No one knows Dennis Kucinich like the people of Cleveland. And Cleveland Magazine has been covering his career ever since our inaugural edition in April 1972, when Kucinich tipped his psychedelic Uncle Sam hat on the cover.
Now that the man with many a moniker -- Denny The Kid, The Boy Mayor, Dennis The Menace -- has set his sights on the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Cleveland Magazine editors offer this seven-article, four-decade retrospective of Dennis Kucinich and his impact on the city, the region and national politics.
Denny the Kid
From Cleveland Magazine, April 1972
It's a long way from the West Side to the White House, but then again, it's a long way from St. John Cantius to Council. For the "little people" living under the shadow of the myth that the boy next door can grow up to be president, 26-year-old Councilman Dennis Kucinich is a real-life apparition that walks, talks, and plays the game of politics with the knack of knowing how to use a few basic tools: the middle classes, the media, and a frightening will to win.
The Prince and The Power
From Cleveland Magazine, April 1978
Few have escaped the wrath of the new mayor and his army of loyal, arrogant courtiers as they wage holy war from City Hall. But are palace skullduggery and management by media helping anyone but Dennis?
Kucinich on the Couch
From Cleveland Magazine, June 1978
A psychological portrait featuring, among other things, high school sports, comic book superheroes and an adopted family at City Hall.
Kucinich's Final Days
From Cleveland Magazine, January 1980
Dennis Kucinich: The Story
From Cleveland Magazine, May 1996
As Dennis Kucinich rides the wave of his political comeback to challenge Martin Hoke for Congress, he looks back at his childhood and forward to his future, crediting his fall from politics for his new peace of mind. Looks like the boy mayor has finally grown up.
from The 30 People Who Defined Cleveland
From Cleveland Magazine, December 2002
Friends and rivals recount their memories of Kucinich's epic battles as mayor, his years in exile and his triumphant comeback.
From Cleveland Magazine, December 2007
Dennis Kucinich is running for president -- again. Seriously. But the talk-show punch lines and complaints he can't win only feed his enormous self-confidence. He says he is Cleveland's message to America. But is Dennis the message we want to send?