The man in the moon is a lady: I enjoyed Harrison Fletcher's "Moon Child," in the April 25 issue. He communicates well the complex truths about the various theories of the moon's origin to the layperson. I also appreciate the way he conveyed the intense personality of Robin Canup -- a scientist with a heart who views aesthetically the history of the solar system.
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No satisfaction: I just wanted to thank you for the excellent story on the lunar creation theory and its evolution over time. "Moon Child" emphasized how scientists are never satisfied with the status quo and are constantly revising their theories to match new data. I thoroughly enjoyed the piece and look forward to reading more of Harrison Fletcher's work.
R. Kent Clark
Taking out the garbage: Bill Gallo's "Holy Hollywood," in the April 18 issue, made my day. As a child evangelist/explosives engineer way out in the Southwest (Hobbs, New Mexico), I haven't been to a movie in over a year and had no intention of changing that until I read those wonderful words. Mr. Anschutz wants to change things for the better, and may God bless him. Finally, someone is going to make movie entertainment something to anticipate, not abhor. The horrific garbage that has so infested the entertainment industry has had a terrible effect on children everywhere, so I do hope and pray to see a new trend take place.
Regardless, the billionaire is definitely making a point here, and I do hope it starts a trend for the multitude of kids out there (including this 47-year-old kid!).
Hobbs, New Mexico
Crossed wires: While it's very noble that Philip Anschutz wants to improve the moral quality of the entertainment industry, I would be much more appreciative of his Christian crusade if he would fix my Qwest phone service first. But that would take a real miracle!
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Getting creamed by Starbucks: Regarding Stuart Steers's "Bean There, Done That," in the April 25 issue:
It seems to me that it is time for the little guys to organize a not-for-profit association of coffeehouses so that they can create a trademark or service mark with a logo and buy some national advertising. Otherwise, the corporate giants will eat them all up everywhere.
I personally dislike Starbucks intensely.
Dead alert: I am a faithful reader of The Message and have been amused mightily by the goings-on of the metro dailies in Denver, as well as Michael Roberts's reportage of all things media.
His April 18 column about obituaries, "Dead Lines," hit a resonant note. I've been publishing obits for 24 years in community newspapers like the Montrose Daily Press. I've always been a proponent that they be personal and expansive and played well. My first real job (read: not working at my father's newspaper) was writing obits for the Port Arthur (Texas) News, and since then, I have been smitten with their appeal and the impact they have on readers.
One of the first things I read daily in the New York Times are the obits, and I marvel at how well they're done. There's a book about NYT obits, about their process, and with a collection of obits from the famous and not so famous. Roberts is right about the Post's obit writers and how they've added value to the "life portraits."
We started charging for obits a year ago ($40 for 600 words) and caught some flak about it, particularly from people citing how the Post and Rocky didn't charge. Again, good column.
Stephen Wood, publisher
Montrose Daily Press
Superchunk man: Not to quibble, but I am an obituary writer (at the Washington Post) who has owned all extant Superchunk albums (some of which were stolen during a recent break-in). On that same label, I also own all the Magnetic Fields albums. I hope this clears up this important misconception.
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No whine before its time: I just read Steve Grahame's April 25 letter responding to David Holthouse's "The Hot Seat," in the April 11 issue, about "the Broncos screwing a hundred people in the elite 'whine and cheese' section."
I agree with Mr. Grahame in general. Although I was lucky enough to go to a few games last season, I, too, watch most Broncos games on TV and share in his weekly ritual: "Buy a case of beer and some chips, and sit your ass in front of the TV!"