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The Lighter Side of Business

Peri Kinder

November 1, 2012

Former Ute coach Urban Meyer and former Ute quarterback Alex Smith spoke out against the hiatus, and BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall is “pretty sure the Utes are just scaredy-cats who don’t want to play us and make them look bad in front of their PAC-12 buddies.” (Quote might be paraphrased.)

The rivalry game has been a highlight of the fall sports scene since 1922, only taking a break for a few years during WWII. You can bet BYU/Utah fans will be on their best behavior for next year’s game before the two-year break. (Last sentence may not be factual.)

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You’ve probably seen the pale, serious and beautiful vampires that are depicted in the City Creek Center’s marketing campaign. Since the shopping center’s grand opening in March, these truly gorgeous undead have somberly stared out from billboards and busses (truly gorgeous people don’t have to smile), trying to convince shoppers to spend their cash at City Creek.

With its high-end stores and top-notch sales staff, the shops at City Creek seem to be doing quite well. Downtown promoters hope the outdoor shopping center will attract more people to the area, and mall developers included three interactive fountains (Engage, Transcend and Flutter—yes, they named the fountains) to provide an interesting diversion for when people get tired of spending gobs of money.

Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, the mixed-use development near Temple Square received a little flak from consumers who were disappointed the shops wouldn’t be open on Sunday. (Really? That was a surprise?) And bored teens have a new Saturday afternoon diversion: seeing just what behavior will get them kicked out of the “first-class, family-oriented shopping center.”

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Taylor Kitsch in Wayne County
There are many things you can say about the much-hyped John Carter Disney movie that tanked in record time. “I can’t wait for the sequel,” won’t be one of them. With a production budget of $250 million, the over-promoted movie depicts the war-weary hero, John Carter, as he’s magically transported to Mars (Southern Utah) where he is mixed up in a battle that could bring the planet to the brink of collapse (gasp).

Fortunately, he rediscovers his humanity (cue the violins) and I’m sure sunshine and rainbows abound. Especially in Wayne, Kane, Millard and Grand counties, where director Andrew Stanton choose to shoot many scenes—basically because Southern Utah looks eerily like another planet.

Although the movie bombed in the states, internationally it did quite well, even setting box office records in Russia. Go figure. Hyped as Disney’s big-budget, must-see film for 2012, the production brought business to many areas in the southern part of the state that are red, sandy and desert-ish. Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Utah and, chances are, it won’t be the last time those red rocks will be the background for alien life forms.

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