INTERVIEW: Style Weekly resumes 'Very Richmond' survey - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

INTERVIEW: Style Weekly resumes 'Very Richmond' survey

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It is back. After an extended hiatus Style Weekly's "You are very Richmond if…" returned to newsstands this week with Richmonders weighing in on the things that makes this city and the people in it unique. Style editor-in-chief Jason Roop joins me once again. 

Ryan Nobles: What's with the decision to bring this back after so long? 

Jason Roop: It's been an issue that we have had an interesting love-hate relationship with. But people have never forgotten it. It started 25 years ago. We kind of retired it 9 years ago. This year was the 25th anniversary and decided bring it back. Let's see what the people had to say about what's very Richmond now.

Ryan Nobles:
Let's see what people have to say. Here is one of the winners. The first prize says, "…your favorite monument is Arthur Ashe because it proves that Richmond isn't racist", and that comes from Mark. The monuments are always something people are excited about that's quintessentially Richmond, but it tells us more about what Richmond is like.

Jason Roop:
There is always this conversation that Richmond doesn't like to have. It knows about itself but maybe let's not talk about it so much.

Ryan Nobles:
The second prize was "…you're a runner and a smoker". Of course, the 10k, very popular, but this is also the tobacco capital of the United States. And the third one, I'm a big fan of, obviously Ukrops heavily in the news: "…you wonder which one of those nice Ukrops boys is Martin". Ukrops has become such a big story over the past year; this is a very good example. Only somebody from Richmond would find that funny.

Jason Roop:
Actually, I was at a restaurant last night with two women from -- well, happened upon two women from up north, and they were here helping turn the Ukrops into the Martins. So they were kind of starting to understand the passion that people have for Ukrops.

Ryan Nobles:
Here is another good one, particularly for those of us here at NBC12, and it was submitted by Leah Roar. It says, "… you bemoan the technological disconnect of today's youth by secretly following every one of Gene Cox NBC12 tweets". Gene is here now. He is all already a prolific Richmond media figure, but your tweets have begun something that people hang on every single one.

Gene Cox:
It helps to be slightly demented.

Jason Roop:
If you're not following Gene, you wouldn't have known you have withdrawn your bid from the NBA draft. Just too many point guards out there.

Gene Cox:
Yes. The rest said I'm going to go back for my senior years.

Jason Roop:
You have a clean record.

Gene Cox:
I did until this morning. A cop pulled me over for turning right on red.

Jason Roop:
Really?

Gene Cox:
He said you didn't hit your brakes, but you slowed down. And I said how did I slow down if I didn't hit my brakes? So I think we're going to go to court with that one.

Jason Roop:
And it's also funny how you said he doesn't exist on Facebook.

Gene Cox:
Facebook has not locked me out. I can get back in for one time, and then they lock me out again, so to heck with them. I'll just tweet.

Ryan Nobles:
One more thing Gene, when you look at this list, are there a lot of things that make you smile?

Gene Cox:
Oh, yeah. I always enjoy that list. I'm glad it's back. I think it reflects the opinion of the population here. Some of them I disagree with, but that's life.

See the video at right for the full interview. 

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • 1 person hurt, residents displaced after Henrico apartment fire

    1 person hurt, residents displaced after Henrico apartment fire

    Sunday, September 24 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-09-24 19:17:05 GMT
    (Source: NBC12)(Source: NBC12)
    Crews are investigating, after a fire broke out at an apartment in Henrico. It happened in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, around 1:23 p.m. Sunday. When crews got on scene, they say fire was coming from the top floor of a 3-story building. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put that fire out. Officials say one person was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the Red Cross is helping several occupants who were displaced by the fire. They sa...More >>
    Crews are investigating, after a fire broke out at an apartment in Henrico. It happened in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, around 1:23 p.m. Sunday. When crews got on scene, they say fire was coming from the top floor of a 3-story building. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put that fire out. Officials say one person was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the Red Cross is helping several occupants who were displaced by the fire. They sa...More >>
  • Officials ID woman's body found near road in Louisa

    Officials ID woman's body found near road in Louisa

    Sunday, September 24 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-09-24 19:12:35 GMT
    Dawn Marie Meade (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)Dawn Marie Meade (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

    Police say the victim was hit by a car. Her body was found near Firehouse Drive in the Blue Ridge Shores area.

    More >>

    Police say the victim was hit by a car. Her body was found near Firehouse Drive in the Blue Ridge Shores area.

    More >>
  • Richmond Police identify woman hit and killed by van

    Richmond Police identify woman hit and killed by van

    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:12 PM EDT2017-09-24 16:12:37 GMT

    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>

    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>
  • 1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-09-24 17:14:40 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-09-24 23:00:54 GMT

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    More >>

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    More >>
  • Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-09-23 14:47:04 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    More >>

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly