Newsprint Goddess

Wonderful cover story on [Enquirer publisher] Margaret Buchanan ("Stealth CE' by Greg Loomis, February-March). You really captured her, and helped more people in our community get to know this influential leader. Just one comment for the record:  I've shared a number of morning meals with Margaret, and have never seen her "eat nails for breakfast!" Nice work on this important story.

Charlotte Otto
Director of Global External Relations
Procter & Gamble Co.

 

Five-Star Tumble

Your magazine's analysis of "The Rise & Fall of Maisonette" (December-January) was an eye-opening, if a bit long-winded, look at the failing fortunes of Cincinnati's ruling culinary dynasty. Perhaps you could publish a few less fawning profiles and a few more stories such as this one, [stories] that are worth the paper they are printed on.

Howard S. Huffman
CEO & President
WORTH Graphics, Miamisburg

 

More on Meters

The column on parking meter attendants (Felix Winternitz's "Skyline View: Just Park It Here," February-March), or Gestapo as your writer so charmingly put it, overlooks a critical element: If there were no parking meters, downtown employees who arrive well before 8 a.m. would sweep into those cherished spots. By the time stores opened for business at 10:00, no spaces would be left for shoppers. Yes, the first-shift sales staff for Macy's and the like would leave by 3:00, but the various valets who work in front of Fourth Street restaurants would poach any available spots for the remainder of any given evening.

Christian Roberts
Downtown

Unfair Report

The lively but flip essay about the demeanor of parking meter enforcement officials of the City of Cincinnati was unfair to these public servants. They are courteous and polite, but they do have to accomplish their assigned tasks. Parking meters without enforcement would be useless in assuring there is enough turnover in parking places to make the downtown merchants and businesses accessible to visitors.
If the attitude in the style of the prose in the essay is carried out in the other aspects of the author's life, I would be surprised if anybody treated him with courtesy. One tends to reap what one sows.

Robert E. Manley
221 W. Ninth St., Downtown

The author responds: "True enough."

 

Congratulations

I think your Cincy Business magazine keeps getting better and better with each issue. Congratulations on your success.

James J. McGraw, Jr.
KMK Consulting Company, LLC
One E. Fourth Street, Downtown

 

Art Wars

Regarding your story on "Art Wars" (February-March), museums must do both. Both educate and entertain. At the American Sign Museum, we get people there on the entertainment value and then educate them in a fun way"”flashing lights, rotating globes and all. You see, the history of signs is a micro-history of the history of design, the history of commerce and the history of technology"”all rolled into one.
For example, you can see the history of branding, of corporate identity through signs, or the beginnings of franchising"”fast food and motels, for example"”through signs. The list goes on. But you do have to entertain as well as educate. And the American Sign Museum adds one more ingredient"”a "warm and fuzzy" one of conjuring up memories, and fond memories at that. I don't know how many times I have heard the comment, "Oh, I remember...." (fill in the blank). And there's always a smile as the memory surfaces. That's the trick.

Tod Swormstedt
Founder and Executive Director
American Sign Museum, Walnut Hills

 

Passions & Pursuits

Laura Pulfer's interesting profile of dentist Jack Hahn and his classic collection was the main reason to read your most recent issue ("Under the Hood: Dr. Jack Hahn Buys and Sells the Wheels of Hollywood, Dollywood, Vegas and the Rest," February-March). Whether Mrs. Pulfer is writing on the titans of industry or a private individual, her approach is always sincere and intriguing.

Charlene Neisce
Villa Hills