Your Morning Matters: Aack! Let’s talk about Cathy

When folks describe Michael Jerryson as somebody who “lived within the second,” they imply it.

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters — with reporter Jess Hardin.

It’s Friday, July 23, 2021, and solely three extra days till the following episode of “Aack Cast” comes out! In her newest podcast, comic Jamie Loftus revisits considered one of at present’s most maligned comedian heroines, Cathy, of “Cathy” comedian fame, and boldly asks: “Does Cathy need to be the punchline she’s change into?” [Loftus also succeeds in finally getting me interested in comics.]

For these too younger to subscribe to a bodily newspaper between 1976 and 2010, the daily strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite chronicles the lifetime of perpetually 30-something Cathy as she navigates life, love and the office as a contemporary lady. Eleven years after Guisewite put down her pen, “Cathy” is shorthand for a neurotic and outdated woefully single lady who likes to snack. In a 2000 episode of “Sex and the City,” Carrie discovered Cathy’s illustration of single womanhood so scarring that when Miranda talked about her whereas complaining about her lonely evenings, Carrie responded: “Never say ‘Cathy comedian’ to me once more.”

To be honest, Cathy could possibly be fairly cringey. She proclaims to battle with 4 “guilt teams”: males, meals, mother and work. She’s always weight-reduction plan, obsessed along with her scale and determined to seek out Mr. Right. But a deep learn of the comics, interviews with Guisewite and an summary of the historical past of American feminism assist Loftus’ thesis: There’s extra to Cathy!

During Monday’s episode, Loftus debunks one of many major misconceptions about “Cathy” — that Guisewite was the primary to do such a comic book. In reality, an often-overlooked lineage of girls in comics walked so Guisewite might run. There was:

  • Fay King, a flapper and Jazz Age cartoonist who depicted herself and then-husband boxer Oscar Nelson in her comics;
  • Jackie Ormes, the primary Black lady to change into a nationally syndicated comedian artist. Based on her most well-known sketch, “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger,” Ormes oversaw the discharge of a Patty-Jo doll in 1947;
  • Trina Robbins, who created house for girls and pushed again in opposition to misogyny within the male-dominated shock-jocking underground comix motion. She helped create “It Ain’t Me Babe,” the primary comedian guide fully produced by ladies. Robbins can also be the main historian on ladies in comics.

If you’re a podcast particular person, give “Aack Cast” — named for Cathy’s most popular interjection “Ack!” — a go. If not, there’s no time like the current to enterprise outdoors of your media consolation zone! Maybe I’ll even sit down with the humorous papers this weekend. Have an incredible weekend, and keep protected on the market. Reporter Justin Dennis can be on this spot Monday.

Now, here is what you want to know in regards to the Mahoning Valley at present:

When people describe Michael Jerryson as somebody who “lived within the second,” they imply it. “This is among the issues college students all the time mentioned: He made you are feeling like an important particular person within the room,” Youngstown State University professor Diana Palardy mentioned of her buddy and colleague who died July 9 of ALS at age 47.

Toward the top of his sickness, Jerryson was unable to maneuver or converse and communicated via a program that tracks eye motion to show phrases into speech. “It was sort of neat to have the ability to join,” Palardy mentioned. Based on his college students, connecting got here naturally to Jerryson.

Pandemic information

  • In the U.S.: 34,273,511 confirmed instances; 610,125 deaths, in line with Johns Hopkins University & Medicine at 8 p.m. July 22.
  • In Ohio: 1,120,120 confirmed or suspected instances; 20,449 deaths. 
  • In Pennsylvania: 1,019,645 confirmed instances; 27,819 deaths.
  • In the Mahoning Valley: 22,653 confirmed or suspected instances in Mahoning County; 16,738 in Trumbull; and 9,174 in Columbiana. 
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 34,823.35, up 25.35 factors, or 0.07%.

Other issues

This week lawyer David Betras discusses the right way to take away officeholders in Ohio. “All of those procedures are convoluted, sophisticated and time-consuming,” he writes. So he suggests a less complicated technique. Mahoning Matters

In Weekend Matters, we’ve got particulars on the Paws for a Cause Rescue fundraiser and Adoption Event at Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, the Fins to the Left and My Drunk’n Uncle present at River Rock on the Amp, the McDonough Museum of Art’s print sale and Poland Township’s 225th anniversary celebration. Mahoning Matters

Because of a surge this week in COVID-19 instances, Warren City Health District and Trumbull County Combined Health District are urging residents to get vaccinated. Mahoning Matters

The metropolis of Youngstown will refinance a few of its excellent debt and save about $23,000 over the following yr, because of a state program. The Business Journal [May require registration.]

Mahoning County and metropolis of Youngstown officers introduced the beginning of free summer season meals via the Children’s Hunger Alliance. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals are utilizing to steal cash and private info. WFMJ

Starting in early August, the wording in a extreme thunderstorm warning will change. The National Weather Service will ship with every warning the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by including a harm risk within the warning. WKBN

In case you missed it

With the 2021-22 college yr drawing close to, state well being officers and pediatricians chatting with reporters Wednesday reiterated the significance of the COVID-19 vaccine for college students and their dad and mom. Though Akron Children’s Hospital isn’t seeing a rise in COVID-19 pediatric hospitalizations at its campuses in Akron and Boardman, extra infections at the moment are being seen in elementary-age children, mentioned Dr. Robert McGregor, Akron Children’s chief medical officer. Mahoning Matters

Your feedback matter

“I hope the nice physician is improper as a result of the considered virtually each unvaccinated particular person getting it’s scary. Ohio’s healthcare is in for some large issues.”

Jill Morley, on a brand new public service announcement from the Columbiana County COVID-19 Vaccination Taskforce that encourages residents to get vaccinated. As the COVID-19 delta variant spreads throughout the nation, solely 35% of Columbiana County residents are absolutely vaccinated.

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Event of the day

The Warren Greek Festival is going down from 4 to 11 p.m. at present on the St. Demetrios Community Center, 3223 Atlantic Ave. NE, Warren. The competition runs via Sunday.

To see what else is happening across the Mahoning Valley, take a look at Mahoning Matters’ occasion calendar here, or click on the Events tab on the highest menu at

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