Joe Biden and Family in Onawa – Nov. and Dec. 2007

On February 3, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Senator Joe Biden and Family Campaign in Onawa, IA

 

Democratic incumbent Senior U.S. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware made a stop at Janz Restaurant in Onawa, Iowa, on Nov. 11, 2007, to meet and visit with Monona County Democratic community activists. Those in attendance asked some tough questions, and Sen. Biden wasn’t afraid to look them in the eye when he anwered.

Following Sen. Biden’s visit, his son Beau Biden (Delaware’s Attorney General), met with Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan in their home on Nov. 25 and again on Dec. 9 with other local activists. Sen. Biden’s wife Jill also met with area Democrats at the Onawa Public Library on December 28, 2007.

At the time of his bid for US President, Sen. Biden was serving his sixth term as US Senator, the sixth longest-serving amongst [then] current senators. Delaware’s longest serving Senator, Biden also served as Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress.

He went on to become the Vice President of the United States.

Photos by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan

NOTE: Click any image for larger slideshow with photo descriptions.

Hardball in Onawa 10-14-04

On January 19, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Hardball’s Chris Matthews in Onawa, IA

October 14, 2004

 

On October 14, 2004, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Sen. John Edwards visited Onawa, IA, where Edwards would meet with Monona County activists and where Matthews would interview Edwards and then tape an episode for his renowned cable TV program, Hardball with Chris Matthews.

As county chair for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid, I was asked — along with a few family members — to provide somewhat of a casual backdrop behind Matthews’ traveling anchor table, and then, later, Dennis and I joined Matthews and two others at the well-reputed desk where we played ‘Hardball’ with the candid host. (Okay, so the questions weren’t really that hard, but it was invigorating just the same.)

Above is a short clip from that episode. It has been a while now since I tried to extract more than just a few minutes from the recorded DVD a friend kindly sent me, but I will try again soon. Dennis and the others “did” have something to say.

P.S. In the beginning, what may look like a “smirk” is in no way my being smug; it’s actually what nervousness looks like. I’m fairly certain I inherited that trait from my mother. In fact, I know I did. :-)

Enjoy.

Kysa’s Birthday 2007

On January 13, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Ain’t No Love . . . like ours

 

 

The event is my sister Kysa’s birthday, held in my 100-year-old home despite major kitchen and dining room renovations (which we completed the following month). That’s the great thing about a large, loving family; they’ll gather to celebrate a birthday or special occasion and somehow overlook the make-shift kitchen counters and yet-to-be refinished hardwood floors poking out beneath a host of mismatched area rugs.

They know what’s important.

Despite my first ever attempt at video recording (on a Digimax camera I received Christmas 2006 from my son Bill and his wife Jen), I managed to put together a short video encompassing the event.

I dedicate this video to my sister Kysa (after all, it was her birthday), and also to my late beloved stepfather, Earl Thelander, who lives on within all our hearts.

Barack Obama Live Webcast

On December 26, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Hope Action Change banner

 

Video from the Barack Obama Live Webcast

Hosted by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan
Taped in Onawa, Iowa

 
As 500 House Parties came together in all 99 Iowa counties on March 31, 2007, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama kicked off his “Hope, Action, Change” Community Get Togethers at the Onawa Public Library with a nationwide live streamed webcast viewed in all 50 states. The day’s event raised five million dollars for Barack’s campaign.

Hosts Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan — who originally were to hold the event in their home — extend their deepest thanks to the Onawa Public Library staff, who graciously provided an alternate venue to accommodate the fast-growing number of enthusiastic guests.

Many thanks also go to Thomas Ritchie and Mike Kelley for all the great photos. Your keen eyes helped the event become a part of Onawa’s — and the nation’s — history. View the photos here.

Videos

On November 22, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Videos and Photo Slideshows

An eclectic collection of slideshows and videos I either put together myself … or news reports and/or other stories involving my family, my work, or where one of us was interviewed.

You may either view the stand-alone videos directly on this page by clicking the photos, or click on the hyperlink below any photo to visit the individual page where you’ll still find the video along with any accompanying story or summary.

P.S. There’s still more to come. It just takes time to get them here.

 

Iowans Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Slideshow compiled by Jody Ewing
Click Here for detailed information about each veteran.

 

 

A short “iMovie” trailer I made in 2012 depicting
my family’s past Christmas holidays.

 

 

Family Moments
Made for Mom and Siblings Christmas 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



KTIV-TV Channel 4 reports on the Iowa Cold Cases website
and Earl Thelander death — June 9, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Behind the scenes at Barack Obama’s “Hope, Action, Change”

live webcast  — Onawa, Iowa, March 31, 2007

 

Bio

On November 20, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Jody Ewing

Jody Ewing

About Jody

 

Jody is an author, cold case journalist and private investigator based in west-central Iowa. She began writing at age eight, both penning and illustrating her dog-napping short story, “The Mystery of Kalo’s Disappearance.”

She went on to work as a correspondent for The Sioux City Journal and a staff writer for the arts and entertainment newsweekly, Weekender

She launched the Iowa Cold Cases website in 2005 after working on a Sioux City cold case series for the Weekender. A website that began as a handful of case summaries from the Siouxland area now has expanded to include more than 500 cases from all across the state. Iowa Cold Cases incorporated as a nonprofit agency in April 2010.

Two years after launching the cold case website, Jody’s stepfather of 25 years — Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA — died from burns sustained in a house explosion caused by copper thieves. Jody added her stepdad’s name to the ICC site in 2008 after officials announced his case had gone cold. It remains unsolved today.

Jody is the author of One Way: Bumps and Detours on the Road to Adulthood, a collection of humorous and inspirational essays about childhood and growing up, and when not researching or writing about cold cases, is working on revisions for other completed writing projects. Her work with Iowa Cold Cases is featured in Silvia Pettem’s 2017 book, The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families.

Jody graduated magna cum laude from Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (Communications and Social Science) and Criminal Justice Studies. In early 2015, she partnered with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) in a year-long “Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders” series, and in September 2015 was named a “Friend of Iowa Newspapers,” an honor conferred by INA board members to those who’ve made significant contributions to the newspaper industry in Iowa.

Siouxland News presented Jody with a Jefferson Award Foundation medal in March 2017. The Jefferson Award is given in recognition of outstanding public service. Also in March 2017, Jody obtained her private investigator’s license from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Jody has three grown children, Bill, Jennifer, and Rhett, a stepdaughter, Vicky, two grandsons, one granddaughter (another on the way), and shares her century-old home with her better half, Dennis, along with dogs Jack and Quincy and an African Grey parrot named Clyde who thinks he’s a World War II bombardier pilot.