Columbus CEO celebrates its 25th year with a trip down memory lane (1995 - 1997)

Tom Murray (February 1995)

Sliming the Big Boys

Now enjoying the spoils of transforming Barbasol from failing brand to shaving must-have, Perio had success from other products in 1995. In the '95 article, President and CEO Tom Murray discussed the demand for an unnaturally green Ghostbusters-themed “Slimer” toothpaste and his innovative breath-freshening gel created to prevent the leaks of a liquid.

Perio's dental products have since been sold to make room for its purchase of Barbasol.

Lindey's (March 1995)

Mama's Family

Sue Doody still works part-time at Lindey's, the German Village restaurant she dreamed up 35 years ago with no formal training. It remains a dining hallmark of Columbus. Of Sue, son Chris said in the 1995 article: “We have no intention of opening another Lindey's. You can't duplicate that. ... You can't duplicate Sue Doody, that's the reason.”

Chris and brother Rick Doody have since followed in their mother's foodie footsteps and created Bravo!, Brio and Piada.

National Century (July 1995)

The Bank Said No

Unknown to investors, federal authorities and everyone else, Lance Poulsen, Donald Ayers and Rebecca Parrett already had begun a complicated pyramid of fraud by the time they appeared on the cover in July 1995.

Their deeds were uncovered when the company filed for bankruptcy in 2002. During the time of the article, the three executives described their company as a “financial lifeline between what is owed and what is paid to providers” but didn't mention that the line also led to their pockets. The three were later convicted and sent to prison.

Doug Kridler (December 1996)

Organizing Projectville

A publicly funded Downtown arena was not popular among Columbus taxpayers in 1996. In this roundtable discussion, Doug Kridler, then president of the Community Development Council, and others argued its benefit for Columbus.

“Easton, Polaris, Tuttle Crossing, they are meeting the demand for shopping, for office space, and they're doing it at a very high level. And we want to do this at a high level as we also give Downtown a role for the future,” Kridler said during the discussion.

Nationwide Arena, financed privately and completed in 2000, helped Columbus win the Blue Jackets NHL franchise.

Today, Kridler is still advocating for the city as president and CEO of the Columbus Foundation.

Jim and Tanny Crane (November 1997)

Citizen Crane

The Crane business has gone through evolutions over the years but has proven its durability. In 1997, Jim Crane was president of Crane Group. Tanny, his niece, was president of Crane Plastics and represented the third generation of Cranes in the family company.

In the article, the Cranes discussed the possibility of a fourth generation entering the family business that was celebrating its 50th year. That possibility became a reality with the addition of Dan Crane.