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myguys.pngHaving grown up in Ohio with family and friends still living there, Valerie's fiance Tom Vitale is very familiar with the location of her new TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland. "The Rock 'n Roll Capital of the World" holds a special place in his heart, so he shared with us his best bets for the Hottest Things in Cleveland (and the surrounding area).

 

1) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

2) The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton

3) Cedar Point Amusement Park - the Roller Coaster Capital of the World

4) Little Italy Cleveland

5) Blossom Music Center in Tom's hometown, Cuyahoga Falls

 

"My all-time favorite is the smell of football on Saturday in the fall at The Ohio State University stadium," Tom said. "I hope you enjoy the city... as much as you enjoy Hot in Cleveland."

 

 

Cleveland has been the butt of many jokes, but Tom found an extensive list of achievements that came from Cleveland. From the extraordinary to the commonplace, many innovations recognized around the world had their genesis in Cleveland. Here are just a few...

 

 

 
U.S. newspaper for African Americans (The Aliened American) - William Howard Day - 1853
 

 
Free home delivery of mail and first mailman's uniform - Joseph Briggs - 1862
 

 
Electric streetlight and electric streetcar - Charles F. Brush - 1879
 

 
Indoor shopping center (The Arcade) - 1890
 

 
LifeSavers candy - Clarence Crane - 1891
 

 
Padded bicycle seat - Arthur Lovett Garford - 1892
 

 
Modern golfball - Cobuern Haskell, Joseph Mitchell, Bertram Work - 1899
 

 
American League baseball team (Cleveland Indians) - 1901
 

 
American-made standard gasoline automobile - 1898 and American Diesel engine - 1913 - Alexander Winston
 

 
African American Cultural Center (Karamu House) - 1915
 

 
Automatic windshield wiper - Fred & William H. Folberth - 1921
 

 
Municipal airport (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport) -1925 and air-traffic control tower - 1927
 

 
Superman comic - Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster - 1933
 

 
U.S. college to admit students regardless of race, sex, creed or color (Oberlin College) - 1834
 

 
The phrase "Rock 'n' Roll" - Alan Freed - 1952
 

 
African-American mayor of a major city (Carl Stokes) - 1967
 

 
First NFL "Monday Night Football" game (Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Jets, 31-20) - 1970
 

The first city to be awarded five All-American City Awards (1949, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1994)
 
TVLand has also put together a blog of their favorite points of interest in Cleveland. If you want to plan your own trip to see what's really "hot" in Cleveland, check out their visitors' website: www.positivelycleveland.com.

 

 

Comments  

 
#10 Shawna 2011-01-27 21:12
Thom also is a huge Cleveland Browns fan like you. We both love your new show - it is so fresh and nothing like other shows on TV. I also wanted to tell you that I think your work with Jenny Craig is fantastic. I am into fitness and nutrition. Our oldest son plays football and Thom was planning on taking him to the Football Hall of Fame (about 30 minutes from our house) and we have had to put a lot of trips and extras on hold. We've had quite a bit of bad luck these last 2 years. I lost my job and finding work in our area has been difficult.
 
 
#9 Shawna 2011-01-27 21:11
Valerie,we heard you on a Cleveland radio station the other day and was excited to hear that Tom went to Cuyahoga Falls. How cool! So did my husband (Thom too!) and I - we were black tigers too! I think that is such a great thing. I have been a fan of yours for so long and now to find out that you like going to concerts at Blossom. We live in Stow, not too far from Blossom!
 
 
#8 Gloria Stewart 2010-07-04 03:20
I dont think I have seen you more beautiful than on the cover of AARP magazine. The dress and color of your dress was perfect and congratulations for keeping your weight off. Nothing is working for me and I desperately need to do something about it. Maybe Jenny Craig is the way to go. Its either that or die right? Congratulations ! I dont follow movie stars but you are so refreshing.
 
 
#7 Fred Foss 2010-06-18 18:05
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Valerie,
I was in love with you back in the day. What ever happened to the years. I wish you the best in all your ventures, and hope you will join my team with Financial Destinations and our campaign with FDI Voice to get people off their cell phones while driving and do their business HANDS FREE while driving.
 
 
#6 Ceil Sledz-Greenwell 2010-06-18 00:43
MAJOR KUDOS to Tome Vitale for helping in Cleveland being picked as the location for what is sure to be a runaway hit, fresh, new series! Points of Interest in Cleveland? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? COUNTLESS potential location shoots in CLEVELAND METROPARKS!...Squires Castle in North Chagrin, Squaw Rock in South Chagrin with falls of the Chagrin river, Gorge Overlook, a natural national historic landmark in the Bedford Reservation, winter shoots at The Chalet toboggan chutes would be a scream! Jogging any of the fitness tails,horseback riding the bridle trails, encountering actual Metroparks rangers/cops (can't help it, I'm their retired administative lieutenant...I'd consult for free, no kidding!) on horseback, or even out of the water in the right park location...they have a dive team..would be OFF THE HOOK! And The Cleveland Zoo is part of the Metroparks system.
Add the West Side Market, Larchmere Antique Shops, any church such as the Shrine of St. Stanislaus (Slavic Village).
 
 
#5 Leo 2010-06-17 23:27
The Cuyahoga valley railway, and The Chalet toboggan chutes at millstream run in the metro parks are also great things to experience around the Cleveland area
 
 
#4 Jackson Cagle 2010-06-17 04:49
I truly support you. Your personality is vibrant and postive. Grew up watching you like a big sister. Saw you on Joy (whatever) show. Apologetic to cities, yet said we X-er's were not as smart. Maybe we're just more disillusioned. Always your fan.
 
 
#3 Russell Todd Daley 2010-06-16 15:39
I was wondering if you ever went to Hefner Jr. High in Okc, Okla in the late 70`s. The rumor was that you did! I`ve always wondered. Anyway, Congratulations on your success with everything in your life. You`ve shown everyone that you can bounce back from anything and be what and who you want to be!Thanks for all you`ve given us!
 
 
#2 lorinda 2010-06-16 06:00
One last thing...I can't wsait to see the new show..love love love all the ladies in it!!
 
 
#1 lorinda 2010-06-16 05:59
Totally off the mark but I have been searching to buy some of your TV shows you did and can't find them anywhere, If you can help that would be great..they are: Sydney & Cafe Americain...please help! PS..you seem like a pretty fantastic lady! Keep it up!
 
 

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