Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

May

27

2010

When I was in Branson a few weeks ago, my buddy Kenny Kleiber tuned me into College of the Ozarks, which runs an ice cream parlor that sells ice cream made by its students. I’d written about this place a few times before, both for WalletPop.com and for the departed Arthur Frommer’s Smart Shopping magazine, so I knew tuition was free if you were accepted. It was fun to be able to see it in person.

We ran over and asked — right there on the spot — if we could shoot a little video, and they were gracious enough to welcome us. It was lots of fun, and I like what they’re doing there, even if they welcomed the snide Sarah Palin there as a speaker recently.

There’s something to enjoy about this one, particularly with the Deliverance-style music at the start. That was the editor’s selection.

Fun fact: The shirt I’m wearing is what I unimaginatively call my Travel Shirt. When I have a flight of more than 8 or 9 hours, such as to Australia or South Africa, it’s the one I wear. I believe it’s the also one I wore on my very first travel writing assignment from Arthur Frommer, to the Gal├ípagos Islands. Lumberjack plaid is timeless.

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