Michele Beschen

We tracked down some of Iowa’s iconic faces from years past

We all love nostalgia. Whether we’re having a beer with friends or chatting with co-workers around the water cooler, the phrase, “Do you remember…” brings up fond memories. Thinking back to those times offers an escape from reality and a trip down memory lane, which is why we wanted to know “Where Are They Now?” After brainstorming on a number of candidates who were once well-known figures, we came up with a massive list that included politicians, writers, athletes, entertainers, local TV personalities and other, all of whom have Iowa roots. Although we asked a number of people, some, surprisingly, just didn’t want to be found. Even so, we discovered others still residing in Iowa and some who have moved on. Regardless of where they call home today, these updates will bring back their glory days, even if just for the moment. Chuck Offenburger

From 1967-1995, Mary Brubaker worked for KCCI wearing many hats including those of a producer, news reporter and talk show host. Some of her work included “Midday,” “Time Capsule” and “Straight Talk.” She also served as the host of the local telecast of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon (MDA). “Meeting and interviewing thousands of people, famous and unknown, all with a story to tell or wisdom to impart was a dream job come true. I worked with notables like Russ Van Dyke, Paul Rhoads, the Cooneys, Pete Taylor, Dolph Pulliam, John Pascuzzi, Connie McBurney and so many others who made KCCI a success,” she said. “It was an education and a joy to be part of a noteworthy group of journalists, as well as working with the behind-the-scenes team including engineers, executives, photographers, salespeople and office staff.” Although Brubaker is retired from KCCI, she keeps herself busy volunteering for and serving on boards of numerous organizations “I’m still on the go with art and yoga classes as well as currently serving on the boards of 1000 Friends of Iowa, Heritage Art Gallery and Gay Men’s Chorus. I’ve also served on many other boards including Friends of Drake Arts, East Village Neighborhood Association and the Drama Workshop,” she said. “After 30 years at KCCI, I retired, but volunteering has become another full-time job.” Brubaker is proud of her neighborhood development work and political and educational volunteer work. She and her husband, Ted, currently live in the Ingersoll Park neighborhood (where she was one of the founders of the neighborhood association), a stone’s throw from Roosevelt High where she and family members graduated, and where she is in its Hall of Fame. “I’m blessed and busy with too much to do. I’m never bored, and I’m anxious to leave a legacy of community improvement and personal development.