Saturday, November 30, 2013
Most know about the connection to Iowa in Star Trek, with Captain Kirk hailing from Riverside, but surely less are keen on another superhero connection to the state. Nashua born actor Kent Taylor one half of the inspiration behind the naming of Clark Kent, Superman's alter-ego. A handsome bloke, he and Clark Gable merged in the mind of superman creators Jerry Siegal and Joel Shuster in the form of the somewhat nerdy, passive, yet compelling secret side of the Man of Steel.
Kent Taylor earned himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, most likely for his earlier career of leading and supporting roles. Later in life B movies like Satan's Sadists, Blood of Ghastly Horror, I Spit on Your Corpse, dominated his repertoire. Surely the villains in those low-budget horror flicks were unaware that they had a demi-superhero in their midst!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Remember the line "show me the money" in Tom Cruise's Jerry Mcguire? Well lots of famous folks have been showing Iowa Falls native Patrick Whitesell, a real life Jerry Mcquire, buckets of cash. Representing the likes of Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, John Krasinski, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington and Eddie Vedder Whitesell is one of the top agents in the biz. In fact, the co-CEO of WME is one of the most powerful individuals in the city of Angels. So you have to love the fact that Whitesell has proven to have not forgotten his roots when he and his father ponied up over 500k recently to buy and refurbish Iowa Falls's historic movie theater.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I just returned from Brooklyn NY and were it not for the absence of skyscrapers in the distance and the mid-centry jalopies on the curbs this photoscape of Main Street Dubuque could fit in any major Eastern metro area. I love the vibrancy of the storefronts, the activity on the sidewalks. Pretty much everything about the shot.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
For the curious, Stanton is known as the "little white city" for the prevelence of white wood frame houses that make up most of the town's residences. So move along all you neo-nazis! Don't event stop for a sip of coffee from the world's largest coffee pot (that's in Stanton also)
Friday, January 11, 2013
All that said, my advocacy for Iowa is not finished. Rest assured I have rocked little Avery to bed many nights with fantastical tales of the wonders of the land between the Mississippi and Missouri. From our vantage point looking East over the Cascades this little one has probably learned more about the 29th state than most Iowa based high schools do themselves. Surely that will serve her well when she can actually start to talk.
So...as I attempt to get back at it, it is only fitting that I dedicate this post to the McCaughey Septuplets, or more explicitly to their parents Kenny and Bobbi. Here I am telling the tale of the loss of my personal time, to attempt to imagine how the instant presence of 7 little ones would impact a family is simply impossible to fathom. We breed them well in Iowa, and sometimes we breed them often.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Below are 3 photos from a recent discovery. TumblingRun lives in Cherokee, Iowa and is a retired railroad conductor. He also takes amazing photos of the Iowa countryside. Personally I find trains very romantic and evocative of a more artistic age, so it comes as no surprise to me that a railman would be so in tuned with the open spaces and nooks and crannies of rural America. I am sure these are not the first of his photos I will post. Enjoy!!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
From Wikipedia: West, the youngest of four children, was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2000 following her graduation from Waterloo West High School in hopes of achieving her goals of becoming a country music singer.
I would like to incorporate a Made in Iowa feature to this blog. Both to highlight some great creations and entrepreneurs in the state and to have a way to generate a few funds through affiliate links. I personally do not think there is any substitute for procuring something in person in a well stocked shop with creative displays and knowledgeable clerks, still some products are not available where my readers reside and if I can point someone in Idaho to some great BBQ sauce from Iowa and make a couple pennies in the process I am all for it.
Every year hundreds of Iowan's suffer at the hands of spring and summer storms, so there is a bit of hesitation in my hands when I write how much I miss the storms of the midwest. Sure we have clouds here in the PNW, lots of them, daily it seems at times, but nothing like those that approach ominously back in IA. I remember fondly the times when I could literally see a wall of rain approaching, and the crackle of lighted skies. And the clouds, what clouds, what imaginative imaginings have been sparked by such clouds. So with an understanding that many lives have been adversely affected by such storms, I celebrate them at the same time.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Love this pic from @smokeyrow twitter feed. Speaking of Smokey Row where did they come from, I thought I knew about all of the great coffee joints in the greater DSM area! Granted I live 2000 miles away so can be forgiven, but still...in any case I now have another place to check out when I head home. I love the look of their interiors with the exposed brick! Back to the photo, tulips and coffee, great combination, if still in bloom I'd strongly consider heading towards Pella to get your fix of both.
For some reason I was surprised to learn that the first Jewish mayor of a major city in the United States was Moses Bloom who led Iowa City from 1873-1877. It never ceases to amaze me just how many progressive milestones were achieved or supported by Iowans.
The next time you find yourself road-weary near Mason City, IA you should consider bedding down in the Historic Park Inn Hotel downtown on West State Street. The last Frank Lloyd Wright hotel standing it is also ranked the top Iowa hotel on Tripadvisor.
Raise your hand if you have ever been the proud owner of a Sock Monkey. First made out of red-toed socks during the Great Depression these cuddly creatures can be found in kids rooms around the world. Red-toed socks were originally a product of the Nelson Knitting Company across the river in Rockford, Illinois. In 1992 Nelson was purchased by Fox River Mills in Osage, IA. Already an iconic brand of Made in USA knits, Fox River now can be considered the breeding ground of these lovable stuffed primates.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I've been to Notre Dame in Paris 4 times but have yet to make it to Gladbrook, Iowa. Good to know that if I don't have adequate funds to satisfy my next hunchback craving I can head back to IA for the next best thing. The cathedral made from match-sticks. Stunning. Check out the artists website here.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The only thing that makes this joint more appealing than it's name is the fact that Augusta is located on the banks of the Skunk River. Got to get me there.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
May glory and praise be yours where ever you may go
Ah Adventureland, land of Adventure, where I would visit at least 3 times yearly growing up hoping with each visit that I would be tall enough to finally ride the big boy roller coasters. That day came, then it was always about scouting out the cutest group of girls from other small Iowa towns. I don't remember the sky's being so psychedelic. Of course this is HDR, but you never know these days with the Iowa storms that can come blowing through. Imagine cresting the top of the Tornado with this horizon in the distance? (Is the Tornado still standing? )