Season's Readings Marie Catanese Tis the season to curl up with a great book, so we asked a handful of local writers to pick the works recently penned by their peers that made an impression on them in the past 12 months.
Dream On Lynne Thompson Kent State University senior David Holmes became the luckiest sports fan on the planet when he won a spot at the ESPN "SportsCenter" desk. He recently talked to us about almost blowing his big break, television shopping and working that new wardrobe.
Warren Zanes: When did you first hear Lead Belly's music?
Robert Plant: I was at school, a grammar school in a town which had quite a lot of folk clubs. It was probably around 1962, and the town had a very big art college. And the art college attracted a kind of bohemian set of students and lecturers, and the spin-off from that was this: In what was normally a kind of blue-collar area, you had this little pocket of existentialist poetry and jazz, a folk scene. The very first acoustic blues bands that I got involved with — when I was playing washboard, before I even thought about singing — came out of such a scene.
The dismay over Cleveland's designation as the nation's poorest big city — and the gathering of usual suspects into an anti-poverty task force — is a haunting reminder of a time when some of us thought the war against poverty might be won.
It was 37 years ago this month that Cleveland elected Carl B. Stokes its mayor. He was the first black man — Negro, the term was in those days — in history to become mayor of a major U.S. city.