Friday, September 26, 2008

If I worked for the Ohio Board of Tourism

A few years ago, the Powers that Be here in Ohio decided to change the state slogan from "Ohio, The Heart of It All" (presumably because the state is vaguely heart-shaped) to "Ohio, So Much to Discover" (because the capital is Columbus--get it?). Neither, in my opinion, does much to foster excitement about living in or visiting Ohio. So I came up with a few of my own:
  1. Ohio--Less Neurotic Than West Virginia: This slogan lets people know what to expect when they visit. A group of psychologists recently conducted a study that maps various personality traits by state. Ohio is ranked as the 9th most neurotic, and is pretty much right in the middle of the pack in extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.
  2. Ohio--Birthplace of Luke Perry and Charles Manson: This one plays up the celebrity angle, and could create new revenue streams for tour guides.
  3. Ohio--Where Presidents Come From: Ohio is the birthplace of 7 Presidents. Virginia is the birthplace of 8--including William Henry Harrison, who moved to Ohio before he became President. Here in Ohio, we play a little fast and loose with the rules, so we count WHH as one of our own, which brings our total to 8 and thus ties us with Virginia. Following that logic, I also count Ohio-born actor Martin Sheen--who played not one but two Presidents on TV (in The West Wing and in the miniseries Kennedy--The Presidential Years) as well as a presidential candidate in The Dead Zone--bringing Ohio's total to 9. Take that, Virginia.
  4. Ohio--No, The Capital Isn't Cleveland or Cincinnati: Maybe we don't have a team in the NFL, NBA or MLB, but we're the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Columbus Blue Jackets! Maybe we're not Lake Erie- or Ohio River-adjacent, but we're less than 150 miles from either one! It's time Columbus got the recognition it deserves.

4 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

I want to change our state motto to, "Yeah, We Know it's Hot Here in Louisiana!" ;)

Lori said...

I thought it was now "Birthplace of Aviation"... which is like saying "North Carolina is Wrong - We are Wright." :))

writtenexpressions said...

That's not the "official slogan," but we can claim it on a technicality. The brothers may have made their first flight from Kitty Hawk (hence "First in Flight") but Orville was born in Dayton. Which brings up another point: Wilbur was born in Indiana--I wonder why they don't stake their claim? Probably has something to do with their ranking 34th in Extroversion. They're just not putting themselves out there like Ohio. ;)

Lori said...

You Ohioans are just little trailblazers. :)) My sister blazes many trails throughout the Parma area....