Barbecue that Rocks

Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q Owner Mark Brown, 62, did not grow up dreaming of owning a barbecue restaurant. He opened the restaurant out of desperation.

Brown spent 20 years on the road, driving tour buses for some of the biggest bands and musicians of the century — and has tour passes, five platinum albums and stacks of memorabilia to prove it. Starting with a gig for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils from 1976-79, Brown, 23 at the time, grew up with a few of the members in Springfield. The band took him along to be a part of the stage crew.

“I never asked for the job,” Brown said. “The phone rang one night, and before I knew it, I was on my way to L.A.” 

Written for the Columbia Daily Tribune. Find the full article here.

Wanderlust: Remembering Sept. 11

I weave through the streets, turn a corner and there it is: One World Trade Center, the tallest building in this hemisphere.

At first, it takes me a moment to realize what I am looking at. The sun gleams off the glass tower and blinds all who look upon it. Below, a vast black memorial fountain embeds the ground, each spurt of water reminding us of each life lost.

Do you remember Sept. 11?

I was 8 years old. My teacher lined the class against the white wall outside the library. We had just finished our computer science class; I learned about Google. Something terrible had happened, she said.

I saw a TV screen in the corner of my living room as I curled up on a green leather couch. Planes crashed into two towers, again and again. Wafts of smoke filled every channel. I was torn between shock, sadness and disbelief.

I step off the street corner and out of my reverie. It might have been 15 years ago, but it’s all still real to me.

Source: Wanderlust: Remembering Sept. 11