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Good Tuesday morning to you!

    There’s something cool about the American jukebox, and I want one. A Wurlitzer. A Seeburg. A Rock-Ola. I don’t care. I simply want to hear those familiar sounds again.
     The coin dropping in the slot. The clicking of the plastic buttons for the chosen letters and numbers. The sound of the 45s dropping. The scratching of the needle as it hit the record. And, of course, the booming sound from those massive speakers.
     And that was just half the experience. The visuals were equally amazing. The bubbles. The waves. The circles of changing color.
     Seeing and hearing jukeboxes for the first time had to be incredible. And although they have roots in the late 1800s, the popularity of jukeboxes truly hit in the 1950s.
     For me, it was the 1970s in the Pizza Hut of our small town. My childhood friends and I would pedal our bicycles to this popular spot and listen to our favorite songs while we bellied up to the sit-down-style Asteroids video game machine and spent our weekly allowances, one quarter at a time. Yes, we had to pay to listen to music AND to play video games. Seems absurd in today’s world of expecting entertainment for free. Mom thought it was a waste of money, but she never experienced the thrill of hitting 99,999 points with that triangular ship while singing along to “Rock and Roll All Nite” on the jukebox.
     Of course, the Fonz also made jukeboxes cool in the “Happy Days” TV shows we all watched. Although pounding our fists on the top of the jukebox and having the song of our choice play didn't pan out so well for my friends and me. We, instead, were escorted out of the restaurant by a guy we knew as Pizza Hut Dan.
     Call it nostalgia. Call it memories. Call it old school. Call it whatever you want, but call me when you find a good jukebox for sale. I have my quarters ready.
     Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading. 

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A few showers and storms are possible today as warm and humid conditions continue. Wednesday looks dry. More storms move in Thursday, but the weather Friday through Sunday looks cooler and dry in central Iowa for now.

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


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

1100 22nd Street
2600 57th Street
6500 Center Street

The Waukee Police Department will be increasing the presence of officers today from approximately 1-6 p.m. The area of emphasis will be the intersection of Alice's Road and University Avenue, but an increase will be noticed throughout the entire community.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Prosecution rests in the murder trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera

The state rested its case Monday in the Cristhian Bahena Rivera murder trial. Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of Mollie Tibbetts. For a summary of Monday’s testimony ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Deadly Des Moines crash leaves infant without parents

DES MOINES, Iowa — Grief, sadness and disbelief. “I just can’t believe she’s gone. We all meet each other one day again,” said Jatziri Jaquez. “It’s heavy on our hearts,” added Junior Manriquez. Friends of 22-year-old Tatiana Munguia and 20-year-old Moises Ruiz remain at a loss for words after the two died in a high-speed, fiery crash on Sunday at 12th Street and Oak Park Avenue. Manriquez said, “It definitely teaches you that people can be gone in the blink of an eye.”  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Hawkeye Jordan Bohannon recovering from 'serious head injury' after assault in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hawkeye senior guard Jordan Bohannon is recovering after he was physically assaulted early Sunday morning in Iowa City, according to the University of Iowa men's basketball team. Bohannon suffered a "serious head injury" in the altercation. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: Iowa Cubs face St. Paul tonight, 6:38, Principal Park.
MLB: White Sox 5 Cardinals 1, Twins 8 Orioles 3 READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

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

Best Local LGBTQ Hangout
1. Blazing Saddle
2. Garden Nightclub
3. Buddy’s Corral


Read more

Catching up with heart transplant survivor:
Former Johnston Board of Education member had transplant 35 years ago.

By Lindsey Giardino

     For Gene Lesch, the beat goes on … literally.
     Lesch, who served on the Johnston Board of Education in the early 1980s, is one of the longest-surviving heart transplant recipients.
     In 1986, he went skiing in Colorado and had trouble breathing at the high altitude. After he returned home from the trip, he went to the doctor and was diagnosed with heart problems. He then went to Iowa City, where he was evaluated for a heart transplant. They recommended he receive one, but Lesch wanted a second opinion, which he received at the University of Minnesota Medical Center at the suggestion of a man in Johnston who had had a heart transplant six months prior to him. Lesch took the man’s advice and traveled up there, where he was told by doctors that he should get a heart transplant as soon as possible.



Things To Do

Tuesday, May 25: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
⇛Johnston Farmers Market
At: Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road
Info: TUESDAYS, Fresh produce, live music, baked goods, crafts, food trucks and more. www.cityofjohnston.com/865/Farmers-Market


Amanda Frye captured this sunset in Marion County just outside Tracy by the Des Moines river.

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Digital Editions
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Cillian Murphy, Roman Reigns, Mike Myers, Ian McKellen, Anne Heche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frank Oz, Brian Urlacher, Stacy London.

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

Poll of the Week

Would you buy a used mattress




Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla - 26%
Chocolate - 9%
Swirl - 14%
Mint Chocolate Chip - 32%
Cookies and Cream - 19%

Morning Chuckle: Condiment Week!
What did Sam say when Bob and Ben threw mayonnaise at him?

Considering yesterday's riddle, shall we do condiment week this week? Yes!
What do you call a discount for mustard?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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