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Good Friday morning to you!

Traditions and holidays go hand in hand. This is quite apparent in a feature story in this month’s edition of CITYVIEW magazine. It was written by Robert Hullihan 44 years ago while he as at The Des Moines Register, and it was a result of a request from then-editor Michael Gartner, who told me he walked over to Hullihan’s desk and said, “How about writing me a Christmas classic for the holidays?” Hullihan said, “Sure.” And he did.

That Christmas story ran in the Register and years later in the Ames Tribune. Gartner sent the story to me in 2007 and asked that I consider running it in CITYVIEW. I reached out to cartoonist Brian Duffy and asked if he would illustrate the characters in the story for me. He did, and I ran the story and Duffy’s artwork in CITYVIEW that year.

The next year, Gartner called and asked if I planned to run the story again. “The same story?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied. “But I ran it last year, and we don’t run stories more than once,” I said. “I know that, but you should run this one every year,” he suggested. And so I did, with fresh artwork from Duffy, and I have run a version of it each year since, which, if I am doing my math correctly, is now 14 times.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the comments I receive each year about this story. Some are remarks from folks who knew Hullihan. Others are comments from those who read it for the first time. But most of the feedback is from those who read this story every year and simply want to thank me for publishing it.

Hullihan’s “Twas The Night Before” is now a holiday tradition in CITYVIEW. The waterbug, a pair of silverfish, a young spider, three ladybugs, a cricket and a trouble-making mouse help us to understand generational change, rebellion and, eventually, an appreciation for tradition. Thank you, Bob Hullihan.

Thank you, Brian Duffy. And thank you, Michael Gartner.

I encourage all of you to make this story part of your Christmas traditions, too. Take a few minutes this morning and read it, and then encourage others to do the same.

Merry Christmas, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Another nice day is ahead, but with a cooler high in the mid-50’s. Saturday gets cooler still, and the winds move in Sunday and Monday. Tuesday will bring with it a chance for light snow (yes, snow) accumulations in Iowa as temperatures stay chillier most of next week.

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Things To Do

Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5
At: Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines
Info: A European/German-inspired Christmas outdoor market that indulges attendees with European-style foods, products and activities. Admission is free.


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FROM KCCI: One of Des Moines' first female firefighters retires as a trailblazer

DES MOINES, Iowa — One of Des Moines' first female firefighters won't be putting out fires anymore. Linda Sommerfeld is retiring after 33 years on the job. She was one of the first medics on the scene of one of the city's most infamous crimes, two people who were murdered at the Drake Diner in 1992. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Library Association shares concerns about efforts to remove books from libraries

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Some controversial books are starting to become ideological battlefields, and the association representing Iowa’s librarians is calling for a ceasefire. The Iowa Library Association released a statement as efforts to remove some books from libraries or lesson plans intensify across the state.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Internship program for electrical lineman now an option for high school seniors

INDIANOLA, Iowa — A new internship for Iowa high schoolers who want to become or learn about becoming electricians is launching this upcoming semester.
The internship will be through Missouri Valley JATC in Indianola. ...

The Score

Iowa Wild (9-6-1-0; 19 pts.) fell to the Chicago Wolves (12-4-1-1; 26 pts.) by a score of 2-0.

NFL: Dallas 27 New Orleans 17

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Community College in Iowa
1 Des Moines Area Community College
2. Kirkwood Community College
3. Indian Hills Community College


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Steve Little

By Jim Duncan

Former owner of Johnny’s Vets Club, Winston’s and Chef’s Kitchen chose to meet at Cosi Cucina.

Chef Steve Little owned Johnny’s Vets Club, Winston’s and Chef’s Kitchen. He sold the latter a couple years ago and “retired” as a restaurateur but still caters, consults with younger restaurateurs, and represents an Omaha co-op that buys groceries for restaurants. We asked him to lunch recently, and he chose Cosi Cucina, an Italian grill in Clive that features wood-burning pizza ovens and family recipe pastas. The café gained a lot of notoriety in the early 1990s when Clint Eastwood hung out there during the filming of “Bridges of Madison County.”


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The LOVE art in the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden was created by artist Robert Indiana. In 1964, Indiana began creating images and objects using the word LOVE. Indiana maintained that a single word could be a viable subject of art by harnessing its emotional charge and the power of language. The Museum of Modern Art selected his image of LOVE as its Christmas card in 1965, and the US Postal Service created a stamp with the image in 1973. There’s more than a dozen LOVE works of this particular format at galleries around the world. Photo by Jackie Wilson
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Sunday to Patrick Clemmons!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Amanda Seyfried, Ozzy Osbourne, Brendan Fraser, Julianne Moore, Daryl Hannah, Anna Chlumsky, Holly Marie Combs, Katarina Witt, Jake T. Austin, Dascha Polanco

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Poll of the Week

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Which would you prefer?

A white Christmas - 65%
A green Christmas - 35%

Morning Chuckle

What did the football player say to the flight attendant?

PUT ME IN COACH! -- Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post


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