A Ballad for Toledo, Ohio

Ah, Toledo. My hometown, technically.

I was only two when my family moved away so my memories are vague. But one memory that is very clear is my mom singing me the song “We’re strong for Toledo.”

She told us her father, my grandfather, was so proud of his city that when the family was away on vacation, he would order her to perform this song for people they met.

It’s a catchy, but very old-fashioned tune “the girls are the fairest, the boys are the squarest.” But definitely more flattering than the John Denver song about Toledo, where he compared the women to dogs.

This video is especially tear-jerking for me because my distant cousin John Amato produced it, and he is an all-around awesome person.

Toledo pride! I think I just had a moment.

-A.S.

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