Strange Tales from Ohio 2nd Edition
True Stories of Remarkable People, Places, and Events in Ohio History
by Neil Zurcher
- Softcover, 241 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-59851-048-5
A delightful read . . . Zurcher chooses his anecdotes well, balancing scandalous murder mysteries and the truly odd with lighter fare about Ohio's famous inventors and funniest first achievements. Akron Life Magazine
Ohio history can get pretty strange! From the author of the popular offbeat travel guide “Ohio Oddities”, here are 75 equally odd tales of Ohio's most remarkable people, places, and events.
Learn why residents of Blueball, Ohio, erected a monument to a pig. Witness the birth of the inflatable airplane in Akron. Revisit Ohio's last public whipping, near Dayton. Find out if Ohio really was bombed by the Japanese in World War II. Read about Ashtabula's famed Headless Chicken, who lived without his noggin for 38 days . . . the world's first recorded automobile accident . . . the man who invented disposable diapers . . .
A real treat for anyone who enjoys Ohio history with a twist.
Illustrations: 56 black-and-white photographs
A delightful read . . . Zurcher chooses his anecdotes well, balancing scandalous murder mysteries and the truly odd with lighter fare about Ohio's famous inventors and funniest first achievements . . . Embedded in the book is the message that Ohio is a state worthy of public interest. Zurcher takes special care to highlight the great achievements of local people and organizations . . . Zurcher is unique in his ability to mine the treasure trove of bizarre Ohio history. Akron Life & Leisure
Neil Zurcher claims he's no historianjust a history buff. However, one can't help but be impressed by his scholarship after reading Strange Tales From Ohio, a collection of mostly forgotten curiosities from the past. Scene Magazine
Includes some quite remarkable stories, all taking place in a state practically synonymous with normality, even blandness. News-Journal
About Neil Zurcher
Neil Zurcher logged more than a million miles on Ohio's roads over 25 years as a TV travel reporter. He was the original host of the One Tank Trips travel report, which aired on Fox8 Television in Cleveland and has since been imitated in other television markets throughout the United States. He has also written about travel for AAA Ohio Motorist Magazine and The Plain Dealer. Zurcher received the Distinguished Service award from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy, the Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and has been inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received their Living Legacy Award in 2007. He has written five books about Ohio, including Ohio Oddities and Strange Tales from Ohio. He blogs at www.onetanktrips.com. More About Neil Zurcher
Contains References to:
Akron, OH, Anti-Horse Thief Society, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Tank, Barberton, OH, Cow Races, Funeral Home Museum, Great Lakes Exposition, John Mercer Langston, Lake View Cemetery, Neil Zurcher , Ohio Urban Legends, Oldest Revolutionary War Veteran, One Tank Trips, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Perry's Monument, Poland China Hog, Slingshot Car, Thomas Edison, Warren Guthrie