Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Thompson Community Center
1189 Dennison Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
As I arrived at the first annual James “Buster” Douglas invitational boxing show, I was surprised that I was able to get a parking space. Earlier in the week, 24 bouts were expected. There were 19 actual bouts. The boxing room was buzzing with excitement and anticipation.
Interview with James “Buster” Douglas
How does it feel to host your first boxing show?
I’m excited! I fought here as a kid. Now to come back here working as a boxing instructor is awesome. We have a nice turn out as far as participants. I look forward to having a great night of boxing.
It looks like one of your sons is going to compete tonight. Your thoughts?
It’s great! He has an interest in boxing. And for him to be able to fulfill a dream of participating in the sport and to fight in a legendary gym like Thompson Recreation Center, after his father fought here years ago, is special. It’s a great beautiful overall day. A good day for fights.
What is your weight class?
Where are you from?
What caused you to start boxing?
I started boxing to lose weight. I was obese as a kid. Since then I fell in love with the sport.
You look young to me.
I’m 18. When I was 11 and 12 years old, I weighed 200 pounds. I was about 5 ft 1 inches tall. I was very unhealthy.
I’m a world champion already and I’m looking to reclaim my spot.
You said this is your first fight, where are you from?
What weight class?
What made you want to start boxing?
I was bored this summer.
Anything else you want me to know about this whole boxing thing?
It’s not easy.
Mentally, what are you thinking about?
I’m just ready to fight.
Have you always been local?
Yes, I have always been local. I just took a temporary leave of absence going to different teams and playing ball. I was out of the country for a couple of years in Spain.
What advice can you offer the next generation?
Stay focused and find your dream. If its boxing, basketball, football, whatever it is, “stay focused.”
Anything you want to say to anybody?
I was in a movie with Buster Douglas that we just completed. I love what he is doing now with this event. When he told me about the awards and belts they are going to get today, I had to come and support our youth that are coming up in today’s athletics.
Do you want to give a shout out about the movie?
Definitely. It’s called, “The Crossover that won the game.” It premiers on Thanksgiving Day here in Columbus.
I need to know what high school you attended?
Columbus East. State champs in ’79.
I’m going to add that, but I still say, “ain’t no pride like Puncher pride.” (Mifflin High school reference).
I remember going up against Hank Cornley (Center who played for Mifflin High School).
Yes, sir. And I was at those games as a youth. My dad took us to all those games.
There was a lot of talent that came out of the central Ohio area.
I remember all those games at the Coliseum.
I didn’t get that experience. We played the state championship at St. John’s Arena. I take that back, the prelims (should that word be spelled out) were at the Coliseum. It went so quick. Back then, we ran folks off the court. That was easy money.
I got into boxing because I participated in team sports in high school. I didn’t do any in college. I was bored. They had a gym in the town I was living in. I signed up and I found out I was pretty good at it; so, I started training for it. I had my first fight, and I loved it.
What is your record?
7 and 5.
What weight class?
I typically fight at 152. Today I fight at 160.
I wish I would have started a lot younger. If there are any kids out there reading this blog, get them in the gym quick. Start them early.
Tell me what you want me to know.
I want you to know that I’m here. I’m in this world. I’m still alive. I boxed 19 years. 430 fights, I lost 19. I’m an Olympic Gold Medalist (1972) and I’m also the North American Middle weight USBA champion.
Any advice to the youth?
Focus on what you are doing and listen to how to get it done. I have been living in India for 11 years. I have been coaching for 10. My two teams have 10 gold glove team championships
Are you coaching anyone today?
No, I came down here because of Buster Douglas.
Tell me when you fought, what you fought as and what you did.
My weight class was 125. I fought at Barack Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio. Lee Williams was my coach. He was a teacher at East High school. God Bless him. I love him like a daddy. My record was 97 and 12, with 67 knock outs. I have been to 3 National golden gloves. I won 25 golden glove titles, several awards. I have been on a lot of national teams. I have represented Columbus well.
Sounds like it. What advice would you give to young people?
Stay your butts in school. Learn what you can. Stay away from the drugs and the bad people. If you gonna fight, you got to get in that gym and stay there.
Anything else you want to add?
I love Columbus.
What weight class did you just fight as?
How many fights, how many wins, how many knock outs?
This is my first fight.
How long have you been training?
I had my first fight 4 years ago. Then, I decided to stop and train, and be the best and then come back and try to knock out everybody.
What gym are you fighting out of?
Pilger’s Old school boxing gym (Columbus, Ohio).
Whatever you want to do, just keep your head up, and try to do it. There is nothing that is impossible. Everything is possible. Thank you to my fans that came out to support me today. I thank my wife and kids, thanks to Rob who gave me a chance to be where I am right now and thanks to Manny and my team members. Thanks to everybody.
What is your weight class?
How many fights?
2 fights so far.
Win, lose or draw?
2 and 0.
Knock anybody out?
Don’t be intimidated by the guys and don’t let them be intimidated by you.
Where are you from?
I have been training in Cincinnati at Shamrock Boxing. I have the guys to spar with from Pleasant Avenue. My home town is Columbus. I have also been training in Cleveland too.
What? You take your tail all the way from Columbus to Cincinnati every day?
No, I was born in Columbus. I now live in Cincinnati.
How long have you been fighting?
What is your record?
2 wins and 2 loses.
Any advice to a female who wants to do what you are doing or any advice you want to add on the blog.
If you like fighting, then get into boxing.
How much do you train?
Monday to Saturday 5 hours every day. I run 12 miles a day.
Wait a minute. You run 12 miles a day?
The coach is grinning. Let me verify this.
What gym are you from?
Toledo, Ohio (Say my name boxing gym).
For real coach? Does she run 12 miles a day?
Have you seen anybody jump rope in here tonight? Because we don’t have any doubt in our conditioning. Most are trying to preserve their stamina for the ring. We got plenty of stamina; so, we will be here all night, if that’s what it takes.
Was it the truth that she runs 12 miles a day?
Yes, that is the truth.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the boxing invitational:
To see additional pictures taken at the boxing invitational, please click on the following link to our 614whats2love YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI90J3G4OwQ
This was a great boxing show! I’m not sure why it wasn’t standing room only. The Ohio State football team had an evening game that started at 8:00 pm. The boxing event was scheduled to start at 5:00 pm,; but, it started a little late. To redeem time instead of three, three-minute rounds, each bout was three two-minute rounds. I left after 9:00 p.m. and there were still several bouts left. Other than the knock out that I missed (being interviewed for someone’s Facebook live), the females were the most entertaining. Each of the three female fights were filled with many punches and fun to watch. If you like amateur boxing and can only attend one event in the Columbus area, this is the one to attend.
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Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
I arrived at the car show not knowing what to expect. Since it was close to the airport I wondered if they were going to charge for parking or even charge admission. I had to wait a little while before getting into the parking lot; but, there was no charge for parking. They had a bounce house for children, food trucks for the hungry, and a live band to set the mood of the car show. I have to admit that I know nothing about cars other than to take it to the dealer if there seems to be a problem.
Jack Minor, www.jaxwax.com
We are located at the west side of the airport across from the green parking lot. This is the fourth year of the car show. It is held every year in the month of August. Check out our website for future dates. All the proceeds go to the James (The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center). We have over 200 cars already and they are still coming in. We will raise quite a bit of money today.
I have never been to a car show, what goes on?
You bring your car in and register it. We give away 75 trophies and 3 six-foot trophies that are awarded based on various criteria. We put the car that is best in the show on the tee shirt for next year’s car show.
Tell me about your car
It’s a 285-inch wheel base top dragster. It has a super charger on it. 526. It runs six twenties at 228 in a quarter mile.
Does that mean that it goes fast?
It hauls the mail.
Is this a collector car?
No. I race it. I have been racing for over 40 years.
Do you do the maintenance on the car?
I do everything from front to back. My wife and 2 crewmen go with me to the car show. We compete in division 3. “We stay on this side of town: Indianapolis, Norwalk, and National Trail Raceway”.
My assumption is these are events that those who compete know about. I just smiled and continued with the interview.
Anything else you would like to add?
We are doing this for Josie who is fighting breast cancer. We want to thank Jack for putting this car show together.
Tell me about your car and why you show it
I have a 2016 Dodge Charger Scat pack. The theme for my Dodge Charger is “decepticon”. It’s a wrapped mat black with black stripes. It has a decepticon logo on the back and Luvers. I added a diffuser, a wicker bill and a spoiler in the front. It also has rocker panels and a few engine mods. I have my car in the car show because I love to show my car. It’s basically my passion. I like to mod cars and fix them up and detail them.
We are representing AMMO (All Modern Mopars of Ohio). Support your local AMMO crew. If you are looking to join AMMO club, we don’t have any charges to join. We are just a bunch of guys and gals that love to get together and celebrate muscle cars.
Come on now. There must be some criteria. Surely you can’t come with some raggedy car that half runs.
If you have a Mopar (Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep), you are welcome to join us. We don’t hate. We support everybody. If it’s a passion that you have, come join us. We will help you mod your car up, give you ideas and share our knowledge. We want everybody to be on the same level.
Chris Tudor showed a 2007 Dodge Magnum satin jade pearl with a 300 CSRT8 front end on it. The color is like a mint green color but it’s called satin jade pearl.
That looks like silver to me.
It’s like those dress pictures. Is it blue or is it gold? Neither, it’s green.
For years I have been piddle paddled around with motor cycles and cars. You might see a car and think it belongs in the junk yard; but, I see the potential. I watched this car for a year. I painted this car, put on new wheels, new tires, and new interior. It’s a family car. Everything is original. This is a 1989 with 89,00 miles. I did the first tune up on it. How the car turns out is the reward.
Debra Nappier-Hardaway, Curtis Hardaway
I drove my husband’s ‘70 Challenger RT which has a 383 magnum in it. All original. We had to transport it from California to Albany, NY. We picked it up from Albany and drove it back home to Columbus.
That’s my husband’s all original ‘59 Corvette sting ray. I left my cars at home.
Since you said cars, what is your criteria?
I am a Ford person. He was a Chevy person. This little Dodge is our orphan car. I have a ‘56 T-bird and a ‘53 F100, and I showed you the picture of the ’38 Ford 5 window coupe I recently sold. My ’56 T bird was signed by Chip Foose (American car designer). Chip is planning to sign the 59 Corvette.
Do you do the work yourself?
Yes. We detail the cars to get them ready to show. He does the mechanical work and I do the D and C (dust and cleaning). I have helped him pull engines out and put engines in. I also worked on transmissions. We have fun.
How often do you bring your cars out?
Very seldom. Only in fair weather and to car shows. We have historical plates, which means you can only drive them to parades or car show events. You can’t use them as daily drivers.
I tell everybody we have an inter vehicle marriage; but, we make it work.
I have no idea what the owners were talking about when they told me the specks of their cars.
I had no idea the amount of work and expense needed to get a car ready to show. It was wonderful to see the pride in ownership and sense of community displayed at the car show. The bonus is that all proceeds benefit the James. This is a good event for people to use their passion to fund a good cause.
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
I looked forward to attending this event. Mike Jackson from channel 4 news states that this walk saved his life. I have a few male friends who commit to the walk each year. The forecast called for rain, but I thought I would tough it out to show my support. Although I had a golf umbrella in the car, I thought it would be easier to take pictures with my cameras under my poncho. I rode the elevator in the parking lot with Jaiza Page, Columbus City Council member. She was very friendly and respectful. She offered me an extra umbrella she had for me to use, and I gladly accepted it.
It rained buckets!
Buck-I-Guy, has been a super fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes since 1977.
It seemed like Buck-I-Guy was everywhere. I couldn’t tell if I was finding him to take a picture or if he was finding me. Attendees seemed to seek him out. He was willing to talk to and take pictures with everyone.
Jaiza Page, Columbus City Council Member
In spite of the rain, we still have a great turn out. We are here to support our African American males to make sure they are getting tested for prostate cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This is a great annual event.
Kevin Boyce, Franklin County commissioner
African American males are predisposed to hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. This run is a way to make people aware of healthy lifestyles that can change those challenges and issues in our lives. This is a really good way for the community to come together and support wellness in the community. If you haven’t had your prostate checked this year, your blood tested for hypertension or diabetes you should. I want to encourage that.
The rain didn’t stop the walk. People still participated in the walk and screenings. I walked away impressed with the elected officials who not only came to the event but stayed and participated. I plan to attend this event next year and hope for a sunny day.
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Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Tell me about the Hilltop Art Hop
We have a new fine art gallery that opened at the end of February. On the first Saturday of each month, we have a featured artist reception with a variety of artists that participate. Currently, we have seven (7) resident artists and two (2) featured artists. The resident artists get a key to the gallery. The gallery is a place to show and sell our art. We share in the cost of the gallery and we don’t pay a commission when we sell our art. We have room for about three (3) more resident artists and for several multimedia like painting, etc. We are looking for people who can give their time once or twice a month to run the gallery, show up for the events, and for artists whose work is different than the rest of the work in the gallery. We would love to have a few 3D artists (clary and/or ceramics). We like to have a cross section of artists.
If I come when the gallery is open, will I run into the artist?
It’s possible that you will run into a resident artist. You could also run into the photographer, the water color artist, the stain glass artist. “You have already.”
If I come and I want to make a purchase and the artist isn’t here, can I make a purchase?
You can purchase on the spot. We do the square thing. You can buy from any artist at any time that we are open. If you have our card and say,” hey I would like to come in and see this,” one of us will probably meet you here. There is never any pressure to buy.
Talking about Carol Wallenfelsz’s art:
What is the process for painting on the dominos?
It is totally uncontrolled. She sits there and does her painting and her stuff. She looks at it when it is done moving and grooving all over the place. If she doesn’t like it. She says, “let’s burn that___ (cuss word that means female dog -and the direct quote used was the actual curse word).
So, she destroys it?
No, she sets it on fire.
I really like the concept of painting on the dominos. I was on the fence as to whether I should purchase. In looking at my pictures, I probably need to go back and make a purchase. I like to support local. I like the concept of turning everyday objects that I use (my dad and I play dominos from time to time) into works of art.
I’m a professional photographer. I focus on landscape, nature and fine art. In a lot of my work, I choose black and white. I like the way it portrays a lot of the textures. I like the feeling of the image. Being here at 3060 Artworks is a great way to give back to the community, and help the surrounding hilltop area.
You also do something else. What is it?
I have been teaching at Columbus State in their photography program since 2011. I teach Close up in Macro, Photoshop for Photographers, and Intro to Digital Photography.
Yes, here at 3060 Artworks, we are doing an event called, “Hilltop Hit the Hop” the first Saturday of every month. We are coordinating with Third Way Café and Clay Street Ceramics. Our whole block is “Westgate Business Works.” We are trying to bring small business back to the hilltop area and the Westgate neighborhood.
Are the other businesses open during the gallery hop?
Yes. Third Way Café has an acoustic Saturday night to blend in with our art hop. We will have musical artists in addition to the visual arts. Clay Street Ceramics offers painting ceramics. If your kids want to go there and paint something, it is really family friendly. We are trying to reach out to the community and bring them in.
Are you telling me that people can drop their children off at Clay Street Ceramics, then walk to 3060 Artworks and/or the Third Way Café and have an adult evening?
I think they can work that out.
This is my last month as a resident artist but I plan to support the gallery and stay involved. I’m a self-taught, water color artist. I love being a part of this gallery. It takes a lot of work and heart. It’s good to see something this beautiful in a place that needs beauty.
Why water color and why florals?
Water color started out as being practical. When my marriage was failing, I was home a lot. I needed to find something creative to do that didn’t get in the way. One of the things that sets water color apart is, it doesn’t have an odor. When the paint dries, it is reusable. Water color has the ability to blend and be unpredictable in the way that the colors fade together, that other paint mediums don’t have. I love the spontaneity and that there is always an element of it that you can’t control. I like being surprised by what comes out by what I played around with.
Two of the markers for my work are; I tend to be up close. For example, all you can see are the rose pedals. It’s like you have your face right up in a bouquet. It’s because I’m not good at painting backgrounds; but, that led to a certain style that works for me. Florals are more forgiving opposed to straight lines. If you have to add a few more pedals, its organic. With straight lines, you must be more disciplined, and you can’t get away with as much. Also, when it comes to plants in real life, I tend to kill them. I don’t have a green thumb. When I paint flowers, they are flowers that won’t die on me.
I got involved in the Columbus art scene two (2) or three (3) years ago. It has been wonderful watching it grow. It is vibrant. People are surprised that so much goes on in Columbus. So many opportunities, so many venues, so many talented artists. It’s in a way that you wouldn’t think a Midwest city would have. It’s been a great place to learn, grow and be a part of.
I am a software developer who discovered photography about ten (10) years ago. It got me out of the cube and from in front of the computer to out into nature. I actively avoided nature for about 20 years, partly because I grew up on a farm. I rediscovered it and fell in love with it. A few years ago, I met Vince Noble. I had a lot of technical skills at that point and he pointed me in the right direction on vision. I discovered that I really like landscapes and black and white. I like finding the ordinary and making it beautiful. I like having people see that Ohio is not a fly over state and even how beautiful our metro parks are in Columbus and how beautiful our state parks are in Ohio. I have had several people look at my photos from Lake Erie and think they are from the east coast. They assume Ohio doesn’t have anything that beautiful; but, we do. My motto is “exploring the beauty of central Ohio and beyond” that means our sister states. I have also been to the Smokey Mountains and South Dakota. I like to show people the essence of nature to make them feel like they are standing right at the spot where I took the photo.
Come out and support 3060 Artworks next month. They will have another art hop the first Saturday of the month. Find a way to support local art in Columbus.
The Third Way Café is a coffee shop that my dad and I started back in December. It’s a place where people can come together, drink coffee, have a good time, and discuss the common good.
What makes this a special place?
We have amazing coffee. We are partnered with Coffee Crafters. They do great work in the prison system training people to become baristas (a person who is trained to make coffee specialty drinks). Our goal is to hire those people who are coming out of prison to get them back into the workforce and contributing to society. We sell a lot of books. We are going to start donating books to the library and local school. We put on events for the community and we have a lot of sweet art. It’s just the place to be. When you come here, you’re going to be part of something great. You’re going to be part of the future of social enterprise and the future of how businesses should operate: caring about the community, caring about people, making a change, caring about the environment, and pursuing the common good.
We are a paint your own pottery studio. You come in and choose a piece off our shelves. We have lots and lots of things to choose from. We have a color chart. We have stamps, stencils, and we have idea books. We will help you as much as you need. You paint it. You leave it. We fire it. Then, you come back and pick up your masterpiece in about seven (7) days.
In general, about what is the price range?
Our pieces start at about $6 and can go up to about $45. The kid’s pieces are about $6 to $10. Our studio fee is $4 for kids, $6 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Occasionally, we have some good specials.
What do you consider a kid and what do you consider a senior? I think I’m a child at heart.
For kids up to about 16 or so. About 55 for a senior.
We do have an artisan market. It’s small, but packed full of great items. We have handmade soaps, glass fussed jewelry, small little adorable critter boxes, croquette dish towels, rustic wood signs, all kinds of goodies. It’s worth the trip over to check it out.
We offer glass fusing, wood board, and canvas acrylic painting classes.
Come in, and have fun. Relax and meet new people. Socialize and get off those phones.
There are lots of good things happening at Clay Street Ceramics.
This is the third art car that I have done over the course of 20 years. This is my only car.
How long did it take you to work on this piece of art?
I have been working on it slowly for about seven (7) years. I am always adding to it. I have strips that are tributes to other art cars. The legs are a tribute to the synchronized swimming team at Ohio State. They are a power house. They have won thirty-one (31) national championships. Everyone should drive an art car. It’s wonderful. You never experience road rage.
I was gifted a peacock and roses on my hood the afternoon of the Hot Times Festival last year by International Pakistani Chalk artist (Haider Ali (@haiderali) when I hosted him. It took him about 2 hours. I recently brought him back to town with the help of Greg Phelps and pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch of Open-Heart Creators to paint a bus for the Clintonville Community Resource Center in Pakistani Art. The bus is used for their senior services for grocery shopping and social outing trips. At that time, he painted the rest of my car (the fans and the wheel wells). The door panels are so detailed that many times people think they are decals. I am decorating the inside. The car is named after my great great grandfather, Percival. I think more people should embrace art and make our cars more fun to look at while we are driving around town.
I don’t know much about art. I enjoyed attending this event! The people are friendly and passionate about what they do. This is the opposite of much of what we see about the hilltop on the news. This would be a great suggestion for a date or to hang out with friends.