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Good Thursday morning to you!
 

If you watched TV in the 1970s, you likely remember the phrase "20 Original Hits! 20 Original Stars!” from music compilation album commercials produced by companies like K-tel. Some of the albums included "20 Power Hits" (1973), "Gold Rock" (1975), “Far Out" (1975), and my personal favorite, “Hit Machine” (1976). The only redeemable value for me in watching these commercials is that I became quite good at "name that tune" games. In fact, I had not met anyone better at it than me… until Mark Johnson stole my crown.
     I was at a business-after-hours event in Clive several years ago, and Jason Walsmith of The Nadas was performing. As he was wrapping up, he noticed a few of us playing name that tune from our phones. (This was back when music was stored on your phones rather than streamed.) Walsmith allowed us to plug into his equipment, and the game was then truly on. That’s when I realized how incredible Johnson, the director of sales and marketing at West Des Moines Marriott, was at knowing his music, beating me to the punch on nearly every song. I finally accepted that I met my match, and in my efforts to congratulate Johnson, I jokingly asked if he watched a lot of K-tel album commercials as a kid. He said, “No, but I was a DJ for a number of years.” I was appalled. That was cheating. A ringer. A hustler. A professional in an amateur’s game. I took back my proverbial crown.
     As for K-tel, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1984 but seems to have found a bit of a comeback on digital platforms. Meanwhile, their original compilation albums are still worth a listen.
     Have a thriving Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

 
Under the Umbrella
 
Jordan Huxford was our axe-throwing team's Queen Bee at a recent outing and the title has stuck. She was also falsely accused of trying to break Tammy's hip, but that's another story... Jordan is a designer extraordinaire. She grew up in Cambridge on the only street that has curbs and currently lives in Des Moines with her husband, Jacob. She graduated from Iowa State in 2016 with a degree in Advertising and has been working at BGUM ever since. The only pet she has is Diablo, her lime green plastic snake that lives on the dashboard of her car. He's there to scare away parking enforcement people from giving her tickets.  Lately, in her free time, Jordan likes to sew, read or do puzzles. But don't stereotype her quite yet because she also enjoys playing Minecraft on Xbox and watching NASCAR on Sundays. She says, "I'm currently irritated with the critters that are biting my tulips but thankful the mailman stopped stepping on them. So send me a message if you have any ideas on how to prevent either problem in the future."
 
Des Moines Weather
 
High 57. Low 48. Cloudy day. Some showers may move in tonight. Much of the same the next couple of days.  San Diego, California will only be a few degrees warmer. However, San Diego Venezuela will reach 88 degrees and San Diego, Chile will have a high of 70. 
 
The Score
 
MLB:
Indians 4, Royals 2
Twins 3, Tigers 2
Brewers 4, Cubs 2
Mariners 8, White Sox 4
Cardinals 7, Marlins 0
 
 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Man stabbed at Des Moines Subway, police confirm

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating the stabbing of a man at a metro Subway restaurant. According to police, the stabbing occurred around 3:30 p.m. at the 3701 East 14th Street Subway. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Construction Supplies in Short Supply Right Now for Iowa Builders

DES MOINES, IOWA — Construction season has arrived in Iowa – unfortunately builders are finding many must have supplies are in scarce supply. The US Chamber of Commerce’s commercial construction index shows that 71% of builders nationwide are dealing with shortages of lumber, steel, electrical and lighting supplies. Those shortages and corresponding price increases are being felt in Iowa, too.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Each one has a story' | Iowans mark the graves of state war heroes

DES MOINES, Iowa — When millions of Americans were told to remain home and limit interactions in public at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of Iowa men had already been working on a solitary project to keep them busy. They track down the names and information of unmarked Iowa veterans' graves in Woodland Cemetery.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Chamber of Commerce
1. Urbandale Chamber
2. Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
3. West Des Moines Chamber

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Personalities
 

Mutt extraordinaire

By Jackie Wilson

Kristen and Cory Schattschneider with their latest adoption, Millie. Photo by Jackie Wilson
Kristen and Cory Schattschneider attempted to be dogless after their first dog passed away from cancer. But before long, they both craved a canine companion.

After searching through animal rescue sites, Kristen came upon a beagle/basset hound mix on AHeinz57. After visiting the unique dog, they decided it needed a home. So, in August of 2019, they adopted Millie.

As a rescue dog requirement, Millie was scheduled with the veterinarian to get spayed, but the doctor refused to do the procedure. Why? It turned out that Millie was pregnant.

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Things To Do
 
Thursday, April 8 at noon
Iowa History 101: George Washington Carver in Iowa
At: Webinar, register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8516140952229/WN_x6S3WMntSHu_DLGE7JcpmA
Info: Join Linda Griffith Smith as she discusses how Iowa was a turning point in George Washington Carver’s life. Happenstance brought him to Iowa with a here-and-there education, but he was a determined, educated young man when he left for Tuskegee University.
https://iowaculture.gov/calendar/iowa-history-101-george-washington-carver-iowa
 
 
 
Jobs
 
Snapshot

Leaves on bushes and trees are growing quickly! — Photo by Rachel Harrington.

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
 
Join more than 100,000 central Iowans who read CITYVIEW each month in print and online. Pick up a copy at nearly 700 locations across central Iowa, or receive the digital edition delivered to your email in-box. View this month’s digital edition here.
 
 
Birthdays
 

Happy Birthday

Thursday, April 8
Bill Elson at Legacy Financial Group is celebrating his birthday today. His co-workers wish him a happy day!

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth date to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Patricia Arquette, Mary Pickford, Emma Caulfield, Julian Lennon, Betty Ford, John Madden. Did you know... Julian Lennon, son of Beatle John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon, turns 58. He was 17 when he father was killed.

Poll of the Week

Do you, or did you ever, own a skateboard?
Yes
No

How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more - 17%
25-49 - 5%
11-24 - 19%
1-10 - 46%
none - 13%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
What goes tick-tock, bow-wow, tick-tock, bow-wow?
 
A WATCHDOG!
You got it right, Russ Cerniglia, Kim Snyder, Bruce Hoium, Tony Putz, Chris Williams!

TODAY'S RIDDLE:
Where do zombies go swimming?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Watch for the answer in the next Daily Umbrella!
 

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