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Sandusky according to Garp

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Sandusky isn’t a very big city. But ever since I began working here in late 2004, I’ve been surprised at how often Sandusky pops up in movies and in books. Maybe people just like the name.

In “Fifty First Dates,” for example, a romantic comedy set in Hawaii, a doctor portrayed by Dan Ackroyd mentions that his clinic is funded by an industrialist in Sandusky. Another movie, “Tommy Boy,” is set here and even has a scene with a framed copy of the Sandusky Register.

Now I’ve run into another example. My managing editor, Matt Westerhold, a John Irving fan, pointed out to me today that “The World According to Garp” mentions Sandusky and Ohio 2, which I drive on every day.

Published in 1978, “The World According to Garp” was a bestseller and for a while was one of those books any serious reader had to tackle. In 1982, it was made into a movie starring Robin Williams.

Now, if I could only find that big Sandusky airport depicted in “Tommy Boy,” I’d feel like I really know this city.

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