Average Joe Buckey Blitz cont. The Ohio whirlwind tour rolls on… And I rolled into Haskins, Ohio (pop. 1,000) yesterday. Entering the village limits, the first thing you see is a Ohio Bicentennial sign saying Haskins is the “Birthplace of Earl W. North, an American impressionist painter.” I couldn’t help but think how refreshing it would be to someday see a sign that read: “Haskins: Birthplace of Ernie Schwartz, father, good worker and Kawanis member. I then posted “average Joe” flyers at Or’s Sunoco and the Pear Tree Hair Salon, right in the heart of the Haskins downtown. The owner, Jennifer, said she admired what I was doing and one of the customers asked for a button to give to her husband “…who is actually thinking about running for president himself in 10 years.” I gave her the button reluctantly, and smiled that current polls were indicating that I’d probably still be running in 10 years as well– “and I’m trying to discourage competition.” From Haskins, I traveled north to Waterville where I met with Chowder’s N Moor Restuarant owner, and “conservative independent,” Tom Kuran. Kuran talked about politics, and America in general, with a passion. Also, without telling him anything about my Haskins sign idea, he said he and his wife were recently watching a TV episode showing singer Britney Spears putting her hand prints in concrete on Hollywood Blvd. Kuran riled at this, saying: “Once, just once, I’d like to see an average American’s hand prints there (Hollywood Blvd.)!” I had interviewed Tom for our book Back Road to the White House 2, and afterward he gave me a campaign donation: a bowl of their “famous,” and rather unique, White Chicken Chili. And after only a couple spoonfulls — I knew who is going to cater the Inauguration.