Hey pallies, Dinofest '09 is fast approachin' in Dinomecca....so how Dinoprovidential to find this cool Dinotrib to our Dino and his city of birth.
Thanks to pallies Gunnar and Sherry at the unique blogg Eccentric Roadside for sharin' their love of our Dino and some stellar pixs of Steubenville for all us pallies to take great Dinopleasure in. So so wonderful to find the name of our Dino bein' lifted up is so many Dinodifferent Dinoways....showin' the passion that people all over the planet have for our Dino, his life, his times, his legacy of cool.
So enjoys travelin' to Dinomecca through the eyes of Gunnar and Sherry. To sees all this in it's original Dinoformat, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinogram. Dinosharin', DMP
Monday, June 15, 2009
Dean Martin's hometown: When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that's Steubenville, Ohio.
The one and only Dino, Steubenville's favorite son
The one and only Dino mural
Conveniently located next to Kroger's Supermarket
There's Dino fun to be had at the Steubenville Visitors Center
You're nobody til Tom Tom loves you
Dean Martin Blvd.
Dean Martin Blvd.
Steubenville has some first-class murals
Nobody was a cooler entertainer than Dean Martin. For decades he was everyone's favorite breezy, tux-wearing, skirt-chasing, pseudo-drunk crooner. He was the guy with the "who cares?" attitude that Frank Sinatra always tried to be like but was too intense a person to pull off. You would have expected him to have been from a swingin' cosmopolitan place like New York or Chicago, but he was born and raised in the unlikely industrial rustbelt town of Steubenville in eastern-most Ohio, not too far from Pittsburgh on the Ohio river. Wikipedia says "During its heyday in the period of the 1940s-60s, Steubenville was popularly known as "Little Chicago," a nickname that, on the one hand, evoked the city's prolific industry and downtown bustle, while on the other hand suggesting Steubenville's reputation for crime, gambling, and corruption." The town today is a hardscrabble yet earnest place, trying to beautify and better itself despite some hard times (and what smells like the fumes from a chemical processing plant in the air). It has Fort Steuben, a strategic camp from the post-Revolutionary era. It also has 25 beautiful murals painted on the outside of downtown buildings. Really nice ones. But Dino is still the main attraction here. His mural is the nicest and it's next to the Kroger's Supermarket, where everybody can see it. And they've renamed a stretch of Rt. 7, the main drag, Dean Martin Boulevard. It doesn't pass by glamorous casinos and nightclubs, though...just smoky power plants and rusty steel bridges, but, hey, they did the best they could. And if you're in the area this Thursday through Sunday (June 18-21), they're having their yearly Dean Martin Festival, which should be a gasser, pallie, a real gasser. Everybody loves somebody sometime.
Posted by Gunnar and Sherry at 2:04 PM
Labels: Dean Martin, Ohio, Stuebenville Ohio