Remembering the Pittsfield Tornado

It was 45 years ago this April 11 that a savage giant tornado swept across the night-time skies of northeast Ohio and left in its wake 17 people dead in Lorain and Cuyahoga County.

The worst of the damage was in the tiny community of Pittsfield, south of Oberlin.  Nine people were killed and many injured when the storm struck shortly after 11 PM on Palm Sunday.

I will be writing about the storm in my soon to be released memoir, “Tales From The Road” and about the mystery of the disappearance of a film documentary that I helped make the year following the storm.

The pictures above of the storm aftermath are taken from some outtakes of the video that was used to make the missing documentary and show some of the devastated areas around PIttsfield.  Some of the video was mine while other scenes were taken by Walt Glendenning from WEWS-TV5 and Ray Goll, who was a free-lance photographer for TV3 in 1965.

Steve Fogarty has written a story about the storm’s anniversary in the April 11 edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram or you can read ot online at

Today you can find a memorial marker in the small park at State Route 303 and 58 in Pittsfield.

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