Posts by Dan Koller

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    • Dan was with Preston Hollow People from 2008-2014. Before that, he spent eight years at The Dallas Morning News.
  • Methodist Ministers Rock Out For Charity

    Rusty King, Brian McPherson, and Eric Folkerth perform with Connections.

    Rusty King, Brian McPherson, and Eric Folkerth perform with Connections.

    Eric Folkerth, senior pastor at Northaven United Methodist Church, is one of the founding members of Connections, an enormous cover band fronted by United Methodist ministers from around North Texas.

    “That probably sounds like a terrible idea,” he said, “but we’ve actually played for tens of thousands of people in the past six years, and raised hundreds of thousands for charity.”

    Much like church services, the band’s shows are all free. But, much like church’s services, the band takes up an offering, usually with a specific charity in mind. The beneficiary of Friday’s show at Northaven UMC will be the United Methodist Committee on Relief. If Connections’ fans donate at least $700 that night — and Folkerth thinks they will — the band will surpass $250,000 in total fundraising.

    The theme of Friday’s show, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is “Triple Play.” Connections will cover three songs each by seven artists, including Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 3, 2014 | 3:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Neighborhood Leaders Call For Transwestern Forum

    A bevy of elected officials and neighborhood association leaders have joined the debate over Transwestern’s proposed multi-use project at Preston Road and Northwest Highway. In a letter first reported by Candy’s Dirt, former Mayor Laura Miller, former City Councilman Mitchell Rasansky, state Sen. John Carona, and others are asking Councilman Lee Kleinman to host a town-hall meeting to discuss the development.

    I’m glad they’re asking that the meeting be held at a larger venue, such as Lovers Lane United Methodist Church or Park Cities Baptist Church. We wouldn’t want a repeat of this fiasco.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 2, 2014 | 8:36 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Channel 8 Airs Prom-Date Proposal

    I’m not sure why a Highland Park boy and an Ursuline girl were hanging out at Channel 8’s studio yesterday, but the latter apparently asked the former to go to the prom with her. I’m also not sure what his answer was.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 2, 2014 | 8:27 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Winston Sophomore Rolls to State Semifinals

    Photo: Cynthia Zinselmeyer

    Photo: Cynthia Zinselmeyer

    Winston School sophomore Jada Davis rolled her way to a third-place finish in the Texas High School Bowling Club‘s state tournament in San Antonio over the weekend.

    Davis entered the championship bracket as the 15th seed, and she dropped her first game against the No. 2 seed, Emma Kuhn of Texas City, 257-178. But Davis, who averages 230, came back to secure 231-226 and 223-208 victories and move on to the quarterfinals.

    She rolled her way past Dakota Stutz of Copperas Cove, 237-188 and 213-151, before losing to the eventual champion, Shannon Geerdes of Plano East, in the single-game semifinals, 278-200.

    Davis, who enrolled at the Winston School as a third-grader, has been bowling since she was 7 years old. Last year, she won a United States Bowling Congress Dallas youth tournament. She credits her success to her parents, Derrick and Traci Davis, a host of coaches, and friends.

    Davis is very active at the Winston School. She serves on the Student Council as a class representative, interacts with visitors as an “Eagle Guide,” and participates in the band and volleyball programs. Last Friday, in Winston’s packed cafeteria, bowling sponsor and teacher James Neve announced Davis’ plans to compete at the state competition. In her honor, students were served a specially made cake and ice cream.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 1, 2014 | 1:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • RIP, Ray Hutchison

    Ray Hutchison and Kay Bailey Hutchison attended Dan Branch's Fourth of July picnic last summer with their children, Houston and Bailey. (Photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Ray Hutchison and Kay Bailey Hutchison attended Dan Branch’s Fourth of July picnic last summer with their children, Houston and Bailey. (Photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Bluffview resident Ray Hutchison, who played a large role in shaping this region long before his wife was elected to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday at the age of 81.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 31, 2014 | 2:56 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Marksmen Nominated For Musical Awards

    St. Mark’s students Cole Gerthoffer and Nabeel Muscatwalla are among the nominees for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, which be will be handed out April 30. Cole is up for Best Featured Performer for his performance as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, which St. Mark’s staged in conjunction with Hockaday in early February; Nabeel is a finalist for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Moonface in the same show, which was also nominated in the Best Crew & Technical Execution category.

    Nabeel’s name should be familiar because of the “Skippin'” video embedded above. Cole directed that clip, as well as this homecoming video in which Nabeel seemingly murders him.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 31, 2014 | 2:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Schindler’s List’ Returns to Inwood Theater

    Before he became an action hero, Liam Neeson played Oskar Schindler.

    Before he became an action hero, Liam Neeson played Oskar Schindler.

    It’s been a little more than 20 years since Schlinder’s List won a slew of Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. To commemorate the anniversary, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will host a screening of a restored print on April 24 at the Inwood Theater. Tickets are $50, but the funds raised will benefit the museum and Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation. If you go, remember, no making out.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 31, 2014 | 11:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Castro to Discuss Book on Leadership and Trust

    b0a06ea9056378fc70205c6acddcb934Preston Hollow resident Ellen Castro is scheduled to discuss and sign copies of her latest book, Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble in Preston Royal Village.

    The store’s other upcoming events featuring local authors include the peculiarly named E.R. Bills autographing copies of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional, and Nefarious at 2 p.m. on April 5, and Chuck Thoele signing Bulls, Bears, & Basketball: Financial Planning for College Hoops Fans at 1 p.m. on April 6.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Big-Name Properties Go on Market

    Alan Peppard reports that Lisa Blue Baron is selling her Preston Hollow estate because she’s moving to Washington. This news comes one day after Candy Evans reported that Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano has two Preston Hollow properties on the market.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 28, 2014 | 12:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • OU Student Gets Props For Purls (and Knits)

    Anastasia Malouf knits under a tree on the OU campus. (Photo: Michael Willmus/The Oklahoma Daily)

    Anastasia Malouf knits under a tree on the OU campus. (Photo: Michael Willmus/The Oklahoma Daily)

    Preston Hollow resident Anastasia Malouf has founded Knit and Purl, an organization that combines knitting and social service, at the University of Oklahoma, where she is a sophomore majoring in religious studies. I was alerted to this story by her proud grandfather.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 27, 2014 | 12:45 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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