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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

“Da Doo Ron Ron.”

This popular song written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector was a top five hit for The Crystals in 1963. Teen idol Shaun Cassidy covered the song in 1977, and his version hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And now you can hear Cassidy sing it and his other hits at Hoyt Sherman Place on Friday, June 17.

What? Who is Shaun Cassidy, you ask? 

For those of you younger than me, you should know that Shaun Cassidy was the Justin Bieber of his day, but squeaky clean, as far as we know. While still in high school, Cassidy signed a contract with Warner Brothers records that led to three multi-platinum albums and numerous top 10 hits not only including “Da Doo Ron Ron” but also “That's Rock n’ Roll,” “Hey Deanie” and “Do You Believe In Magic?” He earned a Grammy nomination for his efforts.

Cassidy’s popularity also rolled over to the TV screen, as he starred alongside Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin in the television series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” that aired on ABC from 1977 to 1979.

He went on to create, write and/or produce a number of critically acclaimed television series including “American Gothic,” “Roar,” “Cold Case,” “Cover Me,” “The Agency,” “Blue Bloods,” “Invasion,” and “Emerald City.” Cassidy currently serves as executive producer and writer for the NBC series “New Amsterdam.”

For those of you who are a bit older than me, Shaun Cassidy is the half-brother of the late David Cassidy of “The Partridge Family” fame, a popular ABC TV show that ran on Friday nights from 1970-1974. Shirley Jones, also of “The Partridge Family,” is his mother.

Even so, most will remember Shaun Cassidy for his bubble gum songs, his good looks and his hair style that influenced a generation of young boys, including this one. Yes, he sported it better, which explains why he was on the covers of Tiger Beat, Seventeen and Dynamite magazines, and I am on the Daily Umbrella.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ll see the clouds diminish eventually today with cold and blustery conditions and a high near 20. It’ll be warmer but windy on Friday with a high near 48. It cools a bit Saturday before warming again on a breezy Sunday to near 57. Rain and snow chances return Monday and Tuesday.

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Things To Do

Thursday, Feb. 17-19
At: Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Info: To the victor goes the spoils; www.iahsaa.org/calendar

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THE OLYMPICS... Winter Olympics 2022: Canada beats the U.S. for women's hockey gold, Mikaela Shiffrin skis out again, plus more updates ... READ MORE FROM ESPN

FROM KCCI: Record number of bald eagles in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports a record number of bald eagles in the state this winter. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Reynolds explains why she thinks taxpayers should help students switch to private school

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spent part of her day Tuesday making a public push for her plan to potentially use tens of millions of tax dollars to help students switch. She visited St. Theresa Catholic School in Des Moines and talked with staff, students and the principal about the option of allowing more families to choose private education.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa state wrestling tournament: Schedule, dual tournament results

Dual results

Class 1A
Don-Bosco defeated Lisbon for the 1A title. Logan-Magnolia defeated West Sioux, Hawarden for third place.
Class 2A
West Delaware defeated Independence for the 2A title. Osage narrowly beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton for third place.
Class 3A
Waverly-Shell Rock defeated Southeast Polk for the 3A title. Waukee Northwest defeated Southeast Polk for third place.


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Recruiter Or Search Firm
1. Palmer Group
2. Career Search Associates
3. RC Search Group


Luchts are right at home in 50003

By Lindsey Giardino

Amy Lucht and her husband, Tyler, raised their little ones in rural western Iowa before deciding to find somewhere permanent to settle down.

“When we were ready to plant our roots in a community, we really did our homework on which community we felt at home in,” Amy Lucht says.

The couple narrowed it down to a few outlying Des Moines communities before deciding on Adel. The decision came after spending some time in their vintage camper at Island Park one summer.

“We spent a week and a half submerging ourselves in the community,” Lucht says. “We rode our bikes, we went to the library, we went to the ice cream shop and just asked tons of questions of people.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Ed Sheeran, Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, Bonnie Wright, Denise Richards, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jerry O'Connell, Jason Ritter, Madison Keys, Michael Bay, Rene Russo, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lou Diamond Phillips, Larry the Cable Guy, Ralphie May

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Poll of the Week

How often do you exceed the legal speed limit when driving?

Every time
Most all the time


Should Joe Biden run for reelection in 2024?

Yes - 22%
No - 72%
Not sure - 6%

Morning Chuckle
When Mozart died, why could you hear his music playing backwards from his grave?
HE WAS DECOMPOSING! Good job Robin Hrubetz, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml. This one received a lot of groans from my coworkers. What can I say?


What do you call an erratic photographer?

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