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Five Non-Profits, Two Babies and One Kidney

Dec 12, 2018
Last year at this time, I wrote a column here headlined “Five Nonprofits and a Baby.” The column told the story of Peter Northcott and his wife, Becca, and the adoption of their baby girl, Philomena. The column concluded, “There… more

What Election Fraud Looks Like Up Close

Nov 19, 2018
In the 1980s, I secured a front-row seat on a stunningly corrupt municipal election, one that could take place just as easily today in many of America’s larger cities, maybe even in Kansas City. But back then at least, all… more

Campaign Fatigue

Nov 19, 2018
I often consider how unique it would be to have lived in  a different time and witnessed a variety of historic events. One of those preferred eras for me would have been during the founding of our nation and the… more

My Busted Love Affair With Google

Oct 12, 2018
We were to be the national Beta site for Google’s new fiber network. I promptly signed up to join the local “fiberhood” and waited eagerly for the little rabbit truck to show up at my door. Now, just five years… more

Midwest Center for Pinnacle Care

Oct 12, 2018
It’s hard to believe two decades have passed since we introduced the Top Doctors program. In this time we’ve deliberated an endless number of hours and have named 249 remarkable physicians to the Top Docs honor role. This year’s class… more

Time for Business to Get Involved

Sep 19, 2018
This year’s Ingram’s 250 assembly devoted an inordinate amount of time to the issue of violent crime. Let’s do something about it. That was my take-away on Sept. 7 as we wrapped up the 2018 Ingram’s 250 General Assembly at… more

Every Vote Counts

Aug 23, 2018
I think I can relate to the kids of candidates and elected officials—I was one of them in 1968 at the ripe age of nine.  A simple stance against a then-fairly young Jim Nutter at a cocktail reception attempted to… more

The Most Influential Kansan You’ve Never Heard Of

Aug 23, 2018
The youngest of seven children in a Holton, Kan., farm family, this fellow has gone on to become a living legend in one of America’s most highly visible industries. And although he continues to live in Kansas, even the people… more

The Flavor of Home-Grown

Jul 23, 2018
It’s hard to believe this is the 33rd annual release of Ingram’s Corporate Report 100—the ranking of the fastest-growing companies headquartered in the greater Kansas City region. It’s harder for me to believe this is the 22nd year that our… more

Even in a Kansas City Summer, Shakespeare Works

Jul 23, 2018
I have winnowed down my tuxedo-wearing to one night a year. Not that it was ever much higher. I think I maxed at two. The one event that now commands my attention is the annual Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Gala, the main… more