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Meet the Henry Fords of radio: the Crosley Brothers story, Part 1

Meet the Henry Fords of radio: the Crosley Brothers story, Part 1

By Don Radebaugh — It reads like a fairy tale; but plays more like a major motion picture. It’s the story of how an 11-year-old boy and a “toy” would ignite a radio manufacturing revolution that reverberated around the world. And that’s exactly what happened when Powel Crosley, Jr. and his son Powel III gazed upon one of the country’s first wireless radio sets at Precision Equipment in Cincinnati, Ohio. Powel Crosley’s amazing journey may start with a low-cost, affordable…

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Crosley team tours iconic Crosley Radio Corp building in downtown Cinci

Crosley team tours iconic Crosley Radio Corp building in downtown Cinci

By Don Radebaugh — Bo LeMastus is a lot like the industrial giants of yesteryear. Be careful about telling him he can’t accomplish something, because, like the Henry Fords of the world, he’ll prove you wrong every time. LeMastus, who also races on the NASCAR and ARCA circuits — when he’s not tending to his day job as CEO/Chairman of the Board at Crosley Brands — recently toured the iconic Crosley Radio Corporation headquarters in the Camp Washington neighborhood of…

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Remembering Johnstown…lest we forget

Remembering Johnstown…lest we forget

By Don Radebaugh – The gravestones in the Unknown Plot at Grandview Cemetery are without names…only numbers, marking unidentifiable people, most of whom died in a space of about 20 minutes when more than 20 million tons of water and tangled debris, accumulated over the course of a 14-mile descent down the mountain, came crashing down on the good people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Outside of September 11, 2001, it’s the worst man-made disaster in American history, yet relatively few people…

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Kent State University…Never Forget May 4

Kent State University…Never Forget May 4

By Don Radebaugh — On May 4, 1970, at precisely 12:24 p.m., the Ohio National Guard open-fired on unarmed college students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The students at Kent State were protesting President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. Nixon had campaigned on a promise to end the war in Vietnam. Then on April 30, 1970, Nixon announced on national TV his plans to invade Cambodia. College campuses across the country erupted in protest. Tension escalated across the Kent…

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Remembering stock car pioneer James Harvey Hylton…and “Tweet” too

Remembering stock car pioneer James Harvey Hylton…and “Tweet” too

By Don Radebaugh — It’s hard to imagine an ARCA stock car race without James Harvey Hylton in the garage. For those of us who have been around the ARCA tour 20-plus years, we can hardly recall a time when he wasn’t there. The same could be said for those who hung out in the NASCAR garage through the 60s, 70s and 80s. In either place, his son, James, Jr. (Tweet), was always by his side. They were inseparable. They…

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Meet Sylvania resident “Return Jonathan Meigs Ward”… Ohio’s first known serial killer

Meet Sylvania resident “Return Jonathan Meigs Ward”… Ohio’s first known serial killer

SYLVANIA, Ohio — His full name was Return Jonathan Meigs Ward. Even the sound of it is super creepy. The story behind the name is even creepier and bizarre beyond comprehension. A sensational murder mystery that played out on the pages of the Daily Toledo Blade in 1857, culminated in the gloomy gallows of the Lucas County Courthouse that same year. But before Return Ward was swinging from a noose with thousands crowded around outside the courthouse, the relatively short…

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Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

By Don Radebaugh — As far as favorite holidays go, it’s hard to out-run Christmas; but Thanksgiving gives ole Saint Nick a run for the money every time. No commercial pressure to buy presents for people who don’t need anything. Just the amazing warmth of family and friends and the most delicious homemade meal on earth. For a history geek like me, it also doesn’t hurt that my favorite President, that would be Abraham Lincoln if you hadn’t noticed, officially…

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To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

By Don Radebaugh — It’s too bad we couldn’t have the high school experience later in life…say in our 40s or 50s, when we could appreciate it all the more. By then, we’re past most of our insecurities and we have grown to be comfortable in our own skin. We don’t even try to fit in anymore because we don’t care about what he or she thinks about us…we’re past all that nonsense. We are who we are, and we’re…

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The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

By Don Radebaugh — It’s a pretty nice rock, as far as rocks go. And to a geologist, I’m certain it would tell an interesting story; but none more interesting than the story that sits behind it. If you look beyond the rock (cover photo), you can see a white house among the trees, a house that holds more history than most could imagine. On one hand, the rock literally serves as a marker for where the house used to…

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The story of the Stranahans, Champion Spark Plug and the preservation of a world class park

The story of the Stranahans, Champion Spark Plug and the preservation of a world class park

By Don Radebaugh — It’s the mother of all metroparks in northwest Ohio. While the area is well known for its beautiful parks and recreation, none can compare to Wildwood Preserve, and that’s because none has the heart and soul that Wildwood has…a bona fide heartbeat left behind by the family who called it home. A family that arguably did more for the citizens of Toledo and northwest Ohio than any other single family before, or after. At the center…

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