Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Woe Be to the KC Star if it Loses Sam Mellinger

In journalism – as in most businesses – everybody is is expendable… In the case of the Kansas City Star, one need only flash back six years to when frontline columnists Joe Posnanski, Jason Whitlock and myself were practically the face of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star ‘Opinion’ Scribe Steve Paul Steps Up to the Plate

Bravo! Thumbs up to newly-minted Kansas City Star editorial page editor Steve Paul for his piece Sunday, “American Royal Needs to get Real on Kemper Issue.” I’ve known Steve for years and in short, he’s a brainy, artsy guy who isn’t really the … Continue reading

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Hearne: IKEA Short Sheets KC on ‘Grand Opening’ Meatball Schmooze

Would you believe KC is actually bigger than Miami? True story – a population of 467,000 versus 419,000 – although there’s more to the tale-o-the-tape when you factor in the two “metro” areas. That’s where the Florida city smokes Greater KC, with 5.5 million … Continue reading

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Hearne: What to Expect @ IKEA Merriam’s Wednesday Wilding

About the only thing missing will be Star staffers and celebs hawking papers on street corners to commemorate the grand occasion … With local media tripping over each other trying to kiss up to the new IKEA store here, it’s somewhat surprising that nobody’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kansas City Star’s IKEA ‘Blowjob’ First of Many

Journalistic integrity, anyone? I don’t know if IKEA advertises much in print publications like the Kansas City Star, but I suspect they may. I’ll tell you this though, the advertising department at the Kansas City Star and the publisher know and judging … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Recounts Encounters With Joan Rivers

“I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was ‘the man goes on top and the woman underneath.’ For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.” There you have it, classic Joan … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dying Confession of a CD/Vinyl Buyer

I stream, therefore I am… I have a confession – nothing earth shattering – but while I hardly consider myself a reprobate, I still buy CDs and Vinyl music albums. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not like Craig Glazer or that Stomper character. … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Secret of Des Moines, Iowa’s Success

Trust me on this… You wouldn’t want to have to live in Wichita. Just being from there must be a downer, judging from the folks I’ve in Kansas City who run successful bars, restaurants or businesses that practically apologize for being from the land down under. And … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lawrence’s ‘John Brown Underground’ Facing Steep Odds

It was one of the most anticipated bar openings in Lawrence in ages… And on a frisky Friday late last month – in the midst of the Lawrence Busker Festival – a “speakeasy” called the John Brown Underground quietly came into this world … Continue reading

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Hearne: This Just In…Star Mag Was Right, Des Moines is Hip

Kansas City hates being looked down upon… We don’t like playing second fiddle to St. Louis and don’t like getting lumped in with third rate “flyover” cities like Wichita, Omaha and Des Moines. We hate it. That’s why for the better part of more than 15 … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Decries, ‘He Who Dies With the Most Toyz’

Sometimes I wonder that if whether it weren’t for cliches, this country would collapse… Culturally. Just blow away. And as if we didn’t have more than enough of them growing up, every year we add more to the slag heap of our existences. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Super Bowl Rock ‘n’ Roll Money Grab

What took the NFL so long? A story last week suggested that the NFL was looking into the possibility of having major musical acts interested in performing during the Super Bowl halftime show to pay for that privilege. And why not? It’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Ponders the Grisly Side of Suicide

The suicide of Robin Williams has left Craig Glazer in a pensive mood… “Have you ever thought about committing suicide?” he asks. “How would you do it? I think most people probably think about suicide. Like when you’re cornered and you don’t see a … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz vs H.C. on ‘Why Things Don’t Last’

Why things no longer last? Let’s let entertainment and media overlord Bob Lefstez get things rolling: 1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Unmasks Twitter, Laments Passing of Shared Knowledge

Like many of you, I’ve got friends who swear by Facebook and Twitter… I’ve also got friends who haven’t a clue. Stomper?. And like me, many of you probably passed through those portals a few years ago – I’ve got … Continue reading

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Hearne: Predictable ‘Rush to Judgment’ by Osterheldt, Star

Here we go again… When it comes to race, you can count on the usual suspects to lay down the usual judgments.  Take the Kansas City Star‘s hastily conceived editorial condemning Ferguson, Missouri police and citing unconfirmed details of the shooting as fact. Details … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Media Passes, As Old Media Gorges on Ferguson, Lefsetz Says

Sign of the times? According to media and entertainment curmudgeon Bob Lefsetz, most online and social media could care less about the mainstream media story of this past week; the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. So while everybody from USA … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Calls Out Amazon, Corporate America & You

Seems like only yesterday microscopically small Rainy Day Books was fighting the good fight against the corporate bad guys… You know, Borders, Barnes & Noble.  To do so, Rainy Day owners Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren brought out the big guns. Heavy hitters like Martha … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dark Side of Robin Williams & His KC Connections

How many times must we see our so-called heroes unmasked before we learn our lesson? To separate actors like Robin Williams from the characters they play in movies and on dumbed down appearances on the Tonight Show. To remove them from the pedestals they may or … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Greenlights Royals for Post Season Play & Beyond

They’re up, they’re down – they’re down, they’re up… And given the Kansas City Royals decades long track record it’s all but impossible not to fear the worst. Even now, with the team in 1st Place for the first time in … Continue reading

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