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General info of Columbus from my POV
2020.10.13 17:12 kflappGeneral info of Columbus from my POV
EDIT: feel free to DM me with any questions about this list or Columbus, I'd be happy to answer. Also, if you have places to add, feel free in the comments. I'm a Columbus native, chef, etc. Often on this sub I see posts asking various questions on where to get things, what to get, best restaurants and stuff like that. On most of those posts, people say a lot of similar answers, so I've decided to compile a list of my favorite, less common places and why, from upscale dining to gas stations, just in hopes that some of you get inspired to go try something new if you haven't. Please don't take this as me trying to flex or act cool and interesting, I'm just dropping some of my experiences in the city I love, so that others who are new or old here can experience them too.
Gatto's Pizza-best pizza in Ohio, one of the oldest shops in town, even the ovens are 70+ yrs old. If you've never had a pepp&sausage gatto's pizza, hop in the car and get down there as soon as you can. If I was in charge of michelin stars, they'd have seven.
Shell gas station off Cleveland and Morse-great place, though a bit sketchy to some, very good selection of snacks and drinks of all kinds. Attached restaurant as well, though I've never tried it. Good place to get foreign/rare snacks and drinks as well. If you like Arizona tea, this is the place for you.
Vivi's Bubble Tea-closest taste to Japan that I've had anywhere in America. If you like bubble tea, don't go to bubbles or kung fu tea or etc, go here.
Ming ga-korean restaurant off bethel
Han MA Oom-korean market next to ming ga
Arirang-yet another small korean market off bethel lol
Michoacana-there are a few locations, I like the Morse road one as well. Good Hispanic market, fresh baked pastries, very good produce selection. Also a ton of different ramen if you're into that.
Kuta Ians-filipino food near Westerville, one of few filipino places I've found in Columbus. If you know more, please let me know
Estilo brazil-brazilian grocestreetfood
Park to Shop-mainland Asian supermarket. Not Japanese, don't expect to see much Japanese food or drink. If you expect to see ramune or pocky, there's some but again it isn't Japanese so that's about the extent of japanese food there. Huge market though, great selection of everything from produce to cookware. If you like exotic fruits or other foods, this is a great place to check out.
Tensuke center-this is Japan central. J.Ave is a quintessential japanese gift store, Tensuke Market is obviously a market, Tensuke Express is a good place for quick food, Belles Bread doesn't have a single bad product and Akai Hana is a fantastic place for a date or fancy meal. This place is the closest I've been to experiencing Japan in Columbus.
Mr Sushi-good sushi from what I've heard from some guy in the comments that said it was good. I trust him/her.
Sushiko-Amazingly fresh sushi, great service, good chefs back there too. If you can sit at the bar, it's quite an experience to watch them prepare the food.
Los Guachos-I'm sure you already know, Mexican restaurant, best in Columbus, not much introduction necessary
Diamonds ice cream &Dulce Vida-these are the same place effectively. Both paleteria/heladerias, fantastic ice cream, popsicles and aguas frescas. I love their horchata and coconut ice cream.
Latitude 41-fine dining downtown, pretty great food, not much more to say
Trinethra Indian Market-great small place for various Indian spices, foods, etc. I get most of my spices there.
Cakewalk-Indian bakery, highly recommend, fucking phenomenal mango cake. I mean like you'll take one bite and then realize you've eaten it all. If I go to heaven and there isn't a plate of that cake waiting, I'll tell God to just send me straight to hell.
Taj Mahal Indian restaurant(campus)-great Indian restaurant, good biryani, good naan, fantastic all around. Spice levels are very good here because lowering the spice doesn't change the flavor. I love spicy food so it doesn't bother me either way, but for those who don't, I know it's important to still have flavor without the heat.
Stauf coffee-coffee shop, there's a few, all fantastic imo
Mr Hummus-fantastic lebanese food and turkish coffee. What more needs to be said?
Meshikou-Americanized traditional ramen bar. The ramen is traditional Japanese, the appetizers and drinks are American or Japanese depending on what you get, and they have disposable broth spoons which are really fun imo.
K house-delightful Chinese restaurant with the best decor I've ever seen in any restaurant in my entire life. I'd go there just to sit in a booth and look around. Just don't go after about 8pm cause it gets weird.
Mirchi-Indian restaurant again, not really much to say other than how good it is.
Saraga-international food in general, pretty big, pretty nice, not overly specific however
Short North-this is a dumb obvious thing to say, but I do honestly like much of the area. There's good food, decent shopping, just a few too many hipsters for my taste, they tend to make everything a little bit boring.
Lotte Oriental-I've covered Japan and mainland, this one's Korea specific. Go here for all your Korean needs, from BTS coffee to a bigass jug of kim chi.
4 seas-wow more Asian markets that's odd it's almost like I eat a lot of Asian food for some reason, idk prolly just a coincidence
J. Liu-Asian/Italian fusion restaurant. Very good food, mildly expensive but not too bad for what you get. I can personally say the chef there is very very good, for what that's worth. (I studied under him for about a year)
none of these are technically IN Columbus but they're within Ohio so here we go
Tiffin-the entire town is bizarre, I love it, it's like someone took a suburb of Columbus and just pushed it into the middle of nowhere
Jungle Jim's-biggest supermarket in like America or the world or something idk, I can't do it justice so here's a link
Tarlton Tavern-tiny ass bar in a small ass town that there's no reason to ever visit unless you get lost or you're a freak like me that loves that shit. If you're ever in Lancaster, Circleville or etc, might as well take the 15 minutes to head over there if it's open, they have good food and just a phenomenal atmosphere. Old couple own/run it and it's just great.
Mt/point pleasant (Lancaster)-park with a mountain that you can hike up and see all of southern Ohio. Native American "bear claw" markings, used to climb up the side, is my favorite part.
Bouncin bean coffee-at least 15 miles from literally any other coffee shop, this place is unbelievable. The service is good, coffee is good, owner is friendly and nice, everything is just great.
Coon's candy-if you've gone north, you've seen the billboards. Might as well check it out.
Warm glow candle co-same thing as coon's candy, but West instead. Oddly good german chocolate cake
Catullos meats-Youngstown family owned butcher shop that makes really really good jerky and sausage. Idk how I ended up there, but I'm glad I did
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Yes, I know the no PP thing is normally a red flag so I’ll gladly pay higher interest given higher risk. As for an explanation - my account was recently suspended after I screwed up a transaction with a client and had a negative remark on my account from the early days when I used to “bot farm” get-paid-to-click-ads. Why I need the money - I have a partial seizure disorder hats a result of multiple bulging/herniated discs in my neck + DDD. The only med that has worked is TRT, which I’ve been on for 2ish years now. That being said, my insurance won’t cover the med so I have to pay OOP (~$400/month unless I buy black market). I’m going on 3 weeks without the med, as other expenses had to come first, but I can feel the bullshit setting back in. I’m looking for a loan so I can schedule an appointment get my next shot. The extra $200 is a buffer in the event that something happens in the process. If you can help me, it’d genuinely make my month :)
2020.10.06 17:39 CAMBOGGSI had a teenage doppelgänger
Okay to read on show. New to the podcast so I’m like a year behind but loving every minute of it, best thing on Spotify. 3 small stories,2 doppelgänger 1 paranormalish. Start out by saying I’ve always believed in the possibility of anything but unfortunately have never seen anything I would call concrete. I was a sophomore or junior in high school and I was taking this girl on our first date at the mall(we were kids and it was the late 80’s so yeah). So we’re sitting on a bench in there talking(I should also probably mention that the girl that I was on a date with I had known for a while as a friend, if not she would’ve never believed me) but I was approached by 2 dime pieces who I had never seen before yet knew my name claiming that they met and talked to me at a party a couple days earlier at a guys house I didn’t know. In fact they were quite adamant about it. Still to this day I do not know who they were, who they were talking about and fortunately the girl I was with just grinned and chalked it up to we were not officially dating yet when this supposedly happened, but I did have friends as witnesses that agreed I was not participating in the supposed party at the time this was supposed to have happened. I mean I partied in high school but not that hard yet to where I would’ve lost track of my location, Lol. That was the story that still boggles my mind to this day. The second story also happened in high school around the same age. We had a bank directly across from the high school about 200 yards away or so, I don’t remember the name of it,it’s not important really. One day I was leaving school and an acquaintance, we just knew each other not really a friend, came up to me in the parking lot of the school and said “did you open the account over there across the street?” I looked at him and said “what the hell are you talking about?”Now this is in the late 80s, I was into heavy-metal,had a real long like Sebastian Bach type hair and dressed primarily like Axl Rose, in my area of Columbus Ohio people into heavy metal music was nothing unusual however there were not a lot of us that our parents would let get away with the super long hair look( most got blessed with mullets, lmmfao)especially extremely long bangs but I was one of the few and most just wore a rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt as I basically look like I should’ve been on an album cover. Lol . I stood out a little I guess is what I’m getting at, for the age and area. So anyway, this guy, very adamantly once again insisted that he saw me walking into this bank which at the time I would’ve never even thought about having a bank and claimed that the person walking in was wearing a shirt with my name on it even. Which struck me as odd because in middle school my mother had bought me a shirt with my first name on it but I didn’t wear it for a few years by this time because one,it would not fit and two, I kind of thought it was cheesy so I only wore it a couple times to make her happy to start with. I can’t imagine why this person with a lie I was there was nothing to gain, but at the same time I can’t believe that he really saw this. I’ve always heard in life that everyone has a twin and I’ve seen it a few times but nothing exactly and never so close especially not to ever pop up again. A little weird side note that my mother told me when she was pregnant, now granted technology not being what it is today back in 1971/72 that the doctor swore up and down they heard two heartbeats in the womb. But I ended up being an only child and they attributed that extra heartbeat sound to a heart murmur which I supposedly later grew out of,idk. I have no explanation for either one of these but I don’t know maybe holes in dimensions or somewhere along those theories are, maybe I exist somewhere else at the same time. These are all great ideas but once again nothing can be proven. The last story just doing a little paranormal note, sorry this is so long, but there used to be an old farm house by where my mother lived in Orient Ohio that was abanded and people called it the Johnson house, just because that was the last name of the family to last live there or own the property. Same time era, young kids, first cars, sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll you know typical kid shit however at the time of this we were sober. This house was no stranger to being partied in by appearance(No windows, graffiti, what have you) I don’t believe we ever went there before this because we wouldn’t go until it was broad daylight, like noonish because of all the rumors of this place being haunted, a place of satanic ritual,ya know, the good stuff. Just to add to the creepiness of the area,within 5 miles there was an old graveyard that I have personally been to,with tombstones there from the early 1800s some so old they didn’t even have names on them anymore, and in an adjacent field to the cemetery where I even saw cairn stone piles there with my own eyes. Just a creepy little part of the country side all together. So anyways we pull up in our cars, in the broad daylight it was like 6 to 8 of us approximately I don’t remember we’re parked about 20 feet from a big barn like shed thing and about 40 feet away from the house maybe 50. Everybody goes towards the shed first except for me and a buddy of mine. We’re still standing by the front of my car facing the shed/barn and the front of my car with our backs to the house. There’s nothing like paved driveway, it ended abruptly into dirt from gravel so we’re basically just parked on like dirt with like a dead field of grown up whatever(grass/weeds/hay looking shit) around everything. All of a sudden my buddy and I feel this “THUD”on the ground immediately behind us and we turn around and see a brick rolling on the ground. We immediately look at the house and the only thing on it that is brick is the chimney, immediately you would think the falling brick bounces off the roof but this is like 50 feet away and the pitch of the roof would’ve made the brick drop maybe 15 feet away from the house, Unless it was thrown. We immediately called the rest of the group which are still in the shed close by no one is missing and we all go in the house rather rapidly looking for somebody else on the property but no one was found. Does it mean anything I don’t know it’s just my experience but I have heard in paranormal stories and what not of things thrown and whatever. I really have no backstory on this place or anything like that so. Just wanted to share my experiences with you guys as I love your podcast, think it’s great keep up the good work. Oh by the way you can read this on the show if you like,if not 6 & 1/2 dozen. Peace.
2020.10.02 14:25 yodatsracistLet’s get a list together of all the Colleges and Universities with Early Action Deadlines *before* November 1st and Regular Decision or Priority Scholarship Deadlines *before* January 1st. I’ll start…
Please help me add to this. I got some of this information (especially the scholarships) from an old list so I don't know if it's still up to date. Please help me correct any errors. Please also add any schools I missed. I bet there are other annoying big state schools with December 1st Deadlines. I bet I've missed some priority scholarship deadlines. I bet I got most of the notable private schools, but if everyone can just check their local state colleges, that would be ideal.
I'm not worried schools with special deadlines after November 1st (for early) or January 1st because I feel as if most readers of this sub will have at least one application submitted by those dates (if applying Early). This is just a list to make sure you don't miss any deadlines.
Oxford University (UK) Cambridge University (UK) [note: you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, using the British UCAS system, not the Common App; these aren't actually "Early"—this is their only deadline—but it made sense to put them here somehow, whatever, it’s before November 1st] Coast Guard Academy Georgia Tech (Georgia Residents only; non-Georgia Residents Nov. 2) Stanford (if using the arts supplement only) Texas A & M (Early Action; only an option for engineering applicants) University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC) (Early Action) University of South Carolina (Early Action) University of Georgia (UGA) (both Georgia and non-Georgia)
Berea College (Early Action) Transylvania University (Early Action) Please note that any school with an early date before November 1st is officially uppity, except for Oxford and Cambridge 'cause they're really just riding their own wave out there. But what the hell is up with these other schools? Who do they think they are?
University of Florida (only some parts of the application; rolling after this, "on space-available basis")
University of Washington—Seattle(UDub) What the hell. Seattle's cool, I mean, but it's not that cool. It's not California. I literally don't understand why they're so much earlier than everyone else. This school has lots of advantages students look for: it's in a major city, it's a public school so less expensive, it has a number of great programs including one of the top Computer Science programs in the country (think: where are Microsoft and Amazon headquartered?), etc., but a lot of students miss out every year on a great school because of their weird deadline.
All University of California campuses, including:
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
All Rutgers campuses, New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden Gonzaga (but "will take late applications until February 1st") Stanford but only if you're doing an arts supplement. Texas A&M (TAMU)—College Station University of Southern Californiafor film school applicants only All University of Texas campuses (priority deadline), including UT Austin, UT Dallas, etc. Again, I bet at least one or two other big state schools are in this category. Help me out.
California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) All California State Campuses (CSU) (I’m not listing all 23 campuses)
*University of San Diego (but accepts applications through February 1st for "Late Consideration")
Many schools offer consideration for scholarships for those who apply by a certain deadline. These can be either Priority Deadlines (you have a better chance of scholarships if you apply before) or Hard Deadlines (do or die deadlines where if you miss it, they won't consider you for merit). Priority Deadlines marked with a +, Hard Deadlines marked with a $. These I actually just found on one long list from a few years ago so I haven't double checked to make sure the dates are still correct. I also I haven't filled in Priority or Hard but I'll try to go through and fill those in like next week or something. If someone wants to do that now, though, that'd be rad as hell tho.
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Morehead-Cain Scholarship, in state; OOS October 1st) University of Central Florida (I'd check other Florida schools as well)
Indiana University (IU) Michigan State North Carolina State University (NCSU) (Parks Scholarship; school endorsement should actually be done by October 15th) Ohio State University—Columbus Purdue Texas Christian University (TCU) University of Maryland—College Park University of Georgia (UGA) (Foundation Fellowship—internationals and OOS can get this) University of Texas—Austin (UT—Austin) (even earlier than the normal deadline)
November 15th :
Emory $ Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) (special COVID scholarship deadline) Loyola University Maryland The Ohio State University (OSU) (Maximus, Provost, and Trustees scholarships) University of South Carolina UNC and Duke's Robertson Scholarship
Boston University Claremont McKenna Clemson College of Charleston Creighton Grinnell Hampton John Carroll University Loyola University Chicago Saint Louis University Transylvania University University of Connecticut—Storrs University of Illinois—Chicago (UIC) + University of Southern California (USC) $ University of Richmond University of Rochester (including the IB scholarship) Vanderbilt Virginia Tech (Presidential Scholarship) Washington & Lee
University of Alabama
Duke (priority deadline for interviews) & Again, please help me add any schools I've missed! Team work makes the dream work.
2020.10.02 04:23 Katie_saysI finally have my surgery date
This morning at work I received the call that included my surgery date! I’ve known for probably 10 years that I wanted a reduction, but only started really looking in the past 2-3 years. For context, I am a 32F, about 170lbs at 5’7” and currently fit (poorly) in a 34I, and I wear a non-stretch sports bra every day over my underwire. Even at my thinnest, I was a 32G while weighing 140lbs. I do not wear tshirts alone, always a cardigan to camouflage. No tight dresses. No low necklines. You know the drill. When I got a new job and better insurance I saw a new primary care physician for a wellness check and also to see about a referral to a PS for reduction surgery. When I mentioned this to the NP, her eyes lit up and told me that she had one recently and it was the nest thing she had ever done. She and the doctor referred me to a PS that I had also heard about in the northeast Ohio area. This was August 20th. On September 1st I had my consultation with my plastic surgeon. This was my second reduction consultation (I visited a surgeon in Columbus two years prior, but they were private pay only so I wasn’t able to afford their services.) after speaking with him I felt very comfortable. He was realistic in weighing my expectations with physical realities and showed me photographs of his work. We discussed the possibility of going down to a full B/C with no need for liposuction or extended incisions. After photographs were taken- he sent his detailed write up to insurance and assured me that I would have no problems getting approved due to the size/weight and density of my breasts. He went one step further to say that if for some reason it was rejected, his office would automatically appeal on my behalf. The estimated time to wait was 2-8 weeks. On September 24 I got the call that my request was approved and that I could schedule the surgery, they just needed to verify with the OR at the location I selected that they had the opening. Today on October 1st they called me back with my surgical date: December 18th at the outpatient facility that is a TEN minute drive from my home. They had openings within the month, but I work at a school and wanted to use our 2 week winter break as recovery from this surgery. The 18th is the Friday before break, which means I will only need ONE DAY off work, and hopefully be able to return to light duty in January when school resumes. While I’m very relieved and excited and would rather not wait until then, but I feel very lucky that the schedule worked out the way that it did, and I can happily say that I’m getting new boobs for Christmas! I’ve been reading every post in this sub for months, so I’m thrilled that it is finally my turn to share my story- and I hope to update as I get closer, and then document through recovery!
Well, I got caught up on all of my bills, but that left me flat broke for a while, and with an overdrawn bank account to boot. The $500 would go toward gas, groceries, keeping my bank account in the positive, and incidentals for the next 4 weeks. I do get paid again on 8/2, but that check goes to insurance and rent, so that's why the repayment dates as listed above. If I can spare anything out of that check, I will try to make a payment early. If not, repayment will definitely be on the above dates. I can provide any other verification that you request.
So I'm moving to Columbus Ohio in early October I set up my electricity early(to be turned on that move in date though). That goes fine, but then they transfer me to all connect or whoever and all connect offers me a bunch of junk, as well as Internet. I say fine, what ever, I'll get the internet. but I WILL NOT BE THERE UNTIL THE 9TH, DO NOT SEND ANYTHING OUT OR BILL ME UNTIL THEN. I say this not once, but 4+ times. They assure me there will be no bill or shipping done until that date. Then I get an email showing I owe spectrum like 70 dollars, so I call them up and they say I added some tv promo(I did not, I in fact, specifically said I wanted nothing to do with tv at all) and that the equipment is being shipped to my address already. I've been on the phone for like an hour and a half f spectrum.
2020.09.26 19:41 ZappaOMatic[OC] On this day 100 years ago, the first game involving an APFA/NFL team took place as the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0.
Last Thursday was the 100-year anniversary of the meeting between the representatives of ten teams that would ultimately form the National Football League. My write-up on that historic meeting turned out to be a massive hit, and I'm back with yet another centennial anniversary post. This time, we go from the car showroom to the football field. 100 years ago on September 26, 1920, a team took to the gridiron as a member of the NFL—then known as the American Professional Football Association—for the first time. While it was not a "true" league game as their opponent was not part of the APFA, it marked the start of something big.
The Rock Island Independents
Take a wild guess as to how the Rock Island Independents got their name. For the first two decades of its existence, the Illinois-based team took on opponents regardless of league affiliation. Walter Flanigan joined the Independents as a player in 1912 before taking over as manager three years later. As the team racked up wins, Flanigan wanted to take his club to a higher level, and he gained that opportunity in 1917 when he challenged the Minneapolis Marines, the self-proclaimed "North West Pro Champs", to a game on Rock Island's home turf. A team record 6,425 fans turned out for the game, though they would fall to the Marines 7–3 (a rematch resulted in a more lopsided defeat of 33–14). After being shipped off to serve in World War I, Flanigan returned to the football world by cobbling together a slate of local games (all of which were shutout wins for the Independents). In 1919, he set his eyes on the national championship. As discussed in the last post, there was no "true" national champion as there was no national sanctioning body at the time. A team could win every game in their regional league and declare themselves the national champs without much objection, and that was what many teams did. Since the Independents were, well, independent, Flanigan had another idea to pursue the national title: take on league teams. To do this, he recruited Minneapolis star quarterback Rube Ursella to his side, and a variety of Marines including local fullback Jerry Mansfield also joined the Independents. However, Flanigan's recruiting may have been too successful as a laundry list of interested players showed up; to weed out the scrubs, he organized a series of foot races and wrestling matches in which the losers were kicked off the team. Once he had a suitable roster, he got to work. The 1919 Independents would face a challenging slate against the top teams from Ohio and Indiana, including future NFL franchises Columbus Panhandles and Akron Indians. With the exception of a 12–7 defeat at the hands of the Hammond All-Stars, a team that featured an end by the name of George Halas, and a scoreless tie against a decorated Pine Village team, Rock Island would shut out every opponent.
The Bulldog "Beef"
At season's end, the Independents boasted a 9–1–1 record, but Flanigan had one last game on his mind: a date with the undefeated Canton Bulldogs for the national championship on December 7. Well, Canton star Jim Thorpe said his team had other plans. Like, that was basically what his answer was. On November 30, Ralph Hay, leader of the Bulldogs, sent a telegram to Flanigan asking what the Independents would offer in exchange for playing the game. A Rock Island fan had attended Canton's win over Hammond the previous week and was promised by the Bulldogs manager that he would consider a game against the Bulldogs as long as the Massillon Tigers beat the Cleveland Tigers (since Massillon had lost to Canton twice earlier in the season). Massillon won and Hay kept his promise by reaching out to Flanigan, who offered him $5,000 or 45% of the ticket sales. Both numbers had been demanded by Thorpe earlier in the year. The following evening, Hay called Flanigan and asked for the score of the Rock Island game against Akron. He provided the answer (a 17–0 Independents win), but expressed confusion as to why that was so important for Hay. Hay then told Flanigan to talk to Thorpe before he could agree whether or not to play the game. An hour and 17 minutes later, Flanigan received a telegram from Thorpe: "Have disbanded team. Cannot meet Rock Island." Kind of a lame excuse, but it's likely Thorpe also turned it down as the Rock Island/Akron game had only attracted 1,700 fans. Flanigan attempted to reach out to Canton once again with by bumping the offer to $7,000 guaranteed or 50% of the gate. Calls to Hay went unanswered, while one telegram to Thorpe read:
We are offering your team the largest guarantee that it has ever received before, $5,000 or a privilege of 50 per cent for the gate. If you don't accept Rock Island fans will say you are quitters. Wire me your answer."
Thorpe's answer? No. One final call to Thorpe redirected Flanigan to an operator who told him that the Bulldogs player was sick and could not answer. True to Flanigan's threat, Independents fans and media were quick to brand the Bulldogs as cowards. The Rock Island Argus, a very 
Is Canton's famed Bulldogs afraid to risk their title of world's football champions by coming to Rock Island Sunday? By arranging things in order and arriving at a logical conclusion, there can be but one answer. And that is "yes."
A fan letter to the Argus sports editor:
Dear Sir: Being a real football fan I am like a great many more, disappointed because the Canton Bulldogs have a bad case of yellow. Now I think it would be a nice thing for everyone that has tickets to keep them and give the money which has been paid for admissions to the game, to the team for the splendid showing which they have made. If anyone does not like the idea let them go and cash up. It seems to me that there would be a very few who would ask for their money back. It would also encourage the boys to come back next fall. From P. G. M. A Real Fan
Flanigan wrote to The Daily Times in Davenport:
The Canton game is all off. I offered Hays $7,000 in an attempt to land the game but failed. They did not believe that we defeated Akron until they confirmed, report from Indians direct. It is merely a case of cold, cold feet and a streak of yellow.
Since the Bulldogs weren't going to play the Independents, they automatically declared themselves the national champions. However, the Bulldogs also considered themselves the champs due to their undefeated record. Yeah, pro football is going to need somebody to settle controversies like this. Maybe a national football league?
Joining the APFA
Although his opinion of the Canton Bulldogs may have soured after their failed championship game, Flanigan was eager to work with Thorpe again. On September 16, 1920, he boarded a train for Canton, Ohio to participate in a meeting of the top pro football team managers and owners. "Manager Walter Flanigan left last night for Canton, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of major professional football teams, whose representatives assemble every year to plan the campaign for the world's championship," wrote The Rock Island Argus. The meeting took place at Hay's car dealership, but the details of that can be found in the last post. Flanigan would be appointed to a three-man committee to write the new league's constitution, joined by Carl Storck of the Dayton Triangles and Stanley Cofall of the Cleveland Tigers. Upon adjournment, the American Professional Football Association was born. We now have a national football league.
St. Paul Ideals
While the Marines dominated the Minnesota football scene, the St. Paul Ideal Athletic Club was not exactly a juggernaut by comparison, but they were no slouch either. An amateur team, the Ideals entered the 1919 season with the claim that they had lost only thrice since 1914. In the amateur football section of The Minneapolis Morning Tribune's September 11 issue:
A challenge to Minneapolis fotoball teams has been issued by the Ideals of St. Paul. The Ideals are disirous of booking games with a number of Minneapolis teams, especially the Indians and the East Ends. The St. Paul aggregation claims a record of having been defeated only three times in the last five years. Games already have been arranged with the Billows, Seatons, Hook 'Em Cows and Nicolius. All communications should be addressed to C. R. Woesner, 325 Daly street, St. Paul.
The Marines took up the Ideals' challenge. And promptly walloped them 36–0. Three weeks later, the Ideals tied the Minneapolis Eagles in a scoreless game. How did they do the rest of the year? I honestly do not know. Media coverage of the Ideals was virtually nonexistent, or at least incredibly difficult to find online. The Pro Football Archives schedule only lists those two games plus two others with no scores, while searches on Newspapers.com and other sites have been mostly fruitless. Eh, whatever.
Rock Island's Douglas Park played host to the Independents' 1920 season opener against the Ideals. Although Rock Island was considered the favorite and was returning its entire starting lineup from the previous year, Flanigan and Ursella were not going to let their guard down. "A defeat at this time would injure the box office to a big extent besides putting a huge crimp in the chances for a championship team," wrote Frank Weir of The Daily Times. In the week leading up to kickoff, Ursella ran his team through three-hour practices that included installing new offensive formations and audibles. The Davenport Democrat and Leader on September 24:
Fearing over-confidence might play a prominent part in Sunday's battle with the St. Paul's Ideals, Coach Ursella last night wired for Chicken, star halfback, and Bob Marshall to report for work at once. Both men will be on hand for tonight's drill at Douglas park. [...] From all indications Sunday's argument is going to be a heated one. Flanigan at first figured that the St. Paul aggregation would offer only enough resistance to afford his team a good workout but according to the dope which is coming from St. Paul the Ideals are a stronger aggregation than early reports indicated. Fearing a surprise, Flanigan notified Ursella to get Marshall and Chicken in harness at once.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on the morning of the game:
Hardened by two weeks' gruelling practice, Rock Island's crack professional football eleven is ready today to open what promises to be the most successful grid season in the history of the professional game in the Tri-City. The St. Paul Ideals, a team of reputation, will offer the opposition and in spite of the fact that this afternoon's contest will be the initial performance for both elevens a bitter struggle is looked for. The game will be played at Douglas park and will be started promptly at 3 o'clock. The Islanders will enter the fray in he pink of condition, to use the old ring adage. For two weeks Coach Ursella had drilled his team in signals and formations, sprinkling in a few spirited scrimmages between the regulars and second string men. The result is that the Independents will start the season in form that would become an eleven in mis-season condition. [...] Saturday the entire city of Rock Island talked football and no doubt football will be talked by the natives of Rock Island for breakfast, dinner and supper today. The city is football crazy. Today's crowd, no doubt, will be swelled by hundreds of Davenporters whose interest in the Independents is just as keen as the interest of the Rock Island fans. Moline also will undoubtedly send a huge delegation to the game. Fear Over Confidence While Coach Ursella is confident that his team is far superior to the St. Paul aggregation, he expressed fear of over-confidence in speaking of the opening clash Saturday. "The Ideals have played good football for the past three years" stated Ursella, "and I don't believe some of the men are taking the contest seriously enough. I don't want a surprise sprung in this game. I believe I can make the fellows realize they are meeting a tough aggregation, however, before they start in the game."
Bruce Copeland of The Rock Island Argus:
There, football fans, is the first recipe of the season waiting for the expert cuisine of the Douglas park melting pot from which Rock Island hopes will trickle the championship brew at the close of the most eventful football campaign in tri-city history. Championship dreams of months' duration will first be realized when hundreds of pent-up football enthusiasts from miles around meet tomorrow afternoon at Douglas park and see the green and white jerseyed warriors jog on the field for the first game of the season against the doughty Ideal A. C. of St. Paul. The game will open a door to a new epoch in tri-city athletics after years of consistent achievements and good sportsmanship. Beyond the portal will be found Championship Way, along which the Independents of 1920 will course; and there isn't a fan in Rock Island who has the slightest doubt that their advance will lead right up to the shrine at the end in which the titular fires are burning.
Tickets were $1.65 plus tax, though attendance was hampered by the weather. After 7,000 fans were expected, only 800 showed up. "As Rube Ursella says, 'Let's go!'"
As rain fell on Douglas Park, the game began with the Independents winning the coin toss and electing to receive. Left end "Oke" Smith returned the opening kickoff ten yards to his team's 25. The first offensive play from scrimmage was a nine-yard gain by Mansfield, followed by a 20-yard run by Ursella. A few runs later, halfback Eddie Novak found a hole set up by left tackle Dewey Lyle and scored on a ten-yard run for the first points of the day, capping off a four-minute, 11-play drive. Although St. Paul's left end Maidl Pavleck returned the ensuing kickoff 20 yards to midfield, his team's opening possession ended after just one play when halfback Cunningham Mikesh lost a fumble that Freeman Fitzgerald recovered. Mansfield broke free and reached the Ideals' 15, and a 12-yard run by Novak set the Independents up at the three. Two plays later, halfback Fred Chicken scored. The Ideals' next series ended with a three-and-out. After a five-yard run by Mansfield, Ursella completed the first forward pass of the season with a 22-yard throw to Smith to reach St. Paul's 18. By the end of the first quarter, Rock Island was in scoring range at the two-yard line. A play later, Novak punched it in for six. Down by three scores, St. Paul began to see life when quarterback Parr A. Pahl found E. Dixon O'Brien for a "brilliant forward pass" that went 40 yards. That was ultimately the only good play of the drive as Pahl tried an onside kick (before 1923, the onside kick was legal on scrimmage plays) that Chicken recovered. Both teams exchanged punts shortly after. Following St. Paul's punt, Chicken's grip on the wet ball slipped, but Mansfield recovered and gained 15 yards before being taken down. A 28-yard run by Chicken placed Rock Island at St. Paul's 38, followed by a 12-yard gain by Paddy Quinn. Three plays later, Mansfield scored again on an 18-yard run. A 52-yard run by Mikesh put the Ideals in Independents territory, but they could not capitalize as time ran out.
After some substitutions, the game resumed with Rock Island kicking off. A fake punt by Pahl into a lateral to Mikesh on the first play gained three yards. The two attempted a double pass a few plays later, though Mikesh slipped on the mud and fell. As the offense grinded its way into Rock Island's side of the field, yet another double pass placed Mikesh with a lot of open field... until he slipped again. All offensive progress was ultimately stopped when Pahl was intercepted by Waddy Kuehl, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six. Mikesh was downed for a 12-yard loss to begin the Ideals' next play from scrimmage, pinning his team at their own eight. Facing immense pressure on the ensuing punt, Pahl dodged the blitz before delivering a quick kick to the St. Paul 32. A 12-yard run by Sid Nichols allowed Rock Island to enter the red zone, where they pounded their way to the end zone yet again on a five-yard run by Mansfield. The offensive woes continued for the Ideals when Pavleck's pass on a fake punt led to him getting sacked (which was not a term at the time) for 13 yards. Pahl was the next to try a throw, this time succeeding on a 21-yard completion to Pavleck. Mikesh was tackled for an eight-yard loss to end the third quarter. Down by 42, the Ideals began placing heavy emphasis on feeding Mikesh the ball. St. Paul found themselves in position to score their first points of the game on a drop kick by Pahl from the Rock Island 45, but it was well short and sailed wide left, being caught by Kuehl at his 13. Nichols let the ball slip through his hands on the next play before Fitzgerald recovered. The Independents' march would see two 22-yard runs, another fumble recover, and an awkward TD score as Kuehl slipped as he crossed the goal line. Nichols missed the extra point. The final drive of the game saw the Ideals lose a combined 15 yards. Final score: Rock Island 48, St. Paul 0. The Independents recorded 427 yards on 45 total plays, while the Ideals had just 85 on 52. Rock Island also outgained St. Paul in first downs (17 to five).
Despite the shutout, Weir praised the Ideals, writing in his post-game report that they "displayed a lot more class than this score indicates. The visiting team fought doggedly through the entire four quarters and pulled plays at a surprise nature at intervals that netted long gains. [...] "The Ideals have a smooth working football team and one that against a less formidable opponent would show some excellent results." The Davenport Democrat and Leader:
The Independents showed a world of power and lots of spots where sandpaper can be applied profitably. Their offensive was all that could be desired, but the defense was far from perfect. Time and again the visitors would carry the ball to the Rock Island 40-yard line with end runs and line plunges, but that was their high water mark. None of the Islanders deserve especial citation, all played their part well. Keuhl, Novak and Ursella were extremely clever at eluding the ends, while Novak was always good for four yards thru the line. Mikesch, St. Paul left halfback, showed a world of speed and pulled off several dazzling end runs thru the entire Islander team. Twice he was stopped on the uncomfortable side of mid-field with only Ursella between him and the two little uprights. Pahl and Pavlick also showed class. Les than 2000 bugs were in attendance.
The score does not indicate the class of the game from the standpoint of interest, for although the Ideals were vastly outplayed in almost every department of the game, they remained a dangerous vector throughout the game that threatened to flaunt the unexpected and thereby cross the Rock Island goal line. There were several moments during the one-sided contest when breaths were baited from suspense when the Ideals rallied sporadically and cut loose with scoring stuff that was checked only by the most concentrated defense. The Ideals fought gamely to the end through the falling rain that would deter almost any team of such a light weight as the season's initial victims. Outweighed fully 10 pounds to the man, the Ideals made the Independents exert their best, hereby making it one of the best games to witness.
A few days after the game, Flanigan finally got what he wanted the previous year: a game against Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, scheduled for November 21. Well, until everyone on the Independents started getting hurt during the season (including a particularly ugly game in early November against George Halas' Decatur Staleys), leading to its postponement to November 28. The game was ultimately called off as Thorpe felt it was not financially practical, despite Flanigan still being able to provide the $5,000 guarantee. Flanigan and Rock Island would never play against Thorpe during their time in the NFL. However, in an ironic twist, Thorpe would join the Independents for the 1924 season. The team folded after 1927.
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2020.09.22 22:07 risingtide852How a Tyler, the Creator concert changed my life
TL;DR One year ago today, I went to a Tyler, the Creator concert with a stranger I met on Reddit. I could have never guessed how much that chance encounter would mean to me now. I knew I couldn’t miss another Tyler, the Creator tour. Sitting in a hostel in Barcelona in the middle of the night, I got the second message that day from someone I knew telling me they were seeing T that night in Toronto. I was jealous, to say the least, which is probably what no one wants to hear from someone spending their last week of summer in Spain. But after missing T’s Flower Boy tour (I will never hear November live and that will haunt me forever), it hit me that I wouldn’t forgive myself for missing out, yet again, on another opportunity to see T perform. So I looked at his tour dates for the rest of the month to see where he would be headed next. There was one in Philidelphia and another in Columbus, Ohio. I was vaguely familiar with Philly and it would be cool to spend a night there. But in Columbus, there was someone I wanted to see. Unfinished business in the realm of heartbreak, you could call it. So I took a deep breath and took out my credit card. Columbus it was. For those of you who may be wondering, I did not end up seeing the aforementioned person during my time in Columbus, due to reasons extraneous to this story. Normally I’m accustomed to going to concerts alone – there was a comforting familiarity with lining up hours before and attending a show with hundreds of other strangers. But long gone were the high school and uni days where this was the norm for me. This time around, I thought it would feel like the old days to line up earlier but with someone else I could get to know. If the vibe wasn’t right, we could always lose each other in the crowd. One or two days before the show, I made a post on Reddit to see if anyone would like to go together. I got a response from someone who said they were going solo as well. We exchanged IGs and made rough plans to meet in line. I scoped out his account. He was a student in Ohio and it looked like he had just started college. As a 23 year old over a year out of uni, I had no clue how this would turn out. But everything is worth a shot. I met him in line the day of the concert a bit over an hour after he had arrived (I meant to get there at a similar time, but work kept me a bit later than I expected) and had maybe about an hour or so left before doors opened. We had no shortage of things to talk about – music, mostly – and before I knew it we were in the venue waiting in another line for merch. Neither of us was from Ohio, it turned out, and our mutual disdain for the state ended up having more to do with the people we were connected to there than the state itself. But more on that later. We managed to stick together for the opening acts and for the first couple songs of T’s set, but as soon as New Magic Wand began, we lost each other in the crowd, and I was then tossed around from one side of the pit to the other over the course of the next hour, only to momentarily reunite before Who Dat Boy split us up again. We found each other after the show, and we were both covered in sweat, out of breath, and absolutely blown away. There were few words we could get out as we sat on the edge of a raised concrete planter outside the venue, letting it all sink in. It was incredible. We were wiped out, and we needed a drink. We found a restaurant that was still open not far from the venue, and so we began to make our way over. On our walk, he opened up to me about a girl in Ohio. I think this was the first time I’d ever spoken to a boy so head over heels for someone, who so easily shared his vulnerability with me. I immediately found myself so protective over such an endearing quality. I hoped the cruelty of being involved with someone who would not return the affections so generously given would not harden him to love as it had with me. I wanted to hold that part of him and keep it safe. And so began an exchange of stories of yearning and heartache. I told him about the man I was meant to see in Columbus, the man who broke my heart a year ago as I crashed and burned after months of pining for someone who was emotionally unavailable. As we walked side by side along the barren sidewalks in the quiet of the night, I wanted to convey to him that his love was worth more than the breadcrumbs reciprocated. We eventually made it to the diner and each got ourselves sweet tea and water. As a Canadian, I’d like to point out that sweet tea is near impossible to find up north, so it’s something I greatly look forward to whenever I’m south of the border. We lingered at the table for a while, continuing our conversations about the romantic attachments that had both under and overwhelmed us, until he had to make his way to the Greyhound station to catch his bus back to campus. I dropped him off as it was on my way back to my Airbnb, and when we said goodbye in the back of the Uber I remember wishing him a safe ride home. I was unsure if we’d ever speak to each other again; either way, both of us got to take home a night we’d never forget. November 2019. Camp Flog Gnaw. Between the concert in Ohio and Flog Gnaw, he and I didn’t talk much aside from the shared post or IG story response here and there. I was, after all, a 23 year old in Toronto who didn’t want to digitally impose myself upon a college freshman who I knew for mere hours one warm Columbus evening. But somehow, we began to text back and forth as we both watched the FG livestream, joking around and sharing memes of who the mystery performer would be (don’t even get me started on Drake). But somehow, even after the end of the festival, we continued texting most days, often late into the night. I was incredibly fond of him at this point, someone I saw so much potential in. It was refreshing to speak to someone who willingly opened themselves up with such emotional candour, who laid himself bare. He often expressed the desire to be with someone who he could be happy with, who wanted to be happy with him, and I knew he deserved the world. But I also wanted him to love himself, to choose people who chose him back. Unfortunately for him, this was not the case for a long stretch of months, and it hurt me to see him navigate through the same mistakes I’ve made before (and to be frank, still make to this day). But I wanted to be there for him through it all despite my occasional impatience. I just wanted him to see all the good I saw in him, and that his love was worth no less than what he gave. By January, we knew the love we held for each other as friends was profound, and for me something I only have experienced with a small handful of people I hold close to my heart. So even when he needed to distance himself from me for a few days (after yet another heated discussion about a girl who was emotionally dragging him through the mud), I trusted that things would be ok. Yes, I was worried about his well-being, and yes at that point I couldn’t imagine a day that went by without us speaking, but I knew with confidence that when he was ready I’d have him back with open arms. Several days later, he reconnected with me and we talked on the phone for hours through the night. Sometime in spring this year, he met the girl he is now in a relationship with, and my heart brims with joy whenever I see photos of them together. Earlier this summer when we were on the phone, I told him how happy I was for him. He replied simply, “I couldn’t have done it without you.” So, if you’re reading this D, you already know how much I love you. How lucky we are that two fools like us, from different corners of the east coast, crossed paths in Ohio a year ago today. I’m so proud of how far you’ve come, and can’t wait to see how far you’ll go. I know in the past you’ve struggled to see what worth you brought to this world, and I will never stop reminding you that you changed mine for the better. Thank you for choosing to love in a way that reminds me of the open and selfless nature of a love that is good. Thank you for your honesty, because honesty can be so difficult even though in the end it makes us a little better. Thank you for choosing life, for choosing happiness. I know we wanted to see each other again before this long, but life does a funny thing of getting in the way. But as long as we are doing our best in this crazy crazy world, I have faith in us turning out just fine. I’ll find you in New York someday.
2020.09.19 22:05 TopGolfUFOIn February of 1982 Leon Moncer of Bellaire Ohio received a death threat in the mail. Made out of cut out magazine letters, the note read "leave it alone or you are dead". He vanished soon after and his case has never been solved. Almost forty years later, his daughter is searching for answers.
This is a case where information is sparse at best, but there were still several notable discrepancies between sources. In an effort to clarify details about the case, I spoke with Leon’s daughter, Julie Wurtzbacher. This conversation took place over the phone in August of 2020. I’d contacted her for a podcast I work on, and she is actively trying to get more publicity for the case. I posted this on the Unresolved Mysteries sub as well a little while ago, but I wanted to post it on here to maybe get more attention for the case. Here’s the Charley Project link if you just want a brief overview, but they got a few details wrong, mainly that his car was idling when it was found. http://charleyproject.org/case/leon-arthur-moncer Leon Moncer was a complicated young man. In the investigation that ensued following his disappearance it would become public knowledge that he was an alcoholic, abusive towards his wife Irene and had had a tendency to be unfaithful with his romantic partners. Despite all of this, he was a well liked member of the community with many dedicated friends and many people had very kind words to say about him following his disappearance. The city of Bellaire in Belmont County, is tucked into a bend in the Ohio River. It is a lush area covered in vegetation right on the edge of Ohio, fading into West Virginia. Wheeling, WV is the largest city in the area. There is evidence of a bygone golden age. Belmont county of the 1980s would have been firmly on the downslide of that golden age. The rise of Industries like the Junk trade in which Leon worked was indicative of the slow decay of the manufacturing and production industries which dominated in the past. Leon Moncer worked for Hermon Strauss, a business in the Junk recycling industry. Leon also had aspirations of starting his own business and had recently purchased a tow truck of his own in the months leading up to his disappearance. In the Times Leader Article published on February 28th 1982, just ten days after his disappearance, Leon was described by his wife Irene as a helpful and caring man, “He’ll do anything for anybody.” His disappearance is also out of character for Leon, with Irene stating, “He’s got a lot of friends...Its just not like Leon, he's never done nothing like this before In the leadup to his disappearance, Leon’s life was chaotic. He was on the tail end of a failed marriage as he was in the process of finalizing a divorce with his wife Irene. He was working a full time job and trying to start his own business on the side. He was trying to navigate a new world where he had to learn how to co-parent with Irene while no longer being in a relationship with her and on top of all of this he was still a young 21 year old man with lots of growing up to do and was dealing with a number of bad habits, namely drinking and drug use. His wife is quoted as saying he “had a tendency to get rowdy” when drinking, which was further evidenced by the fact that he was recently involved in several bar fights. There was one tussle of particular note that had occurred several months prior as it took place at Tin Pan Alley, the known gathering spot of the notorious local mob in Wheeling. According to his wife Irene, Leon was mostly unfazed by these things. By all accounts it appears that he and Irene had worked out how to both be present in their daughter’s life even if they were no longer together. According to his daughter, him and Irene got along very well as co-parents. Though, they’d been separated long enough for Leon to move on romantically, and he had actually been seeing someone long enough to have proposed. We will refer to his fiance as GG. GG lived in nearby Bethlehem West Virginia. While a rowdy 21 year old man getting into a handful of bar fights may seem normal, another event that happened during the week before his disappearance may cast his presence at Tin Pan Alley in a more interesting light. During the week leading up to his disappearance Leon received a death threat in the mail, compiled from a hodgepodge of newspaper and magazine clippings. It simply read "Leave it alone or you are dead." The letter had no stamp on it, so it had been put directly in the mailbox by whoever wrote it. Leon simply shrugged off the death threat. However it has also been reported by Irene that in the weeks and days leading up to his disappearance Leon had become more guarded, especially with regard to his three year old daughter Julie. He suddenly began to forbid anyone from taking pictures of the girl. He was very careful about who he would let hold her, and became somewhat overprotective. Could this pattern of violence culminating in a death threat note have something to do with his disappearance? Leon Moncer was last seen on the night of February 18th 1982. It was his brother, Raymond’s birthday party, and Raymond said “ He couldn’t make it because he had a hot date.” Him and GG had been in a bit of a rough patch, as he’d hit her recently, and possibly broken her nose. Her brothers were upset with Leon, and whether or not he had made up with GG yet is unclear. His hot date was likely with a different woman, as no one at the time knew who he was meeting. To this day, who the date was with remains a mystery. Irene told the Times Leader in an interview ten days later what she knew of Leon’s timeline that night. He’d left from his parents house across the street, then stopped by his boss’s house to borrow $20. Then he drove to his friend, Ted’s house in Wheeling. Irene did not know Ted’s last name. Multiple friends placed Leon at Ed’s Lounge in Lloydsville later on that evening, but none made any mention of Leon’s mystery date. The true concern for Leon began the next day Feb. 19th when he failed to show up for work, it was pay day at Herman Strauss Inc. Leon’s brother Ray said that his brother “never missed work unless he was sick.” Leon’s absence at work was enough for the family to file a report with the Belmont County Sheriff's Department that very day. That very night that the case began to take a turn towards the bizarre. Irene would later tell the press about a strange phone call Leon’s mother, Shelby received. She was speaking on the telephone around 9 p.m. when the operator suddenly interrupted her conversation asking both parties to hang up because of an emergency phone call from Leon Moncer. His mother hung up the phone and sat waiting for a call from her lost son, which never came. The next day, Irene and Raymond decided to take the search into their own hands. They drove around the Bannock area, as Leon had been known to cruise around the old mining roads. After searching for a while, they spotted Leon’s gray Dodge Aspen parked in a ditch off the side of the road. Irene told WTOV9 that “My heart like sunk. I mean, I was happy. I was really happy because I figured maybe he was in there sleeping or something like that, but he wasn't there.” The car was empty, along a road that branched from 331 near Belmont Technical college. Persons living in the area told Irene that the car had been sitting in that same location since Thursday night, the day Leon vanished. It was not near Powerline Park, as reported in other articles. The car had empty beer cans, and an empty bottle of wine. According to Raymond, while they were examining the car, a local resident stopped and told them that the car had been idling, and the lights had been on, and he had turned the lights off and taken the key out before Irene got there, and he’d put the key in the ashtray. The key found in the ashtray however was a spare, and Leon’s usual keys were missing. There was also a flashlight missing from inside the car. Some articles report that the driver’s side door was open, though this is not mentioned in every article, and some articles mention that the inside of the car was muddy. Julie later remarked that the mud by itself was not suspicious, as it was February. In addition to the spare key, Leon’s wallet, his cigarettes and coat were all in the vehicle. Some sources reported signs of a struggle, which likely just alluded to his valuables being left behind, and the car being muddy. In 2007 local authorities would say the suspicious nature of the car indicated foul play. Later in 2007 Sheriff Fred Thompson told the State Journal that it "Sounds like someone knew he was going to be out there on this road at a certain time, and they had a surprise for him." Moncer’s family notified authorities of the discovery right away, and tried to turn the car over to them. But according to Irene, they said “Keep it. Get it out of here.” They had the car towed to Leon’s parent’s house, where it would sit in the front yard for years. In later articles, local authorities mildly criticized this police work, saying that had the car been found today it would have been thoroughly examined. On February 28th Irene told the Times Leader that she hoped Leon just needed time to “get his head together” because he was under stress due to the divorce, and the pressure of trying to start his own business. She told the paper “I just wish he’d call to ease everyone’s mind.” While family members conducted searches for Leon following his disappearance, the sources do not mention any large scale effort on the part of law enforcement. As of the 28th Irene had visited several drinking establishments in Wheeling for possible clues to Leon’s disappearance. Three people told her that they saw Leon on February 20th in a Wheeling bar on Main Street. Irene reported being skeptical as to whether this individual was actually Leon. On March 5th Leon’s sister Cindy thought she saw Leon walking around town, but later said she wasn’t sure. The investigation on the part of law enforcement largely stopped after this sighting. Soon after he vanished, Irene received a phone call from a stranger who asked her if she wanted to know where her husband was. She said that she did, and the caller replied “well his head's in a garbage bag in the river, his arms and legs are out in the strip pits." Any searches or follow-up to this phone call on the part of law enforcement were not documented if they occurred. For months after Leon’s disappearance, Irene thought there was someone in a pick up truck following them. If she ever got the plates, or turned them over to law enforcement is unclear. To make matters worse, someone started lurking around outside her house. Irene said “This person would stand out in front of our house. He was in blue jeans and a black shirt with a hood on it and he would stand there. I thought it might be him [Leon]. Julie was everything to him. So was that him, wanting to see her, to know what she looked like? I don't know." During this time they moved about half a mile away from the house they’d lived in when Leon was there, but this mysterious figure knew their new address. However the move put them just past the jurisdiction of the authorities they’d been working with, and into the St Clairsville Police territory. Irene called the police every time this figure showed up, but St Clairesville was farther away, and police would take about half an hour to get there, so this person was always long gone by the time they showed up. This went on, sporadically, for two years. There is a theory that perhaps Leon had been a victim of mob activity in Wheeling. The Mob was very active in Wheeling from the 60s through the late 80s. This theory mostly originates from the fact that Leon had some associations with a few shady individuals through his involvement with drugs. The mysterious note he received in the mail and his brawl at Tin Pan Alley only add fuel to this theory. But without further information, this remains just that, a theory. Leon Moncer was declared legally dead on November 16th 1988 on what would have been his 28th birthday. Shelby struggled with that decision, but decided it was time for some kind of closure. Irene eventually moved on and remarried, but she always speaks fondly of Leon in interviews, and hopes to one day find answers. In 1992 the Times Leader interviewed Leon’s family to discuss the ten year anniversary of his disappearance. Leon’s brother Raymond said “I believe he’s dead, I just wonder where he’s at and what happened”. At the time Raymond was still checking with the sheriff’s office every once in a while. He said the consensus seemed to be that someone knew what happened, but wasn’t coming forward. Donald Samples echoed this, saying “it could be that he doesn’t want to be found, but we haven’t ruled out foul play” and told the paper that he was still following up on leads, but no one had come forward with anything useful so far. Samples said “you can only take an investigation so far, and then you need help from the public.” During that interview, Shelby Moncer, told the Times Leader “All I want to do is find out where he is before I die”. She kept Leon’s keys, cigarettes, and loose change that was found in the car, along with much of his old clothing. She passed away in 2010, and just like her husband, she never found the answers she was looking for about her son Leon. Later in a 2015 interview with Weelunk, Julie remarked on her grandfather's struggle to find answers, saying “I also feel I need to do this for my grandfather because he tried and he tried, but he passed away without answers. When I was young, it wasn’t this hard. It was what it was, but the older I get, I feel like I am missing something,”. In that same article, when asked what she would do if she ever had the chance to meet him, she said “I’d probably be very mad at him if I ever met him. I’d be mad because my grandparents’ number is still the same as it was when he vanished. But I don’t exactly know what I will say to him when I meet him again, whether it’s here on Earth or in Heaven, if he goes there. I just want to know what happened, and why he didn’t come back. If I find out that he is dead, at this point I’m not concerned with who did it. I’d just want to know where he is so I can put him to rest next to my grandfather. If he’s dead, that’s where he belongs. That would be proper.” 2007 had been the year that, Moncer’s casefile was rediscovered after having been misplaced during some unknown time in the past. His file was found during an intensive search of an old storage building. His case was reopened and has periodically made the news. Much of the media coverage was pushed by Fred Connors, a reporter who worked with the Ohio Valley Cold Case Task Force. Because of this, a few of the rare articles available have the Ohio Valley Cold Case Task force email listed as the contact information, an email which no longer exists as of 2020. During his push for media attention, Fred Connors made a general statement aimed at anyone who might have information about the case. He said “You know something about this case. "So man up! Help this young lady find her dad, or find out what happened to her dad. She needs that. Our mission has always been to give voice to the victims and justice to the families. And knowing Julie how I do and knowing how her heart is just broken, somebody needs to man up and give this girl some peace." Sheriff Fred Thompson made a similar plea asking anyone with information to come forward, saying "They don't have to give us their name if they don't want to. Just call us in with what they know or what they think they know." The Sheriff would occasionally speak to the media to try and help get the word out. He told WTRF that “you know, it’s been 30 years. It’s time we put closure to this case for the sake of the family”. This same article touched base with Leon’s family once again, and mentioned that Leon’s sister, Hazel thinks her brother was murdered. During the initial media buzz in 2007, Irene was more than eager to talk to the press. She still wants answers, and told the State Journal that "Not knowing is the hardest part. Even after all these years, you still want to know." Ryan Aller, the detective who for a time was in charge of looking into tips relating to the case, said "Hope is a dangerous thing. And I would tell anybody in this situation that chances are he passed on long ago. We do believe he is dead. He was declared legally dead. Circumstances of him missing were extremely suspicious.” Aller went on to say “Somebody knows what happened to Leon Moncer -- maybe more than one person -- and I guarantee you that. What detectives need is for someone to come forward. At the very least, they could have the common courtesy to anonymously reach out and let somebody know where he is. His father went to his grave not knowing for sure if he was still alive or not.” At one point after the case started gaining publicity, Julie spoke with a psychic near Columbus, who told her that her father was alive and had been keeping an eye on her. The psychic said that her father had changed his name to James Johnston, and shortly after putting her number on an article, Julie got a call from someone claiming to have that name. They told her she could call them if she needed anything, but didn’t claim to actually be Leon Moncer. When she tried calling the number back again it was no longer active. In 2015 investigators followed a tip to nearby Columbus Ohio, where they ended up digging up a basement. Julie was not informed of this tip, or what came of it if anything. She found out about it when it was published in the WTOV9 article, that she would also be quoted in when interviewers asked her how she would feel if answers were ever found. She said "Either way, I'll be sad. If he's alive, I'll be sad that he left. And if something happened to him, I'll be sad that somebody took him from me." In this same article, Irene told reporters that she was still looking for answers. She said she wants to know who did it, and that her and Julie have a right to know. That same year in an interview with Weelunk, Julie said “I think he’s out there. I don’t think he’s dead, but I can’t really explain to you why I have that feeling. That’s what it is – a feeling. I just want to know, one way or another. It didn’t really bother me when I was younger or when I was in school, but the older I get, the more I want to know.If he did something that got him in trouble, or if his hot date was just leaving, that’s something I want to know, one way or the other. I don’t know what he was doing. And I know that he was hanging around in a lot of the bars during those days, and some of my relatives have told me that he did do drugs. My aunt told me that his nickname was the ‘Candyman,’ and that it was a reference to the drugs he was dealing.” In 2020 she told us that an uncle had tried to tell her that the nickname was just because Leon liked sweets, but she’s responded by saying that she’s an adult and she’s old enough to know the truth. She has no illusions about the fact that he did drugs, or the fact that he could get violent when he was using. She goes back and forth on what she believes, but right now is leaning toward the idea that he was in over his head, possibly involved with some dangerous people, and decided to disappear. She said it would have been easier to do back then. These days Julie is in her forties with a family and child of her own. She thinks about her father often, but isn’t sure what else to do to garner publicity. In the Weelunk article she said “I am very frustrated, but I’ll only stop when I’m dead. That’s when this will stop for me. I just keep thinking that if I keep pushing, someone will eventually feel guilty enough to come forward and tell me what I want to know … what I need to know.” It’s certainly not a case that would normally be front page news. When a loved one goes missing nowadays, people will try to hide the less flattering parts of the missing person’s life, because even the slightest hint of trouble will destroy any press interest in the story. The homeless population, sex workers, and criminals do not get reported on. With Leon Moncer we already know about the less flattering parts of his life. Moncer sold drugs, and was unfaithful and abusive towards his romantic partners. In the fairly limited media attention this case has gotten so far, a few commenters have not been afraid to voice a sort of ‘good riddance’ opinion about him. But whatever you think about Leon Moncer, his family wants to know the truth. Sources
I don’t think I can link to facebook but Julie runs a page called “helpfindleonmoncer” where she recently posted all of the Times Leader articles about the case. The WTOV9 segment I referenced is only archived on facebook as well, but if you search it, it’s easy to find.
2020.09.13 03:41 FredelasOhio Death Record Index from OHC
I was recently frustrated because I couldn't find a record online of two deaths in Ohio in 1954 and 1955. These years weren't covered by the collections at FamilySearch and Ancestry, which have some gaps. I found this index at Ohio History Connection, which also has its own gaps, but can fill in some gaps from those other collections:
Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates, 1913-1944, 1954-1963
Ohio Department of Health Stillborn Death Certificates, 1913-1935, 1942-1953
Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates, 1904-1908
Most importantly for me, it contains the county of death and specific date of death. You can even order an informational (uncertified) copy of any of the records you find for $7 each. (Just remember that a large number of these records are also at FamilySearch and Ancestry.) Edit: Here are some of the similar collections I mentioned: Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2018 at Ancestry (subscription required):
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I will probably end up rambling. lol First of all I am done with long-distance relationships. My preferred age range is 25 to 45 (but if you are younger, there is always a possibility), and would be great if you were within 2 to 3 hours of Columbus, Ohio. I am a believer in Christ (not perfect) but a follower, and it is important to me to date someone that has Jesus in their heart. The relationship I am looking for will need to have the following: A foundation in Christ, dedication, communication, love and romance. Deal breakers for me are drugs, smoking, anyone that thanks 'open relationships' are ok. If you don't like or drink alcohol at all, that is fine with me. If you have an occasional glass of wine or drink with dinner that is fine with me also. I rarely drink, like something at dinner sometimes when I go out to eat. I am not into the club/bar scene at all so if that is something you like to do, I don't think we would get along. I am not an 'outdoors' person. So no, I don't hunt, fish, camp in a tent etc. lol I enjoy walks, parks, movies, dinner out, shopping, day trips, historical type things, etc. Reading some of the other post in this sub, I am looking for something a lot different. I am not not into the dd/lg or sub/dom. I am looking for my other half, my soulmate, my equal, the love of my life, my partner and my best friend. I am a very love-y/touchy person. I enjoy cuddling, holding hands, and just all emotional and physical intimacy. One final thing: i am not a sugar daddy. I did prepare you, that I might ramble lol.
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The American Refugee Crisis
Dakotans Fleeing From War and Famine Enter MAU Cities like Pittsburgh and Pensacola
BY: Dunkirk McConnell
Thousands more have been documented, identified, and tagged at Camp #4 inside Pittsburgh’s River View Park. The refugee camp holds thousands of Dakotans fleeing from the lawlessness and fighting of their communities. Camp #4 encompassing sections A, B, C, and D is the largest FEMA camp to date, only being rivaled by Pensacola and Louisville. Camp #4 hosts an estimated 16,000 people most if not all fleeing from the surrounding cities of urban Ohio like Columbus and Cleveland. These Dakotans have had reports of famine, drought, food rations, and brutal combat on the fronts. Many area hospitals have been overwhelmed with civilians getting caught in the crossfire, most notably most have been shot by Dakotas’s own troops. Tracey Helmut of Columbus, who’s been living in Camp#4 with her two children said this, “They shot him, they shot my husband. We were coming here, to escape from the war, I wouldn’t want them to see that. They shot him when we were driving, he bled out in the car ride here. It’s disgusting what they’re doing.” Kenn Helmut died from his injuries at a Pittsburgh hospital. Many more Dakotans share the same story, of an oppressive government force killing those who attempt to leave. Eduardo Cullen an area nurse said, “I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s like hundreds of mass shootings at once. Constant GSWs and most have driven all the way from Ohio with them, it’s tragic that most don’t make it.” FEMA Camp #12 in Louisville has a projected population of 15,000 with it likely surpassing Camp #4 in the coming weeks due to more and more crossing from St.Louis citizens. Louisville encompasses asylum seekers from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and St.Louis. Cincinnati even less so due to the lockdown of the city due to its location on the border, and that it’s still under control by a large Dakotan presence. The few from Cincinnati either die from their injuries or report massive amounts of human rights violations in the area. St.Louis survivors report even further escalation of fascism and the lockdown of society, Tennessee Williams reported, “We couldn’t go out at night anymore, grocery stores were more like free for all’s, and you just walked over dead bodies for a can of beans. It’s absolute chaos over there, terrible monsters ruining great people’s lives.” To the south Pensacola’s Camp #25 is another rather large camp for the small city it resides it. Encompassing large amounts of New Orleans, Mobile, and the surrounding areas. Pensacola’s large military installations have been pivotal for the battle of the gulf, and asylum seekers are more often than not taken to the camp in nearby Panama City. Most of Camp #25’s population consists of the injured, wounded, elderly, and families and there’s a tight grip to keep young men and women out of the camp, in case of a possible attack. Cities like Minneapolis and Kansas City have had large moved toward Great Lakes Milwaukee, and occupied metropolitan Chicago with their large Millennium Park becoming a refugee installation. On the west, due to the small amount of fighting and quick takeover by Sierra, cities like Denver and Salt Lake have seen humanitarian aid instead of complete abandonment. We cannot forget the cities of Fresno and Corpus Christi, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans died in an inhumane, and immoral act of violence. President Wilburn stated, “The entire Atlantic Seaboard gives their hearts and prayers to the cities of Fresno and Corpus Christi. We cannot imagine the incalculable loss of these communities and have organized humanitarian aid with the FRA and Sierran governments. These people will not die in vain, and the people who turned the key will face rotting in a windowless cell for the rest of their life.” Around 210,000 people died in the bombings, mimicking the American attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dakota once again proves that they represent the pure evil of the old country and that Sierra, as with the Atlantic, represents the good. May God bless our troops, and may God bless the Atlantic.
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