Join author David E. Rohr, in conversation with longtime Columbus Dispatch journalist and political sage Mike Curtin, as they discuss Rohr’s recent book, The United States of OHIO: One American State and Its Impact on the Other Forty-Nine.
Electoral significance has always distinguished the small northern state sandwiched between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Only twice since the beginning of the twentieth century has Ohio failed to pick the candidate who ultimately won the presidential election. But presidential elections are only part of the Ohio story. That’s because the state has always been an innovator, an incubator, and a bellwether for the American experience. In a unique look at Ohio, David E. Rohr chronicles key stories that come from the Buckeye State and the remarkable effect Ohio’s development has had on the larger country.
The United States of Ohio covers little-known facts about Ohio, such as how the state was the birthplace of both the National Football League and Major League Baseball and how it was Ohioans who led efforts toward racial integration in both sports. Readers will learn what makes the state a manufacturing and agricultural powerhouse—with both the largest tire company, Akron’s Goodyear, and the largest consumer products company, Cincinnati’s Proctor & Gamble, based there. And it is the birthplace of many prominent US figures—from Thomas Edison to John Glenn to Neil Armstrong. From sports to a century’s worth of entertainment superstars to aviation and space exploration, Ohio’s best have made for America’s greatest stories—all captured here in a look at the Buckeye State and its impact on the other forty-nine.
Born and raised in Ohio until the age of 29, David Rohr remains a frequent Buckeye visitor and enthusiast. His advertising and marketing career has included writing, creative direction, and management for advertising and communications firms, serving Fortune 500 clients as well as smaller companies. He currently teaches advertising and communications theory at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Mike Curtin is a freelance journalist. He is retired from The Dispatch Printing Company, after a 38-year career as reporter, editor and associate publisher for The Columbus Dispatch. He also served four years (2013 to 2016) in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 17th District, serving the west and south sides of Columbus.
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