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