The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 10
FROM THE EDITOR
Best of Roanoke '86: Is There a Legacy?
Our readers voted on many things large and small in the initial Best of Roanoke balloting 30
years ago. Nearly 80 percent of them opined on a topic largely forgotten since.
WELL, FOR ONE THING, the
first "Best of Roanoke" in this magazine-March, 1986-was actually called "The Best and Worst of
Most prominent "Worsts" from
30 years ago?
* The airport.
* Traffic on 419.
* Local salaries.
* K92 (which also won for best
* Lack of
l o c a l g ov ernment
Thirty Years Back
Debbie Reynolds lived here part-time, and
our readers voted her Person You'd Most Like
Not a whole lot when you consider the time. Festival in the Park
was a winner. The Roanoker Restaurant. Robin Reed. Jane Powell. Kroger. Peaks of Otter. WDBJ
News. Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Luigi's Restaurant. Center in
Then again, consider this list of
long-gone Best of Roanoke winners (not to mention some of the
Donna Dean was Best Sex Symbol (Female). Reed, by the way,
was the male winner.
Best Restaurant Overall was the
late, lamented Library.
Best Place to Pick up Somebody