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Posted June 02, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

Remembering Harmon’s Barbershop

The origins may be a bit hazy, but the memories are clear. I have been a patron of the Roosevelt Barbershop for nearly 10 years, and I expect to be [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

Remembering ‘A Thief in the Night’

Des Moines’ forgotten history includes the making of feature-length Christian films in the 1970s. It actually goes back to the late 1960s with a man named Russ Doughten from Carlisle [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

Life before I-235

Many most of us take for granted that we can get most anywhere in the metro area in less than 20 minutes. We are all used to waiting until the [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Des Moines Forgotten

A pocket full of quarters

Millennials can be split into two groups: those of us born in the 1980s and those born in the 1990s. The 1980s-born kids still had a chance to enjoy life [...]

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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


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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