Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kill the Irishman - the Danny Greene story

Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia.

Like many other Clevelanders, I have my own memories of Danny Greene. He was always very nice to my grandmother and other family members. I remember the green pens he would hand out and the Irish flag flying over his Collinwood home.

Lots of other memories too that I am not going to post in the blog (for now at least)

Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porrello wrote the book that became the movie Kill the Irishman.

Read the Rick Porrello interview

Enter the contest to win a free DVD of Kill the Irishman

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hot in Cleveland

My sister Debbie was down at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the big red carpet event when the cast of Hot in Cleveland visited.

She has a write-up and some terrific pictures at Hot in Cleveland on ClevelandWomen.Com

The ladies - Betty White, Valerie Bertineli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick (in photo above)- were greeted by enthusiastic fans and a horde of media.

I am not really the intended demographic for the TV show but when I have watched it was funny and Cleveland came out looking good.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Army Birthday

I guess I never really associated Flag Day with the birthday of the US Army but I learned better last Tuesday.

The Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County presented a special event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Along with a Flag Day celebration they honored the US Army on its 236th birthday and also held a Naturalization Ceremony for new US citizens.

It was an inspiring event and the pride in the faces of the new citizens (from about 20 different countries) was evident.

Check out the Flag Day celebration and Happy Birthday Army!

Friday, June 03, 2011

I'm Baaaack - from the Hall of Fame

OK, it's been too long since I last posted. Thanks for those who checked in to see what was up.

The main reason is that we have been swamped with the 2nd induction of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

On May 11, 2011 we had almost 450 people in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center for the induction dinner ceremony.

As much as we enjoyed Sterle's last year for the inaugural induction, this event was really something.

The class was amazing. 9 diverse people who have made substantial and lasting contributions to our region.

The inductors were special and some of the pairings (Rock Hall CEO Terry Stewart inducting Polka King Tony Petkovsek, Congressman Louis Stokes inducting Rev Dr Otis Moss Jr and Sam Miller inducting Albert Ratner, for example) were described as 'delicious.'

The keynote was by Forest City Co-chairman Sam Miller. Wow.

So finally the photos and video from the Cleveland International Hall of Fame are posted on ClevelandPeople.Com.

About 12 pages so check them out when you get a chance.

And expect to see more regular postings from yours truly. Thanks for your patience.