The Outstanding Ohioans Show, Episode 60-Travel Slowly and Stop Often

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 60, I had the pleasure of speaking with Satolli Glassmeyer, President of History In Your Own Backyard. Satolli has produced 325 videos (and counting) documenting local history in five states in various communities.  These videos are archived into state collections to preserve the documentation.

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Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • growing up on the west side of Cincinnati
  • how taking up to 100 mile bike trips sparked an interest in learning about the stories behind the sights he saw on these trips
  • The three reasons he created this business:
    • Educate younger generations so there is a desire to maintain local history
    • Educate the general public
    • Create archives that will be preserved in State History Libraries
  • how watching the TV show On The Road with Charles Kuralt influenced Satolli
  • his process of selecting the topic, production, and distribution
  • the experience of climbing a bell tower during a courthouse video shoot
  • upcoming projects
  • how to connect and contact Satolli History In Your Own Backyard

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Sorry kiddo…finding dinosaur bones is tough in Ohio….here is how I know….

I was so pleased that my parents visited us this weekend.  There are times I am almost moved to tears watching their interactions with their grandsons.  The grandparents and the grandsons clearly enjoy each others company.

Ryan, is almost 2 and a half years old, which means he is in “repeater” mode frequently.  It is flattering and funny when he mimics something good, not so good when he mimics my temper or overhears a cuss word.

One of the prized book sets that has come from my parents’ house to ours was a series of 15 Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedias that I loved to read as a kid.  Ryan enjoys reading them as well.

On Sunday, Ryan chose to read the volume on Dinosaurs with Grandma.  Grandma mentioned to Ryan that when I was a kid, there were a couple of times I dug massive holes in our backyard looking for dinosaur bones (massive at that age is about 4 feet diameter, 4 feet deep.  Whenever I think about doing it, how great was it that my parents tolerated me digging these craters in our yard!

Later that afternoon, Ryan started playing in his sandbox.  When I asked me what he was doing, he said “digging for dinosaurs dadda”.  That had me rolling.  Then he asked me to help him.  Well, I have extensive amateur experience in this area, so I was happy to assist.  Sadly, we did not find any dinosaur bones, but we did find two earthworms, so that will keep him coming back (kind of like sucking at golf  but you have a last good hole that gives you a false sense of hope)

Now Ryan, I don’t want to sit here and tell you won’t find any dinosaurs (I can hear the experts now….saying out loud….what is present-day Ohio was ancient seabeds).  I will tell you Ohio has great fossil beds, and I will tell you can dig in our yard if you want to.  We will need to just do this first.  OUPSlogo_color

Would love to hear any great dinosaur hunting stories!