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Posted November 04, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten


November is the annual food issue here at CITYVIEW. For the size of Des Moines, we have a lot going on when it comes to restaurants and food — maybe even too much for our own population to really sustain. However, to better understand where we are today, we need

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Posted September 30, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

Thank you for ‘Turning Me On’

I love radio. Faithful readers may recall my column earlier this year on the history of Ron Sorensen and KFMG. This month I’m opening the history book of Iowa broadcasting on another familiar voice for many of you — Dic Youngs, “The Ole’ Youngster.” His era was before my time

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Posted September 02, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

Billy Joe’s Pitcher Show

I moved to Des Moines in the early summer of 2007. My first dwelling was on the southside where Gray’s Lake Apartments are now, located behind what used to be AIB College. At age 22, I spent most of my time watching movies, one of the few things I could

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Posted August 05, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

Remembering the Iowa Jam

Many of you YouTube junkies have likely stumbled across a shot of the 1980s video documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” where a bunch of teens are tailgating outside of a Judas Priest concert in Landover, Maryland, in 1986. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and get on your

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Posted July 01, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

The Ruan Greater Des Moines Grand Prix

July is “America’s Party Month” to me, and a few weeks back we accepted the decision that the Iowa State Fair was going to be postponed due to that thing most all of us have been talking about since March. In fact, much of our customary summer fun has been

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Posted April 01, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

The Butler House

These are strange days for us all, but we will push ahead. Like Mathew McConaughey said in a YouTube video, “Right now we are at a red light, but there is a green light on the other side.” Leave it to McConaughey to take a break from massaging the new

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Posted March 04, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

The Daily Planet

On the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 1977, residents of Des Moines woke up and began to carry out their regular morning habits: They got out of bed, opened their living room curtains to observe the rising sun, and drank their pre-timed brewed Folgers. Some of those who left their

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Posted February 05, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

The early days of KFMG

The numbers on the dial changed, but Ron Sorenson’s commitment to the station and the Des Moines community remained consistent through the years. Ron Sorenson had no interest in a radio career. He loved music. He listened to it on the radio. He even played in a folk band called

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Posted January 01, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

2000 Forest Avenue

So’s Your Mother and The Laughing Iguana Most of my faithful readers are aware of my weekly music program on 98.9 FM KFMG called “Iowa Basement Tapes” — a show that plays Iowa’s history in DIY music dating back to the rockabilly and psychedelic acts of the 1960s, the political

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Posted December 04, 2019in Des Moines Forgotten

Holiday window displays were works of art

P.T. Barnum would have been impressed by the showmanship. The holidays have arrived whether I want them to or not. We have worked all year for this moment when we spend our hard-earned money on the people we care about the most — and those who we can’t get away

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