Author Archives: Bob Benz

My next gig: teaching at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional at Ohio University for the upcoming academic year. Some of the proudest moments of my journalism career came under the Scripps banner. Spending a year at OU teaching … Continue reading

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Brutalism in context

  Loved this contrarian contextual ad along the right rail of  Kriston Capps’ most excellent defense of Brutalism on CityLab. by

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Builder goes big …

Great to see Builder win the Magazine of the Year award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ Azbee Awards. Congrats to everyone who made this happen. Despite all the change that was happening at Hanley Wood through 2013, … Continue reading

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Labatt’s, the Dead and the 1990s …

  Boogie’s daughter, Kim, texted me this photo she found among her mother’s things. I’m thinking this is early ‘90s, after we moved to Albuquerque. That’s a Labatt’s in my grimy paw and some sort of Grateful Dead homage. by

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General Logan in the snow

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Hey, that dog has condoms on his feet

Last winter, Ozzy became anxious about walking on ice and snow. I think the real issue was the salt. So Lara did what any irrational pet owner would do. She went out and bought him boots, which I faithfully (and … Continue reading

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SnoBama at the Dupont Circle ice sculpture competition

Lara and I took advantage of the snow day in D.C. to grab lunch at Annie’s and then go over to the Dupont Circle Snow Sculpture competition, where SnoBama (above) and the Snow Hipster (below) were two of the cooler … Continue reading

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Missoula’s Circle Square will buy anything … of value

The Missoulian newspaper did a nice profile on my buddy John Baker’s business in Missoula. I’ve been to the store several times and it’s a treasure trove. If you’re ever in town, drop by to say hi to John. Bonus … Continue reading

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Diego Rivera, Vladimir Lenin and Rockefeller Center

When Nelson Rockefeller commissioned Diego Rivera to create a mural for Rockefeller Center, he wasn’t expecting Vladimir Lenin to make the scene. And when Rivera included Lenin in the work, Rockefeller came unglued, demanding that Lenin be excluded. Rivera offered … Continue reading

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Joan of Arc at Meridian Hill Park

Joan of Arc at Meridian Hill Park, a photo by Suffering the Benz on Flickr. Ozzy and I talked up to Meridian Hill Park yesterday, where we found Joan of Arc looking down on the District from the top of … Continue reading

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