(N)on Quixote- Tired of Tilting at Windmills

October 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm 11 comments

It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

I have come to a point where I am tired of tilting at windmills.How often has one naively thought-

if people know about this they will react- and the situation ( whatever it is) will change………

. Have you thought that ever and have you walked away shaking your head because you have come to the realization that on the whole people just don’t care, don’t want to be involved….let someone else do it……. or they have tilted at too many of their own windmills.
It is difficult to rouse one’s passion when one is in the limbo of apathy.
United States and the Government Shutdown
The leaders of -arguably- the once most powerful country and form of democratic government in the world “shutting it down” – what message is that sending to the great unwashed and her enemies… won’t have to send weapons of destruction to their borders they are killing themselves laughing !

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Closer to home – whilst working on a booklet for those unfamiliar with this neighborhood and her treasures I realized, looking at a previous booklet, the architectural treasures held to high esteem were now for the most part decaying lumps.
Case in point – The Broadway Building where we once touted her glory are we really going to direct people to come and visit her now….. HistoriBB

I then realized the “book” would have to be rewritten ……. maybe as a POET and not a historian………

And as for Poetic License , the headline in the Morning Journal two days ago “poetic license or revisionist history”?
Fifth annual Light Up Lorain ready to roll Nov. 30By Ron Vidika, The Morning Journal
the article follows:



For the “historians among us this is not accurate ‘LIGHT UP LORAIN” as christened by Gary Fischer in 1996 has been an ongoing event since 1996. Not a big deal??? well it is to me – and I stated as much to the committee when they touted it as the “1st annual, and the 3rd annual my latest non poetic email to the powers that be. You see this windmill keeps on a turning no matter how I tilt so “Preservation of history ON the “NET”

Photo Mark Teleha

Photo Mark Teleha

I am sorry but the history of Light Up Lorain ( named actually by Gary Fischer) goes back to 1996 and has been a continuous event since then. The Mayor at the time was Mr. Kozuria and it was with his administration’s help and the then Mainstreetlorain organization the decorations were purchased that organization ( Now Lorain Growth) went into debt for those decorations !

As I have mentioned before by saying this is its 5th year does a disservice to those that volunteered during those years volunteers at the time and for the next decade of hard work- revisionist history

This did not start 5 years ago as I keep reading in the publicity! under Krasienko…. It was an event even under the Foltin administration( he actually paid for the fireworks out of the Parks and Pools account at least twice to my knowledge when I was Mainstreetlorain (Volunteer) Director) , and Rey{Carrion} I have given you all the history on more than one occasion .Please tell your publicity committee to correct their records .

I, being one of the people ( and whose organization Charleston Village Society were the original 501C3 for the donations want this corrected) I am annoyed that even after this has been pointed out on more than one occasion to your committees we are still having erroneous publicity as per the Morning Journal today. .

Back in 1996 the committee raised over 40 thousand dollars and went into debt for $20,000 for that first Light Up Lorain and the decorations from Oberlin Avenue along Broadway to the Old St. Joes hospital.

The hard work of Mary Smith, Dick Gionopki ( sp) Scott Beyers, Joel Kruek, Rich Robbin, Gary , Al Kirchner, Palace Theatre staff, Vivian Alexander etc. should not be dismissed….. the who is who of organizations filling the Spitzer Hotel to put together and string lights, the efforts of the grocery stores with baked goods, hot chocolate provide by the hotel as well as Alan Spitzer footing the bill for the fireworks in those early events. and those companies and individuals who footed the bill for those original $60,000 dollars worth of a decorations do not deserve to have their ideas and hard work negated. .

And it was Gary’s idea way back then to have fireworks. and he was the MC even then.

The committees may have changed and other decorations added but the parade, the Veterans Park entertainment and the throwing of the switch by the Mayor ( even in 1996 was the same ( and Gary built the first switch.) for the fireworks, and Tony Giardini was the driving force behind the decoration as well as the person that came up with the original concept and the date the Saturday after Thanksgiving who spearheaded the concept and event. Now I don’t suppose any of the above mentioned people want any kudos for their effort but the facts are this is NOT the 5th annual Light Up Lorain it is 17th annual Light Up Lorain-

Rey, I mentioned before this was irksome to me that by the “now committee” claiming to have come up with this concept in past 3 -4 and now 5 years negates the history of the event and the efforts of those that worked very hard for a great number of years to bring this event when they touted it as the 1st 2nd “3rd , 4th and now 5th annual” Light Up Lorain-

I would like the record put straight for once and for all with the outgoing publicity Thank you Loraine Ritchey

falling wm
AKA ATTACKER OF WINDMILLS …..for all the good it does….

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gramster1  |  October 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    It’s not about accuracy, it’s about who wants the credit. The PTB think that the public doesn’t remember anything not “current” therefore they can re-remember things to their advantage. So sad.
    Keep up the good work, keep poking that windmill and maybe, some day, the truth will win out.

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  October 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have heard back this morning from Rey Carrion and they are adding a hat tip to history so to speak as to the previous events in their brochure . I will post the PDF file when it has been corrected…..

  • 3. gramster1  |  October 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Sometimes it pays to “stir the pot”! Congratulations!!!!

  • 4. Jim Long  |  October 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Unfortunately CREDIT is sometimes the major factor in some peoples mind when doing something for their community. Recognition and praise are are their driving points, sad but true in many cases. Accomplishment should be reward enough, but rarely is it enough for some.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  October 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    stir the pot??? I had to hit them with it !

  • 6. geepa  |  October 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    They didn’t even take the time to remove the lights from the trees, Money donated to purchase those lights wasted as they hung from trees along Broadway and West Erie, right under Fowler’s nose.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  October 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yes I have had complaints from those that donated money in recent years. Since I am no longer involved I direct them to Com Dev. This has got me thinking of that 1st event in 1996 ( I feel a blog post coming on) and some of the trials and tribulations like exploding reindeer 🙂 and one hundred thousand light bulbs that had to be screwed in before the street dept could put them up… and the volunteers that invaded the Spitzer Hotel to put all the decorations and light strings together…. if the new committees had to have done that they wouldn’t have left them in the trees .they were “precious” 🙂

  • 8. Loraine Ritchey  |  October 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Yes and credit where credit is due I guess I am sure those that were on that initial committee did it not for the credit but as I remember the statement from one of the BOD , as I attended the very first meeting or the organization a revamping of what was then the Downtown Merchants Association that became “mainstreetlorain” ( before there was “Main Street” program – ‘I am sick of looking at those crappy lantern decorations, if we want people to come into downtown we need to do something to make it attractive once again- we need a “kick- off event” and that became ” Light Up Lorain” – I did write about this on WoM will have to reprise the post 🙂

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