What we learned while making the September issue, from professional dog-walkers to real-estate love letters

One of the best things about being a magazine editor is learning tons of interesting facts as we put together each issue. We also have a unique role as generalists—we get to learn about a wide and ever-changing array of topics. One month we may be writing about crime, the next about crème brûlée. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our September issue, with links to the full stories.

1 A burgeoning industry of dog-walkers has sprung up around Amazon’s Seattle headquarters to cater to employees who bring their pets to work.

2 Other than ECOT’s offices, the most expensive lot auctioned during the failed charter school’s liquidation was 45 TI-84 calculators—for $7,655.

3 The nation’s first organized crime syndicate, the Black Hand Society, was investigated and broken up by Columbus-based postal inspector Frank Oldfield. One target of the Black Hand was President Woodrow Wilson, who received a threatening letter from a Youngstown steelworker demanding $5,000.

4 The members of an orchestra tune their instruments to the standard A note produced by the oboe.

5 The sizable art collection owned by attorney Larry James—who once led The King Arts Complex’s board—was started with a $25 poster.

6 Home buyers in Columbus have been writing “love letters” to sellers explaining more about themselves to get an emotional edge in an increasingly tight market.

7 After WWII, the Lustron Corporation of Columbus built 2,500 of its eponymous homes—made of prefabricated, enameled metal pieces—and 21 remain standing in Central Ohio.

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