RonHolzwarth (Ron Holzwarth)


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KU broadcaster David Lawrence to open West Lawrence sports restaurant and bar; update on Limestone pizza restaurant downtown

The name 'Sambo's' originated from the names of the founders, that is, the first name of Sam Battistone, Sr. and the first part of the last name of Newell Bohnett. Hence, 'Sambo's' Later, meanings were read into the name, and were used in advertising.

'Sambo's' is not gone, there is still one location at 216 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, California. But it is very unlikely to ever be a chain again.

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Over the years many myths and rumors abound about the "SAMBO'S" name -
its origin seemingly subject to many ideas as to how the restaurant got its name.

The fact is - SAM (the Founder) was a real person and BO (his partner) was a real person.

Sam is Sam Battistone and Bo is Newell Bohnett, known affectionately to his friends, family and associates as "Bo".

Despite all the other stories you may have heard - this is really how SAMBO'S got its name.

'The Story of Little Black Sambo' by Helen Bannerman was an afterthought. The SAMBO'S RESTAURANT already was established before the children's story was discovered and used as part of a marketing promotion.

April 18, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU broadcaster David Lawrence to open West Lawrence sports restaurant and bar; update on Limestone pizza restaurant downtown

Many years, OK, I confess, a few decades ago, I worked for a restaurant manager here in town at a few different restaurants. I tended to follow her around to different restaurants for a few years, as she was an excellent manager, and we got along very well. She had worked at many restaurants, and at one point was the dietitian for the dormitories on the KU campus.

One tidbit that she passed on to me that she had learned in her decades of restaurant experience: It only takes one restaurant operating in a particular location to ruin that location, sometimes permanently. The reason is that people, by and large, don't remember the name of a restaurant, they remember its location.

So if there is a carload of people passing by a new restaurant in the location of one that was not so good in the past, all it takes is one person in the car to say: "I ate there once, and it was terrible." Then, the driver will keep on moving, looking for another.

About all that can be done about that is to prominently display a sign that reads: "Under New Management," but even that can do little to mitigate the damage. It's usually very long lasting, according to her. And, with many decades of restaurant management experience under her belt, I think she knew what she was talking about.

April 18, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Residents disappointed by Clean-Up Day wagons

'The Clansman' was a novel published in 1905. It was the second work in the Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. that included 'The Leopard's Spots' and 'The Traitor'.

'The Clansman' was immediately adapted by its author into a play entitled 'The Clansman' (1905).

Amazingly, the stage play 'The Clansman' was produced and shown in various places, apparently despite intense criticism whereever it was shown.

Later, D.W. Griffith produced 'The Clansman', and later retitled it 'The Birth of a Nation'. It was a silent film released in 1915, as an adaptation of the stage play 'The Clansman'.

This web site lists various protests that were published in print against showing the film, but apparently it was shown anyway: <br>

Although the film 'The Clansman', later retitled 'The Birth of a Nation', did very well at the box office in its time, it is largely forgotten today, except for its historical interest. In my opinion, that's just as well, since it apparently was not very factual in its presentations.

Budget $110,000 (estimated) <br>
Gross $3,000,000 (USA) <br>
$10,000,000 (Worldwide) (as of 12 June 1932)

April 17, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors

Safety? Serious injuries and fatalities are virtually unknown in accidents that occur at round-a-bouts.

Education is a wonderful thing. You should try it sometime.

April 16, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors

Kevin, they've had decades longer to study how round-a-bouts work in other countries, that's why they understand them better.

1909 was a long time ago. Just think, the Ford Model T had been in production for only one year when the first round-a-bout was constructed in the United Kingdom. And, that one is still in use.

I suppose there will be some shrill in this forum that points out that the citizens in the United Kingdom are far more civil than Americans are, and that's why they are so much more considerate of bicyclists.

April 16, 2014 at 6:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors

Richard, usually I don't agree with very many of your postings, but this one is an exception.

April 16, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors

You could increase your knowledge base a great deal by using, and searching for the following phrase: <br>
"dual lane" roundabouts

The concept of a dual lane roundabout does not scare me at all because I have done a lot of driving in the large west coast cities. The east coast, not so much, but some.

April 16, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services

That would have been nice, I wouldn't argue with that, but I haven't heard of any volunteers.

Apparently you have not attended very many Jewish services. Security is hired, because historically it has not been volunteered by anyone.

Christian individuals and groups have had the opportunity to volunteer many times, and have never taken advantage of any of them.

April 15, 2014 at 1:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU confirms case of tuberculosis; student doing well, expected to fully recover

Some time ago, while I was a patient for a while in the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Topeka, I was checked for tuberculosis. I was a bit surprised, as I was under the impression that the disease, although perhaps not extinct in the United States, was quite rare. If you are going to be a patient in the VA hospital for any length of time, it's going to be done.

A definitive test for TB is conducted in two stages, the skin test is only a preliminary test, and the VA considers that to be a screening test. It takes a minimum of ten days total for the second test to completed also, which the VA considers to be the definitive test. In many cases, a patient is not there long enough for the second test to be conducted also, so the skin test is the only test that is done. It's rather accurate, but not definitive by the VA's standards.

She also said something about your body being able to fight off a TB infection, if you were otherwise healthy. But, I can't recall exactly how she phrased that.

I asked the nurse about how common TB is in Topeka. Her answer? "We see it every day, and we need to know about it."

So, from her statement, TB is certainly not rare in some circles, at least in Topeka, and according to her, there are visible symptoms. The way she phrased it was something like, "They just don't look healthy. They look tired and not well."

And, she said something about it being spread by the use of injectable drugs, as well as exposure through the air as mentioned in this article.

So add TB to the lengthy list of diseases that can be contracted via sharing needles to inject drugs for recreational purposes, if you are unwise enough to do such a thing. The price you very well might pay for that later is way too high, in my opinion.

Fortunately, tuberculosis is treatable and fully curable in our modern times if diagnosed in time, unlike many other diseases.

April 15, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

40 years ago: Speeders run afoul of new 55 mph limit

I was without a car when the 55 mph speed limit went into effect, having just wrapped my car around a tree at 65 mph just before. A miracle occurred that day, and I lived. To this very day, I'm not sure why. Was there a reason? I slammed my head against the steering wheel, and I think I got a concussion that was never treated.

Too bad the 55 mph speed limit was not in effect then! I didn't really believe it until I saw the 55 mph speed limit signs, plastered over the old speed limit signs on the Interstate.

April 14, 2014 at 1:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )