Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Mill Creek is one of America's most polluted streams running through Cincinnati's industrial district from Northside to the West End. Efforts to clean it up are slow. My son Jasper and I were the only ones out there with the catfish and the blue herons.
There are nine bridges near the mouth. Off in the distance is the Kentucky shore across the Ohio River. I can't remember what I was doing every July 4th, but in 1976, the Bicentennial year, I was selling beer upstream at Riverfront Stadium home of the Big Red Machine. On the NBC news that evening they showed a shot of the crowd as part of what America was doing that day. That evening I worked at the Newport Yacht Club run by Dewey Peluso. A woman got in a fight and a Newport cop threw her over his shoulder and carried her out kicking and screaming.