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Posted February 03, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

The Iowa Renaissance Faire

It might be a little out of season to be thinking about summer festivals, but a reader reached out to me with a topic that I have been curious about [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

The Doors’ first, and only, show in Des Moines

Do you remember when The Doors played Des Moines? No? Well, they did, and it went down in history as the worst show in their entire history of performing. Ouch! [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

Ingersoll Dinner Theater

The holiday season is in full effect, and those close to me know that this is the time when I typically fall into my normal Scrooge behavior. Why? Well, it [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Des Moines Forgotten

Babe’s

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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