Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ohio, USA

I posted about Paul Newman in The Hustler earlier in the week - born in Cleveland. Today, I give you a few other interesting things from the great state of Ohio.

Bob Feller: Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, mid 1930s to mid 1950s. Missed four years of baseball 1941-1945 to serve in World War II.

Jim Jarmusch: Filmmaker. One of the most regarded and critically acclaimed independent filmmakers ever - Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, among others. Here's the trailer for Mystery Train:

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Musician, most famous for his hit "I Put A Spell On You", seen below in a somewhat creepy (and yet pretty awesome) video. You can also see a glimpse of Hawkins in a red suit in the Mystery Train trailer:

Soledad Brothers
: Musicians/Band. Independent rock and roll band from Toledo. Now defunct, they once toured the world with big names like The White Stripes (good friends with the Whites), and were even adopted by Detroit as one of their own.

The Big Red Machine: The Cincinnati Reds 1970-1976. Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geromino, and Ken Griffey Sr.

Langston Hughes: Writer. One of the trailblazing African-American writers that defined the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. "Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."

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