May I suggest his idea is a tad over the top?
But it still might be saved if he'd direct its focus from smut to skullduggery. Instead of hands-on sex for fifty bucks, how 'bout sticking with the crime-scene history of Kansas City? Chicago has its Mafia tours. We could do them one better with our own corrupt history.
Sure, have tourist buses and jitneys taking folks to the old River Quay area, to Pendergast's office, to scenes where bodies were found; but inside Science City, your initial suggestion is truly ga-ga, not a gaffe: old gangster films on the screen; interviews with Clarence Kelly, our old FBI boss from Kansas City; actual artifacts from organized crime in the city; interactive shooting practice; and, looming over everything, a huge photo of Nick Civella and the piped-in sound effects of tommy guns burping over the whole gimmicky gridiron.
Each visiting kid hopping off the school bus could be fingerprinted, then outfitted with a microchip in the neck for later identification purposes. Combine crime with pseudoscience, and we'd really be up to date.
Speaking from personal experience, exotic dancers are some of the most shallow and screwed-up people around. They are not heroes or public benefactors simply because they donate from their tips to the poor.
There are many worthy individuals and organizations who deserve publicity for their humanitarian efforts. Evidently, they are not weird or hip enough for the Pitch to mention.
David D. Youmans
Education is something no one can take away from you.
Great article, fantastic job, well-written. Thank you for your fabulous work.
Let me add one more to the 2001 album list: Mother Twilight, by Faun Fables. It's a ghostly treasure of worldly magic brought to life by West Coast wonders Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl.
Kansas City, Missouri
To the author of "Scarlet Letters" (November 15): Nathaniel Hawthorne did not intend for his classic title to be used for idiotic diatribe. If your concerns are the socio/political issues of our city, then please stick to that. Your ignorance was truly highlighted with your comment about the KC School Board. What adult in their right mind thinks that it's funny that our children -- our future -- are suffering?
For either of you to write something, yet be afraid to put your name behind it, shows cowardice. Grow up or shut up; that's for the both of you.
Barton Richardson (B-Rich)
Kansas City, Kansas
I recently moved to Wisconsin but often check in on KC and the Pitch. Thank you, Pitch, for your e-mail newsletter and for your wonderful reporting, which evokes not only images of favorite KC places, but favorite memories: of KC debates and issues and, best of all, picking up a fresh Pitch every Thursday. I might miss Kansas City, but I never miss out.
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