Alive & Unedited: Jerry Kaltenbach

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Jerry Kaltenbach, Brian Foy and John Frazier hope you'll do a good deed, then brag about it. In fact, the three creators of want you to tell the whole world.

Through their website, people share stories about acts of goodwill, track how people pay them forward and learn about those helping the community. Kaltenbach shared more about starting the give.


I never really left Columbus. I grew up just outside of Hilliard, then moved into Upper Arlington before I started high school. I just went 90 minutes away to Ohio University to get out of town at least a little bit.

I didn't decide what I wanted to be until I was in college. I went the law school route. I thought that I'd like to have a better understanding of how the world works. I thought a legal education would be the best way to do that.

In my daily life as a litigator, I'm doing important work. But I think it's also good to know that I'm involved in something that's promoting selfless acts of goodwill that help people in the community. gives people the opportunity to brag about the things they're doing in the community. A lot of times, if people went and donated time or worked at a soup kitchen, they might think that they're grandstanding. Our whole position is that you ought to be.

The website allows you to create a giving thread. It's kind of like a family tree. If I pass out some sandwiches to less fortunate people and somebody reads that and does the same thing, I get to see how my act of goodwill spread.

A foyble can be as simple as a sandwich or as grandiose as a million dollars to charity.

For me, is a little bit like going to a movie. When you're working on a cause or a project that's for the benefit of other people, it's a break from your own life for a little while. It's a break from your everyday stresses.

In my spare time, I love to play the guitar. I have since I was 15. I love to go skiing. I've done that since I was five. I used to take a trip out West every year with my buddies.

The coolest thing I own is a 1968 Martin D28 acoustic guitar that was signed by Johnny Cash. My dad was manager of the Ohio State Fair from 1968 to 1971. Back then, we didn't have the Newport, Schottenstein, Nationwide Arena. Big acts came to the fair. My dad got to meet Cash. After the show, he signed the guitar and gave it to my dad.

Something I'm really good at is Ms. Pac-Man. I logged a lot of hours in the game room at the Max & Erma's on Bethel Road.

My favorite thing about Columbus is that you can very easily be in the middle of the metropolis, the concrete jungle, then spend 10 minutes and you're in a farm field. Every landscape is available to you.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at

Age: 32

Day job: Attorney at Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor

Neighborhood: Upper Arlington

Alma mater: B.A., Ohio University; J.D., Capital University Law School

Hometown: Columbus


Playing Favorites

Favorite movie: The Empire Strikes Back

Favorite TV show: 30 Rock (now), Seinfeld (all-time)

Favorite author: Michael Crichton

Favorite band: Pearl Jam

Favorite song: "Last Exit" by Pearl Jam

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite food: Sandwiches

Favorite drink: A glass of beer just a biscuit above freezing