The protesters are coming, and at least one of the big banks is getting ready. Sources who should know told us that Wells Fargo will likely coat its uptown windows with anti-shatter stuff.
Looks better than boarding them up – still an option, we hear.
With anarchists and Occupiers among the mix of marchers, a source said, “Banks will be such a huge target.” Many Wells Fargo employees will be working from home, far away from protesters.
Tar Heel native Charlie Rose will tape his PBS talk show in Charlotte convention week.
So says Bloomberg – the mass media corp., not the NYC mayor. Rose, whose tobacco farmer parents owned a country store in Henderson, will be among 90 or so Bloombergers converging on CLT. They’ll all share space at “Bloomberg Link,” the elegant headquarters the news outfit is creating uptown. (Who knows where? Call us.)
Echo of the Clinton era
Charlotte’s Echo Foundation had hoped to kick off convention week with Bill Clinton as headliner at its 15th annual awards gala. Clinton begged off, but another son of Arkansas – and a bona fide FOB (Friend of Bill) – will deliver the keynote on Sept. 3.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, supreme commander of NATO forces during the Kosovo War and a brief Democratic presidential contender in 2004, will speak on “Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.”
The real stars of the night will be CLT civic leaders Mary Lou and Jim Babb. They’ll pick up the Echo Award Against Indifference for their many years of educational, cultural and charitable contributions.
Par for politics
Uptown won’t get all the action next month. Take the 2012 DNC Golf Classic, set for Sept. 4 at the Charlotte Country Club. Four members of Congress signed up for the $1,250-per-golfer fundraiser. Reps. John Yarmuth (Ky.), Cederic Richmond (La.), Joe Courtney (Conn.) and Gene Green (Texas) will be out to benefit The First Tee of Washington, D.C., which introduces golf to kids.
Firebird, the Obamas and you
Time for a shameless plug for the Observer’s almost-annual “Firebird” photo contest.
You can win prizes by sending us a photo of yourself standing next to the sculpture at the uptown Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. To celebrate the DNC, the editors have ponied up several prizes. One bonus: Snap a photo of yourself with the bird and a member of the first family, and you get a $25 gift card. Upload photos – “Say cheese, Barack!” – at charlotteobserver.com/living.