G. Michael Dobbs recalls the nervous times of the early 1960s when the threat of nuclear war was a reality in Western Massachusetts.
G. Michael Dobbs pays tribute to Springfield native June Foray, the voice actress who recently passed at age 99.
Did you used to go to the drive-in? G. Michael Dobbs remembers the movie-going tradition that was a rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley.
You can take the boy off radio, but you can’t take the radio out of the boy. G. Michael Dobbs looks back on his life-long love of radio.
With the coming of spring, the neighbors in G. Michael Dobbs’s part of Springfield are stirring and that isn’t always a good thing. Mike rants about it in this edition of “G. Michael Dobbs: At Large.”
The landscape for media is always changing and that includes cable television and public access stations. John Abbott and Stephen Cary are the two people who are behind the efforts to change the programming and perception of cable access programming with Focus Springfield. They speak with G. Michael Dobbs about the motivations behind what they are doing in local media.
In this edition of At Large with G. Michael Dobbs, Mike talks with preparedness expert Robert Prince, whose company Storm Ready helps people be ready to handle both man-made and natural disasters. Prince is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and a Chicopee resident whose new sales platform is an Army surplus five-ton truck.
Director, producer and playwright Danny Eaton has kept regional theater alive with the Majestic Theater that he founded 20 years ago in West Springfield. G. Michael Dobbs spoke to him about the challenges and rewards of presenting live theater in Hampden County.
Stephen R. Bissette has been hailed as one of the comic book industry’s most innovative and thoughtful creators. He will be making his last convention appearance at the Bing Comic-Con on Oct. 22 from 11 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church in Springfield, and sat down to speak with G. Michael Dobbs about the changes in the art form and industry.
Brian Hale is the executive director of the Bing Arts Center located at 716 Sumner Avenue in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood. The Bing Arts Center is a multi-use hub for community cultural and artistic activity. The former Bing Theater opened in 1950 and served several generations of area residents until 1999 when it was taken by the City of Springfield for non-payment of taxes. The X Main Street Corporation a non-profit, purchased the property from the City in 2004 to create a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life. The adaptive re-use of the building has created a place to enable citizens of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley to actively participate in a variety of artistic expressions.
G. Michael Dobbs is Managing Editor of The Reminder.