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Feeling Old, Staying Young

By John Fox · January 28th, 2009 · Editorial

Some days you feel new and invigorated, and on other days the world conspires to remind you how old you’re getting. Barack Obama’s inauguration and first week in office fuel the first set of feelings.

This week’s issue of CityBeat, in a strange way, makes my bones creak a little. Or maybe that’s just the snow and ice.

Our lead story in the Film section, “Sundance Rewind,” is a report from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival by Scott Renshaw, movie critic for the alt weekly Salt Lake City Weekly. It marks the 15th consecutive year CityBeat has put coverage of Sundance on the cover — every January of the paper’s existence.

Has it really been 15 years since Steve Ramos first ventured out to Park City, Utah, to interview up-and-coming actors and directors and preview odd little films that might or might not ever play Cincinnati? Man, I’m getting old.

The reason we’ve covered Sundance for 15 years is simple: Writing about independent, foreign and documentary films is a centerpiece of CityBeat’s movie section because they’re the kinds of movies our readers enjoy and no other media outlet in town pays attention to them.

This week we’re also promoting the readers poll for our 13th annual Best of Cincinnati issue. Go online to www.bestofcincinnati.com and vote in 167 categories for local people, businesses, organizations and places, with the winners receiving a highly coveted “Best of” plaque and a hardy pat on the back.

We debuted our first Best of Cincinnati issue back in 1997, complete with pig paraphernalia, staff picks and the readers poll. Man, I’m getting old.

A post on our Daily Beat blog points readers to last Sunday’s huge New York Times article about Cincinnati’s King Records. The writer attended the Nov. 23 historical marker dedication at King’s old studios in Evanston and that night’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards show, which honored King via performances by Bootsy Collins and Ralph Stanley. Was that amazing day already two months ago?

Hard to believe it was way back in 1997 that CityBeat ran Darren Blase’s cover story detailing the unknown history of King Records, “The King of Them All.” It’s also hard to believe it took so long to get formal recognition from this community for King, its artists and its owner, Syd Nathan. Yes, we’re all getting old.

Ah, what are you gonna do? You get older, you deal with it.

The main thing is you try to keep things fresh. Fifteen years of the Sundance Film Festival, but there’s always a great new movie to cover. Thirteen years of the Best of Cincinnati, but there’s always a little-known restaurant or store to discover. Twelve, 20 or even 40 years of trying to get King Records its due respect, but it’s important to some people and so they never give up.

Even on a snowy day when you’re muttering about stupid drivers in your way, you see two girls run down your street with snowboards, laughing. Maybe you’re not old just yet.


CONTACT JOHN FOX: jfox@citybeat.com



 
 
 
 

 

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