Twenty years: An Arkansas Times retrospective 

A look back at the highs and lows of the last two decades, through the eyes of the Arkansas Times.

Page 10 of 20

2001

Feb. 9: Jan Cottingham profiles world-renowned architect E. Fay Jones. "E. Fay Jones just turned 80. He walks slowly, goes out rarely. 'If I'd known I was going to get old, I would have done it better,' he says as he moves to the car that will take him and his wife, Gus, to one of their favorite Fayetteville restaurants for lunch. 'It' is left unidentified. Jones can't mean his work, because he's considered among the top architects of the 20th century. Last year, members of the American Institute of Architects were asked to vote for their favorite buildings of the century. Jones's Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs came in at No. 4.

"Although the AIA noted that the survey was unscientific, Jones's achievement is monumental, though — in the kind of paradox Jones appreciates — his work itself has been on an intimate scale. The 20th century saw the building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the Chrysler Building by William Van Alen, the Seagram Building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, the Guggenheim Museum (also by Wright) and Maya Lin's great marble slash in the earth that is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Jones is known for his chapels and houses."

April 27: Times Editor Max Brantley correctly predicts that then Attorney General Mark Pryor would best Tim Hutchinson in their race for the U.S. Senate. His basis for such a prognostication? None other than erstwhile shock jock Tommy Smith, who had Pryor as a guest for his Magic 105 morning show for some regular-guy banter, with nods to Farrah Fawcett, the Washington Redskins and Yarnell's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, among others.

Oct. 12: Ten years after the final edition of the Arkansas Gazette rolled off the presses, Bob Lancaster pens a remembrance rich with history of what was once the real "oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi." Lancaster's story is not without some sense of regret: "Sometimes newspapers live on in other newspapers, as people live on in their progeny. There's been some pretense of that in this case, but make no mistake: the old Arkansas Gazette is dead as a hammer. The Arkansas Democrat scalped its logo, and took a few of its relics for souvenirs, including a few of its old hands, but left the corpse on the field, as battle casualties too often are left — symbolized by the empty-looking, haunted-looking, still-outraged-looking, dead-colored Gazette Building, tomb-like a decade later there at Third and Louisiana streets." In 2008, e-Stem Public Charter Schools would open in the Gazette building.

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