Gum-Dipped: A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town

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Gum-Dipped: A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town tells the story of growing up in the rubber community of Firestone Park in Akron, Ohio—the former Rubber Capital of the World. The book begins with the rededication of the bronze Harvey Firestone statue on August 3, 2000, at the Centennial celebration for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. The statue—perched high on a hill at the entrance to Firestone Park, the residential community Harvey built for his workers in 1915—was sacred to the author, Joyce Coyne Dyer,...
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Overview


Gum-Dipped: A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town tells the story of growing up in the rubber community of Firestone Park in Akron, Ohio—the former Rubber Capital of the World. The book begins with the rededication of the bronze Harvey Firestone statue on August 3, 2000, at the Centennial celebration for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. The statue—perched high on a hill at the entrance to Firestone Park, the residential community Harvey built for his workers in 1915—was sacred to the author, Joyce Coyne Dyer, and her father, Tom Coyne, during the fifties, a time when the Coynes worshipped the company and thought themselves members of the Firestone family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931968171
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Ohio History and Culture Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Joyce Dyer is director of writing and professor of English at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, where she teaches courses in literature and creative writing. Dyer is the author of two books, The Awakening: A Novel of Beginnings and In a Tangled Wood: An Alzheimer's Journey, and the editor of Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. Dyer has published over a hundred essays in magazines such as North American Review and High Plains Literary Review. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including a 1997 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and the 1998 Appalachian Book of the Year Award.
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Gum-Dipped

A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town
By Joyce Dyer

The University of Akron Press

Copyright © 2003 Joyce Dyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-884836-99-2


Chapter One

My dad reached out the window of our Hudson Hornet and tapped the ash from his Camel. His finger struck the paper fast, as if it were made of pure nerve, not bone.

We were driving down Main Street in the fall of 1952. It was moving day and I was five years old and we had just bought a little Tudor house in Firestone Park with ivy and purple clematis that crept up the sides.

The Tom Coynes would never move again. I would leave, but they would stay and finish out their lives there.

To get to Firestone Park from our old neighborhood of Goose-town, my father could have driven south on Grant Street or Brown, but he took Main Street instead-Harvey's road, the road that ran parallel to the factories. In my father's mind, South Main was the road to everything he cared about, and he wasn't going to drive down any other.

We drove past the Firestone Bank. That was always our bank, and now it held our new mortgage. After we crossed the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Bridge and approached the mile-long factory complex, my dad began to ask me to name the buildings as they came into view, just the way he did on less momentous trips.

"Clubhouse!" I screamed, as our car wobbled over railroad tracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Fantastic Memior

    Whether you are familiar with Akron and Firestone or not, this book works beautifully as both a highly personal memoir and a social commentary on corporate values. It is a bittersweet, honest tale of a father who remained a 'company man' at all cost, and of a daughter looking back on the death of a dream.

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