A popular humor writer has developed a taste for Sandusky news, and now he's passing it on to thousands of avid blog readers.
Last week, Dave Barry, a nationally syndicated newspaper humor columnist, began posting links to Register police briefs on his blog calling it "Your Daily Sandusky Crime Update."
Barry could not be reached for comment, but his office made a statement on his behalf regarding his most recent blogging.
"I blog about Sandusky because I believe it's a vibrant, exciting city like Paris or London, only closer to Lake Erie," Barry said through a spokeswoman.
Numerous blog readers have commented on police articles, including one published in the Register last week about a man who complained about being cited for having a toilet in his yard.
The story was published after Dannie Edmon, vice mayor of Sandusky, called city police May 21 regarding a citation he received for an abandoned toilet on his property.
Edmon's property, in the 100 block of E. Forest Drive, has no structures, but he advised police he cleans the lot regularly and did not know who dumped the toilet there. After discovering the fixture, Edmon planted pink geraniums in it for decoration.
"As far as I'm concerned it's a piece of art," Edmon said.
Since the initial link to the article appeared on Barry's blog, dozens of people have commented, including one from a reader named "Scott."
"A week from Sunday, we're leaving to spend five days of our family vacation in Sandusky. This makes me look forward to it all the more..." he wrote.
The trend continued Tuesday as Barry posted a link to a front-page news story on muffleheads, generating additional blogger discussion.
Barry's blog, which is updated daily with interesting news from across the nation, can be found at http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/
Barry has been published in more than 500 newspapers both in the U.S. and abroad and in 30 books.
Register stories featured on Dave Barry's blog and comments:
"Man calls, complains about toilet in yard," May 24
- Well that article, along with the citation, was craptacular!
Posted by: Brn vnKl?ff
09:20 AM on May 24, 2007
- He said he had since planted flowers in it for decoration. Plus, they have a very good "Sandusky Beautification Project" going on.
Posted by: S(tevie) W
09:34 AM on May 24, 2007
"Report of 4-year-old running naked," May 25
- This can't happen! 4-year-olds NEVER run naked!
Posted by: diverdowndoc
09:14 AM on May 25, 2007
"You don't love muffleheads, but Lake Erie does," May 29
- "Muffleheads.... So that's what they're called. Swarms of anything bother me.... I don't care what you call them..."
Posted by: Kathybear
12:44 PM on May 29, 2007
- I saw a swarm of muffleheads in the bar last weekend: 20-somethings who think they know it all. Annoying as heck.
Posted by: Meditrina
08:12 AM on May 29, 2007