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Good Tuesday morning to you!

If you had to name a device that defined how people of a specific era listened to music, what would you offer? Today, the options seem endless. Seems like just yesterday when the iPod was invented. Then streaming music. And now smart home devices. But how about past decades?

The jukebox for the 1950s? Albums on console stereos for the 1960s? How about 8-track players for the 1970s? And then there were the 1980s, the era when I attended high school and college. What would you suggest represents music listening habits for that timeframe? Cassette recorders? CD players?

For people of all ages in the 1980s, it was all about the Sony Walkman. That single device changed how we listened to music, and it added an element of “cool” to cassettes. Sony truly was “the one and only.” I vividly remember my first Walkman. Silver metallic. Cassette only. (Who needed radio?) Lightweight headphones. Telescopic case. I listened to my cassettes in that player for countless hours. And when it finally wore out, I bought the yellow Walkman Sports version, as pictured here.

The original Walkman launched in Tokyo in 1979. Ultimately, total production of Walkman units surpassed 200 million globally with more than 300 different Walkman models. But as cassettes became less popular, so did the Walkman, and this seemingly must-have gadget came to an end in 2010.

Will the iPhone meet the same demise? Seems unlikely today, but many of us Walkman users thought the same in the 1980s.

How about you? Did you own a Walkman? Which model? Do you still have it? Shoot me a note (and a photo, if you have one) and let me know.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures will heat up today into the upper 80’s, and will do so again on a breezy Wednesday. Thunderstorm chances return late Wednesday into early Thursday. Chances into the weekend look slight.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Tuesday, July 13
⇛Jazz in July - Amina Figarova Group
At: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
Info: The opening show starts at 6 p.m.; www.hoytsherman.org

Featured Home For Sale

1156 28th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

200 E. Creston Avenue
300 E. McKInley Avenue
4900 S.E. 14th Street

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Body shop: Millions of dollars in damage estimated following Friday's hail

DES MOINES, Iowa — Friday's hailstorm could add up to millions of dollars in damage in the Des Moines area. Scotty Buchanan, owner of Scotty’s Body Shop, said his phone hasn't stopped ringing since Friday's severe weather. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowans will soon have access to free, take-home COVID-19 test kits

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans will soon have access to free, self-administered COVID-19 tests for use at home as the last drive-through Test Iowa sites close down around the state. Beginning Friday, Iowans will be able to pick up a COVID-19 test kit from a site in their community or have one sent to their home for free. The tests will use saliva samples instead of the nasal swab that was done at drive-through Test Iowa sites. Each kit will include step-by-step instructions on how to activate the test, collect the sample, return it to the State Hygienic Lab and receive results.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5:  West Des Moines' high-speed internet expansion project running on schedule

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite a slower than anticipated start, West Des Moines city officials said they still expect to complete their first conduit network section on schedule.  "Getting materials is very difficult," West Des Moines City Engineer Brian Hemesath said. "We had a very hard time getting vaults and handholes at the beginning of the project. We're starting to get those back in now, so we're starting to catch up."... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS: Iowa v. Idaho, tomorrow, 8 p.m.
NBA Finals: Suns v. Biucks tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Whiskey Menu
1. Fresko Natural Food
2. Bubba
3. Iowa Distilling Company


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The Jurgenses invest a lifetime in Winterset:
Careers brought them to town; involvement kept them there.

By Rachel Harrington

Denny and Jane Jurgens met in college in Minneapolis and were married. Denny, born and raised in Thornton, and Jane, who spent her childhood near Stanton, both worked in a hospital. Denny began at Hartley Memorial Community Hospital, and he spent almost two years there. When he saw an ad for a position in Winterset at Madison County Memorial Hospital, he applied.

“They said they’d like to talk to me, and then they offered me the job,” says Denny. “We’ve been here ever since, totaling about 55 years.”

Jane spent 30 years as an assistant manager of the lab/X-ray and then took over mammograms in the 1980s. Denny spent 33 years as laboratory radiology manager in Winterset. Their work in the hospital for the community was and still is near and dear to their heart.


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This photo was taken Friday afternoon in Waukee facing north from Alice’s Road as a shelf cloud moved into the area. Photo by Pat Checketts

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Johnston Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy belated birthday to Terri Brandt, who celebrated on Monday.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Harrison Ford, Patrick Stewart, Steven R. McQueen, Ken Jeong, Colton Haynes, Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants!), Cheech Marin, Rich the Kid, Didi Conn, Sean Waltman

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which are you most fearful of?

Public speaking


Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?

Yes - 38%
No - 62%

Morning Chuckle
Which kind of company replants lawns using crop dusting planes flown by balding pilots? Johana Jerden ventured the only guess: Reseeding Airline (Receding Hair Line).
Two fish are in a tank. What does one say to the other?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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