In 1932 a poem titled “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” appeared in the newspaper, written by a local poet. The first stanza and the fourth read: Do you remember way back when / (Say, thirty, forty years) You never saw your sweetheart’s limbs / But judged her by her ears?
What’s the saying? One man’s trash is another’s treasure? Lucinda Adams recalls the day, five years ago, when she was led into a converted storage room in the old Kansas City Livestock Exchange building in the city’s West Bottoms.
Hollywood lost two of its great ones this weekend. Joan Fontaine, a major star of the ‘30s and ‘40s, died at age 96, and Peter O’Toole, who will forever be identified with his performance in Lawrence of Arabia, died at age 81.
Journalist/educator John C. Tibbetts used to spend his weekends hobnobbing with actors and filmmakers on Hollywood junkets. But Tibbetts did something extra on these trips — He created portraits of the famous folk he interviewed, which now make up the Library exhibit Stargazing.