March 23rd, 2011

BVP – Please Come Claim Your Prize

I was excited when I picked up the mail yesterday since I don’t often get packages at my business address.  Filled with excitement, I ripped into the manila envelope and pulled out one of Cityview’s Best of Des Moines awards.  There was just a couple of problems. I soon realized the award wasn’t for me, which is probably a good thing since the award was for the “Best Self-Righteous Media Hog runner-up.” The name on the award was  “Bob Vander Platts.”  And yes, they misspelled his name.

I emailed Shane Goodman, the Publisher of Cityview, and asked why I was mailed Bob’s award.  He replied by saying, “Good question. Did you really?”

Yes, who could make something like this up?

I’ll gladly hold on to Bob’s award until I see him at his next presidential lecture series event, or if he chooses, I would gladly meet him at Pizza Ranch in Waukee to present him with his award and buy him lunch.

You can read all of Cityview’s awards by clicking here.  But in the meantime, here’s what they had to say about the category on the certificate I mistakenly received.

Best Self-Righteous Media Hog: Steve Deace

Well, we’d like to say congrats to Steve, but he unexpectedly resigned from 1040 WHO a few weeks ago. Truthfully, we figured Deace would be a runner-up in this category, as we didn’t think anyone would defeat the hate-spewing blowhard known as Bob VanderPlatts. Unfortunately, our readers thought differently. Congrats, Steve?

Runners-up: Ed Wilson, Bob VanderPlatts

Update: Goodman of Cityview emailed this morning saying, “You can keep it for your refrigerator. Sorry for the mix-up.” But my offer to buy Bob lunch still stands.

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