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WHEN I DIE AND GO ABOVE,
I WILL SEE THE BOYS YOU USED TO LOVE,
WHEN YOU DIE AND GO BELOW,
YOU WILL SHOVEL COAL FOR THE B & O.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): B & O IS (OR WAS) A RAILROAD, BALTIMORE & OHIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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MURDER PROSE

THIS CHICK AND GUY IN CLEVELAND WERE OUT IN THE PARK AND THE
GUY IN THE
CAR THOUGHT HE HEARD NOISES, BUT DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION. THE
SECOND TIME HE HEARD IT, HE KNEW IT WAS A NOISE BEING DONE
DELIBERATELY.
IT KEPT UP AND THE GUY DECIDED TO GET OUT; BY THE WAY, THIS WAS A
CONVERTIBLE. HE TOLD THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND GET DOWN ON THE
FLOOR. HE STEPS OUT. SO HE'S OUTSIDE, NOW THIS IS PRETTY LATE AT
NIGHT. SHE GOT PRETTY WORRIED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T COME BACK.
THE NEXT THING
SHE KNOWS IS A FAINT SCRATCHING ON THE TOP OF THE CAR IN A
RHYTHMIC MOTION.
SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING, ONLY EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID.
LATER ANOTHER
CAR PULLS UP, SHE COULDN'T SEE WHO IT WAS. THEN SHE SAW A
FLASHLIGHT FLASHING AROUND IN THE CAR. IT WAS A COP. HE SAID
FOR HER
TO GET OUT. THE COP SAID DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU AND GET INTO
MY CAR.
SHE DID, BUT HER CURIOSITY WAS AROUSED. IT WAS JUST THE BREAK OF
DAWN, SO THERE WAS JUST ENOUGH LIGHT. SO SHE LOOKED BEHIND AND
SAW HER
BOYFRIEND HANGING BY HIS NECK FROM A TREE SWINGING ABOVE THE CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

James Callow Keyword(s): OHIO ; PARKING

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND ON THE END AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
A: C-H-I-C

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ENVELOPE PARALLELISM ; OHIO

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BUCKEYES

THE BUCKEYES THEY LIE IN A STUPOR,
THE BUCKEYES THEY LIE ON THE FLOOR,
THE BUCKEYES THEY LIE IN A STUPOR,
UNTIL THEY CAN'T LIE ANY MORE.

THEY SAID THAT THEY COULD REALLY SAIL,
THEY SAID THEY COULD ALWAYS DRINK BEER,
BUT AFTER THEY HAD MET OUR SKIPPERS,
THEY WISHED THEY HAD NEVER COME HERE.

BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE WON THE REGATTA,
AND THE TROPHY IS FILLED WITH GOOD CHEER,
WE,LL DRINK A TOAST TO THE BUCKEYES,
AND HOPE FOR THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment:

TUNE: "MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN"
A COLLEGE SONG

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OHIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

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TYPOGRAPHICAL DISPLAY

CIN2 AT I
IT READS "CINNCINATI"

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CINCINNATI, OHIO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 02-00-1967

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THE MAD BUTCHER OF KINGSBERRY RUN
KINGSBERRY RUN IS A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE FLATS OF CLEVELAND
(INDUSTRIAL AREA). MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED THERE
WHERE THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SLICED UP. THE MURDERER HAS BEEN
CALLED THE MAD BUTCHER. THIS INCIDENT HAS BECOME A LEGEND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD OF THIS LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN CLEVELAND WHERE
HE SPENT THE FIRST 18 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): MUTILATED MURDERS ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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ERIEVIEW CONSTRUCTION WORKER

A FEW YEARS BACK THE CITY OF CLEVELAND WAS CONSTRUCTING AN URBAN
DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CALLED ERIEVIEW. THE PROJECT HAD BEEN BESET BY A
NUMBER OF STUMBLING BLOCKS FROM FINANCING TO RACIAL TROUBLE.
ONE WINDY DAY A WORKER FELL FROM ONE OF THE UPPER-MOST FLOORS TO HIS
DEATH. AS A LASTING REMEMBERANCE, HIS WORKERS ON THE LOWER FLOORS
QUOTED HIM AS SAYING, AS HE FLEW BY "OH, SHIT"

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; OBSERVATION

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF (YOU) SEE DEAD ANIMAL, THROW SALT ON TELEGRAM POLE OR
ANIMAL WILL BE ON MOTHER'S TABLE WHEN ARRIVING HOME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): DINNER SUPPER MEAL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUCKETT OHIO 29885

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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MURDER PROSE

THIS CHICK AND GUY IN CLEVELAND WERE OUT IN THE PARK AND THE
GUY IN THE
CAR THOUGHT HE HEARD NOIS, BUT DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION. THE SE
SECOND TIME HE HEARD IT, HE KNEW IT WAS A NOISE BEING DONE DILIBERATE
DELIBERATELY.
IT KEPT UP AND THE GUY DECIDED TO GET OUT; BY THE WAY, THIS WAS A
CONVERTIBLE. HE TOLD THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND GET DOWN ON THE
FLOOR. HE STEPS OUT. SO HE'S OUTSIDE, NOW THIS IS PRETTY LATE AT
NIGHT. SHE GOT PRETTY WORRIED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T COME BACK.
THE NEXT THING
SHE KNOWS IS A FAINT SCRATCHING ON THE TOP OF THE CAR IN A
RHYTHMIC MOTION.
SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING, ONLY EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID.
LATER ANOTHER
CAR PULLS UP, SHE COULDN'T SEE WHO IT WAS. THEN SHE SAW A
FLASHLIGHT FLASHING AROUND IN THE CAR. IT WAS A COP. HE SAID
FOR HER
TO GET OUT. THE COP SAID DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU AND GET INTO
MY CAR.
SHE DID, BUT HER CURIOSITY WAS AROUSED. IT WAS JUST THE BREAK OF
DAWN, SO THERE WAS JUST ENOUGH LIGHT. SO SHE LOOKED BEHIND AND
SAW HER
BOYFRIEND HANGING BY HIS NECK FROM A TREE SWINGING ABOVE THE CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): LOVERS' PARKING

James Callow Keyword(s): OHIO ; PARKING

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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MURDER PROSE

THIS CHICK AND GUY IN CLEVELAND WERE OUT IN THE PARK AND THE
GUY IN THE
CAR THOUGHT HE HEARD NOIS, BUT DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION. THE SE
SECOND TIME HE HEARD IT, HE KNEW IT WAS A NOISE BEING DONE DILIBERATE
DELIBERATELY.
IT KEPT UP AND THE GUY DECIDED TO GET OUT; BY THE WAY, THIS WAS A
CONVERTIBLE. HE TOLD THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND GET DOWN ON THE
FLOOR. HE STEPS OUT. SO HE'S OUTSIDE, NOW THIS IS PRETTY LATE AT
NIGHT. SHE GOT PRETTY WORRIED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T COME BACK.
THE NEXT THING
SHE KNOWS IS A FAINT SCRATCHING ON THE TOP OF THE CAR IN A
RHYTHMIC MOTION.
SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING, ONLY EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID.
LATER ANOTHER
CAR PULLS UP, SHE COULDN'T SEE WHO IT WAS. THEN SHE SAW A
FLASHLIGHT FLASHING AROUND IN THE CAR. IT WAS A COP. HE SAID
FOR HER
TO GET OUT. THE COP SAID DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU AND GET INTO
MY CAR.
SHE DID, BUT HER CURIOSITY WAS AROUSED. IT WAS JUST THE BREAK OF
DAWN, SO THERE WAS JUST ENOUGH LIGHT. SO SHE LOOKED BEHIND AND
SAW HER
BOYFRIEND HANGING BY HIS NECK FROM A TREE SWINGING ABOVE THE CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): LOVERS' PARKING

James Callow Keyword(s): OHIO PARKING

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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SHAKER LAKE BELIEF

MANY PEOPLE HAVE DROWNED IN SHAKER LAKE AROUND CLEVELAND, OHIO.
BECAUSE OF THIS, NO ONE WILL SWIM THERE, BECAUSE IT IS BELIEVED
THAT ANYONE WHO DOES WILL DROWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cleveland ; Drown ; Lake ; OHIO ; Shaker Lake ; SUPERSTITION ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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