| ||1.|| ||Saving an Endangered 150-pound Turtle |
Tim McCormack, 32, is a conservationist with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Asian Turtle Program. In 2008, a Swinhoe’s soft-shell turtle — one of four known to be left in the world — turned up in a Vietnamese fisherman’s net following a flood.
Issue: February 2010
Author: Tim McCormack
| ||2.|| ||Ascending to the Summit of Mount McKinley |
John Harknett, a 67-year-old retired businessman from Bay Village, has been climbing mountains for the past 20 years. In 1995, he traveled to Alaska with his son to ascend the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, also known as Denali.
Issue: January 2010
Author: John Harknett
| ||3.|| ||Hearing Thousands of Christmas Wishes |
Every year, Jack Warren of Avon Lake takes time off from his day job as general manager for Comfort Keepers — an in-home medical service — and adopts a new personality: Santa Claus. He’ll be at Tower City this year working at Kris Kringle’s Inventionasium.
Issue: December 2009
Author: Jack Warren
| ||4.|| ||Floating Weightless in Zero Gravity |
Writer Andy Netzel flew on the Zero-G airplane in September. The commercial flight is similar to the one NASA uses to train astronauts. The flight takes off from major cities throughout the country and costs $4,950 per seat.
Issue: November 2009
Author: Andy Netzel
| ||5.|| ||Arrested to Support a Cause |
Sister Diane Therese Pinchot was arrested during an annual protest at the U.S. Army base in Fort Benning, Ga. El Salvadoran National Guardsmen trained there murdered and raped three nuns and a missionary in 1980, including Pinchot’s friend, Dorothy Kazel.
Issue: September 2009
Author: Sister Diana Therese Pinchot
| ||6.|| ||Buried alive in a graveyard |
One morning in October 2006, Ross “Buddy” Barton III of Wooster was buried alive for almost three hours when an 8-foot ditch he was working in collapsed. The ditch flooded during the rescue attempt, and his heart stopped twice before he was freed.
Issue: June 2009
Author: By Ross “Buddy” Barton III
| ||7.|| ||Jumping | off CSU’s Rhodes Tower |
BASE jumping — parachuting off a building, antenna, span or earth — is among the world’s riskiest sports. It is five to eight times more likely to result in injury or death than skydiving. Chris has jumped off several downtown Cleveland buildings. (Chris’ last name is omitted because BASE jumping is illegal.)
Issue: April 2009
Author: by Chris
| ||8.|| ||Enduring | heart surgery at age 26 |
In 2006, Kristen Miller spent 62 days at the Cleveland Clinic, five of which while conscious with her chest open and a balloon pumping her blood. Now she faces another heart operation.
Issue: March 2009
Author: By Kristen Miller as told to Andy Netzel
| ||9.|| ||Running |135 miles through Death Valley |
Alex Nemet, of Westlake, has climbed Mount Rainier and Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s run ridiculous distances before. But the father of two and owner of Northeast Factory Direct knew the Badwater Ultramarathon, self-described as the “world’s toughest footrace,” would be a challenge.
Issue: February 2009
Author: by Alex Nemet as told to Dave “Coondog” O’Karma
| ||10.|| ||Stopping a child predator |
In 2006, Medina police officer Daryn Winebrenner responded to a call of a rape in progress a few blocks from the police station. The 12-year veteran raced to the ranch house to find a 14-year-old girl naked and crying in the driveway. She told him her uncle had her sister in the basement. Medina police Officer Daryn Winebrenner could tell from the tone of the dispatcher’s voice that he was walking into a serious situation.
Issue: January 2009
Author: by Daryn Winebrenner as told to Chuck Bowen
| ||11.|| ||Building A 65-pound gingerbread house |
Dentist John Learner has built seven ultimate gingerbread houses for the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual contest. This year’s project was his most ambitious: a replica of St. Ignatius High School’s main building.
Issue: December 2008
Author: By Dr. John Learner
| ||12.|| ||Crashing JFK’s Inauguration |
When they were college students, future Cleveland city councilwoman Mary Zunt and future congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar sneaked into John F. Kennedy’s snowy inauguration —and his speech inspired their lives’ paths.
Issue: November 2008
Author: By Mary Zunt
| ||13.|| ||Flying - on a circuis trapeze without a net |
Heather Iriye, aka Sora Sol, has attended a circus bootcamp of sorts in Great Britain since April. She returns home as this issue hits newsstands, and she comes back a changed woman.
Issue: October 2008
Author: By Heather “Sora Sol” Iriye
| ||14.|| ||Saving | a plane crash victim |
A year ago, Chuck Herndon saw a Cessna crash into the black water of Lake Erie near his Kelleys Island home. He paddled out to save 7-year-old Joel Hutchison of Lima. Joel’s father, Jeff, and 9-year-old brother, Jeremy David, were killed.
Issue: September 2008
Author: as told to Chuck Bowen
| ||15.|| ||Building a 13½-foot-tall horse |
Chris McConnell, 22, wanted to attend art school. He learned how to weld at Auburn Career Center and turned around his mediocre high school grades at Lakeland Community College. But he thought his art portfolio needed a little something extra to put him over the top.
Issue: August 2008
Author: by Chris McConnell, as told by Andy Netzel
| ||16.|| ||Fighting | My Friend |
Shawn Porter, 20, fights people he knows at times. But until recently, he’d never boxed someone he’d call a close friend. When he did, two instincts — “fight to win” and “don’t hit your buddy” — went head to head.
Issue: July 2008
Author: as told to Andy Netzel
| ||17.|| ||Playing for Martha Stewart |
Fifteen-year-old Caroline Goulding has already appeared on NBC’s “Today” and PBS’s “From The Top: Live from Carnegie Hall,” and has twice been accepted to a prestigious Juilliard program. Meeting Martha Stewart, though, gave the Cleveland Heights teen butterflies.
Issue: June 2008
Author: By Caroline Goulding as told to Andy Netzel.
| ||18.|| ||Pulling a 22-ton locomotive |
Fairview Park’s Don Pope is among the strongest men in the world. When he’s not pulling a train, lifting an SUV or carrying two refrigerators at the same time, he works as a facility manager for valet and parking at the Cleveland Clinic.
Issue: May 2008 Issue
Author: as told to Dave “Coondog” O’Karma.
| ||19.|| ||Enduring an interrogation by Syrian border guards |
In his search for a travel companion, University Heights resident Ian Hoffman agreed to a side trip to Syria, a country where Americans are viewed with suspicion.
Issue: April 2008
Author: Ian Hoffman
| ||20.|| ||Advising the pope on death |
Dr. Robert Daroff is a professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and former head of the neurology department at University Hospitals. Pope Benedict XVI invited him to be one of a small group of speakers to discuss death at the Vatican.
Issue: March 2008 Issue
Author: Dr. Robert Daroff — as told to Andy Netzel