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My Roadmap to Happiness leads from Florida back to southwest Ohio

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features | 0 comments

My Roadmap to Happiness leads from Florida back to southwest Ohio

Editor’s Note: Live, Laugh, Learn TV showcases content about inspirational stories, positive thinking, healthy relationships, effective communication and positive thinking. The site and the show includes stories on people, places, events and regular personal essays from Dr. Carol Morgan (“Doc”) and me. This is a kickoff column here! By Jeff Louderback Bellbrook – A chilling rain poured as the once vibrantly green scene outside my second story window of the townhouse built into the side of a barn transformed into cold winter. The trees...

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A tribute to Xenia’s Robert “Shorty” Geyer, the shortest fighter pilot in World War II

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features, Personality Profiles | 0 comments

A tribute to Xenia’s Robert “Shorty” Geyer, the shortest fighter pilot in World War II

Note: Earlier in my career, I was a features writer at the Skywrighter, which is the newspaper of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I was privileged to write an array of personality profiles on veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Here is one of the my favorite stories, which is appropriate on Independence Day and every day. Mr. Geyer died at the age of 91 in 2014, the same year my grandfather and U.S. Navy veteran in World War II, Ennis Stillwell, died at 90. Thank you to Mr. Geyer, both of my grandfathers who served in World War II...

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Spring at Clifton Gorge: Darnell’s historic leap etched in history

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features | 0 comments

Spring at Clifton Gorge: Darnell’s historic leap etched in history

Note: Clifton Gorge is one of the most scenic nature preserves in the Midwest, and any season is a perfect season to venture along the trails and learn about the history that took place there. By Jeff Louderback Some believe it was the legendary Daniel Boone. Others say it was the burly and seemingly mythical in stature Simon Kenton, who stood 6-foot-6. Yet most historians agree that a young, brash Kentuckian named Cornelius Darnell accomplished the feat that appears impossible today. It’s unclear who made that daring leap across Clifton...

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April 3, 1974: The Xenia Tornado That Forever Changed Us

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features | 0 comments

April 3, 1974: The Xenia Tornado That Forever Changed Us

By Jeff Louderback One moment can impact your life forever. In Xenia, that instant happened on April 3, 1974. President Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst was still missing and Hank Aaron was about to eclipse Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. On a turbulent Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s headlines abruptly became insignificant in the Greene County seat where 25,000 called home. The clocks stopped at 4:40 p.m. when a tornado packing 318 miles-per-hour winds splintered neighborhoods,...

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Witty Wocks illustrate rocks with personality

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Business/Entrepreneur Profiles, Human Interest Features | 0 comments

By Jeff Louderback Adria Bernstein will be the first to tell you that she embraces her whimsical sense of humor, so much that she has carved (or more specifically, painted) a niche and created an art form out of breathing personality into rocks. Launched in 2009, Witty Wocks (www.wittywocks.com) evokes Bernstein’s passion for transforming rocks from inanimate objects into colorful keepsakes using mostly paint and glue. It typically requires just four to five hours for her to take a photograph of a pet, a person, a logo or an object (like...

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Revised JeffLouderback.com debuts as official site for writer and publicist Jeff Louderback

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Revised JeffLouderback.com debuts as official site for writer and publicist Jeff Louderback

Jeff Louderback, a southwest Ohio-based independent writer, author and publicist, has launched a revised website that includes a blog that showcases stories and press releases that he writes along with articles about writing and PR, and columns about positive thinking and inspirational topics. Jeff has 25 years of professional experience in journalism and public relations, and worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, and as PR director for PR firms, before embarking on his own as a writer and publicist. He is a versatile...

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Press Release Example – Soroca Imports (Moldovan Wines)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Blog, Business/Entrepreneur Profiles, Journalistic-Style Bios, Personality Profiles, Press Release Writing Samples | 0 comments

For Immediate Release Soroca Imports provides wine enthusiasts with the compelling tastes and rich history of Moldovan wines   Dayton – When you ask even the most ardent wine enthusiasts about the most historic wine producing regions in the world, chances are they will quickly mention traditional favorites like France, Italy, California and South America. Australia, New Zealand and Oregon might even enter the conversation. Brandon Snell is passionate about ensuring oenophiles develop an appreciation for one of the oldest wine making...

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Press Release Example – Pinot’s Palette

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features, Personality Profiles, Press Release Writing Samples | 0 comments

Until last October, Tonya Shine didn’t believe she had an ounce of artistic talent. Straight lines and stick figures, yes. Vividly colorful paintings worthy of hanging on walls, no way. That changed when, as a birthday gift that October evening, her friends threw her a party at Pinot’s Palette, where the group of women drank wine, socialized and created masterpieces under the instruction of a local artist. “This has become my newfound love. I’m addicted to the experience,” Shine said with a laugh. “It is a relaxing time among...

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Jim Valvano Footprint feature

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Baseball/Sports Features, Blog, Human Interest Features, Personality Profiles | 0 comments

By Jeff Louderback A testament to perseverance, the fast-talking and wisecracking Jim Valvano saw a career and life defined by monumental peaks and dramatic challenges. The Queens native and coach’s son was the sideline general behind one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, a central figure in a scandal that led to his resignation and a motivational leader who delivered one of the most iconic speeches in sports history before he died from bone cancer at 47 in 1993. It was 21 years ago – March 3, 1993, to be exact – when...

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Fighting Teen Suicide human interest feature

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Blog, Human Interest Features | 0 comments

NOTE: This feature appeared in multiple daily newspapers throughout the Midwest. Fighting Teen Suicide: Project BRITE STAR feature By Jeff Louderback Fighting back tears, Sue O’Rear talks about her son Alan’s love for shooting baskets and eating Wendy’s sandwiches, and his dreams of attending the University of North Carolina to become an engineer or a veterinarian. Choked with emotion, Barbara Fenter looks at a photograph of her daughter Susan, who poses on the Beavercreek High School football field wearing a...

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