October 31st, 2002 issue #0139

October 31st, 2002
  • Farewell in Salem: Legendary Statler Brothers call it quits

    "That's how you're going to beat 'em, Butch. They keep underestimating you." –Bruce Willis, Pulp Fiction.  I still have vivid memories of K-Tel record commercials, golden oldies collections, and hits by Boxcar Willie or the Statler Brothers. This conditioning has assured that refrains from tunes like "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" linger long in my mind, popping up when I least expect them like strange kitschy phantoms.

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  • Say it ain't so: Museum to go

    From gold records to fan mail to American flag-decked leather jackets, Staunton's Statler Brothers have amassed large quantities of memorabilia over their 40-year career. And fans have come from all over the country to enjoy such tokens of the quartet's past at the Statler Museum in Staunton. But come October 31, all the guitars, cowboy hats, and red-white-and-blue outfits will be packed away. As if the Statlers' decision to stop touring wasn't enough of a blow, Stauntonians and fans worldwide have now been told the museum is closing its doors forever.

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  • Statlers say goodbye to all that

    Along the way there have been countless concerts at school gyms and churches and county fairs, flat tires in the middle of Wyoming, and pre-dawn searches for good takeout. After 38 years on the road, the Statler Brothers have trouble remembering specific days on tour, except the one that really got things going. "March 9, 1964. Canton, Ohio," says founding member Harold Reid, nodding his head with certainty.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Published October 31, 2002, in issue #39 of The Hook Best collective sigh of relief: Two suspects, John Allen Muhammed and John Lee Malvo, are arrested October 24 in the sn...

The Dish

Essays

  • B-sides: Why I hate my records

    Rolling Stone recently published a list of the "100 greatest records of all time," as voted by their readers. "All time" is stretching it. In reality, it's the 100 greatest...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosures

    November 14, 2002, at 2:45pm at the Nelson County CourthouseProperty: Lot 1H E 48 Stoney Creek, WintergreenDebtor: Ronald J. CoteOriginally owing: $38,270.40Bidder brings: ...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    Charlottesville 9/30  Norma J. Parson to John Lloyd et al., parcel on Brown Street, $128,000. Andre C. Brown-Arnold to Omar R. Arnold, parcel in Lincoln Heights, $20...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • Old Rockfish Ordinary

    Sale withdrawn  Featured in the March 28, 2002 issue of The Hook  Asking: $325,000 Square footage: 2,000 Neighborhood: Rockfish Curb appeal: 8 out of a possible...

Real Estate - On the Block

Movie Reviews

  • Auto Focus: Laboring in the shadow

    Not all lives fit neatly into the TV Biography format. The exceptions are the stuff movie biographies like Auto Focus are made of. Don't ask me to name three. The closest c...

Music Reviews

News

  • Black cat fever: Saving one of those nine lives

     When Jeff and Alex Hanna went to the SPCA on October 17, looking for a feline addition for their new home, they thought they had found the perfect kitten. But they we...

  • Court day: Charges dropped, but Jim-Bob's leaving town

    Like a bumper sticker making the rounds in Nelson County, truth in this rural community continues to be stranger than fiction– at least than the fictional world of Th...

  • Democracy in action: Do voters care?

    Americans are quick to wave the flag to show their patriotism. But that enthusiasm is less evident when it comes to actually participating in democracy and going to the pol...

  • Louisa: Town in turmoil

    The 1.88-square-mile town of Louisa dates from 1742. And in the past month, the county seat has had more casualties than it's seen since British commander Banastre Tarleton...

  • Mopping up: The ebb and flow of the wet Festival

    Forget rain dances. Hold a wet-theme film festival in the middle of a drought, and the heavens open up. Or maybe there was a rain dance of sorts from the UVA umbrella girls...

  • Water, water, everywhere

    With above average rainfall for the month of October, reservoir levels are on the rise. Tuesday, October 29, reservoir levels stood at 74.1 percentup 22 percent from Octobe...

Strange But True

Hotseat

Letters

  • Flag flaunting hurts

    The article in The Hook [Cover story October 31, 2002, "Heritage or Hate?"] (http://www.readthehook.com/92580/cover-cross-bear-southern-prideor-preju...), about the flaunti...

  • We need a militia

    Published October 31, 2002, in issue #39 of the Hook In your article, "Killer Course" [Cover story, October 17, 2002] (http://www.readthehook.com/92610/cover-story-killer-c...

Cultural preview

  • Future Frankensteins? Experts help budding scientists

    The spring science fair is an annual ritual in which all students at my son’s school must participate. For one Wednesday afternoon in February, the auditorium is transfor...

  • Keep the Lid on: Texas band revels in change

    At what point did fall arrive? Suddenly, the sidewalks were scattered in yellow windfall, the skies set to Liverpudlian gray. I don’t like overlooking subtleties, especia...

  • No crying: "Tears" exhibit is all wet

    Michele Leavitt’s new environmentally-themed installation, “Tears,” purports to have something to do with the Virginia Film Festival’s wet theme this year, though t...

  • Poe man's Poe

    Just what cataclysmic failure of mind and body could have befallen the marvelous Edgar Allan Poe in the tormented days between September 27 and October 7, 1849, when the po...

  • Try it again: Romeo and Juliet never gets old

    Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is getting a new jolt of electricity from the Live Arts LATTE troupe. LATTE is the “youthful” arm of Liv...

  • Watch them go: Horses, terriers enliven Montpelier

    Montpelier often plays second fiddle to its more famous brother to the south, but the place has a charm all on its own without having to duplicate any of Monticello’s mor...