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,

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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

Strange Tales from Ohio 2nd Edition . . .

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An updated and revised edition of the popular book about Ohio’s offbeat history, by Neil Zurcher–the author of “Ohio Oddities” and “Ohio Road Trips.”

Learn why residents of Blueball, Ohio, erected a monument to a pig. Witness the birth of the Inflatoplane (an inflatable airplane, of course) in Akron, and revisit Ohio’s last public whipping, near Dayton. Read about the Funeral Home Museum . . . the Curse of Leatherlips . . . The world’s first recorded automobile accident . . . the oldest Revolutionary War veteran . . . cemetery rootbeer . . . the man who invented disposable diapers . . .

A treat for anyone who enjoys discovering the real wonders of the Buckeye State!

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