I've received email messages from four people since the Southern Illinoisan
retired music teacher wrote to say she planned to start her own blog.
The grandson of Frank Selmier, who founded the Selmier Peerless
company, wrote to inquire of the status of the building. The third
message was from a guy wanting to know more about the Varsity Theater.
I'll get to those things later, but a fourth message arrived as a
comment from Anonymous
found my take on the local oldspaper article about bloggers as
"ungrateful" and "a tad hateful," advising me not to "worry about being
featured in another disasterous , tacky and day-old article" in The
Really, I love
. I love the reporters and photographers who work
there, and the folks in circulation and production. But don't expect me
to "go easy" on the decision makers, who should know better: the
graphic was ugly, the headline and article misleading (and
self-serving, from an institutional standpoint). Still, if nothing
else, the article made one
young blogger very happy
, and may bring more bloggers and readers
into the fold, and I appreciate those things.
Keep it Simple, Southern
Wouldn't you know it, after about 24 hours on the shelf, the
article has disappeared
-- along with the entire Life section
online-- replaced by Error Message. Not only was it posted a day late,
but it comes up several dollars short in the "user friendly"
department. This sort of thing happens all the time
with The Southern
. The people in charge
don't seem to realize the purpose of RSS. (RSS stands for Really Simple
). The top newspapers, blogs, and podcasters use it.
With The Southern, linked-to articles so often get an Error Message,
that this blog has effectively stopped linking to their articles
altogether, using the DE (which keeps all of its articles available in
Before leaving southern Illinois's oldspaper of record, it's good to
see "Mr. Right" Jim Muir, back
in the saddle From Where He Blogs
If you're a fan of the right wing politics, then Jim's a must read. Too
bad no local lefty who blogs as well as he does. (Don't look at me,
Bloggee: I'm neither left nor
it takes two wings to fly.)
Alright, enough Southern
What about the Varsity?
To be accurate, brief and clear: The building is being used for
temporary storage by Kerasotes. Not much chance of it ever being used
again as an dedicated entertainment venue. For awhile, there was an
active group trying to save it as an entertainment venue, but it has
run out of gas and cash. Best hope: Save the Marquee -- convert the
building into a multi-use facility, including retail, with private and
What about Selmier Peerless?
What's happening on the Southwest corner of Walnut and Washington? A
lot! The owner demolished the old building last week. Now there are
effectively Four Corners on Walnut St. and Washington for developers to
develop with nothing concrete in the works.