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The Cost of Success

Feb 26, 2020
I was raised in a spirited family and as a Chiefs fan as long as I can remember. In a photo with siblings and cousins as small kids at Christmas, we were all wearing the same Chiefs sweatshirts. My Dad… more

So You Want to Be a Writer . . .

Feb 26, 2020
There’s a lot more to writing than, well, just writing. Especially in this media epoch. I often hear from people who want to be a writer or who have children that do. Having made my living as a writer for… more

Scenes From a Parade . . .

Feb 5, 2020
Random observations from a once-a-half-century event in Kansas City: It’s not yet 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday—four hours before the Chiefs Super Bowl parade celebration even begins well to the north in the River Market—but two miles south of Downtown, cars… more

In Some Ways, Life Has Changed Little for the Boomers

Jan 27, 2020
In Googling the phrase “the rapid pace of change,” I came away with 481,000 hits. This phrase, however, has little meaning for the male 70-year-old Ingram’s reader born into a middle-class Kansas City family. Chances are 9 in 10 that… more

The Long Road Back to the Super Bowl

Jan 27, 2020
The Chiefs 1969 season was exceptional and ended with a trip to Super Bowl IV and the first and only World Championship in the team’s Kansas City history. My mom went to that game at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans;… more

A Foundation Better Known in Mideast Than Midwest

Dec 20, 2019
The family commitment carried on by Kansas City’s Bill Quatman is touching lives, and souls, from across the globe. In Selçuk, Turkey, Kansas Citian Bill Quatman is something of a rock star. He meets with the governor, dines with the… more

Faces of Inspiration

Dec 20, 2019
Will Kansas City follow their example? Always one of our most favorite editions, December again returns to a theme that defines Kansas City: Philanthropy.  One would need a heart of stone to read the stories of our Philanthropist of the… more

Excuse Me While I Jump in Here . . .

Nov 26, 2019
The female half of Ingram’s ownership has a few words about gender roles in business I am happy to highlight and bring to you the November 2019 issue of Ingram's, our first Women’s Leadership edition. The publisher and editorial director… more

Is There Hope for Small Towns Anywhere?

Nov 26, 2019
Inevitable change wrought by technology, demographics and consumer preferences is reshaping small communities globally. I recently found myself in the town of Selcuk, population 36,000. Upon arriving, I took a walk and noticed without trying that a high percentage of… more

What’s Wrong With the KC School District? This.

Nov 26, 2019
Taxpayers, like students, deserve consideration. Taxpayers, like students, deserve consideration. With aftershocks still rumbling from the Great Jackson County Appraisal Quake of ’19, we should pause to compile a damage report. The bungled attempt by the assessor’s office to correct… more