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Stafford: Springfield High School reunion to celebrate classmate
 Jim Ingledue isn’t an objective judge. Nor does he claim to be when he argues that Dick Shatto “was probably the finest athlete ever to matriculate through the Springfield system.” MORE: Stafford happy to be grounded Ingledue, after all, was not only the late Shatto’s teammate on the Wildcats football, basketball and...

4:15 PM Saturday, Jul. 01, 2017

Jim Ingledue isn’t an objective judge. Nor does he claim to be when he argues that Dick Shatto “was probably the finest athlete ever to matriculate through the Springfield system.” MORE: Stafford happy to be grounded Ingledue, after all, was not only the late Shatto’s teammate on the Wildcats football, basketball and...
Stafford happy to be grounded
 I didn’t know it Thursday as I was driving south on Fountain Avenue, crossing the tracks at the Heritage Center and making a left into the parking lot next to the Hollenbeck-Bayley Conference Center. But for the first time in years, I was about to be grounded. MORE: Stafford: Distractions can turn thoughts in new directions The grounding...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

I didn’t know it Thursday as I was driving south on Fountain Avenue, crossing the tracks at the Heritage Center and making a left into the parking lot next to the Hollenbeck-Bayley Conference Center. But for the first time in years, I was about to be grounded. MORE: Stafford: Distractions can turn thoughts in new directions The grounding...
Stafford: Distractions can turn thoughts in new directions
 I sat at one of my usual column-writing spots, feeling a little weary. Make that weary and distracted. It was a mood I was treating in the usual fashion, with warm caffeine, when a bearded man sat down at the nearby piano and started playing. RELATED: Stafford: Appreciating the beauty that life has to offer I expected further distraction...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017

I sat at one of my usual column-writing spots, feeling a little weary. Make that weary and distracted. It was a mood I was treating in the usual fashion, with warm caffeine, when a bearded man sat down at the nearby piano and started playing. RELATED: Stafford: Appreciating the beauty that life has to offer I expected further distraction...
Springfield astronomer shares secrets of the stars
 He is tall, friendly and ever-helpful. That may be why I think of Dan Fleisch as the person who is to my understanding of the universe what the Man in the Yellow Hat is to Curious George’s understanding of life. RELATED: Professor learns by making podcasts When I ask him a question, he considers my monkey curiosity and level of understanding...

10:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017

He is tall, friendly and ever-helpful. That may be why I think of Dan Fleisch as the person who is to my understanding of the universe what the Man in the Yellow Hat is to Curious George’s understanding of life. RELATED: Professor learns by making podcasts When I ask him a question, he considers my monkey curiosity and level of understanding...
Stafford: Appreciating the beauty that life has to offer
 Finnegan, the latest addition to the Stafford gene pool, took his time in making the transition through fussy-tired into sleep. One reason is that he’s in his first month of life. Another is that during four years since his brother’s arrival, grandpa has grown a little rusty on his infant skills. I tend to rush the transfer from...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 03, 2017

Finnegan, the latest addition to the Stafford gene pool, took his time in making the transition through fussy-tired into sleep. One reason is that he’s in his first month of life. Another is that during four years since his brother’s arrival, grandpa has grown a little rusty on his infant skills. I tend to rush the transfer from...
Stafford: Springfield school named for Civil War general
 This Memorial Day, Clark Countians may need to be reminded that Gen. J. Warren Keifer’s last name rhymes with Michelle Pfeiffer’s last name and isn’t pronounced like Kiefer Sutherland’s first. It also would bear mention that the man for whom Springfield’s public alternative high school is named commanded a brigade...

2:00 PM Monday, May. 29, 2017

This Memorial Day, Clark Countians may need to be reminded that Gen. J. Warren Keifer’s last name rhymes with Michelle Pfeiffer’s last name and isn’t pronounced like Kiefer Sutherland’s first. It also would bear mention that the man for whom Springfield’s public alternative high school is named commanded a brigade...
Springfield native distinguished himself in Civil War battles
 By the evening of May 5, 1864, in the Union field hospital on the Orange Turnpike in Orange County, Va., amputated arms and legs were stacked like “piles of stove wood, the blood only excepted,” according to an observer quoted in historian Gordon C. Rhea’s book on the third and fourth days of the Battle of the Wilderness...

2:00 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

By the evening of May 5, 1864, in the Union field hospital on the Orange Turnpike in Orange County, Va., amputated arms and legs were stacked like “piles of stove wood, the blood only excepted,” according to an observer quoted in historian Gordon C. Rhea’s book on the third and fourth days of the Battle of the Wilderness...
Stafford: Finding the right book can offer clarity, fresh air
 At first, nobody wanted to be a number – a known quantity, a kind of widget interchangeable with every other widget-human on the planet. Next came the fear of being a statistic, which brought with it the shadow of the grim reaper. If being a number meant being depersonalized, being a statistic meant being dead – and not gratefully...

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 20, 2017

At first, nobody wanted to be a number – a known quantity, a kind of widget interchangeable with every other widget-human on the planet. Next came the fear of being a statistic, which brought with it the shadow of the grim reaper. If being a number meant being depersonalized, being a statistic meant being dead – and not gratefully...
An elder raptor’s lament: Even change has changed
 If you had stopped into the mall hobby shop where I worked in 1970, bought something for, say, $2.37, and given me a $20 bill, you’d have heard me say something like this: Two-thirty-seven plus three is 2.40, a dime makes fifty, seventy five, three dollars, and two is five and five is 10 and 10 is 20. Thanks and have a nice day. During...

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

If you had stopped into the mall hobby shop where I worked in 1970, bought something for, say, $2.37, and given me a $20 bill, you’d have heard me say something like this: Two-thirty-seven plus three is 2.40, a dime makes fifty, seventy five, three dollars, and two is five and five is 10 and 10 is 20. Thanks and have a nice day. During...
South grad reflects on 30 years with highway patrol

2:00 PM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

In 1986, when the then Tammy Getz took her entrance exam for the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s dispatcher cadet program, her late stepfather, Danny Campbell, drove her to the patrol academy because “I was terrified to drive to Columbus,” she said. On Tuesday, the now 48-year-old Tammy Getz-Wright will retire from the patrol...
Stafford: Learn about cancer while applauding survivors
 OK, class, I know it’s late in the school year, but Mr. Stafford needs you to settle down and take your seats. We’re starting today with a little quiz. Save your groans. The torture won’t last long this time. Just three questions, true or false, easy-peasy. But there’s a catch, a reason you might want to put down your...

2:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017

OK, class, I know it’s late in the school year, but Mr. Stafford needs you to settle down and take your seats. We’re starting today with a little quiz. Save your groans. The torture won’t last long this time. Just three questions, true or false, easy-peasy. But there’s a catch, a reason you might want to put down your...
Stafford: Imperfect traffic leads to pefect day debate
 I used to think of a perfect day as a day on which nothing goes wrong. That began to change for me not long ago in one of the region’s most imperfect of places: Southbound I-75 just north of the exit at Edwin C. Moses Drive. As anyone who travels Ohio 4 to I-75 and heads south during rush hour knows, somewhere north of the exit, traffic...

2:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

I used to think of a perfect day as a day on which nothing goes wrong. That began to change for me not long ago in one of the region’s most imperfect of places: Southbound I-75 just north of the exit at Edwin C. Moses Drive. As anyone who travels Ohio 4 to I-75 and heads south during rush hour knows, somewhere north of the exit, traffic...
Stafford: Recalling a father’s kindness, steadying influence
 If he had lived another week, my father would have turned 89. I’m glad he didn’t. I could hear the evidence of his suffering in my mother and brother’s voices when I talked with them on the phone during his last week. Then, when I visited the funeral home and told my brother I was relieved to have seen Dad’s body because...

4:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

If he had lived another week, my father would have turned 89. I’m glad he didn’t. I could hear the evidence of his suffering in my mother and brother’s voices when I talked with them on the phone during his last week. Then, when I visited the funeral home and told my brother I was relieved to have seen Dad’s body because...
Springfield Civil War Symposium returns
 During the 1850s, Southern settlers migrated across the Ohio River into parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois south of present-day Interstate 70, causing all three states to have what historian Nicole Etcheson describes as “very divided feelings” at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at...

2:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 08, 2017

During the 1850s, Southern settlers migrated across the Ohio River into parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois south of present-day Interstate 70, causing all three states to have what historian Nicole Etcheson describes as “very divided feelings” at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at...
Clark County group’s 75th shows ties that bind us, Ohio State
 As Buckeye football players link arms after a game and join fans in the singing of Carmen Ohio, trumpets mimic the sound of chiming bells to underscore the importance of the tie between student and alma mater against the rush of time. Last month, I sensed a touch of what may even be a stronger human tie when so many women I’ve come...

3:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

As Buckeye football players link arms after a game and join fans in the singing of Carmen Ohio, trumpets mimic the sound of chiming bells to underscore the importance of the tie between student and alma mater against the rush of time. Last month, I sensed a touch of what may even be a stronger human tie when so many women I’ve come...
Springfield group dies into archaeological secrets
 The Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar sound like names written in runic type on maps J.R.R. Tolkien drew for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are, in fact, ancient archaeological sites on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, and what researchers are learning there may be changing the map...

5:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017

The Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar sound like names written in runic type on maps J.R.R. Tolkien drew for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are, in fact, ancient archaeological sites on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, and what researchers are learning there may be changing the map...
Stafford: Anthropologist remembers Springfield colleague
 On March 31, Ph.D. Michael Blakey will visit Wittenberg University to tell students about the history he and other archaeologists found written in the bones unearthed, examined and reburied at the historic African American Burial Grounds National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Earlier this month, the scientific director of the project and the...

2:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017

On March 31, Ph.D. Michael Blakey will visit Wittenberg University to tell students about the history he and other archaeologists found written in the bones unearthed, examined and reburied at the historic African American Burial Grounds National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Earlier this month, the scientific director of the project and the...
Springfield tied to the mother of modern CSI work
 Benjamin Warder left Springfield a lovely library on a prominent hill, and Asa Bushnell’s stately stone mansion stills stands on High Street. But John Glessner, the third partner of local manufacturing giant Warder, Bushnell & Glessner, moved to Chicago in 1870 to represent the company’s interests, then went on to become an officer...

4:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

Benjamin Warder left Springfield a lovely library on a prominent hill, and Asa Bushnell’s stately stone mansion stills stands on High Street. But John Glessner, the third partner of local manufacturing giant Warder, Bushnell & Glessner, moved to Chicago in 1870 to represent the company’s interests, then went on to become an officer...
Stafford: Communication complex, but kindness can alleviate anxiety
 For people my age, the term audio-visual conjures up memories of metal Bell & Howell movie and film strip projectors being pushed around hallways by fellow students who seemed to be headed either nowhere or to what would become Silicon Valley. So I raised an eyebrow the other day when I double-clicked on an Internet clip in which the eminent...

4:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017

For people my age, the term audio-visual conjures up memories of metal Bell & Howell movie and film strip projectors being pushed around hallways by fellow students who seemed to be headed either nowhere or to what would become Silicon Valley. So I raised an eyebrow the other day when I double-clicked on an Internet clip in which the eminent...
A walk through a D.C. neighborhood
 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...

10:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...
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