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Comment 22 Jul 2017

Can't recommend David McCullough's biography of the Wright Brothers enough.  He does a nice job of recounting the innovative culture that the brothers grew up in.  In interviews, McCullough has said that you could make the argument that the early 20th century Silicon Valley was Dayton, Ohio.  

Comment 22 Jul 2017

I have to comment.  I was born and raised in Dayton and spent an idyllic 50s-60s childhood in the East End. My father worked at NCR, I spent idyllic childhood and teen summers at the pool or on the basketball courts at Old River, the NCR-owned recreational park.  I was able to pull the full Wright Brothers trifecta:  Orville Wright Elementary School, Wilbur Wright High School, (both now gone) and Wright State University.  My post-college working career began in Dayton and took me to Elmwood Park, NJ, to Greensboro, NC, back to Dayton, to Birmingham, AL, to Vienna, Austria, to Atlanta, GA, and, finally (hopefully) almost home to Cincinnati.  I had a good friend who was from Connecticut and went to college at Purdue.  NCR hired him and he moved to Dayton after graduation, where I met him.  He lived there for ten years, met his wife and married her there.  He had a great reverse take: "Dayton is not necessarily a great place  to visit, but you would want to live there."  I always thought that summed it up.  

Comment 28 Feb 2017

I have a funny GGM story.  I have a friend who taught in various American schools in Latin America.  I can't remember where specifically it was, but she had the opportunity to attend a lecture/reading by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  After the presentation, he was available at a table to meet the audience and sign books.  My friend got in line and waited.  She finally made it, face to face with the world's greatest living author!  She told him how much she admired him and thanked him for the presentation.  She then handed him her notebook and pen.  He looks at her, sort of confused, and says in English, "I only sign books."  She panicked, scrounged through her bag and found an airplane trashy Danielle Steel novel.  It was the only book she had.  She handed it to him.  He looked at it for a second, then laughed ... and signed it.  

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Forgive me, but I'm grateful there are more beers than Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout.  That sounds less like beer and more like a laxative.  

Comment 31 Dec 2016

I was in Vegas this year for the Oklahoma game.  Just a solid, dominating win over a quality team on the road.  I remember telling a friend that the inter-sectional games used to scare me to death during the Tressel and Cooper eras, but since the arrival of Urban, I feared no one.  I really hate to lose that feeling.  I am hoping this is an aberration. 

Comment 20 Oct 2016

I was living in Atlanta at the time and thought we would steamroll the Gators.  Imagine my surprise ...  I hated him, but have since come to look upon that night NOT as an Ohio State humiliation, but rather, as a man nailing the best job interview of all-time!  :-)

Comment 15 Feb 2016

Anybody remember Marv Homan?  I thought he was great ... especially Buckeye hoops. In the days before seemingly every game was televised, a kid in Dayton had to find Marv on the radio to hear the Bucks.  I loved the way he said, "HornYAK!"