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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023
Good morning!

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.

“Another great piece of nostalgic trivia (Coin pouches, Aug. 8, 2023)! I haven’t seen a coin pouch in years and haven’t used one for more years than that. For many years, at the end of the day, all the coins in my pocket go into a large coffee mug on the dresser. When the cup begins to overflow, I take the contents to a bank or someplace to convert to dollar bills and donate the money to charity. Actually two cups — one for pennies and one for nickels and dimes. Quarters go into a used pill bottle, and those are kept in the car console for parking meters or an occasional coin-operated washing machine when traveling. Now that parking meters are going digital, I will probably redirect that money to charity as well. After 12 years of retirement, it seems we don’t accumulate that much in coins because we aren’t stopping at the convenience store every day for snacks and beverages!” - Chuck

I had a friend in high school who kept two dimes in her penny loafers in case she needed to make a phone call. I thought it was a great idea. Useless today, of course. - Shane

“Shane I also had one of those oval coin holders (Coin pouches, Aug. 8, 2023). I saw one recently at a souvenir shop on a trip, but I don't remember exactly where it was. I think I have seen them in the past at the Iowa State Fair.” - Gail

That’s one more reason to attend the Iowa State Fair. - Shane

"This came from the Iowa Farm Bureau, and I use it to hold my quarters (Coin pouches, Aug. 8, 2023).” - Dale 

I can almost smell the bacon! Or maybe that’s the rubber. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. I was just discussing this very topic at work. My memories are of the leather squeeze coin purses. My grampa carried one, and I remember him pulling it out to give me change for various reasons. I wish I had his original one. They looked like this…


However, in regard to your story about Quikoin, here is a recent acquisition purchased from eBay.” - Lori


Now, that is nice! - Shane

“I really enjoyed your feature today about Quikoins (Coin pouches, Aug. 8, 2023)! Attached are photos of the front and back of one I have and use occasionally. It is dark red and was used to advertise the 1989 season of Nebraska football. ...

On the front (opening side) are the references to Big Red Football on KRVN-AM (880) and the ‘TALK TO TOM’ show on KRVN-FM (93.1). ...

On the back is the complete 1989 football schedule for the Cornhuskers, both home and away. ...

I still use it occasionally, primarily when I attend breakfasts at the Machine Shed every other Thursday with some of my retiree friends from Principal (formerly Bankers Life). My Quikoin is much harder to open than when I first obtained it, but I will continue to use it until I run across a more pliable one!” - Rich 

Thanks, Rich. I love it, although it does not appear to be the Husker red that one might expect. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines® readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best local drag queen

1. Robin Graves

2. Sharaya Diamond

3. Krystal Frost Cavalier


Read More

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

A nice Thursday ahead. We start to warm up Friday and really heat up for the weekend and into next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

Featured home for sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.
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Des Moines Performing Arts takes this free show to the community
Since 1995, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing a unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus and sideshow spectacle to theaters, clubs, colleges and festivals. The Cirkus harkens back to the heyday of the traditional American Circus touring the country by caravan, while offering its own artistic twist. It’s earthy, gritty and celebrates the sideshow’s odd novelty acts in an engaging and participatory way that you don’t find in other types of circus. There will be eight opportunities for people to see this free, family-friendly performance in the Des Moines metro:
• Thursday, Aug. 17: Fort Des Moines Park – Des Moines, 10 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 18: Centennial Park – Waukee, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 19: Walker Johnston Park – Urbandale, 10 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m.
All performances are free and open to all ages. See details here.

Get involved behind the scenes
Central Iowa theatre companies post audition opportunities for those seeking roles in upcoming shows, but the production team to back up each show, from costuming to set construction to ushering and more, beckons to many who want to become part of the process. Check with a theatre company you've always been curious about and ask how to become involved — each has information on their website.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


BBC is reporting that England is having a bumper grape crop this year. Much of Champagne's grapes are being replanted in England now as warmer temperatures make the grapes of sparkling wine search for cooler ground.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse gave $14,171 to Meals from the Heartland to commemorate their Grand Opening at Jordan Creek and Ashworth Monday. The glamorous 15,000 square foot restaurant has more than a dozen chandeliers each of which cost as much as Ruth Fertel borrowed to open her first restaurant in New Orleans in 1965.

Thursday is goulash day at the Dam Pub (2710 Beaver Ave.). They also sell beer for $2 a can on Thursdays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Southwest Iowa teacher, football coach faces dozens of sexual abuse charges

CRESTON, Iowa — A southwest Iowa high school teacher and football coach faces dozens of sexual abuse charges. The Creston News Advertiser was first to report that Ryan Kissell, 42, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday by Creston police and charged with 46 counts of sexual abuse ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Mosquitos with West Nile Virus found in Des Moines, city starts another round of treatment

DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines is working to keep the West Nile Virus from spreading to residents after more than 200 mosquitos caught in surveillance traps tested positive for the virus. While the city says no known cases of West Nile in humans or pets in the city have been reported, it wants to be proactive. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Deep Fried Brisket Mac-n-Cheese Grilled Cheese named People's Choice Best New Food at the 2023 Iowa State Fair

It's official: the Deep Fried Brisket Mac-n-Cheese Grilled Cheese from What's Your Cheez is the 2023 Iowa State Fair People's Choice Best New Food. This decadent twist on a grilled cheese combines a few state fair favorites. The restaurant's signature mac-n-cheese is paired with layers of American cheese and sandwiched between two slices of bacon cheddar bread. But that's not all: the sandwich is then deep-fried and served with raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Put me in, coach

Residents recall the coaches who impacted their lives.

By Ashley Rullestad

Coaching is about much more than teaching the fundamentals of a sport. It is about developing the heart and mind of an athlete. It is about encouraging, leading and building relationships. It’s about more than a winning season. It’s about developing the mindset of a winner — not only in competition but in life’s endeavors. Great coaches do that — and more, as the athletes whose lives they touched can attest.

On the run
Samantha Strauss started running in elementary school when she joined the Johnston Running Club. She was more interested in playing softball and volleyball growing up, but she decided it felt natural to join the middle school track team in eighth grade. After having some success during freshman year of track and deciding not to continue playing volleyball, she also joined the cross country team her sophomore year. 
Her dad has run 13 marathons and been a big running inspiration for her. However, Strauss was reluctant to join cross country at the time because she thought distance running sounded terrible.

Read more in the August issue of Johnston Livingmagazine 

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Sharon Vickery!

These celebrities were born on this date:Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Donnie Wahlberg, Taissa Farmiga, Lil Pump, Austin Butler, Kelvin Mercer

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What happened when the astronaut broke the law of gravity? THEY RECEIVED A SUSPENDED SENTENCE! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, He had to float *a loan* for bail/bond. - Rex Post

Today's riddle

What hairstyle do sea captains hate?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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