More than a department store, Lazarus became the place of milestones: first haircut, summer job, first bus ride alone, prom dress, interview suit. It's even the place where countless men and women met — usually as workers in the store, though occasionally as customers — and became husband and wife. What struck us as we prepared the documentary and the Web site was how many memories Ohioans had concerning this unique department store. We've included here some additional footage that wasn't included in the documentary, several radio interviews we produced in association with this project and a special Open Line where people shared their Lazarus memories with Fred Anderle.
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The following are excerpts of interviews recorded for Many Happy Returns to Lazarus. Here's some background on these ladies:
WOSU Lazarus radio spots
After decades filled with Christmas window displays, dresses in the women's department, celery dressing in the Colonial Room, the Lazarus era on High Street has ended, and in part one of WOSU’s radio
documentary, NPR 820’s Mike Thompson reports on Lazarus memories shared by shoppers and workers
In part two of WOSU’s radio documentary, WOSU.TV producers Brent Davis and Forrest Godsey give you an inside look of the making of “Many Happy Returns to Lazarus.”
For nearly 100 years, Lazarus helped define central Ohio retailing. But the downtown department store appears to be a dying breed. In part three of WOSU’s radio
documentary, NPR 820’s Mike Thompson looks at the future of the downtown department store.
NPR 820 Open Line host Fred Andrle hosted a special hour-long program where guests and listeners shared their memories of Lazarus.
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We are indebted to several institutions for sharing the wonderful images that bring this story to life: The Ohio Historical Society, WBNS, and The Columbus Dispatch. In addition, we are grateful to The Columbus Foundation for supporting this production.