Decades later, lambent ambition finally went public.
Sheridan's profile has proved an invaluable source document as the K Man vies for the presidency. The Dennis we've come to love and loathe these many years is here, in infant form. Sheridan captured the kid version's dexterity and cruelty, his admirable determination and regrettable opportunism. (The ultraliberal Kucinich has had to deny pretty undeniable evidence that, in his youth, he exploited racial tensions for political gain.)
After stints at The Plain Dealer and as a private investigator, Sheridan left for Europe. Today, he writes free-lance from Belgrade. Reached via e-mail, Sheridan says he remains fascinated by Cleveland. "George Steinbrenner, Don King, Dennis Kucinich. What other city can muster such a trinity?"
He's also been a feisty critic of pea-brained state legislators who balance budgets on higher education's back. Schwartz has even challenged Ohio Student Choice Grants, a cake-eater handout that gives $1,038 scholarships to residents enrolled in private colleges. By awarding the grants without regard for need or merit, the state might as well hand out checks to random mall-walkers.
A few months after the scandal broke, the police were in the unenviable position of having to ask voters for a $1.8 million levy. Rightly, Parma voters told the cops to get bent. But the electorate didn't color outside the lines and punish the city's firefighters, who also had a $1.8 million levy on the ballot. The fire levy passed.
In review: People are basically generous. Until you steal their money. Then they hate you.