‘Big Cedar Six’ Aims to be No. 1 with Golfers, Part 2 – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 RIDGEDALE, MO – Standing on the ninth green at Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock golf course, with Table Rock Lake in the foreground, the water glistening under a setting sun, and lush green foliage as far as one can see, the view is mesmerizing. “Recently, we had a group of people visiting from California, and they all marveled at how green and lush and beautiful everything is here,” said Lynn Berry, of the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now, as autumn descends upon these Ozark Mountains, transforming that deep forest green hue into a portrait-worthy canvas of vibrant … Continue reading ‘Big Cedar Six’ Aims to be No. 1 with Golfers, Part 2 – Dennis Richardson

Is Branson America’s Next Great, Must-Play Golf Destination?, Part 1 – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 BRANSON, MO – Johnny Morris is a man of incredible vision. He seems to know what we want even before we do ourselves. For example, Morris turned a small bait-and-lure business that he started out of a corner of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, MO, in the early 1970s into a successful mail-order catalog venture; and then into Bass Pro Shops, a mega outdoor retail chain that has grown into 94 stores in the United States and Canada. The southwest Missouri native and billionaire, who competed on the professional Bassmaster Tournament Trail for a few years before diving into … Continue reading Is Branson America’s Next Great, Must-Play Golf Destination?, Part 1 – Dennis Richardson

Mike Trout’s 1,000th Hit and Thoughts on Other Baseball Topics – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 ORLANDO, FL – Part of the fun of being a sports fan is the many debates – hopefully, conducted in a peaceful, rational and civilized manner – one can get into regarding any number of topics. They can cover virtually any sport, even cross over between different sports, different eras, and different genders. For instance: Who was the better NBA center: Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain? Is Muhammad Ali the greatest boxer of all time? What’s the greater individual record in sports’ history – Wilt’s 100-point game, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, golfer Byron Nelson winning 11 consecutive professional tournaments? Who … Continue reading Mike Trout’s 1,000th Hit and Thoughts on Other Baseball Topics – Dennis Richardson

Dodgers Quest for History Overshadows Astros’ Season – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 ORLANDO, FL – I feel sorry for the Houston Astros. They picked the wrong season to be really good. Here they are, sitting with a comfortable 13-game lead in the American League West Division and on a pace to win 99 games, despite losing star shortstop Carlos Correa and a couple of starting pitchers for an extended period, and then dealing with the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. Yet, it seems that the Astros keep getting overshadowed by other teams — most recently, by the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of 12 and 11 straight, respectively. And, for most of … Continue reading Dodgers Quest for History Overshadows Astros’ Season – Dennis Richardson

The PGA Wins a ‘Major’ – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 ORLANDO, FL — The PGA of America finally cried “uncle,” tossed in the proverbial towel, and waved a white flag last month. The organization threw up its hands and said, “no mas, no mas.” Beginning in 2019, the PGA will no longer pit its marquee event – the PGA Championship – against the NFL and college football for fans’ attention. Like the old saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em….avoid ‘em.” The PGA, in a joint press conference with the PGA Tour, announced recently that it is moving the PGA Championship from August to May – and away from any football — … Continue reading The PGA Wins a ‘Major’ – Dennis Richardson

How Will We Be Judged? – Mike Varga

09.2017 CLEARWATER, FL — I fear history will think of us as an aberration, as we lost the opportunity to advance enlightenment ideals of our patriot fathers, of the republic that so many generations built, of the battle for civil rights, of the generations that fought to raise our country up to be the shining example on the hill, including the prior generation that fought and beat the fascist and racists ideals of Nazi Germany. Yet we have allowed — as a generation — to see a degradation of political and democratic ideals of compromise and progress. We have allowed through … Continue reading How Will We Be Judged? – Mike Varga

When Words Really Mattered – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 MIDDLEBURG, VA — August was a rough month here in Virginia following the racial violence in normally peaceful Charlottesville.Home of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is a model college town. From Monticello up on the mountain, you can look down upon the college and the town, and see its sprawl and amazing progress of Mr. Jefferson’s “Academical Village.” You can see the famous White Dome at the College, that Jefferson himself designed, and the outlines of the lawns that surround it. The drive from here in Northern Virginia to Charlottesville takes about 90 minutes. Having been there many times, it is always … Continue reading When Words Really Mattered – Dennis Richardson