The Longest Week

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”,…

Still Standing

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…

Fractured Lives

I was going to post a topic that merited a discussion, but I have something a lot more important to roll out this afternoon. In the past, I have written about mental illness and suicide, and the ongoing misunderstanding and handling of individuals who are affected by mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar depression,…

A Lesson in Good P.R.: Waterloo & RAYGUN

Atta boy, Buck!  I told you it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to RAYGUN and come up with a better slogan. Now, if you don’t mind, please send me an email and thanking me for helping you! Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you make a negative PR into a positive PR for you, your…

Still Waiting…

It’s been two days and I’ve received no response from you, Mayor Clark. C’mon, make that phone call and reach out to Mike D. You won’t be sorry. It’ll be a good PR campaign for you and the city. Don’t be a curmudgeon.  Do it!