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The Interview Issue 2017

10 People. 10 Interviews. 10 Unique stories. These are not one-sided conversations, but rather a paired-off exchange—two people, journalist and subject, sharing a special moment in time in front of a recorder. That, coupled with a hand-picked local photographer to capture their image, offers those rare instances that we can peek into the lives of [...]
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10 People.

10 Interviews.

10 Unique stories.

These are not one-sided conversations, but rather a paired-off exchange—two people, journalist and subject, sharing a special moment in time in front of a recorder.

That, coupled with a hand-picked local photographer to capture their image, offers those rare instances that we can peek into the lives of the extraordinary—the individuals who have motivated, created, and inspired—the folks who bring us credence when we struggle ourselves. This special issue is meant to serve as a relic—an artifact of words documenting the thoughts and desires of the shakers and movers of our fair city.

Let us introduce you to Columbus’s most fascinating subjects. Welcome to the Interview Issue.

Norman Whiteside

Larry Smith

Matthew Heaggans

William Evans

Nichole Dunn

Greg Lehman

A.J. Vanderelli

Dr. Michael V. Drake

Amanda Patton

Coyote Peterson

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Dr. Amy Acton Day?

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By now it should come as no surprise that Dr. Amy Acton is viewed as a controversial public figure in Ohio. As our state’s COVID-19 response is reviewed, Acton is seen as an inspiration to some while considered troublesome by others.

While many across the nation initially approved of her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the praise around her began to wane as people tired of the continued shutdown began protesting the total shutdown of Ohio.

On June 11, Acton called it quits, citing that she wanted to take time off to be with her family and gear up for fighting the next phase of COVID-19. Now some Ohioans—most likely the approving side of the controversy— hope to preserve her legacy for the history books.

According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, a bill was introduced by Democratic Reps. Mary Lightbody and Kent Smith on Monday that would make Feb. 26 “Dr. Amy Acton Day” in Ohio. Feb. 26 marks the date in 2019 when Acton was named health commissioner by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Is having a day named after Acton going too far? Or is exactly what Ohio should do? Sound off in the comments below.

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Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Columbus!

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Jamie Fairman and Adria Hall, Photo by Koko

While refillable container stores have been making waves on the coasts for a while, Columbus has largely remained out of the loop–until now. 

Koko, a sustainable living and refill shop, opening Friday, July 17, features home and self care products as well as a section for customers to fill up on essentials like laundry detergent and household cleaning products. 

Jamie Fairman and Adria Hall of the plant shop Forage, founded Koko as a way to allow better access to sustainable living and “remove the cloak of privilege” that often surrounds it. 

“Each person’s sustainability journey and efforts will look a little different, but we are here to help make it approachable and accessible to all,” said Fairman. 

The new store is located at 15 N. Westmoor Ave. in Westgate and was originally set to open on May 2 but moved the grand opening to July 17 in response to COVID-19.
The store will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with private shopping appointments available on Tuesdays. In addition to in-store shopping, Koko will offer online ordering through their website, as well as curbside pickup.

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A Columbus icon has announced his retirement

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The man who has been synonymous with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for decades is stepping down after 42 years of service.

Since 1978, Jungle Jack Hanna has played a pivotal role in inspiring positive change in the local and global zoo communities. His work as a wildlife ambassador and conservationist has transformed the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium into one of the world’s best since he took on the job. Hanna will still be recognized as the zoo’s director emeritus, a title he’s held since 1992.

Hanna had this to say in a press release:

As I approach my mid-70s with more than four decades at the Columbus Zoo, I believe it is time to wind down and officially step back while CEO Tom Stalf and the Zoo’s great leadership team continue to guide the Zoo into the future. Together with many friends and partners, we’ve come a long way to make the world a better place for people and wildlife!

Jack Hanna

Hanna wore many other hats throughout his 42-year career. Those include television personality, author, and all-around pop culture icon. As he steps away from his professional role, Hanna says that he still plans to maintain a close relationship with the zoo as its “No. 1 fan.”

At 73-years old, Hanna is the father of three and grandfather of six. His retirement will be made official on Dec. 31.

The Zoo will host special events dedicated to Hanna through the remainder of the year. Those include:

  • Jack Hanna Weekend – Oct. 3 and 4
  • Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays – Dec. 12

The Zoo reopens to the public on Monday.

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