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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

While driving to work the other day, I heard a song that some of you may remember and one that certainly made me smile — “The Streak.” Yes, the “Ethel, you get your clothes on” song. Follow the link and give it a listen, but only if you want to smile.

This 1974 No. 1 hit single by comedian Ray Stevens was sparked by the streaking trend that was awkwardly popular during the time, especially on college campuses around the country.

If you were in college at the time or remember the TV coverage, you may recall this naked explosion. As such, this definition of “streaking” was invented. The most covered incident happened in March of 1974 at the University of Michigan. Students wanted to introduce the idea of streaking to the masses with about 70 students going sans clothes and about 1,000 there to watch. This made Ann Arbor known as the location of the first large-scale streak.

I was 6 years old at the time, but even I took part in streaking. One of my brother’s friends convinced me to run naked back and forth across the door to his family’s living room while his sister was studying there. He laughed. I giggled. His sister didn’t find it so amusing. I haven’t seen her since. Thank goodness.

I wasn’t the only naughty one. The Catholic students at the University of Notre Dame even sponsored a “Streakers’ Olympics” in 1972.

Streaking’s history, even on college campuses, goes back much further. The first recorded incident was in 1804 at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) when George William Crump was arrested for running naked. Crump was suspended but later went on to become a U.S. Congressman. Go figure.

Even Snoopy, the popular character in one of my favorite comic strips, “Peanuts,” got into the act as part of his Joe Cool persona. He took part in streaking by removing his trademark sunglasses and collar in his effort to appear naked.

Some say this streaking trend was linked to the sexual revolution. Others say it was backlash against feminism. Still more say it was in response to the campus protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s. I say it was good, clean fun… with nothing on but a smile.

Don’t look, Ethel!

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

The morning commute will likely be slick, so be careful out there. Another inch or two will fall today and tonight, and yet another inch as light snow continues into Wednesday afternoon. We’ll likely see a few flurries Thursday and on a cold Friday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Driver receives 25-year sentence for deadly Iowa crash

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Best Of Des Moines 2023

POLLS ARE CLOSED! Watch for the results in the February issue of CITYVIEW.


A home extension
Farvars enjoy added living space of remodeled garage.

By Courtney Keiser

When Matt and Sarah Farvar bought their Bondurant home in 2016, Sarah began work on the inside, while Matt’s wheels were spinning with ideas about the garage.

Through the years, he has made the space an extension of their home, adorned with pictures and signs that show his strides in the properties industry. Matt is the vice president of construction for DRA Properties. The couple’s blended family consists of four children ranging in ages from 5 to 21. When Matt’s not busy parenting or working, he enjoys his “man cave” to the fullest by washing and cleaning cars or hosting events.

... Read More In the October issue of Bondurant  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Shailene Woodley, Sean Murray, Jonny Lee Miller,  B.o.B.,  Chad Kroeger, Beverly D'Angelo, Karl-Anthony Towns

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a snowman's dog?
A SLUSH PUPPY! Rich Hoidahl, Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post; FROSTY! Irving Stone; SPOT! William Snyder

"This will date me, but back in the 1970s, Toro had a single-stage snow thrower called a "Snow Pup." (Maybe Shane will remember those?) So that's my guess: Snow Pup." — Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle
What’s the difference between a Christmas alphabet and the regular alphabet?
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