Just after the 8:30 news, George A. Clark and Bob Pace joined us in the studio to talk about an anniversary coming up on June 30th. Perhaps you remember when a couple went over the dam downtown on the Des Moines River. The husband did not make it, and the wife was drowning, caught in the white water at the bottom of the dam. First responders had tried everything trying to save her. A construction crew working on the pedestrian bridge used a crane and a log chain and lowered construction worker James Oglesbee down over the river and he was eventually able to grab her hand and pull her up. The dramatic rescue was caught in a photo that received a Pulitzer Prize. The hero, Jason Oglesbee refused the national attention and was dealing with some issues of his own. Jason passed away in early April at the age of 53. George was so moved by his story, that he wrote the lyrics to a song and at 3AM in the morning, sent them to his buddy Bob Pace who wrote the music. You can hear the song on the Van and Bonnie Facebook Page...we did a Facebook Live. It is available on YouTube and Bob will be putting it on CD in the near future.
Matt Swim of the Iowa Barnstormers joined us in the studio this morning to talk about the big playoff game in Sioux Falls this Saturday night. They only have a couple of spots left on the bus if you want to go to the game. Seats are $55 and come with a game ticket. The bus will leave Des Moines at 9:30AM. Call 515-633-2255 to reserve your seat.
Thank you so much to Marv of Boldt Auctions in Traer, Iowa. Marv actually jumped in his car this morning and drove down to the Van and Bonnie Studio to deliver a "piano dolly" so we can move the Van and Bonnie Piano around! Here's a picture of our new "dolly"!
Tomorrow on Van and Bonnie, it's Friday, so we'll have the Friday Morning News Quiz for a nice prize. If you play a musical instrument, we need your help...we'll tall you all about it tomorrow!
Have a super day!