Straight to the Art
I just want to congratulate Cleveland Magazine on an incredible job with November's guide to Cleveland's art districts. In just one issue, you've done a terrific job of highlighting the area's wealth of retail arts offerings, while doing the other important work of educating the public about the nuances, terms and tips within the industry. Your in-depth coverage combined with easy-to-understand maps and neighborhood listings finally give Cleveland a relevant tool to promote itself as the full-service arts destination that it is.
Susie Frazier Mueller
Once again, Cleveland Magazine has done it ["Best of Cleveland," October 2004]. Most of the best are useful in everyday life, like trying to avoid the Innerbelt and the best place for lunch. Some of the things were a little too expensive for my taste, but for others, it shows us what we can have if we put our minds to work.
As an expatriate Clevelander, living in the foreign lands of New England, I read with delight the article "No Plums Allowed" [August 2004]. I can still sing most of "The Best Things in Life Are Here" from long ago and remember with great fondness the "Cleveland's a Plum" ad campaign.
I went to a small New England college where people had barely heard of Ohio. ("It's west of here, isn't it?") My car stood out on campus, proudly sporting its "Cleveland's a Plum" bumper sticker. My "Plum Good Cookbook" from the Cleveland Christ Child Society is still one of my most-used cookbooks. When the city went plum crazy in the 1980s it was fun to be a Clevelander. And as I had already begun my life away from the Plum, I enjoyed the ad campaign all the more because I missed the city on the lake and what it had to offer.
So put the plum to rest but don't dis it. It was fun and successful. And even though I can still sing it, the plum was way better than "The Best Things in Life Are Here" jingle. My vote for a replacement would have to be "Cleveland: It Must Be the Water," followed closely by "It's a Beautiful Day to Do Business in Cleveland." One of Cleveland's best qualities is its ability to laugh at itself.
And for those of you who don't remember:
"...University Circle, Blossom and the parks/make it clear, very clear/that Cleveland's a great place to live/'cause the best things in life are here/yes, the best things in life are here--"
Terry Schlotman Wilensky
A Vote for Smoochie
I cannot believe that Bill "Smoochie" Gordon was not even mentioned in your article ["Where Are They Now?" August 2004] or even in any other letter or e-mail. I represent at least 10 people who have been devoted fans of his, going all the way back to his radio program, then to the "famous" 1:00 Club and then his various radio programs with the late Syd Friedman. His wit and enthusiasm are unmatched and he should take his place alongside all the other "personalities" who have enriched our lives. Long live Smoochie.
About a year ago, I read an article in Cleveland Magazine about "senior living." Actually, I just glanced at it because I figured I already knew everything about assisted living that I needed to know. Well, it mentioned that the Veterans Administration, in some cases, would provide a benefit for assisted living. To make a long story short, I've been pursuing it for the past 10 months and just got a significant benefit approved for my 95-year-old mother. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Correction: Incorrect information was run for Hunter's Pub in its photo box
on page 102 of the November 2004 issue. The correct address and phone number
is 8188 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, (440) 526-3553. We regret the error.