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On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers at Hara Arena, and plenty of rodeos and truck pulls and politicians, as well. But the also iconic complex that will close with a comic book show this week will always be known to me […]

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On Your Marc: 8/16

Sports music By Marc Katz If you read Dayton City Paper regularly, you probably know of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. If you only read this column, you don’t know anything about her at all. Neal Gittleman introduced us, though it’s a story. It’s like one of those Donald Trump stories – I know her well, except, I […]

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At 56, Browning can still bring it

ON YOUR MARC By Marc Katz It’s a little lonely without Tom Browning hanging around as pitching coach of the local Class A Midwest League team, but he says he had to take a year off to take care of some personal matters and suspects he’ll return as soon as he can. Media members have […]

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Bark better than bite

On Your Marc Katz by Marc Ka OK, I’m relatively new to this, writing about pets. I don’t have one, and hardly ever did except for a brief period during my childhood when my two brothers and I had a dog for about a year who became too big for the yard, was given away […]

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On Your Marc: 7/26

I choose you, Ball of Fame By Marc Katz Pokemon GO? Really? You need a cell phone. You need a location. What the heck are you looking for, anyway? And when you find it, what do you have? “Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokemon with Pokemon GO for iPhone and […]

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On Your Marc: 7/19

Be careful where you launder By Marc Katz Not to go all profiling on you, but there is a reason why restaurants are sometimes named after the kinds of food they serve. You go to a Chinese restaurant to eat Chinese food. You go to an Italian restaurant for Italian food, and so on. I […]

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On Your Marc: 7/12/16

Grove blossomed as a pitcher, not talker By Marc Katz Did I ever tell you about the time I spoke with Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove? It wasn’t much of a conversation. I said hello and told him who I was and what I wanted to talk about. He knew I knew who he […]

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On Your Marc: 7/5/16

An unassisted score By Marc Katz So it’s the Sizzling Summer Sex Issue, and I’m supposed to come up with a column about love and sex, like it’s a story that doesn’t come up at home all the time. Love doesn’t always have to be spoken, but it should always be there, like doing the […]

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On Your Marc: 6/28/16

Woody Hayes and politics by Marc Katz So I’m in the sports office at a ridiculous time of the morning–1:45 a.m.–and, of course, I can’t remember what I was doing there, but I didn’t and still don’t drink or do drugs, so I wasn’t lost. This was pre-computer/cellphone days, which was a time when dinosaurs […]

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On Your Marc: 6/21/16

 First Dayton keeps playing By Marc Katz If I told you Keith Byars, Jeff Graham and Michael McCray were all standout baseball players for First Dayton’s Little League, would you believe me? Or even remember? All went on to play standout football at Ohio State, and Byars and Graham had pro careers as well. Except […]

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On Your Marc: 6/7/16

On a brush of greatness, Muhammad Ali By Marc Katz I could lie to you and tell you I’ve got all these personal Muhammad Ali stories, which I don’t. But I do know some people who brushed up against Ali’s fame before his fame reached its apex, and I know Ali held a boxing exhibition […]

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On Your Marc: 5/31/16

It’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts By Marc Katz One day the lead editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News called me on my office phone to accuse me of not writing about Billie Jean King because she was a lesbian. I told her I wasn’t writing about King because she wasn’t a very […]

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On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m always looking for the slightest connection with Dayton, the recent promotion of pitcher Matt Bush to the Texas Rangers revived a memory. Bush became part of two sports news cycles the past two weeks, first […]

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On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it wasn’t so funny. That’s when management of Hara Arena, the Dayton Bombers and my then bosses at the Dayton Daily News all yelled at me from different directions for the same reason. It was the […]

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On Your Marc: 5/10/16

Knight for Trump? Of course By Marc Katz I see where Bobby Knight has come out for Donald Trump in the coming elections. Sure, I’ve got a Bobby Knight story or two to tell. During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. I was in and out of the Ohio State basketball beat, probably covering 40 or […]

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On Your Marc: 5/3/16

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Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton being this close and a reason to be closer? I visited twice, actually. Usually, I don’t get this way for Hollywood movie sets, but sometimes you have to make exceptions. There are only two reasons […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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Paddle on, Dayton

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Still living the good life

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Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]