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Swingos Keg & Quarter and Celebrity Hotel, the Start of Cleveland’s Comeback Story

Swingos Keg & Quarter and Celebrity Hotel, the Start of Cleveland’s Comeback Story

To say that Greek immigrant Jim Swingos had a vision for an otherwise desolate downtown Cleveland in the late '60s would be a gross understatement. Swingos did not at first gravitate to the restaurant business which would make him a household name and an ongoing Cleveland legend. After graduating from Ohio State, he at first pursued a career in criminology before deciding on joining his father in the more exciting world of the bar business. It would be easy to focus on what became his successful run that began in 1968 when he purchased the Downtowner restaurant at the corner...

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Remembering When Bob Hope Owned the Cleveland Indians

Remembering When Bob Hope Owned the Cleveland Indians

Whatever you think you know about native Clevelander Bob Hope, I am willing to bet that most of you, even native Clevelanders yourselves, probably didn’t know that Hope was at one time a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians. You may not have even known that although Hope was born in England, he was raised in Cleveland beginning at age five through his early 20s. During this time, he developed a love for the local professional baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. In the 1940s, Hope’s Road to movies with Bing Crosby were a huge success and in 1946 while Crosby...

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Remembering Gaylord Perry, the 'Ancient Mariner' and Former Cleveland Baseball Great

Remembering Gaylord Perry, the 'Ancient Mariner' and Former Cleveland Baseball Great

Admittedly, the first thing anyone would think of when the name Gaylord Perry is mentioned is that he is best known for “allegedly” throwing the spitter, but there was so much more to his career and impact on Cleveland to tell. When Perry came to Cleveland in 1972 in the much-heralded trade for “Sudden” Sam McDowell, he brought with him a presence and, dare I even say, swagger that Cleveland baseball had been missing for a long time. Right out of the gate, he made people talk, not laugh, about Cleveland baseball once again.  The '70s began pretty much like...

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Moses Cleaveland Founded Cleveland, But Who Was This Guy?

Moses Cleaveland Founded Cleveland, But Who Was This Guy?

I suppose the first question anyone might have when discussing or researching Moses Cleaveland is, "Why is the city that he founded spelled without the additional 'a' in its name?” Well, I wish I could say it was something really interesting, but the truth is no one seems to know for sure. The most widely referenced thought is simply that a local newspaperman ran out of space and dropped the “a” to make it fit in a headline. Take heart, though, as there is much to tell about the man who literally surveyed and laid out what is Cleveland and the...

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Pop vs. Soda vs. Coke: Which One Do You Say?

Pop vs. Soda vs. Coke: Which One Do You Say?

It's one of the great debates in our country: Do you say pop, soda, or are you some kind of freak who calls everything Coke? Have you ever wondered why you say the one you do?  The answer probably doesn't come as too much of a surprise: It really all comes down to where you're located. For those of us in Ohio, you most likely call it pop. It's the preferred term for most people in the Midwest and the West, though you might run into a few strays up in these parts who call it soda. That being said, soda...

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