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Consumers' union: Gallik's not on his own
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments Friday afternoons at the small bright yellow house on Fourth Street are usually a pleasant affair. Most days find people congregating and visiting on the front porch, but on Fridays the house is...
Mountain man: Holden leads store to new heights
Published on Jun 17th, 2004
0 comments If a movie's ever made about a man who's stranded in unforgiving, isolated territory, who's forced to live off the land while fighting off rabid coyotes and insane drifters, but who leaves no doubt...
No gloss: Mommy mag lives to sell
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments "We didn't set out to be experts at all," Stephanie Wilkinson says. On the contrary, four years ago when Wilkinson and her friend Jennifer Niesslein created a new magazine for mothers, they were...
Pamela's barkery: Snacks go big time
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments When Pamela Peterson started making dog treats in her kitchen three and a half years ago, she was simply trying to find a way for her beloved Labrador, Sam, to get his chocolate chip cookie fix...
The gleaners: Hunter's students produce <I>Jewels
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments FACETIME- The gleaners: Hunter's students produce Jewels John Hunter started teaching 30 years ago when the field of gifted education was wide open. So wide open, in fact, that his first supervisor...
Sex repeal: Steve Rhoads draws gender lines
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments If the term weren't so loaded and the connotation so derogatory, there would be no danger in calling Steven Rhoads a sexist. A political scientist who has spent a decade amassing statistical evidence...
Lens crafter: Tod Cohen chronicles families
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments "Once you're a parent, you have different radar," says Tod Cohen– which may explain why the 39-year-old father of two has focused on families in developing his unique style of photography. A...
Wild-eyed: Nichols' photographic mission
Published on May 6th, 2004
0 comments To look at photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols lounging in a camp chair by Moorman's River, you'd never guess he's survived multiple bouts of malaria, five knee surgeries, fevers from hepatitis and...
Destined to deal: Liza Borches takes Volvo helm
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments With the recent sale of Herb Brown Volvo, the male-dominated auto sales world got an estrogen infusion. Twenty-eight-year-old Liza Borches took over the Ivy Road business in February, becoming the...
Political Freud: Volkan on group aggression
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments When Mikhail Gorbachev paid a triumphant visit to Charlottesville in 1993, few people knew that he came at the invitation of Charlottesville's only Turkish Cypriot psychoanalyst who specializes in...
Reform school: Holland takes on the NCAA
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments Published April 15, 2004, in issue #0315 of the HookTerry Holland is a fighter. Four seasons on the Davidson basketball team, 21 years as a head coach, and six years as UVA's athletic director will...
Study scoop: She helps Hoos leave
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments Spring semester for some UVA students means sunny afternoons on the slopes of Beaver Creek or mixing cocktails at Foxfield. But third-year student Liza Bance has a different activity on her list...
At Streetlight's helm: Poet steps into limelight
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments Susan Williamson may come across as a shrinking violet, but ask the right questions, and she's suddenly Mae West. "An old beau used to tell me I was a goddess," she responded recently to a query...
Alligators' author: No blues for this Cowgirl
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments It's not so unusual for a successful writer to leave the bright lights of a big city and move to Charlottesville. Christopher Tilghman, Ann Beattie, Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and the recently...
Looks easy: New VQR editor has magic touch
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments Everybody has problems. Not everybody has the kind you'd kill for. Meet Ted Genoways. His latest problem? Trying to get clearance from the State Department to run a penetrating essay on the...
Finding the groove: Kathy Bollinger sings for kids
Published on Mar 11th, 2004
0 comments Elbow-deep in peanut butter sandwiches and laundry, Cathy Bollinger sometimes looks up and thinks, What line of work am I in again? For the past 15 years, this local music therapist and children's...
Cyclocrossers: Father, son take rivalry off-road
Published on Mar 4th, 2004
0 comments Cyclist Fred Wittwer likes to joke that competing against his son, Greg, is all about bragging rights, but it's clear there's more than a little fatherly pride lurking under the surface. After all,...
The ultimate: Steven Braden sells and sells
Published on Feb 26th, 2004
0 comments When the next $10 million property sells around here, a well-placed realtor or two will pocket some serious change. But what about the folks who sell houses for the rest of us? Although realtor...
Hill historian: O'Shaughnessy's revolution
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Something is rotten in the Jefferson Library at Monticello. But it isn't a newly discovered 18th century scandal– no, a small animal has crawled into the ventilation system of the $5.5 million...
Slab rehab: Meet the new maestro at Fellini's
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments It took several weeks to get face-to-face with Ben May. From chats with friends and relatives and snippets of cell phone conversations, an image emerges of a guy who manages to be everywhere and...
Roadkill Buddha: Meet a not-so holy roller
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments Peter Manseau had not been in Charlottesville too terribly long when he packed up his car and headed out in search of religion. The idea was to follow the seemingly heretical advice of an ancient...
Killer movie: Filmmaker turns disease into documentary
Published on Jan 29th, 2004
0 comments An insect bite transmits a parasite into the blood that eats the internal organs. Symptoms may not show up until 20 years later– and there's no cure. "It kills you very slowly," says...
Design-build: Dynamic duo heat up Zocalo
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments Walk through Zocalo's glass doors, and chances are you won't believe your eyes. With its clean lines, concrete bar, sleek woodwork, and interesting lighting, it's hard to believe the space, in the...
Adios, supergranny: Local author makes murder in townsville
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments Bev Van Hook has been in the mystery writing business for over 15 years, but it wasn't till she turned her attention to an adult audience that she resorted to murder. "I'm writing a murder mystery...
Dancing queen: She teaches all the right moves
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments It's Thursday night. Anne Megibow is teaching her dance production and choreography class at Piedmont Virginia Community College. "I want you to move across the stage as though you were a dot," she...
Wild Heart woe: Sobel's journal needs a home
Published on Dec 18th, 2003
0 comments When we last left Eliezer Sobel in March 2003, his short story "Schneiderman" had just won runner-up in The Hook's fiction contest, and he was actively seeking a publisher for his novel, MINYAN: 10...
Dew Droppers: First Jason, now Jackie
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments Several episodes of the classic 1970s television series The Waltons dealt with music and romance at the Scottsville bar called the Dew Drop Inn. In the show's final season, John-Boy's brother, Jason...
People person: Tucker loves theater lovers
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments In the battle for the soul of Charlottesville, Betsy Tucker just joined the front lines. However high the rents went in Belmont, however much Route 29 made you think you were in Fairfax, you could...
Latest on GW: Author shows George as emancipator
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments George Washington may be the Commander of the Revolution and Father of the Nation, but he's needed a makeover since the cherry tree myth was felled. Local historian Henry Wiencek may have the answer...
Hands on: Scholars get Mallory treatment
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments When Mike Mallory was growing up in Madison County, schools were still segregated, and racism was a daily reality. "Every time you would want to forget you were black, someone would remind you,"...