Sunday, January 09, 2000

Kucinich personalizes his Web site

Surfers can read policy, listen to polka music

The Associated Press

        WASHINGTON — Curious about “The Jimi Hendrix Polka?” Looking for a new recipe for kielbasa and sauerkraut? Wondering where to bowl next time you're in Cleveland?

        Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has the answers on a new World Wide Web site, which went online Sunday, in which bowling, polka and kielbasa — staples of his blue collar, multiethnic district — share cyberspace with serious policy papers.

        “Only on our Web site will Americans be able to find the answer to the age-old question, "Who stole the kishka?”' he said.

        Kishka, a kind of blood sausage, is popular among Russian-Americans; a variation, spelled kiszka, is popular among Polish-Americans. Some people who would never eat the stuff have heard about it in a song about a butcher shop theft.

        “Polka King” Frank Yankovic's version of “Who Stole the Kishka?” is one of more than a dozen polka snippets on the Kucinich Web site.

        The “Beer Barrel Polka” is on there, too.

        Almost all members of Congress now have Web pages, ranging from simple brochures to elaborate sites. Mr. Kucinich was the last from Ohio's delegation to launch one.

        His site allows a connection to The Sausage Shoppe, which does not sell its product over the Internet but whose kielbasa was selected “best of city” by Cleveland Magazine.

        The page on Mr. Kucinich's site that features pictures of polka album covers and snippets of polka favorites also has a local flavor: The music comes from Cleveland International Records.

        The company's president, Steve Popovich, said he'll consult with lawyers to determine whether to let Mr. Kucinich post entire songs instead of 10- or 20-second samples.

        The Web site went online Sunday.


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