What we learned while making the June and July issues, from the Ohio State Swan Club's founding to the city's multibillion-gallon growth in sewage treatment

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 June and July issues, with links to the full stories.

1 Clark Wilson, the Ohio Theatre’s house organist, attended the theater’s farewell concert 50 years ago, seven months before it was saved from demolition.

2 J.M. Barrie adopted five brothers after the death of their parents, and those boys’ make-believe adventures inspired him to write his Peter Pan tales.

3 Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married at Malabar Farm State Park, the former home of author and conservationist Louis Bromfield.

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4 “Sunflowers in the Windstorm,” a painting at the Columbus Museum of Art, has inspired a Downtown mural, a CCAD hat project and at least one wedding proposal.

5 James Thurber didn’t graduate from Ohio State because his vision was too poor for him to pass a required ROTC course.

6 OSU’s synchronized swimming team began in 1928 as the Ohio State Swan Club and won the first-ever collegiate national championship in 1977.

7 Mario Nedelkoski, one of the owners of Jimmy V’s Grill & Pub in Westerville, used to be the Crew SC mascot, Crew Cat, in the early 2000s.

8 Craft brewing employed 8,341 Ohioans in 2018, according to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, with a statewide economic impact of nearly $1 billion. Ohio also produced the fourth-highest quantity of craft beer of any state in the nation.

9 Columbus’ two wastewater plants treated 6 billion more gallons of sewage in 2018 than they did in 2011.

10 Egg whites are often used in winemaking as “fining” agents to remove undesirable substances like harsh tannins.

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