Seven bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while waiting for Tom Cruise's next publicity blitz:
Not that we are Cleveland, whose identity is linked to the lake, but we're close enough.
Let me give two examples of "outsiders" (a topic discussed in this space two weeks ago) seeing Toledo and Lake Erie as one.
In 1997, my wife accepted a job offer from The Blade. Living in California at the time, we looked at a map for places where we might like to live. Lake Erie was like a magnet our eyes were drawn to the big body of water. As a result, Reno Beach made the short list.
Yes, Reno Beach.
It might as well be a million miles from Toledo. Nine years later, we have yet to set foot in the lakefront community.
The other example is from 2004, when my brother and his family, who live near Indianapolis, drove here for a visit. They arrived ahead of schedule and, with my wife and me at work, they had an hour to kill.
What did they do? They looked at a map and headed to Lake Erie.
Again, we're not Cleveland. But the lake does provide us with a built-in marketing tool to attract tourists.
Thus, I was heartened by this recent front-page headline: Toledo to build cruise ship terminal.
Developing Toledo into a port of call for Great Lakes cruise lines is a natural.
For cruise passengers, Toledo has the potential to be a favorite stop which, of course, has powerful word-of-mouth advertising implications. First, the ship will sail under a spectacular structure, the new I-280 bridge, and then it will dock at the Marina District, which could be a happenin' place by then.
In the coming years, assuming the Marina District evolves into something special, as promised, we could be in for the best of (mari)times.
OK, your turn. Name the remaining four members of the ever-changing Toledo City Council.
Mr. Raczko submitted "Breaking News." (Television stations have diluted it to the point where "now they have to interrupt my supper to tell me that Katie Holmes is pregnant," Mr. Raczko said in his nomination.) Mr. Wonsetler and Mr. Bullerjahn made the list of 17 with "Talking Points" and "Designer Breed," respectively.