Q: What about the excellent mural of early Findlay’s Main Street? It faces West Sandusky Street from the alley beside St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. It’s easy to miss. — Beverly Atkins, Findlay.
A: Indeed. Painted in the late summer of 1999, it was one of the first Findlay murals by Oscar Velasquez of Summit County.
He recently finished another on the First Federal Bank building across from the courthouse.
He has done about 30 in the region, including the one at the Hancock County War Memorial. — Mark Donaldson, Hancock Historical Museum.
Q: Two questions: When casketmakers guarantee their product is waterproof, how can we know for sure? And, why are people buried facing east? — Margie Kelley, Fostoria.
A: First, casket companies are simply trying to impress buyers with their product. They get few complaints.
Second, not all people are buried facing east. It depends on the cemetery.
Still, it is a Christian tradition arising from the Temple in Jerusalem, successor to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, which faced east toward the Mount of Olives, where Christ is to return.
Thus, the deceased will be facing that direction and, of course, they are already face-up. — Jack Crates, Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay; Editor Peter Mattiace.
Q: The picture on the front page of the June 24 Courier shows the flag on the B-24 bomber in Findlay painted backwards.
A pamphlet on flag display says, “The union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right or the observer’s left.” Why is the flag backwards on the plane? — Deb Sprau, Carey.
A: It gives the impression it is waving in flight. It’s done on the right side of some aircraft.
Q: Why don’t you publish the results of your polls in the newspaper anymore? — Gary Burns, Arlington.
A: After we introduced our new Web page on Jan. 6, we learned it was much easier to stuff the poll and skew the results.
That, and because such polls are not scientific, persuaded us to drop it from the print edition.
But, if you just like polls, a version continues on the home page at www.thecourier.com. — Editor Peter Mattiace.
Q: How did the old radio jingle go for Thunderbird wine?
A: “What’s the word?”
“How’s it sold?”
“Good and cold!”
“What’s the jive?”
“What’s the price?”
Thunderbird is about $6 a bottle these days. E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto, California, touts it as “The American Classic,” but it is also known as “the bums’ wine.” — Various sources.
Q: Why call it New York?
A: When the English forced the Dutch from New Netherland in 1664, they renamed it in honor of the Duke of York.
Q: What is a railroad’s gauge?
A: It is the distance between the inside of the rails, 56.5 inches in North America and much of western Europe.
Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “Sir, I have been through it from Alpha to Omaha, and I tell you that the less a man knows, the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.”
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