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Pierre Bejjani came to Cleveland In 1981 to pursue a degree in civil engineering, but due to the war in Lebanon he decided to stay. He met his wife in college and they have one daughter. Pierre is very involved in the Arab and the American communities. He is serving as the executive editor of “News Profile” and the president of CAMEO and the…

Tom Stebel talks about his experience growing up as a gay man in the Cleveland area. He talks about his move to the West Coast as well as his return to Cleveland in the early 1990s. He also discusses his volunteer work in the LGBTQ community, particularly his experience with the AIDS epidemic. In addition, he speaks about various community groups…

Welcome to the second entry in our two-part series exploring the development of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The episode begins in the late-twentieth century – a time of neighborhood uncertainty. It culminates in a discussion about gentrification and current state of Detroit Shoreway. Written and produced by Sarah Nemeth, Graduate Student…
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Marcia Steffen shares her passion for math, and her love of the outdoors and the Cleveland Hiking Club. She worked at NACA, which later became known as NASA. Once she joined the CHC, she hiked, led hikes, and was an officer.

Norma Delp joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1987. She talks about her musical family, her early work history at Cleveland Pneumatic Tool, and joining the club. She is very involved with long hike support (26 and 40-mile hikes) and keeping the CHC camp in good shape. She also talks about special old-time members.

Ruth Skuly and Leo Deininger joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1974. Along with discussing their earlier experiences in hiking with other leaders, they describe how they found leading hikes in Ohio counties to be most satisfying and took on the role of organizing such hikes.

A physicist and a nurse talk about their Cleveland Hiking Club experiences, including favorite hikes and social activities.

Marilyn and Dave Richards, 20-year members, of the Cleveland Hiking Club, talk about local, national, and international hiking experiences.

Ron Koniecynski joined the Cleveland Hiking club in 2001. He describes many hikes he has led and discusses the benefits of hiking.

Jeanne Henry joined the club in 1999. Having been well-prepared athletically, she ventured into hiking as her primary venue. Not only has she completed five 40-mile hikes but has done so as an older adult. She expresses her sadness in the loss of her hike leader on a hike. She ends voicing pleasure that her family who at one time did not hike…

This is an interview of a longtime member of the Cleveland Hiking Club who led excursions in Switzerland and "coffee break" hikes.

This is an interview of a longtime member of the Cleveland Hiking Club who often recited poems at CHC events and remembers Louise McDonough.

Welcome to the first episode of the Cleveland Voices podcast, and the first entry in our two-part series exploring the development of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The episode begins in the late nineteenth century – a time of neighborhood growth and prosperity. It culminates in the late twentieth century with the neighborhood at a breaking…
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In their narrative, Ohio natives Pat and Jim Spoth share many of their ambitious hiking experiences since becoming members of the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1987. One of the significant aspects of their dialogue is how they assumed the role of hike leaders for a particular hike in the Mill Creek Park area of Youngstown. Another significant…

Shirley Pashall recalls when the Cleveland Hiking Club was much smaller, enabling close friendships to form more readily. Aside from her hiking accomplishments, which include completing the 40-mile hike four times, backpacking numerous times, and leading hikes as well, Shirley has been in charge of the Kids Day at Camp Onwego. She first assumed…

Earl Waltz joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1987. In this short interview he recalls hikes in Ohio and Switzerland as well as Elderhostel trips.

Loretta Taggart joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1989. She heard about the club from a patient while she was working as an orthopedic nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. She describes hiking experiences in Ohio, Idaho, California (Yosemite National Park), Oregon, Washington, and on the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades.

Mila Mandic joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1989 when she was working and single. It was the start of lifelong traveling for her. She remembers favorite hike leaders, and trips including the Colorado Rockies, Bryce and Zion, Washington State, France, England, and Argentina.

Barb Appel joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1985. After returning from a hike on her own at Mount Washington, she did a 10-mile hike with the club at the North Chagrin Reservation, and was hooked. She recalls favorite people, hikes and trips, including 16 Ridges and her five 40-mile hikes, and trips to England, Alaska, Washington, New Mexico,…

John and Rita Gabrovsek joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1979. Rita is from Germany, where hiking is part of the culture. John learned about the club when some hikers were walking through Cleveland Heights near their home. The Gabrovseks describe favorite hikes and trips, hike leaders and other members, and New Year's parties at the club's…