The Press Newspaper
The tough off-duty cops sat at one end of the bar, the ex-cons at the other.
The cons let the cops drink in peace. The cops didn’t bother the cons. Neutral turf for both.
Bob Morrissey, Toledo detective, walked in and sat with the cops. He ordered a beer, put his hand in his pocket, was surprised by what he found and smiled to himself.
Toledo competes against its past as much as it competes against other cities.
That challenge is more daunting when you consider that in the 1840s Jesup W. Scott, editor and publisher of The Toledo Blade, called Toledo “The future great city of the world.” He was not alone in that assessment. Toledo was seen by many experts as a regional trade center that could surpass Chicago in size and importance.
Scott Carpenter remembers when it seemed the only living things in Lake Erie were waves crashing over the pier at Metzger Marsh as he raced to the light pole and back dodging and daring the waves to sweep him into the water.
That was the mid-70s.
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