Missed it by a nose
You missed an opportunity to show a great world-class mustache. Why is it that on page 135 of your 35th anniversary issue (December 2007), you showed a current photo of John Shoup, the second-place winner, rather than the November 1973 winning photo of my late uncle, Irving Nathanson? Irv’s long, artistic mustache makes Shoup’s look like an afterthought. You also showed photos of the other losers. Please redeem yourself and show the winning mustache from 1973 in your next issue.
We are happy to, Donald. Hopefully, it will help bring back the lost art of mustache growing.
Chocoholic (no longer) anonymous
While I was thrilled to read that your writers selected Moxie’s Baked Hot Chocolate dessert as one of the city’s best comfort foods (November 2007), I was dismayed to see that chef Jonathan Bennett, although one of our area’s finest chefs, received credit as its creator. As Moxie’s first pastry chef, I created the decadent chocoholic’s dream-in-a-cup. The Baked Hot Chocolate is a feature recipe in last year’s James Beard Award-winning book “The Essence of Chocolate” and is correctly attributed to me. Soon, Clevelanders will be able to buy my Baked Hot Chocolate at area specialty and gourmet shops.
I am writing in response to your Slavic Village article (“Can Anyone Save Slavic Village?” November 2007). My parents raised us in Erie, Pa., to believe that Cleveland is the greatest city (and Pittsburgh sucks, of course). So, when I graduated from college two years ago, I moved here. I still love Cleveland, but I have a lot of questions for the mayor. How does sticking a $425,000 price tag on a condo in Ohio City get rid of crime in the area? How can construction crews put up a new interstate in one night, but Euclid Avenue has been a mess for two years? Why do we feel that we have to move to the suburbs? And my biggest problem —where are all the 20-somethings? They all moved. This city could easily be great, but the politics seem so backward. Maybe we need more stories like the Slavic Village one to get the message across that action needs to be taken, or, in 30 years, nobody will be left here except the people who can’t get out.
Laura Taxel’s in-depth article “A Farmer in the Dell” (October 2007) lets us better understand the hardships and the rewards of choosing a lifestyle that takes a family back to the land. We the consumers benefit from their toils. It was interesting to learn how land can be brought back to farming, albeit with much bureaucracy. While the thought of using Cleveland’s vacant land for developing mini farms has been suggested before, it bears repeating. Thank you for the inspiring article.
Anda Suna Cook
• In our November feature story “Can Anyone Save Slavic Village?” we erroneously identified the E.63/Heisley/Kenyon Block Club as the Kenyon Block Club.
• In our November story “Practice Made Perfect,” we identified the Cavaliers as the NBA Eastern Division champs, rather than the NBA Eastern Conference champs.