- 12:24 pm - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
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A bronze statue unveiled this morning at Port Columbus will remind people — or tell them for the first time — of the amazing feat by “flying housewife” Jerrie Mock and the role the airport played in her around-the-world flight.
Read more about Mock’s historic flight at Dispatch.com.
Photo, by Dispatch photographer Tom Dodge: Jerrie Mock’s grandson Raul Mock, 42, stands with the statue in the Port Columbus International Airport ticket lobby.
- 6:38 pm - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
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Happy birthday, Sloopy!
Steubenville native Dorothy Sloop, whose nickname is synonymous with Ohio State football and the state of Ohio itself, would have turned 100 today (she died in 1998 at the age of 85).
Read more about her and Ohio’s official rock song, Hang On Sloopy, at Dispatch.com.
Photo courtesy of Brett Rutland: Dorothy Sloop at the piano, performing in New Orleans with Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht, left.
- 3:30 pm - Friday, Sep 13, 2013
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Newark, Ohio, native Bill Kelley, 85, was frustrated that his hometown hero lacked the celebrity of other aviators, such as Amelia Earhart or Charles Lindbergh.
“I kept waiting as the years rolled by, and nobody came forward to do anything — someone more well-known or with deeper pockets,” Kelley said. “I just wanted to get her recognition before she died. I thought that’s one hell of an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a little lady like her, barely 5-foot tall.”
But tomorrow, thanks to the donations of hundreds of aviation enthusiasts, family members and friends, Jerrie Mock — the first woman to fly solo around the world — will finally be honored with a life-size bronze sculpture in her hometown.
Bottom photo, by Dispatch photographer Tom Dodge, is of artist Renate Burgyan Fackler and Mock’s sister, Susan Reid, who was the statue’s model.
- 10:00 am - Saturday, Aug 24, 2013
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Here’s another look back at Columbus history from the Dispatch Look Back blog:
When the Deshler Hotel opened 97 years ago today — on Aug. 24, 1916 — it was one of the biggest social events in Columbus that year. More than 500 guests attended what society writers reported as “a brilliant affair.” The 400-room hotel was a $1.5 million structure and was one of the premier hotels in the Midwest.
This photo, taken before 1927, shows the building at Broad and High, long before building the One Columbus skyscraper (now at the corner where the Deshler Hotel once stood).
- 1:54 pm - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
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Bet you didn’t know April 11 was a Columbus holiday.
Once upon a time (in 1914, when these ads ran in The Columbus Dispatch), April 11 was “bock day” — “bock” being a type of ale. Learn more about it in the Dispatch's “Look Back” blog!
- 4:45 pm - Friday, Jan 4, 2013
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Anyone traveling on Rt. 315 in Columbus can see the giant, ever-growing cluster of medical centers near where Olentangy River Road meets North Broadway.
In 1955, not only was there no 315, but this house was all that stood where you would now find the colossal Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Read more at The Dispatch’s “Look Back” blog