May 15th, 2003 issue #0219

May 15th, 2003
  • Earl Hamner's NFL notoriety: How Heidi irked Jets-Raiders fans

    Earl Hamner was thrilled when he was hired to adapt Johanna Spyri's children's classic, Heidi, into a television movie. Little did he know its airing would become a date that would live forever in pro football infamy. That date is November 17, 1968 with 65 seconds left in a crucial game between bitter AFL rivals the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.

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  • Earl's world: Almost like being in a real place

    Normally the Hot Seat is an 800- or 900-word affair, affording a glimpse into the lives– and refrigerators– of local newsmakers. But when we asked raconteur Earl Hamner to sit on the Hot Seat, the answers he provided were too engaging to be chopped down to normal Hot Seat size. Thus was born the Extra Hot Seat– because, as Hamner himself would say, "Sometimes you ask the time, and you learn how a watch is made." ***

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst local weather: A vicious thunderstorm and unconfirmed tornadotear through Central Virginia May 9, killing James R. Ward when a tree falls on his Buckingham County hom...

The Dish

  • Arriverderci, mush: Al dente comes to town

    Tired of overcooked pasta, menus dotted with misspellings (Dish's faves: proscuitto for prosciutto, focacca for focaccia, linguini for linguine), and a general lack of ima...


  • Cloning: You shouldn't live so long

    Fresh off its proposed ban on all human cloning, President Bush's Council on Bioethics is now considering whether it is ethical to pursue biomedical research aimed at exten...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosure auctions

    May 20, 2003, at 10:30am at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 11.266 acres on State Route 640 Debtor: Vincent and Kris C. Sweeney Originally owing: $85,000 Bidder ...

Real Estate - $old

  • $old!

    CHARLOTTESVILLE 4/18  Katherine L. Wells, Trustee, to Elisabeth U. McRae, 921 St. Charles Ave., $235,000. Tracy S. Weaver to Sarah M. Wood, 1008 Sheridan Ave., $148,...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Que sera? What will this house become?

    ASKING: $185,000 SIZE: 1840 fin. sq. ft./150 unfin. YEAR BUILT: 1913 ADDRESS: 700 Graves Street NEIGHBORHOOD: Belmont CURB APPEAL: 5 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Roger V...

Movie Reviews

Music Reviews


Strange But True

  • Heads up! Falling balls hazardous

    Q. Would a baseball tossed off the top of a tall building be going faster than a pitched fastball by the time it hit the ground? Could somebody catch it? ­B. Robinson &nb...


  • Stone man: Toru Oba rocks

    Toru Oba's fingers are short and thick. At each fingertip there's a wide, square fingernail, and at the joint just above where thumb meets wrist, a round callous like a qua...



  • Lane's honor attack lame

    I was appalled when reading [part of The Hook's May 8 cover story] "Copycat? Another UVA Prof Endured Scandal."(

Cultural preview

  • Eclipse! Moon around Thursday night

    One weekend when I was a teenager, a group of friends and I lit out of town for the family cottage in the country. The sun had long set by the time we rolled up the dirt ro...

  • Fading: Orr's work mirrors Eurydice's fate

    Clearly, the Orrs have cornered the market on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Poet Gregory Orr has retold the entire story in short poems that he subsequently published as O...

  • Fun for funds: Live Arts hosts musical fete

    If you’ve ever been to a musical play in Charlottesville, you have probably seen local star Doug Schneider. He has performed on every stage in town. From appearing in Fou...

  • Monroe's merlot? Ash-Lawn hosts wine festival

    Raise your glasses. It’s time to toast President James Monroe, winemaker. Does that sound funny? That’s because, despite his efforts, Monroe was much more skilled at go...

  • Ride it out: Stick with White Buffalo

    The trick to reading Peter Skinner’s debut novel, White Buffalo, is not to put it down. This is a book with a powerful pulse and a disdain for traditional storytelling. O...

  • Still got "it": Crenshaw's 20-year itch

    If you are like me, you have had more late night conversations revolving around the statement “Generally speaking, meaningful pop musicians just lose it after a few years...