has happened in 30 years?
Worthington and Columbus have grown beyond imagination. If you have
been away from the area for a while, you will enjoy this update!. Here
is a list (which will continue to grow) of some of the areas changes
since graduation 79!
High School is now Thomas Worthington High School. You will have
to take the online tour. Other fun facts:
Middle School was once our 9th grade school. They have also
turned the former courtyard into the library.
and Perry Middle Schools look absolutely the same, McCord Middle
School has been added.
Hills, Worthington Hills, Wilson Hills, Worthington Estates,
Brookside, and Evening Street are all still in operation at
this moment and have also have expanded where necessary.
old Worthington High School Annex is being converted into an
has moved to the formal Central High School building across
the Scioto River and has expanded, a must see. (The old COSI
or once called Memorial Hall has been restored to its former
state and houses the election facilities). In September 2006
WOSU Digital TV will occupy the southern lower portion of the
new COSI. Channel 34 now has 34.1 34.2 and 34.3 multicast channels
in digital, 34.1 in 1080 X 1920 lines of resolution.
gone: The Christopher Inn (the round hotel that once sat next
to the old COSI), and Worthington Foods. The historical oak
tree still remains.
Ohio Historical Society and Columbus Museum of Art are still
at the same locations. The Ohio Railway Museum still has trolly
rides on summer weekends as well as Halloween. The old Steam
Engine # 578 is still there, has not operated since the summer
of 1977. It has been sold to a railroad company. Most of the
Pullmans have been relocated.
Columbus 2004, COSI in the lower center across from Vets Memorial.
And you thought the Gemni was cool!
Point now has 17 rollercoasters, nearly all of them larger
than the Gemni from the high school years. The newest, Top Thrill
Dragster, goes 120 miles per hour, is 420 feet tall, and last
a long 18 seconds! Look for the Millinium Force (the smoothest
coaster I have ever survived on), Raptor, Mantis, Mean Streak,
Wicked Twister, and Magnum XL200 (I will stick to the Gemni
thank you). Gone are the Jumbo Jet and upside down Fun House.
The classics like the Gemni are all still around including the
Blue Streak and Runaway Mine Car. Your kids will love all of
them! There are rumors of another big rollercoaster project
Island is still growing and has added another Beast (Son
of Beast) with an unusual wood rollercoaster flip. The flip
was later removed due to the weight the cars had to sustain
to stay on the track, which also made it shake violently. The
train was lightened and is now much smoother. Be sure to check
it out on the countdown of Rollercoasters on the Discover Channel
HDTV! Since graduation look for Top Gun, Face Off, and Vortex.
Gone are the animal exhibit monorail (where the Son of Beast
sits), the King Cobra and the dual alternating Ferris Wheel.
The Beast is still the best wood roller coaster in America!
New for 2009, the state's newest coaster "Diamondback".
Kings Island is now owned by Cedar Fair, the owners of Cedar
Lake became Six Flags and has included the former Sea World
Area, but recently was bought by Cedar Fair and is now back
to Geagua Lake again. Cedar Fair also owns Cedar Point and Knotts
Berry Farm near Los Angeles. Closed in late 2007.
New Maverick has a slightly inverted drop on that first hill.
Are we getting to old for these things? - Never!
Coming straight down out of the clouds at 120 mph, the Top Thrill
Dragster. You are never too old to rock and roll -er coast!
Columbus International Airport has expanded many times,
was once home to a mini hub for America West and Skybus. A new
highway has been built up to the terminal. A new control
tower is operating and nearly all gates have indoor loading
walkways. There will be a new south runway built to make room
for a new centralized terminal. A new crossover taxiway has
been built on the west end of the field to start off terminal
construction. Current airlines include American, United, Delta,
US Airways, Air Tran, and Southwest. Gone are North Central
(ultimately Northwest Airlines to Delta Airlines), Allegheny
(now US Airways), TWA (aquired mostly by American), Eastern
and Piedmont. The Concord (the fleet now retired) also frequented
chartered flights to Port Columbus around the Memorial Tournaments.
A new cell phone pick up standy parking lot has been built.
hosts charter passenger services. Formerly Southeast and Hooters
(til 2006) served the airport. A Myrtle Beach flight is available
non-stop from Rickenbacker Spring and Summer 2009.
at Port Columbus
Columbus now has a soccer (Crew)
stadium located in the north parking lot of the fair grounds.
Nationwide Arena has sprung up hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets
in the NHL league and the Destroyers in the Arena Football leagure.
It is located across the street form the new Columbus Convention
Center and one of two Hyatt hotels. The arena also hosts concerts.
The area is now called "The Arena District".
Shoe has expaned to hold 100,000 plus, Block "O"
has moved to the south stands.
City Areana has also taken over the duties of the St. Johns
Arena at Ohio State. It is refered to as the Schott. Van Halen
will be performing there the week of our 25th reunion on July
spots include The Germain
Amphitheater (off the new Polaris Parkway north of I 270
off I 71), the Nationwide
Arena, the Ohio State Fair Grounds (including an occasional
concert at the Crew Stadium and Expo center), and the Schott.
County Stadium gone in 2009, the Huntington Park is now home
to the Clippers, just across the street from the Blue Jackets
Stadium. This is the area where the penn used to set.
The Continent has died out, it was recently home to numerous
radio stations including the still going WNCI.
WCOL/ formerly (WXGT 92-X) is now Country. QFM
is still going strong with many of the same DJs. Many new stations
have also sprung up. Now there is satellite and the up and coming
digital radio. Most kids today download music over the internet
and don't even bother going to record stores. Nancy's Dinner,
a Clintonville Landmark is closing May 31st, 2009. Also in Clintonville,
Talitas, moved to Grove City.
Lazurus Downtown, now in office building. Northland Mall was
torn down as of 1/28/04. In the OSU area Papa Joes and nearby
Bars are gone, (fewer places now to use fake IDs). The area
of south campus bars became a field. Now it has been rebuilt
with a new Drexel Theater and several restaurants. Longs Book
Store also relocated there. The OSU main library is finishing
renovations, students at OSU are being bused to an alternate
facility off Ackerman Rd. A new Ohio Union is under construction.
The Continent is standing but is mostly all apartments. The
theater has renovated. The former Freindly's Restaurant at South
and High became a Starbucks in 2003 after housing Montana Bread,
and was destroyed by fire in early May 2004. It reopened again
early 2006. Something that came and went: City Center Mall.
Now being turned into a downtown Columbus field. Demolition
is this summer.
All the shopping is now at Polaris Mall, Easton
Towne Center, Tuttle and City Center. On Morse Rd east of
the former Northland Mall Easton has become the most popular
spot. Easton includes a 30 screen indoor movie theater and IMAX,
Game works, and indoor and outdoor shopping area set up similar
to a small town. Northland has closed, business lost to Easton
and the new Polaris
Fashion Place built three miles north of I 270 off I 71
(with many anchors including Saks 5th Ave). In Worthington,
CVS is also new, now sitting where Jubilee (old A&P at North
and High St.) closed in September 2006.
but now updating: Worthington Square Mall is still going strong
and is enclosed. Krogers however is expanding into the shops
westward. Downtown Worthington looks much the same and has become
a popular hang out spot with an ice cream shop, sub shop, coffee
house, outdoor seated restaurants, and Free WiFi available for
your laptop or PDA. Also still the same: Dairy Queen, Worthington
Hardware, and the Worthington Inn (the rear being converted
to Condos in 2006-7).
end of Northland Mall.
Fashion Place new outdoor section in the former Kaufmans location.
Worthington Inn has turned the hotel into condos. The restaurant
is still the same.
Letterman invited Jack Hanah on his show, the rest is history.
Zoo has grown by leaps and bounds, you won't recognize anything
anymore. Highly suggested is the Kangaroo exhibit: you are in
the setting with them. Wyandot Lake changed hands in 2006 from
Six Flags, back to the Columbus Zoo. A new Polar exhibit is in
the works for 2010.
visiting with '79 Mark Cameron's daughter Trisha (far right) and
Holiday Inn on the Lane was host to our Prom (Night's in White
Satin) and is being sold to be turned into a dorm for Ohio State
Students. More bathrooms for everybody! Here are two final shots
taken in February 2009. The bottom is the hallway which lead to
the ballroom on the left.
270 is now 5 to 7 lanes wide through Worthington, and another
study is underway to expand the interstate between 315 and High
Street. I270 is gaining new flyovers to reduce delays in the
old clover leaf interchanges. New Flyovers we are now going
in at I71 & 270, 161 & 270 and a study is underway for
23 & 270. 315 was under construction in 1979 and is now
3 lanes wide as it wisks from the new 670 interchange near Goodale
all the way to Worthington Hills. There will be a repaving project
on 315 for 2009 south of Ackerman. 670 now runs around downtown
and extends to I 70 from near Channel 10.1 and the Post Office.
23 north of Worthington is now home to numerous shopping centers
and urban sprawl nearly all the way to Delaware. The Drive Inns
are gone. The Ruckmore Bar is still open. A new hotel and restaurant
center has popped up behind it which also has an Ultra Screen
and multi screen movie theater. Camp Mary Orton has expanded
with a new indoor facility and has added outdoor adventure sets.
Its still a nice escape from the city Jungle. Driving north
on 23 is nearly all developed to Delaware. New changes are on
the drawing board for I 270 and Route 23 which should be complete
off of 315 south of Broadway if at all possible, it will be
down to two lanes for reconstruction through late fall.
shot of I-270 and I 71 (May be
down at times.)