Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cleveland and Marines Rock

Every day during Marine Week Cleveland the Quantico Marine Band performed at Public Square.

They also performed some of their rock repertoire at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It was surreal to see the very clean cut guys jamming on rock classics in front of the Grateful Dead sign at the Rock Hall.

Quantico Marine Band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

More from Marine Week Cleveland

Besides the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the 400+ flags at Voinovich Park, Marine Week had a lot of other cool stuff.

For example, there was a mini-exhibit from the National Museum of the Marine Corps

There was also all kinds of vehicles, equipment and technology on display - some hands-on.   Marine technology in Cleveland.

We posted 7 pages of pictures and videos from Marine Week Cleveland  in the Veterans section of ClevelandSeniors.Com

Saturday, June 23, 2012

TRS80 Model 100 Portable Computer

Way back in 1983 the Great Lakes Geek got his first portable computer. It had a great form factor, nice keyboard and useful ports.

The LCD screen was only 8 lines and 40 characters across but that seemed plenty for the text-based BASIC programs you ran on the unit.

Maybe the best part of the ahead-of-its-time unit was the built-in 300 bps (yes 300 bps) modem. It made the Model 100 a favorite of journalists who could type about 10 pages of text into the unit and then plug into a phone line and upload their columns to the main office. 300 bps sounds excrutiatingly slow but when you just transferred ASCII character and plain text, it was surprisingly useful. The Geek spent a lot of time on the old Cleveland Freenet with that device.

The Great Lakes Geek recently uncovered his old Model 100 and shot this video of it. Ah, memories.

Hungarian meat

Ever wonder about some of the strange sounding meats in the ethnic butcher shop? Blood Sausage, Head Cheese, Klobasa - what exactly are they? And what makes Hungarian pigs, Mangalitsa Pigs, so unique? 

Tom Ratoni-Nagy was one of the judges in the annual Hungarian Goulash (Gulyas) Cook-Off and he explained some of the meats in this video.

Bratislava Mayor in Cleveland

Cleveland Ohio and Bratislava Slovakia are sister cities.  Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik visited Cleveland last week and besides seeing the statue of General Milan R. Stefanik, he toured the Slovak Cultural Garden and spoke at a CCWA event.

 He was accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick.

 Cleveland Slovak George Terbrack showed the Slovak Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio to Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik.  The Garden has busts of Slovak poet Ján Kollár and Stefan Furdek.  Mayor Milan Ftacnik helped plant a larch tree in the Garden.

US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick and Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik spoke about some of the highlights of the relationship between the US and Slovakia at a Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) meeting. 

General Milan R. Stefanik

If you take a wrong turn on MLK behind the Art and Natural History Museums, you will see a little island in all the traffic at MLK and Jeptha.  The island is small and barely has room to host the large statue of General Milan R. Stefanik.

General Milan R. Stefanik is a Slovak hero who died young and was memorialized with the statue in Cleveland in 1922.

As the surrounding real estate gets more crowded (and valuable) plans are to move the statue, hopefully to the Slovak Cultural Garden.

Bratislava, Slovakia  Mayor Milan Ftacnik visited the statue on June 16, 2012.  He had some interesting words to say in this short video we shot in front of the statue of the General.

Photos, video and more from the General Milan R. Stefanik statue

Juneteenth in Cleveland

Juneteenth was celebrated in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on Sunday June 17, 2012.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863 but in parts of the South, slavery continued. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

Juneteenth has been mostly a Southern event but it has been spreading in recent years.

 Juneteenth in Cleveland - photos and videos

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

400+ Flags at Marine Week

It is also very inspiring to walk through the 400+ US Flags at Marine Week in Cleveland.  In the front there are a few special flags - POW/MIA, etc.

With the wind coming off Lake Erie, the flags are all flying, not hanging, so it's very powerful.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

The largest replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is on display at the Marine Week celebration in Cleveland's Voinovich Park.  It is an emotional experience to walk past name after name after name after name... of young people who lost their lives.

It was especially moving to see a memento left in front of one name of a West Tech high school graduate who lost his life.  So many and so young.

Saturday, June 09, 2012


Terrific drumline drum competition between Glenville and CMSD HS students at last week's African-American Festival in Cleveland.

Turn your speakers up, click the icon to make it full screen and have a blast!

Drum competition pics and video.

These kids are great!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Over 450 people attended the Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions.  There are 6 pages of photos of attendees here. 

Who do you recognize?