My dad walked into the house on the evening of January 10, 1983. The week before, I turned seven years old. I don’t recall what I did on my birthday, only that I had cake and ice cream while watching the Rose Bowl. It was a yearly tradition for me. Dad came through the garage … More Murder and Fire: A Dark Night
While the attention has been centered around Washington, two Iowa cities are embroiled in local government infighting between mayors and city councils. … More Who’s Running This City Anyway??
What was the first major news story I was aware of as a kid? It happened thirty-five years ago today. … More “The Longest Week” at 35: The First Major Story I Remembered As A Kid
Today is the fifth anniversary of “Des Moines Is Not Boring”, a blog dedicated to touting and showing everyone that Des Moines is not boring…ever. The brainchild of Pete Jones has expanded over the years, with featured writers and topics, but the premise remains the same, which is there is plenty of events, activities, and … More It’s Never Boring When You Have Topics to Write About
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (slurs) will never hurt me…” That may be true, but it shouldn’t be a precursor to murder. The discussion over the beating death of Marcellus Andrews of Waterloo has brought up a litany of angles and different perspectives over whether or not Andrews was gay (his sister … More Just a Senseless Beating Death?
My grandfather was watching a television show on a late humid-soaked Sunday night, July 12, 1981. My grandparents lived in a well-kept home where my mother and her siblings grew up in on the east side of Waterloo, Iowa, near downtown. As he was getting ready to go to bed, Grandma and him heard several loud “bangs”, … More The Longest Week
Leonard Raffensperger, Jerry Moses, Reggie Roby, Howard Vernon, and Jim Miller. George Dutcher, Jim Berry, Don Perkins, Kelly Ellis, and Courtney Messingham. Those names roll off of my tongue like the staccato of a Tommy gun. Mike Woodley, Mike Allen, Glen Strobridge, and Forry Smith. All of these individuals and images have one thing in common…they … More Still Standing