Letters and chatter about Columbus Monthly

To the editor,

I loved Jeff Darbee's article (on jazz at the Grandview Inn,City Quotient, March 2015). The Dukes of Dixieland did indeed play at the Grandview Inn, and they come back to the Columbus area every few years. I remember right after I took the band over in the mid-'70s, we were doing a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts in Columbus in the old Ohio Theatre that was about to be closed and remodeled after that concert. The Dukes of Dixieland opened, followed by the Four Freshmen and closed by Stan Kenton's big band. Even though the Dukes have made their home base on the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans' French Quarter for the past 22 years, they do get up to the Columbus area, the next time being a fundraiser for the Newark-Granville Symphony on Oct. 24.

John Shoup
Producer and manager of The Dukes of Dixieland
New Orleans

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To the editor,

I was reading my latestColumbus Monthlyon a plane and read your statement about being on a mission to drop "Ohio" from the "Columbus, Ohio" when telling people where you're from. Amen! I've been saying that for years!! For crying out loud, we're the 15th largest city in the nation and the capital of Ohio. Please! I'm proud to be from Columbus. THE Columbus-you know, in Ohio!

Wendy Tullis
Columbus, Period

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Editor Kristen Schmidt's April issue letter about Columbus' personality complex drew some response from readers online. "There is a lot to be proud of in this city and yes, we don't need people from outside the city to validate what we know. The easiest way to show civic pride-when someone asks where you are from, just say Columbus-don't add Ohio. Another easy way, drink a Columbus-crafted craft beer," wrote Columbus Brew Adventures via Facebook. And Rosilyn Latham Meisel commented: "Why would we want everyone else showing up here? Let's keep things quiet-it'll help keep the lines down at our fabulous restaurants."

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Michelle Sullivan's March profile of journalist Wil Haygood won praise from people who have crossed Haygood's path over the years. "Thank you for your excellent story about my friend Wil. It truly captures the essence of his stellar career," wrote Bill Orrico, a retired firefighter from Worcester, Massachusetts. "Wil wrote 'A Widow's Story' back in 1999 when Worcester lost six firefighters in a warehouse fire. I have been a friend ever since and watched his star continue to rise." And Bob Gorman, former editor of theWatertown Daily Times(New York), who helped Haygood with research for his book on Sugar Ray Robinson, wrote to say: "Wil has been successful in part because the world doesn't know who he is, and yet no one deserves to be known worldwide more than Wil. He deserves to have his story told, and we are all fortunate that you were the one telling it."

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Corrections

Our feature on 2015 summer fairs and festivals (April 2015) misstated the date of Red, White & Boom. The fireworks will go off Friday, July 3. Also, the location of the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival was misstated. Find the festivities May 23 to 25 at 11324 Mt. Vernon Road, Utica, OH 43080.

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