Invented in Dayton: Rob Lowe

While Kevin Bacon made the concept of 6 degrees of separation famous, Dayton should be famous for 1.2 degrees of separation- in my time in Dayton, I’ve criss-crossed with Rob Lowe a few different ways, never actually meeting him- but I have talked to him on the phone once. His father was the first attorney willing to take my mask case, his step-mom was crafting her sculpture in South Park for a few years- 2 doors down from my office.

Dayton has been well represented in Hollywood, with Martin Sheen (a South Park native) and Allison Janney joining Rob on the West Wing- as well as all their other projects.

We’ve got the guy behind the storyboards for the Cohen brothers films living in Oakwood- J. Todd Anderson, and my good friend Mike Webber, who has made a bunch of movies, while living in Springboro. We’re well represented in IMDB.

And although I haven’t had a chance to read Rob Lowe’s new autobiography, from the review, it sounds like Dayton gets more than a  mention: from the NYT review:

Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” by contrast, sticks mostly to the 1970s and ’80s and this mortal coil, though he does share some of MacLaine’s preoccupations. Lowe writes a cohesive, lively and engaging narrative that, despite occasional evasive maneuvering at critical junctures, captures a particular time in a surprisingly evocative way. He recounts his childhood in Ohio; his parents’ divorce; his mother’s subsequent marriages, divorces and emotional troubles; and his unlikely origins as a musical theater nerd. The memoir gains steam when Lowe’s mother (a New Age seeker herself, who come to think of it would have gotten on like a house on fire with Mac­Laine) follows her third husband-to-be to a “spartan” Malibu, taking her sons with her. There Lowe encounters a strange, enchanted world with a sinister undertow, as well as an entrée into the world of film.

via Book Review – Memoirs by Shirley MacLaine and Rob Lowe – NYTimes.com.

I’ve recently noticed several local businesses displaying the “Dayton Patented” logo as a Dayton Original, and although Rob wasn’t born in Dayton- he did spend his formative years here. I’m surprised that we haven’t seen any Dayton Original messaging with some of our Hollywood stars- or our sports stars like Mike Schmidt.

If you’ve traveled in Europe since the Dayton accords, you’d be surprised how well Dayton is perceived- yet, at home, we have no clue to our position in the perception of the world. If we’re going to start undoing the damage to our community psyche- it’s time to enlist all the help we can get.

Rob- would you like to help? Martin? Allison? Mike?

 

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  1. Ice Bandit May 28, 2011 / 2:49 pm
    ….Youngblood, with Rob as the title character. Made in 1983, right after Footloose. Patrick Swayze (RIP) and hottie Cynthia Gibbs co-starred. Eric “Elbows” Nesterenko played Rob’s father, and the hockey scenes are incredible. Eric was 50 at the time, and after being given the heave-ho by the Toronto Maple Leafs after 21 NHL seasons, bought the minor league Chatham Maroons where he brought the body every night as player coach, flattening centers and wings who were 30 years younger. Whatta’ moose. Great on ice scenes, with the obligatory pretty-boy versus goon center ice throw-down at movie’s end. Whattaflick. The Old Bandito is going to throw some Orville Redenbacher in the microwave and watch this classic again. Thanks for the suggestion, dear David……

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  2. Gary May 28, 2011 / 6:35 pm
    There is a song that mentions Dayton, OH, too, may be by Bob Seger or Bad Co.

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  3. somedude May 29, 2011 / 9:39 am
    There should be a Dayton songs thread. Lots of them.

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