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Thursday, April 25, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to an extra edition of the mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“You forgot Telly Savalas (The essence of cool, April 18, 2024)!” - Jimmy

Smooth. Yes, Kojak defined cool. - Shane

“Mostly from a different point of view and a different era of another time and place (The essence of cool, April 18, 2024). Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Yves Saint-Laurent, Miles Davis, Arnold Palmer, Warren Beatty, Frank Gifford, Lou Rawls, Robert Redford, Mick Jagger, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sam Elliott, Sam Shepard, Jimmy Buffett, Warren Buffett, Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, James Earl Jones, James Garner, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds.” - Rex

So, who wasn’t cool? - Shane

“Shane, I would like to add David Letterman to the list (The essence of cool, April 18, 2024). Nobody has been as witty or hosted a late-night talk show as entertaining as him.” - Jim

He is a corny kind of cool. I, too, miss David Letterman on late night TV. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. I could make several pages of cool, but here is an early TV one, an obscure cure one, and someone who could make the list (The essence of cool, April 18, 2024): Edd Byrnes, aka Kookie 77 from ‘Sunset Strip’; David Fravor, retired Navy pilot who reported the ‘Tic Tac’ UFOs (watch the series on PBS ‘Carrier’); and Kevin Costner, who would make the list if he commits to seeing ‘Yellowstone’ through.” - John

I have never seen “Sunset Strip,” but I am going to seek it out, as well as the “Carrier” series. As for Costner and “Yellowstone,” definitely the essence of cool. - Shane

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

A slight chance of an isolated shower today but much better chances come this evening and into the weekend, when we'll see rounds of thunderstorms, some strong, with breaks in between. Expect warmer temperatures as well.

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

Our grammarian governor plays politics with words

By Randy Evans

“Unsustainable” is a fascinating word, especially when it is used in government and politics. Merriam-Webster, the dictionary folks, tell us unsustainable means something cannot be continued or supported.

But in governmental affairs, that definition sometimes gets changed. Instead of something truly being incapable of continuing, the word often means the person using the term simply does not want that “something” to go forward.

Understanding this distinction can help us better parse the statements our politicians make. Here is a real-life example to illustrate this difference:

Back in December, Gov. Kim Reynolds ended Iowa’s participation in a summer food program for low-income families with school-age children. The governor made the decision even though the bulk of the expense would be paid by the federal government.

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From the April issue of Altoona Living magazine

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

By Chantel Boyd

Jill Dare’s nephew, Jesse James Johnston, was 21 when he died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

“On Nov. 18, 2006, we were told that Jesse had no brain activity and would not survive,” says Jill.

Jill’s sister, Janeen Marchant, was asked if Jesse was a donor.

“She said she did not want his organs donated, but since he was 21, they needed to look at his driver's license,” Jill says.

When authorities checked, they found Jesse had indeed indicated he wanted to be an organ donor. In fact, Jesse had made that decision just two days prior. He had just gotten a new license needed to begin trucking school.


Daisy Brand LLC, the leading manufacturer and largest brand of sour cream and cottage cheese in the U.S., is expanding its operations to Boone. Daisy plans to invest $626.5 million in a 750,000-square-foot facility, creating 106 new jobs to start, a number teased to grow up to 255 "as demand increases." The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved $7 million in direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits for the company. (Office of the Governor)

Local women make comebacks. Jenny Symonds, the former owner of Jenny Lee's Korean American Kitchen on Mills Civic Parkway, is the new co-owner and executive chef at The Handlebar along the Raccoon River Valley Trail... Chelsea Lyons, whose popular Players was seized by the city to improve traffic safety, opened Chelsea’s Courtyard Diner in the 300 MLK building near the ballpark.

Tune in Saturday at 10 a.m. for the exciting details about the upcoming Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa. That museum/event center/coffee house/and more will occupy the 13,000 square foot Butler Mansion on Fleur. KFMG 98.9 FM 

Today's deals. Firecracker shrimp are $6 on Thursdays and five pasta dinners are just $12.99, including fettuccine chicken Alfredo, at Bianca’s Grill & Vineyard (410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny)... Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway., West Des Moines) has a Thursday special of both scallops and shrimp skewers with rice and a side for $17... Sirloin steak dinners are featured today at Sully's Irish Pub (860 First St., West Des Moines); Front Row (9956 Swanson Blvd, Clive); Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W. Ashland Ave., Indianola); and ribeye sandwiches are at The Station on Ingersoll (3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


CITYVIEW's Guide to All Things Dining


Gardens — Not just for the backyard

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Spilling the beans

Questing for the holy zip code


FROM KCCI: Body of missing Iowa trucker David Schultz found in Sac County

SAC CITY, Iowa — The family of a northwest Iowa man who went missing last fall says he has been found dead. David Schultz, 53, was first reported missing by his wife on Nov. 21, 2023. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Large police presence at Urbandale home

URBANDALE, Iowa — Multiple law enforcement agencies have surrounded a home in Urbandale. Multiple agencies with armed officers and a SWAT team surrounded a home in the 3700 block of 150th Street at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2024 Iowa Legislature: Here's which bills didn't become law

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Legislature saw many bills that generated a lot of talk in the 2024 session, but not every bill was passed or signed into law.
Here are some bills that failed......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


This Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m., “Creature Featured 70th” at the Fremont (1040 E. Ninth St., Des Moines). Artist D. Ryan Allen returns to the role of producer, enabling a diverse and creative band of Central Iowa independent artists to convene at events to showcase and sell their works, while enticing audiences to immerse themselves into wonderfully themed happenings. Free admission, family friendly, the region welcomes the return of this series.

Westminster Fine Arts Series and Chapel Theatre Guild presents the John Cariani comedy “Almost, Maine” April 25-27, 7 p.m. Call 515-274-1534 or stop into the church office (4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines) for free tickets.

Ballet Des Moines at Hoyt Sherman Place. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” April 26-28.

Cambridge Collective Players at Palestine Lutheran Church, Cambridge. “Steel Magnolias,” featuring Van Harden as the DJ. April 26, April 27 (dinner theater performance). Nazarenechurchcambridge@gmail.com or call 515-383-4328.

Des Moines Performing Arts. “Discover Gershwin,” an evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry, featuring the Des Moines Symphony. Goldsberry, who took the Broadway world by storm when she originated the role of Angelica in the blockbuster musical “Hamilton,” returns to Des Moines. April 27.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

Sports headlines
ESPN: Heat torch Celtics with 23 3-pointers to even series in Game 2....READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Charlie Woods Playing in U.S. Open Local Qualifier in Florida... READ MORE
YAHOO! SPORTS: 2024 NFL Draft Care/Don't Care: Minnesota's QB conundrum, the WR bonanza and more... READ MORE
1974: NFL adopts overtime for regular-season games ... READ MORE
1990: Hubble Space Telescope placed in orbit..... READ MORE
2014: The Flint water crisis begins: On April 25, 2014 officials from Flint, Michigan switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure for the struggling city. In doing so, they unwittingly introduced lead-poisoned water into homes, in what would become a massive public-health crisis..... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Dan Goodwin!

These celebrities were born on this date: Al Pacino, Daniel Sharman, Jonathan Bailey, Jason Lee, Sam Fender, Renée Zellweger, Tim Duncan, Maggie Rogers, Hank Azaria, Sara Paxton, Matthew West

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is the leading cause of dry skin? A DRY TOWEL! - Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Thanks for the riddle Jolene Goodman!

Today's riddle

Why is it so difficult to drag a clam on a leash?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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