“I’m Living in a World I Don’t Understand’ T-shirts feed Northeast Ohio Police…

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

After years of stating “I could sell a lot of T-shirts,” highly respected Cleveland radio personality Mike (Triv) Trivisonno’s signature phrase, “I’m Living In A World I Don’t Understand” is now on a hot-selling locally-produced T-Shirt!

Thanks to Dave Mortach of Mortach Financial, the T-Shirt features an attractive blue and yellow graphic with Triv’s signature below his signature phrase. On the back is “2020, Oh What a Year.”

FEEDING NORTHEAST OHIO POLICE…

Printed by Big Frog T-Shirts of Avon, T-shirt sales are currently being used to feed Northeast Ohio police departments as a special thank you for their important service. Among the many folks lending a hand is local rocker Billy Morris who brings his Smokin’ Rock ‘n Roll food truck to many of the featured police locations where he serves up his mouth-watering grub.

‘Our goal is to feed as many local police departments as possible until the weather breaks,” noted Triv during his afternoon show airing daily from 3 to 6 p.m. on WTAM AM1100,.

For more information, or to order a T-shirt helping feed area police check here!

Thanks to Triv, I’ve also added radio host Matt Patrick to Planner Project 2021!

During his June 14th radio show on Cleveland, Ohio-based WTAM AM/1100, host Mike Trivisonno was joined in studio by Paula Ryan, wife of highly regarded area radio personality Matt Patrick who died in 2017 from mucosal melanoma cancer. With Paula was her son Jake. (Read The Plain Dealer’s story upon Matt’s passing here.)

As Paula described how the Matt Patrick Memorial Foundation has been created in Matt’s memory to help people in need, Triv noted, “What I loved about your husband so much is that he got it. When we got done arguing or something, different things we did on the air, we’d just look at each other and laugh. Matt Patrick was truly a professional in the radio business.”

Highlighting the foundation’s goals, Paula noted, “We exist to provide assistance to other families or individuals who are experiencing the challenges that are associated with cancer. We’re looking for families and individuals that demonstrate the same things in life that Matt Patrick so passionately supported and believed in in his own life.” (Hear the interview here!)

At the end, Triv would add, “He was so fun to listen to on the radio. I miss him. He was a good person and a phenomenal radio talk show host.” (Follow the Matt Patrick Foundation on Facebook). Here’s a great video from the Foundation website titled The Matt Patrick Show.

Graduating from St. Ignatius High School, Matt, a two-time Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, spent over 30 years on the radio in Northeast Ohio, most of that time at Akron’s top-rated WKDD. He also enjoyed stints at Akron’s WHLO AM/640 and WTAM AM/1100 in Cleveland. In 2011, Matt and family moved to Houston where he hosted a morning news show on KTRH-AM.

In the Planner Project’s May 18th text block you’ll find: “Cruising in the A. M. with Matt Patrick & Co. on Akron’s WKDD-FM, tickets are $12.50 for ‘Operation Welcome Home’ at the Coliseum June 6th to see Lee Greenwood sing ‘God Bless the U. S. A.,’ Mark Price & Lifeline, Michael Stanley,  the Cleveland Interfaith Choir and the U. S. Navy band Country Current, 1991.”

I hope Paula understands why I chose this date to honor Matt’s work.

At that time in 1991, led by Matt’s top-rated morning show, WKDD-AM ranked No. 1 overall in the Akron area. (See Bob Dyer’s story on the Spring Arbitron ratings in the Akron Beacon Journal here – p. B1  p. B2). Matt is also featured in Bob Dyer’s February 9, 1986 story on morning radio (see here – p. E1 – p. E4 – p. E5!)

See the August 13, 1979 lineup as Matt began his radio career on WCUE (WKDD) here!

When Jani Lane of the rock group Warrant died in 2011 (see earlier post), Plain Dealer reporter John Soeder reached out to Matt who knew Jani well. (See story here.) At the time, Matt was heard every Saturday on WTAM AM/1100.

As a former public relations director for the Franklin County Unit of the American Cancer Society in Columbus, Ohio, I wish Paula the best success with the foundation. Hopefully, I can not only raise awareness for such a worthy cause, but also a few donations as well!

ST. IGNATIUS FANS! Here are two St. Ignatius High-related items found in Planner Project in 2016 from 1966 and 2001 /

Text date: 2/19 – New OSU head coach Jim Tressel is the guest speaker, as the Cleveland Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet honors Solon High head coach Byron Morgan with the Dr. Lee Tressel Memorial Coach’s Award; Solon All-Ohio back Scott Greenberg with the Lou Groza Award; and Dan O’Leary of Notre Dame/St. Ignatius High with the Chuck Heaton Hometown College Award (Browns coach Butch Davis speaks), 2001

Text date: 9/23 -After cruising tonight in a burgundy ‘65 Dodge 440 2-dr. hardtop w/383. 4-spd., whitewalls ($1,995-Jackshaw), to see the Midnighters at the Blue Light in S. Euclid, before watching ‘Terror in the Haunted House’ on Ghoulardi; tomorrow, the Vectors rock the Hideout, Kicks, Inc. plays Rocky River Memorial Hall, the Outcasts (Sole, Schade, Beach, Grau, Lesher), rock the Sunken Bar in Geneva-on-the-Lake, WHK’s Ken Scott hosts a Euclid High record hop, & the Lost Souls rock St. Ignatius High, 1966

HERE’S A SMALL SAMPLE of items found on Matt’s page- Week 21 (May 15-21) of Planner Project 2016: Judy Garland plays Music Hall (1961 – $2-$6); James Brown plays Cleveland Arena (1966 – $3-$4); the Mamas & the Papas miss their Music Hall gig (1966 – Cass was ill); 1,500 gathered at Municipal Stadium by dawn for tickets to the August 14th Beatles concert (1966); the movie on Ghoulardi’s Shock Theater in 1966 was ‘Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein; and in 1971, after dining on a 15-piece Kentucky Fried Chicken basket ($3.50), the Osmonds played Public Hall one night ($3-$5), Chicago the next ($5.50).

Here’s even more items!  Indians hurler Len Barker pitches a perfect game to beat the Toronto Blue Jays (1981 – photo story); The Cleveland Cavaliers’ ‘miracle’ season ends with a playoff loss to the Boston Celtics (1976); Santana plays the Coliseum (1976); Bob Dylan plays Nautica Stage (1996 – 27.50-$52); Pearl Jam rocks the Q with My Morning Jacket (2006 – $53); and in 2016, Boston rocks Jacobs Pavilion ($27-$85); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo play the Hard Rock Rocksino ($39.50-$65); Dave Matthews plays Blossom ($40-$85); and veteran weathercaster Dick Goddard announces his retirement.

You’ll also find nationally known artists listed including Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Depeche Mode; Dick Dale; Mary Wells; T. Rex; the O’Jays; the Temptations; the Famous Flames; Steve Marriott’s All-Stars; Carrie Underwood; Eddie Rabbit; Sylvia; and Gladys Knight & the Pips!

And you’ll find local artists featured including Rich Spina; Odd Girl Out; the Bleedin’ Hearts; Becky Boyd and Dan Hrdlicka; Michael Bey; and Oroboros.

All in just one week!

Matt, I hope you enjoy the company on your page. I was blessed to include you!

George


Don’t Knock the Rock…. He hit four-in-a-row!

On Tuesday, June 9, 1959, 46,601 watched the Baltimore Orioles beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 7-3, at “spacious” Memorial Stadium as Orioles reliever Billy Loes got the win over Tribe starter Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant. That night, while Gene Woodling and Chico Carresquel hit home runs, Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, batting fourth, went 0-3 for the 3rd-place Indians as the Orioles moved into a first-place tie with the Chicago White Sox.

The next night however, was a night for the history books thanks to 25-year-old Rocco Domenico (Rocky) Colavito. (See newspaper coverage HERE front page – p. 33 – p. 34 – p. 36)

“Honest. I was just trying to meet the ball,” Colavito would later tell reporters after becoming only the eighth player in major league baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, and only the third hitting four consecutive homers, leading the Indians to an 11-8 win over the host Orioles before 15,833 who gave Rocky a standing ovation after the fourth blast.

Hitting homers in the third (off Jerry Walker), fifth (off Arnold Portocarrero), sixth (off Portocarrero), and ninth innings (off Ernie Johnson), when asked if he felt pressure in the ninth inning, Plain Dealer reporter Harry Jones noted Rocky told the reporters, “No, I wasn’t going for a fourth. I thought I had a pretty good night already, hitting three.”

Left fielder Minnie Minoso and 2nd baseman Billy Martin also homered for Cleveland with starter Gary Bell (5-5), who struck out three, getting the win over Walker. The win moved the Indians to within a game and a half of the first place White Sox.

The next night, Cleveland moved into second place when Colavito’s 8th-inning double scored Woody Held from 1st base to give the Indians a 2-1 win. Striking out four, Don Ferrarese (5-3), pitched a seven-hit complete game for the victory, while the Orioles’ Milt Pappas took the loss. Center fielder Tito Francona (2-4) also doubled in the game.

Prior to Rocky’s impressive feat, on Friday, June 3, 1932, 5,000 saw Lou Gehrig become the second player in modern major league history to hit four straight as the first-place N. Y. Yankees beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 20-13, at Shibe Park. Babe Ruth (No. 15), Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs also homered to help starter Lefty Gomez get the win. In Detroit, the visiting Cleveland Indians moved into 4th place after beating the 3rd-place Tigers twice with Wes Ferrell and Mel Harder getting the wins. (See newspaper article HERE!)

On May 30, 1894, 8,000 watched the third-place Boston Beaneaters score nine 8th-inning runs to beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 13-10, in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second contest, Reds starter Ice Box Chamberlain was rocked for nineteen hits, including four consecutive home runs by Beaneaters second baseman Bobby Low who became the first modern major league player to hit four straight, as starter Kid Nichols, helped by nine third-inning runs, cruised to a 20-11 win.

The second-place Cleveland Spiders split a doubleheader that day with the host New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Eight thousand watched the sixth-place Giants capture the first Decoration Day contest, 2-1, as Giants starter Amos Rusie pitched an 11-inning, 3-hitter. Breaking attendance records that day, 24,500 saw Spiders right-hander John Clarkson pitch a four-hitter to win the afternoon contest, 3-2. (See newspaper article HERE!)

Following ‘The Rock,” only five more major league players, Mike Schmidt (April 17, 1976); Mike Cameron (May 2, 2002); Carlos Delgado (September 25, 2003); Scooter Gennett (June 6, 2017); and J. D. Martinez (September 4, 2017), have hit four consecutive Major League home runs.


FEATURING ROCKY IN MY MEMORIES BOOKS /

Below are pages from Municipal Stadium Memories on the Lakefront, (panels 1-4), and Memories of a Lifetime Vol. 1 (panels 5-6) featuring images of Rocky in uniform.

The first two panels below highlight GM Frank Lane’s controversial trade of Rocky to the Detroit Tigers for Harvey Kuenn just before the 1960 Season Opener at Municipal Stadium, and Rocky hitting a home run against the Indians in a Tigers uniform the following day. The third panel features Rocky upon his return to Indians in 1965 holding a fruit basket with Frank Lane at Municipal Stadium before the Home Opener.

The first panel below shows Rocky on September 25, 1956 shaking hands with Tribe starter Early Wynn after hitting his 20th home run that season to help Wynn win his 20th game of the year. The middle panel shows Rocky with Roger Maris, and Gene Woodling during spring training in 1958; and Rocky in 1960 on the “Tribe Train” in Arizona with fellow teammates Jimmy Piersall, Bubba Phillips, Johnny Temple, Tito Francona, Vic Power, Woody Held, Russ Nixon, Gary Bell, and manager Joe Gordon shortly before the memorable trade.

The final panel above right shows Rocky on Picture Day at Municipal Stadium in 1967, a classic photograph shot by former Cleveland Press photographer Paul Tepley.

As a 66-year-old who watched Rocky play at Municipal Stadium, I’d love to see the next Indians “statue” depict Rocky sitting on a bench while holding a Rocky Colavito signed Louisville Slugger between his legs as he waited to bat.

The bench would have enough room on either side for fans to join ‘The Rock” on the bench as friends captured the classic scene. What do you think? See a how to get your own Rocky autographed Louisville Slugger in 1960 HERE!

Thanks, Rocky, George Cormack


Thanks to Mike Trivisonno, I’ve added “Cherry Pie” to Planner Project 2016

While listening to the Mike Trivisonno Show recently on WTAM 1100 AM radio, Mike began highlighting his upcoming Vegas Night Coats for Kids fund raiser with support from the Figgie Foundation June 28th and 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg. (Sorry folks, It’s sold out!)

As he ran down the current list of entertainers, Mike began describing how returning rocker Billy Morris and his band Sunset Strip with Heather Summers got his previous Coats for Kids benefit swinging sweetly to their version of the Warrant hit “Cherry Pie.”

In the beginning, I thought the last entry added to my Planner Project 2016 would be a tribute to master musician Ralph Carney by highlighting how Ralph joined Akron’s Bob Ethington in Akron at Bob’s September 10, 2016 CD release party, only to die the following year before the two, long time friends and former Tin Huey band mates, could play together another time. Described by Bob as a “magical night,” the night marked Ralph’s last hometown play date.

Prior to that I thought the last entry would be honoring Reba McIntyre’s band members and manager who died in a tragic plane crash by adding their names to the April 4, 1991 entry highlighting Reba’s Richfield Coliseum date with Clint Black and Vince Gill. Around 12,000 paid $20 to join Reba that night at her first concert after the March 16th crash. (See Elizabeth Sullivan’s concert review here!)

I also thought adding the June 19, 1981 date Fairview Cinema I featured Superman II with Christopher Reeves & Margot Kidder exactly 40 years after youngsters joined Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster at May Co. department store on Public Square might be the final entry. Or adding the date when Cleveland’s now famous Christmas Story House opened to the public on November 25, 2006 would be the last addition.

See the ad for Siegel and Shuster’s 1941 May Co. appearance here!

Before that, I thought adding the date the late Sonny Geraci played Kent Stage with long time friends Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams, and Bill Burkette and Hugh Geyer of the Vogues on April 10, 2011 would be a last, but fitting finale since this project was initially being developed as a potential fund raiser for Sonny who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2012.

But thanks to Triv and Billy, who played with Warrant, adding “Cherry Pie to the July 11, 1991 entry highlighting Warrant at Blossom Music Center as a tribute to lead singer Jani Lane, an Akron area native, is now the latest last addition to the 1,300 entry, 66,000 word project!

The entry now reads, “We did 20,000 in Milwaukee, 18,000 in Chicago, 19,000 in Indianapolis, and now we get to headline in my own home territory,” Lani Lane tells Jane Scott before Warrant (w/Steven Sweet, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen),rocks Blossom with ‘Cherry Pie’ during its ‘Blood, Sweat & Beers’ tour (Trixter and Firehouse open-$12.99), 1991

See Jane Scott’s story before the Blossom concert here! See Plain Dealer reporter John Soeder’s tribute to Jani Lane and “Cherry Pie,” upon Jani’s death in 2011 here!

For a breakdown of Mike Trivisonno related entries in Planner Project 2016, including Coats for Kids entertainers, see here! Hungry? Here’s a link to the Billy Morris Smokin’ Rock N Roll Food Truck website!

For those who don’t know, Ralph Carney was the uncle of Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. See HERE for Chuck Yarborough’s profile on cleveland.com of the new “Sad Planets” LP “Akron, Ohio,” as Patrick joins forces with John Petkovic of Death of Samantha and Cobra Verde fame.

For Black Keys fans, here’s a link from cleveland.com profiling their new LP “Let’s Rock” due June 28th. And here’s a link to cleveland.com for tickets, starting at $39.50, to their September 30th concert at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (the Q) with Modest Mouse.

Thanks, Triv! Thanks, Billy! I wish you the best success on the upcoming fund raiser. It looks like another great weekend for a great cause!

George Cormack


Remembering Doris Day with a little “Pillow Talk”

With the recent passing of Cincinnati Ohio-native Doris Mary Kappelhoff (Doris Day), I thought it might be fun to take a look at Friday, October 9, 1959 when the Hippodrome Theater at 720 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland played host to the Midwest premiere of “Pillow Talk,’ with guest appearances that night by cast members Rock Hudson, Thelma Ritter, and producer Ross Hunter, a Cleveland, Ohio native.

That night, WJW-AM morning personality Bill Gordon, star of WEWS-TV5’s “One O’Clock Club,” with host Dorothy Fuldheim, served as Master of Ceremonies as the stars were introduced at 10 p.m., before the 10:30 p.m. show. A third cast member, Tony Randall, was apparently too ill to attend the event.

Unfortunately, another cast member missing at Premiere night was co-star Doris Day who was compelled to stay in Hollywood where she was filming ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” (See her interview from Hollywood with Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter W. Ward Marsh HERE!) (See additional coverage HERE! – 10/4 movie promo / 10/5 the Stars / 10/9 Pillow Talk Ad / 10/9 Marsh REVIEW).

Doris Day would be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress in a Leading Role for her Pillow Talk role as Jan Morrow, the only Oscar nomination received during her celebrated career.

“JULIE” OPENS WITH DORIS IN PERSON / October 12, 1956

Though Doris missed the Pillow Talk premiere, three years earlier, while Blues diva Billie Holiday played the Cotton Club, Doris appeared in person at both shows on Friday, October 12, 1956 as Loew’s State in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square hosted the World Premiere of “Julie,” a suspense thriller starring Day and Louis Jourdan. (See the newspaper Ad HERE!)

Down the street, “War and Peace,” starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, & Mel Ferrar was in its “3rd Big Week” at the Hippodrome Theater.

The next day, as W. Ward Marsh’s movie REVIEW appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bill Haley & the Comets were set to rock Cleveland Arena on the 23rd as part of an all-star lineup which included Chuck Berry, the Platters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, and Clyde McPhatter ($2-$2.50-$3).

Eleven days later, on October 31st, the first 500 patrons received a James Dean photo as “Giant” opened at the Allen Theater in Playhouse Square starring the late James Dean, Liz Taylor, and Rock Hudson. (See Ad HERE!)

Years later, Billie Holiday, Bill Haley & the Comets, Chuck Berry


A LITTLE “PILLOW TALK” WITH ROCK HUDSON AT HALLE’S DEPT. STORE / October 9, 1956 (From Memories of a Lifetime Vol. 1)

Though Doris never made it to Cleveland for the Pillow Talk premiere, Halle’s downtown Cleveland department store on Euclid Avenue offered an autograph session on the 9th with actor Rock Hudson in its Tea Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.. In the panel above (p. D38), you’ll find Rock overwhelmed by fans at Halle’s while he signed his Decca record “Pillow Talk-Rolly Poly,” from the hit film. See Rock’s Halle’s Ad HERE! (And yes, that’s Lucille Ball at Halle’s Dept. Store in January of 1956!)


Thanks Tim, Laughter is such a Blessing!

With the passing of area native and legendary funny man Tim Conway on May 15th, I thought I’d share a few images of Tim with long time friend Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson found in Memories of a Lifetime Vol. I, and Memories of a Lifetime Vol. II.

In the left panel , you’ll find Ernie and Tim in go-karts from 1961. In the right panel, you’ll find Tim with Ernie and Ken Curtis (Festus) on the “Gunsmoke” set in August, 1964, and Tim with Ernie on October 25, 1965 during the “Ernie Anderson Show.”

In addition, you’ll find more prints of Tim in the Ghoulardi & Friends section of our 8.5″ x 11″ prints HERE!

We’ll all miss you Tim. George Cormack


Remembering Legendary Cleveland Broadcaster Doug Adair

With the recent passing of long time Cleveland broadcaster Doug Adair at age 89, I wanted to highlight images of Doug at work, beginning with Doug covering the daily weather forecast during WJW-TV8’s City Camera News sixty years ago on January 22, 1959. The image can be found in the Media Watch section of Memories of a Lifetime Volume 3, (p. C27). See the TV schedule HERE!

Doug began his award-winning career at Channel 8 a year earlier on January 27, 1958 with the debut ofCity Camera pairing Doug with John Fitzgerald. The all-local weekday news show replaced “Annie Oakley” in the 6:30 p.m. slot. See the TV schedule that day HERE!

At the time, all cast and crew members were given Polaroid cameras to capture “news-worthy incidents” around the city. See Tom O’Connell’s column announcing the new show HERE!

Above right, Doug poses with his award-winning Action3 News teammates Al Roker, Mona Scott, Dave Patterson, and Joe Pellegrino in 1981. The image can be found in the Radio and TV section of Memories of a Lifetime Volume 1 (p. F56).

Looking at the 1981 image, newly-married Doug stands next to Mona, his new bride, while weatherman Al Roker stands to their right in the same spot legendary Cleveland weatherman Dick Goodard stood (above image), twenty years earlier as he began his career at TV3 in 1961.

Leaving the city in 1965, after a short stint in Philadelphia, Dick returned to Cleveland in 1966, beginning his tenure as WJW-TV8’s chief meteorologist “in color” on March 28th. See the Ad and TV schedule highlighting Dick’s return HERE!

Fifteen years later on January 26, 1996, Al Roker became the Today Show’s regular weekday weather forecaster shortly after Willard Scott announced his semi-retirement.

I hope you enjoy the memories, George Cormack


Rockin’ & Rollin’ in Cleveland, OH on Valentine’s Day!

Sure we’re going back in the time machine, especially with links to the actual newspaper articles, but here’s a look at Cleveland area Valentine’s Day concerts in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1976, along with the music, movies, and the autos you may have enjoyed cruising in at the time!

VALENTINE’S DAY 1969 / The Turtles –  Savoy Brown  Blues Band –  Fifth  Dimension – Baskerville Hounds /

Area theaters featured Bullitt, The Lion in the Winter, Charly, and Hellfighters with Katharine Ross and John Wayne on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1969, as John Carroll University brought the Turtles (see Turtles ad) to town ($2, $3, $4); Savoy Brown Blues Band headlined at The Exit in North Ridgeville ($2.50); and the Fifth Dimension opened a weekend stand at Leo’s Casino on Euclid Avenue. Providing a more local flavor, the Roundtable at 242 Superior Ave. hosted a T.G.I.F. dance with outstanding Cleveland rockers the Baskerville Hounds. The following night, Bobby Womack opened for Canton’s O’Jays in Adelbert Gym at Case Western Reserve University.

Following Judy Collins in concert at Severance Hall with WMMS-FM DJ Billy Bass as emcee on February 28th ($3.50-$4 mail order-sponsored by Case-Western Reserve University’s Student Government); on March 2nd, ‘Born to be Wild’ and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ rocked Music Hall as Steppenwolf (see ad) made its Cleveland debut, with Arlo Guthrie as the opening act ($4, $5, $6 at Burrow’s stores). (Jane Scott’s The Happening for 2/142/28 –  note Steppenwolf appearing on WEWS-TV5’s Upbeat Show).

Top 20 records at the time included Dizzy; Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin; Proud Mary (CCR); Time of the Season; Twenty Five Miles; Hungry Eyes (Merle Haggard); Crimson & Clover; Rock Me (Steppenwolf); Shotgun (Vanilla Fudge); Traces. Local Auto Ads: p. 44 / p. 45 (note a burgundy/black vinyl interior 4-speed  ’66 Corvette Stingray with factory AC, AM-FM, power steering, brakes, windows, side mounted exhaust at Hern Olds for only $3,295!)

VALENTINE’S DAY 1970 / The Doors at the Allen Theater /

Plain Dealer rock music critic Jane Scott noted on Saturday, February 14, 1970, “Morrison bounced on stage in black pants and black cardigan, grabbed a maracas and said, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight,” as Jim Morrison and the Doors opened the show with ‘Roadhouse Blues,’ playing ‘Light My Fire’ to two packed houses of 2,800 each at the Allen Theater on Euclid Avenue in Playhouse Square ($5-$6). A third show, starting at 8 p.m., was added at the Allen on the 14th, Valentine’s Day. Eli Radish, ‘”a local group with a Capitol contract,” opened each show. (Jane Scott’s The HappeningDoors adDoors review).

The week before, Sly and the Family Stone took Public Hall to a higher level on February 6, 1970 with Savoy Brown ($4, $5); while Lou Rawls brought “his soul song hits” to John Carroll University the next night ($4, $5, $6). (Ads – Rawls). Movies at the time included Valley of the Dolls; Midnight Cowboy; Cactus Flower; Funny Girl; Alice’s Restaurant; Downhill Racer; Easy Rider. Top 20 records included Psychedelic Shack; House of the Rising Sun (Frijid Pink); Arizona; Kentucky Rain; Thank You; The Thrill Is Gone; Venus; No Time; Bridge Over Troubled Water. Local Auto Ads: p. 42 / p. 43.

VALENTINE’S DAY 1971 / The Raspberries at the Cleveland Agora /

On Sunday, February 14, 1971, as Rastus and Underdog played the Chesterland Hullabaloo ($2); Fully Assembled rocked Admiral Bimbo’s on Center Ridge; and Montage headlined at Socrates Cave on E. 18th St.; at Henry LoConti’s Cleveland Agora at 1730 E. 24th St., its Valentine’s Day Dance featured Cleveland’s popular Raspberries with  Eric  Carmen from 8:30 to 1 a.m. (see Dance Chances / The Happening).

Movies at the time included Love Story; Brewster McCloud; Woodstock, Tora! Tora! Tora!; Five Easy Pieces; Doctor’s Wives; The Wild Country. Top 20 records at the time include One Bad Apple: Knock Three Times; Amos Moses; Lonely Days; Your Song; Eighteen; She’s A Lady; What’s Going On. Local Auto Ads: p. 35 / p. 36 / p. 37 / p. 38 / p. 39 / p. 40 / p. 41.

VALENTINE’S DAY 1976 / Queen – “A Night at the Opera” at Public Hall /

Five years later, Jane Scott wrote in The Plain Dealer on Monday, February 16, 1976, “The British quartet exploded onto the stage and with puffs of smoke and kept up an incredible intensity for two hours, ” as Freddie Mercury and Queen brought ‘A Night at the Opera,’ to a packed Valentine’s Day house at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Jane also noted, “There’s now no doubt. Queen is super-king.” The Cate Bothers, “a nice quartet, playing some nice white soul,” opened the show ($5.50-$6.50). / (Queen profileQueen/Belkin ad – Queen review).

Movies at the time included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Jaws; The Happy Hooker; Dog Day Afternoon; Hester Street; Hindenburg; Young Frankenstein; Airport 1975; Earthquake. LPs on  sale at the  time included The Best of Carly Simon; ‘Siren’ Roxy Music; ‘One of These Nights’ Eagles; ‘Prisoner in Disguise’ Linda Ronstadt; ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ Emerson, Lake & Palmer; ‘Hotline’ J. Geils; ‘Yesterdays’ Yes. ($3.99 @ Melody Lane, Music Grotto – see Sale ad). Local Auto Ads: p. 37 / p. 38 / p. 39 / p. 40 / p. 41 / p. 42 / p. 43 / p. 44. / Arby’s AD.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! George


Farewell Frank Robinson…

With the recent passing of Hall of Fame player-manager Frank Robinson, posted below are pages 117 and 118 from “Municipal Stadium, Memories on the Lakefront” highlighting Frank’s managerial debut with the Cleveland Indians at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday, April 8, 1975, featuring the incredible work of former Cleveland Press photographer Paul Tepley.

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Always the skilled professional, Paul captured baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn addressing the crowd, Mrs. Jackie (Rachel) Robinson throwing out the first pitch, Frank with manager Bill Virdon of the visiting New York Yankees before the game as they exchanged lineup cards with the umpire crew (see April 10th below), fellow photographers at work, and infielder John Lowenstein shaking Frank’s hand after Frank’s historic first at bat home run (career homer 575), off Yankees starter Doc Medich.

Paul also captured 1st baseman Boog Powell (in the Tribe’s bright red uniform), with Frank after hitting his first home run for the Indians, and Boog with teammate left fielder Oscar Gamble in ‘full fro.’ Led by Frank’s home run, Powell going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, 2nd baseman John Brohamer’s 2 RBI, and starter Gaylord Perry, who pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts for his 199th career win, Cleveland beat New York, 5-3, with Sandy Alomar, Sr. going 0 for 2, Graig Nettles 1 for 4, Lou Piniella 0 for 4, Chris Chambliss 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, and catcher Thurman Munson 2 for 4 with an RBI for the visitors.

In addition to the two-page spread above, attached are links to Cleveland Plain Dealer articles by veteran sports reporters Russ Schneider, Chuck Heaton, Robert Dolgan, and Sports Editor Hal Lebovitz dating back to April 8, 9, 10, and 13, 1975 for your pleasure. April 8th – Russ Schneider 1A1D2D / April 9th – Season opener coverage: Front Page2G – Hal Lebovitz-Chuck Heaton – G1G5 – Robert Dolgan – G7 – and Rachel Robinson featured in Mary Strassmeyer’s civic luncheon story / April 10th – Russ Schneider-official lineup cards 1E2E / April 13thRachel Robinson with Barbara Robinson.

In addition, attached are links to the day’s entertainment 16A17A / TV / and Automobile Ads 12D13D14D! I’ve also attached pages from the Plain Dealer’s April 4th Friday Tab highlighting the local rock and roll scene that week featuring: Rock Beat with Anastasia Pantsios highlighting the competition between WMMS-FM (John Gorman), and new radio outlet M105 (WWWM-FM-Eric Stevens) / top records/LPs / Dance Chances / upcoming Belkin concerts / Jane Scott’s The Happening / Suzy Quatro  at  the Coliseum / and Charlie Wiener’s Bonzo Revue at the Viking Saloon!

WELCOME BACK, BILL VEECK NIGHT / June 11, 1976

I’ve also included pages 119 and 120 from “Municipal Stadium, Memories on the Lakefront” highlighting “Welcome Back, Bill Veeck Night,” on Friday, June 11, 1976, when Frank hit a thrilling 13th inning blast (career homer 584) into the left field stands to beat Veeck’s Chicago White Sox, 5-4, before a Municipal Stadium ‘Beer Night’ crowd of 11,984, including Charley Lupica (who captured national attention in 1949 for living atop a pole for 117 days), and former Indian Luke Easter. It’s a treat to see Frank surrounded by his Cleveland teammates including Duane Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Buddy Bell (who was batting .309), and catcher Alan Ashby!

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In addition to the two pages above featuring more of Paul Tepley’s work, here are links to game coverage from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: June 7 –  Russ Schneider 1C2C / June 11 – 1B 2B / June 12 –1C2C).  Also attached are links to that night’s local TV (with Hoolihan & Big Chuck on WJW-TV8 at midnight after “Mary Hartman”) / area Movies / upcoming Belkin concerts / Dance Chances / Jane Scott’s The Happening column –p. 28p. 31 / Rock Beat with Anastasia Pantsios featuring Miami Steve / the new Smoking ban at area arenas / and Automobile Ads from Matadors to a Pantera – 15C16C17C!

As a fellow photojournalist on a much, much smaller level, it’s always a joy to showcase Paul Tepley’s work. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

There’s plenty more to come! George Cormack

Editor’s note: You’ll find Jane Scott (with snippets from concert reviews), Anastasia Pantsios, Mary Strassmeyer, Chuck Heaton, Hal Lebovitz, Frank Robinson, Buddy Bell, Ray Fosse, Hoolihan and Big Chuck (with movie listings), John Gorman, Charlie Wiener, Bill Veeck, Jr., Belkin Productions concerts, Viking Saloon, and area dance chances among the thousands of names, plus hundreds of venues, events, movies, and even automobiles featured in Planner Project 2016!


Happy New Year – The New Website!

I hope you enjoy this website as it grows with new material constantly added. to our growing collection of North Coast-based Vintage Prints and Note Cards, and our ever-growing array of Favorite Lnks covering everything from my favorite Food Related websites, to our favorite Rock Related websites featuring musical and venue directories based primarily on artists and places found in Planner Project 2016, a soon to be released 66,000-word, 1,300-entry look at local entertainment!

You’ll also find our Publications menu following four distinct 150-page coffee table books on Cleveland history based on images from the Cleveland Press Collection, and our 240-page An Ohio AgriGuide, a simple look at some 139 Ohio-based agricultural products with nutrionally-dense recipes featuring the highlighted product.

You also find links to our upcoming Events, an About page, and how to Contact Us for more information!

OUR MEMORIES BOOKS /

Designed to be part history book, part photo album, the four coffee table books each feature between 500 to 650 images. To showcase each publication, a Table of Contents, Individual Page breakdowns, and a list of People, Events, and Places are featured for your review!!

Wish to see 16-year-old Judy Garland singing the National Anthem at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium prior to the Cleveland Indians’ Season Opener on April 21, 1939? See HERE (p. 40) in Memories of a Lifetime Vol. I!

PHOTO: Rockin’ & Rollin’ at Glinka’s Tavern / From Memories of a Lifetime Vol. I  (p. B19) /

Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1958: High School Confidential,” by Jerry Lee Lewis, the Coasters’ Yakety Yak,” and Sam Cooke’s “All Of My Life,” were among the hits featured in WERE-AM radio’s Bill Randle’s “Randle on Record” column in The Cleveland Press when 50 to 60 Newburgh Heights youngsters enjoyed dancing to the music in front of Ray Glinka’s Tavern at 3912 E. 42nd Street. (from the Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University)

Go Cleveland!, Happy New Year, George Cormack