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Issue Date: May 2007 Issue


For the Record
Doug Trattner’s article is the first accurate story of how the term “rock ’n’ roll” originated (“Schoolhouse Rock,” April 2007). My father and uncle co-owned Atlas Radio, also located on Prospect Avenue near Record Rendezvous. My uncle had actually suggested to Leo Mintz that he go into the record business. When Alan Freed was given credit for creating the term, which unfortunately Mintz did not have copyrighted, my father told me the story of how it came about. Leo had used the term many times in discussing the new type of music months before it became popular, and Freed got credit for it.
Robert Balantzow
Pepper Pike

Groundhog Fray
In response to an item in your “Seen & Heard” column (April 2007) regarding Jason Nicholas’ being a “tad peeved” that there wasn’t a real groundhog at our Groundhog Day event, I am sharing with you the same press release that was sent
to all media. please note the press release has a picture of celebrity groundhog mayfield mikey,
as well as an explanation that “Mayfield Mikey will make his appearance in tuxedo and top hat to reveal his identity.” I don’t think Men’s Wearhouse has tuxedos to fit whistle pigs. And, I’m pretty sure, PETA wouldn’t approve. The event was a fun, lighthearted forecast meeting where the leaders of our schools, businesses and cities gave brief “prognostications” to the community members in attendance. Former Cleveland Browns coach Sam Rutigliano also gave a motivational speech titled, “Make a Difference.” In no way did we intend to “mislead” Mr. Nicholas.
Laurie Uhlir
Director of Community Relations
Mayfield City School District

Down on Brown
The exchange between Sherrod Brown and the young constituents visiting Capitol Hill was enlightening (“Stand & Deliver,” April 2007). The students seemed to want to actually discuss the war and the reasons — right or wrong — for U.S. involvement. But Brown, apparently unable to get off his standard script even for a moment, reflexively launched into a class-warfare rant. I doubt the kids were fooled, but I hope they’re old enough to vote in 2012.
David Dalton
Northfield Center

Douglas Trattner is right. His grandaddy, Leo Mintz, came up with the term rock ’n’ roll. All of us radio people would go to the ’Vous to bum some records, but we didn’t have the savvy to grab the “race records.” Alan Freed did and the rest is history. Leo was something else. A wonderful character we all admired and loved. His legacy will last forever.
Bill Gordon
Why We Dropped Chemistry
Please explain to me how 385.71 gallons of gasoline, which at about 6 pounds per gallon weighs 2,314.26 pounds, can create 7,442.2 pounds of CO2? (“Editor’s Column,” March 2007) Also, given that our atmosphere is comprised of the following: nitrogen (78 percent), oxygen (21 percent), argon (.9 percent) and all other gases, including CO2 and CO (.1 percent), and that a large chunk of the relatively small portion of CO2 making up our atmosphere is created by animals and other natural phenomena, this is much ado about nothing.
Ted Kukla
Editor’s Note: Those are exactly the sort of questions that sent us scurrying off to be writers and editors, so we asked Case Western Reserve University physicist Lawrence Krauss (also featured in our March 2007 issue), who is working to raise awareness about the threat of greenhouse gases and their affect on climate change, to help us understand. He told us “the fact that CO2 is a trace element is irrelevant,” because it is still a significant greenhouse gas that has increased measurably because of industrial activity. And if you want a scientific breakdown on how gasoline turns into CO2, the Clean Air Conservancy has an explanation at Choose the “Calculate Your Emissions” tab and click on the “Learn more” button under vehicle emissions.

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