The Star’s Sunday magazine traces its modern origins to January 1970, when the first issue was published featuring best wishes from President Nixon and anthropologist Margaret Mead, among others. After 45 years as part of the Sunday Kansas City Star, the magazine ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015, edition.
Ladell Flowers’ father brought Dismas House, a state-certified, faith-based addiction treatment for substance abusers, to Kansas City in 1972. Because of marijuana, Flowers flunked out of college. Then he went back and got three degrees.
After 45 years of gracing the Sunday paper each week, the Kansas City Star Magazine takes a farewell bow today, but the spirit of mag stories — the deep profiles, the quirky stories, the gorgeous photos — is not going away.
“You have got to meet this woman!” Bonnie Ciezki’s friend said, rushing over. “She looks like you, talks like you and has tattoos like you.” It was August 2010, and Bonnie, 37, was attending a geocaching picnic in Shawnee Mission Park. Her friend introduced Bonnie to 42-year-old Dyana Bishop. As Bonnie and Dyana talked, they found much in common.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Friends have invited my sister to a “fundraiser spaghetti feed” to raise money for their daughter. The “door charge” is $20 per person, and there also will be a raffle and a silent auction. It seems that “Taylor,” who is 20, needs $8,200 for tuition and expenses to enroll in a program where she will earn a certificate as a dog obedience instructor. To me, this event is terrible on every level.
The Kansas City Star Magazine would not be much without its stories. So we asked current and former staffers to share their fondest memories about their work for the magazine, which ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015 issue.
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Since 1984, Charlie Podrebarac’s “Cowtown” strip with its distinctly Kansas City flavor has appeared in Star Magazine. With the mag ceasing print publication, you can find his strips online at GoComics.com/Cowtown.
Nicole Hodges Persley of Kansas City is an assistant professor of theater at the University of Kansas and is directing “A Raisin in the Sun,” which will run from Feb. 27 to March 8 in the Crafton-Pryor theater at the school.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: After my father passed away in 2008, my brother Jake offered to take Dad and Mom’s life savings and invest it for Mom. Since our father had always taken care of their money, Mom was happy to have Jake’s help. Long story short, my brother lost his job and used all of Mom’s savings, about $95,000, to live on. When Mom could no longer afford to live in her own home, my husband and I took her in.
Graceland, the longtime Presley home that opened to the public in Memphis, Tenn., in 1982, five years after the star’s death, will establish a second permanent home in Las Vegas, where the singer had some of his greatest triumphs.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My sister is mad at me because I wouldn’t give her what she claimed was “her share” of our mother’s ashes when Mom died. Now our father has died, and my sister, who’s his co-executor, is being vindictive.