Memories of Mizzou

There’s not much about the 1890 version of football that today’s players would recognize and no doubt they're glad that leather helmets and moleskin uniform pants are passé. But one thing hasn’t changed. Since it began, Mizzou’s football…

Goal To Go

A staggered line of men walks toward Rock Bridge High School’s football field from the adjacent parking lot carrying helmets, shoulder pads and other gear. It’s around 5:30 on an uncharacteristically moderate Thursday evening in late July.…

Fixing Columbia’s Schools

When it comes to the Columbia School District, I only know what I read in the press. By the summer I arrived here from California eight years ago my twin daughters had just graduated college. All those years of shepherding the girls through…

Return From Reality

Qristyl Frazier wants to know, “What’s your ‘Plus Sexy’?” A rainy late-summer evening found the St. Louis native and Stephens College alumna meeting, greeting and “photo-opping” with adoring fans outside Windsor Auditorium on the…

Halloween Treats

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” – Steve Almond Crunchy leaves, football season, grilling, the smell of burning embers in the chilled air – and Halloween activities galore. From haunted houses (all…

Columbia 2025

Decades ago, when writers imagined the coming of the second millennium, they envisioned evil robots, personal jet packs and visitors from outer space. None of those things came to pass, but we do carry cell phones that look remarkably like…

The Black Diamond

“If Neil Diamond ever approaches you and says, ‘Would you like to take a ride on my coattails?’ say ‘Yes! Absolutely!' ” Theron Denson offers this advice from experience. Denson has traveled a celebrity’s path in the shadow of the…