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A (Cleveland) Christmas Story
Arts, December 1, 2013
Emmet Smith, designer
Hope you didn’t shoot your eye out before seeing this wonderful page, because we think it’s a candidate for “A MAJOR AWARD!”
The holiday classic “A Christmas Story” turns 30 this year. And although it was an Indiana tale, the film was shot right here in Cleveland, OH!
In fact, when you visit the Horseshoe Casino, you’re actually in Higbees, where little Ralphie Parker tried his big gamble with Santa; if you dine in Tremont, you’re just a bb-shot away from the house with a leg lamp blazing in the front window.
PD film critic Clint O’Connor looks behind the myth and magic of this enduring film. Read that here.
PD TV critic Mark Dawidziak recounts his interview with “the Old Man,” the late Darren McGavin here.
PD theater critic Andrea Simakis writes about a Cleveland PlayHouse stage production of the classic here.
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A (Cleveland) Christmas Story

Arts, December 1, 2013

Emmet Smith, designer

Hope you didn’t shoot your eye out before seeing this wonderful page, because we think it’s a candidate for “A MAJOR AWARD!”

The holiday classic “A Christmas Story” turns 30 this year. And although it was an Indiana tale, the film was shot right here in Cleveland, OH!

In fact, when you visit the Horseshoe Casino, you’re actually in Higbees, where little Ralphie Parker tried his big gamble with Santa; if you dine in Tremont, you’re just a bb-shot away from the house with a leg lamp blazing in the front window.

  • PD film critic Clint O’Connor looks behind the myth and magic of this enduring film. Read that here.
  • PD TV critic Mark Dawidziak recounts his interview with “the Old Man,” the late Darren McGavin here.
  • PD theater critic Andrea Simakis writes about a Cleveland PlayHouse stage production of the classic here.

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Blanket Opinion

Forum, various dates

David Kordalski, designer/illustrator

Just a blanket post of recent Forum covers … nothing earth-shaking here, but given that not one of these pages had more than 3 hours between reading the first draft to hitting the button for output, it’s our opinion that it ain’t too bad.

note: Thx to Emmet Smith for the suggestion of the flipped Capitol on the ‘Debt Ceiling’ page.

another note: Our Forum covers are always a live editorial, not a column or group of columns. Kind of an unusual approach.

and yet another note: We run 6-page Forum sections on Wednesday and Friday and an 8-pager on Sunday.

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All downhill from here
North Coast, November 17, 2013
Ted Crow, illustrator; Emmet Smith, designer
Annual where-to-ski edition of Travel, which appears in the North Coast section. We especially like how Emmet pushes our typography to enhance the movement of Ted’s illo, but still stays true to our palette.
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All downhill from here

North Coast, November 17, 2013

Ted Crow, illustrator; Emmet Smith, designer

Annual where-to-ski edition of Travel, which appears in the North Coast section. We especially like how Emmet pushes our typography to enhance the movement of Ted’s illo, but still stays true to our palette.

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Four Days in November

Special section, November 17, 2013

Mary Lou Sneyd, David Kordalski, designers; Kathie Kroll, news editor

A 10-page commemorative marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.

Stories are from The Plain Dealer staff, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Washington Post, Scripps Howard and freelance; graphic is a rework of a McClatchy Tribune wire piece. Readers remembrances from cleveland.com appear under the John-John salute. Photographs from AP and Getty.

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Not perfect enough
Buckeye Extra, December 8, 2013
Marvin Fong, photographer; David Kordalski, designer
Michigan State spoiled Ohio State’s hopes for a national title — and Urban Meyer’s 24-game win streak — when the Spartans beat the Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship. 
Our view: It’s getting more than a little tedious to have our Ohio teams choke on the big national stage … wonder what it’s like to do one after a win?
Or it could be that your not-so-plain blogger just brings too much Cleveland karma. Maybe Red Sox fans will pay us to move to a New York paper?
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Not perfect enough

Buckeye Extra, December 8, 2013

Marvin Fong, photographer; David Kordalski, designer

Michigan State spoiled Ohio State’s hopes for a national title — and Urban Meyer’s 24-game win streak — when the Spartans beat the Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship. 

Our view: It’s getting more than a little tedious to have our Ohio teams choke on the big national stage … wonder what it’s like to do one after a win?

Or it could be that your not-so-plain blogger just brings too much Cleveland karma. Maybe Red Sox fans will pay us to move to a New York paper?

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A prisoner turned president dies; the world mourns a statesman

A section, Forum, December 5, 2013

Emmet Smith, Mary Lou Sneyd, David Kordalski, designers; Kathie Kroll, news editor

"There is no passion to be found in playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." — Nelson Mandela

RIP, Mr. Mandela. You were — and will be, now and forever — an inspiration to strive to be our better angels.

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Glory days

Varsity, Various publication dates, 2013

Joe Hanak, Tim Graham, Emmet Smith, Greg Darroch, designers

Not sure if there’s a large paper in the country that does high school football better than The PD does with its weekly Varsity section. Above are just a small selection of the 15 covers from the 2013 season.

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Ups and Downs of Gravity
Forum, October 20, 2013
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer
Andrea went to the movie Gravity. Twice. And she came back after the second showing with a decidedly different viewpoint about gender stereotypes in film:

But the next morning as the scenes began to replay through my head, a rather dark subtext began to orbit my awareness. Something I overlooked altogether. Suddenly I felt dazed again. In a bad way. So that afternoon I went back.

You can go here to read the entire piece.
And to see and read other pieces in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here.
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Ups and Downs of Gravity

Forum, October 20, 2013

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer

Andrea went to the movie Gravity. Twice. And she came back after the second showing with a decidedly different viewpoint about gender stereotypes in film:

But the next morning as the scenes began to replay through my head, a rather dark subtext began to orbit my awareness. Something I overlooked altogether. Suddenly I felt dazed again. In a bad way. So that afternoon I went back.

You can go here to read the entire piece.

And to see and read other pieces in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here.

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Sacrifice

Forum, October 18, 2013

John Kuntz, photographer; David Kordalski, designer
Another from In Our Eyes, The Plain Dealer’s continuing print and online recap of the best Plain Dealer photography.

An Army honor guard carries the casket of Spc. Angel Luis Lopez from the Craciun-Berry Funeral Home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for his funeral service on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Lopez died Oct. 5 of wounds suffered while serving in Afghanistan. The John Marshall High School graduate was laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

You can see more images from this and other Plain Dealer photography staff work from our In Our Eyes series here.

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Sacrifice

Forum, October 18, 2013

John Kuntz, photographer; David Kordalski, designer

Another from In Our Eyes, The Plain Dealer’s continuing print and online recap of the best Plain Dealer photography.

An Army honor guard carries the casket of Spc. Angel Luis Lopez from the Craciun-Berry Funeral Home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for his funeral service on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Lopez died Oct. 5 of wounds suffered while serving in Afghanistan. The John Marshall High School graduate was laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

You can see more images from this and other Plain Dealer photography staff work from our In Our Eyes series here.

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City (much) slicker

North Coast, October 6, 2013

Gus Chan, photographer; Sharon Yemich, designer

Gus spent a little time following the progress of City Repair Cleveland Style, a grass-roots movement of citizens as they take back their neighborhoods through art. He writes:

Members decided they would paint fences and garages. But first, they would go knocking on doors, getting permission from homeowners. Most people were willing, a few held out. When the holdouts saw the neighborhood’s transformation, they, too, wanted their property painted.
Artist Michael Mishaga, who oversaw the project, is philosophical about the change. “It was never about creating or building something—that was secondary. The most important thing was the social interactions.”

You can see more images from this and other Plain Dealer photography staff work from our Sense Of Place series here.
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City (much) slicker

North Coast, October 6, 2013

Gus Chan, photographer; Sharon Yemich, designer

Gus spent a little time following the progress of City Repair Cleveland Style, a grass-roots movement of citizens as they take back their neighborhoods through art. He writes:

Members decided they would paint fences and garages. But first, they would go knocking on doors, getting permission from homeowners. Most people were willing, a few held out. When the holdouts saw the neighborhood’s transformation, they, too, wanted their property painted.

Artist Michael Mishaga, who oversaw the project, is philosophical about the change. “It was never about creating or building something—that was secondary. The most important thing was the social interactions.”

You can see more images from this and other Plain Dealer photography staff work from our Sense Of Place series here.

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