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Friday, March 3, 2023
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday 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.

“Interesting question about TV ‘set’ origination (Television sets, Feb. 22, 2023). Most, initially, were in oversized wooden cabinets. In those days, I think the lesser ones may have been known as ‘table model’ or even ‘portable,’ even though they were not. When both the television and I were younger, guys who did electronics in the military bought a tube tester and became TV repairmen back home. They’d come over in the evening after their regular job, or you could take your TV ‘set’ to their home shop. I also took tubes to a local retailer and used a tube tester. Then the product became circuit boards and transistors. Tubes were out, and so were the plethora of part-time repairmen. And the ultimate change, of course, was replacing the cathode ray picture tube with various flat-panel technology. As usual, your column makes good reading to start the day!” - Chuck

That’s just one more reason to thank the American soldier. Thanks, Chuck. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. I thought I would let you know I have a Zenith 32" TV that is more than 40 years old and still works (Television sets, Feb. 22, 2023)! It is as long as it is wide, and awhile back I was able to put it on a platform scale and discovered it weighed more than a 4-cylinder car engine. The only issue with it is one side of the screen displays a different color than the other side. So, for instance, if I'm watching a Vikings game, it looks like they are wearing purple jerseys in the huddle but change to Packer green jerseys lining up.” - Jim

I bet it sounds great, too. As for the colors of purple or green — they are all good. - Shane

“When we had to remodel our basement, we found an 18-inch fluorescent light and several live, bare wires behind the drywall (Behind the walls, Feb. 27, 2023).” – Nicki

Now that’s shocking. – Shane

“We found these inside a wall in our garage when renovating in our last house (Behind the walls, Feb. 27, 2023)! Figured I’d share!” - Cassey

They are well-aged by now. Cheers! - Shane

“In the 1970s, I was a telephone technician installing another line in a residence (Behind the walls, Feb. 27, 2023). As I worked in the basement rafters, I bumped something and pulled out a handgun. Having already spent three years in the Army, my fingerprints were already on file, so I wiped the gun as clean as I could and put it back where I found it.” - Ron

And kept very quiet, I assume? - Shane

“When I was a child, our family doctor had this to say about colds (Chest colds and medications, Feb. 28, 2023). ‘It will last two weeks with medication and 14 days untreated.’ ” - Kevin

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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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 Italian Food

1, Tumea & Sons

2. The Latin King

3. Cosi Cucina


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Krispy Kreme's partnership with McDonald's is moving into phase two. The world's biggest food retailer has been testing KK donuts out in Louisville, and things have gone so well that they are expanding the test market to most of Kentucky.

The Drake men and the Iowa women basketball teams begin their conference tourneys today. Drake must win their tourney to get a backstage pass to March Madness. Drake plays at 6 p.m., and the Hawkeye women play at 5:30 p.m. That means a huge happy hour for local sports bars.

Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl spent more than 24 hours at a Los Angeles homeless shelter, preparing barbecue for hundreds of people. The city of Portland is debating whether to give all local homeless a monthly grant of $1,000 each. That bill has unanimous support from the city's drug dealers.

Lending Tree reported that prices for organic fruits and vegetables rose 13.1% over the past year, and organic chicken increased by 19.5%.

—Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We'll stay with highs in the 40's into the weekend. Our next rain chance comes late in the afternoon on a windy Sunday and lasts into Monday morning. Our next snow chance comes next Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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On March 3 ...

1933: At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States. In his famous inaugural address, delivered outside the east wing of the U.S. Capitol, Roosevelt outlined his “New Deal”—an expansion of the federal government as an instrument of employment opportunity and welfare—and told Americans that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

1789: The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City as the U.S. Constitution takes effect. However, of the 22 senators and 59 representatives called to represent the 11 states who had ratified the document, only nine senators and 13 representatives showed up to begin negotiations for its amendment.

1918: Just before breakfast on the morning of March 4, Private Albert Gitchell of the U.S. Army reports to the hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, complaining of the cold-like symptoms of sore throat, fever and headache. Soon after, over 100 of his fellow soldiers had reported similar symptoms, marking what are believed to be the first cases in the historic influenza pandemic of 1918, later known as Spanish flu.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Des Moines police make arrest in deadly motorcycle crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have made an arrest in a deadly motorcycle crash from Oct. 30, 2022. Des Moines police say a motorcycle collided with a car on the north side of the Interstate 235 and MLK Parkway bridge around 3:30 a.m. The motorcycle passenger, 35-year-old Lynz Ross died on Nov. 2 from injuries she sustained in the crash. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Trump scheduled to speak in Davenport

Former President Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks on the America First Education Policy at an event in Davenport, according to a news release. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Girls state basketball: Johnston, Pleasant Valley win Class 5A semis

All games are being played at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is streaming the games on YouTube. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


From 0-50

Couples reflect on 50 and more years of marriage.

Philip and Juleen McGrath have been married more than 57 years and are enjoying the benefits. They share a sense of security, love and understanding. They share similar interests and values and make time to continue to strengthen their bond.

“We do things like planning meal menus and Monday morning grocery shopping together,” says Phil, “and don’t forget quality time together at the end of the day to share ideas.”
Theirs has been a journey of refinement through the inevitable changes in life. Along with the typical adjustments of work, living situations and physical transitions, are the unexpected reversals that require adapting.

For Phil and Juleen, their relationship began with change.

... Read more in the February issue of Urbandale  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jake Highfill!

These celebrities were born on this date: Camila Cabello, Herschel Walker, Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, Nathalie Kelley, Aarti Mann, Miranda Richardson, Buddy Valastro, George Miller, Tyler Florence, Alexis Fields

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What invention lets you look right through a wall? A WINDOW! - Carolyn Rogers, Zach Greenwood, Gail Tomlinson, John Zeitler, Rex Post, William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Kris Laurson. Other guesses from Gary Shaw

Today's Riddle

Why did the sheep and cow get angry at each other?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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