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Editorial | Colorful Metaphors: Everything looks worse in black and white.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jan 14,2009 - That a black guy is moving into the White House has got me thinking in color. n(pause) nI pause to fiddle with that opening sentence. I keep changing “in color” to “about color.” The latter is as pedestrian as buying a can of paint at Home Depot. The former seems the province of a novel, not an essay. What’s a simple scribbler to do? nCredit Ellen Meloy for putting me...

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Editorial | Guarded Nostalgia: Local media and the military, an interesting team.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Dec 31,2008 - Two old soldiers sat at a table at SugarHouse Coffee and told war stories. The stories usually began with “remember when” and concluded with a smile. Between them, they had done 53 years in uniform, mostly in Utah’s Army National Guard, mostly among friends. Although no passerby would have guessed the two were sometime soldiers, most would have recognized their faces and names. n...

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Rasmuson | Men Without Hats: The lost art of the chapeau.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - As I leaf through the photographs from my childhood—posed, black-and-white snapshots taken by “the Kodak”—I notice that my father is usually wearing a hat. That squares with my memories of the 1950s. He favored a felt fedora in a subdued shade of either brown or gray. So did most other men in those days. They were “the greatest generation,” according to Tom Brok...

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Understudy | Fringe Friends: Drugs, leather and good times in the ’70s at 9th & 9th

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Dec 12,2007 - The two old guys sat at a sidewalk table drinking coffee from paper cups. Wisps of gray hair feathered out from under their hats, and when the light changed at the 9th East and 9th South intersection, traffic noise intruded on the conversation. They smiled...

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Replace John | Woe-besity: The Word of Wisdom on junk food

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Nov 14,2007 - Let’s not beat around the bush here. I am stout. Perhaps “portly” or simply “overweight.” OK, “paunchy,” for the sake of accuracy: There is a bulge at the belt buckle that I suck in when I catch my reflection...

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Rasmuson | How to Write Your Own Obituary

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Oct 24,2007 - I’m of a certain age where I am more likely to be sitting on the back row at a funeral than reprising the Macarena at a wedding. I’m also old enough to have a cultivated regard for how things ought to be—or, as likely, ought not be—so...

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Voices

Homey Gigs

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Dave Crossland finished tuning his well-worn Gibson guitar and started into a song from his latest CD. As he did, the French family, who had been sitting on the back row, stood up, made their way to the door and walked out. Crossland stopped. Mugging...

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Keep the Change

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - I have spent a lot of time in Sugar House. I was among the throng of kids at the Saturday matinees at the Southeast Theater where a nickel bought a Sugar Daddy which lasted half as long as the movie. A few years later, I watched first-run films there'West...

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Brilliant Deductions

Get creative with Schedule A this year, and you might enjoy some tax relief.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The deadline for filing income-tax returns is upon us. By the time I drop mine in the mailbox, my frustration, having raged for a week, will have subsided for another year. Figuring my tax bill is an annual ordeal for me. I don’t so much mind...

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Xbox Factor

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As a student of literature at the University of Utah, I was introduced to James Joyce and the concept of epiphany as he defined it. For him, epiphany was a moment of realization often manifest in an ordinary circumstance. I studied his short stories searching...
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