The next Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum is scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.
When it comes to getting a good deal, well, I’m right there — at the head of the line if possible.
But you’ll never — NEVER — catch me pitching a tent on a concrete sidewalk next to a store front’s sliding glass doors days before the Black Friday sales begin, or in the case of this year for what now is being labeled Brown Thursday. Besides, it would be my luck I would end up not hearing the alarm clock, over-sleeping and then waking up to the sounds of people shuffling past the tent on their way into the store.
In my 63 years, I’ve taken part in two — just two — of what I have come to label as shopping hysteria calamity. The first one took place nearly 30 years ago at the Olathe Feeney’s Hallmark store. It was the big “sale” day after Christmas and wife Terri desperately wanted a Christmas tree ornament she was collecting that was to go on sale. Only she had to work.
So I “volunteered” to go buy it for her. (more…)
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Fifty years ago today it also was a Friday. I was 13, an eighth grader sitting in John Williford’s wood-shop class at Olathe Junior High School.
It was sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m. when Mike Newson’s dad came into the class with Mike’s football uniform. I still can remember the haunting, concerned look on his face as he walked through the shop class door and then told us the news: President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas.
The echoes of students hammering stopped. Saw blades and drills slowly whined to a halt. The stunned silence in the room was deafening. (more…)
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Robert J. “Bobio” Brewer, 69, of Merriam, Kansas, passed away November 11, 2013, at his home.
I didn’t know Robert “Bobio” Brewer. Neither did the more than 30 other members of the Patriot Guard who escorted him on his final journey to the National Cemetery in Leavenworth on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19. There was no funeral service at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee.
Bobio had no family. (more…)
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