Some notes and quotes of interest will be included in this collection
of Ohio and Cleveland ties. I enjoy trying to find newsworthy articles
that may enlighten others from different areas of the country or world.
Hope you find something which is ‘new’ and interesting here to read
and think about. The subject matters range from three famous people
who led purposeful lives, one which was cut short and covering the
diverse subjects of advertising, music, art and solar energy.
Please let me know which little tidbits you found here may have
meant something to you.
My Mom is the one who planted many seeds of literature, language,
art, nature and music in her children and students. My Dad was the
one who taught me lessons about science, space, philosophy, history
and religion. Curiosity was an area they both instilled in me.
At my Mom’s Senior Living Apartments for several months family
members and actual residents had their artwork on display. It was
interesting how many different abstracts, photographs, needlepoint
and other fabric-based art pieces were presented. There were still
life’s, which included one of the best detailed watercolor art I had
seen in a long time. This golden orange train was one that caught
my eye, almost every trip down to the dining room during the
months from October until December, 2014.
The picture of the train, another of an outdoors scenery, along with
the preciseness of his watercolors drew me in. I had to know more
about John N. (Jack or “Franz”) Keeler. He resided in Westlake,
Ohio up until his death in 2012. His wife, Betty, is still a current
resident at the senior living apartments where my mother lives.
It is a fascinating history of a man who served his country during
WWII’s European front years, as a member of the U.S. Army Air
Corps. He came home to pursue art and advertising, his own choice
of opening one of the first in America’s merchandising (advertising)
agencies. The name he gave his agency was, “Point of Power,” and
his client list was famous. His clients included Alcoa, Carling Black
Label beer and Chevrolet. His unique, detailed artwork is beautiful.
It would have been nice to have met the man, Jack or ‘Franz” Keeler.
Since he lived a long and purposeful life of 92 years. I would have
liked to know more about him. What helped him to choose using his
art through advertising.
One of Otis Redding’s last public appearances was on a popular radio
station in Cleveland, Ohio. Can you believe Otis would have only been
74 years old had he lived beyond his shortened life of 26 years?
The Cleveland radio station was playing a December tribute to this
musical legend who died in a plane crash in 1967. When I heard the
list of songs Otis Redding had already produced in just 26 years of
living, I tried to picture what a huge impact and the ‘body’ of songs
we may have been able to hear from Otis had he lived a longer life.
Here is Otis Redding’s list of popular songs:
“These Arms of Mine”
“Try a Little Tenderness”
“(Sittin’) On the Dock of the Bay”
The words the radio announcer sent out to us, December, 2014
gave me a chill and left a haunting impression. He described Otis
Redding as a personable and likeable guest back visiting their
radio studio, in 1967. These words spoke volumes when the radio
“Otis (left us and ) got in that great bird to Heaven.”
Conan O’Brien talks about many national sports teams, including
the Cleveland Browns football team and basketball team, Cleveland
Cavaliers. Even though he is from Massachusetts, he often mentions
Ohio. I was putting on some “Burt’s Bees lip balm, when I overheard
him being quoted as saying about “Burt’s Bees,” in an interview.
Conan included some fun quips:
“Mind your own bees’ wax.”
“Just showing her the birds and the bees.”
Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz created from their candle
business, along with combining leftover bees wax, the company,
“Burt’s Bees,” which came out of Maine in the 1980’s and was
later purchased for a huge amount of money in 2007, by Clorox.
As far as I know from another article I looked up about Conan,
he is legally able to officiate at weddings and did participate in
marrying a gay couple in his home state in 2011. He is such an
interesting and intelligent talk show host, also one who displays
a keen sense of humor and compassion.
This is not directly from Ohio, but is being shared by this Ohio
native, from me to you.
Another word being used instead of “circular” lately is,
Another set of facts not coming directly from Ohio is how
awareness of solar energy is found available while driving up
and down rural country roads of Ohio. Solar Energy is also a
part of our local political debate. You can see the large white
(to me, innocuous) solar windmills more and more across the
countryside. For some reason, they are often ‘boycotted’ and
are being considered a ‘nuisance’ in the eyes of some beholders.
I like this famous quote from the inventor of electricity and
Milan, Ohio native:
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.
What a source of power!
I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal
run out before we tackle that.”
~Thomas Alva Edison, 1931.