Sandusky according to Garp

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


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.


Karl Hungus-Mr....

Mr. Jackson

Dan Ackroyd discovered Sandusky a few years ago.  I think that it had something to do with his driving back and forth from SNL in NY and Second City in Chicago.  I think he even signed his name on the wall of the Red Gables restaurant on Cleveland RD.  He is not a stranger to these parts and the name of our fair city has been used in a few of his movies.  (Remember he was in Tommy Boy as well as 50 First Dates)

Other movies that mention Sandusky that come to mind are:

Gypsy 83

Edge of 17

Fast Forward

Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael

I sure that others can clue me in on some that I have missed.  I think that Ackroyd mentioned Sandusky in the second Caddyshack movie, and a couple other movies.

Laura Nemeth

 Don't forget Marilyn Monroe's character in Some Like it Hot was from Sandusky.

Karl Hungus-Mr....

Good one, I forgot about that.


Don't forget Marilyn Monroe's character,she did a great act there.

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