Derisively known as the 'the mistake on the lake,' Cleveland has fought to regain its reputation over the last thirty-five years. The Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1952 and again 1969. In 1978, amateur ventriloquist and mayor Dennis Kucinich led the city into default, leading to comments such as 'whos the bigger dummy?' Cleveland became the first bankrupt city since the Great Depression.
Since that time, the federal government imposed strict environmental standards on nearby Lake Erie, allowing Cleveland to effectively clean up the Cuyahoga River. The Art Model's Cleveland Browns left town in the middle of the night to become the Baltimore Ravens. In 1999, Cleveland was awarded the new Browns and they kept all of their old National Football League records.
Downtown Cleveland is home to major league baseball, football and basketball stadiums, Jacobs Field, Cleveland Stadium and Gund Arena. Also downtown is the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, and Public Square. The Cuyahoga River hosts the Warehouse District and Cleveland Flats.
Most people do not consider Cleveland a tourist hot spot. However, the Cleveland area offers many attractions. In addition to its sports teams, night time recreation on the Flats, Cedar Point amusement park is just forty miles west of the city. This Sandusky Ohio park boasts 16 roller coaster and vertical drop machines, and is easily worth one or two days of thrilling entertainment. Near Sandusky is Put-in-Bay. It offers a rustic charm and some local attractions to keep visitors busy for a few days. The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) train conveniently connects Hopkins International Airport to downtown and the Terminal Tower City Mall and Office Complex.
The city is also home to world-famous Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. Not far from Cleveland are Kenyon and Oberlin liberal arts colleges. Cleveland also has large Hungarian, Polish, and Ukranian communities. In fact, the city once had the largest concentration of Hungarians outside of Budapest.
Television star and comedian Drew Carey bases his show on his Cleveland roots. Ian Hunter sings 'Cleveland Rocks,' a song also covered by Presidents of the USA. Cleveland is also hometown to regional act The Michael Stanley Band. The original Agora burned to the ground in 1984. The new Agora seats 2000 in the theatre and holds 800 in the ballroom. It continues to be one of the best venues to see a rock band in the USA.
We installed Lawson Financials and Procurement suites at a local academic medical center.
Most of the team was from Cleveland. Product specialists were brought in from Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle. Those of us from out-of-town stayed in corporate apartments or at the Renaissance Hotel in Tower City (Terminal Tower Building). The business operations of this world class facility was located in a dilapidated warehouse and distribution building in a dangerous neighborhood east of the city.
In the old days, a high value was placed on well-rounded staff. Almost the entire team had competed at the college and/or professional levels. We had football running backs, baseball pitchers, and I was a wrestler and soccer player. In the post-collegiate arena, the team contained a fitness contestant, hockey dad, and part-time dancer.