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Your Morning Matters: The Apple Macintosh and the 'Dynasty'

Boardman Township zoning commissioners unanimously rejected a request to rezone two parcels across from the future home of Meijer.

Good morning and welcome to Your Morning Matters.

It's Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, and on this day 36 years ago, Apple Macintosh was introduced in a television commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Raiders vs. the Washington NFL team with an outdated name. 

Wait: the Super Bowl was played in January? And Washington was in the Super Bowl?

That first Mac debuted during Apple's George Orwell "1984"-themed commercial, and its retail cost was $2,495, roughly $6,170.84 today. I did not make up that 84 cents part.

Today, that $6,170.84 would buy four Apple MacBook Pros featuring 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processors with Turbo Boost. Any one of those four laptops is roughly 84,000 times faster than the original Macintosh (I did make that stat up, but I bet it’s pretty close). 

If you were of a certain age then, you might recall how we looked down our noses from our lofty perches surrounded by our Commodore 64s and TRS-80s — while we put on our harlequin-patterned sweater vests and two-toned pumps to head to our friend’s house to enjoy the Wham! record before "Dynasty" came on ...

Oh, the 80s. Wake me up, Alexis, before you go-go ... 

Here are more of the things you need to know about what's happening in the Mahoning Valley:

Boardman Township zoning commissioners unanimously rejected a request to rezone two parcels across from the future home of Meijer on Lockwood Boulevard, citing concerns about traffic and expanding commercialization. 

Meijer Stores Ltd. requested that two parcels at the corner of Lockwood Boulevard and Tippecanoe Road — which are currently zoned residential and business — be rezoned commercial, so the grocery chain could build a gas station. Boardman trustees are expected to weigh in on the matter next.

Other Matters

Y Live keeps on giving: Last September’s Y Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium, featuring Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr, raised $27,176 for local nonprofit groups, Eric Ryan, CEO of JAC Live and creator of Y Live, said in a news release. Groups raise funds by volunteering to work concession areas during the event. United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley was the largest recipient, receiving $15,000. Mahoning Matters

It’s that time of year: With tax season around the corner, Community Legal Aid advocates are offering residents tips on tax credits, where to go to file for free and potential pitfalls to avoid. People with modest to low incomes often qualify to have their taxes prepared without charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Mahoning Matters

Justin Nobel, a reporter with Rolling Stone magazine, and Sil Caggiano, Youngstown Fire Department senior battalion chief, are the next presenters in the Dr. Ray Energy and Environment Speaker Series at noon Saturday at YSU’s Cushwa Hall. The free presentation focuses on the dangers of radioactive fracking waste. Mahoning Matters

Former Braking Point Recovery Center owner Ryan P. Sheridan will be sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio after pleading guilty to 60 counts, including conspiracy to commit health fraud; Medicaid fraud, conspiracy to illegally distribute drugs and money laundering. The Vindicator

The life sentence for Jacob LaRosa, convicted of the March 2015 brutal beating death of 94-year-old Marie Belcastro of Niles, has been upheld. LaRosa’s sentence and conviction were confirmed after LaRosa filed an appeal. WKBN

Another Valley NFL connection: The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of six assistant coaches Tuesday, including former Struthers head football coach Curt Kuntz. Kuntz, who spent the past eight seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats, was hired as an assistant defensive backs coach. WFMJ

While the merger of Home Savings and First Federal Bank of Defiance was given federal approval, a new name won't be announced until later this year, and a conversion of customer accounts won’t take place until late summer or early fall. WYTV

In Case You Missed It

International jazz artist Kate Reid will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the campus of Youngstown State University. Mahoning Matters

Your Comments Matter

“This Meijer deal must be myth? Been hearing about it for years, still nothing? I shop there when in Columbus, and welcome it to Boardman, just not sure I will live to see it actually built?”

Allan Bowlby, on the Boardman Township Zoning Commission considering a zoning change for property near the future home of Meijer.

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Mark Sweetwood

About the Author: Mark Sweetwood

Mark Sweetwood has spent 37 years working in the local news business. For more than a decade, he served as managing editor of The Vindicator. He also teaches journalism at YSU.
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