Raspberries Scratch & Sniff Sticker

| January 31, 2007

This sticker was promo associated with the first Raspberries album. More than 30 years after its release, it smells like raspberries (chemicalized, of course). I’m not about to scratch it now because it’ll smell even stronger. A memorable and appropriate artifact from the embryonic days of power pop indeed. raspberries.net/main.htm

Michael Stanley Band “Star Freshener” Hanging Air Freshener

| January 31, 2007

Northern Ohio’s favorite rock group was all over the area in the early to mid-’80s, the heyday of the Michael Stanley Band. This is a SEALED air freshener from those days. Designed to mask unpleasant (and at times, perhaps illegal) car odors, the MSB Star Freshener is a period tchotchke almost as rare as the […]

Dimensions of a Deal

| January 23, 2007

My wife and I eagerly ventured into downtown Cleveland for a meal and entertainment Jan. 20. A man I know through table tennis invited us to share dinner with friends of his, and we ended up at a table at a Vietnamese restaurant. The company was good and fresh—and the bill, for all 10, was […]

My, what a big poster!

| January 15, 2007

I’m going to do a Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories signing Jan. 22 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village. It’s one of the biggest bookstores on the East Side. It’s also going all-out with in-store publicity. Joseph-Beth tells me I can keep the poster after the event. All I have to do is find a […]

Whoops, wrong number

| January 11, 2007

I’m reviewing the messages on my Treo a few days ago and come across a picture of a guy in a hospital bed, with an associated phone number. I don’t recognize the guy or the number. I call and a woman answers. “Who are you?” I ask. She doesn’t ask who’s calling, identifies herself as […]

Carlo Interviewed on WVIZ 1/4/2007

| January 6, 2007

About the author

I'm a veteran critic and business writer who reads and listens and writes about music, books, hotels and travel. I've been in the business for many years and still enjoy it. My pride and joy is my book, Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories. Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CarloWolff