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The late Harvey Pekar captures the spirit of his Cleveland Heights neighborhood in a posthumously published work
"Huntington, West Virginia On the Fly" contains the story of Steve Presser of Big Fun and his comeback from financial ruin
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Steve Presser stocks all the candy you used to bike up to the five-and-dime for along with all the toys and games of yesteryear at Big Fun in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.
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Just before his death last summer Cleveland Heights-based Harvey Pekar completed a new comic book including four stories. One of them, "Neighborhood Spark Plug and My Buddy" tells how a well-known businessman in Pekar's Coventry neighborhood recovered from near-bankruptcy.
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Harvey Pekar was a constant presence on the sidewalks of Coventry and frequented Steve Presser's store, Big Fun, but he wasn't really a close friend of the businessman, as much as an admirer of his grit.


Harvey Pekar was a constant presence on the sidewalks of Coventry and frequented Steve Presser's store, Big Fun, but he wasn't really a close friend of the businessman, as much as an admirer of his grit.

Big Fun owner Steve Presser says his inspiration for the store he opened 20 years ago was a place in Chicago called "Goodies" owned by a former Clevelander.


Big Fun owner Steve Presser says his inspiration for the store he opened 20 years ago was a place in Chicago called "Goodies" owned by a former Clevelander.

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