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yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for your kindness Mike.
Wow you are fast.
I will go thru the boxes next time I am in Marquette (they are stored at my aunt’s house).
I usually get there about once a week – sometimes more.

yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

I will look up my stories on the raid – also in boxes – may take a while – and will look for my box of negatives – likely had some prints made.
Just saw them while going thru boxes last fall – will god back to find.

yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 2:22 am

Was reading some of the above comments – I actually went along on the Last Tango raid with vice squad and took photos – think I still have them.
Wrote about it in AJC.
Will check out this site and the photos.
Thank you.

yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 2:19 am

I would love anything you are willing to send me – they are valuable to me.
Plus would treasure a copy of his obit if you can find it.

Did not realize the Metro Spirit went out of business – that very sad and bad for a healthy community.
Even wrote a thing for Metro Spirit about Mr. Brown when he died.
Must be getting old when I refer to everyone dying.

The Augusta Chronicle has long held a strangle hold on up and coming newspapers – even threatening advertisers.
A truly free and thriving community needs more than once source of print news – otherwise viewpoints get muffled and there runs a risk of a limitation on what gets covered because often the daily papers (in cities Augusta’s size and smaller) do not do investigative reporting – and get too close to the power structure – or in the Morris case is the power structure.
I remember doing several investigative things in Jay’s paper like one story about Augusta Vice Squad member taking bribes.

Sorry for asking for so much – but I miss Jay greatly and when I think back on our times it seems like a unbelievable dream – almost unreal.

When it was happening – it seemed like every day stuff – now it seems like an adventure.

If Jay had lived – I probably would have returned to Augusta.

yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 1:30 am

Hi Mike,

I remember Jay’s effort to save a theatre but I could not remember for sure which one till now.

Jay was a great teacher – when I started doing news in my teens at WGAC – I could not believe the stories of payoffs, corruption, back door political deals and much more – till I witnessed myself.

My WGAC News Director Diane Tannen recommended me to replace her as the East Georgia correspondent at AJC – got my first byline in Atlanta paper when I was still in high school at Westside and it was a pretty cool moment – ended up working as correspondent off and on for about 10 years.
I was especially thankful to get tutored by Keller Mccartney (The Jay Mann of Atlanta papers) and Frank Wells (another AJC dean old time state of GA journalism)– when they both took on jobs with the state desk at AJC.

Yes – Jill also helped out at the paper – she eventually moved to DC – married an investment banker – had 3 kids but filed for divorce a year ago after 15 years or more of marriage after they lost everything ($20 million) in a bad investment – they both blame each other.

Still doing news thing- and doing lots of volunteer environment media stuff for various projects (search yooperneswsman – my usual username for examples).
Also still as broke – but as Jay mann said – they can’t hurt you if you have no money to lose – and if you are poor its proof you are honest.

I would LOVE to get whatever you are willing to send me.
Jay and I remained close friends till I moved in 1988 – returned two years later to see him because he was sick with luekemia. Died a few weeks later but I could not afford to return for funeral.
My other good friend – another Westsider – is Terence Dicks – and we remain in touch.

Strange thing ref. your comment about Fleming – after I left you message – read story in Augusta Chronicle about Fleming comment today and wrote comment about him being biased – weird coincidence.

My address:

307 N. Brown Ave.
Apt. 1
Negaunee, MI

ph: 906-401-0109

Thank you Mike – and keep fighting the good fight.
Just imagine if all the old-time theatres could return to the look and popularity of their past years – really the first version of television – tho far more majestic and romantic.
Nice to hear from someone who remembers Jay so well.

yoopernewsman commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

This is a message to Mike Rogers.
Not sure if you remember me Mike – but I remember you.
My mentor was Jay Mann – investigative reporter extraordinaire – and worked on all his publications and rode with him while he worked the street for WJBF.
This as I was starting into the news business in Augusta – moving to Michigan in 1988.
I remember the article you mentioned – Jay had a true respect for the historic places in Augusta and knew they would be targets for disrepair and even destruction in the future.
Wish I had a copy of all of Jay’s newspapers – tho I have a few of them.
Just wanted to say hello Mike – and say I love your respect for “Cinema Treasures.”