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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

Pendergast County? Yeah, That Sounds About Right

May 18, 2018
 A year or so ago, I headlined a column “Does ‘Jackson’ County have a future?” At the time, I questioned whether being named after a slave owner, Trail of Tears ribbon-cutter, and Democratic Party founder dishonored the county. A year or so… more

The Discouraging Loss of Sprint

May 18, 2018
For decades, Sprint was the dominant brand in the Kansas City region, and the organization was deeply rooted in the fabric of our great city. Over the years and despite its growth and significant cashflow, Sprint encountered financial struggles trying to compete with carriers… more

Revival in the West Bottoms

May 18, 2018
When was the last time you went to an event at Kemper Arena? Do you even remember how to get there? For the younger generations, do you even know what it is?   For at least the past decade, the arena has sat… more