KOPN 89.5 FM's
ISSUE # 1
Battles to the hall of fame
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KOPN 89.5 FM's Diversity
Page 15 Norm Stewart
Page 16 The KOPN Program Schedule
Page 19 Show Profile: Grateful Dead Hour
Page 19 Launching: Hispanic Chamber
Page 22 Yoga: Come Fly with Us
Page 24 Yalda: The Persian Holiday
Page 26 We'll Miss You, Warren Dalton
Page 31 This & That (& the KOPN Cartoon!)
Page 5 Letters from KOPN Leadership
Page 6 KOPN News
Page 7 DiverCity BASH Pictorial
Page 8 Op-Ed: Diversity & Cannabis
Page 10 Boone County Hall of Fame
Page 11 Cover Story: The Battles
Page 14 Boone Electric Cooperative
Publisher: Sean Spence
Copy Editor: Pippa Letsky
Writers: Dick Dalton, Clarinda Davis, Janese Heavin, Diana Kenney, Chris Stephens, Laura Wacker, Peter Yronwode
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Well, we have made it to our second issue of KOPN's Diversity and we are feeling pretty good about it. Sure, there are still plenty of things we want to get better at doing, but I suppose there always will be. If you aren't getting better all the time, why do it, right?
I am particularly proud to be able to feature Muriel and Eliot Battle on the cover. Eliot and I got to be friends in his later years, going to coffee or a meal every few months. It will always break my heart a little that calling him to get together had been on my to-do list for a few weeks, the morning I learned that he had just passed. Yes, we should all take that as a reminder to reach out to somebody important to us today.
Setting aside the personal relationship, Eliot and Muriel represent everything that is good about KOPN, our community, and our new publication. To their very foundations, they were about education and communication. They knew the power that comes from learning, and they both saw its healing powers every day. For their entire adult lives, they were two of central Missouri's greatest champions for education and for tolerance. They were champions and breakers of new ground, setting a standard that few of us -- hardly any of us -- will be able to meet.
We can try to meet their example, though.
KOPN tries to meet their example. We are open to absolutely everybody, and you will see lots of different people visit our station; you will hear them on our airwaves. We believe that promoting diversity, living diversity, is a key part of who we are as a station, as a community member. This has increased in a few different ways over the last year or so -- with greater diversity in programming, community events, leadership, and, uh, this publication.
Please keep an eye out for even more changes and greater efforts to celebrate and leverage diversity. We won't be perfect, certainly, and may even screw a few things up, but we want you to see that we are trying, that it is a priority for us. And we want you to call us on it when we miss the mark. And we want you to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with us. We hope you will.
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Elections for the KOPN board of directors will be held at the annual meeting on January 13th, 4-7 PM, at the Unity Center, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia. If you are a KOPN member and do not receive your ballot in the mail, you can drop by the station or e-mail email@example.com to vote. The election is one-vote-per-candidate per-ballot. If more than one vote is cast by one person for a candidate, that will be counted as one vote for that candidate.
Ballots will be accompanied by candidate photos and short profiles. Candidates are Linda Day, Erica Dickson, Matt Diel, Reggie Ford, Gordon Rogers, and Barbara Ross.
Those who want to serve are also encouraged to seek a one-year appointment by the board, which meets at KOPN on the third Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 PM.
Conceived and organized by KOPN community relations manager Cory Crosby -- with the support of KOPN staff and volunteers -- the first DiverCity BASH (Business And Social Hour) was a huge success. The event was fun and brought together a diverse cross section of Columbia's business community. The pictorial-page to the right provides a sense of the event, which will be held monthly.
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John D'Agostino to Perform at KOPN Annual Meeting
Longtime KOPN supporter and popular musician John D'Agostino will perform at KOPN's Annual Meeting this year, as attendees arrive and enjoy their potluck dinner.
Diversity in the Cannabis Industry and What it Means for Missourians
Guest column: Clarinda Davis, kopn volunteer
Today, it is more than frustrating and ironic to see the black guy who received long jail time, versus the white guy in corporate America and is now labeled a "savvy businessman.”
Since the ever so exciting – yet somewhat exhausting to watch – mid-term elections and the passage of Amendment 2 in Missouri, there has been a lot of conversation about what it means for the people in Missouri.
One of the many positive things that will happen for the state of Missouri will be the revenue. Sales revenue varies widely, depending on the state, but even without recreational use being legal, medical marijuana can put up huge numbers. Michigan legalized marijuana for medical use in 2008, and Arizona did the same in 2010. Since then, these states have recorded over $600 million and $400 million in cannabis sales, respectively.
With it being 20 years since California passed legal marijuana legislation, they are the first state to implement a statewide social equity program for the cannabis industry. California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in September of 2018. Senate bill 1294 was intended to assist municipalities with equity ordinances providing loans, grants and technical assistance to would be entrepreneurs and employees. Ten million dollars has been allocated for the program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites serious health disparities for African Americans, including an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and several kinds of cancer. The challenge is getting past the negative impact that weed has had on communities of color.
The truth is that we are scared to use it or admit that we do. Even though treatment and science are pointing to the benefits, we are still skeptical. We’re not sure what the bottom line is; we’re not sure what the repercussions are.
The ironic but very real fact, when it comes to the marijuana plant, is that many minorities have spent time in jail, and lost their lives, related to it. The circumstances that follow losing a parent – whether incarcerated or deceased – is passed down to those family members left in the home, with those circumstances being woven into the fabric of the family. They become part of how that next generation’s lives are formed.
Today, it is more than frustrating and ironic to see the black guy who received long jail time, versus the white guy in corporate America who is now labeled a "savvy businessman.”
Social equity is social justice. It is not a welfare program or a handout. It is an opportunity program that can help to heal the extremely negative impacts of the failed war on drugs regardless of color. Lots of people have been impacted in ways that they and their family members are still trying to overcome. We now have a unique opportunity to create an industry, with absolutely no glass ceilings for women and minorities, from the ground up.
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The lucky among us attended the 23rd annual Boone County Hall of Fame Inductees Enshrinement Ceremony held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Mark Walberg, the host of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, gave an encore performance as the event’s celebrity emcee, contributing to the high energy of the evening.
The Hall of Fame honors three categories of inductees: business or organization, living individual, and posthumous recognition. Boone Electric received the nod in the business or organizations category; the living recipient was basketball legend Norman Stewart; and the posthumous recognition went to educators and civil rights activists, Doctors Eliot and Muriel Battle. Videos honoring these Hall of Famers were shown at the event and will be posted online at www.boonehistory.org.
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Muriel Browder wanted names.
The Realtors who refused to show her parents houses in white neighborhoods. The stores that wouldn’t let them try on clothing. The hospital that wanted her mother to deliver her child in a basement.
“When I came back to Columbia after living in Washington, DC, I said, ‘OK, Dad. Tell me the people who wronged us,” she says.
But Eliot Battle had no names to give.
“He looked at me like I’d lost my mind,” Browder says. “‘Muriel Jean,’ he said. ‘All is forgiven.’ That was just the man he was.”
It was with that Christ-like grace that Eliot Battle and his wife, Muriel, forged trails through Columbia that forever changed the landscape.
The Battles are considered local Civil Rights leaders. But they didn't march for equality. They held no protest. They didn't preach or complain. They just did.
They took jobs others balked at—namely, Eliot’s position as the first African American faculty member at Hickman High School in 1960. That was the year the district began to integrate, and Battle’s willingness to be the first to move to the once all-white school drew criticism from his African American colleagues at Douglass High School.
And the Battles did move to an all-white neighborhood where no welcome wagon waited. They were the first to begin integrating Columbia’s once segregated housing, and it cost them. An angry white neighbor shot and killed the family’s dog when it wandered onto his lawn.
The Battles sacrificed much to invest in Columbia’s future.
Today, those sacrifices are honored. Two schools bear the family’s name: Muriel Battle High and Eliot Battle Elementary. Delta Sigma Theta, a women’s leadership sorority, continues to celebrate Muriel with scholarships given out each year in her name. There’s also a documentary about the family, complete with accompanying lesson plans for teachers who use it as an educational tool.
And earlier this month, the Battles were inducted into the Boone County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame, receiving posthumous recognition.
“They would be over the moon,” about the latest recognition, Browder says. “They would not believe any of this. They were the most humble people. They wouldn’t believe that everything they worked so hard for in their lifetime would be honored in this way.”
Eliot and Muriel Battle moved to Columbia from Mobile, Alabama, in 1956 to work at Douglass School, which served African American students at the time.
Four years later, Eliot Battle took the position at Hickman, where he helped the district and students adjust to integration. Muriel followed suit a year later, becoming a teacher at West Junior High, where she would later be named principal. Muriel went on to become the first African American assistant superintendent.
The Battles hoisted others up with them as they broke through racial barriers.
“Muriel was a mentor of mine,” says Dr. Julie Middleton, who has held numerous educational leadership roles at Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri.
Muriel Battle tapped Middleton to serve on a committee looking into making the school district more inclusive. She then encouraged her to become director of the newly created Office of Multicultural Education.
When Middleton was earning her doctorate in educational leadership, she looked to Muriel for support.
“I was working on my doctorate with three children and a husband and trying to juggle that,” Middleton says. “I’d go to her and say ‘How do you do it?’ She would say ‘Just keep your eye on the ball and head in the game.’”
Muriel was all business, Middleton says, except when it came to family.
“If she was invited to a meeting on a Sunday, you could be sure Eliot would be there, too, because Sunday was family time.”
The Battles raised four children who served as miniature soldiers in the fight for equality. The children, too, were often the first African American members of local clubs and organizations.
But Browder remembers the times away from the public eye.
"Family was everything," she says. “I’m one of the four luckiest kids on the planet to have had Eliot and Muriel Battle as parents. They were amazing people.”
Browder recalls the trips the family would take, driving from Columbia to Mobile, Alabama, every year. Sometimes, from there, they would add two grandmothers and any additional passengers and go on to the next destination.
“We would play the license plate game or other games—always educational,” she recalls.
This month is also sparking memories of Thanksgivings as a child. Eliot would drive around looking for people who had nowhere to go. The family would set up two banquet tables in the living room and provide everyone with a traditional meal.
“The table was always filled with international students and people he’d find at the bus stop,” Browder says. “We’d all go around the table and talk about what we were thankful for."
The Battles’ story is captured on film in a 2012 documentary, “Battle: Change from Within,” available through MU Extension. Supported with private donations and the extension office, it was the brainchild of Juanamaria Cordones-Cook, MU professor of Spanish.
Cordones-Cook is a filmmaker who produces documentaries on Afro-Cuban intellectuals. It was actually her daughter who suggested she turn the lens toward home.
“My daughter heard Eliot read at Barnes & Nobel, where he shared his experiences,” Cordones-Cook says. “She was surprised because she didn’t know that kind of discrimination had existed here.”
The documentary provided an opportunity for the community to get to know Eliot better, says Middleton, who served as a codirector and producer.
“Everybody knew Muriel as an associate superintendent,” she says. “Eliot was well-known, too, but his story wasn’t as out there. His was an untold story that needed to be told.”
Middleton remembers long hours over coffee and photo albums.
“We would look through pictures, and his eyes would light up when he talked about Muriel,” she says.
The documentary highlights the Battles’ impact on Columbia and demonstrates the power of their patient perseverance.
“Eliot was an amazing human,” Cordones-Cook says. “He was inspired by Gandhi’s nonviolence and Martin Luther King Jr. and was trying to follow that dream in Columbia.”
And it is through that documentary that the Battles continue to inspire and teach. MU Extension provides it to schools and youth groups alongside study guides, activities, and educational resources, including suggested questions for viewers.
“What civil rights work still needs to occur in your community?” one such guide asks.
Plenty, some might answer. Browder says she's relieved her father didn't have to experience the negativity that surrounds us today.
"He would have been heartbroken," she says.
Still, were he here today and were you to ask him how he was doing, he’d say “super,” she says.
“He was known as ‘super’ man.”
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Boone Electric Cooperative received a place in the Boone County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Reynolds Alumni Center.
Boone Electric is a cooperative, serving the community in many ways since 1936. It was created to serve the needs of farm families at a time when private utilities were not interested in providing electricity to farms. Cooperatives operate in harmony with seven core principles and values established in a lineage extending back to England, circa 1844.
These principles are alive at Boone Electric and are reflected in its day-to-day operations and the many philanthropic, educational, and safety programs it provides our community such as: Youth Leadership and Scholarship Programs, the Community Solar Project, Christmas Tree Chip-Up, Revolving Loan Fund, Energy Road Show, Green Tree Partnership, TSE Night at the Ballgame, Energy in the Classroom, and the Community Trust, giving over 100 million dollars to charities since 1997.
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Norman Stewart, philanthropist, former coach and All-American Mizzou athlete was inducted into the Boone County Historical Society Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018.
This is his fourth induction into a Hall of Fame. He is also in the National Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame, St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, and the MU Athletics Hall of Fame. Stewart commanded as Head Coach for the Mizzou Tigers from 1967 to 1999. Two of his many honors and accolades during that time include being named the 1982 UPI National Coach of the Year and the 1994 Associated Press Coach of the Year.
Bigger than life, Stewart continues to positively impact the community, creating and excelling in another arena. Stewart is an active member of the council of Coaches vs. Cancer, a program he initiated and which became a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, raising over 100 million dollars in its fight against the disease. In 2013 along with his wife, Virginia, he partnered with Boone Hospital Center, improving cancer care and cancer screening for the people of mid-Missouri.
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In addition to its permanent exhibition galleries, the Museum mounts a series of changing exhibitions over the course of the year. The Museum also maintains an archive with information on past exhibitions mounted or hosted since 1997.
To better offer visitors meaningful opportunities to engage with art, and to place objects into one or more meaningful contexts, the Museum also is developing online exhibitions. In some cases, these represent adaptations of previous physical exhibitions. In others, they represent shows designed from the outset to be web-based, and focus on more detailed treatment of materials that are difficult to adequately interpret in galleries alone (e.g., ancient coins), or to create shows reaching beyond the physical walls of the Museum.
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Enduring five decades of vastly changing popular music, the sound of the Grateful Dead has been strikingly consistent, and they are now elating their third generation of Deadheads. KOPN has been bringing the Dead to this community since the station began in 1973, with a never-ending supply of Deadheads to carry the torch. Currently, the station is airing the Dead Show from 8-10pm on Friday evenings, with Grant Withers, Linda Day and David Clague sharing the programming duties. The shows feature all incarnations of the Grateful Dead, from the Warlocks to the present-day Dead & Company, as well as music from band member solo and side projects.
A Rare and Different Tune. The Dead typically play a different set list every concert and most have been recorded by “tapers,” fans that were allowed in a prime viewing area just for the purpose of getting high quality tapes of the shows. The Dead were one of the only bands to encourage bootleg recordings of their concerts and many say this has contributed to their enduring success. These recordings have been shared throughout the fan community for many decades, enticing new fans along the way.
A unique and vast collection of songs, sets and show recordings can be heard on any given Friday evening on KOPN. Each of the Grateful Dead Show programmers brings different characteristics to their broadcast. Withers plays some selected songs or live show segments along with the week’s Deadpod podcast. Former KOPN programmer and Dead Show host, John Henrikson (aka The Professor), has been creating the weekly podcast of taped live Dead concerts since 2004. Clague plays a lot of Jerry Garcia Band or other Garcia efforts, while Day likes to feature both live and studio cuts from those groups, as well as cuts of band members playing with other musicians in order to showcase their range and influence.
The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion. Something about the Dead creates a hardcore fan. The term Deadhead was created to describe the many fans who toured right along with the band, camping, setting up shop in parking lots and becoming a family of their own. One of the many Deadhead passions has been maintaining lists about the band and their shows. The Internet has really ramped up the ability to categorize and catalog the fine details.
Set lists, tour lists, band member lists are in abundance—right on down to the fine minutia of things like every song the Dead ever covered (even once!), including when and how many times they covered it.
This is the playing field of people like the Professor and Grant Withers. They are founts of knowledge when it comes to the details of what gets played on their shows. Withers’ background in music allows him to hear the subtle nuances of a song and notice something added or missing from a particular version. Day and Clague know their facts and history as well and all are prepared to share it with the listener. Picking up this kind of knowledge is a Deadhead’s delight and one of the things that makes KOPN’s Grateful Dead Show so popular.
A Band Beyond Description. America’s original jam band, the Grateful Dead spent many years as their own genre—original songs, revivals of traditional tunes, and cover songs all played by gifted musicians who seemed to interact on a higher plane while jamming for long periods within each song. Their diverse music style created a unique fan base, including rich and poor, young and old, hippies and conservatives. In an article for Billboard Magazine in 2016, even Ann Coulter described her love for the Dead and their followers, “I like Deadheads because they're very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people.”
Sweet songs to rock your soul. Coulter described Deadheads as intellectually curious individuals and included herself in that lot. This curiosity is delightfully fed by the Dead’s jams that lead one song to wind its way into the next at their concerts. Fans also love when the Dead take another band’s song and make it their own, giving it that Grateful Dead sound. The Dead have “Dead-ized” at least one song in nearly every category of the huge KOPN music library. Folk, blues, jazz, traditional, reggae, country and bluegrass are among the many genres they have included in their repertoire. Occasionally, appearances with an original artist adds yet another layer to some of the Grateful Dead’s cover songs. Sophisticated musical artistry, intricate lyrics and surprising transitions mean there is always something of interest in a Grateful Dead show on the road or on the airwaves of KOPN, so why not bring your intellectual curiosity and tune in next Friday?
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Come Fly With Us
Wandering through Peace Park on Earth Day you might have heard Laurel Goodman’s cheerful invitation to “Come fly with us.” as her playful students balance, turn, and float upside-down on one another’s hands and feet. Curious folk try a few simple moves like “bird”, flying like superman on the base’s upturned feet. Those who enjoy may want to learn more. Laurel discovered Acro yoga the same way. While on a bicycle trip through Southeast Asia the owner of a yoga and meditation retreat in Cambodia. “Saw me practicing some headstands and break dancing stuff and he flew me in bird and folded leaf. I said Oh yeah, this is something I want to learn.“ She then attended a week-long Acro immersion class in Thailand to develop her new skills and brought her love for Acro to Columbia. She moved here from Colorado in 2012 to take Americorps jobs at Missouri River Bluffs Association and the Columbia Farmers Market.
Laurel graduated with a degree in sociology from Colorado State University where she also taught break-dancing and after her Americorps work she earned a master’s degree in Public Health. But, she says “I choose not to work at a desk every day.” Instead, she mountain bikes, hikes, backpacks and teaches Acro; supplementing her income by working as a server at the Barred Owl restaurant where she also trains new staff. She just can’t stop being a teacher. After teaching friends in her living room for a year, Laurel needed a larger venue to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for Acro with a wider audience. Now her students meet twice a week at Yoga Sol on St. James Street.
Her students love Laurel’s teaching style. Her training and certification from Acro Revolution in Hawaii stressed “How to break down complex moves into little pieces so students can calibrate to a higher level.” Classes and workshops around the country help her learn new techniques and sharpen her teaching skills. She attracts new students by demonstrating at community events. Playful people and love movement and physical activity are drawn to Acro. “They find a fun skill to be practicing and learning and they also find a group of friends.” Laurel’s instruction always includes training spotters to protect the base and flyer as they practice. The co-operative aspect of Acro is central to Laurel’s teaching so students rotate through the base, flyer and spotter roles. There is no need to bring a partner to Como Acro classes. While more advanced skills can be challenging, she always keeps the atmosphere playful so students leave the class with a warm feeling of accomplishment and comradery.
Each Spring and Fall Como Acro joins Como Aerial Arts to present a showcase performance by their students. Enthusiastic crowds at Bur Oak Brewery cheer performers presenting routines they have practiced for months. Performers are self-selected from among the students of both groups, but Laurel is there to help choreograph and refine the Acro performers’ pieces.
Laurel loves the continuing challenge of Acro; scanning the Internet for new moves and combinations to learn and pass on to her students. She practices about 10 hours per week outside of her teaching and relaxes from the effort with sessions of Yin Yoga.
The introductory class, Foundations of Acro, meets Thursday evening, Intermediate Acro meets on Monday and there is an informal jam on Sunday. Laurel also teaches weekend workshops to give curious folks a chance to try Acro including Fly Your Kids for parents who want to try it with their children. The class schedule is posted on the Yoga Sol website where new students can sign up. Workshops are found on the Como Acro Facebook page.To see pictures and videos of Como Acro classes and performances, check out: the Como Acro page at https://www.facebook.com/groups , www.comoacro.com, and Como Acro posts on Instagram.
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Are You Celebrating Yalda, the Persian Holiday?
KOPN is hosting the Multicultural Holiday Rock event at the Hickman High School on December 15th 5:30-7:30pm. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the biggest holidays shared by SIX different cultures, most of which occur in the winter. These six holidays are Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Diwali, and Ramadan. I encourage you to stop by the event to learn more about these holidays.
But one has been missed, an ancient holiday that rejoices the return of the Sun after the winter solstice on December 21. No, it’s not a new-age or pagan festival of historically European people, although the corresponding Germanic holiday of Yule celebrates the same thing. I’m talking about the Persian holiday of Shab-e Yalda. The name translates to Night of Birth, referring to the symbolic rebirth of the Sun after its death on the longest night of the year. Sound familiar? I sat with Ali Taleghani, the vice president of the Iranian Student Group at Mizzou, to talk about the holiday experience in the modern Persian world.
"It's time to come together as a family, it does not matter how far you live, you go to the oldest relatives home to celebrate Yalda night," Ali said. Shab-e Yalda means Night of Birth, referring to the return of the Sun and longer days after the solstice. Common activities include storytelling, music, reading poetry by Hafez - a historic literary figure in Persian history, and enjoying ceremonial fruits like pomegranate, watermelon, beets, and persimmon - chosen for their red color, associated with the coming dawn. "You must stay awake to watch the sun rise," Ali explained. Seeing the sun rise is felt as a relief that the continuation of life is assured. Another tradition is that the family sits on the floor with their legs under a stack of warm blankets, sharing the warmth and listening to the elders tell stories long into the night. Finally, the book of poetry by Hafez is used for a kind of divination or fortune telling. "You hold in your mind what you want for the next year, randomly pick a page, and read," Ali said. He has experienced the power of this divination self, as he participated in the reading once and what was written in the poem was very relevant to his mental image of the coming year. I found this fascinating, and related it to the role Tarot cards hold in some circles. The similarities between this event and the holidays around the world is something I find remarkable and inspirational. It is my belief that when we look back through history we find things that unite us, things we can learn from and grow from, and shared cultural symbolism that can create new and surprising connections.
Ali and the Iranian Student Group hold a free, public Yalda event every year, where everyone is invited to experience this ancient and influential celebration. Currently there are some budget problems with working out a space to hold the event, but Ali assured me they will still hold the event. Anyone interested in attending the Yalda night celebration, as well as other Persian cultural events, can follow the group on Facebook. to stay up to date.
by Chris Stephens, KOPN volunteer
Remembering Warren Dalton (1917-2018)
By Dick Dalton, KOPN Volunteer
It’s an appropriate time to reflect on my dad and his relationships with Columbia, KOPN, and whatever else comes to mind. What would you like to know?
He first came to Columbia in 1935 when he entered Mizzou as a geology major, mostly working his own way in the midst of the depression. The old businesses are gone now, but Harris Café, the Novus Shop, J.C. Penny, and Harzfeld’s all provided jobs and contributed to his wisdom, love of people, and salesmanship. He was so successful at selling shoes, he was making more money than his lawyer father.
A fellow-worker at Harzfeld’s was Mary Frances Alexander from Fayette. They married in 1940 and had my older brother in Marshall, Missouri where Dad managed a women’s ready-to-wear store. The Navy finally let him in in 1943 and trained him as a communications officer; he got home in 1946 and saw me for the first time.
He was asked to relocate to Columbia and manage Suzanne’s at 912 E. Broadway. By 1948 we were living on S. Garth next to the cemetery and across from the Parkway. He got involved in Lions Club, Jaycees, Tiger Shrine, and golf at the Country Club off old 63. He played looper league ball and coached a baseball team of teenagers. Baseball was his favorite sport in high school and he lettered in baseball his freshman year at Mizzou.
My two younger brothers came along in 1949 and 1951, but the loss of a brother (1954), divorce (1954), and the death of his dad (1957) hit him harder than I ever knew. Outwardly, he kept moving forward and taking care of business. He was that kind of guy.
Pat started working at Suzanne’s in 1959 and they married in 1963. She had three boys and a girl of her own which brought the number of siblings to eight. Warren had courage and was a good manager at work and at home where everyone ate supper together daily with few exceptions.
He began leasing 915 and 919 E. Broadway in 1968. The Pen Point leased 917 and used one upstairs room for storage. The vacant rooms of 915 evolved quickly from my temporary living quarters to the Columbia Foods Co-op and Columbia Crafts Co-op to the home of KOPN in 1973. Dad bought the 915, 917, 919 building in 1982. It now belongs to the Dalton Trust.
In 1971, Dad and Pat partnered with William and Dell Keepers to purchase the burned out Harzfeld’s building where Poppy is now. Dad managed the building as it went through several incarnations including a full apartment where The District offices are now.
Warren and Pat retired to Texas in 1980 where they were active in church work and service projects. He was heartbroken in 2003 when Pat succumbed to heart failure. He followed advice to ride his bike daily, get massages, play golf, and take care of business.
In 2004, he and I published his autobiography, A Time of Life. He personally oversaw the major remodeling of the Booth Building (10th and Broadway) and the Dalton Building in 2004-05. In 2006 he submitted his first Columbia history column to Jim Robertson at the Columbia Daily Tribune and continued writing them until June 28, 2015. Most are collected in his two volumes of Between the Columns.
In the meantime, he wrote his health book, It Is Never Too Late, and two history books co-authored with David James: Historic Downtown Columbia and North Todd Gentry. He was working on a history of Boone County from 1804 to 1904 with Deborah Thompson when his energy began to slack.
He was a good landlord; a kind, generous, engaging man who remained optimistic and in control of his faculties until the near end. He practiced and encouraged exercise, reading, service, and attention to family. He maintained his curiosity. He treated people right even though he wasn’t always treated right. He loved his head rubs.
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Spirit of '73, by Wolfman Kap (KOPN Volunteer)
Thank you John Steiger!
You have surely seen this KOPN logo in a variety of permutations and uses. Well, we have graphic artist and KOPN volunteer John Steiger to thank for it. Isn't he the coolest?!?
New KOPN Artist Spotlight
Starting this month, the back cover of KOPN's Diversity will spotlight an original work by a local artist, referencing KOPN in some way. This month, we get to enjoy the work of Wildy Self, one of the area's premier mural artists. You can find her at Wildy's World, 1013 E. Walnut St., Columbia -- wildysworld.com, 417-331-0341, email@example.com.
This & That
"We really take intersectional diversity seriously, both in programming content and our on-air personalities."
Original artwork produced for KOPN's Diversity by Wildy Self. See the previous page (31) for details. New artists featured each month.