillbilly Sale" that was held each spring and fall on their farm north of Boone in the late 70's and early 80's. And, a couple from the Boone Centennial in 1965. Brings back memories of my days in Boone." (5) Mark Tompkins, BHS-59, wrote, "after a day of bicycling near the People's Republic of Minnesota, I'm enjoying a drink at the Pub on the Cedar in Charles City. Just perused their nice little paper, the Charles City Press. Amazingly, it seems viable here in a town a few hundred short of 8,000. Just adds to your comments about the demise of the BNR. Why? How? And Charles City isn't that far from metropolitan areas like Mason City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Proximity to Ames is not a valid excuse for the BNR demise. Chickasaw and Alamakee counties await tommorrow as I close on biking all 99 Iowa counties. Only 17 to go after that." (6) The Kornerman was surprised a recent morning when Bob Peterson, BHS-72, showed up at the world headquarters. Bob's dad, the late Rollie Peterson, was a great, close friend of mine and my main mentor as I entered the print media world at the BNR those many years ago. Bob has spent a lifetime in Missouri and I hadn't seen him in years. We had a great talk, that included lots of remembrances of his dad and the Boone community in general. He was here for his class reunion.
     Here's a death you'll probably read about in tommorrow's (Thursday) BNR. Glad we could provide a few details earlier so friends and relatives can do some planning.
     A special Kornerman friend, a good coffee mate, David Boehm, passed away in Des Moines Monday evening. He was 82 and a 1953 Ogden High School graduate. Visitation will be held at the Schroeder/Stark Welin Chapel Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Friday. Dave is survived by his wife, Jo Hanson Boehm, of Boone, son, Mike, of West Des Moines and daughter, Julie Boehm Hicks, of  Ottawa, Illinois.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:James Dan Shannon, 94, Boone. Farmed in the Boone/Ogden area and worked for Halletts. Raised and showed Belgian draft horses. Boone area survivors include his wife, Alice, and daughter, Julie Dannen, both of Boone and a daughter, Jean Brooks, of Ogden.............Shirley Adams Blackwell, 82, Madrid. Boone area survivor is a grandson, Daniel Herrstrom, of Madrid..........Richard Merritt, 83, Ames. Boone area survivor is a son, David Merritt, of Boone.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Where Has that Been Hiding?

     For several weeks now, the Kelley's have been involved in that daunting task of attempting to downsize. We've revisited items we haven't seen in 25 years and would probably have no reason to see them or need them in the next 25. Yet, we keep or toss? Tough decisions.
     Let's see,'s my dad's very first report card, dated 1916, and with good news. He was promoted to first grade. For some strange reason, the first subject I, the Kornerman, wanted to check was deportment. Hmm'.....teacher May Jones recorded a 99 right across the board. Pretty good I'd say. Do schools still grade deportment or is that passe' these days?
     Lots of old pictures,.......many showing folks that we can't identify. Oh yes, here's a Boone High School football program, October 12, 1951,......Boone hosting Grinnell at Homecoming. Crazy coach didn't even have me in the starting lineup. Maybe I was on the injured list. I'm sure it had nothing to do with my class work.
     Now, here were a couple of items I know will be salvaged...........a pair of the old Lincoln Restaurant's top-rated recipes.........for their dressing and their cinnamon rolls. Can't toss those, they have a magical pedigree.
     Speaking of old favorites, here's a copy of a great story that appeared in the "old" Boone News Republican about Ruth Gehr Fox and her famous popcorn stand at the northeast corner of Ninth and Story. First thing I think of is her famous cooker, surrounded by a very dark black, oily substance that you knew had never been touched by soap and water or any other "cleansing" tool. That's apparently what made her popcorn so good.......that, and lots of  butter and salt. Isn't it amazing how many people still try today to mimic that Mrs Fox original? Same holds true with the authentic Boyd's malt. To those of us hailing from that era, Jolly Time, Orville and/or Baskin Robbins will never be there equal.
     By the way, the story says Mrs Fox took over the stand in 1932, two years after her husband, the former operator, had died. The story said she was a BHS graduate in a class of 21 students and that her father was once the town marshal of Montana........which, of course, later became known as Boone.
     During the days of World War II, as loaded troop trains were a steady visitor on the C&NW tracks to the Boone community, Mrs. Fox and some other ladies organized the "Boone Moms," who were on hand when those trains arrived to provide the military men aboard with sandwiches, cookies and even chicken on occasion. Oh yes, popcorn too........hundreds of sacks full.
     Speaking of food, the current weather and the ups and downs of the current price of gas are a pair of main topics for my coffee group BUT food rates up there too. Most who show up become a food fancier, providing their critique of the latest food establishment they have tried. Some of the food is rated great, some not so good, some items are reasonably priced while others are a bit "over," at least in our speaker's opinion.  Anyway, lots of info about food outlets, primarily in the Boone/Story County area, are provided and yes, there are conflicting opinions quite often. If its in the immediate area, chances are at least one of our group has given that eating establishment the ultimate test.
     Even found some copies of editions of the Korner when they were appearing in the BNR. Here's one dated, July 10, 2003, and it begins, "this column will automatically self destruct when you've finished reading it OR, PERHAPS, EVEN WHILE YOU'RE READING IT."
     Surprisingly, we've now been around with our internet offering since March 6, 2010, and a grand total of 317,311 folks interested in Boone, Iowa have taken a look..........3,824 in the last month.
     Sometimes I wonder...........but, if that many people are still lacking something of real substance to occupy their time, why should I determine the current Korner is one of those items that should be tossed?
     P.S. While I'm at it, a sincere thank you to those of you who have been with us all these days.
     Someone just mentioned to the Kornerman the other day that a friend was so upset because he/she didn't even learn the death of a special friend until reading it in the BNR,........maybe even after that individual's funeral.
     Well, maybe those folks should regularly check the Korner. We had knowledge of that death and made it available in print at least four days before the BNR hit the mail boxes.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Frank Dennis Sr., 88, Madrid. Boone area survivors include daughters Kelly Dennis of Woodward and Pam Dennis of Ogden...........James Shannon, 94, Boone.........Rose Ann Quigley, 81, Boone. Attended Boone schools. Worked a variety of jobs including time at Rolfes, Heinrich Envelope, Sundstrand in Ames and the Boone Community schools. Boone area survivors include her daughter, Gayla Harken, and brothers, Paul and Bernard Miller, all of Boone. Also surviving are another brother, Jack Miller, of Luther and a sister, Joyce Kirk, of Ames...........William (Dean) Kemmerer, 92, Clear Lake. Was born in Boone. BHS-44. An Army vet. Worked as a police officer in Boone, then joined the Iowa Highway Patrol and became the first pilot for that organization. He owned and operated several small businesses in the Clear Lake area.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Three Main Topics

     The Kornerman was pleasantly surprised Sunday to receive an email from Debbie Christopher. It was a short message but very meaningful. Debbie wrote, "Hi Mo, Just letting you know (first hand) that we are closing on the sale of the golf course (Cedar Pointe) Tuesday, August 1. I'm feeling pretty secure in saying, "it's going to happen this time!!"
     She was referring to the fact that there had been previous discussions of a sale that had not been concluded successfully.
     No mention was made in the email of a prospective buyer but local auto dealer, Pat Clemons, was on hand at the club Tuesday introducing himself as the new owner.
     Many thanks to Debbie for letting me know and many thanks to the Christopher's for such a great job of keeping a longtime, local landmark viable. The course is beautiful, it appears to have lots of traffic this summer and even those who don't golf, like me, should understand that its important that a community this size provide its populus such a facility.
     The Kornerman was a 1953 Boone High School graduate and Mel Murken was a 1959 BHS grad. After playing high school baseball, Mel went on to play the sport at Buena Vista and at Drake University. We've both had a special passion for baseball.
     We became acquainted while both were coaching Boone Babe Ruth baseball. In 1962, the Kornerman was selected to guide the all-star team in tournament play and I knew, immediately, that I wanted Mel Murken to help me with that assignment.
     So, here we were, two single guys, 27 and 21 respectively, ready and willing to guide a team of 15 "kids," 13 to 15 years of age, into Babe Ruth tourney play. Let me be clear. We had some great, great young players, many of whom went on to become important cogs in Boone High School's 1965 state championship team. But, in 1962, this group won the state Ruth championship, the regional championship, which was competition against the state champions of seven other states, and participated, along with just eight other teams in the world, in the Babe Ruth World Series in Bridgeton, N.J.. Believe me, it took more than the management of Mel and I to achieve those accomplishments. This team was very talented.
     Needless to say, it was quite an experience for two young, single guys to guide 15, even younger guys, to sites closer to the Texas border, Wellington, KS. for the regional and New York City, for the World Series, than to Boone, Iowa. Long bus rides became the norm.
     Complete disclosure. Our team lost two games in the World Series play.
     Mel eventually became an Iowa Baseball Hall of Fame coach who had five Ankeny High School teams in state tourney play, including a 1992 team that won a state title, as well as three other teams that finished runnerup in state tourney play.
     Mel and the Kornerman have only had an opportunity to get together a few times in the last many years but I just learned that he had returned to Iowa from Florida and is now living in Rippey, IA, a place where he began his coaching/teaching career.
     I caught up with him the other day via phone and the guy still has baseball on his mind. For many years, the small town of Rippey had an outstanding baseball diamond. Because it was one of the best in central Iowa, the Iowa High School Athletic Association used it for pre-state tourney play on many occasions. In fact, one state championship, the fall tournament of 1962, was decided on that Rippey field.
     When returning to Rippey, the first thing Mel noticed, of course, was the fact that the Rippey baseball diamond had really fell into deep disrepair. He told me, "the only games being played there recently have been  junior high contests and almost everything, fencing, bleachers, the diamond itself, need lots of work to return it to the wonderful facility it used to be."
    So, Mel, who has some health issues, has gathered some volunteers together and will appear before the city council in the near future in an effort to get some financing to aid in the recovery of that park.
    P.S. You can bet he's "loving every bit of his effort." After all, its baseball and he's definitely a baseball guy.
     Here's an annual event that always attracts a nice crowd and coinciding conversation.
     Last Friday, nearly 30 ladies, alumni of Boone Sacred Heart school, gathered in Boone for lunch and to share memories of those school days.
     This event was started many years ago by the Conway sisters, Judy, BSH-55, Patsy, BSH-53, and Sr. Miguel, (Lorraine), BSH-54, who made an annual visit back to their hometown for a chance to share experiences with former classmates.
     Sr. Miguel has served in Quito, Ecuador since 1967 where she is known as Madre Miguel. She is Co-Director of the Working Boys Center there and has recently celebrated her 60th anniversary as a Sister of Charity, BVM.
     Carol Dittmer, BSH-55, and Ethel Morgan, BSH-54, organized this year's meeting.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Annabell Landis, 87, West Des Moines. Boone area survivor is her brother, Albert Sorenson, of Boone...........Steven Snyder, 35, Ames. Boone area survivors include his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Lullabell and Ron Kruse, of Boone.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Additional KWBG Information

     Our recent talk about former KWBG radio employees has brought responses from former BGers Tony Crandell, BHS-59, and Bernie Lewiston as well as from Sara Shaler Harwood, BHS-55, who's mother, Signe, was an important BG station staff member in its beginning years, and John Kueck, BHS-61.
     You will recall that I, the Kornerman, in a recent edition, set this subject on fire by ATTEMPTING to recall as many former KWBG employees, during my time there in the 50's/60's, as my 82-year old mind could muster. I knew there would be some misses but what was really upsetting was the fact that several of the "misses" should have been sooooo easy but didn't make my list. For example, for heaven's sakes, I was best man at Dennis Borwick's wedding and I worked quite some time with John Stribling. Then too, Freddy Lark, Floyd Killian, Vic Sayer.......those should have all been "front and center," and I missed them. Oh well, maybe I can rest on my old age as an acceptable excuse.
     Anyway, here we go with the responses. Sara wrote, "I recall another KWBG employee. I'm not certain of her position......probably in traffic or copy......but not on the air. Her name was Maribel (sp) Benson and she was from Ringsted, IA. and probably in her 20's. For a time in my early teens, I spent summer mornings with mother at the station. My job (unpaid of course) was to take local news reports over the phone, call funeral homes and follow mother's orders in general. The Golden Wedding anniversary reports were very detailed and woe unto anyone who made a mistake taking those notes. A stop on the way to the station was Boone City Hall to check with the police department for any news. I also recall a number of antics involving the fellows in the control room, Tom Quinlan in particular. This usually involved trying to get mother to "break up" while "on the air." Since she was a real pro, these attempts were usually unsuccessful."
     The Kornerman says, "such a big deal is made about viewer ratings in the media these days. Back when Sara's mom, Signe, was at KWBG, I think I'm safe in saying that the highest rated area program, at that time, was Signe Shaler's 11 a.m. local news, sponsored by Wester Furniture. To say it was a complete rundown of anything newsworthy happening in this community is a vast understatement. As Sara mentioned, her mother was a tireless "investigator" in all areas of local news and had a wonderful way of presenting all the info she had gathered on the air. It brings tears to these old eyes to think that we don't have anything like that to offer our people here in Boone, Iowa anymore. Let me be clear. These days, the KWBG News Director is Jim Turbes and he too, is a tireless worker who does a great job with his presentations. But, here's the difference. For attention,  Jim has to battle, on a daily basis, all these modern distractions known as facebook, twitter, cable etc. each, which demand their own attendance. Signe's daily newscast was IT, "the""main event" and all Boone area ears leaned her way each morning at 11 a.m..
     John Kueck added, "you missed Bob Barry, BHS-56. I was a  good friend of his brother, Rick, BHS-62, and I remember visiting Bob at the station. I was quite familiar with Bob because I was at the Barry home often. His personality and voice completely changed as he broadcast. That astonished me. He became a "radio voice." I'm guessing the time frame was circa 1958 since I must have been driving to get to the station. Keep up the great blog."
     Tony Crandell wrote, "here are some folks who were at KWBG when I was there, 1960-63. I started when the station was on Ledges Road and then helped John Stribling and Tom Quinlan wire the new Keeler Street studios. Do you remember when I fell through the ceiling during your Dial Your Neighbor program with Roger Weber? I had gone up to the attic to oil the transmitter fan motor." The Kornerman says, "I can't remember that "fall" but I sure do remember the program mentioned and who of us who worked with him could ever forget Roger Weber and his antics?"
     Tony added some names we missed including his (oh my).........along with John Erickson, Bob Gunderson, "Leapin' Lee Erwin, who ended up at KWDM in Des Moines, Wayne King, who went to KIOA in D.M., and Tony says I even missed the boss man, Harold Garvey. Wow! Harold wrote those big employee checks. How could I forget him?
     Bernie Lewiston cranked on his brain even harder and came up with a few more names that haven't been mentioned previously........Jerry Sheeder; Brian Brosemlee, who used the name, Brian Curtis; Gary Hoffman, Bob Brown, Dave Eliason, Al Johnson, Tom Carmody, Pete Burke and Bernie was the one who reminded me of  Borwick, Sayer, Lark and Killian.
     One other thing. I know many of you "out there" think we vocal media people never amount to much. Well, the Kornerman is here to tell you.......that's not completely true. Dennis Ryerson, who later became the Editor of the Des Moines Register, put in some time at little old KWBG. So, take that, put it in your pipe and smoke it. That was a highly successful move wasn't it??
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Tom Duitsman, 62, rural Boone. Had worked since 1977 at Boone Cable Works and Electronics. Boone area survivors include his wife, Leanne, his mother-in-law, Rosemary Kemmerer, sister-in-law Deanna Stumbo and Jean Nelson all of Boone...........Terry Moran, 62, Ogden. Stratford HS-73. Lived with her husband, Jerry, in Ogden 42 years. She worked at Woodward State Hospital. Boone area survivors include her husband, Jerry, and sister-in-law, Debbie Holts, both of Ogden.........Ron Ahrens, 74, rural Boone. Grand Community HS-61. Was a trucker for Boone L.P. Gas until his retirement in 1962. Boone area survivors include his daughter, Lora Ahrens-Olerich, and his brother, Charlie Ahrens, both of Boone.........Verlee Mae Hein, 85, Durham, NC. She was the daughter of Herman and Ethel Swanson of Boxholm. Formerly a resident of the Boxholm area and Waterloo. Boxholm HS, Boone Junior College and Iowa State University graduate. She was a teacher. She and her husband, Clair Hein, were together for 64 years. Clair survives, as do three daughters and a son. Burial will be in the Boxholm area..........Arvid (Bud) Stock, 92, Boone. He passed away in May. Was a teacher for 41 years, 34 of those years in Boone. Boone area survivor is his wife, Shirley. A son, Steve, also survives. A remembrance reception for Bud's friends and relatives will be held at the Eastern Star Home August 4.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Those Wonderful Days at KWBG

     I, the Kornerman, a former, proud employee of KWBG radio, had mentioned recently that I had been attempting to recall the names of all the old KWBG employees I could remember from my days there, starting in the early 1950's. I stayed involved there into the 60's and 70's. My list has hit the 40 mark and there, no doubt, are some I've forgotten. I'll share my current list a few lines down.
     Meantime, Vern Modeland, BHS-50, referring to my quest, wrote, "you didn't leave me out, I hope. I launched a 15-year career in broadcasting from KWBG beginning in 1950. Yep, just a month or so out of high school after I learned I wasn't cut out for much else, particularly as a go-fer at the local Allis Chalmers dealership. I had a morning shift for a time, while I learned the ropes, then joined then-Program Director, Wayne Spangler, as half of the staff of KWBG's remote studio in Perry. Went from KWBG to KFJB, Marshalltown, for a time. Then back to KWBG before following Story City native, Wayne Olson, from the night shift at Boone when KWBG carried the Liberty Broadcasting Network including Jack Brickhouse's "live" wrestling broadcasts from Chicago. Remember wrestling as broadcast fare? Wayne went on to KJFJ at Webster City and, ultimately, convinced the owners, a newspaper publisher and an attorney, that they needed me too. Bob Graham, also a Program Director at KWBG, by then, had gone to WHO as it expanded into television. He talked me into following and I talked Wayne into following me. Small world wasn't it?"
     The Kornerman says, "oh boy, where do I start........or end? The memories are flowing. For those who don't know, KWBG got its start in about 1950. I don't have an exact date before me. Tom Quinlan took a chance on a young guy........a 1953 senior in high school.......and that was my start in media work. But, we'll save some of that for another day."
     "Who remembers Lindsay Nelson? That mention of Liberty got me thinking. Wasn't that the network that did lots of baseball with Nelson the prime announcer?
    On to the list of former employees I can remember. I'm anxious to see if any of these names ring a bell with our viewers.........Bob Hite, Dale Burge, Tom Quinlan, Eldon Schlenker, Hal Mann, Mark Campbell, Larry Kelley, Bernie Lewiston, Bob Corcoran, Roger Weber, Mike Pace, Mary Day, Mike Jacobson, Dick Johnson, Wes Nielsen, Ken Kilmer, Bob Engnell, Vern Modeland, Wayne Olson, Signe Shaler, Gary Pace, Bob Erickson, Delores Coffee, Dick Canier, Clarence (Pete) Peterson, Christie Munson, Betty Callery, John Gannon, Ken Carpenter, Carla Menough, Pauline Bowman, Bernardine Staley, Kio Dettman, Bob Pink, Bob Sharp, Milton White, Ray Malmberg, Wayne Spangler, Bob Graham.
     To be accurate, there are 39 names......I had repeated Roger Weber.
     Then, I'm wondering about former Boone residents, Ev Hickman and Drexel Peterson, who had radio careers in other communities. I don't know if they ever worked at BG.
     Okay, I'm open for additional names...........
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dennis Rupp, 88, Harrison, AK. Graveside services will be held in Boone Friday at Boone Memorial Gardens.........Larry Ferrari, 77, Pilot Mound. Born in Ogden. Attended school in Pilot Mound. Worked at Quinn's, Hallett's and farmed. Boone area survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Pilot Mound, son, Troy, of Dayton and daughter, Roxanne Dozier, of Ogden. One other daughter also survives.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Basketball Memories

    The Kornerman heard from a member of the West Boone County Muench clan this week. Merle Muench, who lives in Hastings, MN, had a question about Iowa high school basketball.
     Merle wrote, "how many classifications were there in Iowa high school basketball in the early 1950's? I'm thinking there were three. Weren't Boone, Ogden and Boxholm each in separate classes? I know they were all (the classifications) thrown together at the state tourney. I'm up at Hayward, WI. with several good friends from northwest Iowa on a short fishing trip. One of them, Brian Pauling, played for Paullina High School in the late 60's when they had three undefeated seasons and won three consecutive state championships. We were having a friendly discussion about high school sports and, of course, I had to tell them about us, Boxholm, losing to the Roland Rockets in the sub-state final two years in a row, 1952-53."
     Here was the answer the Kornerman provided. Prior to 1956, there was one overall state champion. From 1956-60, there was a class A champion and a class B state champion. From 1961-66, back to one overall champion. From 1967-74, there were two classes and two state champions. From 1975-84, three classes and three state champions, and since 1985, there have been four classes and four state champions.
     Back to Merle's specific question. In those early 50's, as mentioned, there was one overall state champion. However, in the tournament series leading up to the state meet, there was a classification system........three classes. So, at that time, Boone, Ogden and Boxholm were all in separate classes in pre-state tourney play. Had any of them advanced to state, they would have all been in the same class, seeking one state championship.
     I think Merle is referring to the 1951-52 season when he talks about the three Boone County schools being in separate classes prior to state tourney play. That was the Kornerman's junior year in high school and, as I recall, our Boone team lost to Spencer, Boxholm lost to Roland and I'm not sure who Ogden lost too in the sub-state finals. Anyway, in a somewhat strange opportunity, all three Boone County schools, with wins in those games, would have earned state tourney berths. However, all three lost and none ever made it to the state tourney stage.
     The Kornerman goofed in the last edition. We promoted a BHS 1968 class reunion as being held this weekend and were quickly corrected by Marty and Shelley Dannatt.  We were a year ahead of time. That reunion is next year, July 21, 2018. As soon as we heard from the Dannatt's, we eliminated the mention in the Korner so, hopefully, no one was badly effected by our error. You had to be an early riser/early reader to catch that misinformation.
     We are correct on this one. Don't forget that Jamie Kelley, BHS-98, is going to be performing locally to benefit the Boone Area Humane Society next Friday, July 28, with a concert at TK's Event Center. Tickets are available at Hy Vee or call 432-4332 and buy in advance to save a few bucks.
     Received a quick note from John Hinz, BHS-64. He wrote, "we are watching Wheel of Fortune and a very nice, very cute young lady contestant introduced herself, announcing she is from Boone, Iowa. Brandy Holmes was the name and she is winning. Anyone know about her family? She said they are all still living in Iowa."
     The Kornerman thinks John was seeing a rerun of a show from quite some time back. I recall hearing about this when it was really held "live" but I don't have much information on it to provide. Maybe a Korner viewer can fill us in on the final result/family etc.
     Here's another case of really missing our old Boone News Republican which, under its current weekly status, won't come around again with local information for four or five more days.
     The Korner knows that Stan Brandmeyer, former BHS teacher/coach, and husband of Vivian, former Boone campus DMAAC President, passed away recently in Versailles, MO. We have learned that his funeral services will be held in Boone at Augustana Lutheran Church on Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m.. Wife, Vivian, and two sons survive.
     Apparently, the Korner is media/alone with this information at this time. Sorry its that way but we're happy to do what we can do to keep at least some folks informed.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Amy Lou Garlock, 85, Winfield, IA. Born in Ogden in 1931. OHS grad. Married Rev. Brown Garlock in Ogden in 1954. Was a teacher and was also involved in her husband's ministry. Two sons, two daughters and two sisters survive but none in the Ogden area........Steven Snyder, 35, Ames..........Lori Filmer Vonk, 56, Lake City. Served for many years as Office Manager for Rolfes Company in Boone. Boone area survivors include her husband, Harrie, son, Jason, and daughter, Alicia George, all of Boone.........Greg Leonard, 32, Ogden. Was a victim of ALS. East Greene HS. Boone area survivors include his wife, Caley Leonard, and daughters, Aubrey, and Bailey, all of Ogden and his mother, Becky Leonard, of Grand Junction.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chasing the Clouds

     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, has a question for you/us oldtimers. He wrote, "How many survivors are there of the days when, as adventuresome kids, we could climb a mountain in Boone?" Vern went on, "there were two of major size, as I recall. Okay, so they were slag piles of the coal mines we had back then. The one I spent time at was on the west side of Division Street, probably about at the city limits. There was this neat "mountain" of say 100 feet in height. It had a little rail line that went from the vertical opening of the mine shaft to the top of the "mountain." The cart once carried the slag to the top, then tipped it over, to add it to the growing "mountain." For a 10-12 year old, climbing the sides of that was quite an adventure. And, being before do-gooders were everywhere to save us from ourselves - you could prowl at the abandoned mine site, including throwing stuff down the mine shaft and trying to estimate how long it was before it went "splash" in I-know-not-what. The other mine/mountain was north of the railroad right-of-way just west of town. Both were visable for some distance and made quite an observation point if you climbed to the top. What happened to the coal mines? Someone filled the shafts and laterals into the coal vein, right? Old Boone explorers wonder. Anyone younger than 75 or so probably never even knew." He signed out, "Vern, BHS-50, withering away in the Ozarks." The Kornerman says, "golly we hope not Vern. Your mind is certainly still clear and I'm sure we all appreciate the memory of  those "mountains."
     Really, I, the Kornerman, has a similar memory. A relative of mine on my mother's side, Ben Erickson, farmed that first place Vern described and, as a 10-12 year old, I, too, recall climbing the "mountain" that Vern mentioned which was on that property. As Vern indicated, it was quite a thing to do and, obviously, the memory has always stayed with me. Geographically I'm talking about a spot just west off Division Street and north of 198th Road.
     For an update, Jo and I took a drive to the site of those two mountains Vern mentioned. The one that I had successfully climbed has disappeared. At least we could see no sight of it behind the very tall corn stalks. The other one that can be seen south of 198th or north of old Highway 30 in West Boone, still looms high with a U.S. flag perched on top. A good look can be obtained on Coal Road.
     Here's a Pufferbilly Days "heads up." By the way, the big event this year is September 7-10. Put it on your calendar.
     Anyway, the "heads up" is courtesy of former Boone resident, Ginny Martin Kuzniar, BHS-69. Ginny wrote this week, "I've been an avid reader of Kelley's Korner for years now and I finally have an opportunity to send you something "newsworthy." My sister, Barbara Martin Perry, BHS-65, will be a guest author at the "Book Shoppe" during Pufferbilly Days. She will be available to sign her delightful new book, "A Perfect Puddle," all day Saturday, September 9. The book is about two darling raindrops, Willie and Arnold, who capture young hearts and teach important lessons on science (STEM) at the same time! I will be joining her to help out....besides, isn't that what little sisters do? We are looking forward to reacquainting with old friends and enjoying the Pufferbilly experience."
     Ginny added,"I have lived in the Chicagoland area for the last 45 years and this year, my sister retired and moved closer to me. This has enabled her to see grandchildren more often and, at the same time, reinventing herself as an author of children's books! Mr. Stock's journalism class is finally paying off."
     In conclusion, Ginny said, "it's important to mention that a percentage of the sale of "A Perfect Puddle" will be going to the Ericson Public Library. Barb's book is dedicated to our parents, Mike and Marilyn Martin, who were lifetime residents of Boone. Our father, Mike, was an avid reader and was a wonderful storyteller. He was a local baseball umpire and a Captain of the Boone Fire Department back in his day."
     That annual Iowa By the Sea Picnic in Southern California at the site of the battleship Iowa is coming August 12 BUT if you plan to attend and want a ticket discount you must purchase by August 1. Adults (13 and over) pay $30 and youth (6-12) $12 but discounts of $5 and $2 respectively are available if you sign up by August 1.
     More info about this event can be obtained
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mary Welch, 82, Boone. Attended school in Fraser and Boone. Worked at Randall's Foods in Boone for 32 years. After retirement, moved to Brooklyn, IA and lived there 25 years. Boone area survivors include two sons, Jeff and Kevin, both of Boone. Another son and a daughter also survive...........Marion Russell, 99, Ogden. Worked at the Woodward State Hospital prior to retirement........Lars Garton, 85, Ogden. Was a music teacher before becoming a school administrator. Served five schools in that capacity including Ogden High School......... Roger Hoshaw, 81, Webster City, formerly of the Stratford area. He and his wife, Irene, farmed for 79 years in the Stratford area. He also worked at Colonial Heating and Sheet Metal in Fort Dodge. His wife, Irene, of Webster City, is a survivor.  Boone area survivors include a daughter, Shelley Marvin, of Boone and son, Kevin Hoshaw, of Stratford. One other son also survives........Roger Halverson, 68, Slater. Worked at the Iowa DOT for 41 years.........Richard McVey, 57, Woodward. Madrid HS-78. Worked at Progressive Foundry for 15 years and was Plant Manager of Central Iowa Ready Mix for 23 years. Wife Pam of Woodward survives as do a son and three daughters.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

House Guests.....So, a Day Off

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Vera Marie Lindahl Sullivan, 80, Urbandale. Born in Boone. Parents were Verne and Evelyn Lindahl. Lived with husband, Raymond Sullivan, in Urbandale. He and four children survive. One child has passed away as did her brothers, James and Donald, of Boone.........Dale Paul Eppert, 88, Luther. Worked in road maintenance for Boone County for 40 years. Also did some farmng. Boone area survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of Luther, son, Dale, of Stanhope, and son, Denny, of Luther. He is also survived by a daughter..........Frances Nelson, 95, Raymore, MO. Born in Boone. Parents were Albin and Edith Mathson. Was an elementary teacher for a few years. She was an active member of Evangelical Free Churches in Boone, Madrid and Martensdale. No Boone area survivors.........Beverly Boorn, 87, Grand Junction. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Kathy (Jr.) John, of Boone..........Thomas Pritchard, Temple, TX. Formerly of Boone...........Betty Jean Miller, 86, Boone. BHS-49. Her parents were Arthur and Theodora Patten. She and her late husband, Donald, raised four boys in Boone.........Arlene Dames, 96, Boone. Moved to Boone from Sioux City in 1996. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Patricia Thomas, of Boone.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Some Interesting Material

     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, has been a very regular contributor to the Korner, always providing interesting material that isn't necessarily timely, but much worth holding for future use.
     So, here we are, with a void in our correspondence this past week. Its a perfect time to "catch up" with some things that Mark has provided but we have kept "on the shelf" for a time like this.
     First, he sent a video that is an easy followup to the recent Fourth of July holiday. In the end, its an actual singing, for the first time, of God Bless America sung by Kate Smith.
     The Kornerman not only enjoyed the singing of the song, I also learned some things I was unaware of concerning this classic, a song that some people think is our "real" National Anthem.
     The year was 1940 and our country's economy was still a mess from the depression. In addition, Germany's Hitler was causing all kinds of problems with his invasion of neighboring countries and threat to the rest of the world.
     Aware of the malaise affecting our country and its citizens, Kate Smith, whom Sinatra, himself, called the "best singer of her time," wanted to find an uplifting, patriotic song to sing. She went to the famous songwriter Irving Berlin who indicated he had written such a song 22 years previous, in 1917, that he thought might fill that bill.
     This was prior to television but on the radio, Kate Smith, a radio super star, eventually introduced God Bless America and it seemed to give the nation a boost in pride that was badly needed at that time.
     Then too, did you know that any money raised by that song was delivered to the Boy Scouts of America and through the years, that organization has continued to receive that benefit?
     To see this.......
     Mark also sent a video titled, "Made in Iowa" and it is about the demise of the Electrolux plant in Webster City and the way that community pulled together in an effort to rebound from that disaster.
     The shutdown came in 2011 when the plant was jettisoned to Mexico. At its peak, the Webster City plant employed up to 2,000 people from that community, Boonetown and the entire central Iowa area.
     At the beginning of the video, former employees and other townspeople are interviewed about the dire impact the closing had on families and businesses. One of those interviewed said, "businesses closed, home were foreclosed and people were forced to leave town for other opportunities."
     The gentleman added, "things really hit rock bottom when a big "For Sale" sign appeared on the theatre marquee."
     Some folks were not going to "let go" without a fight. Starting with a facebook plea, a drive to save the theatre was started. The originator of the idea said, "I got 100 "likes" and that pushed me forward." A committee was formed, a business plan set and a money raising drive got underway.
     Fast forward.........the theatre, behind much volunteer work and lots of money contributions awarded, eventually reopened via a huge community celebration.
     Yes, it was just a theatre BUT the entire community got involved, all coming together, to make that happen and show the world that Webster City could overcome the factory closing and lift a lot of spirits as a result.
     Someone said, "we found we're a lot better off with thriving smaller businesses than relying on one big one."
     It was a very interesting video and the Kornerman thanks Mark for "filling in" the Korner this time with a pair of great stories.
     To watch this.......
     Last time, we mentioned Bernie Lewiston's birthday. He repled with thanks, "Evelyn sure surprised me. I had no clue she was going to do that. Regarding Dick Johnson, another KWBG alum, Mark Campbell told me that Dick had passed away in Oklahoma. I enjoyed working for Dick when he was the station manager. You're right, lots of great memories. Keep up the good work."
     P.S. Guess what? The Kornerman delved into this old mind of mine and tried to write down all the former KWBG employees I could remember from my time there......mainly the 1950's.
     I have 33 names on the current list and am stretching for more. Someday, I will release what I have come up with and will ask for additions.........any I might have missed.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Judith Brooks, 73, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a son, Bret Brooks, of Boone.........Virginia Randolph Carris Cox, 95, Des Moines. Born in Boone in 1922.........Fayetta Faye Springer, Platteville, WI. Formerly of Boone and Ogden........Calvin Stone, 90, Boone. Clinton HS-46. Was a longtime educator. Was an industrial arts teacher in Boone from 1955-88. Also taught adult education classes for 20 years. Army vet. Boone area survivors include his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Doran Stone, and sons, Mark and Matt Stone, all of Boone. Other area survivors include a son, Ben, of Des Moines and daughter, Cara Stone, of Ames.........Del Maurine Stark, 92, Boone. Born in Stratford and farmed with her husband, Leon (Bud) Stark, in the Stratford area. Attended A.I.B. and served as office manager for Stratford Mutual Telephone Company. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Janis Anderson, of Boone........George Steininger, 82, Boone. BHS-54. Navy vet. Worked as a machinist at ISU from 1964-98 when he retired. Boone area survivors include his wife, Carol, and sister, Madonna Smith, both of Boone. Another area survivor is a daughter, Jolene Steininger, of Ames...........Terry Swartz, 74, Boone. Grew up in Webster City. WCHS-60. Worked in banking in Webster City and Boone. Also had a refinishing business and drove a bus for Boone County. Boone area survivors include his wife, Karen, of Boone, two sons and four daughters. Daughter Shelly Harper of Boone is an area survivor.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Variety ---- The Spice of Life

     We have a variety of subjects to subject our viewers to in this edition of the Korner. Jackie Gleason used to say, awaaaaay we go.
     Evelyn Lewiston, over Ogden way, wrote, "I don't know if you post birthdays in the Korner or not."
     The Kornerman says, "hey, bring em' on. We post about anything that meets the "good taste" list."
     "Husband Bernie turns 75 on Tuesday, July 11, and he loves to read the Korner," Evelyn added.
     Well, a big happy, happy birthday to an old KWBG buddy, big Bernie. We've both got some great memories of our days there and, of course, don't get together often enough to share the belly laughs.
     Now, it just so happens that we heard from another BG grad this week also.
     Larry Kelley (no relation) wrote, "do you remember when Wes Nielson (another BG grad) lived in a little house somewhere in southeast Boone?" The Kornerman does not remember that.
     Larry added, "I'm being nostalgic now in life and wanting to re-visit some of the places I have been from years ago. I heard Kio Dettman say that BG once was for sale for $75k. I wish I had known that. I had a chance to own part of it when Ken Kilmer was the General Manager. He offered me a partnership. The things we could have done in life that we missed out on."
     The Kornerman says,"whatever happened to Ken Kilmer? Vic Sayer has passed and I'm not sure about Dick Johnson. I think I was station manager a short time between Dick and Ken. I remember Dick was my boss and I don't think I was still at the station when Ken took over. Anyway, lots of great memories."
     P.S. Here's the latest on Larry's famous son, Jamie.
     His East Coast Fan Club recently held their annual party at the home base, Vineland, NJ.
     Jamie has a new album with a dozen tracks, 10 of them originals.......songs he has written.
     And, always the dedicated Booneite, Jamie, again, will favor his hometown with a charity concert. This time he'll benefit the Boone County Humane Society. It will be held at TK's Event Center on July 28. Tickets are available for $25 at HyVee or by calling 432-4332 and here's a secret, kids ONLY can show up at the door the night of the concert for a special price of $15. Again, its another Jamie Kelley Boone charity to benefit the Humane Society.
     Tim Johnson showed up at the Kornerman's door the other day with the question, "when was baseball play started on the Memorial Park diamond?"
     Well, of course, Memorial Park has been Memorial Park for quite some time. When the Kornerman was 13-18, all of the youth baseball that was available was American Legion ball and yes, we played at Memorial BUT at that time, the early 50's, home plate was on the Greene Street part of the park and there was no outfield fence. Just bushes in left-center field along 21st street and in dead right field, along Boone Street. So, the diamond then was laid out completely different than it is today.
     Boone High School had baseball teams in the early 1940's but shortly thereafter, that sport was discontinued. They played their games at the old Vets park site which later became the first Jimmy Archer, what?, 10th and Tama?
     A former Minor League baseball player, Mike Jacobs, moved to Boone as an administrator with the railroad. He had a deep interest in baseball and started a semi-pro team, the Boone Falcons, and also was very instrumental in developing the Memorial Park baseball diamond as we know it today. In that time, it was often said that some of Mike's railroad workers were spending more time working on building a baseball diamond than they were actually working on the railroad. I remember they used remnants of old railroad cars to build the first dugouts and eventually, it was Jacobs and his crew who got lights installed there.
     If my memory is still valid, Bill Sapp, a teacher-coach at Grand Junction, was hired at Boone High School in 1958 to teach and to again begin a high school baseball program. By then, the diamond, itself, was in place and was "one of the best" around.
     So, I guess the answer to Mike's query would be that baseball has been played on the Memorial Park diamond since the early to mid-1950's.
     At our most recent class meeting, class of 1953, we did something unusual, at least, to our group. We tried to think of individuals who were in our class at one time or another but, due to a family move or some other  reason, did not finish with us. This brought back some additional memories.
     Names we came up with were Clarice McBirnie, Jack Butler, Emilee Jackson, Ron Keneipp and Ramona Reckner.
     We know Jack has  passed. He used to keep in contact as did Ron Keneipp. In fact, Jack would email the Korner every so often.
     Maybe some of you viewers remember these folks.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:.Kent Hubby, 63, Kansas City. Formerly of Boone. BHS-72. His parents, Merle and Elaine. Kent was a wood finisher for several Kansas City companies. Boone area survivors include his mother, Elaine, sisters, Debbie, Vicki and Nancy, and his brother, Danny........Gwendolyn Capps, 87, Boone. Her husbands, both deceased, were James Casey and John Capps. She married John in 1971. Gwen was a head cook at Iowa State University and later worked at Walmart. Boone area survivors include her son, Chris Capps, of Ogden, daughter, Jo Ellen Wells, brother Duane Wilcox and sister Charlene Alexander all of Boone.
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