‘Snide Remarks’ Classic: ‘Mall in a Day’s Work’

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In the fall of 1998, a new mall opened in Provo. It was called Provo Towne Centre. Surely you remember this historic event as though it were yesterday. To celebrate, I hung out in the mall for a couple hours and wrote a column about it: “Mall in a Day’s Work,” which I present as this week’s “Snide Remarks” Classic. (We’re doing the Classics every Wednesday to celebrate 2007 as the 10th anniversary of “Snide Remarks,” don’t you know.)

It’s a pretty funny column, in my humble opinion, and it was the only one (#55, published Nov. 16, 1998, in The Daily Universe) for which I had a double byline. My friend Phil Stahle joined me on my mall tour and helped with some of the writing, at least indirectly. Last I knew, Phil was married and working in the public relations department for Disney World. I know this because in 2002, he got me free tickets into the park. Woo-hoo! Phil, wherever you are now, this one’s for you.