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Topic:  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/21/2019 11:12:35 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:

The wall-bearing, brick construction of this building is one of the reasons it survived the recent fire that destroyed buildings all around it. It sustained damaged, but the infastructure of the building remained intact.


given this description iím guessing either a bank or jail.

Last Edited: 1/21/2019 11:14:03 PM by cc-cat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 9:23:16 AM 
Post office?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 11:29:05 AM 


It was the Elk Hotel. Here's a photo of it, circa 1880.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 12:14:00 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
https://www.idiosyncraticphoto.com/BobcatAttack/i-wc2ch6f/A

It was the Elk Hotel. Here's a photo of it, circa 1880.


Got a question.

Do you remember who took your picture standing in front of it,or who was the guy siting in the chair?

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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 12:31:36 PM 
No idea about the answer to either question, rpbobcat. It's possible that someone at the Southeast Ohio History Center knows the answer. I'll try to remember to ask when I have the chance.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 1:51:47 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
https://www.idiosyncraticphoto.com/BobcatAttack/i-wc2ch6f/A

It was the Elk Hotel. Here's a photo of it, circa 1880.


Got a question.

Do you remember who took your picture standing in front of it,or who was the guy siting in the chair?


Guy in the chair looks like Frank

Last Edited: 1/22/2019 1:52:11 PM by cc-cat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 2:16:24 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
No idea about the answer to either question, rpbobcat. It's possible that someone at the Southeast Ohio History Center knows the answer. I'll try to remember to ask when I have the chance.


I will say this,you do look quite "dapper" in the picture.





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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 2:27:50 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
No idea about the answer to either question, rpbobcat. It's possible that someone at the Southeast Ohio History Center knows the answer. I'll try to remember to ask when I have the chance.


I will say this,you do look quite "dapper" in the picture.







Sorry, I misread your earlier post, and therefore missed the sarcasm. I missed the "your" by reading too quickly. I think you must have been talking to me children, who think I was a personal friend of General Sherman's.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 3:32:25 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
https://www.idiosyncraticphoto.com/BobcatAttack/i-wc2ch6f/A

It was the Elk Hotel. Here's a photo of it, circa 1880.


Wow, OCF, thatís a great photo! Never seen that one before. I have heard that this hotel was far ahead of its time as it appears to have your shuttle to the game parked right out front!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/22/2019 10:47:01 PM 

 

BillyTheCat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
https://www.idiosyncraticphoto.com/BobcatAttack/i-wc2ch6f/A

It was the Elk Hotel. Here's a photo of it, circa 1880.


Wow, OCF, that’s a great photo! Never seen that one before. I have heard that this hotel was far ahead of its time as it appears to have your shuttle to the game parked right out front! 

smiley  Good one, BTC!

Now, a question for you, though this picture probably predates the start of OHIO football, let's assume that it was taken a decade later in the 1890s: Where was the stadium that the shuttle would take me and my lovely wife to so that we could see the OHIO-Marietta grudge match?

 

[This is not a trick question.  There is actually some debate as to the location of the first football field. I have a theory where it was, based on an interview I did years ago with the widow of Charles G. O'Bleness, the first football team manager.  I'm just curious, since you are such a fount of information about all things OHIO athletics, if you might know the actual location.]  

 


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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/23/2019 9:58:24 AM 
Well to my knowledge it was the area on South Green where the Rugby fields are now, but I am not definitive on that and open to learn something. I know Athens High played there.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/23/2019 10:26:27 AM 
Well, BTC, here's what I know, some of this is more documented than others. From Mrs. O'Bleness' description, it sounded like the field in the 1890s was where the Athens High School field was back in my day, behind McCracken Hall, to the right of the old Putnam Elementary playgrounds as you face toward Mill Street. By early in the 20th Century until Peden was built in 1929 (called Ohio Stadium at the time), the football field was where Porter Hall now stands. In my youth, the stadium at that location was used for baseball.

Now, a question for the geezers on this board who also happen to be townies: Anyone else a member of the Knothole Club for OHIO baseball back in the day?


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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/23/2019 11:54:43 AM 
The West Stands of Peden still has the original inlaid block work "OHIO Stadium 1929"
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/23/2019 1:58:46 PM 
In the late 80s, there used to be remnants of an old football stadium behind Siegfried Hall, which I assume is the one you're talking about. If I remember right, it was an old concrete set of grand stands. Don't know if it's still there. I assume not.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/23/2019 2:32:28 PM 
Robert Fox wrote:
In the late 80s, there used to be remnants of an old football stadium behind Siegfried Hall, which I assume is the one you're talking about. If I remember right, it was an old concrete set of grand stands. Don't know if it's still there. I assume not.


Yes, that was the old Athens High School football stadium back when AHS was actually in the city. It has been completely torn down now. Not even hint that it was once there. From Mrs. O'Bleness' description it may also have been the site of the first Ohio University football field. She was getting up in years when I interviewed her and some of her descriptions were a little hard to follow, but to the best I could understand her that seemed to be what she was saying.

When I talked with her she showed me a number of photos of football players, in uniform, in the 1890s. One I remember vividly was a photo of Pete McClaren, who was both a coach and player in the period. Upon pulling out his photo, she said, "Oh was he a good boy." I thought I saw in her eyes an indication that she had once had a crush on him. I assume that all of these photos eventually ended up in the University Archives. I need to check on that.

Last Edited: 1/23/2019 2:33:18 PM by OhioCatFan


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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 1/24/2019 12:10:51 AM 
Jimanotts (sp?), the Lantern, the Union, Dante's Inferno, sometimes the Towne House, and occasionally, the Tavern.

Oh, and in my senior year, they were able to sell 3.2 beer in the Front Room (?) at old Baker Center.


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Jeff Johnson wrote:
Jimanotts (sp?), the Lantern, the Union, Dante's Inferno, sometimes the Towne House, and occasionally, the Tavern.

Oh, and in my senior year, they were able to sell 3.2 beer in the Front Room (?) at old Baker Center.


Was it the Lantern that Purveyed cheese dogs? Or maybe the Tavern? My buddy Andy Blank (died in 1968) and I occasionally savored a beer and a cheese dog.



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   Posted: 2/5/2019 11:31:03 PM 
bobcatsquared wrote:
Wherever Willie Phoenix was playing that weekend.


That would have been on High Street in Columbus.
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   Posted: 2/5/2019 11:34:37 PM 
GroverBall wrote:
rp, I'm thinking you were a Swanky's guy. But you would remember Swanky's.


Yep. Those two "townies" that lived upstairs always had good weed. And stuff.

Until they fell out and Jeff moved to Columbus. I think John may have stayed in Athens but I can't swear to it.

Was it my imagination or did the owner or manager of that bar look just like Frank Zappa? Or almost just like him?
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   Posted: 2/6/2019 1:21:33 PM 
I was a disco guy and hung out at the Deck. If the Longbranch was the place in the alley, a friend used to spin oldies and I would hang there that night. CJís was a favorite when Richard Syracuse used to tickle the ivories with standards and jazz. May God rest his soul.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 2/12/2019 10:45:21 AM 
greencat wrote:
GroverBall wrote:
rp, I'm thinking you were a Swanky's guy. But you would remember Swanky's.


Yep. Those two "townies" that lived upstairs always had good weed. And stuff.

Until they fell out and Jeff moved to Columbus. I think John may have stayed in Athens but I can't swear to it.

Was it my imagination or did the owner or manager of that bar look just like Frank Zappa? Or almost just like him?


He did...think his name was Ivan and I recall his wife/girlfriend working behind the bar in a long fur coat...best people watching bar in Athens in my opinion.

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greencat wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:
Wherever Willie Phoenix was playing that weekend.


That would have been on High Street in Columbus.


That's the mostly likely place to have seen him back in the day, but Willie performed in Athens. He'd signed with A&M records in 1981 and performed at that year's SpringFest at the intramural fields near the Hocking. I booked him into the Frontier Room that night as a way to sweeten the contract a bit. I think after that gig, though, he ended up playing at Swanky's moving forward.

I was a worker bee on three SpringFests and kept the '81 and '82 staff jerseys over the years. Our youngest took them to Athens as a student and said every time he wore them he'd get lots of comments/questions from fellow Bobcats. Fun.



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   Posted: 2/13/2019 6:38:35 AM 
Great memories from that Springfest. One of the few times over the past 40-plus years that Willie had a large backing band with keyboard and sax players and backing female vocals, if I'm remembering correctly. May have been The Shadowlords or The Buttons backing him at the time.

He also frequented upstairs at The Union and a bar down near those old intramural fields that was like a barn or old warehouse. Can't remember the name of the bar.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Which bar did you frequent most at Ohio
   Posted: 2/13/2019 8:26:45 AM 
bobcatsquared wrote:
Great memories from that Springfest. One of the few times over the past 40-plus years that Willie had a large backing band with keyboard and sax players and backing female vocals, if I'm remembering correctly. May have been The Shadowlords or The Buttons backing him at the time.

He also frequented upstairs at The Union and a bar down near those old intramural fields that was like a barn or old warehouse. Can't remember the name of the bar.


You thinking of Hangar 5?


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