Letters from the week
of June 18 

Studies in Crap: "That was entertainment," May 28

Century's End — Not

I really enjoyed the recent Studies in Crap article "That Was Entertainment." The final tidbit was about The Century, at 12th Street and Central. What wasn't mentioned, which many Pitch readers might have enjoyed knowing, is that this is the Folly Theater! The Folly was indeed shuttered in the '70s, but not for good.

Steve Irwin, Director of Development
Folly Theater, Kansas City, Missouri

Janovy: "Extra! Extra!" June 4

Start the Presses

Thanks to C.J. Janovy for writing the story about journalism at C.A. Franklin School. We need more stories of the successes in the Kansas City, Missouri, schools. This conveyed a sense of hope for the scholars that has been lacking in most other conversations.

Meredith Snyder, Lenexa

Middle School Confidential

I've noticed that many of The Pitch's articles are optimistic stories about youth in Kansas City, and I think that's really cool. I work with delinquent boys, and every kid has a story, but part of every story is how amazingly resilient, resourceful and optimistic kids are. Thanks to Ms. Boody; kids need teachers like her.

Jay Piearson, Rich Hill, Missouri

A+

Your fantastic piece on Ms. Boody and the kids at C.A. Franklin Middle School was artfully done, with humor, insight and fantastic details. Thanks so much for the top-notch work and for the inspiring message to future journalists. If any sort of fund is going to be set up to help those kids keep publishing, please let me know. I'd like to contribute.

Kate McLaughlin, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Ribbon Roundup

The Kansas City Press Club’s annual Heart of America Awards banquet means only one thing: more hardware for Pitch writers. After Saturday’s ceremony, at the Muehlbach Hotel downtown, we lugged home another case full of trophies.

Competing against The Star and other major dailies, we swept the Entertainment writing category. Winning the Gold was Alan Scherstuhl for “The Best Story of the Year” (his feature on Fox 4 movie-blurb-whore Shawn Edwards); Scherstuhl also took the Silver for his Stage columns. The Bronze went to Jason Harper for “A Picture of Hope,” his profile of the Gaslights’ cancer-fighting Abigail Henderson.

In the Blog category: Harper’s Wayward Blog won Gold, while Fat City, written by Charles Ferruzza and Owen Morris, followed up with the Silver.

More Silvers: Carolyn Szczepanski in Business Reporting (“Your Tax Dollars Not at Work,” on the long-delayed Citadel Plaza) and Sports Writing (“Up Show-Me Creek,” about Missouri River canoe racers); David Martin for his must-read News Column; and Peter Rugg for Magazine Story (“Devil Inside,” about a practicing exorcist).

Also earning Bronze: Szczepanski in Feature (“Old Street, New Dance,” on the Friends of Alvin Ailey’s move to 18th Street and Vine) and Profile (“The Teacher,” about Airick Leonard West).

Rugg also picked up an Honorable Mention in General Reporting (“Children Left Behind,” which detailed problems with autism education in the Lee’s Summit School District).

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