FLICK LITE: Our latest listings, as offered by the readers and your own resident Lite Boy:
• Top electoral irony
In the letters-to-the-editor section of this paper two days before the April 9 elections, a Bloomington mayoral candidate was being taken to task because he was considering a downtown hotel while in the next letter, a Normal mayoral candidate was being praised for his efforts to get a hotel built in that downtown (uptown) area.
As one observer later put it, “Weird what Division Street does to people.”
• Most truthful sign
As it now hangs in Kathy Sheridan's pilates studio along East Oakland Avenue in Bloomington:
EAT IN PRIVATE
SHOWS IN PUBLIC"
• Biggest surprise
Imagine Coleen Moore when the phone rang one morn last week at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery in Normal. It was the producers of “Katie,” a new daytime talk show starring Katie Couric, wanting to know if Coleen could come to New York City to chat with Couric for a segment on video-gaming addictions. Only 24 hours later, there Coleen was, in a NYC studio. “Honestly, I still need to be pinched … that it all happened,” says Moore. “They were very professional and invested in the topic and Katie herself was classy. She makes conversation easy.”
The result is tentatively scheduled for Thursday on channels and networks that air “Katie.” It’s also accessible on the Web.
• Top athletic nickname award
This month, from over in Indiana, we’d nominate (drum roll here) the Frankfort Hot Dogs.
• April Best Name Club
— Carrie Musselman. She’s a chiropractor in El Paso.
— Brett Rappenecker. He’s a chiropractor in El Paso.
— Lynn Lister. She is a real-estate agent in Bloomington.
• Funniest reminder there’s no place like home … well, usually
On a recent trip to Florida, Norm Siems, of Melvin, noticed one car’s bumper sticker that read: “We Have More Governors In Jail Than Any Other State.”
Yes, the car had Illinois plates.
• Most eye-catching headline
As it appeared in one area paper:
"Police: Middletown, Conn.,
Man Hides Crack In Buttocks"
• Top coincidence
At the Kroger grocery store on Main Street in Bloomington during a recent thaw from winter, because water was seeping through the roof, employees were forced to put a tent-like tarp over the refrigerated foods section, coincidentally because of all the frozen ice above.
• Best pun … or not “worst”
Sign at a car wash in El Paso:
are the wurst"
• Five More Fun Places To Visit, If Only For Their Names
(As offered by the readers)
— Ten Sleep, Wyo.
— Wind Gap, Pa.
— Typo, Ky.
— Soso, Miss.
— Panther Burn, Miss.
• Got an item for Lite? Send to: Flick Lite, 301 W. Washington St., Bloomington, 61702, or by e-mail.
Our April board of contributors: Norm Siems, Melvin; Stew Salowitz, Wally Yoder, Vicki Tilton and John Eckley, Bloomington; Peter Visel, Melissa Matheny, Cathy Ferme, Nancy Birky, Clark Filsson and Roger Miller, Normal; Troy Tegard, El Paso; Cheri Grizzard, Columbus, Ind.; Jake Benson, Beason; Lee Templeton, Mercedes, Texas.
Bill Flick is at email@example.com.