What we learned while making the October issue, from Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus' first-ever show at a local concert hall to Ohio State's dead man on campus

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 October issue, with links to the full stories.

1. Rick Hodges, whose name represented state government on the landmark marriage equality lawsuit, attended a gay wedding days after the Supreme Court ruled against Ohio.

2. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts played his first real concert at the King’s Place, a defunct Christian venue in Reynoldsburg.

3. Drive Capital’s Mark Kvamme won the Grand Champion Goat at the Ohio State Fair’s Sale of Champions because his 6-year-old daughter just kept bidding.

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4. In 1967, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson shared the stage for a run of shows dubbed “The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World.”

5. The ashes of Herbert “Hub” Spencer Atkinson—an OSU grad and longtime trustee—are buried behind a wall in Bricker Hall.

6. San Margherita’s St. Margaret of Cortona church has a portrait of St. Margaret of Antioch because the bishop named the parish for the wrong saint.

7. A decade ago, homes in the Westgate neighborhood spent around 115 days on the market; today, they’re selling in about 30.

8. The Light of Seven Matchsticks, the speakeasy-style bar below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza, got its name from the Wes Anderson movie “Moonrise Kingdom.”

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