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Monday, April 10, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

I was streaming Netflix the other night and came across the classic 1977 movie, “Smokey and the Bandit.” I was only 9 when it was released, and Mom wouldn’t let me see it in the theaters. I surely saw a TV version years later, but I had to watch the full version recently — and I am glad I did. While viewing, I smiled ear to ear when seeing the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Black and gold. T-tops. Painted eagle on the hood. And, of course, a CB radio. I began to wonder if any vehicle from film or TV was more iconic than that Trans Am. With that in mind, here are a few of my other favorites.

The DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from “Back to the Future” had most all of us in complete awe in the 1980s. This rear-engine, two-passenger sports car was manufactured by DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981 until 1983. The gull-wing doors were the real eye-catchers. “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Agreed.

A quick view of the Ecto 1 will get you saying “Ghostbusters” faster than the streams of a proton pack weapon. The Ecto-1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel ambulance conversion used in the 1984 film. If you saw one today, you would be impressed. But, who you gonna call?

The 1968 comedy film “The Love Bug” was the first in a series made by Walt Disney Productions. “Herbie” was the talking 1963 Volkswagen Beetle featured in the films. I loved it, and Mom did, too, as she let me see one of the later films of this series in the theater.

Maybe the most recognizable TV car is the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept Car — the Batmobile. This superhero vehicle was featured in the live-action series, “Batman.” The 120 episodes aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968. Like some of you, I had a plastic toy version of the car — and the Bat Cave.

The definition of cool, though, belongs to the 1975 car in “Starsky & Hutch.” Starsky's two-door Ford Gran Torino was bright red with a large white vector stripe on each side. It was nicknamed the “Striped Tomato” by Hutch in an episode, and, as such, many fans referred to the car by that nickname, too. I remember one of these knock-offs — with the stripe and all — cruising around my hometown during that era. Definitely cool.

Another iconic car from TV is the orange 1969 Dodge Charger in “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985. The General Lee is known for its signature horn, police chases and long jumps. Most viewers remember the doors being welded shut, requiring the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car's name is a reference to General Robert E. Lee. It bears a Confederate battle flag on its roof and has a horn that plays the first 12 notes of the song “Dixie.” It wouldn’t pass the wokeness tests of today, but it sure is a memorable car.

What iconic cars from film or TV did I miss from your era? Shoot me a note and fill me in.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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


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 Place to Chow After 2 a.m.

1. Fong’s Pizza

2. Big Tomato Pizza

3. Abelardo’s Mexican Restaurant


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 Albaugh Family Stables of Ankeny has three horses eligible for the Kentucky Derby. That's like "once in a century" stuff even for an old Kentucky stable. Multiple racing magazines are praising Denny Albaugh for hiring Jason Loutsch and empowering him to nurse race horses from yearling sales to stud status.

Tuesday is National Pet Day. Rascal Wine is a fast-growing Oregon vintner that supports animal shelters across America. They claim that 64% of wine drinkers are pet owners, much more than the American average. They make Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir in the $10-15 a bottle range. Hy-Vee downtown Des Moines sells them at 420 Court Ave.

Gazali's (15700 Hickman in Waukee) has imported a Levant pizza oven from Beirut. Owner MJ Gazali says its design was created in the 9th century. It's something pizza people need to add to their resume.

— Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

After a few morning sprinkles, it’ll be another nice one today. We warm into the 80s Wednesday and Thursday as breezes increase. Our next rain chance comes Friday afternoon into Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures follow thereafter.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On April 10 ...

1970: The legendary rock band the Beatles spent the better part of three years breaking up in the late 1960s, and even longer than that hashing out who did what and why. And by the spring of 1970, there was little more than a tangled set of business relationships keeping the group together. Each of the Beatles was pursuing his musical interests outside of the band, and there were no plans in place to record together as a group. But as far as the public knew, this was just a temporary state of affairs. That all changed on April 10, 1970, when an ambiguous Paul McCartney “self-interview” was seized upon by the international media as an official announcement of a Beatles breakup.

1963: On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher, an atomic submarine, sinks in the Atlantic Ocean, killing the entire crew. One hundred and twenty-nine sailors and civilians were lost when the sub unexpectedly plunged to the sea floor roughly 300 miles off the coast of New England.

1942: The day after the surrender of the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops captured on the Bataan Peninsula begin a forced march to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. During this infamous trek, known as the “Bataan Death March,” the prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. By the end of the march, which was punctuated with atrocities committed by the Japanese guards, hundreds of Americans and many more Filipinos had died.

Read more at History.com.


This Tree Swallow has traveled more than 5,000 miles from South America to Purple Martin Wildlife Area near West Des Moines. Photo taken by Paul Houston


FROM KCCI: Indianola car windshields smashed overnight

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Several car windshields in Indianola are busted and badly damaged in Indianola. Residents say someone went on a window-smashing spree just west of Simpson College sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.  ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines man arrested for allegedly stabbing woman

... According to the Des Moines Police Department, on March 31 Deluan Lavelle Jackson, 34, allegedly stabbed and violently assaulted a woman in the 5000 block of SW 9th Street. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ashley Joens, Stephanie Soares invited to attend WNBA Draft on Monday

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Iowa State's Ashley Joens and Stephanie Soares are both hoping to hear their named called at Monday's WNBA Draft. Now, they'll find out where their professional career will start in person.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Overcoming the fear

An unlikely pastor

When Michael Ames received the call to full-time ministry, his first thought was, “There’s no way.”

In 2006, he was driving home in his Ford Ranger when he says he audibly heard God tell him, “Michael, I want you to be a pastor.”
“And I just argued with him,” he recalls.

“People were probably driving by, seeing me shouting at the roof of my truck, like I'm going crazy. And I'm like, ‘I do not want to do that.’ ”

Why the dismay? A pastor’s most visible responsibility is preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings: a scenario that did not appeal to Ames.

... Read more in the April issue of Winterset Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Steven Seagal, Charlie Hunnam, Sofia Carson, Daisy Ridley, Mandy Moore, Shay Mitchell, Alex Pettyfer, Chyler Leigh, Jamie Chung, Haley Joel Osment, Babyface, Maren Morris, Michael Pitt, Olivia Washington

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the bored man want to become a chef? HE WANTED TO ADD SPICE TO HIS LIFE! - Dennis Porter, Carolyn Rogers. IT WAS THYME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW! - co-worker and I've forgotten which one. So he could use his knife skills to cut his boredom in half! -Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

Suggested by readers Ruth and Don Wallace: What did the plow say to the John Deere tractor? I'll add a hint: It seems to have been in a romantic moment.

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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