Despite its longevity, news that the owners of Raceway Park are considering leaving the longtime location at 5700 Telegraph Road behind can’t come as a great surprise.
Toledo, like the rest of the country, fondly embraced John Denver and his music, despite a certain song he performed about the city.
Now closed, the Westwood Art Theater was a West Toledo landmark for all the wrong reasons.
The 21-year-old singer stopped in Toledo on Thanksgiving day 1956, played two shows at the Sports Arena, and beat up a guy later at the Commodore Perry Hotel.
Sure, there’s Jamie Farr and Katie Holmes these days, but back in the old days Toledo produced its fair share of radio stars as well. One of the greatest is Shirley Mitchell.
Demolished in 2010, Showcase Cinemas on Secor Road had a pretty fabulous past.
Jame Farr, Toledo’s reigning favorite son, was well covered by The Blade in his early years.