March 2010 Issue
Editor's Note: They Came From Ohio
His birth name was Leonard Franklin Slye, and his first home was a tenement that stood on the site that one day would become the Cincinnati Reds’ Riverfront Stadium.
Quickly now, what was his stage name, the name by which America came to know and love him? Hint: He was the cowboy singer/actor/hero who, for many of us, defined Sunday entertainment as we watched his show on our 12-inch black-and-white televisions in the 1950s.
Yes, of course, he was Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys who married the Queen of the West, Dale Evans. Together, they stood for the very things that Superman, another creation of Ohio minds, would come to embody for generations more: truth, justice and the American way.
Learn more about the humble beginnings of the legendary Roy Rogers in this month’s “My Ohio” column, now occupying a new page — the prized last spot, known in the publishing business as the “back of the book.” Contributing Editor Jeffrey Hammond christens the spot with his essay about a couple of his favorite childhood toys, figurines of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
Meanwhile in “Digest” — known as the “upfront” part of the book — Assistant Editor Ilona Westfall this month writes about a Darke County event celebrating another Ohio-born star of the West. Hint: She was a little lady with a great big rifle, and she wowed audiences with her Wild West traveling show. Stumped? Turn to page 11.
All this talk about Ohio’s historic notables brings to mind our own little traveling show, “The Great Ohio Magazine Trivia Quiz,” coming soon to a Rotary Club near you. We love to test Ohioans’ knowledge of their state in a game that challenges their memories and calls on their grammar school lessons in Ohio history.
Care to give it a try? Here are some samples. (Click here to see answers below.)
ANSWERS: Wapakoneta, Doris Day, William Henry Harrison, padded bycycle seat, Dean Martin
- Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, is a native of what Ohio city?
- What Cincinnati-born actress and singer performed the hit song, “Que Sera Sera”?
- What Ohioan served the shortest term as president of the United States, a mere 32 days?
- What did Elyria native Arthur Lovett Garford invent to make bicycle rides more comfortable?
- What actor and singer was born Dino Crocetti in Steubenville in 1917?
In the meantime, in the words of Roy Rogers (and written by Dale Evans): Happy trails to you till we meet again.
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