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From Warren to Broadway
From Warren to Broadway
(With a Stop in Las Vegas)
 
Our speaker this week was Mark Rozzano from New York City, courtesy of Rob Berk, of course.  Mark happened to be in Warren to attend his high school reunion at JFK High School.  Rob’s Mom called him and said “you have to meet this guy.”  And we all know that when Mom says that, we do it.  Well, we are certainly glad he listened to his mother as a good son should and convinced Mark to join us.
 
Mark said his family owned a restaurant called the Fiesta Café and it used to provide boxed lunches for the Kenley talents as they were leaving town to go to their next performance.  John Kenley happened to stop in at the Café and, as they say, that was that. 
 
 Mark’s lifelong fascination with the theater started with the Kenley Players.  He had the opportunity to work with John Kenley for a number of years and shared information on Mr. Kenley’s background and how he became such a success in the theater arena. 
 
After the Kenley Players, Mark ended up on Broadway as Associate Producer of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which ran for 13 years and is still the 8th longest running shown in Broadway history.  He also produced the musical Leader of the Pack and the play 84 Charing Cross Road on tour in England. 
 
He has worked extensively in Los Angeles theaters, including the record-breaking run of The Phantom of the Opera at the Ahmansom Theatre.  Most recently at the Ahmansom Theatre, he managed the Kennedy Center revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies
 
In Beverly Hills, Mark directed Lorenzo Lamas in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He has worked with some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars like Joan Collins, presenting her acclaimed one-woman show on tour in the United States and Australia.
 
Currently, Mark is managing the legendary Jerry Lewis in his live performances around the world and is the Associate Producer of Jerry’s recently completed film Max Rose, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He also shared information on what it is like to work with Jerry who remains, at age 88, one of the world’s favorite and best loved comedians.
 
All in all, this was one of our best programs and we thank Mark for taking time away from his vacation to spend with Rotary.  He is welcome to come back anytime he is in the area and share more information on this fascinating life he has with some of the best known, larger-than-life entertainers of our time.
 
From Warren to Broadway Cheryl Oblinger 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
The Best Kept Secret in Trumbull County

The Best Kept Secret in Trumbull County

John Caparanis was our speaker this week and talk out a great presentation!  John is a native of Yorkville, Ohio, graduated from Warren G. Harding in 1963, served in the military during Operation Desert Storm, and worked at WHHH radio for a number of years covering sports.

John started by saying that as visitors enter Warren there are signs that say “Home of …State Champions” but Warren has so much more to be proud of.  Specifically, it was once the home of Major General Jacob Dolson Cox. 

John developed an interest in the General several years ago when he learned just how accomplished the General was while remaining relatively unknown.  Cox was originally from Canada and attended Oberlin College where he obtained two degrees.  He came to Warren and began working in Warren Schools.  His home was located on the site of the present-day Warren-Trumbull County Public Library building.

Cox had six children, two of whom died and were buried in the Pioneer Cemetery behind the Red Cross building on Mahoning Avenue.  He also worked for the local paper for a time.  In 1859, he was elected State Senator and became best friends with James Garfield and David Todd.  In 1861, the Civil War broke out and all three had decisions to make about what to do to support the war effort.  Todd chose to run for Ohio Governor.  Garfield and Cox went into the military even though neither had any military training or experience. 

Cox studied military tactics and ended up having a phenomenal career in the military.  He fought at South Mountain and Antietam, both historically significant battles, with stunning success.  After Antietam, he was named Military Governor of the State of Ohio. 

After the War, he returned home to a family that did not recognize him.  In 1866, he became Governor of Ohio and moved to Columbus.  During his lifetime he served as Secretary of the Interior, State Senator, State Representative, Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Law, President of the University of Cincinnati, and wrote 19 books.  When President Garfield was assassinated, Cox read the eulogy at his funeral.  During the War he attained the rank of Major General, the highest rank of any military members from Trumbull, Mahoning or Ashtabula Counties. 

General Cox is a fascinating subject.  John said that the books he wrote were very easy to read and would be an incredible read for any history buff.
The Best Kept Secret in Trumbull County Cheryl Oblinger 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z