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‘Men Who Built America’

October 9, 2011
Linda Comins , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia native Sam Holdren is visiting Wheeling to seek locations for filming scenes of a mini-series, "Men Who Built America," to be broadcast on the History Channel.

The location scout, who lives in Putnam County, has already visited several well-known sites in Wheeling. He is now in the process of looking for other locations to meet the film producers' needs.

Holdren explained that the filmmakers are seeking to re-create the look of a row of luxury homes on New York City's Fifth Avenue, as well as to shoot interior scenes in mansions and other buildings that could pass for luxurious residences or ornate offices where prominent American leaders might have lived or conducted business.

Bryan Raudenbush, a psychology professor and director of undergraduate research at Wheeling Jesuit University, is featured on the cover of the summer issue of The Neuron magazine. His research with undergraduates is the focus of the cover story.

The Neuron, West Virginia's journal of science and research, is published quarterly by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, with support from the National Science Foundation.

Raudenbush has been mentioned in past issues of the magazine, but this is the first time that he and Wheeling Jesuit are featured on the cover. August Capiola, a senior psychology major at WJU, also is quoted in the current article.

Capiola and Raudenbush are now working on a research project that looks at food and nutrition, "The Effects of Food Neophobia and Food Neophilia on Diet and Metabolic Processing."

Past studies led by Raudenbush have examined such topics as the favorable effect that peppermint scent has on humans.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Wheeling distance runner Marti Stephan, who lost her long, hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. Marti, who was an inspiration to many, runners and non-runners alike, competed in many Ogden Races and three Boston Marathons.

Shortly before her death, a 5K race was held in Wheeling in her honor. In spite of her illness, she was able to hand out medals at the finish line. We're told that the race generated about $10,000 for ovarian cancer research.

The "prize" for most foolhardy pedestrian goes to the unidentified man who was wearing black clothing and toting a unicycle when he darted across four lanes of traffic on a busy section of National Road in Wheeling in the dark Thursday evening, Oct. 6.

My traveling companions remarked, "Who has a unicycle in Wheeling?"

To which I responded, "Probably it was a bicycle when he started across the street."

Since that time, I have learned of at least three men in Wheeling who have unicycles, but they were all home, safe and sound, and not playing "chicken" with traffic Thursday night.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net

 
 

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