"A Little Columbus Black History"
(Just in case you didn't know)


Jim Marshal - 1st from Columbus in NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame - East High, Ohio State, Minnesota Vikings.
Ran touchdown WRONG way, not only with Vikings, but also with Ohio State, and East High! (true, check it out!)

Bernie Casey - East High, Bowling Green, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and is a highly accomplished artist!

Ernie Wheelwright - Central High, New York Giants

Archie Griffin - Only 2 time Heisman Trophy winner - (Ohio State)

"Ploonk" Ford - 1st on Globe Trotters (Hersheyboy Ford's Dad....Flytown)


Nick Turner - 1st Ranking Pro Boxer
Buster Douglas - 1st World Heavyweight Champion
"One Round Willie" - Worst Pro Record
(got name because he got knocked out in the first round....a lot!)

And let us not ever forget.....

The Legendary
All-City, All-Distric, All-State Halfback at East High School. All-American Halfback Bowling Green University & Buffalo Bills, Football Coach -Western Michigan University, Professional Photographer......"All-Around" Magnificent.

 Johnny Gibson (Flytown) - First on Central High "Baseball" team.

Jack Gibbs - First coach/teacher at Central High.
Jim Franklin? - First black on North High basketball - (may be first on Ohio State).
Mel Knoll, Joe Roberts (Ohio State) - 1st on O.S.U. NCAA Championship basketball team.

Larry Jones (Pacers/Pistons) First Pro Basketball Coach: (asst. coach).
Joe Roberts NBA Champions - asst. coach San Francisco Warriors


The Hoover Brothers

1st Pro Wrestling Family



First Recording Group: The Vallejos aka Falcons, Lyrics Songs: "My Only Love" & "Now That's It's Over" (Falcons)
"Why Don't You Stop", "Come On Home"
Barry Austin, Bart Chatman, Pete Caldwell, Paul Jackson, Kynne Winston, and James Dewayne Haddock - pianist

"My Only Love" is featured in the movie "Rocky 2"

2nd Group:
The Fabulous Supremes

Song: "Your Promise To Be Mine"

1st Male single recording artist - Larry Darnell
1st Female single recording artist - Nancy Wilson (West High)

Jazz recording artists - Rusty Bryant (sax), Rahsan Roland (Ronnie) Kirk (sax, flute), Don Patterson (organ)

Legendary jazz artist - trumpet great.....Harry "Sweets" Eddison

Jeanette Willians (A legend in her own time...a super talent)

Sonny Craver - (Another Columbus legend and West Coast sensation!!!)

Rap/Hip Hop - Little Bow Wow

 Bobby Taylor -"Does Your Mama Know About Me", along with his band "the Vancouvers". Also in the band was Tommy Chong, later of "Cheech & Chong" fame.

Bobby Taylor was also the first to discover/coach/produce the Jackson Five!

Morris Wade of the Columbus Pharoahs & The Egyptian Kings - Dynamic!

Leo Blakely - is also from the Columbus Pharoahs & The Egyptian Kings. His latest CD "Leo's Taking It Back" is as "Hot" as hot can get!

Jimmy Rogers - played drums with Rusty Bryant, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Bellson (Pearl Bailey's husband), Nancy Wilson and many others. Set the first continuous drum record and was nationally known.

Eddie Sanders -1st Radio Disc Jockey (WVKO)
2nd - Doctor Bop
"on the scene, with his stack of shellac and his record machine!" (WCOL)
A little later came-
"Nasau Daddy With A Whole Lotta Soul....come on now!" - Bill Moss

1st Radio Station Owner Eddie Sanders (WVKO)


Bernie Casey, Greg Morris - Tom Scott - Phillip Michael Thomas - Kenny Washington - Ernie Wheelwright - Hal (Halroy) Williams - Nancy Wilson - Little Bow Wow

Most Unique Act:
Skating Tap Artist
Carmichael Coulverson


Anita Richmond Bunkley - "Black Gold", "Wild Embers" & "Emiley"

John Ashley Coleman - "View from Ground Level"

Langston Oliver Harris - "This Magic Moment" & "I'll Be Seeing You"
Barbara Reynolds -
Autobiography of Jessie Jackson

Will Haygood - "The Haygoods of Columbus - A Love Story" a Family Memoir by Will Haygood


Jeannette B. Bradley,
First Female
Lieutenant Governor Of OHIO
1st Black Bus Driver In COLUMBUS
Dedication and Memorial:
To Darrell (Eubanks) Banks - "Open The Door To Your Heart"
(we miss you old friend......kynne)  

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The First Supervised Playground In Columbus was.......


Columbus Connection

Never Forgotten




C-Town Entertainer Quiz!

Do you know who this is?

Hint: "He tap danced on skates, on top of any night club table, with another table held "upside down" balanced between his teeth......I'm serious!"

ANSWER: Music Is My Life - "the story" top picture and "Fall Revue 56" poster! (also above - bottom left corner "Most Unique Act") "Whata' act!"