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Friday, April 28, 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.

“I enjoyed the reminder of the 1775 American Revolution in the Daily Umbrella (American Revolution Begins, April 19, 2023). Since Iowa would not become a state until 1846 (or 70 years after the start of the American Revolutionary War), most Iowans don't see a connection between the two. Your readers might be surprised to know that there are at least 42 Revolutionary War veterans buried in Iowa, including the only known veteran of color (Cato Mead) buried west of the Mississippi. Also the logo of the Iowa National Guard is a Minute Man. A plaque of all the names can be seen at the Fort Des Moines Museum and a monument to all of them is on the Iowa State Capitol grounds.” - Mike

As always, thank you for these historic reminders, Mike. - Shane

“Hey, Shane. A real trendsetter in music with a very distinctive voice would be Frankie Valli, who sang with the Four Seasons (Distinct musical voices, April 19, 2023).” - Sharon

Yes, and grease is the word. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. Two voices immediately came to mind (even though I'm an old hippie, and my preferred genre is rock ). Ethel Merman and Simon Estes (Distinct musical voices, April 19, 2023).” - Deb

Well, I don’t think of hippies when I hear songs of Ethel Merman or Simon Estes, but they both do certainly have distinct voices. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Willie Nelson, Reba, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin and the incomparable Roger Whittaker (Distinct musical voices, April 19, 2023). Have a rhythmical day.” - John

Rhythm is gonna get you. - Shane

“Shane, thanks for Wednesday’s piece on immediately recognizable singers in the Daily Umbrella (Distinct musical voices, April 19, 2023). I especially appreciated the recognition of Johnny Cash’s rendition of ‘Hurt.’ Still get a lump in my throat when I hear that song, and the video is even more moving! I would suggest an addition to your list. Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane was a force of nature. You can find a YouTube posting of only her vocal track of the song ‘White Rabbit.’ It’s a great listen!’ - Wayne

Great points and a great addition to the list. Thanks, Wayne. - Shane

“How about Bob Dylan? I love ‘Every Grain of Sand.’ (Distinct musical voices, April 19, 2023) Glad you mentioned Cash and his rendition of ‘Hurt.’ Between that one and ‘The Man Comes Around,’ we can tell Johnny was dealing with his mortality big time near the end.” - Brad

Totally with you on Cash. Totally not with you on Dylan. The only recognizable sound of Dylan, for me, is that I can’t understand anything he is singing. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thank for reading.

Shane Goodman
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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 Men’s Clothing Store

Best Local Women’s Clothing Store

1. MARNē

2. Empress Threads

3. Hinge


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Breezy conditions will be with us today, and rain will move in this afternoon. Cooler temperatures are on tap for a breezy weekend, with a chance of rain again Saturday afternoon and evening. Winds stick around Sunday through Tuesday.

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

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Zimbadwe leads the world for food price inflation at 285% in 2023. Venezuela and Lebanon also are topping 100%.

Hansen's Manhattan Deli (3705 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) has a Friday and Saturday special on oven roasted turkey, with pepperoni, capicola, Swiss cheese, fried peppers, mayo, oil dressing, Manhattan seasoning on a hoagie bun.

Sunday brings super priced prime rib to 801 Chop House (801 Grand Ave., Des Moines).

Kitchen Insider investigates Southern food Saturday with former Southern Living editor Ellen Hubble, 10 a.m. CDT. Stream it here, https://kfmg.org, or tune in to 98.9 FM.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: 'It would be a very unusual case to not have a body': The strange twist in a Polk County murder case

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A trial is underway in a bizarre and mysterious murder. James Klever is accused of killing a Wisconsin woman in a Bondurant garage. It's been nearly two years since Klever was accused of murdering Rachel Reuter, but her remains have not been found. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Lawsuit accuses parents of serving alcohol to minors before house party shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three teenagers were injured in an after-prom party shooting last year. The homeowner now faces a criminal charge for the party, and a civil suit from two of the victims describes why they believe the family is partially responsible for the shooting. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: New York Jets make Will McDonald IV the first ISU first-round NFL pick since 1973

At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Will McDonald IV left Iowa State as the school's all-time sack leader and tied for the all-time Big 12 record. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On April 28 ...

1967: Ali refuses induction. On April 28, 1967, boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the U.S. Army and is immediately stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service.

1789: Mutiny on the Bounty. Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.

1945: Mussolini executed. On April 28, 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland. The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war.

Read more at History.com.


Quilt exhibit highlights mental health

Display in Delirium Gallery spreads awareness

By Lindsey Giardino 
May is the official Mental Health Awareness Month.

To help increase mental health awareness and wellbeing in the community, Cora Ritter, a mental health therapist with Urbandale-based Real Connections Counseling, has partnered with The Delirium Gallery in Winterset, where she’ll display her art quilts that incorporate mental health themes and diagnoses.

Cora’s therapeutic art quilt exhibit is titled “Outside, Looking In.” The exhibit  runs through Saturday, June 3, during this year’s Quilt Festival held by the Iowa Quilt Museum.

The idea for the exhibit formed during Cora’s discussion with Easton Anderson and Jess Anderson at Delirium about creativity and wellness practices.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Terry Cook! Happy Birthday on Saturday to Scott Cooley, Aaron Tecklenberg and Christi Adams!

These celebrities were born on this date: Ann-Margret, Big Gipp, Bridget Moynahan, Chuck Leavell, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Elisabeth Rohm, Harry Shum Jr., Jay Leno, Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How do squids get to school? AN OCTO-BUS! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from: William Snyder, Deb Taylor, Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

What do you get when you cross an octopus and a cow?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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