Columbus residents tell us the most prominent objects among their stuff

  

   

Rich Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor

I just can't part with the biggest and best of the trophies my mom and dad won in contract bridge tournaments. My dad was one of the first 500 Life Master players in the country. The trophies date back many decades, and some of them are just enormous. My parents actually met at a bridge tournament, so that's a sentimental tie as well.

Paul Keels, voice of the Buckeyes, WBNS Radio

I still have quite the collection of cassette tapes dating back to high school in the 1970s, ranging from disco, old-school R&B and jazz. On occasion I'll crank them up on the front porch, or in back with the BBQ grill going, and just drift back in time.

Michael Drake, President, Ohio State University

I will admit to having more than one guitar. Certain guitars work for different kinds of music—but they also have different personalities. I think from time to time about getting rid of one or another, but then there's always something special that one guitar does better than any of the others.

Beth Paul, President, Capital University

I confess to having in excess of 300 pairs of earrings. As a person who loves whimsy, and as a psychologist fascinated by inner dynamics, my earrings express any number of sentiments.From Ouija Board “Yes” and “No” earrings that are very helpful for interviews, to earrings that pledge that I “will work for chocolate,” I enjoy earrings as whimsical expression and fun conversation starters.

Scott Stienecker, President, PromoWest Productions

I have all of my music memorabilia in my offices, but at home, I have 10 glass display cases filled with collectible sports cards, and then a whole room upstairs that's filled with nothing but cards I've been collecting my whole life. I put the cards of the players I liked best when I was growing up in the cases. I like being able to turn my son on to who I watched as a kid.

Marcus Meacham, Executive chef, Latitude 41

My parents were foster parents, and basically we had a playroom with endless amounts of toys. A great way to wrangle all the kids and to get peace was everyone's favorite, Saturday morning cartoons. Pee-wee's Playhouse was my favorite, and out of all of the toys we had access to, I wanted to make a damn foil ball like Pee-wee Herman. This foil ball has been around my being since 1987. My fiancé makes fun of me every day.

Sangeeta Lakhani, Owner, The Table

I have held onto my mom's stash of costume jewelry from the '60s–'70s. I don't know why. It's beautiful, but not my style at all. I have friends who would love it, and probably wear it beautifully, but I can't seem to share it. So once a year, I go through the box, ooh and aah over every piece, and carefully put it away for another time.

David Brown, Founder, The Harmony Project

After my paternal grandmother passed away, my cousins and I were going through the house claiming little pieces of our grandparents' lives. But I saw something that mattered more to Mamaw Brown than any old antique: her last pack of cigarettes, unopened. That 24-year old pack of cigarettes is an unlikely centerpiece on a coffee table. But when it catches the eye of a guest, I get to tell a Mamaw Brown story, and her memory stays alive.