Tuesday, May 18, 2021

We finally made our way to Ohio, which is where I was going to have repairs made to the car. We were able to stay with friends for the duration, which definitely helped. Not only did we get to spend time with friends, but I also saved the cost of two hotel rooms a night for a week while my car got repaired. I got a rental (a Nissan Rogue; I don't recommend it) and we settled in for our stay in Wooster, Ohio.

And in case you're wondering why I enjoy Wooster, which I've written about before, here's a reminder:

 

Chloe. How can you not fall in love with that face?

We had a couple of days planned, and we wasted little time getting busy on our checklist. Our first stop, and one I've made before, was to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Jess had never been there, but I knew she'd enjoy it.

The Hall of Fame appeared a bit different than when I'd visited a few weeks earlier. That's because this was NFL Draft Weekend, and the actual draft was taking place just a stone's throw from the Hall of Fame:

A large event tent is set up in front of the Hall of Fame...


My daughter Jessy checking out one of the displays...




The jacket Tom Petty wore during Live Aid, in Philadelphia, in 1985...


While most of the displays were the same as when I'd last visited, the HoF did start a new exhibit dedicated to the Super Bowl and, more specifically, to the halftime shows.


The leather jacket worn by Luther Vandross when he sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXI...


A leather jacket from Super Bowl XXVII, when Michael Jackson performed...


The 1991 Super Bowl halftime show is generally accepted as when the halftime show changed with the inclusion of New Kids On The Block. Since then, the halftime show has always included popular musicians, including everyone from Gloria Estefan to The Rolling Stones.


Stage outfits from the bizarre Super Bowl XLIX halftime show by Katy Perry...


Prince's stage outfit from Super Bowl XLI...

Each exhibit had little blurbs about the particular Super Bowl performance being highlighted in that exhibit. The most impressive show, though, had to be Price's halftime show in 2007 in Miami. The weather was treacherous; thunderstorms and sideways rain. When asked if Price was okay to perform in that weather, his response was "Can you make it rain harder?" He went on to give what is widely regarded as the finest Super Bowl halftime performance ever.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as you might suspect, implements Covid-19 safeguards and social distancing standards, so it's easy to view many of the exhibits without getting too close to anyone you don't know. Tickets for adults are $28, which is well worth it if you've got the time to explore the entire museum. They also offer a discount ($25) for first responders, military members and Veterans and and students...


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