“Why, oh why, oh why oh, did he ever leave Ohio?”
Dateline: Dayton Ohio, February 25, 1952
The Ohio House Un-American Activities Committee probes the Red Menace.
In the chair is Harvey Matusow, a young ex-Communist looking to get big in the burgeoning field of Anti-Communism, and hoping Ohio’s laboratory of democracy will loose him upon the world as a made man:
Was there no aspect of America’sÂ faux folk past safe from Communist marauders?
Fortunately yes, as the Committee’s Chief Counsel rushed to assure:
The Committee is interested in Yellow Springs’ Antioch College, a Pink festering sore on Ohio’s ass since the days of the Abolitionists. Â Harvey was gunning for the big leagues, and Red subversion of innocent youth was to be his ticket out of there. Â Shortly after this out of town production he came to Washington, started lying about Owen Lattimore, and left Ohio behind.
Matusow ran through a greatist hits of folk Commie Classics during his testimony, mangling lyrics as he went.
One of the better songs he namechecked:Â Banks Of Marble