Larry Moore is a Kansas City icon. The avuncular newsman has been around the local media scene since 1916 — I’m estimating — and is beloved by many circles of society. He’s also, it turns out, a renowned gardener. Which we’re fine with, incidentally. If Larry wants to exercise his green thumb, more power to him. But what is one of Larry’s gardening tips doing on KMBC’s “Local News” list, sandwiched between “Assistant U.S. Attorney in Line For Top KC Job” and “State, ACORN Settle Voter Lawsuit,” and three full spots above the KCK murder story? Yes, there it is with a delightfully dramatic headline: “How To Cage Tomatoes In Your Garden.” Just wrassle ’em down, says Larry!
“Into a cylinder shape I fashion hog wire or concrete reinforcing wire. The cylinder should be about 2.5 feet in diameter. I set the cylindrical wire cage down over the tomato plant,” KMBC’s Larry Moore said. (note: quoting your anchor?)
“As the tomato plant grows, it will fill the wire cage. I don’t do any pruning or twisting off shoots, I just let it grow and wait for great-tasting tomatoes,” Moore said.
Are you… are you selling tomatoes, Larry? “Welcome to KMBC 9 News. Tonight: a breakthrough in the Mammygate case, and my vine-ripened half-pounders are just $4.99 a bag.”
By the way, Mother Nature: Larry will not stand for your aggression against his sprawling garden.