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A review: "Catapult": Enchanting, engaging, enthralling

Saturday night at The Freed Center

By Monty Siekerman

Review of "Catapult"

Enchanting, engaging, enthralling are three descriptions that can be used to describe "Catapult," the Homecoming show at the Freed Center that played to a full house on Saturday night.

Eight professional dancers performed behind a large screen with their shadows forming all manner of objects such as animals, chairs, hearts, and flowers. Appropriate music was selected to accompany the scenes. Some of the themes were four seasons, life's milestones, and bullies.

Observations, insights and sightings: The ribbing was constant

All because of a taped-up finger

By Monty Siekerman
I had a middle finger problem, but this ain't no story where I admit to a shrink that I need help, advice, counseling.

It was a garden accident.

That's all I'm going to say. (Well, there were 11 stitches.) In time, the injury healed.

But the ribbing was constant, especially when friends and foe saw the erect middle finger bandaged (big bandage) in neon yellow. And, the digit had a splint on it for 10 days.

There was no way to hide it. It stood out like a sore thumb.

What you never knew about camels

By Monty Siekerman
Freshmen Libby Sartschev and Sam Arnold, right, ride a camel led by Don Strobel of Jungle Island Zoo in Delphos. The ONU Student Planning Committee brought free camel rides to the Tundra last Wednesday. (Photo by Trevor Jones/Ohio Northern University

Wednesday is "Hump Day"...always is, but how often can you ride a humped-back critter on that day?

The ONU Student Planning Committee annually brings camels to campus on a Wednesday in the spring. This event is a popular attraction for students, faculty, and staff and their children.

Ever take a gander at Ada, Ohio videos on YouTube?

Ever take a gander at Ada, Ohio videos on YouTube? You might describe the collection of short clips as crazy, eclectic, or down right homey.
Some show historical pictures of people and places. Maybe you'd enjoy watching a three-minute vid of a train blowing through Ada. There are plenty of videos of Wilson's. How about a time lapse of Ada at night, or the sad scene of the United Methodist Church burning to the ground? Like to see squirrels at play in Ada. Is their play in Ada any different than anywhere else?

Live life to the fullest

I have a relative, a friend, and a preacher-man acquaintance, all with a neurological disease: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. No wonder I found myself in a doctors office reading a book about artists with one of these neurological conditions. The point of this article is to encourage those who have a progressive disease, neurological or otherwise, not to give up, test your talents, and live life as fully as possible every day. Even if you yourself don't have such a condition, you probably know someone who does.

I was there - Reflections on the ML King visit to ONU in 1968

Three months later he was shot dead in Memphis

By Monty Siekerman
Having heard many speakers in more than 50 years of reporting, I can say none come close to the oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke for 40 minutes in Taft Gym. I've heard no other speaker compare to his well thought out speech, a man with charisma, keeping his audience spellbound.

A rehearing of his talk of Jan. 11, 1968, which was posted on the Ada Icon Monday in observance of the national holiday, brought these reflections to mind:

1. The civil rights leader took a middle ground saying that yes, advances had been made but there was more to accomplish.