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Historic move Sioux City Public Museum director Steve Hansen gives a sneak peek at the new downtown facility
Inspirational letters What legacy will you leave?
Dance, dance, dance Eagles Club continues to swing
In the jailhouse Historic Jail Museum in Benton, Ill.
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Letters from father to mother inspire Like most writers I’m always working on several projects at any one time. I write this column and a travel story each month for Prime. Plus I’m putting together a collection of short stories about my childhood, I’m writing a novel set during the Korean War and I’m writing a memoir about my parents. The book about my parents is based on letters found by my sister after our mother passed away several years ago. Those letters were written by our father Terry Turner as he was email@example.com ing our mother. Since very few people had telephones in rural Kansas back around 1917 and travel was tough to say the least talking to a girl had to be done through the mail. Although I only have one side of the conversation which is my future father’s letters I can only imagine what my mother’s response may have been. But it’s pretty obvious in the early letters she wasn’t all that interested in this guy who was in the Army waiting to be shipped out to
France during WWI but thankfully for my sister, brother and me he was persistent. When I read those letters I was struck by several things. One is the handwriting. Those letters were written in pen and ink but there are no smudges or ink blots. I can make a mess with a ballpoint. The language is somewhat formal but conversational too. Those letters not only tell a lot about my father but they also reveal much about the time in which my parents lived. In one letter my father who had recently been discharged from the Army wrote about going into town after working all day as a farm hand. While there he went to see a movie. He remarked that although some people thought movies were sinful he didn’t see anything wrong with them. He said westerns were his favorite. In another letter he told about working in a field that day and looking up and seeing an airplane. He was fascinated by that flying machine as it soared overhead. It was a sight most of us today take for granted but back then it was unusual and exciting. Even unusual and exciting enough to include in a letter. The other thing I think about while reading those letters is that they
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and negatives. I even have some glass negatives in my collection. Glass negatives were one of the first ways used to make photographs. And those are still around over 100 years later. How about those digital photos we all take today? Will they last that long? The prints made from your digital camera may be around for a while but I’d be willing to bet the original images stored on that tiny card in your camera won’t survive that long. They can be stored on CDs and I read recently where the data on quality CDs can last for 80 to 100 years. But will someone have the necessary antique equipment to be able to read them in 80 to 100 years? And if they’re transferred to some other medium yet to be developed will the quality diminish as those images are changed from one form to another? No one knows for sure. So what’s the answer? Do we get rid of e-mail and text messaging and go back to writing letters? Should we stop using digital cameras and go back to film? Probably not. But maybe we can compromise and take a small step back in time and make an effort to save our own unique history. We know good quality paper will last a long time especially if it’s
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Health care law impacts Boomers By CARLA K. JOHNSON The Associated Press
CHICAGO – A couple on Medicare got a rebate check to help with prescription drug costs. A Chicago man with diabetes got health insurance
through a new government program. And a Philadelphia businessman is hoping his company will qualify for a tax credit. At a critical time for the nation’s new health care legislation, The
Associated Press revisited several Americans who first shared their health stories a year ago. Reporters asked: How has the law affected their lives, and how do they see the health care debate now roiling
Washington? Many insured Americans have noticed no substantive difference in their lives under the new law. But health care has changed in subtle, and dramatic, ways for others.
Here’s how it is impacting one Baby Boomer:
Name: Glenn Nishimura Home: Little Rock, Ark. Age: 61 Employment: Consultant to nonprofit groups. Household income: $55,000, including wife’s earnings. Coverage: Uninsured since COBRA coverage from a previous job expired in May of 2009. Nishimura, a self-employed consultant, has been without health coverage for almost two years. A provision in the national health care law gave his state $46 million to insure people like him who’ve been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. He has high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. Nishimura considered the state program’s coverage, but it was too expensive, he said. He would have paid $7,500 a year in premiums and there was a $1,000 deductible, meaning he would have had to pay the first $1,000 out of his own pocket before benefits kicked in. “It’s just not affordable,” he said. “It didn’t suit my circumstance. I’m happy about the health law and I’m sure it’s doing great things for some people, but it didn’t fit me.” Nishimura is generally healthy
from page 4 stored properly so how about writing a brief (or not so brief) autobiography of yourself? It could be as simple as when and where you were born and notes
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Glenn Nishimura, 61, a self-employed consultant for non-profit groups, revisits his his health care situation with The Associated Press at a coffee shop in Little Rock, Ark., nearly a year after the national health care overhaul. Nishimura said he has had no health coverage for almost two years and said the state’s program coverage is “just not affordable.” “It didn’t suit my circumstance. I’m happy about the health law and I’m sure it’s doing great things for some people, but it didn’t fit me,” he said.
and has low health care costs. He’s not yet old enough for Medicare. He’d like to buy catastrophic coverage that would protect him from going bankrupt if he had a serious illness or accident. “My view is that there are wa wide range of health situations out here,” he said. “The health reform bill immediately addresses those that are sick now and need coverage now.” He
has no problem with that. “As more features of the legislation kick in and we look to improve the bill, maybe we’ll get around to designing more health care alternatives that are affordable and give folks the flexibility to make life choices without concerns about losing health insurance coverage or jeopardizing their financial security,” Nishimura said.
about your life. Include some photos and documents about yourself. It can be as long or as short as you want. Think about it – wouldn’t you love to have something like that about your
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Eagles Club offers a chance to soar By JOANNE FOX
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SOUTH SIOUX CITY – Thirty years ago Terry Bride attended a singles dance at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club. There he met and married wife Lavonne. “You’d think they would’ve kicked us out of the singles dances,” he said, since they had tied the knot. “Instead, we’ve been running them.” The singles dances – which started in the 1970s – are just one of the many events promoted by the South Sioux City Eagles Club, a part of the international nonprofit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality. The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theater owners gathered in a Seattle, Wash., shipyard to discuss a musician’s strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to “bury the hatchet” and form “The Order of Good Things.” As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to “The Fraternal Order of Eagles.” The women’s auxiliary traces its roots to 1927. F.O.E. membership exceeds 850,000, with more than 1,400 Aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Women’s auxiliaries total more than 1,300, with more than 250,000 members. The South Sioux City Eagles was chartered in March of 1946 and is open to adults who are 21 years of age. The group moved from the
Who: Fraternal Order of Eagles What: Singles Dance When: 8 to 11:30 p.m.; second and fourth Wednesdays of the month Where: 801 W. 13th St., Highway 77 bypass, South Sioux City, Neb. Admission: $6 Contact: (402) 494-2788 from 8 a.m. to noon, weekdays
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John Prescott dances with Amy Klein, above, to the music of the band Coolwater at the Singles Dance at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 801 W. 13th St., South Sioux City. The organization has hosted dances since the 1970s. Dancers two-step and foxtrot around the floor to the music of the band Coolwater at the Singles Dance,
Dakota Avenue site to the building just off the Highway 77 bypass in June of 1977. The bands for the singles dances primarily local musicians - perform a mix of ballroom, country western
and rock music every second and fourth Wednesday. “We’ve had some of our biggest crowds the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” Bride said. “Typically, we have about 90 who
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attend.” Another alum of the singles dances, Joyce Kramer decided to become an Eagles member in 1993. “I was a widow with teenagers who were doing their own thing and I wanted to become involved with something,” she reminisced. “I really liked the people here,” Kramer continued. “But what really struck me was going to conventions and realizing all the good the organization does.” One of its current projects was initiated in 2008 – a pledge to raise $5 million each year that will go to diabetes research at the University of Iowa. Bride stressed one doesn’t have to be a member of the Eagles to attend the singles dances or many of the other events. “But we’re always looking to attract new members,” Kramer pointed out.
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SIOUX CITY – Movies begat television. Television begat videotapes. Videotapes begat DVDs and Blu-rays, which begat computers, which begat the World Wide Web, which begat cell phones and video streaming, which begat Netflix and its cousins, which was pretty much the begatting of the end for the traditional video rental business. Consumers just don’t watch movies or even TV shows like they used to. They watch them on big-screen TVs and not-so-big-screen cell phones, on iPads and all kinds of other electronic devices. In a sense, it’s back to the future for most of us. “The next big thing in the future? I could say in the next five years, maybe even sooner than that, is where we won’t even have discs any more. Everything will just be either streaming or you can just download because everybody’s Internet speeds will just gradually get faster and faster and faster. And that’s where this whole digital content is going to end up – going that way.” So says Matt McManigal, the director of counter intelligence at Sioux City’s Best Buy, otherwise known as the
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Geek Squad supervisor. Nothing, in fact, surpises McManigal when it comes to technology. “The way I look at it, it’s only a matter of time before something comes out,” he said. “Look at the iPad, for example. Everyone was kind of wondering, would Apple ever create a device like this? When they came out with the iPhone, everybody’s like, ah man, how great it would be if they came out with an iPod that was just like the iPhone. And they did. And then they came out with the iPhone Touch. And then they’re like, well, gosh, that screen is a 3-and-a-half-inch screen, and it’s great and all, but maybe I’d love to have something better. Would Apple ever make something like that? And then, of course, they did.”
As he explains, it, the allwise and omnipotent Geek Squad founder once said that everyone would eventually have a big-screen TV at home, then a cell phone, which is going to be allow you to do a lot more than just talk on the phone. Then he saw even more portable devices coming, like the Android Tablet and the iPad and your computer and TV combined in some way. And so it happened. “We’re getting to that point in life where we’re expecting to see certain things and then you go back and look at a certain science-fiction movie,” he said. “And the one I think of is ‘Back to the Future Part II,’ where Marty (McFly) goes into the future and he sees himself in his house, and all this different technology that was in that
movie, a lot of that stuff that we are already able to do today. Like when he gets a fax sent from his boss and it seems to come out in like five or six different places in the house. That kind of shows the way that a person is able to get any kind of technology and any kind of information through so many devices in the home. And that’s what we’re getting to.” Can hoverboards be far behind?
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McManigal says DVDs have pretty much evolved into Blu-ray, and the “next big thing” is the digital copy, which already comes with a lot of the movies you buy these days. “So anybody who has a computer, has got an iPod Touch. Even just an iPad, they can put that movie on that device, as well,” he noted. And today, more movie rentals and purchases are coming through the Internet, one of the more popular methods being Netflix streaming unlimited movies and TV shows over the Internet to your computer and/or TV for a monthly fee, he said. Netflix used to send movies via snail mail to its subscribers (and still does), but with super-fast comput-
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ers, more often these days the movies are streamed. Netflix can also be streamed through many DVD players and just about every game console system, such as Xbox 360, the Wii and PlayStation 3. Best Buy, he noted, has a similar company called Cinema Now, which sends new releases to its customers, kind of like the digital copy that comes with many Blu-ray movies these days. He also noted the proliferation of Redboxes that rent DVDs and video games in vending machines throughout the country ... and the fact that even Blockbuster is pushing a video-streaming service. “Just how people are getting their movies nowadays, it’s pretty crazy,” McManigal said. “I mean, you can just about get your information anywhere.” Some phones like the Droid X from Motorola, for example, have an app for Blockbuster that will allow you to stream a movie through it. The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch all have Netflix apps, as well. “So if you’re in a Wi-Fi area, any movie that they have available for streaming, you can watch it,” he said.
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Bes the Dec and
New museum has something for everyone
By Lynn Zerschling Prime staff writer
The Wow Factor. That’s what backers of a new Sioux City Public Museum sought when they talked about remodeling the former JC Penney department store five years ago. Now that the new museum nears an April opening, did they get it? To those involved in the project, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” “I think the scale of the place will be part of that ‘wow’ factor,” businessman Irving Jensen Jr., said. “Your eyes will take in two stories seeing the Kari-Keen plane. That Corn Palace entry is almost twostories tall.” A copy of one of the original architectural drawings of one of the city’s famous corn palaces surrounds the
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doorway into a theater. The video that will be aired in the 48-seat Orientation Theater illustrating Sioux City history will be another “cool factor that will set the tone for the whole museum,” Karen Van De Steeg added. Van De Steeg is president of the nonprofit Siouxland Heritage Foundation that is overseeing planning, construction and fundraising for the project. To her, the biggest wow factor is the free-standing Disaster Wall showcasing three major calamities and outlining how the community came together in coordinated responses. The wall illustrates the 1953 Floyd River flood that inundated businesses and homes in the Hoeven Valley and the stockyards; the crash of United Flight 232 at Sioux Gateway airport on July 19, 1989, and the Pelletier Department store fire on Dec. 23, 1904, which destroyed 2½ city blocks in what is considered the worst fire in the city’s history. “To me that wall is interesting, perhaps because of my medical background,” said Van De Steeg, executive director of Health Inc., which oversees the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Hospice of Siouxland and Siouxland Paramedics Inc. “It’s a good example of how the city survived these different disasters over the years, came together and still is strong.” Museum Director Steve Hansen admitted he enjoys the view from the skyway’s glass windows overlooking the interior from a secondfloor vantage point. “And, my favorite deal right now is to go down at night and sit at Fourth
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Museum director Steve Hansen talks in front of a Sioux City Stock yard exhibit at the new Sioux City Public Museum under construction in the former JC Penney building in downtown Sioux City. and Nebraska and just look inside the windows. You can see the KariKeen plane backlit. It’s pretty cool! It’s all coming together like we had planned it.” In no way does the remodeled space resemble the building’s former home as a department store. “It’s open and airy,” he said. “The ceilings are white. It doesn’t feel like you’re walking into a dark cave.” “I think it will be easier for people from out of town to find once the museum is located downtown,” Jim Jung, chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, said. “It will add to the cultural activities in the downtown area in addition to the Orpheum Theatre, the Tyson Events Center and the Art Center,” Jung declared. “I think this museum will be the crown jewel for downtown.”
Jensen added, “I think it will blow people away when they go in there.”
The new $12.5 million museum at 607 Fourth St. will have space to showcase the majority of the museum’s permanent collections, storage for the rest and will display traveling exhibits. In the Peirce Mansion, at 2901 Jackson St., Hansen said there only was room to display about 15 percent of the collections – which includes more than 50,000 objects. At the Pearl Street Research Center, at 407 Pearl St. the vast majority of its collection – including more than a quarter of million photographic images – were in storage. The Peirce Mansion contained about 9,500 square feet of space, while the Pearl Street Research
north side. Crews who back trucks into the loading docks off Fifth Street will be able to unload exhibits into the temporary gallery or into the storage area. Another storage Temporary Exhibits area on the southeast corner of the Another 7,200 square feet of space building has been designated for will be available for rotating exhibfuture expansion. its out of the museum’s extensive Administrative offices are located collections, as well as for traveling near the Nebraska and Jackson exhibits. street sides of the building. The “We have the capacity to expand gift shop is located just inside the to 9,500 square feet if we need the Nebraska Street entrance. The room,” Hansen stated. “Most travMuseum Trustees and heritage founeling exhibits need at least 5,000 dation board decided not to include a square feet, like the Titanic exhibit. café in the building. … A Hawkeye truck also will be on “We didn’t want to compete display which was manufactured at a with private restaurants,” Hansen plant on Hawkeye Drive here.” explained, noting there are sandwich One of the first new exhibits? shops and restaurants nearby. Sioux City fourth graders’ history During warmer weather, he projects. The pupils’ renditions of expects a number of people to Sioux City landmarks will be disbrownbag their lunches to the outplayed in May. door plaza facing Fourth Street, Van De Steeg, a former Sioux City which will contain green space, The popular replica of French-Canadian fur trader Theophile Bruguier’s log cabin has mayor, said another of her favorite plantings and benches. Events also been moved from its longtime home on Jackson Street to the new museum. exhibits is The Attic, located inside will be held in the plaza. the Nebraska Street door. Center contained 8,000 square feet. Culture dating to 11,000 A.D. Parking “They are kind of these old, eclecAt the new museum, there are 55,000 “These people were farming up People driving to the museum may tic items you might find in the attic square feet of usable space on the and down the Sioux River Valley,” park on the street at the meters or that merit being on display, but not first floor. Hansen said. a separate exhibit of their own,” she in one of the nearby city parking An atrium has been created on the The artifacts on loan from the ramps. The city allows free parking noted. southwest corner of the building for state were found in the Kimball site Such as? The bison head. The origi- at the meters and in the ramps on the museum. The rest of the second in southern Plymouth County, just the weekends. nal Thorpe’s jewelry store clock. floor is leased to Delta Airlines for north of Stone Park. Some of the “If you have a product worth see“There will be an interactive mirits reservation center. tools were made out of large maming, people won’t worry about havror there,” Hansen revealed. “You mal bones, while gardening tools, ing to pay for the parking,” Hansen look in the mirror and will see your Permanent Exhibits hoes and fish hooks were crafted out maintained. “The museum is free.” image. If you hit a button, you will One of the children’s favorite of fragile bird bones. see the Rev. Haddock or John Peirce exhibits is a replica of French fur “Sioux City has one of the best Attraction pop up in the mirror and there will trader Theophile Bruguier’s log Native American collections in the “Our designers believe they have be a two-minute film on them” shown cabin, which has been installed at state of Iowa and the region,” assertdesigned a four-hour experience,” in the mirror. its new home. His original cabin still ed Jensen, who also is a member of Hansen said. “Even if you are visitT stands in Riverside Park. the heritage foundation board. ing for just 60 minutes, you will get The permanent collection includes A rotating display will feature Other Spaces to see a lot and want to come back.” that free-standing disaster wall and Sioux City businesses. Holding educational classes at The exhibits will bring the past to exhibits on the Sioux City Stockyards “We built a trolley car and you the Peirce Mansion was limited to life through the use of state-of-theand meatpacking industry, the can go inside and watch a screen,” a dozen or so people who met in a art technology, interactive displays, Native American Gallery, as well as Hansen added. “You can choose from small backroom. In the new place, hands-on elements and presentations. displays on Sioux City businesses one of five topics.” Hansen said one classroom will hold The hope, planners said, is that the and some whopper-sized vehicles. Flying high over the exhibits is twice that many people, while two exhibits will inspire the imagination The museum always has excelled the Kari-Keen coupe, a two-seater other rooms will be separated by a and encourage the desire to further at presenting exhibits on the area’s manufactured at the aircraft plant in partition, which can be opened to a explore the rich history of the area. Native American history, Jensen Leeds. It is one of only three known larger room for meetings and class“With our educational programs said. In addition to the variety of pot- to exist out of the 40 to 50 Karies. That flexible space will be availand exhibits, we’ll only be limited tery, clothing, arrowheads and other Keens that took to the skies in the able for community groups. by our own creativity,” Hansen said, artifacts in the collection, Hansen early days of aviation. The Pearl Street archives’ new with Van De Steeg adding, “It will be said the Iowa State archaeologist at “From our standpoint, this is one home is on the Jackson Street side of a lot of fun.” the University of Iowa has agreed of the most significant donations the building. to allow the museum to display a we’ve every received,” Hansen said. Storage room is available on the number of items from the Mill Creek “It would sell for $85,000 to $100,000 on the open market, but for us it is priceless.” The permanent gallery covers 12,000 square feet of space.
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Museum always on the lookout for artifacts “It’s hard to say we want something when we don’t know what’s out there,” he said. If you watch “Pawn Stars” and And what museum officials con“American Pickers,” you know there sider historical might not fit the are all sorts of interesting, historical stuff sitting in garages and old build- same definition to people cleaning out their closets. The museum isn’t ings all over the place. interested only in artifacts from the Steve Hansen would love to see 1800s and early 1900s. Hansen said what’s stashed in Sioux City and the the museum would like to show more Siouxland area. recent history – artifacts or photos “I’m convinced that every day something gets thrown away or goes since 1950. Here are some of the things through the thrift shop,” said the Hansen said the museum is most Sioux City Public Museum director. “If it’s Sioux City history, we’d like to interested in obtaining: get a chance to look at it. Sioux City Stockyards “Part of our mission is collecting Hansen said the museum has only Sioux City history, preserving it and two pieces of video footage from showing it.” the stockyards: the last auction and The museum has what’s known as a promotional piece from the late its “hunt list.” It includes areas of 1940s or early ’50s. Sioux City history the museum may The museum would welcome be short on. Hansen said it’s hard to more video on the stockyards and list specific items because it’s not is always interested in expanding known if they even exist. its collection of photos and artifacts
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from an industry that made Sioux City famous.
How to donate to the museum
If you have something you think might make a good addition the Sioux City Public Museum’s collection, contact the museum at (712) 279-6174.
The museum is seeking photos of construction projects: roads, buildings and other structures, especially from the 1940s and ‘50s.
Sioux city businesses
“The earlier the better,” Hansen said. Just about anything goes here: artifacts, signs, old promotional materials. Hansen said more recent photos would be nice, too. The museum has few photos of downtown Sioux City since 1950.
Native American artifacts
Hansen said the museum could use more items to tell the story of the Indians who lived in the Sioux City area. “We’re always looking to expand
our collection there,” he said.
As the Peirce Mansion is converted from the home of the museum to a period home, furniture from that time period will be needed.
Hansen said the museum’s collection of artifacts, especially uniforms, through World War II is very good. The museum could use a few more items from the Korean War, and especially needs more from the Vietnam War and recent wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
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Oher’s book gives another side of ‘The Blind Side’ By HENRY C. JACKSON The Associated Press
Of the many wellchronicled challenges Michael Oher has overcome in his young life, the task of writing an autobiography has to be the most strange: How do you tell your own story after it’s been seen on the big screen in an Oscar-winningfilm? In “I Beat the Odds,” Oher, with a capable assist from author and former Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger, mostly succeeds in his stated goal of going beyond “The Blind Side,” a best-selling book by Michael Lewis
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“I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond” by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger.
and then a box-office smash starring Sandra Bullock. While there’s some
inevitable retread here – Lewis is, after all, one of the finest journalists of his generation – there’s much to be gained from hearing the story straight from the man dubbed “Big Mike.” His own voice is matter-of-fact, both hopeful and a touch melancholy. His experience growing up poor in Memphis, Tenn., was, if anything, more harrowing than it was portrayed in the film. He saw a baby shot by a stray bullet, struggled to find meals, and his mother’s on-again, off-again relationship with drugs nearly prevented him from reaching his
potential. “My mother did her best,” Oher writes. “I have to give her that much. When she was sober, she worked hard to give us a good home and look after us. The problem was that she was not sober very much.” There are other interesting rejoinders to Hollywood’s version of Oher’s life. He was not, as portrayed, an untrained rube on the football field; he was already quite good. Photos in the book show that while Bullock might have been a deadringer for Oher’s adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw
was a flattering choice to play Sean Tuohy, Oher’s adoptive father. In telling his side of “The Blind Side,” Oher’s prose is not always as purple as his No. 74 Baltimore Ravens jersey. One chapter begins with a stretched reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That said, the sports biography genre is not one particularly wellknown for its literary pizazz. This book moves along at a brisker pace than an NFL game. Where “Odds” succeeds most is in going beyond what we have seen – overglossed as it may have been – and
into an assessment of life after your life story is put on the big screen. What Oher describes is a strange, disorienting experience for a man already living the typically surreal existence of a professional football player. Oher takes pride in the effect telling his story has had on others. He writes about the letters he receives and comes to a conclusion that offers both a sad coda and something of a call to action: “What these letters tell me is that kids like me aren’t the exception. There are a lot of us whose ... struggles sound familiar.”
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The Historic Jail Museum in Benton, Ill., is housed in the former Franklin County jail.
The Historic Benton Jail Museum By Terry Turner Prime staff writer
BENTON, Ill. - Back during the days of prohibition this small town in southern Illinois was the last stop for gangster Charlie Birger and If You Go several members of The Historic Jail Museum his infamous mob. is located in Benton, Ill., Birger met his fate on at 209 W. Main St. Hours the gallows behind the are Monday through jail in Benton. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., That jail built in it is closed Sunday. For 1905 has been beautimore information call fully restored with the (800) 661-9998. There is exception of the cell no admission but donaarea and is now home tions are accepted. to the Franklin County Tourism Bureau and museum. The museum has artifacts and displays relating to the crime-filled life of Charlie Birger as well as memorabilia dealing with other famous Benton residents actor John Malkovich and former professional basketball player and coach Doug Collins. Also on display are artifacts relating to Civil War General John A. Logan who was a prosecuting attorney in Benton before the war. Benton also has a connection to the Beatles’ George Harrison which is detailed in a display on the second floor of the museum. But it’s gangster Charlie Birger who dominates the displays in the museum. Visitors can walk
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Travel through the cell area where Birger and his gang were incarcerated and see a recreation of Birger’s cell complete with phonograph and a wicker basket similar to the one in which his body was placed after hanging. To some people Charlie Birger was a caring person who made sure his neighbors had enough coal and food but to many others he was a coldblooded killer who is believed to have murdered 10 men in the span of five years. Birger was a Russian emigrant who was once a newsboy selling papers on the streets of St. Louis. As a young man he was a boxer and later broke horses in the West. When Prohibition became law in the U.S. Birger decided to go into business selling illegal booze and set up his headquarters in Southern Illinois. After being asked to leave Saline County for his unlawful activities Birger moved his operation into Williamson County where he opened a speakeasy called the Shady Rest. It was there Birger and his gang established their bootleg liquor and gambling operation. The Shady Rest also became a safe haven for rum runners and others seeking refuge from the long arm of the law. Local legend tells about the time a rival gang used an airplane to drop a dynamite bomb on the Shady Rest. It turned out to be a dud and no damage was done but residents of Benton like to say it was the first instance of
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The original table where Beatle George Harrison was interviewed in 1963 is on display at the Historic Jail Museum in Benton, Ill. aerial bombing in the United States. Rival gangs and the police were not all Birger and his associates had to deal with. In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan supported prohibition. In April 1926 Birger and another gang, the Shelton Brothers joined forces to attack Klan leaders in Herrin, Il. During the bloody battles that followed the police looked the other way and Klan member’s deaths were ruled as homicides by “parties unknown”. Once the Klan was taken care of the two gangs went back to fighting
each other. As part of their arsenal of weapons both the Birger and Sheldon Brothers gangs had tanks which were trucks converted into armored vehicles. When Birger heard the Sheldon gang’s tank was in for repairs at Joe Adams’ Garage in West City, Ill., Charlie and some of his gang paid Joe Adams a visit demanding he turn over the Sheldon Brother’s tank to him. Adams refused and was later gunned down. In June 1927 Charlie Birger and two of his men were arrested for the murder of Joe Adams. Since he’d been arrested many times before and released in a few days Birger didn’t resist. He may not have realized he was being arrested and would be held in Franklin County where he had no influence. Birger and his two accomplices were convicted of the killings but only Birger was sentenced to hang for the crime. It was on April 19, 1928, that Charlie Birger made that long, last walk to the gallows behind the jail in Benton. At his request a Rabbi accompanied Birger on that walk. Birger jokingly asked to be buried in a Catholic cemetery saying, “The Devil wouldn’t be looking there for a Jew.” His final words were, “It’s a beautiful world.” Charlie Birger is buried in Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish Cemetery in the University Park area of St. Louis, Mo. The marker
One of the many cells in the Historic Jail Museum. bears his full legal name of Shachna Itzik Birger. Inside the jail museum visitors can look into Birger’s cell and see the window where he reportedly yelled to the men building his gallows to “build it strong, boys.” A replica of the gallows is there today. Other displays in the museum include one dedicated to former Beatle George Harrison. In September 1963 Harrison visited his sister Louise in Benton. Harrison had sent his mother a copy of the group’s first single titled, “From Me to You” and his mother sent it to Louise who managed to get Marcia Schaefer, a teen-ager whose father co-owned WFRX in nearby West Frankfort to play the song on her radio show for teen-agers in the summer of 1963. That was the first time a Beatle record was played on a U.S. radio station. When Harrison was in Benton he stopped by the station to meet Schaefer and was interviewed on WFRX. Sadly for Schaefer and Beatles’ fans everywhere that interview was not recorded. The radio equipment in use at the time is now on display in the museum along with the table where Harrison sat. It was just five months later in February 1964 that the Beatles debuted on American television on the Ed Sullivan Show.
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ersons 60 years of age and older and P their spouses may participate in the elderly nutrition program in Siouxland. In Sioux City, meals are served Tuesday-Friday at Riverside Lutheran Church, 1817 Riverside Blvd.; on Monday at Riverside Gardens’ Community Room, 715 Bruner Ave., Fairmount Park, 210 S. Fairmount St., and Centennial Manor, 441 W. Third St. A suggested contribution is $2.75 or what each person can afford without causing a financial hardship. Reservations are required a day in advance by calling the Sergeant Bluff site, 943-5356, or the Siouxland Aging Services nutrition office at 279-6900, ext. 15. For more information about other available meal sites, call Siouxland Aging Services at 2796900.
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Siouxland Center, 313 Cook St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. March Calendar: March 1: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; advanced Spanish, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; genealogy, painting class, 9:30 a.m.; beg./ interm. Spanish, creative writing, walking off pounds, 10 a.m.; painting class, pitch, tap practice, 1 p.m.; zumba gold, ping pong, 2 p.m. March 2: Senior yoga, 9 a.m.; painting class, duplicate bridge lessons, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap practice, 3 mile walk (tape), 10 a.m.; talk show, “Information on the senior companion program,” 10:30 a.m.; drama group, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; euchre, 500, 1 p.m.; one mile walk warm up, 2:40 p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 3 p.m.; duplicate bridge club, 6 p.m. March 3: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; walking off pounds, beg. 1 line dance, 9 a.m.; beg. 2 line dance, 9:45 a.m.; beg. card design, senior yoga, Men’s Club, beginning German, 10 a.m.; advanced line dance, advanced German, 11 a.m.; woodcarving, inter. line dance, bridge group, shanghai, 1 p.m.; ping pong, 2 p.m. March 4: Fitness with Sandy, Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; blood pressures, 10 a.m.; bridge group, noon; bridge & 500, scrabble, dance with Terry & the Remnants, 1 p.m. March 7: Experienced tap class, 9 a.m.; Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap class, 9:45 a.m.; guitar practice, 10 a.m.; tap
class, duplicate bridge lessons, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap practice, 3 mile walk (tape), 10 a.m.; talk show “Personal safety,” 10:30 a.m.; drama group, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; euchre, 500, 1 p.m.; one mile walk warm up, 2:40 p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 3 p.m.; duplicate bridge club, 6 p.m. March 17: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; walking off pounds, beg. 1 line dance, 9 a.m.; beg. 2 line dance, 9:45 a.m.; senior yoga, Men’s Club, beginning German, 10 a.m.; advanced line dance, advanced German, 11 a.m.; inter. line dance, woodcarving, bridge group, shanghai, 1 p.m.; ping pong, 2 p.m. March 18: Fitness with Sandy, Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; blood pressures, 10 a.m.; bridge group, noon; bridge & 500, scrabble, dance with Shirley’s Big Band, 1 p.m. March 21: Experienced tap class, 9 a.m.; Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap class, 9:45 a.m.; guitar practice, 10 a.m.; tap dance workshop, 10:30 a.m.; duplicate bridge, 11:30 a.m.; movie “Flipped,” Bunco, Mah Jong, pinochle, woodcarving, 1 p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 2 p.m. March 22: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; advanced Spanish, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; genealogy, painting class, 9:30 a.m.; beg./ interm. Spanish, creative writing, walking off pounds, 10 a.m.; crafts, 10:30 a.m.; painting class, pitch, tap practice, 1 p.m.; ping pong, zumba gold, 2 p.m. • Spacious Suites March 23: Senior yoga, 9 a.m.; painting • Emergency Call System class, duplicate bridge lessons, 9:30 a.m.; • Complete Dining Service beginner tap practice, 10 a.m.; talk show, • Housekeeping & Laundry Service “Healthy eating for senior citizens, 10:30 • Van Transportation to Shopping & Appointments a.m.; drama group, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 • Beauty Shop • Exercise Classes p.m.; euchre, 500, 1 p.m.; duplicate bridge club, 6 p.m. • Complete Activities Programing March 24: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; walking off pounds, beg. 1 line dance, 9 Come see how our facility can meet your need for a quality lifestyle. a.m.; beg 2 line dance, 9:45 a.m.; senior 3501 Dakota Ave. • South Sioux City, NE. • 402-494-4273 yoga, Men’s Club, beginning German, 10 a.m.; advanced line dance, advanced duplicate bridge, 11:30 a.m.; birthday party, German, 11 a.m.; inter. line dance, beginner tap practice, 3 mile walk (tape), Bunco, Mah Jong, pinochle, woodcarving, 1 woodcarving, bridge group, shanghai, 1 10 a.m.; talk show, “Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Northern Hills,” 10:30 a.m.; drama p.m.; Super Strong Seniors with Kelly, 2:30 p.m.; ping pong, 2 p.m. March 25: Fitness, Wii practice, 9:30 group, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; euchre, p.m. a.m.; blood pressures, 10 a.m.; bridge March 15: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; 500, 1 p.m.; one mile walk warm up, 2:40 group, noon; bridge & 500, scrabble, dance advanced Spanish, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 3 p.m.; duplicate with Burt Heithold Band, 1 p.m. (Siouxland genealogy, painting class, 9:30 a.m.; beg./ bridge club, 6 p.m. Music Jamboree, 7 p.m. Saturday) interm. Spanish, creative writing, walking March 10: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; March 28: Experienced tap class, 9 off pounds, 10 a.m.; painting class, pitch, walking off pounds, beg. 1 line dance, 9 tap practice, 1 p.m.; zumba gold, ping pong, a.m.; Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; beginner a.m.; beg. 2 line dance, 9:45 a.m.; senior tap class, 9:45 a.m.; guitar practice, story 2 p.m. yoga, Men’s Club, beginning German, time, 10 a.m.; tap dance workshop, 10:30 March 16: Senior yoga, 9 a.m.; painting 10 a.m.; advanced line dance, advanced dance workshop, 10:30 a.m.; duplicate bridge, 11:30 a.m.; movie”Eat, Pray, Love,” Bunco, Mah Jong, pinochle, woodcarving, 1 p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 2 p.m. March 8: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; advanced Spanish, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; genealogy, painting class, 9:30 a.m.; beg./ interm. Spanish, creative writing, walking off pounds, 10 a.m.; crafts, 10:30 a.m.; painting class, pitch, tap practice, 1 p.m.; zumba gold, ping ping, 2 p.m. March 9: Senior yoga, 9 a.m.; painting class, duplicate bridge lessons, 9:30 a.m.;
German, 11 a.m.; inter. line dance, woodcarving, bridge group, shanghai, 1 p.m.; ping pong, 2 p.m. March 11: Fitness with Sandy, Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; blood pressures, 10 a.m.; bridge group, noon; bridge & 500, scrabble, dance with Art & Gwen, 1 p.m. (Siouxland Music Jamboree, 7 p.m. Saturday) March 14: Experienced tap class, 9 a.m.; Wii practice, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap class, 9:45 a.m.; guitar practice, story time, 10 a.m.; tap dance workshop, 10:30 a.m.;
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Calendar The Woman in Black, 7:30 p.m. March 1, Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion. Three actors weave a spinetingling, nerve shredding ghost story about The Woman in Black, a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. 605-677-5400, www.usd. edu/theatre ‘Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got The Will?’, 7:30 p.m. March 3-6, Postal Playhouse, 105 1st St. NE, Le Mars, Iowa. Sunday Matinee, 2 p.m. 712-546-5788, www.lemarsct.org Siouxland Artist’s Inc. 2011 Competitive Show Reception and Judge’s Critique, March 15-26, The Gallery, 707 4th Street Clarion Hotel Atrium, Sioux City. Randi Mackey, email@example.com, (712) 5405720 Illusionist Dan Sperry, 7:30 p.m. March 18, Orpheum Theatre, 520 Pierce St. www. ticketmaster.com
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Kidney Health Options, 1-3 p.m. March 9, Fresenius Medical Care Siouxland, 2530 Glenn Ave. Free class on treatment options
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for those with poor kidney function. Family members, loved ones are also welcome to attend. (712) 266-1246 Grandbaby 101: Becoming a Grandparent, 6:45-8:15 p.m. March 16, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, 2720 Stone Park Blvd, Are you expecting a grandbaby? Learn the latest on baby care including infant nutrition, car seat safety, sleep tips and more from Siouxland’s most experienced nurses. 279-3481, www.stlukes.org ‘Safe Water for Haiti: What About the Environment?’, 6:30 p.m. March 24, Gleeson Room at Aalfs Public Library, 6th and Pierce. Free, all are welcome, sponsored by Northwest Iowa Sierra Club.
Bill Cosby, 7 p.m. March 27, Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. 800-745-3000, www.orpheumlive.com
James Cristy Cole Circus, 7 p.m. March 5, Clay County Events Center, 800 W. 18th St., Spencer, Iowa. Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com Public Forum with Local Iowa State Legislators, 10-11:30 a.m. March 26,
Wilbur Aalfs Library, 529 Pierce St., Sioux City. The League of Women Voters and SIMPCO will host a public forum with our local Iowa State Legislators. Goodwin.mk@ gmail.com, 274-1948
American Idol Stars Celebrate Motown, 7:30 p.m. March 4, Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts, 612 28th St, Spirit Lake. Four of your favorite former American Idol stars come together: Michael Sarver, Gina Glocksen, David Hernandez and Lakisha Jones. 712-336-3707 ext. 6000, www.samicenter.org Sioux City Symphony Orchestra: Celtic Tenors, 7:30 p.m. March 12, Orpheum Theatre, 520 Pierce St. (712) 277-2111, www.siouxcitysymphony.org Musical Masters & Mayhem, 5-7 p.m. March 17, Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St. Sugarland, 7:30 p.m. March 19, Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Dr.. Featuring Little Big Town Cost: 7:30 p.m. Iowa Piano Competition, March 31-April 2, Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St.. 712277-2111, www.siouxcitysymphony.org
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a.m.; duplicate bridge, 11:30 a.m.; movie “Annie,” Parkinson’s meeting, Bunco, Mah Jong, pinochle, woodcarving, 1 p.m.; Super Strong Seniors with Kelly, 2:30 p.m. March 29: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; advanced Spanish, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; genealogy, painting class, 9:30 a.m.; beg./ interm. Spanish, creative writing, walking off pounds, 10 a.m.; painting class, pitch, tap practice, 1 p.m.; zumba gold, ping pong, 2 p.m. March 30: Chorus, senior yoga, 9 a.m.; painting class, duplicate bridge lessons, 9:30 a.m.; beginner tap practice, 10 a.m.; talk show, “Memory Games,” 10:30 a.m.; drama group, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; euchre, 500, 1 p.m.; one mile walk warm up, 2:40 p.m.; fitness with Kelly, 3 p.m.; duplicate bridge club, 6 p.m. March 31: Penny bingo, 8:30 a.m.; walking off pounds, beg. 1 line dance, 9 a.m.; beg. 2 line dance, 9:45 a.m.; beg. senior yoga, Men’s Club, beginning German, 10 a.m.; advanced line dance, advanced German, 11 a.m.; woodcarving, inter. line dance, bridge group, shanghai, 1 p.m.; ping pong, 2 p.m.
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