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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Jan 2011 8:07 AM

Today in the roundup: A look back at the life of Frankie Campagna, Half Price Books goes online and other odds and ends.


REMEMBERING FRANKIE: Frankie Campagna’s death over the weekend continues to be the talk of the town. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office’s ruled that the the Spector 45 frontman killed himself on New Year’s Day. For being just 24 years old, it seemed Frankie new everybody and everybody knew him. That’s probably because he’d been a Deep Ellum fixture since he was a little kid. The Dallas Morning News has published several stories about him over the years and the paper takes a look back at some of his press clippings. Meanwhile, more details have come in on the big memorial show set for Club Dada on Thursday night.

HALF PRICE GOES ONLINE: Did you know that Half Price Books now has an online store? The Dallas-based chain decided to start selling its inventory online to compete with the likes of Barnes and Noble and Amazon in the used-book business. More details of the venture are on dallasnews.com, including this nugget about customer Brian Anderson at the Northwest Highway flagship store: “Anderson left the store with his 11-year-old daughter, who discovered two books they purchased after not finding the book she had planned to buy.” That’s the kind of happy accident that happens a lot more often in person than online, and, as the story points out, is one of the keys to success for HPB.

ETC.: Taylor Swift has gotten really big. (How big has she gotten?) So big that she’s playing Cowboys Stadium when her tour comes to North Texas in October. (dfw.com) … A few more acts have been announced for the 35 Conferette. (DC9 at Night) … Cristo’s coming to the Nasher in February as part of a new Design Symposium that the museum has partnered with the Dallas Architecture Forum to present. (D Magazine)