Our Columbus historian writes of two local newspapermen’s violent shootout:
On Feb. 8, 1891, William Elliott had called Osborn a thief in the Sunday Capital. On Feb. 22, Osborn’s Sunday World had accused Elliott of “drunkenness, lewdness, domestic brutality” and said the women of his family were unchaste.
Osborn was standing near the Neil House, across High Street from the Statehouse, when he spotted the brothers. William Elliott made his way through the crowd, pointed his gun at Osborn and squeezed off one or two shots before Osborn returned fire.
An Ohio Wesleyan student told university officials that a fraternity pledge instructor forced him to strip naked and then held a lighted match under his testicles while quizzing him about the Greek alphabet.
The first round of the “Celebrate Columbus in Song” contest has ended! Twenty-nine artists remain after a panel of judges narrowed down the prospects from an overwhelming 123 entries.
From now until March 23, you can vote for your favorites. The highest-ranked 10 to 12 songs will make it onto the bicentennial album, which is expected to be available in May. Visit song.200columbus.com/vote to vote!
The finalists: Elijah Aaron, Audio Entree, the Castros, Ceezar, Columbus Priority Mail, Don Drapery, Earwig, Joe Giddings, Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch, Tim Hartshorn, Joey Hebdo, HellNKeller, Arnett Howard, I Am Mute, Enrique Infante, Ruvane Kurland, Eljay Marquise, Mike and the Black Ties, Miller-Kelton, Donna Mogavero, MojoFlo, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Willie Phoenix, Teen Fiction, Truck-Stop Poets, Benjamin True, Watershed, Molly Winters and Jesse Henry, and Mike Wojniack.
“Columbus is large, smart, textured, complicated, ripe with promise, and yet a little too risk-averse; all in all, a truly splendid place to live. It’s small enough that anyone who truly cares to do so can leverage change. What a great place to be, and what a great time to be here.”—Denny Griffith, president of Columbus College of Art & Design, on what makes Columbus great.
“For me, what makes Columbus great is that it is a major city with so much to offer, but it has the feel of a small city and makes you feel really comfortable.”—Rick Nash, captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, on what makes Columbus great.
“Look at the zoo. It’s the best zoo in the country. Look at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It’s one of the finest facilities in the world. How did all of that happen? It’s the people. It’s the Midwestern values. … People really care about the city. They invest in Columbus.”—Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, on what makes Columbus great.
“To our immense good fortune, the Ohio State University is located in the heart of Columbus — the center of the state government and home to the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Fortune 500 companies, great leadership, premier medical facilities, a vibrant arts community, numerous universities and colleges, and a top-ranked zoo, science center and library system.”—Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, on what makes Columbus great.
“There is so much opportunity to turn small ideas into big ones in Columbus thanks to the (North) Market. We learned a lot along the way from innumerable people who’ve stopped by our shop there. Customers with business experience offered advice. … OSU dairy-science professors often popped by the counter to give advice and loan me books. … Each interaction over that counter provided honest feedback that helped set the standards by which we continue to do business today.”—Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, on what makes Columbus great.
“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I think it’s the people that make Columbus great. The people of Columbus are welcoming, friendly, and have a great deal of care and consideration for one another and their community. Our people truly set us apart.”—Archie Griffin, president and chief executive officer of the OSU Alumni Association and two-time Heisman-Trophy winner, on what makes Columbus great.
“What I discovered (when I moved here in 1980) was a real community. And contrary to its reputation, it was open and accepting of people who weren’t from here. …There is value placed on the participation of people who want to work together for the good of the community.”—Cindy Lazarus, former president of the Columbus City Council and a former president of YWCA Columbus, on what makes Columbus great.
“The different people. The different nationalities. I tell you, it was a farm town. That’s why they’re good people. You still get the old-time people, and they talk old-time talk.”—Dominic Pulito, 91, World War II veteran and resident of Claremont Retirement Village on the Northwest Side, on what makes Columbus great.
“Columbus is a city of creators, and our ideas, products and the education we provide reach far beyond our borders. … Columbus provides an unparalleled environment for the next generation of creators to write the next chapter in our history. All this, and we’ve done it without ever losing sight of the values that have always defined our community. In my words: progressive, but with a respect for tradition; honest, inclusive and smart.”—Orange Barrel Media owner Pete Scantland, on what makes Columbus great.
“Columbus is unique — a state capital; a top-ranked university; and Battelle, the top private R&D lab in the world. When you add to that the collaborative commitment of our leaders and citizens to stack hands in the spirit of doing good for this community … you’ve got unmatched opportunities for greatness.”—Leslie H. Wexner, founder of Limited Brands, on what makes Columbus great.
“There have been many great political, civic, business, religious and educational leaders that have brought us to where we are today. When you look at the backgrounds of the vast majority of these leaders, they were raised right here in Columbus. They are a testament to the fact that it doesn’t matter whether you come from a humble or privileged background, when you seek to improve yourself and your community, the possibilities are endless.”—Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris on what makes Columbus great.
“Our proximity to so much of the nation makes us great. But beyond that is the spirit of our city. When I first got here 30 years ago … people called us a cowtown and ‘Slowlumbus.’ It has become one of the most-vital and -vibrant cities in the U.S. Look at what we’ve done in German Village, in the Short North, at Easton, at Polaris. Are there still needs in the core part of the city? Certainly. But if you look at what we’ve done in the last 15 years, our potential is unlimited.”—Bishop Timothy Clarke, pastor of First Church of God on the East Side, on what makes Columbus great.
“I came here and saw it in 1970 and fell in love with it. It has everything I could want in a town. It’s young, hip, exciting, successful. When I left Congress, people tried to get me to go other places. I’m not going anywhere.”—Ohio Gov. John Kasich on what makes Columbus great.