Joe Hendrix is the co-owner of one of Springfield’s newest and most successful downtown businesses, Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge. G. Michael Dobbs spoke with Joe about Cigar Smoking 101, what every novice smoker should know.
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.
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.