Conversations

This section will have links to each of the exchanges I have along the way

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The corner of Michigan and Trumbull (pic by Historic Detroit)

Marc Bona and Lynne Sherwin met in 1993 on the Copy Desk at the Detroit News.

“I saw the new guy’s name on the schedule and thought it was cool that someone had the last name ‘Bona’, since I went to St. Bonaventure where “Bona” is an all-purpose abbreviation,” says Lynne.

“Since we worked nights, some of our early dates were day games at the old Tiger Stadium. Years later, after it was torn down but the diamond remained, we went back to pick up a fragment of brick and Marc got to stand where his favorite player, Ty Cobb, used to take his swings.”

After an impressive combined career covering many years – and countless managerial upheavals – at several papers, they moved to Akron, from where they’ve observed goings-on in the greater Cleveland area since the mid-1990s.

Lynne now works at a business magazine title and Marc – who has probably the most impressive sports memorabilia mancave I’ve ever seen – covers pretty much everything about the local community for Cleveland.com, formerly the online offspring – now more of a parent – of the Plain Dealer.

We had a couple of days recently to talk about the current state of journalism, as well as politics in Ohio and nationally. In the middle of it, we went to see the Guardians blow the second half of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox.

You can read our conversations here:

Marc Bona – Embracing the Shiny Penny

Lynne Sherwin – Baseball-as-Metaphor and the ‘Mistake By The Lake’

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Glen Infante’s new mural at Progressive Field of Cleveland’s legendary “barrier breakers”

Ken Hornack recently came back to live in his hometown of Cleveland after working in Florida for most of his career. He was a sports writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal from 1983 to 2008, and was the paper’s beat writer covering the Orlando Magic from the time they joined the NBA in 1989. He has also written for Fox Sports Florida and Cavaliers Nation.

As if illustrating the schizophrenic nature of Cleveland sports, we watched his Guardians blow the second half of a double-header to the Chicago White Sox – missing out on a pitching gem in the day game. Whatever the outcome, though, Ken would be the first to tell you that Cleveland Rocks. And he’s not wrong.

You can read our conversation, Money, It’s A Hit… here

Napoleon Lajoie. Ironically, the reason players had to wear white socks…

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Oakland Coliseum pastel – AndyBrownStadiums.com

Michael Avila grew up in the Bay Area and has been travelling the world for most of his adult life. He recently returned from a trip to Moldova as the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine was entering its third month.

He moved to Northern Ireland a few years ago and has been working with local community and reconciliation groups, as well as victims of hate crimes. He’s also a media entrepreneur and runs a number of online ventures that reflect his wide-ranging interests.

Despite being out of the US for so long, he hasn’t lost touch with baseball and we recently chatted while watching the San Francisco Giants come up just short against the Philadelphia Phillies on MLB.tv.

You can read our conversation here: Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

(The win didn’t help Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was fired the next day – the first MLB boss to lose his job this season)

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Veteran newsman Keith Herrell was on the staff of the Cincinnati Post when it closed down for good in 2007. He talks here about his career, the effect on the city of losing one of its daily papers, and politics in the key state of Ohio.

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Cam Miller is a Cincinnati writer, filmmaker and baseball historian and produces content for the Reds Hall of Fame. We chatted by email about why Opening Day is so important to the city. Read that conversation here.

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On Opening Day, the Yankees-Red Sox game was rained out so the Cubs-Brewers became the first game of the brand new season. I watched at a local sports bar with my friend Grey Maggiano, who since 2016 has been Pastor at Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

You can read that conversation here.