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Letter from the Editor, March/April 2010
By John Moody

March is the place where spring lives. We have earned a good and long season, warm and well. Let's enjoy, and let us begin with this March/April issue of Springfield's Own Magazine.

With the upcoming season as our guide, we choose two fresh-faced sisters, Cassy and Alyssa Gaddis, to adorn our cover. Staff writer Kathy Ostrander has their story. This talented Springfield duo has gone country in a big way by moving to Nashville to chase their musical dreams. They first garnered national attention with a moving tribute in song to families who support our men and women in uniform.

Their song caught the attention of the National Guard and found a corporate sponsor in State Farm Insurance. Made into a music video, it's been enjoyed in movie theaters around the nation.

Down to earth and genuine, the teens are off to Music City USA, along with their mother, to get their music moving up to the next level. We wish them all the best and invite you to check back on our Web site, www.springfieldsown.com, for future updates on the Gaddis girls.

Since 1996, area residents have gotten the morning started with a steaming cup, a newspaper and Sam Madonia. This Springfield native brings energy and personality and a love for his hometown to the early-morning airwaves. His rapid-fire delivery and friendly nature help make him a local favorite. There's more to Sam than radio and sports, and I had the pleasure of digging in and finding out about this local broadcasting icon.

The Springfield Park District's Henson Robinson Zoo is constantly evolving. From a kiddy petting zoo, which is still going along nicely, the zoo strives to present animals that promote education and entertainment. If you haven't been to the zoo for a little while, you're missing a good time. Think about checking it out.

Here's a new way to think of collectible cars. While there's an amazing number of area people who collect cars, there's also a pretty good number of folks who hold pickup trucks in high regard. David "Bud" O'Shea's got a couple of real beauties, and he shares them with us.

Look, there's something in the air - it's an elegant chandelier! With a range of modern options that had their beginnings with candles mounted on pieces of wood, these lighting options provide quite the 'wow' factor.

Hoop - there it is. Springfield's Own Art Director Erica Cusumano takes a break from the pages of the magazine to give us her angle, by way of photographs, on the sport that has inspired that very American harbinger of spring known as "March Madness."

Since Osaka, Japan, is known as the "city of entertainment," local restaurateurs Jeremy Martin and Cin Cheung are making certain their new restaurant on Wabash Avenue lives up to its namesake. From this nearby Osaka, we travel to Cuba with Chris Young and on to Vermont before winding up back close to home again in Branson.

Thanks for traveling with us in this spring edition of SO Magazine.

John Moody
Publications Editor


Story published Friday, March 5, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 2 )

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