After we learned that the Denton County Transportation Authority’s on-time performance has dipped for buses this year, we got curious: What do others consider to be “on time”? Our completely unscientific Twitter poll netted 84 answers in 24 hours, with 54% saying a bus is on time if it arrives within 2 minutes of its scheduled time, another 37% calling it good within 5 minutes, and just 9% satisfied that a bus arriving in 10 minutes is on time. DCTA credits a bus as on time as long as it arrives within 10 minutes.
Calling all Broncos in the class of 1979: The Denton High School class’s 40th reunion will be Oct. 4-5, and organizers will host a reception at the Denton ISD athletic complex during the Homecoming game. A Saturday dinner is in the works, organizer Tammy Pennington said, but the class of ’79 can keep track of the reunion on the reunion Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/DHS1979.
Pennington said the organizers aren’t hiring a professional company to plan the reunion, and that it will be “low-key and casual.” As of now, about 262 graduates have joined the Facebook group, but Pennington said more than 500 senior graduated from Denton High in 1979. Graduates who aren’t on Facebook (“Get with the program,” Pennington says) can get information and invitations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A man suffered cardiac arrest near the downtown Square on May 21. Nancy Haas said if it weren’t for “two Good Samaritans” who helped her son-in-law administer CPR, her husband wouldn’t have survived as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
University of North Texas graduate and Unitarian Universalist minister Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan was arrested after protesting at the Kansas Statehouse as the state Senate worked to kill a Medicaid expansion bill. Oglesby-Dunegan shouted at the officials to expand Medicaid, prayed at the top of her lungs and sang the hymn “There Is More Love Somewhere” until she was taken into custody. Since she’s served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, Ogelsby-Dunegan has agitated for economic justice and equality as part of a public ministry to the poor and marginalized. She worshipped at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for about 10 years before moving to Colorado to attend seminary. When an usher towered over her insisting she pipe down and take a seat, the minister said, “This isn’t about you,” eyeballed him, and continued to call out legislators.
Guess who’s coming to the International Pop Music Festival in September? Rock & Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Chicago. The festival, “Texas Pop Turns 50,” commemorates the Labor Day weekend event in Lewisville in 1969. Just two weeks after Woodstock, more than 100,000 music fans came to Lewisville for the Texas International Pop Festival at the former Dallas International Motor Speedway and a smaller free stage on the shores of Lewisville Lake. Performers at that three-day music festival included Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Santana, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority) and more.
Tickets for the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 festival go on sale Friday. Tickets are $30 for a single-day pass; $50 for a two-day pass; or $125 for a VIP pass, which provides access to both days of the festival, covered seating, catered dinner both days, a parking pass and a commemorative T-shirt. Children 10 and under will get in for free.
Paris Rutherford, the former director of the UNT Jazz Singers, is set to record six vocal charts with Hal Leonard, an American music publishing house and distributor.
American Idol finalist and rising pop star Todderick Hall gave Denton resident and organizer Mindy Arendt a shout-out on her birthday. Then, the singer asked everyone to go to We Denton Drag It, an upcoming fundraiser for the Denton County LOSS Team, which offers support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, and Trans-cendance International, a nonprofit that promotes equality for transgender people. The event headliner is RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9’s runner-up, Miss Peppermint. Arendt is a the co-founder of the nonprofit fundraising group Friends With Benefits, and Hall commended her for her unsung work as a supporter of the local LGBT community.
“Denton friends: how many of you still have a participation trophy given to you by boomers? Well I have an idea! Since they didn’t mean anything, gather up all of your participation trophies, medals and ribbons, take them down to the Square, and leave them at the Confederate memorial. They need the trophies a lot more than we do!”
— Mark Zimmerman, former Denton resident