A major league photo op was missed of two Hall of Famers coming out of the women's restroom at Griffin Galleries.
However, there are spectacular photos of Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew modeling for bronze sculptures that artist Bill Mack is creating for the new Twins ballpark. The photos that will serve as Mack's artistic reference were taken by Justin Barnhurst.
Ah, Mack mused, what if a camera had caught Killebrew and Carew at the Bloomington art gallery run by his wife, Deb Mack? The men's room is used for storage, so Killebrew and Carew had to change into their uniforms in the ladies' room. "I said, 'Deb, you missed a golden opportunity to get two of the best players to ever play the game coming out of the ladies' room,'" Mack told me. "Would have been a great opportunity to get a fun picture for her gallery."
Mack sounded like a kid when he talked about Killebrew. "He's so alive and alert and young and in good shape. It's ridiculous. Just an amazing guy and good sport," Mack said. He was enthralled with Killebrew "showing me the nuances of how to hold the bat, all the unique things he did." That will help Mack capture more details in the piece.
The sculptures are "going to be real special," said Mack, who noted that both Killebrew and Carew are the same size they were when they played ball. Carew has got the body of "a guy in his 20s and what a pleasant man."
Mack was saddened that the late Kirby Puckett was not there to model his batting motion. "Now, he would have been a little too big to model" for a sculpture capturing Puck during his playing days, Mack said. Poor Puck just didn't take care of himself.No Brett in Bearpath
Paul Douglas has "triple-checked" the gossip about Brett Favre shopping for homes in Bearpath Golf and County Club in Eden Prairie.
"There is NO TRUTH to the hot rumor," Douglas told me. "One of the St. Paul Pioneer Press sports reporters mentions this as a 'fact' and that's simply not the case. Laurie and I have been asked by dozens of people if it's true that Favre toured our home, which is on the market. But after speaking with local Realtors and security guards, I can't find any confirmation that Brett ever visited Bearpath, much less checked out our home."
Douglas said he'd be surprised if Favre was looking for permanent housing: "He's more likely to be in the market for a rental."
Favre may decide by Friday to end the speculation about whether he's coming to the Vikings, according to one report.
Paul and Laurie Douglas, who now live in Tonka Bay, are, of course, open to renting their home to Favre. "Special deal for the newest Viking (God-willing)," Douglas e-mailed. "He has an open invitation to come visit."
Douglas, founder and CEO of WeatherNation.net, is thrilled about working again with KARE11 on its WeatherNow 24/7 local weather channel. "Feels like coming full circle," said the founder of KARE11's Backyard.Tiffany owns up
Tiffany Wilson should have listened to her aunt and taken a seat at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater.
The owner of VIP Hair & Nails was at the zoo to hear David Koz and Brian Culbertson perform Saturday. Julian Jackson e-mailed that he got too much of Wilson at the show. "They were not sitting in their seats the whole show but hanging out on the stairs for some reason," e-mailed Jackson, who attended with his mother. "They kept talking while the performers were addressing the crowd. It was like being at a movie theater [with] someone behind you talking. [One] woman kept hollering out loud to the performers like she was at a rock concert. It was really childish and inappropriate. This was not a rocker concert or a hip-hop show, [it] was a jazz show that was mostly couples enjoying a nice evening."
In a display of maturity some local TV people might consider emulating, Wilson said: "Would you apologize to him personally for me? I want to own my part of this. I did not mean for it to get that out of hand at all."
Noting that "security was not called and there were like 20 people standing up there," Wilson said, she was the only member of her own party not seated. The person she was chatting with "was a nice lady [from New York] who just seemed to have had a couple too many cocktails," Wilson said. "She had just had a death in her family and we were standing there talking about death. Next time I go to a jazz concert I will sit down. I felt terrible afterwards, even before you called. I really did. People pay money to go to a concert. I certainly did not intend to upset anyone. My Aunt Paulette said, Tiffany, you're not at the Target Center."
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