The Secret Service served Wichita media outlets with some papers on Tuesday.
Fortunately, perhaps, for us, it wasn't the real Secret Service.
A quite official-looking young man sporting a signature dark suit and shades and carrying a black briefcase delivered invitations to a 10 a.m. news conference today to announce the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting speaker.
The Nov. 3 event "has the potential to go down as our organization's biggest ever," the invitation declared.
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One media member received a second sealed envelope while at lunch. It contained a $2 bill.
A tip, you might say.
Clearly, with the Secret Service involvement, it appears a former president will be this year's speaker.
But which one?
Former President George H.W. Bush already spoke at the meeting in 2005. The 4,000 people he drew was the event's biggest crowd to date.
His son, George W. Bush , seems like a natural follow.
The $2 got us thinking, though. Thomas Jefferson is featured on the bill. Since that former president probably isn't on the speakers circuit, we wondered about William Jefferson Clinton .
The only other former presidential option is Jimmy Carter .
The chamber isn't known for bringing Democrats to town, though, unless there's a Republican to balance the ticket. That was the case with James Carville and Mary Matalin in 2006.
So, regardless of the Jefferson reference, we think the smart money is on W.
Check www.blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard or my Twitter account at @carrierengers a little after 10 a.m., and you'll know for sure.
Crown in limbo
The fate of the Crown Uptown Theatre is in limbo.
Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Uptown Management Group , which took over the theater near Douglas and Hillside in 2009, was almost $150,000 behind in state and federal taxes.
Now, the group is locked out of the theater, and it's unclear when or if it will be let back in.
Karen Morris, whose late husband, Ted , founded the dinner theater, still owns the building. She changed the locks Monday.
Morris isn't commenting yet.
The situation appears to be in flux.
Robert Brinkley, manager of the Uptown Management Group, couldn't be reached for comment.
The theater's website, which was working early Tuesday, was not online later in the day.
The theater is between productions. "Pump Boys and Dinettes "wrapped on Saturday.
There's a new theater group that hopes to raise enough capital to buy the Crown Uptown building and start a new company. No one with that group is talking publicly yet, either.
Look for more developments later this week.
More than a year ago, Eccentricity owner Linda Burton planned to move within Comotara Center at 29th and Rock to the former Olive Tree Bistro space.
Thursday, she's finally doing it.
"It's been a long process, but we're here," she says.
Along with the expansion into 3,800 square feet, Burton is changing the name of the eclectic shop — it sells women's clothing, home furnishings and bath products _ to Sister Moses .
That's also the name of a new line of clothing she's created.
"We're going to have it exclusively for this store right now," Burton says.
Her plan is to eventually sell it at other shops as well.
Burton chose the Sister Moses name for a couple of reasons.
First, she calls just about everyone who walks in her shop "sister."
"I'm always like, 'Hey, sister, how ya doin'?' "
Burton also identifies with Moses , as in the Ten Commandments Moses.
"He was a numbers man. Think about it," she says. "That would be me."
Eccentricity also was a tricky name for people, Burton says.
"It was a big mouthful to say. No one ever pronounced it right."
Burton has changed the name of her shop once before. When she opened 20 years ago, she called it Cricket & Co.
She's not afraid to change the name again.
"Everybody asks me that," Burton says.
She's just thrilled to be in her new space, regardless of the name.
"It's good. It's all good."