The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 13, 2000 · Page 1
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SPORTS Kansas cruises to 94-65 victory over K-State PAGE 01 the SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2000 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal ^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 $1.50 LIFE Southwind Writers offer musings on love PAGE D1 f VALENTINE'S DAY Florists suffer putrid poetry Valentine's verses can be painful for those who deliver By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Pity the florists. We come up with really bad Valentine's Day poems, and they have to write them. Then they have to sign them "Pookie Woo," "Your Big Italian Stud" or the "Penguin." And when Seinfeld and his girlfriend called each other "Schmoopie," florists had to listen to it on Valentine's Day — and write it. Over and over again. The same thing happened with the movie "Jerry McGuire." "We've had some 'You complete me,'." said Charlotte Eisemann at An Uptown Bloom in Dallas, referring to a Tom Cruise line in the film. But lack of originality isn't the only problem. Try spending the day, as Eisemann does, writing out customers' poems like this one: "Life can be lonely and treat you like crud, That's why I'm so happy you're my bud." The poetry is no better in Miami, where Gio Vidal at Feel The Flowers recounted this last verse to a poem: "Yes, you are the one who hogs my time, and I also want to wish you a Happy Valentine." And sometimes even the most circumspect florist just has to ask. "One man wanted a card made out to 'My Little Onion Booty Girl,' " said Anamillie Garcia at Michael's Flower Shop in Chicago. "I had to ask him what that means," said Garcia. "He said 'Every time I look at her it makes me cry.' " Linda Michel, at Chicago Balloons and Flowers, remembered a touching note to someone named Mark. "Mark, the only object of my true affection," she said. The note ended with a P.S. "If you show this to anyone I will beat you up." You want heartbreaking stories? Sharon Heath, the owner of Cahokia Floral and Gift in Cahokia, 111., said she sees people sending flowers anonymously, figuring if they don't get a thank you they have proof they aren't the only admirers in their Valentine's lives. "I had one driver say, 'I need to go tell the guy (his girlfriend) has flowers from a whole bunch of people,' " Heath said. "I told him he couldn't do that." V COMICS ART AND TOURISM waitingjtfor • van Gogh Cameron Cross gets supplies out of his car to work on a van Gogh reproduction on a canvas of fiberglass on plywood. Goodland leaders hope art attracts I- 70 travelers ByTIMUNRUH Tlie Salina fournal Photos courtesy of Cameron Cross and Lorelei Bunkowsky Cameron Cross has created two of his huge van Gogh reproductions, this one in Canada and one In Australia. Goodland residents are hoping his third will be in their city. GOODLAND — A Canadian painter plans a giant splash of color for these High Plains, reproducing a work of world-famous artist Vincent van Gogh. Promoters of the Van Gogh Sunflower Project see a 24-by-32-foot van Gogh sunflower placed in town on an 80-foot easel, as a way to spark interest among travelers on Interstate Highway 70 — something other than grain elevators on Goodland's horizon. With an international marketing plan, they intend to tickle the interests of art lovers around the globe. It's also viewed as a fitting tribute to the sunflower industry that helps fuel Sherman County's economy. "We think this is a tremendous drawing card to the community," said Marcia Golden, Goodland, vice president of the Sunflowers PB ncc USAAssocia- CROSS tion, a nonprofit organization formed to raise money for the $145,000 project. Artist Cameron Cross is bringing van Gogh's work to seven places around the world, reproducing large versions of paintings done by the Dutch legend. Cross finished paintings in Australia and Canada, and also plans the mega-billboard-sized paintings in South Africa, Japan, Argentina and France. "We would like the U.S. to be third," said Ron Harding, president of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce. The Van Gogh Sunflower Project is one of 24 projects — totaling $515,000 —in 20 Kansas communities funded in part by the first round of fiscal 2000 attraction development grants from the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing. "Goodland has always been very interested in tourism. We're active in marketing our area." On the large "canvas" — fiberglass-covered plywood — Cross will paint a copy of a van Gogh sunflower that will overlook Goodland on the massive easel made of 12-inch steel tubing. "We are the sunflower city of the sunflower state," said Pete Whalen, retired attorney and president of the Sunflower USA Association. "To have a symbol like that gets a lot of recognition. People talk about it and want to see it." Cross expects to begin painting April 1, weather and temperature permitting, in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Goodland. It should take six weeks. The sunflower will be unveiled later in the year. Planners intend to place the painting in a way that tempts 1-70 travelers, but doesn't give it away. It will be located near • where a new entrance to the city will be constructed, complete with ponds, landscaping and bike trails. See ART, Page AS 'Peanuts' fans struggle with goodbye The Associated Press §usan Namath poses with some of her ''Peanuts" characters, including her favorite, Linus. Creator Charles Schulz doesn't understand fuss over today's final strip By MARY ANN LICKTEIG The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — This is the sort of situation Charlie Brown would find himself in: writing to his hero, searching for just the right words to explain how much the man has meant to him and trying to say thank you. Feverishly, he would work, tongue planted in the corner of his mouth, elbows on the table, pen blotting and smearing. Wadded-up, rejected drafts would rise behind him. Mount Inhibition. This is the challenge fans face with the retirement of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz and the end of the most widely syndicated comic strip in history. The final new strip runs today. Readers can't believe they won't see Charlie Brown swoon for the Little Red-Haired Girl again or hear Lucy dispense advice from her psychiatrist stand. But how do they tell Schulz how they feel? Gulp. "I have loved that round-headed kid since I was 4 years old," says Justin Gage, Hampstead, N.H. "And with all the practice in the world, I honestly, still, at 31, can't keep my kite out of the trees in my back yard." Schulz's characters showed up on people's doorsteps every single day for nearly 50 years. They brought distinct personalities, hopes, fears and foibles. Schroeder carted a toy piano. Linus brought his blue blanket. And people took them in. "I have loved that round-headed kid since I was 4 years old." Justin Gage 31-year-old "Peanuts" fan Julian McCarthy, a 43-year-old engineer from Kingston-upon-Thames, England, says "Peanuts" characters make you happy but also "contact your conscience and make you reflect on a course of action, something maybe you've said or done." They'll be lifelong friends, he says, even though Schulz's contract stipulates that no one else will draw the strip again. In December, shortly after he was diagnosed with colon cancer and suffered a series of small strokes during abdominal surgery, the 77-year-old cartoonist decided his deadlines had become 'too rigorous. It was time to stop. His daily strips ran out last month. United Feature Syndicate will continue offering old panels for comics pages. Farewell from fans Fellow cartoonists have penned tributes. "AACK! I can't stand it!!" Cathy shouted as she read the last new daily "Peanuts" strip. And ordinary fans, from coffee shops to the White House, are trying to express their gratitude and explain what the strip has meant to them, writing to newspapers and sending sentiments into cyberspace. See PEANUTS, Page A6 WEATHER High: 45 Low: 26 Mostly cloudy today with northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. PAGE B5 Lawmakers say Gov. Graves' plan to change the seat-belt laws likely is dead in the water, but debate has raised awareness. PAGE E1 When it comes to Valentine's Day, Americans throw the diet out the window to splurge on the very best chocolate. INSIDE Classified / F1 Consumer / E4 Crossword / 06 Deaths / 83 Great Plains / B1 Life/01 . Money / E1 Sports / C1 Weather / B6 Viewpoints / A7 TOMORROW Salina fantasy artist Brandon Sherwood will relocate to Colorado this slimmer after meeting a future business partner. _

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