January 27, 2023
👏 It's finally Friday!
☁️ Today's weather: Increasing clouds with a high near 38°. Expect rain over the weekend.
🎵 Sounds like: "Friday I'm in Love" by The Cure.
Today's newsletter is 888 words — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Your pickup truck
Three of Columbus' top five best-selling vehicles are pickup trucks — yet pedestrian and road safety advocates say today's massive trucks are a hazard.
- In a new Visuals special project, Axios' Will Chase, Jared Whalen and Joann Muller looked back over the past 50 years of pickup trucks to examine the societal and lifestyle changes behind their ever-increasing size.
Driving the news: In the 1980s, about half of pickup trucks were categorized as small or midsize. But by the 2010s, small pickups had nearly vanished as Americans increasingly bought into the big truck lifestyle.
- As pickups transitioned from workhorses to lifestyle vehicles, their design shifted accordingly: Cabs expanded to accommodate more passengers, while beds shrank.
One result of supersized trucks: greater risks to pedestrians and other drivers.
- Drivers of today’s trucks sit much higher, creating blind spots where small children or wheelchair users are hidden from view.
- Pickups’ weight increased by 32% between 1990 and 2021, meaning they strike pedestrians with more force.
- And the tall front of a truck strikes pedestrians in the torso or head, whereas the lower hoods of cars typically strike pedestrians in the legs.
Worthy of your time: The full Axios Visuals project
Bonus: Corvettes in Columbus
While a truck was Chevrolet's top-selling vehicle locally last year, we can't help but think that the car company's fancy new hybrid Corvette looks right at home here.
- Sure, they're heavily edited and the captions just call the backdrop "a city," but we'd recognize that bridge and skyline anywhere.
🦌 Our take: Chevy should've taken a few more minutes to edit in a deer statue, too.
2. ❄️ Your blizzard of '78 memories
It's been 45 years since Ohio suffered its worst blizzard in history. The series of deadly storms brought extremely heavy winds, frigid temperatures and record-high snow drifts.
- Thank you to our readers who shared their memories of the Great Blizzard of 1978:
Kyle H.: My dad LOVES to tell the story of how my grandfather made him go into work despite the blizzard. It's brought up at every family reunion.
- He worked at a grocery store and he ended up staying there for three days by himself until the roads were clear enough to get home.
- He owns a "I survived the Blizzard of '78" T-shirt.
Jennifer J.: I was a sophomore in high school in 1978. I had three brothers who all had paper routes (for the Columbus Dispatch, the Citizen-Journal and the weekly Northland News).
- My parents taught us an amazing work ethic, and as a family of nine, we got those papers out.
- I remember walking through drifts that were over my waist!
Jamie C.: I was 1 the year of the blizzard. My mother and I weathered the storm in our home without power at the top of a very large hill in Muskingum County.
- I was sick with a fever and cough and needed a doctor. Multiple family members and friends tried without success to scale the hill in all manner of vehicles.
- My health condition got worse and finally the Ohio National Guard were deployed to our home for a rescue. I was taken to a local hospital where I was treated for pneumonia. My mom is pretty convinced that the Guard saved my life.
- As a member of Ohio's COVID-19 pandemic response team, I witnessed our Guard saving many more lives (in ways big and small). I hope that 45 years from now, Ohioans look back and remember that.
3. Nutshells: Walnut do you know?
The jury in a federal lawsuit has found that Bryan Mason, the Columbus police officer who shot and killed 13-year-old Tyre King in 2016, did not violate Tyre's civil rights. (AP)
✈️ The 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, a "quirky and historic eatery" inside a farmhouse near the airport, is closing in June after 40 years in business. (614 Magazine)
4. What to do this weekend
🍽️ Make last-minute reservations for 614 Restaurant Week, with proceeds benefiting the Children's Hunger Alliance.
- Today and Saturday. $15-50 for three-course meals at participating restaurants.
⛸️ Put on your Mickey ears and watch "Let's Celebrate," a magical Disney on Ice show.
- 11am and 7pm today; 11am, 3pm and 7pm Saturday; 11am and 3pm Sunday at Nationwide Arena. $15-100. Kids under 2 free!
🎭 See the local production of "Slave Play," a provocative commentary on race, gender and sexuality in modern America.
- 7pm tonight and Saturday; 2pm Sunday at the Short North Stage, through Feb. 19. $46-56.
5. Photo to go: ThisWeek's last issues
The final edition of ThisWeek Dublin Villager, one of more than a dozen suburban newspapers shuttered by Gannett this month, was published yesterday.
- A couple of the last articles involved the history behind Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus and efforts to eliminate a Northland food desert.
State of play: Gannett previously told us that the closures are meant to focus resources on its flagship newspaper in the region, the Columbus Dispatch.
This newsletter was edited by Everett Cook and copy edited by Keely Bastow and David Chiu.
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