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Rufus Ward: Josh Meador and the 'Forbidden Planet'

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

Last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people) celebrated the innovative special effects and technology of the 1956 movie, "Forbidden Planet." In the MGM science-fiction classic, a space crew from Earth lands on a distant planet searching for survivors of a space ship that had landed there 20 years earlier. What they found were two survivors, a robot and a strange freighting Id monster.

 

Roger Truesdale: Voting in earlier times

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columns

Like most of you, I voted a week or so ago. To be honest, I almost didn't. I got home Tuesday mid-afternoon and settled in to the comfort of the air conditioner. Suddenly, that "forgotten to do something" alarm started beeping like a smoke detector in need of a new battery. I tried to ignore it.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Dog days

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

The "dog days of summer" is usually the most miserable time of the year, especially in the South. It is so named because, for a few weeks in July and August, we are under the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog), which contains the "Dog Star," Sirius.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Voting in earlier times

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

 

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus-Choctaw War

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

 

 

David Creel: Ten beauty commandments for summer

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Well, they didn't come down from the mountain, and I'm not Moses, but here they are, 10 beauty "commandments" for wrapping up the summer.

 

 

Betty Stone: Live theater

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Several years ago someone who ought to know informed me that nowhere in Mississippi did anyone live more than one hour's drive from some kind of live theater. That information surprised me somewhat.

 

 

Adele Elliott: The hunt

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Humans always seem to be "hunting" for something. I don't mean just the literal hunt for game. Southerners may "hunt" for our lost keys, or a great parking spot or a new job.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Aaaaw to Zzzzzd'

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columns

My guess is that you have already heard birds singing sometime today. I am not a birdwatcher, but you don't have to be one to notice that birds fit in all around us, and there are few environments, urban or rural, that are not enlivened by birdsong.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Raising my voice

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columns

The last few weeks have been a sort of crash course in local politics for me. I have always considered myself apolitical. In New Orleans I thought I was middle-of-the-road when it came to politics. But, here in Columbus, I seem to be the poster girl for liberals.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The life of Evel Knievel

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columns

Everybody knew who Evel Knievel was in his heyday. He made a living doing dangerous things, and had a knack for making them into spectacles that the whole world paid attention to.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Critter removal services

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columns

After confessing to capturing some 50-odd raccoons and possums, a nice lady approached me about helping her rid her place of nuisance critters. She kindly offered to pay. While extremely flattered, I had to decline her request, as this gets you into a whole new ballgame, when you start charging to trap critters.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Red Summer

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columns

We have had the occasional flare-up of mass racial violence in the past few decades. We have had nothing like the summer of 1919, when there were riots and lynchings in many large American cities, and countless episodes of violence in smaller ones.

 

 

Betty Stone: Shelton stories

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

"I have a thousand stories!" said David Shelton, when I asked him what he remembered about old Columbus. "I used to work for Sid Gardner and Kelly Myers for $4 a day. I wanted to be in the drug store business because of Mr. Sid. I'd sit on a stool at his drug store and just listen. So many people came in that I heard and learned a lot.

 

 

David Creel: All God's critters

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

You already know that beauty exists across the species, although I confess I have never found anything attractive about a snake or a spider. But did you know that the desire to be beautiful also spans a number of God's creatures as well?

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ashes to ashes

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

My sister called this week, a rare occurrence. She had received a package containing Mother's ashes. "They're in a plastic box," Victoria told me, "I remember seeing something like it at Pier 1, maybe 10 or so years ago." What a crude container for such a complicated woman. Mother would have hated it. Then she added, "The box has a sort of rattle."

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Kayaking the creeks

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columns

About six years ago there were lots of kayaking outfitters within a few hours' drive, but nowadays it looks like most of those watering holes have dried up.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ulterior motives

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Actors are taught to understand their character's motivation. In mystery movies, the murderer must have motive. Usually that is greed, or jealousy, or maybe even passion. But without a very compelling reason, the crime is somehow hollow, and just not believable.

 

Rufus Ward: Dr. Spillman, lost in history

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Few people recognize the name of Dr. William Spillman of Columbus. Even the marker is missing from his grave in Friendship Cemetery. His 1836 house still stands, but bears no historic marker or plaque. Spillman is a man lost in history.

 

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