Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Marilyn's memories

I know some of you like to pick on Marilyn Hagerty's restaurant reviews from time to time, but you have to admit that Marilyn has become a local fixture over the years. As someone who is very interested in the history of our community, I really enjoyed reading Marilyn's recent memories about what Grand Forks was like fifty years ago this summer when the Hagerty family first moved to town. Since I showed up on the scene only a couple of decades ago, I loved reading about what the city was like back in 1957. Thanks for sharing the memories, Marilyn. I'm glad you stuck around.

28 comments:

Charlie said...

A well-deserved accolade, GFG; I'm another among the legions of folks who have enjoyed Marilyn Hagarty's visits into our home through the years. She's done a terrific job of letting others share a sample of what makes life in the Red River Valley (Grand Forks in particular) so enjoyable. Add my thanks to Marilyn...

...and also a pat on the back to GFG for actively maintaining a positive and informative blog. I got a feeling you'd be a darned good neighbor! :o)

Anonymous said...

For better or for worse, I check out the paper (online) every day for her columns.

Anonymous said...

Well I disagree about MH column. Her talking to her sister and her hammer is childish. And a waste of good newsprint, like the Dave Barry reruns. Lets drop MH like we did with other waste. Lets get a real food critic and indepth reporting. The comments in these blogs are better than Mh dribble. greenglass4.

GrandForksGuy said...

Greenglass, I'm not sure that you're the kind of person who should be calling anybody "childish." The spelling, grammar, and reasoning found in your comments would leave the casual reader to assume that you were either a child, mentally challenged, or on something. If I were you, I would really think twice before chastising someone's writing style.

Marilyn Hagerty's columns may not appeal to you, but I doubt you're the audience the Herald is targeting with those columns. There are many different columns in the Herald for many different types of people. I would wager that Marilyn's columns are some of the most popular in the paper.

Anonymous said...

Marilyn may not hit hard with her restaurant column but I still find it interesting. If she doesn't find the food, service and atmosphere of good quality-she simply doesn't say much. That form of subtle writing is an art and probably a reference to her being a person with class. Greenglass could take a lesson from her.

I too enjoy her That Reminds Me column which her late husband Jack wrote at one time. Some of it reads like a society page but I enjoy the local history items. Thanks Marilyn for your years of dedication and loyalty to the area.

Anonymous said...

How about we let her continue writing her "remembrances" articles because I know they're popular and in a quirky way, historical and interesting as well.

But when it comes to dining out, she's either being intellectually dishonest or is simply inept. It's the kind of small-town boosterism that you'd see in rural weeklies and does her readers-the community-a disservice. If the Herald wants to be taken seriously journalistically, they should get a serious critic/foodie to do some real reporting.

Anonymous said...

But what about 100 years ago? See if she can conjure up any memories from then...she was alive, so?

Anonymous said...

Cute. She uses Herald archives for her stories-and does have 100 year history stories.

Anonymous said...

I agree : intellectually dishonest or simply in inept ? I would say MH is dishonest and she is doing GF and EGF a disservice with her dribble in the Herald. Maybe this will start a movement in management to retire MH and get a good food critic. Remember her article on "Sambo's" It killed it. Try thr blog " Grand Forks Dining" for some intelligent insight into food establishment in town. greenglass4.

Anonymous said...

greenglass

You seem to have a bug up yer hiney about Marilyn. What's up? Did she write a not so good review about your business at one time? I also wonder what you have against CVIC-do you have a history with them too? I would guess they weren't advocating for you.

Anonymous said...

Any advocate of less domestic violence seems to stir up a little greenglass4 dander?

Anonymous said...

yeah...he seems pretty "sensitive" about domestic violence/sexual assault. Makes you wonder. But if he is a holocaust denier, he's probably in denial about a lot of things.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you guys know much about Roland Reimers, but I'm thinking greenglass is either RR or a close associate. The two are both big, fat, prehistoric jokes.

GFG is right, greenglass is the very last person in town who should be picking on somebody's writing style. And of course MH's columns aren't directed at people like him. What kind of column would greenglass like? Hmmm...perhaps a holocaust denying, wife beating, dead beat dad column that has horrible spelling and grammar. THAT would be up his alley!

Coffee Guy said...

I see we've moved to this thread. This really IS getting good!

Anonymous said...

Marilyn Hagarty is a dried up old prune.

Hal Gershman is the Anti-Christ.

Roland Reimers is a wife beater.

Greenglass4 is a gay, satanic, fur-wearing, meat-eating, baby killer.

Ummmm....

Charles Kupchella has a dimensional gate to Mars in his bathroom, and is actually Ming the Merciless in disguise.

Mayor Brown is a practicing Babalorisha high priest of Santoria who sacrifices goats in his car on the way to work.

Let's see....Ummmm...what other nonsense can I claim as an anonymous poster on here? I mean, hell, I'll NEVER have to back my own claims up in public. People will just buy it as fact and I can keep spouting off without ever putting MY personal credibility on the line.

C. Y. said...

WOW!

Coffee Guy said...

I'm glad I just sat down with another cup of coffee.

Anonymous said...

C.Y. can't spell WOW backwards.

Coffee Guy is a barrista at Starbucks, and serves Sanka crystals steeped in seawater to his house guests.

Heh, Heh.... ;P

Saying untrue crap about people is fun when you are Anonymous!

Coffee Guy said...

Well, the water in GF has tasted like seawater for a few months. It goes with the PortaPottie smell.

Anonymous said...

That's why I use bottled water in my coffee machine, my ice trays and in my kids' Kool-Aid in the summer.

Expensive, but worth it.

jr said...

"Try thr blog " Grand Forks Dining" for some intelligent insight into food establishment in town."

There hasn't been a new review there in nearly two months.

ec99 said...

How much of MH's "That Reminds Me" articles are hers, and how many recyclings of Jack's?

As for a professional food critic, 95% of GF's restaurants couldn't withstand a real evaluation of their product and service.

Anonymous said...

The whole concept of "That Reminds Me' IS recycled news from many years ago. It is simply taken from Herald archives. I find it interesting.

ec99 said...

" It is simply taken from Herald archives."

Then why don't they just get an intern to do it?

Anonymous said...

Guess you'd have to ask the Herald. Why does DAZ pay reporters to read news off the wire? An intern could probably do that too.

ec99 said...

"Why does DAZ pay reporters to read news off the wire? An intern could probably do that too."

Based on their delivery, I thought they were interns.

Anonymous said...

now that's mean...

ec99 said...

"now that's mean..."

Not at all. Wheeler, Sweeney, and Dullum are the only ones over there who seem to know how to speak to a camera (and an audience); the rest all sound like automatons.