Saturday, April 17, 2010

The walking man of Elyria

Sylvester Cooper didn't drive a car, but that didn't stop him from getting around.

Friends say he walked wherever he wanted to go. Perhaps you saw him, dressed in a suit, hat and tie, strolling the streets of downtown Elyria, Ohio.

Or you may have seen him in a commercial for the Elyria Public Library's Project Read literacy program, in which he shared his story about re-learning to read.

You can read about "The Dash Between" Oct. 16, 1925, when the Harr Plaza resident was born in Ripley, Tenn., and Nov. 24, 2009, when he died at age 84, in the Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, edition of the Elyria Chronicle.

If you have suggestions of people from Lorain County whose lives Alana Baranick should write about for “The Dash Between” obit feature for the Elyria Chronicle or those from Medina County whose lives she should write about for the Medina County Gazette, please let her know.

She also is available to write “dashes” for folks from other areas of Ohio for and for other publications. Her contact information appears at the end of each “Dash.”

This "Dash Between" column was originally posted on on Dec. 13, 2009.

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