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A Story In Pictures

Raised in Pennsylvania, Karen Mocker Dabson grew up attending weddings and funerals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. “My great-aunts and -uncles numbered among the 50,000 Croatians that lived and worked in the many small…

Life In The U.S.S.R.

Svetlana Grobman recalls hearing stories about America when she was a child growing up in Moscow, but those stories never cast America as a golden land of opportunity. “We were told we lived in the best country in the world,” she…

Feels Like Home

Eric Praschan might not have familial roots in Columbia, but he knows it is home. Praschan and his wife, Stephanie, arrived here in the fall of 2007. “We came here in faith,” he says. “We didn’t have jobs or family waiting here, but we…

Author Brian Katcher

PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON School librarian, husband, father and award-winning YA novelist, Brian Katcher hides well behind a bushy beard — until his exuberance catches up with him, and he launches into gesticulated conversations.…

Finding The Words

Author Marlene Lee is tucked comfortably in the back of the coffee shop, enveloped in the aroma of fresh roast. Lakota Coffee Co. is her second office, where she settles in to write and edit. There is an established rhythm; if she is deep…

A Bibliophile’s Dream

For anyone who loves books, Columbia has an impressive new enticement. Schilb Antiquarian, which opened in February at the corner of Providence Road and Walnut Street, gives visitors the chance to see, handle and purchase rare books…

Story Time

Kid lit is hot stuff this winter in Columbia. Ever since Eugene Field alighted on the University of Missouri campus, CoMo has been fertile ground for children’s literature. The newest generation of talented local writers is churning out…

Shining Like A Diamond

Theron Denson, a 1982 graduate of Rock Bridge High School, recalls a school talent show where he wowed the crowd with his unusual vocal talent — he sounds exactly like Neil Diamond. Denson left Columbia in pursuit of a dream: to become the…

Extended Interview With Dawn Wells

On April 29, notable Stephens College alumna Dawn Wells stopped by her alma mater to talk about her famous role with current students. Over coffee, the television icon discussed Mary Ann, Stephens and 50 years of “Gilligan’s Island.”…