My wife is from Toledo, Ohio and when I visit I like to go to Tony Packo's and have some hot dogs. Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H made the place famous and Col. Klinger remains one of the city's favorite sons. Ah, chuckles, good old Ohio.
Then I read Bryan Burroughs' Public Enemies, a wonderful account of the reign of terror of homegrown terrorists, like Dillinger, the Barkers, Alvin Karpis, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson, and the rise of the FBI. Turns out Toledo, and Ohio in general, was a safe havens for all manner of Robin Hoods and hoodlums, which smeared the lipstick on good ole Klinger, and made Ohio all the more gritty to me.
And then comes Kate and Adam Davis's newest Division Leap catalog: Art Terrorism in Ohio.
I had jokingly referred to them as the Bonnie and Clyde of the rare book scene, but this catalog is no joke. It is one of the most interesting collections of material on the Mimeo Revolution and its related offshoots in some time. This catalog is a history lesson and it supplements The Secret Location and re-locates off the Coasts and smack dab in Klinger's backyard: Cleveland, Akron, the Rust Belt.
Download this catalog immediately and save it. The item descriptions are incredibly well researched and the catalog is instantaneously an indispensible source of reference material.
But come to think of it Col. Klinger always was quite the revolutionary in his own right and it is only fitting that he is one of Ohio's favorite son's, er, daughters. He is part of the Ohio family, and just one of many black sheep produced by this seemingly flat state. Believe me the Division Leap catalog proves Ohio's history is twisted and deep.