May, 2010
5/8/2010 - I was sick the first week of May with stomach upset. Finally on Saturday, Cindy took me to the ER at St Charles Hospital. They kept me there for two hours, found nothng wrong after blood tests and xrays, and suggested I make an appointment with the VA Hospital for an endoscopy. I began to feel better.
5/15/2010 - Chez Zeman - the house I will be moving into in Euclid [Cleveland] during the summer. Cindy owns the house and lived in it while she was married. The man in the picture with me is my across the street neighbor.
5/16/2010 - The Shawshank Trail. Part One.
Cindy lives in the mid-central Ohio city of Mansfield. It was in her city that the movie SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was filmed. There is a tour that people can take which will visit all 13 places where the film was made. Info about the Trail tour can be found at
"Brooks was here. So was Red"
The Bissman Building
(Site of the Brewer Hotel & Portland Daily Bugle)
193 N. Main St.
Mansfield, OH 44902
Shawshank Fact: The Bissman Building was the site of the Brewer Hotel where Brooks, actor James Whitmore, went to stay and hung himself soon after being paroled from the Shawshank Prison. The building was also utilized in the film as the front office of the building for the set of the Portland Daily Bugle. While in front of the Bissman Building, look ahead (south) to find the City Mills Building on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets and imagine Brooks with suitcase in hand, trying desperately to cross 5th St. on his way to the Brewer Hotel.
Mansfield Warehousing and Distribution
240 East Fourth St.
Mansfield, OH 44902
Shawshank Fact:
The interior prison cell shots were built on a stage inside Mansfield Warehousing as it was more cost-effective to do so than to renovate the interior of the Reformatory. The bars on the cells were actually constructed out of wooden dowels. Although the cells are no longer standing, you can still see the building.
5/22/2010 - Shlepping the 1999 Oldsmobile out of Chez Zeman - courtesy of Charity Towing
5/23/2010 - The Shawshank Trail. Part Two.
Downtown Mansfield in the Historic Carrousel District
Shawshank Fact:
As you enter the Historic Carrousel District, a little more than halfway up Main St. on the left side of the street, look for Carousel Antiques. One of their windows was the window that Red looked through at the compass that would help him find the Oak Tree.
Central Park in Downtown Mansfield
419-755-9820 (Parks Department Office)
Shawshank Fact:
Brooks sits down on the bench in Central Park to feed the birds, hoping his friend Jake (his pet crow) will show up to say hello, but he never does.
Renaissance Theatre
(Site where Shawshank Redemption movie premiered)
138 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, OH 44902
Shawshank Fact:
Sit in the very same seats where the premier of Shawshank Redemption was shown on Tuesday, September 13, 1994.
5/23/2010 - The Shawshank Trail. Part Three.
Historic Ohio State Reformatory
(Site of the Shawshank Prison)
100 Reformatory Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44905
Shawshank Fact:
The Historic Ohio State Reformatory was used as a fictional penitentiary in New England in the movie, Shawshank Prison. To see and hear more on the Shawshank Redemption, make sure you take the Hollywood Tour- the cell, the warden's office and even the carving on the ceiling that reads, "Brooks was here. So was Red" are on display. The hole that Andy dug through his cell wall to escape is also on display. Even more amazing is the tunnel that the main character Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), dug and crawled through. It is about 2 feet in diameter. Chocolate syrup, saw dust and water were in the tunnel to mimic an actual sewer pipe.


5/23/2010 - Dinner at the Golden Coral

Where It's At - Pop Culture Is All Around You - Famous Landmarks and More.

'Shawshank Redemption' Prison
100 Reformatory Road
Mansfield, OH 44905

The century-old Mansfield Reformatory no longer houses real-life convicts, although some were still in residence during the making of movies like 'Harry and Walter Go to New York' and 'Tango and Cash.' Perhaps the joint's most famous inmates were Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in 'The Shawshank Redemption' -- the well-received film adaptation of Stephen King's novella.
As well as filmmakers, the prison seems to appeal to spirit-world enthusiasts: The Reformatory's Preservation Society holds regular night-time ghost hunts and tours. The faint-of-heart can take comfort from the Society's reassurance that "hot chocolate is available throughout the evening."

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