At the Henry and Catherine Evans Community Service Awards Banquet Wednesday it seemed only fitting that the most talked about story from The Herald this past week carried the headline: “City chicken apprehended.”
It was fitting because the honorees were Gary “Moe” Meszaros and George “Jig” Warren, co-founders of the Quaker Steak and Lube, who brought chicken wings to the Shenango Valley in a big way.
But this was one chicken that escaped with its wings intact – at least so far – and it appeared in photos on the front page of The Herald Monday being pursued by Sharon Patrolman Troy Widmyer on Herald property where it mysteriously showed up.
How a chicken arrived on downtown property is still unanswered and will require some additional investigative reporting. But Herald Staff Writer Tom Davidson artfully wrote the tale with a tongue-in-cheek flair that had readers captivated.
And it shows that everyone enjoys a break from the doom-and-gloom stories that often appear in every form of media as we deal with international turmoil, U.S. Congressional wars about Obamacare and locally the Basilone murder trial.
Davidson also did a masterful job of reporting on the trial where a jury found Joshua Stewart guilty of killing the Farrell tavern owner in cold blood, so he even enjoyed a break from serious writing while he cataloged the details of the great chicken hunt.
Herbert Hoover once became president by running on the theme of “A chicken in every pot... ”
Not this chicken, Hoov!
But where will she show up next?
It would be interesting if Patrolman Widmyer would show up today with the chicken on a leash in the Team Danielle Pet Walk which kicks off at 9 a.m. at LindenPointe, Hermitage.
Or will that chicken appear in ads for the Humane Society along with dogs and cats who are taken in by Widmyer’s mom, Gerda?
Maybe the chicken will be adopted by a vegetarian who will faithfully protect it for the rest of its natural life.
Whatever its fate, no animal ever received better coverage in The Herald and no other animal story was ever more enjoyed by a plethora of readers.
And that’s something to cluck about!
• The thing about Herbert Hoover’s theme in 1928, which was publicized by the Republican Party as “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage,” was that it didn’t materialize.
Unfortunately for the country, the Great Depression hit in 1929 and a lot of people didn’t have chickens in their pots or cars in their garages for quite a few years.
Hoover easily defeated Alfred Smith in that 1928 election and many felt that many people didn’t vote for Smith because he was Roman Catholic.
It wasn’t until John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960 that a Roman Catholic finally held the highest office.
The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this weekly column for the Opinion Page. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org