Last #TBT of 2020 deserves to start with just a bit of nostalgia and so we consider the legend of Mary Ann Summers as portrayed by Dawn Wells - Who recently died at 82 from COVID-19 complications.
Wells attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and later transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle but Mary Ann was simply a young woman from a farm near Winfield, Kansas. For more than a few men who grew up on reruns, she represented a kind of alluring, wholesome Midwestern innocence that added just a bit of sentimentality to an iconic and campy television classic.
A major portion of this blog is dedicated to the role of hotties in the American discourse and Mary Ann was one of the pioneers of that conversation.
And so, the legacy of Mary Ann and her short shorts inspires this morning's peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.
KC Keeps Testing
Because of the investigation into Monday's Waldo Heights apartment fire, 30 families have not been able to come back to their homes. They haven't been able to get anything like keepsakes or to see if anything survived."That's when I seen the black smoke coming from our wall. I was like 'Oh snap.
Community Sounds Off
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Sam Rodgers Health Center, in partnership with Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, has announced that it will host free COVID-19 Testing for Missouri residents on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. COVID-19 Testing will take place Worlds of Fun Toll Plaza located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.,Kansas City, MO.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Enrique Chi and his band, Making Movies, should have spent 2020 touring and performing in front of live audiences. Instead, the novel coronavirus changed the band's plans. "It's difficult not to connect with people in a physical space," Chi said. "Music is healing to me.
Mary Ann Remembered
Dawn Wells, the actress who went on a fictional "three-hour tour" in 1964 and found lifelong fame as the bubbly girl-next-door Mary Ann Summers on the TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died Wednesday of complications from COVID-19 - one of more than 341,000 Americans to die in the pandemic.
GOP Shuts Down $2K Checks
Biden Blocks Prez Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all but shut the door on President Donald Trump's push for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks, declaring Congress has provided enough pandemic aid as he blocked another attempt by Democrats to force a vote.
President-elect Joe Biden will issue an executive order halting "midnight regulations" on day one of his presidency, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
Searching For Batman
Donald Trump Jr. decided to tweet about the Hilaria Baldwin Spanish scandal Alec Baldwin's wife, 36, has denied pretending for years she was Spanish Her real name is Hillary Hayward-Thomas and was born in Boston, not Mallorca President's son said Alec Baldwin should play himself on Saturday Night Live when it covers the scandal, saying it would be 'the first funny thing in years' In a Wednesday interview Baldwin claimed that she is not guilty of any wrongdoing after being accused of trying to pass herself off as a Spaniard President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr.
How Many Times Have You Checked Your Bank Account???
Nearly a year to the day when the first COVID-19 cases were reported in China, Beijing is clamping down on research into the pandemic's origins, while actively promoting fringe theories that it could have originated outside the country. The government is distributing grant money to scientists -- affiliated with the military -- who are researching the virus' origins in southern China.
Americans can expect to start seeing $600 in their bank accounts immediately as the federal government's second round of stimulus payments is being sent out, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said.
00s Were Cray
Lance Bass is showing his support for Britney Spears amid her ongoing conservatorship case. In an interview with Australia's Today Extra on Tuesday, 41-year-old Bass commented on 39-year-old Spears' legal battle with her dad, Jamie Spears. The pop star's conservatorship was recently extended until September 2021.
Kansas City Creative Class Leads Fight Against COVID
A primary care physician with an innovative take on healthcare and a passionate activist with an extensive background in video production might seem like an unlikely duo, said Dr. Allison Edwards. But she and serial creative Jay Austin united their strengths during the pandemic to help underserved communities in Kansas City gain access to critical testing resources, the duo said.
Forecast For Tonight
A Winter Storm Watch will begin at 9:00 PM Thursday evening and run until 6:00 PM Friday for counties in our area including all of the Kansas City Metro. A mixture of freezing rain and sleet possibly mixed with snow at times will begin close to midnight Thursday night continuing through the night.
Stevie B - Because I Love You (The Postman Song) is a truly horrible tune that earned #1 ranking on the Billboard charts throughout December 1990 and it serves as the #TBT song of the day for this OPEN THREAD. Keep going for more local links . . .Kansas City Offers Cash To Help Hot Mess Victims
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Help is pouring in for the dozens of people forced out of their apartment by a fire Monday night. The two alarm fire gutted the Waldo Heights Apartments off 80th Street and Troost Avenue. The red cross is already helping 32 tenants with temporary housing and St.
Top Ranking Redux
Kansas City makes Travel + Leisure's list of 'Best Places to Travel in 2021' - Kansas City Business Journal
Kansas City-area residents may start thinking differently about a staycation next year. Travel + Leisure released its "50 Best Places to Travel in 2021" list, and Kansas City ranked No. 20. The annual list came with a twist this year - only U.S.
Locking Down Local Gadgets
Technology has been the lifeline for many of us to stay connected in this socially distanced world. Tech stores have been noticing some new trends in 2020.This year has been crazy for everyone.
Save The Old School
LENEXA KS (KCTV) -- Some of the first coronavirus vaccines are arriving at assisted living facilities in the Kansas City area. At Homestead of Lenexa Jean Suman, 94, was one of nearly 30 residents who volunteered to receive the first dose Wednesday morning.
Kansas City Biz Powered By Community
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nika Cotton pours comforting creations at her tea room, Soulcentricitea, seven days a week. She helps her customers decide on a concoction that suits their mood for the day. "I have lemon balm, which is really calming," Cotton said to her guests.
Latest JoCo Tax Hike
To support needed upgrades at area sports complexes, the city of Shawnee is increasing its transient hotel guest tax rate. The new tax rate will be 8%, up from 6%. It takes effect April 1, the Shawnee Mission Post reports.
Rolling With More Help
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At 10:30 a.m. every Thursday, Greg Davis hops in his car and drives up and down Troost Avenue from 55th Street to 75th Street, stopping at specific homes to deliver hot and frozen meals. "For me, it was a way to give back," said Davis, who has been doing this for eight years.
JoCo Doggie Saved
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- Overland Park firefighters had to use oxygen on a dog they saved from a house fire early Tuesday morning. But the dog is now safe and in a vet's care. Firefighters responded shortly before 9 a.m. to a house fire on West 157th Street near Rosewood Drive.
A winter freeze has fallen over the Midwest, but in baseball, that freeze has been in place since the fall. Kansas City has been an oasis in activity, with Dayton Moore signing four free agents so far - first baseman Carlos Santana, outfielder Michael Taylor, and pitchers Mike Minor and Greg Holland.
Celebrate The Temp
On Wednesday, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that 35-year-old backup quarterback Chad Henne will start Sunday's Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. "I think he's excited," Reid told reporters. "He's all in. It's a great opportunity for him."
Hipsters Almost Commit To Causal Kansas City Book Club
KC Public Library announces "Whenever Book Club" for those of us who want a book club, but are bad at doing a book club
It is possible, and we aren't suggesting that this is the case, but it is possible that you or someone you love might be bad at book clubs. We know: scandalous. J/K. We're terrible at it. We love reading books. We plow through them.
Classic Cowtown Postcard Well-Remembered
Michael Bushnell Publisher Given the year we've had, this postcard seems fitting to close out 2020. "If you don't soon come to Kansas City, I'll come after you with an axe." This novelty postcard, complete with the felt pennant emblazoned with Kansas City, was mailed on August 2nd, 1912 to Mrs.
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