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We're Denton Dammit - Nov. 30, 2017

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A purple Denton High School hoodie made its way to a thrift store in Paris, France. A photo of the hoodie, layered on a store hanger, shows a recent Denton High logo. The image was posted on Reddit, and reportedly was snapped by graduate of the Class of '72. A commenter with the handle sonofabee said: "That's cool. It makes sense to see, considering the high school French classes take trips to France every year, or at least they did when I was in high school. Some kid probably left it behind in whatever hotel/hostel they stayed at. That's pretty awesome to find." Indeed. 

A 1972 graduate of Denton High School saw a Broncos hoodie in the window of a thrift store in Paris.
A 1972 graduate of Denton High School saw a Broncos hoodie in the window of a thrift store in Paris.

If you happen to go to Denton Community Theatre's staging of A Christmas Story between Dec. 9 and Dec. 17th, take a look at the holiday lights and greenery. The good people of Denton loaned the company old fashioned lights (DCT needed 120 feet of large-bulb Christmas lights and garlands of greenery). What tickled us was the hard-learned lesson reported in the email request for lights and greenery. The theater company asked that donors label their lights and greenery with the donor's name. Volunteers who have collected these sorts of things in the past had trouble figuring out which donor had lent each item.

Someone at Petplan loves Star Wars. The pet insurance company surveyed pet owners to find out the most popular Star Wars names given to pets. Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the top five names are: Finn, Kylo Ren, Rey, Poe Dameron and BB8. 

University of North Texas music professor Richard DeRosa conducted the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Nov. 9. The concert was for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the inaugural concert in a year-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein. You can see DeRosa, a Grammy Award-nominated composer and arranger, conduct the concert now on YouTube

Wal-Mart gets a lot of criticism for the low wages it pays most of its workforce. The retail juggernaut gave 125 of its employees an extra $100 if they worked a Thanksgiving Day shift. (And before you cheer for Walmart's generosity, hold your applause. In a press release, the retailer reported that "the gifts were made by an anonymous donor to recognize them for working over the holiday in preparation for this weekend's retail rush.") Justin resident and Walmart employee Shomari Lewis was one of those employees to get a $100 bump. Shomari, we pledge our appreciation for braving a shift on one of the busiest holidays in one of the country's busiest businesses. 

The North Texas Comedy Festival donated $1,800 toward the purchase of a community library (wait, don't we already have one of those — three if you number all the library buildings?). The donation is 35 percent of its proceeds.  

Project 2713, a North Texas nonprofit that supports intra-family and local adoption through financial assistance and other resources, wants to win $8,000 in a challenge operated by the Newman's Own Foundation (the philanthropic agency named for actor and founder Paul Newman). Project 2713 has joined the foundation's $500K Holiday Challenge, a drive to help small charities raise up to $500,000.  The crowdsourcing fundraiser ends Jan. 3, and the team that raises the most money will win an additional $150,000. The local nonprofit had only raised $65 as of Wednesday. Project 2713 was founded by University of North Texas alumna Sarah Haug.

Want to help Serve Denton? The local agency, which supports other local nonprofits through inexpensive rental office space and resources, will get a $250 donation for each Subaru vehicle sold or leased at Huffines Subaru Corinth through Jan. 2. It's easy: just name the charity as the "Share the Love" beneficiary when you lease or buy a car from the business. Serve Denton is one of four charities supported during the campaign. Buyers and renters can choose between four charities. Three are national charities. Serve Denton is the lone local charity in the campaign. 

Parting shot 

"Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." — Columnist Dave Barry

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at