From Captain Penny to Superhost – Mike Olszewski & Dan O’Shannon


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

Tales from the Golden Age of Cleveland Children's Television

Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (card or photo is acceptable), or negative test (time-stamped, no older than 72 hours) is required to enter. Masks are suggested except while eating and drinking.




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
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Story topic this week…

From Captain Penny to Superhost: Tales from the Golden Age of Cleveland Children’s Television

Flash back to the early days of local TV with fun stories featuring pioneering entertainers such as Ghoulardi, Barnaby, Woodrow the Woodsman, Miss Barbara, Uncle Jake and Franz the Toymaker. Veteran Cleveland radio and television personality Mike Olszewski and award winning producer Dan O’Shannon are here to help you experience a true night of nostalgia with these TV tales and more! They will also be showing segments of their upcoming documentary about Cleveland kids show hosts with previously unseen footage of Captain Penny, Barnaby, and Woodrow and the earliest known footage of Cleveland TV shot on set in color.

Mike Olszewski Bio

Mike Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland TV and radio reporter who has won many local and national journalism awards. A local broadcast-history buff, he scored the famous last interview with Ernie Anderson, Ghoulardi himself. Mike (and Janice) Olszewski are authors of the recently published Smoky, Sweaty, Rowdy and Loud: Tales of Cleveland’s Legendary Rock and Roll Landmarks.

Dan O’Shannon Bio

Dan O’Shannon is an award winning television writer and producer from Euclid and Painesville, Ohio. As a writer and producer, he has made significant contributions to some of the most acclaimed network comedies of the past 25 years. He is most known for his work on TV shows, Modern Family, Frasier, Cheers, and Newhart. O’Shannon has won six Emmy awards for his TV work over the past 25+ years (five for Modern Family, and one for Cheers). He has also received several Golden Globe Awards.

His other writing, producing, and creative consulting credits include The King of Queens, Suddenly Susan, It’s a Living, Newhart, and The Boys. Aside from television writing (since 1985), he is the author of two books, The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, published by Harper-Collins (2014) and What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, published in 2012.

Most recently he has consulted on the TV series, B Positive (2020), Superior Donuts (2018), and The Odd Couple (2015).
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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