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

Order Your Copies

May 1, 2018
For copies of the 2018 edition of Destination USA, Destination Missouri or Destination Kansas, please call 816.842.9994 or send e-mail to more

Kansas City: Ripe For Change

Apr 30, 2018
When I was working in television in Wichita I got the opportunity to talk to NY Times columnist Joe Drape.  He was writing a book on Smith Center football and we somehow convinced him to drop by our newsroom to… more

Celebrating 20 Years of 40 Under Forty

Apr 10, 2018
Michelle and I were 38 that first year of the program in 1998, and nearly all of the candidates were within a year or two of our own age. I recall some discomfort serving on the selection committee reviewing candidates… more

Close Encounters of the Third-World Kind

Apr 10, 2018
A week or so ago, I had the kind of encounter one could have only in a nightmare or with our “KC Water,” the gussied up marketing brand of the Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services Department. Unless I have yet… more

Another Stroll Through Downtown and the Crossroads

Mar 15, 2018
I’m often amused to read national rankings of cities so out of whack with reality they boggle the mind of anyone who has ever lived in or visited those cities. Last month, for instance, a survey by named Manhattan,… more