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History Lesson: Happy Birthday to Ohio’s Statehouse

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Happy Birthday to Ohio’s Statehouse

Happy Birthday to our State House, which on November 15, 2011 will turn 150 years old! I think it is fair to make the argument that without Columbus being designated the Capital of Ohio on February 14, 1812, the development of our city would have proceeded very differently. In fact, it is possible that there […]

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History Lesson: Professional Football in Columbus

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Professional Football in Columbus

While the leaves are turning and falling throughout Columbus, the obsession and fervor with the OSU gridiron rises again, like a seasonal scarlet phoenix. Trips, parties, business deals and even weddings are scheduled, postponed and rescheduled depending on what team is battling the Buckeyes and the only two questions most commonly uttered are “where?” and […]

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History Lesson: An Accidental Activist

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson:  An Accidental Activist

With the back-to-school rush now nearly over, there is much I take for granted as a matter of course at the Columbus City Schools. For instance, I take it for granted that the Elementary Schools will have a library from which students can readily borrow books to enjoy and a school counselor that they can […]

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History Lesson: The Downtown Columbus Riverfront

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The Downtown Columbus Riverfront

The Scioto Mile Park opened on Thursday July 7, 2011 and has been receiving rave reviews! While not linked by geography to the Columbus Commons, which opened slightly earlier on May 26, these “sister” parks have added a great deal of public park space to the core of Downtown Columbus. Prior to their openings, the […]

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History Lesson: The Site of Columbus Commons

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The Site of Columbus Commons

Many of us can remember City Center and the ever-changing Rubik’s Cube of shops that began with upscale retailers like Marshall Field’s, Armani Exchange and Henri Bendel but concluded with the likes of the Dollar Store. Some of us – like me – can remember a time shortly before that when the Centrum Ice-Skating Rink […]

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Columbus History: The Life of Eddie Rickenbacker

Doug Motz Doug Motz

It is interesting to note that in Columbus, only three buildings are registered on the National Register of Historic Landmarks – the Statehouse, the Ohio Theatre, and the boyhood home of Eddie Rickenbacker at 1376 East Livingston Avenue near Miller Avenue. Captain Eddie, as he came to be known after earning the additional moniker of […]

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