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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Happy St. Xavier High School Day

St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht accepted a proclamation for "St. Xavier High School Day" today. Councilman Jeff Berding (Class of '85) and the school president, Father Walter C. Dye, flanked members of the state champion football team.



Back during Cincinnati's "weak mayor" days, one of the biggest perks -- and quirks -- of the job was the power to issue proclamations.

When Mayor David S. Mann helped make a statement against peer pressure by proclaiming the week of Oct. 24, 1982 as "I Am Somebody, Period" week, it somehow got covered by the Washington Post.

Not that they were all so momentous. Mayor Roxanne Qualls proclaimed Feb 27, 1998, as "Fat Free Pringles Day." Mayor Charlie Luken issued proclamations for runaway cows, retiring saloonkeepers and visiting CBS correspondents. (The biggest controversies came when mayors refused to issue proclamations, as Luken and J. Kenneth Blackwell did during the 1980s, for Gay Pride Day.)

There may be a learning curve on other parts of the job, but new Mayor Mark Mallory has the proclamations down pat. As a state legislator, Mallory rarely ventured out into the district without a proclamation from the Ohio Senate, honoring pastors' wives, community volunteers -- and even Luken -- with embossed certificates declaring a day.

Today, for example, is St. Xavier High School Day in the city of Cincinnati, honoring the state championship football team. Councilman-alumnus Jeff Berding asked the mayor for the proclamation, which was also cheered by Bomber Councilmen John Cranley and Jim Tarbell.

If you're keeping a calendar, here are other events in Cincinnati you may have missed since Mallory took over the mayor's office:
  • Nov. 13 -- Brother Early McConnell Day, honoring a 78-year-old Jerriel Missionary Baptist Church member.
  • Dec. 3 -- Melvin Angelo Nix Day, honoring the founder of the Old West End Gang Ball.
  • Dec. 7 -- Smart Money Community Services Day.
  • Dec. 8 -- John Lennon Day. This was a promotion for Blue Jordan Records, which was having a tribute for the former Beatle at the Rohs Street Cafe on the 25th anniversary of his death.
  • Dec. 10 -- "City of One" Day, part of an effort to fight the global AIDS epidemic.
  • Dec. 11 -- Northside Community School Graduates Day, for the 23rd anniversary of the school.
  • January 2006 -- National Mentoring Month, honoring the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Cincinnati.
  • Jan. 5, 2006 -- Dr. Abdul-Rahman Jazieh Day, honoring the University of Cincinnati oncologist.
  • Jan. 16 -- Martin Luther King Day. (Yes, it's already a holiday, but Mallory was honoring the work of the Martin Luther King Day Coalition.) That kicks off....
  • Week of Jan. 16 -- International Printing Week, in honor of Ben Franklin's 300th birthday.
That's 10 proclamations in 14 days -- putting Mallory well behind Mayor Luken's pace of as many as 600 proclamations a year.


9 Comments:

at 10:16 PM, December 14, 2005 Nate Livingston said...

This blog entry brought back memories of the time Queen Qualls refused to give a key to the city to Min. Louis Farrakhan -- because of his alleged past racist statements -- after giving one to Bill Cunningham, a man accused by many of making racist statements himself. Those were the good old days.

I'm glad Mayor Mallory is using his position to create good will in the city. I hope he soon gets around to honoring Taft, Aiken, Woodward, Withrow, and, of course, Walnut Hills.

 
at 12:03 AM, December 15, 2005 Anonymous said...

What a great move to honor a school that abandonned downtown Cincinnati for suburbia nearly a half century ago.

 
at 6:00 AM, December 15, 2005 Anonymous said...

Hello. Before we discuss business, I need to ask you some very important questions that could impact my decision.

What high school did you go to? What parish do you live in? Oh yeah, what side of town are you from.

 
at 6:51 AM, December 15, 2005 Anonymous said...

This is what you will get from Mallory...proclamations, meetings, and ceremony. On substance, he takes a hike. The budget is not his problem. Did he really say his answer to the Banks problem is to camp out in Phil Heimlich's office?

 
at 7:39 AM, December 15, 2005 Anonymous said...

post 12:03-get over yourself, Pepper/Crowley person-

 
at 10:16 AM, December 15, 2005 Anonymous said...

weren't Berding's new rules clear that proclamations were only to be made for city-wide, critical purposes? Awarding your own non-city alma mater with a proclamation in the first week of those new rules would appear to set a pretty low standard.

 
at 8:37 PM, December 15, 2005 MarkWatcher1 said...

So, other than issue proclamations...what exactly HAS Mayor Mallory done?

 
at 12:03 PM, December 27, 2005 Anonymous said...

Tarbell may have gone to X for a while, but he was booted out and went to Withrow

 
at 12:05 PM, December 27, 2005 Anonymous said...

What has Mallory done? Sold out his old West End neighborhood to CityLink. True loyalty to all his ex-neighbors that voted CityLink down unanimously.

 
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