I just got off the phone with the president of Klyde Warren Park, Mark Banta. A couple of things need clarification here, and then an apology. I referenced a WFAA report about the glare from the tower. On WFAA’s website, the written version of the story ends like this:
Officials from Klyde Warren Park declined to comment for this story, but did say the glare does not affect them… even though its visitors do seem to notice.
I did not watch the video version of the story, so what I failed to understand is that those words were spoken by the anchor, John McCaa, after the reporter, David Schechter, had tossed it back to the studio. Banta tells me that he didn’t decline comment and that he’d never say the glare doesn’t affect the park. Banta was in the park when Schechter was working on his story, and he talked to the reporter about the story he was working on.
What’s more, Banta says he didn’t know the pension fund had donated to the park. He didn’t become president until March, by which time $50 million in gifts had been made. So the folks who have their names on the park? Yes, he knows who they are. But the pension fund? He says he didn’t know that it had donated money. Meaning, of course, his silence couldn’t have been bought.
“I would never say the glare doesn’t affect us,” Banta says. “We are hugely impacted. The Nasher is our neighbor, and we need them to succeed. Museum Tower is our neighbor, and we need them to succeed. We moved into this great neighborhood, and we’ve got this very difficult situation.”
When he says “hugely impacted,” he means politically. As for the plantings, Banta says they will have to wait and see what effect the reflected heat and light from Museum Tower might have. They’ve already lost some trees, but that’s a result of drought.
The closing line of the WFAA report should have given me pause. (They declined to comment but also commented that they were unaffected?) Instead I leaped to the implication that park officials had been influenced by cash. I shouldn’t have. Mea culpa.
We announced a little while back that we planned toÂ hire a new staff memberÂ in charge of keeping FrontBurner fed throughout each day. We got a lot of great applicants, but the best by far was Bradford Pearson of our sister company People Newspapers.
Brad will officially join the D Magazine online team tomorrow, Nov. 1. His sole mission will be to produce a host of daily blog content that both entertains and informs our readers. We’re excited about the years of newspaper beat reporting, along with a terrific ability to discern and discover the best of what’s online, that he’ll bring to the new gig. Brad hails from the state of New York, attended university in Philadelphia, and worked and lived in Maryland before following a woman to Dallas (I’m assured that she was fully aware that he’d be tagging along.)
Shortly before Brad left our offices for a week to go get married back east, I conducted an IM-based Q&A with him, to help introduce him to long-suffering FrontBurnervians. The transcript follows:
Happy Halloween, folks.
If you’re turning the lights off and hiding from trick-or-treaters anyway, you might as well do it at the Texas Theatre, where movie website I Heart Cinema is hosting a monster bash.Â The fun starts at 7 p.m. with DJ Casper in the lobby, but the movie Halloween screens at 8:30 p.m. accompanied by a short documentary about the making of the 1978 slasher flick. Once you’re good and jumpy, there’s a set from Denton-based band Savage and the Big Beat. There’s also a costume contest (last chance for romance, unless you want to get weird looks tomorrow), Halloween-themed drink specials, “tricks,” and all the cinematic swag you can stuff in your plastic jack-o’-lantern.
And, as good things do, the Kendrick Lamar show at Palladium Ballroom has sold out. Don’t despair, though. If you make plans to see Mary J. Blige at the American Airlines Center next month, Lamar’s one of her opening acts. Another less Halloween-themed choice is the Dallas Theater Center’s production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, an excellent play about the rude, crude, and incredibly fake world of televised pro wrestling. You can still get tickets to tonight’s performance online, and before you go, check out Lindsey Wilson’s review on FrontRow.
For more to do tonight, go here. For more Halloween activities, including trick or treating at the Stockyards in Fort Worth and your last chance to carve a pumpkin for a good cause at the Old Monk, go here.
WFAA posted a story this morning about how the glare off Museum Tower is affecting Klyde Warren Park. Some visitors to the park are all like, “Now I get it! Yeah, I see why the Nasher has been bellyaching. That’s bright.” The story ends with these words: “Officials from Klyde Warren Park declined to comment for this story, but did say the glare does not affect them… even though its visitors do seem to notice.”
It remains to be seen whether the reflected heat off Museum Tower will damage the plantings at Klyde Warren. But as far as reflected light being a nuisance to visitors, there’s no question. I experienced it myself yesterday when I ate lunch in the park. There are certain times of the day when visitors sitting on the lawn and looking at something happening in the performance pavilion will be blinded. Yesterday at 5 o’clock I went to Veletta Forsythe Lill‘s retirement party, which was held on the 46th floor of the Chase tower. Looking down on the park, I watched streaks of light slowly crawl across the grass as the Museum Tower bounced light onto it like a disco ball.
Yet Klyde Warren Park officials say the glare does not affect them. Do you know why they say that? Because the developer of Museum Tower, the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System, has donated $1 million to the park. That’s the figure Richard Tettamant, the chief fund administrator, gave me in March.
It’s easier in the cool fall months to avoid biting the hand that feeds you. We’ll see what happens when summer rolls around.
Mavs Beat/Stun/Surprise/Shock the Lakers. The Mavs opened the season on the road against the Lakers last night. It’s the first road opener for the team since 2007. Though they’ve opened against the Lakers three times before, they have lost each time. They got the win last night without Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman.
More Details Emerge in Attack of Forest Hill Pastor. As you’ve heard, a man beat his pastor to death with an electric guitar on Monday. A janitor tried to help while a secretary called 911 and locked herself in the closet. When police arrived, they subdued the suspect by tasing him. They put him in the police car, and found he had died about 10 minutes later. The suspect’s wife attended the pastor’s vigil on Tuesday, not sure what to expect from the gathered crowd. She said her husband was very sick.
Sacred Buffalo’s Death Still Raising Questions. People gave $7,345 to Arby Little Soldier to help him figure out who skinned and gutted the white buffalo born on his ranch in the spring of 2011. WFAA Channel 8 raises some questions about how that money was spent. The team also looks at how Little Soldier and his wife blame neighbors for the killing of the animal. “I don’t say this to be racial. We had hoped it was some white, toothless redneck. I’m sorry, we had hoped it was,” said Pat Little Soldier in an interview with investigators. “We could not tell ourselves it was a Native American.” It was later determined that the buffalo died of natural causes.