Book full of famous mugs in Cincinnati


BY JIM KNIPPENBERG
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Most of us forget all the famous faces that tramp through town. T. Alan Hartman doesn't.

Hartman is a salesman whose hobby is photographing visiting celebs. Shots are now assembled in Guess Who's Coming to Cincinnati(Famous Faces Publishing; $34.95).

This is 34 years of photos, beginning with Hank Aaron at Crosley Field in '64 and ending with Magic Johnson at the Montgomery Inn.

Everyone'sthere: Elvis at Lunken and on Sixth Street; Liz Taylor leaving a private home in Hyde Park; Mick Jagger mugging on stage; Linda Ronstadt strolling downtown; Bruce Springsteen mobbed by fans; John Mellencamp leaving an art show; Charlie Watts leaving the Maisonette; Bob Dylan leaving the former Terrace Hilton hotel; Jodie Foster directing Little Man Tate in Over the Rhine;Jimmy Buffett leaving the Cincinnatian hotel.

So our question is, how doeshe find these people? “You can figure where they're going to be. You knowto go to the Cincinnatian or the airport, and you knowthey'll go to the Maisonette and Waterfront. Then I cruise around looking for limos. If I find one, I know somebody's inside.

“And you just knowthings. Like Elvis ended every show with "Can't Help Falling in Love.' When it started, I'd leave to go wait somewhere.”

The book is in bunches of bookstores.

EAVESDROPPING: Tidbits overheard at last week's World's Largest Office Party ...

• Here's financial adviser Ken Million at the Enquirerbar talking about the first WLOP in 1984. “I was tending bar with Bob Taft, the next governor of Ohio. Think of that: The governor running around getting ice for me.”

High-priced barback, that.

• Here are fans and staff at the WEBN bar discussing the news that Eddie Fingers, master of the morning Lunatic Fringe, and wife Deb Haas of Channel 9, are expecting a baby next spring. “Ohmigod, he reproduced!,” one fan barked. “I'm frightened. That will be a wild child.”

Teach Dr. Spock a bit, we guess, though weeks ago, when Psst!gasped at the news, Haas told us “He'll be great. He's already practicing his pitching.”

• At yet another bar, Les Gaines, attorney and former judge, talking about his role as motivational speaker and pastor of Everybody's Tabernacle, a non-denominational church in Walnut Hills. “It's never better, my brother. The church is full and the speaking is working,” he said. “His church isan experience,” added one of the gaggle.

• At the WKRQ bar, the topic is the demise of a relentlessly lackluster deejay name of Shark (Shark and Shelley took over when JohnJay and Brian Douglas took new roles). “Shark sank, but don't use my name,” one said. “Biggest mistake we ever made. I know we lost listeners, but I think they'll come back now that Brian is filling in,” said another.

ONSTAGE: Speaking of Bob Taft, guess who he's using for afternoon entertainment at January's inaugural do?

Cincinnatian Rick Sowash. Remember him? He's the musician/folklore specialist whose Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character(Gabriel's Horn Publishing Co.; $19.95), was published in September.

And caught the governor-elect's eye. “I've been asked to do sketches from the book,” he says. He'll do them with 20 fourth graders from a Columbus school in costume as Ohio heroes such as Johnny Appleseed and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Psst! appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.

Psst! appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.

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