Sometimes a little distance from something can give you a completely different slant on it. There’s a whole lot of distance now, between my 60-year-old self and the summer of 1962.
That was the summer I played drums with The Ventures. Lee Edward Sonny Smith was my next-door neighbor in Memphis, Tenn. Sonny had gotten himself into the classic quandary of so many youngsters back in those days—he had secretly enrolled in the Columbia Record Club.
The Kansas Aviation Museum will unveil a new exhibit Thursday featuring the last car owned by airplane designer Lloyd Stearman, a pioneer of Wichita aviation.
The car is a 1960s Mercedes diesel sedan. Stearman purchased the car to drive while on vacation in Europe and later had it shipped back to the States. Kansas aviation museum executive director Lon Smith says Stearman made modifications to the car like putting in a Sears air-conditioning unit.
One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions. In “The Chaperone,” Laura Moriarty takes us to the far reaches of Douglas Avenue, Winfield, McPherson and New York City.
Laura Moriarty’s first three books were set in Kansas towns, all based on times and places she actually lived. With her latest book she takes a leap backwards to 1922 Wichita, when soon-to-be silent film star Louise Brooks was 15-years-old, heading off to New York City for the first time.
I have just returned from a wonderful vacation to Sebastopol, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. My dance partner Marta and I went up for a huge bellydance event called Tribal Fest. We’ve been before, so we knew the food would be great, but the ante had been upped since were there last. I have never been anywhere where everything was so fresh and delicious. Even the rest stops had organic offerings, perfumed strawberries, and gluten-free cookies. It was like being on another planet.
The 42nd annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games will take place this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
The opening ceremonies will begin Friday evening with the Parade of Athletes followed by the lighting of the cauldron by the 2011 Most Inspirational Athlete, Chevi Peters of the Pittsburg New Hope Bulldogs.
A Law Enforcement Torch Run includes 900 officers from more than 85 agencies carrying the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual games held in Wichita.
A self-contained portable medical clinic will be sent to Haiti this August. The non-profit organization Hospitals of Hope began the program Clinic In A Can in 2005 to serve those without access to basic medical care.
Ten shipping containers have been converted to these portable mini-hospitals and have been sent to places such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, West Africa and Sudan.