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From the Archives – July 15, 2004

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“When was the last the last time you talked to a person at the IRS who seemed genuinely interested in helping you?”

– From Leah Stratmann’s “Editor’s Journal”

Photographer Russell Grace’s “Low Tide at St. Mark’s Lighthouse” appeared on the cover. We’re happy to see that Grace and partner Angela Kullman are still producing striking images at

Seaside Repertory Theatre (now The REP Theatre) performed Proof, David Auburn’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play about “love, genius and madness.” Breanne Boland wrote: “Bruce Collier has a fairly Vonnegut-like air as Robert and moves effortlessly between being a comforting father figure and being as scared of his madness as Catherine is…” Meanwhile, Okaloosa Walton College (now Northwest Florida State College) staged Camelot in Niceville.

The great comedian Maria Bamford performed at the now-defunct Punchline Comedy Club in Destin, and so did Craig Robinson of The Office fame. We’re still kicking ourselves for missing both of them.

Ritch Brinkley paid tribute to the late Marlon Brando: “His greatest genius lay in making the bold choice—an actor’s highest aim—as exemplified in On the Waterfront. When Eva Marie Saint dropped her white glove before the buffalo plaid clad Brando, he calmly reached down, picked it up, and stretched the lace dainty over his own hand as the camera continued to roll…”

Bestselling books included Janet Evanovich’s Ten Big Ones, Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah and My Life by 2016 first lady wannabe Bill Clinton.

Chris Manson’s profile of Blair Colson praised the musician’s distinctive vocals: “He can nail a country song without sounding twangy, and he has a strong voice for lowdown dirty blues, as his rendition of Robert Johnson’s ‘Crossroads’ made very clear.”

In that same article, Manson referred to Brandon Day as “a musician I am not familiar with.” Twelve years later, Brandon is unavoidable. Whether or not that’s a good thing is entirely up to you, Beachcomber readers.

This issue weighed in at a whopping 40 pages and included lots of advertising for businesses that are no longer around.

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