What we learned while making the April issue, from Root Insurance's billion-mile year to the oversized theater at the Wagnalls Memorial Library

As magazine editors, we write about an ever-changing array of topics month after month, from crime to crème brûlée. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our April issue, with links to the full stories.

1 Of the 19 internal deputies and commanders qualified for the Columbus Police chief job, only three are women and none are black.

2 There are 1,873 kilometers—or 1,164 miles—between Columbus and Havana, Cuba, where 39 Central Ohioans displayed their art in an international exhibition in April.

3 A saxophone that was on display in Uncle Sam’s Pawn Shop until its recent closure was once in an exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

4 In 2018, users of Columbus-based Root Insurance drove a total of 1,592,334,143 miles, enough for more than 3,000 trips back and forth to the moon.

5 Jason Alexander, aka George Costanza from Seinfeld, once starred in a 1985 McDonald’s commercial and a rare Broadway flop from Stephen Sondheim.

6 Victoria’s Secret still boasts annual sales of $7 billion, despite a drop of $400 million last year and the recent spate of public criticism.

7 The theater adjoining the Wagnalls Memorial Library was built to seat 400 people at a time when Lithopolis’ population was about 350.

8 Dorilocos, a dish at Paco’s Ricas Botanas on the West Side, isn’t a Taco Bell reject but instead consists of Nacho Cheese Doritos topped with fruit, peanuts and hot sauce.

9 The Peter Pan statue in front of the Main Library was modeled in part on 10-year-old Richard Pfeiffer, father of retired city attorney Rick Pfeiffer.


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