Artist and illustrator Chuck Ayers was a part-time employee at the Akron Beacon Journal and a cartoonist at the the Daily Kent Stater when the tragic May 4 shootings occurred. He happened to be taking photos on campus that day for a photography class, and one particular photograph came back to him many years later.
The events of May 4 are still as fresh in his mind as the day he shared his story for a recent “That One Time Downtown” storytelling event at Baxters Bar in downtown Akron. Ayers, who calls it the “story he couldn’t get rid of,” was witness to the event, along with being part of the Beacon Journal team that earned a Pulitzer for its coverage.
His story is precluded by a bonus story by author and host David Giffels, a former Akron Beacon Journal colleague of Ayers’ who talks about an “intimate” experience at a Prince performance (this storytelling event happened the day Prince died).
Search “That One Time Downtown” on Facebook for more info about this storytelling series.
The series is sponsored by Downtown Akron Partnership.