The write-up on the music awards was disgusting. I don't know who you get to listen to the CDs then write a review, but you chose the wrong people for the wrong groups. I am a fan of Pimpadelic and Hellafied Funk Crew and a few more I will not name, but they were given such bad reviews. Do these writers even listen to that kind of music? Obviously they don't, because if they got slapped with good music in their face, they would not even know it. You need to get writers to review the kind of music that they listen to instead of these hateful and distasteful writers you have. Sorry to be so blunt but the review of Pimp was so untrue. They pulled in 950 plus people last week at Trees and made more than $5,000 that night, so tell me, what local band is doing that now? As for Robert Wilonsky, he needs to stay to his own kind of music, whatever that may be, and get a real hip-hop head to review the rap category. This only makes the Dallas Observer look bad, and that is the word on the street. I know that not everyone can like Pimp, but the show count obviously shows that Pimp is not a bunch of pigs. Get a life, Robert.
Thanks so much for the great article on Luis Mayoral ["Senor baseball," April 7]. I am a Dallas transplant from Pittsburgh who has been a lifelong baseball fan. Your writings and interview with Mr. Mayoral brought back many fond memories of listening to my dearly loved grandfather talk about the "old days." My grandfather just passed away on January 11, so your article really was timely for me. This was the first Opening Day in my life when I couldn't talk to PapPap about this year's Pirates.
Also, being almost 37 years old and a Pittsburgh native, you might be interested to know that "Roberto Clemente" was among my very first words spoken as a tot. He remained my favorite player. In fact, when Bobby was killed, I very clearly remember my family gathered around the TV--grandmother, grandfather, mother, and me. Mom was sobbing uncontrollably, and PapPap just kept shaking his head and saying, "it's a damned shame." And Bob Prince delivering so many kind words.
If there is any way you can forward my respect and thanks to Mr. Mayoral, please do so. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, he was published in the Pittsburgh Courier, the local black newspaper in the "Burgh." Hence, the reason my grandfather knew of him.
Again, thanks so much. And keep up the good work!
I can't believe what you have said about the band Pulp ["U.K. Snubs," March 26]! You are a mockery to the journalism industry! It's people like you that try to stop the British invasion! Obviously you haven't read Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone! They gave Pulp rave reviews for their new album This is Hardcore. Pulp will make it big, and I hope you suffer every time you hear one of their songs on the air! By the way, Jarvis Cocker is not only hot, but is the most creative bloke in the music industry! Thanks to people like you, Pulp will not become popular in America though it should.
Jennifer and Shannon
You're obviously so distraught over Robert Tilton's departure that you're looking for Jesus in another phony-baloney who left Dallas for a fresh batch of tiny brains and fat wallets to manipulate. I used to buy the Sara Hickman blah-blah ["A mother's kisses," April 23] until a friend of mine had a run-in with her. From what I observed, Sara and Reverend Tilton are connected to the same lower power.
A thief by any other name
Poor pitiful Margie Chestnut ["Overdue charges," April 16] gets little sympathy from me. She apparently entered into a rental contract with no serious intention of living up to the terms of the contract, then willfully kept property that did not belong to her, knowing that she would be unable to compensate the owner. In my book, that makes her a thief.
Ms. Chestnut is not "star-crossed." She is a small-time rip-off artist, accepting money for services, seizing upon the slightest inconvenience as a reason for non-performance, and then blaming the other party for their lack of understanding. She never seems to consider the consequences of her actions on the people she victimizes. A nascent business can be ruined in a couple of months if it is unfortunate enough to deal with a handful of Margie Chestnuts. Perhaps a few weeks in jail will give her a chance to reflect on her actions.