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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Good morning to you!

The essence of cool. Some people have it. Most of us don’t. Each of us may define coolness differently, but some similar and underlying traits seem to fit. Those who are the essence of cool are often quiet and show little emotion, only speaking when they have something meaningful to say. They don’t openly argue, blast their opinions, or wear their politics on their sleeves. They are a bit mysterious, not putting themselves completely out there for others to judge.

Those who are the essence of cool treat others with kindness, but they don’t do so to seek recognition. They are simple in the way they dress and don’t see the need to obsess with the material things in life. And they don’t have to try to be cool. They just are.

Here’s my list of people in the public eye who are (or once were) the essence of cool.

Lenny Kravitz is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and actor. And he defines cool not only in song but in film. Just like a dragonfly.

Joan Jett is a rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, record producer and actress. She doesn’t need to put another dime in the jukebox, baby, but she can if she wants to.

James Dean was an actor with a career that lasted five years until his death. His roles typified teenage disillusionment and social estrangement of his time. This rebel had a cause. Still does.

Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll. The hair. The snarl. The jumpsuits. The gyrations. He had it all. Until he didn’t. But he redefined cool.

John Wayne starred in Western and war films that were produced during Hollywood's Golden Age. Born in Winterset, "the Duke" was tough-guy cool, partner.

Clint Eastwood rose to fame in 1960s spaghetti Westerns and in the “Dirty Harry” films of the 1970s. He has been called “an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.” At 94, he is still cool.

Although they are not real people, and with all due respect to Lenny and Squiggy, the Lone Ranger and Tonto may have been the coolest duo on TV. “Hi yo, Silver, away!"

And no list of the essence of cool would be complete without another TV character, Arthur Fonzarelli, or as we know him, the Fonz. Perfectamundo.

What ones did I miss? Send me a note and let me know. Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Rain chances continue today, along with cooler temperatures. Fifties for the weekend. Sixties with rain chances Monday and Tuesday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

From the April issue of CITYVIEW

Flying Mango is unique to the bone

By Jim Duncan

Flying Mango has been around for a quarter century, 21 years at its present location in Beaverdale and five before that at farmers markets and as a catering service. Its name came because owner Mike Wedeking has been a licensed pilot for more than half a century, and mango is his favorite fruit.

When Wedeking began flying, restaurants in Des Moines were driven by the personalities of their owners. Joe and Red Giudicessi at Christopher’s, Babe and Chuck Bisignano at Babe’s and Chuck’s, Johnny and Kay Compiano at Johnny & Kays, Ralph Compiano at Compianos and Ralph’s, Paul Trostel at Colorado Feed & Grain, Gino Foggia at Gino’s, Vic Talerico at Vic’s Tally Ho, Noah Lacona at Noah’s Ark, etc.


Tallgrass Theatre Company.”The Good Doctor.” April 19 - May 5. 

Poetry Palooza. April 19-20, Grand View University. This celebration of poetry has quickly become a national sensation. Poets laureate and other poetic stars abound. 

Comedy Xperiment. April 19-20, Stoner Theater at Des Moines Performing Arts. The premier improv comedy troupe in Iowa. 

Valley Junction Gallery Night. April 19, 5-8 p.m. More than a dozen galleries, shops and restaurants welcome visitors for the bi-annual walkabout along Fifth Street in West Des Moines.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Frame Shop

1. Tandem Brick Gallery

2. Dot’s Gallery & Frame Shop

3. The Great Frame Up

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From the April issue of Grimes/Dallas Center Living magazine

The gift of a future
Residents share their stories of organ transplants.

By Ashley Rullestad

In February of 2020, after three months of hospitalizations due to critically low blood counts, Nancy Sayles learned she has a rare blood disorder, aplastic anemia (APA), affecting her bone marrow. It is similar to leukemia but is non-cancerous.

“The three months between November 2019 and February 2020, I was desperately sick, and no one could tell me what was wrong. The hospitalizations I had during the three months felt like the doctors were throwing a dart at a wheel to determine what course of treatment to try because no one knew exactly what was wrong with me. The nights were the worst with 3 a.m. wake-up calls from my anxiety and fears.”


Del Monte, the world leader in pineapple sales, announced the release of Precious Honeyglow pineapples. The company calls them "personal-sized," weighing in at about half the size of the average pineapple. Del Monte says these are sweeter than larger pineapples and grow in Costa Rica. Del Monte also now produces Pinkglow pineapples with pink flesh.

Trostel's Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston) will host a Molly Dooker wine dinner Thursday, April 25. There will be five courses and Molly Dooker's Jenny Childers will be on hand to provide the Aussie vintner's interesting history. Space limited, $130 for five courses and five wines. Reservations: 515-253-0124.

Deals today. Thursdays are Iowa Cubs Mug Club nights. In partnership with Big Grove Brewery, fans can buy a 2024 mug for $130 and get their first beer free for Mug Club home games, plus discounted refills. The package also includes 12 general admission tickets... Eastside Eddie's (3517 E. 26th St., Des Moines) has a special on Thursdays of $10 hot beef sandwiches with corn... Kids eat free at Scornovacca’s (1930 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) on Thursdays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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FROM KCCI: 'Horrendous conditions': Norwalk police investigate animal hoarding case involving 60 dogs and cats

NORWALK, Iowa — Norwalk police are investigating a case of 60 animals living in filth at a Norwalk home. They notified the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, who removed the animals...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: With uncertain future some Heartland AEA employees resign

JOHNSTON, Iowa — At the Heartland AEA in Johnston 70 employees out of a total of 740 have resigned...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Polk County Sheriff's Office: Driver killed after leaving the road, driving through fence

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, and officials say nobody else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sixers out duel Heat down stretch to clinch No. 7 seed in East ....READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Red Sox Beat Guardians in MLB's Quickest Nine-Inning Game in Over a Decade. ... READ MORE
YAHOO! SPORTS: Jontay Porter receives lifetime ban from NBA for violating gambling rules.  .... READ MORE
1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake topples buildings, killing thousands.... READ MORE
1989: Chinese students protest against government: Thousands of Chinese students continue to take to the streets in Beijing to protest government policies and issue a call for greater democracy in the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC). The protests grew until the Chinese government ruthlessly suppressed them in June during what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.... READ MORE
1958: Federal court decides to release poet Ezra Pound from hospital for criminally insane ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Ian Brandt!

These celebrities were born on this date: America Ferrera, Chloe Bennet, Conan O'Brien, David Tennant, Ellen Woglom, Eric Roberts, Hayley Mills, Kourtney Kardashian, Jeff Dunham, Melissa Joan Hart, James Woods, Miguel Cabrera

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the orthopedic doctor become after he retired and ran a vacation resort hotel? A ROOM-ATOLOGIST! Or, He became a really “hip” guy! - William Snyder. Also answers from Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Why couldn't the butterfly go to the dance?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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