Talk:Ashtabula, Ohio

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I removed the reference to the 'trash-tabula' website. Irrelevant, at best. I left the terms 'Trash-tabula' and 'Ashta-beautiful'. Anyone who has lived there knows that both of these terms are used freely to describe one's attitude towards the city.

Some additional trivia about Ashtabula: Father Guido Sarducci, a character created and played by Jay Novello, who was born in Ashtabula, became a regular on Saturday Night Live shows.

Patti Prince (formerly Patti Del Prince of Harmon Road in Ashtabula) is the wife of Pat Cooper, ethnic Italian comedian and actor.

Kurt Vonnegut mentions "Ashtabula" in his novel Breakfast of Champions on page 192 of my Bantam paperback copy.

In the movie Abbott and Costello In the Navy there is a jackass whose name is "Ashtabula."

Lou Mazzola

More Ashtabula trivia: In the Novel Serpico, the hero's birthplace is stated as Ashtabula, Ohio. Interestingly, the Wikipedia article makes no mention of Ashtabula's annual Blessing of the Fleet, its Marine Museum, or the history of Ashtabula Harbor. Other ethnic groups in Ashtabula until the 1980's had significant numbers of Americans of Irish, Portuguese, and Eastern European descent. Ashtabula historically was industrialized by trade on the Great Lakes and the shipment of coal and iron ore. This was shipped to Ashtabula via large cargo vessels and then transferred at its railhead. These materials were then shipped to Youngstown, Pittsburgh and other venues for the manufacture of steel. Ashtabulans who attend college often resettle in Columbus or Cleveland after graduation. Like many young Ohioans, they may leave the state and be drawn to urban centers like Chicago, Washington D.C., and other venues. M.E. Copas

Pronunciation[edit]

I think someone needs to add a pronunciation key to the article. I've always pronounced it "ash-tuh-BYU-la", but I heard someone on the radio today pronounce it "ash-TAB-yula". Oldiesmann (talk) 02:19, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

You are correct, it is pronounced "ash-tuh-BYU-la". Automated voices and those unfamiliar with the town will mis-pronounce it, often emphasizing the "TAB" or sometimes, "STAB" in the middle of the name. I lived in this city for 18 years. [If I knew]/[When I learn] how to make a pronunciation key, I [would]/[will] do so. --Avicennasis @ 03:52, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

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