Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Family Sick

3 family members have been in the hospital - 2 in intensive care - so we haven't been able to update the blog lately.  We will be back soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

The 2018 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has been announced.  The committee chose from over 100 deserving nominees and agreed unanimously on these 6 individuals.  Congratulations to the Class of 2018.

  • Sister Alicia Alvarado (Puerto Rican heritage)
  • Sheila Murphy Crawford (Irish heritage)
  • Dr. Atul Mehta (Indian heritage)
  • Abdullah (Abby) Mina (Lebanese heritage)
  • Ralph Perk Jr. (Czech Heritage - American Nationalities Movement)
  • Judge Ray Pianka (posthumously) (Polish heritage)

They will be inducted in a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center downtown on Tuesday April 17, 2018.  

To place a congratulatory message in the collector’s edition program book and/or for sponsorship and ticket information e-mail or call Debbie at 216-406-6594.

Magnum Computers Annual Holiday Party

Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.

The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 38th and St. Clair is always terrific and our 75 guests maxed out the party room.

Jose Feliciano

Jim Cookinham and Dan Hanson

Joshua Edmonds

Paramjit Singh

Russ Mitchell and Brad Sussman

Gia Hoa Ryan, Lisa Wong, Nada Martonovic and Oanh Loi-Powell

More photos from the 2017 Magnum Party

The attendees are involved in one or more of the projects that we are involved in such as: 

  • Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc. which has refurbished and donated over 15,000 PCs to over 450 schools and non-profits in Cleveland.

  • where we celebrate the 100+ ethnic groups in the area and make it a more attractive destination for immigrant talent as well as showing what a cool and diverse city we live in.

  • which has grown, by popular demand, from a section on GreatLakesGeek to its own website with some great speakers and topics.

  • which was intended to give visiting reporters some interesting stories during the RNC and Cavs championship run but has evolved into a collection of great Cleveland stories, firsts and landmarks.

  • which is for foodies, chefs and wannabe chefs as we celebrate how Cleveland has become a foodie town with great chefs and restaurants.

  • Cleveland Food Adventurers a group that visits local ethnic restaurants and learns about the food and culture while enjoying camaraderie and a great meal.

  • for the 50 and over crowd and those who care for and about them.

  • ClevelandWomen.Com for girls and women of all ages in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

  • Cleveland International Hall of Fame which recognizes lifetimes of important and enduring contributions to Cleveland's multi cultural communities.

  • The business, science and technology information on is becoming more essential as many of our longtime favorite print publications have disappeared or cut back.

  • Magnum Computers Inc. where we try and earn some $ so we can volunteer more for CAP and support our other projects. (grin)

  • ClevelandPets.Com for the four-legged (and other) members of our families.
  • And some more projects we are working on.
When asked what the diverse group of guests had in common, some reflection made it clear that they, like us, love Cleveland. Most have had many opportunities to work and live in other cities. But we have all chosen to be here because we believe in the city.

As attendees introduced themselves, this became evident and all were impressed by the positive outlooks expressed.

And though the techies naturally gravitated to their own area, as did the media, international, political and other types of guests the fun was when seemingly unconnected people discovered a thread that connected them to someone else in the room.

Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

International Fashion Show

A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

2 pages of photos and videos

International Fashion Show page 1


International Fashion Show page 2

8th Annual International Cleveland Expo

The mission of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) is to "Celebrate Cleveland's multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation on initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people".

One of the most popular of ICC-WIN's activities is the annual Multicultural Holiday Party. The 2017 event, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, was the 8th annual party. Hundreds of people from dozens of diverse backgrounds gathered to sample international foods, watch performances, view an international fashion show and meet and socialize with others.

Multicultural People Watching in Cleveland

It was a lot of fun watching the people in traditional ethnic costumes at the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration.

Take a look at the ICC-WIN People Page and see if you recognize anyone.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Carpatho-Rusyn Day in Cleveland

On October 26, 2017 the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society celebrated Carpatho-Rusyn Day in North America by having the Rusyn flag flown over Cleveland City Hall for the entire day.

In the evening there were speeches, entertainment and celebrating.

If you don't know, the Rusyns are a people without a country.  They are from the  Carpathian Mountains region in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.

More on Carpatho-Rusyn Day in Cleveland

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Doing Business with and in Asia

The Ohio Asian American Economic Summit took place November 14, 2017 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel International and Margaret Wong & Associates LLC were the event sponsors. was honored to be a supporting organization.

Ariel CEO Radhika Reddy had worked toward this event for years and with the support of Margaret Wong was able to fill the room with people interested in doing business in and with Asia and a stellar group of speakers and panelists including the Consul General of India who flew in from New York and the Consul General of Japan who came in from Detroit.

Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, 
Consul General of India

Radhika Reddy and Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada

I recorded the entire day -all the info panels, the keynotes and the dignitaries.  Take a look at our Ohio Asian American Economic Summit  page.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lebanon Day in Cleveland 2017

The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 7th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 74th independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

More Photos and videos of 2017 Lebanon Day

The Ajyal Lebanese dancers performed.

Photos and video of Ajyal

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 - 94 years ago. Last year in 2016 the Cleveland Turkish community dedicated the new Turkish Cultural Garden.

They gathered again one year later on Sunday October 29, 2017 to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden.

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots.
Many cultivated varieties of tulips were widely grown in Turkey long before they were brought to Holland from Turkey In the 16th Century.

The time between 1718-1730 is called the "Tulip Era of Turkey". It was under the reign of sultan Ahmed III and tulips became an important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life during this peaceful time.

The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word "tulbend" or "turban", which the flower resembles. It's considered as the King of Bulbs.

See more from the tulip planting in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ethiopian Food - You have entered a Fork Free Zone

As youmay  know, the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers travel to authentic ethnic restaurants in the Cleveland area and, besides enjoying a special traditional menu, learn about the culture of the country.

Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant is run by Zeleke Belete and the evening included many glimpses into the geography, history and culture of Ethiopia.

Zeleke told the Food Adventurers that they had entered a Fork Free Zone and explained that Ethiopian food is eaten with the spongy injera bread instead of silverware.

Zeleke prepared a special menu for the Adventurers including:

  • Mild Chicken Stew
  • Mild Beef Stew
  • Spicy Beef Stew
  • Beef tips
  • Red Lentil stew
  • Split Yellow Peas
  • Chick Pea stew with beef
  • Cabbage and Carrots
  • Kale and collard Greens
  • Green Beans and carrots
  • House Salad
  • Fresh made cottage cheese

In this short video, Zeleke explains the foods.  

Where in the world is Ethiopia?

When I spoke at the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers event at the Ethiopian Restaurant Zoma in Cleveland Heights Ohio  several people asked "Where in the world is Ethiopia?"

I showed that Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa (East Africa about 2/3rds of the way up) and how the geography is important to the politics and history.

I also told of how the Nile River flows South to North and is split, how Ethiopia is the originator of coffee and about the languages (Amharic and others) and religions (Orthodox Christian and Muslim) of Ethiopia.

Watch this short video of Dan's answers about Ethiopia.

Bob Marley, Reggae and the Ethiopian connection

I am a big fans of reggae music especially Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

They were both followers of Rastafarianism.  Both a religious movement and social movement, it developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. Practitioners are known as Rastafari, Rastafarians, or Rastas.

Many Rastas call for the resettlement of the African diaspora in either Ethiopia or Africa more widely, referring to this continent as the Promised Land of "Zion.”  Western society is considered to be the oppressive "Babylon".

The smoking of cannabis is regarded as a sacrament with beneficial properties. Rastas place emphasis on what they regard as living 'naturally', adhering to ital (take the v off of vital) diets, allowing their hair to form into dreadlocks, and following patriarchal gender roles.

It was influenced by the Back-to-Africa movement promoted by black nationalist figures like Marcus Garvey.

Rastafarianism is an Abrahamic religion. Rastafari believe in a single God—referred to as Jah—who partially resides within each individual.

Meanwhile, Haile Selassie I ruled as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.  Many Rastas regard him as an incarnation of Jah on Earth and as the Second Coming of Christ. Others regard him as a human prophet who fully recognized the inner divinity within every individual. During his life, Selassie described himself as a devout Christian.

The 1974 overthrow of Haile Selassie by the military Derg and his death in 1975 resulted in a crisis of faith for many Rastas.  Enthusiasm for Rastafari declined in the 1980s, following the deaths of Haile Selassie and Bob Marley.

But the music is still great.

Watch this short video telling the story of reggae and Rastas.

More from the Ethiopian Passport Adventure

Why the 3.2 million year old female skeleton was called Lucy

When I spoke recently at the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers event at the Ethiopian Restaurant Zoma in Cleveland Heights I  told how several important finds have propelled Ethiopia to the forefront of palaeontology.

This included the several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago that is called Lucy.

Lucy is probably the most well-known hominid discovery. It's offical name is Australopithecus afarensis. Known locally as Dinkinesh, the specimen was found in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Region in 1974 by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  It is one of the most complete and best preserved adult Australopithecine fossils ever uncovered.

There is a cool story how they came up with the name Lucy.  Watch the short video to hear it.

Photos, videos and more from the Ethiopia adventure to Zoma

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Top 5 groups

It's always interesting to see which of the 100+ ethnic groups will attract the most visitors in a month.

October's results were fairly predictable though that is not always the case.

The Top 5 groups with the most visitors in October 2017 on ClevelandPeople.Com were: Italian, Indian, Irish, Polish and Slovak.

Lithuanian was a close #6