“Sledgehammer” – Peter Gabriel (1986)
The weathervane high atop the former Akron-Fulton Airport Terminal Building, built in 1932.
Photo taken May 7, 2014
“I dreamt we were standing… by the banks of the Thames… where the cold grey waters ripple… in the misty morning light…”
“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” – The Pogues (1989)
“The Crooked River”– The Cuyahoga, as it flows slowly southward through the Village of Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio.
Stretching 85 miles in total length, The Cuyahoga River begins in Burton, Ohio, flowing south and west through Akron, in Summit County changing direction, where it heads north and eventually empties into Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.
Photo taken January 18, 2014
“All Star” – Smash Mouth (2008)
In 1869, John Heisman was born on this site, on the near west side of Cleveland, on Bridge Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood. Heisman was an important innovator of many aspects of modern day college football, and is the namesake of the Heisman Trophy, the annual award given to the best college football player in America. John Heisman also coached at Buchtel College, which eventually became the University of Akron, my college alma mater.
Congratulations to this years Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, quarterback from the #1 ranked Florida State Seminoles football team.
Photo taken November 14, 2013
“Pretty Good Year” – Tori Amos (1994)
Former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company World Headquarters are being transformed into a modern “live, work and play” mixed-use urban attraction on Akron, Ohio’s east side. Goodyear is moving into new facilities in the city, and the historic, old buildings that were vital to Akron’s development as the “rubber capital of the world”–1.7 million square feet, in all, are being redeveloped through an ambitious urban renewal project called “East End.”
Photo taken November 23, 2013
“Oh, if this old house could talk, what a story it would tell… It would tell about the good times and the bad times as well…”
“This Old House” – Loretta Lynn (2004)
The Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity house, on the campus of The University of Akron… My residence, for one year while in college. It looked in a lot better shape back in the day. Originally built as a servants quarters for a near by mansion, in 1898, the old frat house is set for demolition this summer. Located at 116 Fir Hill, in Akron, Ohio.
Photo taken on March 30, 2013.
“Vincent” – Don McLean
Located at 182 South Main Street, in Downtown Akron, Ohio—The Akron Civic Theater is one of only five remaining “atmospheric theaters” in the United States. The theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew from a design by famous theater architect John Eberson.
The interior décor of the Civic is a lavish combination of Mediterranean and medieval elegance. A patron to the theater will be awed by a specially designed twinkling star-lit sky ceiling with periodic clouds moving across the horizon. It is absolutely beautiful, and the mood enhancing experience is complemented by authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures throughout the theater. Hidden beneath the stage of the Civic Theater is a grand, full-sized organ which rests on a special elevator, which rises and lowers during performances.
Photo taken October 6, 2012