Here yee, here yee! The Melon is most pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Golden Melon Awards. As we’ve stated, the GMA’s are meant to reward those outstanding Melon contributors and fans for their participation in our kick ass community.
Interview of the Year:
Robert “The Traveller” (Jesse) Hill
Who would have thought that such a bizarre and polarizing figure would provide such entertainment and opportunity to challenge the status quo? The Melon did, that’s who. In the summer of 2006, Chris “The Wedge” Van Vecthen sent a couple emails Electric Elliot’s way noting the presence of Robert Hill prior to the state of our radio show on KUPS, we knew and interview had to be obtained. After unsuccessfully locating a phone number or Hill’s physical address (how do you find a “Traveller”?) it was Tacoma City Councilmember Marylin Strickland who handed us his digits after a recording.
The Melon went on to interview Robert twice. Once when he was running for Tacoma City Council, and again when he was running for Pierce County Sheriff. Don’t know who this guy is yet? Check out the winning interviews: Audio (city council). Video (sheriff).
Interview with Sen. Patty Murray
Interviews with Tim Eyman – 1, 2
Melonite of the Year:
Without the support and encouragement of The Melon’s first fan, R.R. Anderson, it’s possible that we’d all be jobless, poor and living in our own filth…wait a second. Truthfully, The Melon has been honored to receive the off contribution of Tacomics, commentary and such selfless bolstering from a truly talented and genuine individual and friend. Three cheers!
“Separation No Longer” by Chris Van Vechten
“Guess What? Undervaluing the Environment Causes Problems” by Glynnis Kirchmeier
Named after our first esteemed guest, President of the Tacoma Education Association Darrick Hartman, the Hartman Award commends an article with the most educational value. This year, we have two winners: Chris Van Vechten’s piece “Separation No Longer”which chronicles the relevance of the separation of church and state, contemporary religion’s affect on government and the founding of America and Glynnis Kirchmeier’s “Guess What? Undervaluing the Environment Causes Problems” which discusses the realities of neglecting the environment.
“Artificial Intelligence Takes a Big Step Forward” by Walker Lindley
“Ground Noise and Static” by Joe La Sac
“Food Crisis” by Walid Zafar