Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

Ill-fated Gifts of Christmas Past

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 ... Read More »

Momo Traveling on Someone Else’s Dime

Andrew Stephens has washed his hands of Momo. Furious about recent credit-card charges appearing on several of his accounts – coincidentally at all the places Momo has visited the past few weeks – Stephens has relinquished his Momo Tracker device. It’s now up to us to keep tabs on the Missouri Monster. “I’m saying Momo’s name for the last time,” ... Read More »

Gen X-ers Share Holiday Memories

Editor’s note: This is the third in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 ... Read More »

Momo Heads South, Finds Nachos

If you visit this blog frequently (thank you for that, by the way) you probably know we’ve been trying to track Momo, the Missouri monster, for several days. Andrew Stephens, a northeast Missouri resident who has had several run-ins with the beast over the years, including two encounters in the past three months, has been helping with that effort. When ... Read More »

More Gifts from Christmas Past

Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 or 18. Overall, the results were varied, but fairly heavy on dolls and music-playing devices. Today, we’ll focus on Andrea, Shari and Stephen. Out ... Read More »

Gifts from Christmas Past

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back here for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age ... Read More »

BREAKING MOMO NEWS!

Pike County resident Andrew Stephens has contacted the staff here at VisitMO regarding another brush with the Missouri Momo monster. This time, Stephens was prepared. Stephens says he was quail hunting in a field near the site of the VisitMO team’s previous encounter with Momo (which was captured in a two-part video; for Part I, click here; for Part II, ... Read More »

Dining, Drinks and Dessert in Rolla

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A recent getaway to Rolla offered the opportunity to have some great barbecue, sample a couple of terrific brews, and to enjoy dessert at one of the most-famous bakeries in Missouri. Let’s start with the barbecue at Randy’s Roadkill Barbecue and Grill. I dined at Randy’s a couple of years ago on a press trip and had since been anxious ... Read More »

Finding Momo?

A camera crew from the @VisitMO team recently traveled to Pike County, Missouri, to search for the elusive Momo – a bigfoot-like creature who first appeared in the area in the 1970s. As we traveled to Mississippi River country, we couldn’t find anyone who had a connection to the original, 1970s-era sightings, to speak to us on camera. One area ... Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »