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What a Character!: Monsieur LeSteak

What a Character!: Monsieur LeSteak

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. Remember Charlie the Tuna, the seemingly suicidal spokes-fish for canned fish titan Starkist? Of course you do, who could forget his apparently misguided yet earnest attempts to qualify for a life (or the end thereof) inside a small,…

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Friday Facts: Eggs, Monodirevr, Stripper Parkas

Friday Facts: Eggs, Monodirevr, Stripper Parkas

:: This Saturday is the 34th annual Last Year’s Easter Egg Hunt at Whittinger’s Park. The Greek Gardening Consortium insists that they hid more than 12 eggs and that if the rest aren’t found there will be no 35th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Whittinger’s Park. :: Acts of violence committed against actors dressed as…

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What a Character!: The Spaghetti Giant

What a Character!: The Spaghetti Giant

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. What stands twenty-five feet tall, wears a toga with a garland of grape leaves and was a fixture of the city’s “Restaurant Row” for thirty-five years? If you said “The Spaghetti Giant,” then are you ever correct! Between…

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Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

:: On Monday, Chief Health Commissioner Rudolph “Guy” Fenimore sent a press release reminding hungry citizens that the city’s three-year long ban on open air barbecue restaurants ends this Saturday. Blowout celebrations are currently planned at Roy’s BBQ, Captain Jack’s Rib Shack, Shiney’s, the Thai Barbecue House (which will be removing its temporary tarpaulin after…

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What a Character!: Sour Grapes Magee

What a Character!: Sour Grapes Magee

A new recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. “Aw … PHOOEY!” The Silent Life of Sour Grapes Magee Long-time residents of the city may recall that the dour-faced figure painted on the side of the Lowell Furniture Warehouse – just east of Southwest South Street,…

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The Mile-High Marathon

The Mile-High Marathon

It started as a fraternity stunt, but running enthusiasts the world over now look forward to it almost as much as the Boston and New York Marathons. It’s the Mile-High Marathon, a uniquely urban race, and it happens right here in our very own city. The goal of the marathon (although, at seven total miles…

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Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

:: Greatest decennial population increase (1950 – 1960)- 201,610 :: Actor James Robard once described the City as “The place where my heart has a home.” He had previously said the same of New Orleans, Louisiana and Tucson, Arizona. :: The Stander Memorial Gymnasium at Pine Run Junior High School is the only gymnasium in…

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Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

:: Number of years between the founding of the city and its incorporation- 19 :: This Sunday marks thirty years since the closing of the Hearth’s Delight Confectionaries factory, here in the heart of the city. Here are some of the fondly-remembered candies and sweets manufactured by this hometown Willy Wonka: Caramel Flats, Chocolate Hailstones,…

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Friday Facts: Meanwhile, at the Pioneer Square Strip Mall

Friday Facts: Meanwhile, at the Pioneer Square Strip Mall

:: Sister city featured on municipal signage on December 6, 1941- Mihara City, Japan :: Sister city featured on municipal signage as of December 9, 1941- Newcastle, England :: Hanna-Barbera animator Clark E. Pantuso reportedly modeled the design for the Super Friends’ Hall of Justice on the Pioneer Square Strip Mall, at the corner of…

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The City’s Most-Storied Piece of Property

The City’s Most-Storied Piece of Property

Folks often wonder whatever became of Wet-Foot Field, the stamping ground of the city’s first Ethnic-League baseball team, the Blue Stockings. Well, appropriately enough, it was excavated, lined with concrete and turned into the world-famous Swimporium public indoor swimming pools at Mabel Tripp Gardens in 1902. But wait, you might ask, whatever became of the…

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