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Jason Roop: If you're not following Gene, you wouldn't have known you have withdrawn your bid from the NBA draft.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.