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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Welcome to the mailbag a day early. Below 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. Look for more tomorrow.

“Some of these go before your age bracket (Iconic cars from film and TV, April 10, 2023), but this is a fun topic to rev up old gearheads or TV nerds: ‘Magnum P.I.’ - 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS; ‘The Monkees’ - 1966 Pontiac GTO; ‘The Green Hornet’ - 1966 Chrysler Imperial; ‘The Rockford Files’ - 1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit; ‘Sanford and Son’ - 1951 Ford F1 4x2; ‘Miami Vice’ - 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider and 1986 Ferrari Testarossa; ‘Wayne’s World’ - 1976 AMC Pacer; ‘Thelma and Louise’ - 1966 Ford Thunderbird; ‘Stripes’ - EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle; and ‘Rain Man’ - 1949 Buick Roadmaster.” - Rex
I like the Fords — Rockford, Sanford, etc. - Shane

“And all this time I thought Bugs Bunny made that up (Open Sesame, April 11, 2023).” - Brad

Should have turned left at Albuquerque. - Shane

“Haven’t heard that expression in decades (Open Sesame, April 11, 2023). Not sure I ever pondered the origin. Know for sure kids in my neighborhood were saying it before either ‘Sesame Street’ or Amazon were twinkles in anyone’s eye. Pretty sure the gang wasn’t familiar with Ali Baba either, unless it was in a comic book!” - Chuck

Actually, Ali Baba did appear in a number of comic books. - Shane

“Good evening, Shane. ‘Wichita Lineman’ (Road songs, April 12, 2023).” - John

Searching in the sun for another overload. Not your traditional road song but a classic, indeed, and one of my favorites. - Shane

“Thanks for including 'Seven Bridges Road' written by my dear friend Steve Young (Road songs, April 12, 2023). I produced one of his last concerts at a local art gallery in Spencer in July 2014. Steve left this mortal coil in March 2017, but his beautiful songs live on. I know he'd be pleased. Remembering Buddha Young.” - Linda 

Thanks for sharing your connection, Linda. How do I get some of that thyme-sweetened honey? - Shane

“I’m on the road now, driving to Colorado and just discovered ROAD TRIP RADIO on SXM14 (Road songs, April 12, 2023). A fun mix of genres and decades. Makin’ Nebraska a bit more tolerable.” - Judy

Judy, you are going to get all my Nebraska friends riled up. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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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 Food Truck

1. Pho Wheels & Sushi

2. Charlotte’s Kitchen

3. Waffles and Whip


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Raising Cane's (5901 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines), a super-fast growing restaurant chain out of Louisiana, is planing to open 100 new stores this year. To entice top managers, they are now offering $10,000 toward closing costs on first homes for them.

Quote of week - "Japan had twice as many deaths last year as births. What does that mean for civilization?" - Elon Musk

Hansen's Manhattan Deli (3705 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) has daily specials. All but one is available, at higher prices, every day. Thursday's is the exception. The ultimate grinder is only made then. It includes homemade Italian sausage, pepperoni, capicola, mild fried peppers, mayo, provolone, and seasoning on a hoagie bun.

— Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will diminish in the early afternoon today, and we'll be left with breezy and cooler conditions into the weekend. Sprinkles will be possible Saturday afternoon. Warming begins again next week, and rain chances move back in Monday evening.

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

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

6195 S.E. 19th St., Des Moines, IA 50320

Tucked into a quiet neighborhood but perfectly situated for an easy commute to downtown, Norwalk or Carlisle, sits this stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. This home is an entertainer's dream, situated on a dream lot with an oversized driveway and a huge backyard.

See More Homes For Sale
On April 20 ...

1999: Columbine. On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, south of Denver. At approximately 11:19 a.m., Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, dressed in trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to continue their rampage. By 11:35 a.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 fellow students and a teacher and wounded another 23 people. Shortly after noon, the two teens turned their guns on themselves and died by suicide.

1986: Michael Jordan. On April 20, 1986, the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan scores 63 points in an NBA playoff game against the Boston Celtics, setting a post-season scoring record. Despite Jordan’s achievement, the Bulls lost to the Celtics in double overtime, 135-131. Boston swept the three-game series and went on to win the NBA championship.

1841: First detective story. Edgar Allan Poe’s story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: KCCI Investigates: 16 months after Iowa toddler's death, police arrest man in California

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — A 16-month investigation between local and federal law enforcement led to the arrest of a man in California in the death of an 18-month-old in Pleasant Hill. Jeremy White is charged with child endangerment causing death. He was arrested in Roseville, California, on April 7 and is being held without bond. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Drake University partnering with Blank Park Zoo for new major

DES MOINES, Iowa — Beginning in the fall, Drake University will offer a wild new major. It’s partnering with the Blank Park Zoo and Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative to offer a Zoo and Conservation Science major.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'I'm getting help when I need it most': Organizations make veteran's home more accessible

The Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines teamed up last Saturday to meet a Korean War veteran's accessibility needs. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Overcoming fears

The hike of her life
Heather Helm has been hiking most of her adult life and has covered much of the southwest in her adventures. Some of her favorites spots are Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, but she's also hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park a couple times and many other scenic places the Midwest has to offer.

“It has always been a way for me to be physically active, connect with nature and God,” she says. “It took a more significant role in my life when I started a healing journey from divorce. This is really when I discovered how empowering and amazing it can be to go on a hiking adventure alone.”

Hiking with a partner can be reassuring. Knowing someone is with you in case of a fall or some other mishap provides a level of comfort. Going alone can be daunting, as well as frightening. However, Helm’s passion for hiking pushed her out of her comfort zone, especially when she chooses places that aren’t frequently hiked, such as the Wilson mountain trail near Sedona. Helm had to learn to rely on her own sense of direction and spend time properly planning and preparing.

... Read more in the April issue of Grimes/Dallas Center  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Shemar Moore, Andy Serkis, Carmen Electra, Joey Lawrence, Jessica Lange, Crispin Glover, Ryan O'Neal, George Takei, Clint Howard, Carlos Valdes, Steve Spurrier

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Which friends should you always take out to dinner? YOUR TASTE BUDS! - Gail Tomlinson. A popular answer was YOUR RICH FRIENDS... assuming they'll pay!

Today's Riddle

What is Alumiium Man's super power?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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