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Issue Date: November 2004 Issue


The Right Track

Michael Roberts is one of several columnists recently to write on county government reform ["Trapped in the Status Quo," September 2004]. The consensus seems to be that we should give it a try. I do commend Mike for giving us some good reasons to implement county reform, or regional or metropolitan government, as it is sometimes called.

During my 44 years of working and/or living in Cleveland, I have always been for it. When I found out recently that Cleveland was the poorest big city in the U. S., I was embarrassed, shocked and even more in favor of reform.

My main question is: How long can we keep expanding outward? We already have inner-ring and outer-ring suburbs. Urban blight is spreading and eating into farmland and woodland. This is obviously going to be an environmental disaster. The answer seems only to be to revamp the already half-vacant city.

People do seem to be gradually coming around to the idea that something dramatic like county reform should happen. I do hope we get on the right track soon.

Don Wirtz

Expat Memories

I have not lived in Cleveland for nearly 40 years, but I never miss an issue of Cleveland Magazine to help renew my spirit and relive my heydays as a young woman on the run.

While Cleveland has changed in many ways and all for the good, I can still remember the good old days and nights out on the prowl at the old Theatrical Grill and so many more old haunts. I now read about places long gone, but from time to time I still read about old friends like John Minco, Carol Carr and others mentioned in your articles.

In my heart, Cleveland will always be home for me. Thanks for a great reminder that you can go home again!

Diane Anselmo
Edina, Minn.

I am a former Clevelander (now in Houston since 1996— and yes, I totally miss Cleveland!) who was on the "Romper Room" show in the fall/winter of 1963. I still have my "diploma" from the show and a picture of Miss Barbara, myself and the other kids on the set at that time.

About two years ago, you mentioned Mrs. Plummer in your magazine. Since then, I have thought of that show often: the magic mirror, the delicious chocolate-chip cookies and hot chocolate, mmm!

I want her to know that there are those of us "Do-Bees" out there who will never forget her!

Thanks, and thanks for the article — quite nostalgic!

Celeste A. Mohr
Houston, Texas

Feeling Left Out

I really enjoyed your article on the private schools in the Cleveland area [September 2004], but you left the best-kept secret in the Vermilion area out. St. Mary Catholic School in Vermilion has educated students in a Christian atmosphere for almost 50 years. We are very proud of our strong tradition of Catholic education and I felt compelled to write to you after seeing the list of the other schools in our area.

Ron Mager, principal

Editor's Note: Cleveland Magazine sent letters to more than 250 private schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Summit counties requesting information. Only those schools that responded to our inquiries were included in the September issue. Some schools have responded since the issue was published and their information is included at

Barnaby's Farewell

My husband and I are both Clevelanders (me from the East Side, he from the West) who moved to California on a job transfer over 20 years ago. I've subscribed to your magazine during most of that time and have always found interesting, informative and/or entertaining articles about my hometown.

I particularly enjoyed your August 2004 issue.The "No Plums Allowed" feature about the Cleveland marketing campaign was a hoot, especially "It'sa beautiful day to do business in Cleveland." And I loved the "Where Are They Now?" pictures and articles, and wouldn't mind seeing more of those types of nostalgic features. So, for old times' sake, could you please tell us what were the ratherpoignant words with which Linn Sheldon (as Barnaby) closed his show each day?

Keep up the great work, Cleveland Magazine. And Cleveland? Rock on!

Luci Herczog Dalton
Atascadero, Calif.

Editor's note: "If anybody calls, tell them Barnaby says hello. And tell them I think that you are the nicest person in the whole world. Just you."

Correction: In the October 2004 article "Learning for the Sake of Learning," a photo of Myers University president Dr. Paul Feingold was misidentified as Tim Miesse, Myers' associate vice president for university expansion.

In the October 2004 ad for the Western Reserve Historical Society, the word "obnoxious" appeared inadvertently.

We regret the errors.

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