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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dwight C. Jones - Worst mayor of Richmond? Yes, part one.

Dwight C. Jones, the current mayor of Richmond, will go down in history as one of the city's worst mayors (maybe even worse than L. Douglas Wilder). I'll have more to say about him at the end of the month. 

Latest stupidity from our current mayor - from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

As Boulevard development talks restart, Richmond mayor says baseball isn't a priority

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:30 pm

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones won’t make baseball a priority as the city restarts talks about how to develop 60 acres of prime city real estate on North Boulevard, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“Let’s be clear that our starting point of the Boulevard conversation is what is the best use of that property for the citizens of Richmond, not whether it is the best site for baseball,” Tammy D. Hawley, Jones’ press secretary, wrote in an email.

The city’s position angered the leadership of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, who made clear Tuesday that they want the team to remain in Richmond on the Boulevard, not move to the suburbs.

- Ray. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween advertisements from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 28, 1921

Halloween advertisements from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
October 28, 1921
see the full page HERE.

- Ray

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ricmond of the Future

Image from Richmond Magazine, September, 1929. This early version
of Richmond Magazine was published by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.  

- Ray

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Singer-songwriter Robbin Thompson dies at 66

Richmond musician Robbin Thompson plays outside his studio on August 6, 2013. Photo by Dean Hoffmever.

From today's Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Robbin Thompson, the singer-songwriter who was a hero to a generation of rock’n’roll fans and one of the two singers behind Virginia’s unofficial state song, died early this morning. He was 66.

Thompson had become best known in recent years for his effort with fellow singer Steve Bassett to get legislators to adopt their song “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as the official state anthem. The song was a high point in a career full of them.

Thompson once sang in a band with Bruce Springsteen – the only time in his career The Boss wasn’t front and center – recorded with a list of session all-stars and was on the cusp of national fame by the early 1980s.

The breakthrough never came, but Thompson didn’t let it deter him. He continued to create music and ultimately released more than a dozen albums.

He also was co-owner of In Your Ear Music and Video Production in downtown Richmond, from which he based his later career and worked with a new generation of musicians. Read more HERE.