Saturday, August 9, 2014

My West End Story conclusion...

Ruth Carlson Heffernan, circa 1920's
Last month I wrote a part one segment of what I called a "West End Story" in my monthly post on Zenith City Online. This month I wrote the conclusion to the story, titled, "A West End Story, Part 2: Daughters of a star-crossed couple persevere after being orphaned."

Anna & Charles Carlson with my mother
and three of her five sisters circa 1910
I received so many calls, private notes and online comments asking me to write the rest of the story that I decided to write the conclusion of this remarkable saga of young girls orphaned by the untimely deaths of both parents in in the early twentieth century. The oldest of these six daughters of Charles and Anna Carlson was my mother, Ruth Carlson Heffernan, and this story is a very personal tale of her early life.

If you'd like to read the conclusion to this story that took place in the late 19th century and early twentieth century, you can link HERE to my post in Zenith City Online. (There's a link embedded in that story to part 1, if you haven't read the first part of the story.) I think you'll find the tale of my Swedish immigrant grandparents and the struggles of my mother and her sisters reflecting the era and likely paralleling so many stories of that period of time.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Denfeld honor roll...

My closing remarks given at the Denfeld Hall of Fame event...

"I feel I should confess that I wasn't really the most attentive or industrious student to have graced the hallowed halls of Denfeld; so it feels great to have finally made a Denfeld honor roll."

And it did feel great to stand on stage in a school I love with a most distinguished group of Denfeld Hall of Fame inductees... the first woman chief of police in Minneapolis, a revered local public defender, a highly decorated air force major general in the Air National Guard, two accomplished professors, a talented and beloved teacher, three acclaimed athletes, a prominent area artist, and a skilled and loved secretary. I felt very humbled and indeed honored.

And to paraphrase Fred Friedman in his acceptance remarks... Basically we are those who seem to get the attention; but there are so many others out there who live a life unnoticed and who are as much or more deserving. Well said, Fred!

Duluth Denfeld High School

Friday, August 1, 2014

Just an ink-stained scribe from the West End ...

Nice writing by John Meyers in today's Duluth News Tribune. He coined the phrase about me as "ink-stained scribe from the West End." I rather like that. You can read the article along with a photo of yours truly HERE.

Tomorrow is my big day as I once again hit the hallowed halls of Denfeld to be inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame, along with a group of very esteemed inductees. The ceremony takes place in the beautiful Denfeld Auditorium and begins at 1 pm on Saturday, followed by a reception. The event is open to the public. – Jim

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drone over Duluth...

DroneStar over Enger Tower in Duluth, courtesy of 
For all you lovers of our fantastic city, take a look at this youtube video produced by Drone Star of Duluth right HERE. The video of this low altitude aerial photography begins at the Rose Garden and spans many popular Duluth scenes most majestically. 

Check out more about this innovative Duluth-based enterprise and view their gallery on their website You're also invited to subscribe to their youtube channel to view more video. They're on Facebook and Twitter and always appreciate a "like" and a follow 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Duluth Playhouse "Les Mis" Shouldn't be missed

“Les Mis” shouldn’t be missed...

The current Duluth Playhouse production of “Les Miserables” is an incredible show. Absolutely flawless. Everybody with a part can sing, can act, can move around smoothly, even dance, accompanied by a huge pit orchestra of symphony members and backed by an exuberant chorus.  I’ve Never seen anything like it locally and I spent nearly 10 years as the theater reviewer for the Duluth newspaper.

Honestly, you could take the whole production intact, drop it into a Broadway theater, and audiences would give standing ovations, as Duluth's audience did on opening night -- jumping to their feet at the end. Some solos sung in the middle of the show stopped the show in its tracks with the audience clapping and hooting. I’ve never seen anything like it. It might be the most thrilling night I've ever spent in a live theater.

It opened Wednesday, July 16, in Symphony Hall of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. It runs through Saturday, July 19. Go. Jim Heffernan

Click HERE for more information and ticket information.