When the Cleveland Union Terminal was formally opened in 1930, this souvenir dedication book was issued, explaining the new project and showing beautiful drawings of the facility.
Although not credited in the orginal book, the illustrations appear to be the work of John Kemeny, noted illustrator of Hungarian language publications in Cleveland at the time.
"As part of the Office of Archeology and Historic preservation, Department of Interior, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documents historic engineering and industrial sites throughout the Nation. This inventory is the first step in the documentation process." -- from the Introduction
Former Plain Dealer columnist George Condon coined the phrase "The Best Kept Secret" that has since become synonymous with Cleveland (no longer the Mistake on the Lake!). This book is his masterpiece, a compilation of history, familiar names and faces, and the tongue in cheek humanism that made his column a household institution in Cleveland for a quarter century. (Review from Amazon.com)
Democratizing Cleveland is the result of almost fifteen years of research on a topic that has been missing from local works on Cleveland history: the community organizing movement that put neighborhood concerns and neighborhood voices front and center in the setting of public policies in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Long before Jacobs Field, the area just south of downtown was the site of the Haymarket district, the Central Market and parts of the Big Italy neighborhood. Edward D'Alessandro lived in "the Ginney Block," an Italian immigrant apartment building, until the new Cleveland Union Terminal construction project demolished it in 1928.
Post script: This self-described "dead-end kid" graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Carroll University and enjoyed a 40-year career at the Cleveland Public Library, retiring in 1970 as Director of the Library.
The author recounts the life of his father, Rocco D'Alessandro, a master tailor, who immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio from Italy at the turn of the 20th century.
from the last chapter:
"...the crooked little Cuyahoga, no larger than many a good fishing stream, required of men their best effort and magnified them. It turned them into giants who forced the valley into the pivotal position in mid-America's economy.
The little river is still challenging men to works so vast that mile for mile it can't be matched by any river I have ever heard of in the world."
Burt W. Griffin has been a judge of the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio since January 3, 1975. From 1966 to 1975, he served as a legal aid lawyer in various capacities including Executive Director of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society and National Director of the Legal Services Program, U.S. Office of Economic opportunity.
He was Assistant Counsel to the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy during 1964.
Judge Griffin has been a life-long resident of Greater Cleveland. he was born in Cleveland's Hough section in 1932, lived in the Shaker Square area of Cleveland from 1937 to 1960, and has resided in Shaker Heights since then. Judge Griffin is a political science graduate of Amherst College, B.A. Cum Laude, 1954 and Yale Law School, J.D., 1959. (from the original back cover, but still current in 2005)
During the night of July 18, 1966, racial turmoil in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood resulted in one of the most serious outbreaks of civil disorder in the city's history. A week later, when the National Guard had finally restored order, four people were dead, dozens were injured, hundreds of fires had been reported, and millions of dollars of property had been destroyed.
This thesis was presented to Princeton University only two years after the riots.
from the foreward by Darrell A. Young:
"The city fathers have been called visionaries. The city has been studied by architects, planners, engineers and the like from all over the country. What is it about Beachwood that has attracted so much attention?
To be certain, there is something magical that has taken place over the last 80 years in Beachwood and Jeffrey Morris has finally documented the historical blueprint from which we can study and learn. This book is the first opportunity to understand our heritage and to delve into the intellect that forged this wonderful community."
A comprehensive chronicle of the jazz scene in Cleveland, Cleveland Jazz History covers the city's earliest links to jazz all the way to the major players at the turn of the 21st century.
No detached, scholarly, objective examination of the past, this is an eyewitness account of Cleveland during Phil Porter's fifty-year career as a working newspaperman in the city, told in his own blunt, subjective, often controversial style.
Phil Porter retired in 1966 as executive editor of The Plain Dealer.
"This life and those years are shared with you in the pages of this book by a man who would be remarkable at any time in history and is doubly remarkable in today's...world. Reading what he has to say of himself, of his career, of his work, of his philosophy, is to find yourself thinking of the quiet sages of another era."
Seltzer was editor of The Cleveland Press from 1928-1966.