Pamela O'Meara

Pamela O’Meara
Review staff

Pam O’Meara can be reached at or 651-748-7818.





LBJ signs ‘bill of the century’

Fifty years ago on July 2, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which was sometimes called the “bill of the century” and a continuation of President John Kennedy’s initiative.


Food and fun at Central Park

Guests can take a chance at the wine wall, where a $20 ticket guarantees a nice bottle of wine in the $15 to $25 range with a chance of getting a great bottle of wine, which could be valued over $50, or even over $90. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Taste of Rosefest is June 26
Join neighbors and friends in Roseville’s beautiful Central Park for generous samples of food and drinks from Roseville’s favorite restaurants at Taste of Rosefest on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s a big community party.


End of an era at Crazy Horse Memorial

This model of the finished Chief Crazy Horse sculpture shows visitors what Korczak Ziolkowski envisioned when he began his decades-long project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I read the obituary of Ruth Ziolkowski last week, I recalled meeting her four years ago at the Crazy Horse Memorial on top of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, South Dakota, where she was managing the development of th


A deadly place

This old cell block at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary is spooky and has a checkered past. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I write this, people around the world are talking about the botched execution of a death-row inmate in Oklahoma on April 22. Less noticed was an execution of a man in Missouri the following day - the same day I toured the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, including the gas chamber, and learned that being gassed was ordinarily the most painful death an inmate could experience.


From global events to local treasures, history has a home in Kansas City

The Kansas City National World War I Museum is housed in the Liberty Memorial.

When co-workers asked me why I was going to Kansas City -- as if it were merely flyover country -- I said there is much to see and I’d tell them after my trip. While some seemed skeptical, one piped up that the World War l museum was the best military museum he’d ever seen.


The extraordinary world of Mr. Selfridge and his fabulous store

Selfridges department store dominates Oxford Street in London, just as it has for over 100 years. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Little did I know when I started watching “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater last year that the go-getter who opened a shocking new store in the heart of London in 1909 was the same person who first modernized and popularized Marshall Field’s in the heart of Chicago. I often shopped at Field’s as a high school and college student.


Abe Lincoln’s roots are in rural Kentucky

A bronze statue of Lincoln sits in the middle of downtown Hodgenville, Ky., and is older than the national Lincoln momument in Washington D.C.

Illinois isn’t the only state claiming 16th president as favorite son
Growing up in the Chicago area, I attended Lincoln Junior High, went on my high school’s traditional trip to tour Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., and every day saw Illinois license plates reading “Land of Lincoln.”
 So I was surprised to learn on a recent trip to Louisville that America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky and that state also claims him as a favorite son.


In the Shadows of the Blue Ridge Parkway

As the largest Virginia city along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke is the gateway to the sights along the way as well has being a good destination on its own merits.
Whatever direction you go from Roanoke, you can find beautiful mountain views, woods, wineries, outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping, historic sites, and in Roanoke, interesting museums and good food.


A look back at the JFK years: ‘We sat in shock’

As a 16-year-old, I stretched out my hand as far as I could but missed shaking hands with John Kennedy by inches in the crowd. Still, I was thrilled to see him up close at O’Hare as he flew to Chicago for a 1960 presidential campaign visit.


Saying goodbye is hard to do

Pam O’Meara and her mother, Ruth Henkin, pose for a photo about two weeks before her mother’s death. (submitted photo)

A Winnie-the-Pooh helium balloon, Mr. Potato Head on the dining room table, two small athletic shoes lined up next to mine and pumpkins on the front porch - these are the signs my daughter Karen and 4-year-old granddaughter Katerina were just visiting from Taiwan.


Subscribe to RSS - Pamela O'Meara
Comment Here