The Roanoker - November/December 2017 - 10
FROM THE EDITOR
34 (OK, 35) Random Notes from
Herewith a few highlights (?) from the most recent three and a half or so decades of
the soon-to-be 45-year-old magazine you're reading.
APRIL, 1984: "Just ask Thalhimer's, which is now part of
Carter-Hawley-Hale. Or ask
Miller and Rhoads, which is
owned by Allied. You just don't
see multi-billion-dollar corporations investing in something
that isn't needed or isn't going to
work." -Valley View developer
Henry Faison, speaking to me as
part of "The Coming of Valley
View: Bazaar Supreme of the
Appalachians," about if the 1985
arrival of the center might result
in the over-malling of Roanoke.
APRIL, 1985: "Our
decision to marry took
a great deal of thinking
and talking through. We
wanted a commitment for
a lifetime. This is my last
and best marriage." -
Debbie Reynolds in a phone
interview about her marriage
to Roanoke developer Richard
Hamlett, on which she soon
soured and which ended in
divorce in 1996.
NOVEMBER, 1995: "Best
Place to Dine with Your
Mom. Platinum: The Roanoker. Gold: The Homeplace. Silver: The Regency
Room." -Result in 1995
Best Restaurants Reader Poll.
"Certainly not Robin
Reed again-howsabout Bob Goodlatte?"
David Bowers' personal
pick for Best Local Sex
JANUARY, 1996: "Wasn't that brilliant?" -Greenways coordinator Helen Smithers, speaking
13 in Helen Barranger's "Greenways: Here They Come at Last" about Roanoke County's installa-
tion of a greenway in Garst Mill Park as a part of new sewer installation.
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