This month, runners will once again descend upon downtown Cincinnati for the Flying Pig Marathon, a serious event that isn’t afraid to get silly.
May 2014 Issue
May 2014 Digest
The Flying Pig Marathon hits the pavement in Cincinnati, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum examines the music festival and Bengals great Anthony Munoz appears at this month's Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest.
Cincinnati may be called the Queen City now, but in another life it was known as Porkopolis. The meaty moniker came from the fact that the riverfront city was once a pork-processing capital — a pig’s last stop on its one-way trip to our breakfast plates.
“In the 1800s, [Cincinnati] had a very prolific meatpacking industry,” explains Iris Simpson Bush, executive director of the Flying Pig Marathon. “Pigs specifically were brought in at the docks and literally [walked] through the streets of Cincinnati to the stockyards and the processing plants.”
Founded in 1999, the Flying Pig Marathon, Half-marathon, 10K and 5K — taking place May 2–4 — encourages its participants to have fun by sporting pig costumes and other fun get-ups. But make no mistake: The weekend’s namesake 26.2-mile race is a serious endeavor. It takes participants into northern Kentucky and back across the river through various Cincinnati neighborhoods before finishing near the city’s flying pig sculptures at Sawyer Point along the riverfront.
Just 101 participants — or “streakers” as they’re referred to at The Pig — have completed the marathon every year since its inception. One of them is Wayne Hinaman, a former administrative manager for NCR Corp.
“I was 55 and my doctor said I should do something to lower my cholesterol,” Hinaman recalls. He started walking in his neighborhood and gradually increased his distances. After successfully completing Dayton’s Air Force Marathon in just over five hours, the self-proclaimed “race walker” decided to take part in the first Flying Pig Marathon.
“Fifteen years later, I’m still doing the same thing,” he says.
Since 1998, Hinaman, who turns 80 this August, has completed 41 marathons and is planning to once again take part in this year’s Cincinnati event.
“Last year I was in therapy for two herniated discs and a sciatic nerve and I told the therapist ‘I will do the Flying Pig Marathon in May,’ ” he says. “I think that’s the thing, you have to know, psychologically, can I do this or can’t I? Well I know I can do this. Will it be pretty? Well, that’s to be determined later.” — Kelsey Smith
Cincinnati Bengals star lineman Anthony Munoz is one of 100 gridiron legends gathering for this month’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest celebration.
The player who would come to be recognized as the greatest offensive
lineman in the history of the National Football League started his pro
career as a questionable first round draft pick by the Cincinnati
Bengals. “A lot of people thought the Bengals were crazy for drafting
me,” Anthony Munoz recalls. “I had three knee operations in college and
missed some big games.” After 13 seasons, two Super Bowls and 11 Pro
Bowl appearances, Munoz was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
in 1998 and is one of 100 Hall of Famers participating in the first ever
Hall of Fame Fan Fest May 3–4 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. We talked
with the 55-year-old Cincinnati legend about enshrinement in Canton,
his love for the Queen City and one memorable touchdown. — Barry
What was it like to join the exclusive fraternity of Hall of Famers?
It’s going on 16 years and I still have to pinch myself. I remember
that day like it was yesterday, a very hot day on the steps of the Hall
of Fame. My son Michael, who had just turned 17 the day before,
presented me and he nailed it. Every August I make the trip up to
Canton. Any time we have an opportunity [such as Fan Fest] to get this
many guys together, it’s important for us and even more important for
You’re a California native but have stayed in Cincinnati. Why?
I had an opportunity to take a job as line coach with John Robinson at
USC, but after a week of agonizing I turned it down. My wife and I felt
this was a place that had embraced us, a place we had fallen in love
with. I love the lifestyle, the people and the slower pace. Our
foundation to impact youth here is in its 13th year and has raised about
You played tackle yet scored four career touchdowns. Which one was the most memorable?
We were playing the Browns in Cleveland [in 1984] and all the players
were ankle-deep in mud. We were behind by seven and had a first and goal
at the seven-yard line with seven seconds left. Our rookie coach, Sam
Wyche, called the play where I lined up as an H-back and took a pass
from our rookie quarterback Boomer Esiason. I scored a touchdown and we
ended up winning in overtime. That was fun.
Fascinating Objects from our Past
Jack Earl's “The Joker
The Ohio artist has achieved wide acclaim for his sculptures.
Having lived in Ohio for most of his life, contemporary artist Jack
Earl has achieved international acclaim for his brilliantly painted
ceramic sculptures. A resident of Lakeview who was educated at
Bluffton College and The Ohio State University, Earl has been
re-creating his favorite characters from pop culture, history and his
everyday Midwestern existence for more than five decades. His most
popular subject has been his father-in-law, Bill, who is often depicted
engaging in simple, mundane work. With works in the collections of
the Smithsonian and The Museum of Art and Design in New York, among
others, Earl approaches his craft with humor, detail and a bit of
salesmanship. When interviewed by Ceramics Monthly magazine in 1981,
Earl commented, “If people don’t like it, then it doesn’t sell. As far
as I’m concerned, there is no reason to make anything that doesn’t sell,
because I don’t have any need to express myself. I’ve got other things
to do.” With some of his larger pieces selling for as high as
$18,000, Earl need not worry whether he is making things people like.
This bust of one of Earl’s favorite comic book characters, The Joker,
was created in 1995. — Amelia Jeffers
Sold at Auction: $2,880
Amelia Jeffers is owner of Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Delaware.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum examines the music festival as a communal event with its new exhibit.
The photograph is among Lauren Onkey’s favorites in the exhibit. Taken during Los Angeles’ Wattstax music festival in 1972, it shows a single man standing among a sea of seated concertgoers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, flashing a smile of pure joy.
It’s just one of the floor-to-ceiling images throughout “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience,” on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Onkey, the Rock Hall’s vice president of education and public programs, explains that the large-scale photos, along with ambient crowd noise piped into the museum’s fifth floor, help explore the music festival as not only a concert but a communal experience.
“When you start to look at festivals, you’re looking at the audience almost as much as the performers,” she says. “What makes a festival work — or not work — really depends so much on what the audience brings.”
The museum included music fans in the curatorial process by inviting them to vote on great music festival moments via the Rock Hall’s website. Options ranged from Muddy Waters’ appearance at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival to U2’s 1985 Live Aid set to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s performance with a holographic Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012.
The winning video clips are presented in a montage at the entrance to the exhibit. Onkey notes that the fact Monterey Pop in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 were filmed and later released as movies helped cement them as legendary cultural events. “Live Aid really expanded that because it was on television,” she adds. “You didn’t have to go to the movie theater to see that. You could see it in your house.”
Artifacts on display include site plans, tickets, programs, T-shirts, set lists, stage costumes and instruments. Standouts include the embroidered caftan Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick wore at Monterey Pop and the Hammond organ Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson played at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. The
Rock Hall tops off the exhibit on its sixth floor with a performance tent featuring a 20-minute film that takes viewers through a day at a festival.
“The music will be loud and powerful, so you can have that sense of immersion,” Onkey says. “If you go off to a festival, you leave the rest of your life for a little while.” 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland 44114, 216/781-7625, rockhall.com — Lynne Thompson