Visit to Fox 8 News In The Morning

This morning I was a guest on Fox 8 News in the Morning with old friends, Wayne Dawson and Stefani Schaefer, to promote my new editions of my books, Strange Tales From Ohio and Ohio Oddities. It also was a chance to show them some of the “made in Ohio” gifts I had found traveling around the state this year. You can see the segment by going to

The items we showed were blended photos from the Magic Picture Company in Hartville, Ohio,; Some unique molds to spell just about anything with anything made by SillyconeInc. of Bay Village, Ohio, email:; We also showed NFL Presentation Gold Whistles from the American Whistle Company in Columbus,; An Ohio Flag from the gift shop at the state Capitol,; and replicas of artifacts thousands of years old from the museum shop at the Ohio Historical Society,

If you have any questions about any of these products check their web sites or leave a comment.

Neil, Wayne Dawson and Stefani Schaefer examine unusual gifts
Neil, Wayne Dawson and Stefani Schaefer examine unusual gifts
Joining Wayne and Stefani on the News Set
Joining Wayne and Stefani on the News Set

One Tank Trip: Ohio State House

This past Saturday in my twice-monthly column in the Plain Dealer we reported on the many unusual gifts that can be found on a trip to the State Capitol in Columbus as well as a tour of the Ohio State House, The Ohio Historical Society and a unique factory tour at the last maker of metal whistles in the United States.  In fact this small Columbus Plant is where the “Official” gold-plated whistles are made for the NFL Super Bowl Officials each year and if you have a whistle-blower in the family a copy of these whistles, in walnut presentation boxes can be purchased at the factory.

If you would like to read the whole story go to and type in my name in the search field.

By the way here are some of the photos we took on that trip that were not used by the PD with the story: