I arrived at work shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday, and was the only one in the newsroom. Soon after I arrived, the phone rang.
"Newsroom, this is Jason," I answered.
"Hi Jason," a man said. "We've been looking for the doughnut shop at the Keller Building for more than an hour. Do you know where it is?"
"The doughnut shop at the Keller Building?" I asked, not believing my ears.
"Yeah, they wrote about one in Funcoast yesterday, but we can't find it," the man said.
For anyone who has ever been in the Keller Building, it has some holes, but they aren't doughnut holes. I told him I was sorry, but I had no idea what he was talking about.
"Is Uba Babi there?" he asked. "He wrote the story in Funcoast."
Uba Babi? I didn't recognize that name either, but I knew no one from Funcoast was here. I told him he could leave a message with the Funcoast editor, Sara Kaplow, and I transferred him. I was confused, but quickly forgot about it and continued my morning.
About an hour later, another reporter, Sarah Weber, explained to me Funcoast ran an April Fool's edition Wednesday, and not everyone got the joke.
I got two more phone calls about the mysterious exploding doughnut shop that day. I assured them it was a ruse.
One lady said she was disappointed it wasn't true, but said the city should consider a real doughnut shop in the Keller Building to help revitalize downtown.
She said the Marina District may bring rich people downtown, but a doughnut shop in the Keller Building would bring everyone downtown.
I don't know about that, but I have a sudden craving for jelly-filled goodness.
-- Jason Singer
Post office a legacy for George Mylander
George Mylander hasn't been mayor for more than 20 years, but he can still point to one of his legacies: The post office building at 2220 Caldwell St. in Sandusky.
Mylander, mayor from 1980-86, recalls that when the post office needed more room than its old downtown location would afford, the federal agency was determined to move to a location outside the city.
Mylander met with officials in Cleveland, who allowed that if the city could find a site big enough within Sandusky that would cost the post office only $1, it might change their minds.
So Mylander persuaded the city commission to use money gained from the sale of a city building to buy land off of Perkins Avenue. Part of the land was sold to the post office for a buck.
Mylander points out that ever since postal employees have been paying income taxes to Sandusky because they live in the city.
After "Mayor Mylander" was thanked for the interview, he remarked, "I don't get called that very often."
-- Tom Jackson
Roof for the raceway?
Jason's April Fool's story is hilarious -- I can't top it.
But I will say I felt all kinds of stupid when I thought I had stumbled across a big scoop on April 1 (knowing the date, I bet you can anticipate the punchline.)
I saw on Summit Motorsports Park's Web site an announcement about the installation of a new roof for the raceway.
My eyes widened and I began getting geeked.
"I don't remember hearing about that," I thought to my gullible self.
Clicking on the story, I saw a masterfully crafted image of the racepark with a new roof of sorts.
Sweet -- big news, I thought.
I read a few lines.
Drag strip. Roof. Seventy million dollars (or some huge number). Bailout money.
Reality came creeping back.
Blast those clever rascals -- they got me.
I never went for April Fool's -- never helped orchestrate some elaborate trick -- so I am particularly susceptible to it.
April 1 is like all other days for me.
Except sometimes I am the fool.
-- Cory Frolik