Re: "Midnight Munchies" by Heather Kuldell and Curt Holman (March 9-15)I greatly enjoyed the article you published in the March 15 edition of the Weekly Planet. As soon as I saw the cover, I knew this would be a great issue. I am a professor and artist and a GREAT fan of Adult Swim. I find that it is something I have in common with many of my students, as well.
I was delighted to find that these gentlemen tap into their own zany wit (oops, zany was outlawed by Adult Swim as an adjective) through more natural ways: creative expression (mixed with a little caffeine).
This is one of the few articles I have found that adequately describe the adult cartoon world. Instead of [making cartoons] come across in a freakish manner, I thought this piece showed a different side to [them] - energetic, slightly rebellious and fully adult.
BOWING TO THE PRIEST
Re: "Spins: Angel of Retribution" by Scott Harrell (March 2-8)Thank you for an informed and well-written review of Judas Priest's new Angel of Retribution CD.
It was refreshing to read a review of an "old school" metal band written by someone who doesn't think that metal began with Korn and their contemporaries.
Thank you also for not diluting the focus of the review by rehashing the fact that singer Rob Halford came out as a homosexual during his 15-year absence from Judas Priest. It's old news, and the vast majority of Priest fans just don't care. It's what comes OUT of his throat that matters to us, not what goes IN.
PROPS TO URBEX, ETC.
Re: "A Tale of Two Projects" by Wayne Garcia and "The Urban Explorer Handbook" by Planet staff (March 2-8)Your story on the juxtaposition of the Trump and Turanchik projects caught my eye. Trump is planning to build the tallest building on the gulf coast, something that will almost single-handedly transform the old Fort Brooke area of downtown into a more vibrant, dense and urban setting. It's absolutely giant for Tampa; it could be called the most important project this city has seen since Henry Plant's hotel opened up over 100 years ago. So, of course, it will get a ton of press. Ed Turanchick is different. He has a social calling (or a keen eye for property value turnarounds) to redevelop economically depressed areas. Ed's style is the complete opposite of Donald Trump's: low key. It's sad to say it, but go downtown at 7 p.m. on a weekday and you will see that Tampa needs Donald Trump, regardless of how overexposed and irritating he may be.
I'm [also] glad that the Planet [did] pieces on the great neighborhoods of the Bay area. You have a really great opportunity to educate the masses on some of our history and some of the exciting efforts going on to redevelop downtown and Channelside into real urban centers. There are so many newcomers here who don't take the time to learn about their adopted city, and I think it's pretty sad, so thanks. I'm looking forward to reading it all.
CORRECTION The cover story "Deep Water" (Feb. 23-March 1) stated that the Apollo Beach Desalination plant would cost $163 million. Tampa Bay Water estimates the plant will cost $151 million. Also, TBW said it is incorrect to include in the cost the $10 million paid to Poseidon Resources to purchase the plant, or the $5 million paid to sever ties with Covanta Energy, because both costs were included in the plant's original $110 million budget.