Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Why Is Cleveland So Unique?

Cleveland is not only unique, the town prides itself on being different. We have a river that caught on fire, a mayor who caught himself on fire, and a mayor's wife who turned down an invitation to the White House from First Lady Pat Nixon because it was her bowling night.

We have the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

We have been nicknamed "The Best Location In The Nation."

We have a diverse culture with many nationalities and races coming together...visit the West Side Market to see it first hand.

This town has gone into default and come roaring back.

Our Lake Erie was almost pronounced "dead" and it was resuscitated back to become the Walleye Capital of the World!"

Art Modell broke our hearts and took our Browns to Baltimore but we kept the name and reincarnated the team.

We almost lost our Cleveland Indians only to breathe new life into them with the construction of Jacob's field.

Our Cavs will no doubt return to the NBA finals in '08.

The Cleveland Indians not only represent a great come back city with many wonderful people and traditions, they also represent a town of fabulous firsts and prominent personalities!

Cleveland Firsts:
1862- Free home delivery of mail and first mailman's uniform - Joseph Briggs
1879- Electric Streetlight and electric streetcar - Charles F. Brush
1890- Indoor shopping center (The Arcade)
1891- LifeSavers candy is created by chocolate maker Clarence Crane
1898 -"Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH, invited readers to "dispense with a horse".
1916- Gas mask - Garret A. Morgan
1921 -Automatic windshield wiper - Fred & William H. Folberth
1923- Traffic signal – Garret A. Morgan
1933 -Superman - Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
1947- First African-American baseball player in the American League - Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians
1952- First Rock n’ Roll concert is held in Cleveland on 3/21/1952, the Moondog Coronation Ball.
1967- African-American mayor of a major city (Carl Stokes)
1970- The first NFL "Monday Night Football" game was played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Jets, 31-20
1975 -First African-American manager in Major League Baseball – Frank Robinson, Cleveland Indians
1993- Cleveland named All-American City for fifth time. Prior awards in 1949, 1982, 1984, 1986.

Favorite Sons & Daughter, those who were born and/or lived and prospered in Cleveland:
Halle Berry - (born August 15, 1968) - Actress/Producer
Drew Carey - (born May 23, 1958) - Creator/Producer
Ben Curtis - 2003 PGA British Open Champion
Dorothy Dandridge - (born November 9, 1922) - Actress - First African American woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress
Phil Donahue - (born December 21, 1935) - Talk show host and winner of 19 Daytime Emmys
Alan Freed - (born December 15, 1922) - D.J. who coined the phrase "Rock n' Roll" and created the very first Rock n' Roll concert
Arsenio Hall - (born February 12, 1955) - Comedian/Actor - The first African American host of a national televised late night talk show
Bob Hope - (born May 29, 1903) - Actor/Comedian - Winner of 5 Special and Honorary Oscars
Sammy Kaye - (born March 13, 1910) - Band leader - Kaye had more than 100 hit records from 1937-1953 and helped a generation get through World War II
Don King - Boxing promoter
Henry Mancini - (born April 16, 1924) - Composer of "Moon River," "The Pink Panther" and many more memorable melodies. Winner of 20 Grammys and four Oscars
Toni Morrison - (born February 18, 1931) - Winner of 1993 Nobel Prize for literature
Paul Newman - (born January 26, 1925) - Actor, director, race car driver and Oscar Winner for Best Actor in "The Color of Money"
The O'Jays (Eddie Levert & Walter Williams) - Popular R&B group
Jerry Siegel - (born October 17, 1914) & Joe Shuster (born July 10, 1914) - Creators of Superman
Molly Shannon - (born September 15, 1965) - Actress and cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live
Joe Walsh - (born November 20, 1947) - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of the "James Gang" and the "Eagles"
Ray Anthony - Musician
Jim Backus - Actor
Jim Brown - Football Player/Actor
Traci Chapman - Singer/Songwriter
Tim Conway - Comedian Actor
Wes Craven - Film Director
Ruby Dee - Actress
Mike Douglas - Talk Show Host/Actor
Joseph Eaton - Founder Eaton Corp
Bob Feller - Baseball Player/Hall of Fame
Dorothy Fuldheim - Reporter/Newscaster
James A Garfield - 20th US President
Lillian Gish - Actress
Joel Grey - Dancer/Actor
Margaret Hamilton - Actress
Steve Harvey - Comedian & Actor
Patricia Heaton - Actress
John Heisman - Heisman Trophy
Anne Heche - Actress
Langston Hughes - Poet
Ross Hunter - Movie Producer
Burgess Meredith - Actor
Jesse Owens - Olympic Track Star
Monica Potter - Actress
John D. Rockefeller - Standard Oil Founder
Henry Sherwin - Founder Sherwin Williams Paints
Don Shula - Football Coach
Tris Speaker - Baseball Player/Hall Of Fame
George Steinbrenner III - Owner NY Yankees
Carl Stokes - First African American Mayor
Vernon Souffer - Founder Stouffer Foods
Archibald Willard - Artist, Painted Spirit of '76
Tom Wilson - Artist, Ziggy/Calvin & Hobbes
Debra Winger - Actress
Cy Young - Baseball Player/Hall of Fame

Lights, Camera, Action!
Did you know that Greater Cleveland is a location for major motion pictures?
Numerous movies have been filmed in Cleveland, including The Deer Hunter, A Christmas Story, Light of Day, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Major League, Shawshank Redemption, Men In Black, Air Force One, Proximity, Welcome to Collinwood, and Spiderman 3.

So here is hoping we can hang another star above this great city…

Come on Tribe, this is our year!

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