Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.
Honesty’s the best policy, right? So it is that shortly after KC Confidential broke the news about yearling features head honcho Laurie Mansfield being SoCal bound, Star editors decided to level with the newsroom. “They rushed out an announcement after … Continue reading
Last one out, turn out the… Once upon a time, something called “stability” existed within the ranks of the newsroom at the Kansas City Star. No mas. These days it’s every man, woman and child for him or herself, as … Continue reading
Turnabout is fair play… After months of insisting otherwise, the powers that be at the music fest known as Kanrocksas have done an about face and made single day tickets available to the two day fest on June 28th and … Continue reading
Don’t look now but comedy could be returning to Midtown… Stanford’s is looking at opening a second comedy club in the Uptown Theater‘s Conspiracy Room. “I’ve always thought that it was a cool room and I still do,” says Stanford’s … Continue reading
Maybe it’s me, but this seems a little lame… The Kansas City Star goes out of its way every Sunday to tell readers which famous or infamous people died that week. Anybody can play, from Amy Winehouse to Methuselah, and … Continue reading
This just in from the Kansas City Royals… Former Royals broadcaster Fred White has passed away, reportedly from melanoma. “They are keeping everything very private,” says a source familiar with White’s situation. Kansas Association of Broadcasters president Ken Cornish issued … Continue reading
It’s been a long, hard slog for beloved Royals broadcaster Fred White… According to sources, esophageal cancer is to blame for the surprise announcement by White that his days with the team are over. White, who is not expected to … Continue reading
Stop the madness… Not since prohibition has the consumption of alcohol in this country drawn this much fire. That after word that the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all 50 states lower the legal limit for driver’s blood … Continue reading
Frankly, I’m not appalled… Everybody hates the Internal Revenue Service and everyone who files a tax return lives with the fear of being audited or penalized for a mistake or tax transgression. Even taxpayers with no reason to be fearful. … Continue reading
Let there be plaudits… Media criticism is a hard way to go. Not because it’s difficult finding fault – real or imagined – that’s the easy part. Anybody can play that game. No, the trouble is, everyone hates you once … Continue reading
There’s a difference between well written and well reasoned… Good writers love to play with words and concepts, that’s a given.They didn’t get into the journalism racket for the fat paychecks. Not 40 years ago at the height of Watergate, … Continue reading
Things may be better down south but they’re far from perfect… “While I said that mixed races seem to be more comfortable down here, there are some things that are worse,” says Joe Miller, a Kansas City and Pitch refugee … Continue reading
Turnabout is fair play… And seeing as how we’re from “up north,” we all know about racism “down south.” At least we thought we did. Enter these observations by former Pitch heavweight Joe Miller. Miller is currently an English professor … Continue reading
A moment of silence please for the party zone known as the Beaumont Club… Although it closed late last year, the entertainment elves in Westport have been working quietly to revive the failed former country, dance and concert venue. As … Continue reading
It’s like a bad dream that won’t go away… It’s been months since Micah Riggs locked the doors for the last time at his business Coffee Wonk at 3535 Broadway in Midtown Kansas City. And it’s been years since he … Continue reading
At least porn stars know when to hang it up… Check out these video snippets from the Rolling Stones opening night concert at the Staples Center in LA. If you dare. But be forewarned, it isn’t pretty.
In with a bang, out with a whimper… I’m not sure how they pulled it off, but congratulations are in order to American Century. Because for months the Kansas City-based mutual fund company navigated the stormy PR seas of having … Continue reading
Forgive me for preaching a little but… It’s too easy for us to forget that what we drive as well as how we drive has a lot to do with wars being fought and Americans dying, but it really does.
The new kid on the block is about to get pool schooled… The formerly sleepy Woodside Health & Tennis has bankrolled a seven-figure remodel of its pool facilities and plans on reclaiming the hotties magnet crown it ceded to The … Continue reading
In the world of rock promoters Barry Fey stood tall, ruthlessly tall… The iconic Denver-based music man was one of a handful of legendary rock promoters that ranged from San Francisco’s Bill Graham to Kansas City’s Chris Fritz. Promoters who … Continue reading