More Rockers for 'The Roll'
It's nice to see Cleveland Magazine finally do an article on the Cleveland rock scene [April 2004]. I'm surprised you don't do it more often, given the rich musical history we have here.
I have to mention a few key artists you forgot in "The Roll." No. 1 would be Youngstown's Left End, a legendary local group that still draws in excess of 2,000 fans per show going into their 30th year.
Two others that were obviously missing were my old band Lucky Pierre and, of course, The Wild Giraffes. Both bands not only played constantly with Pere Ubu, Tin Huey and DEVO at the real Pirate's Cove in the late '70s, but were just as popular Ÿocally. Actually, Tin Huey opened for us every time we played together. The Wild Giraffes are still thought of as Cleveland's greatest rock band of all time. This was very apparent by the crowd that gathered at the memorial concert 8or Edgar Reynolds a couple years back at the Beachland.
I know you can't include everybody, but I thought I'd just mention the big ones that were left out. Still, it was a nice effort. Hope to see a lot more articles like this in the future from you guys.
Outside of missing the Grasshoppers' 45 title — "Mod Rocks" should have been "Mod Socks" — the April music issue was a treasure chest of information when it came to past and present bands in Cleveland's rock history. Yet, the most startling revelation was that someone on the staff finally discovered the Baloney Heads.
The Heads, as their fans called them, were one of the few punk bands to get major airplay on WMMS FM in the day — for their ode to bingeing, "I'm a Drunk" — and made Cleveland Agora history, when the club was located on East 24th Street, by being the reason canned beer was banned at punk-rock shows there. Opening for the Dead Boys, the latter's fans were so disgusted by the Baloney Heads, they were standing at the bar, order a canned beer and, without opening it, threw the can toward the stage.
Luckily, no member of the band was hit, but the incoming missiles made a couple dents in the stage's back wall.
The music spotlight was great and, hopefully, we won't have to wait a year to see some more of it.
The "Rock City" issue rocks, but there is one thing missing: Robin Stone. She has her own record label, two CDs and a Web site for you to check out (www.shelovesyourecords.com). The girl is hot! The music is great also.
I enjoyed Cleveland Magazine's music issue, and am especially glad to see that you mentioned Glass Harp. I have always been a fan of this great band, and am especially enthusiastic after having had the opportunity to attend some of their recent concerts — they are incredible.
A few years ago, Glass üarp performed with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and published a live CD from that concert called "Strings Attached." Then, last summer, Glass Harp put out a new studio CD called "Hourglass." They played at Cain Park and sold out at the Rock Hall.
Soon, Glass Harp will release a three-CD set called "Stark Raving Jams." Their Web site is www.glassharp.net.
I'd love to see an interview with Glass Harp.
Not All Docs Are M.D.s
I want to bring to your attention the misleading use of the term "M.D." within the March 2004 edition of your magazine. Using "M.D." as an umbrella term to describe all health-care professionals, as it was in the table of contents and introduction for the "Top Doctors" feature, suggests to your readers that all physicians are M.D.s.
As you may know, osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery, just like M.D.s. However, they also bring an added dimension to health care in the form of osteopathic manipulative treatment. This hands-on Ãreatment can be helpful in relieving musculoskeletal abnormalities associated with a number of disorders, including menstrual pain, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinus disorders and migraines.
It is great to see that several D.O.s were recognized in the "Top Doctors" feature. I encourage you to continue "dentifying D.O.s among the health-care professionals appearing in future issues of your magazine, while avoiding "M.D." as a synonym for physician.
Stacy C. Pot
Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine
Another Place to Get Fit
I found the Cleveland Magazine article "Get Fit"I(February 2004) very informative, but was surprised the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland was not included.
Ωhile the JCC is more than just an exercise facility, over half of the center's 130,000 square feet is dedicated to our health, wellness, sports and recreation complex. This area includes our newly renovated and expanded TOTALFITness Center and Rzepka Youth Fitness Center with more than 100 pieces of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. The JCC also houses a large free-weight room, indoor track, indoor Olympic-size pool, outdoor pool, racquetball courts and a squash court. Additionally, we have three aerobics studios, indoor and outdoor basketball courts and outdoor tennis courts and softball fields.
We also offer popular classes like Ultimate Fitness (including t'ai chi and chi gong), yoga, karate, and adult and children's sports leagues. The JCC also has a golf academy.
The JCC of Cleveland