Proudly Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
The City of Toledo is at a turning point; it’s future is completely in the air. We are battling numerous factors including a steady decline in our economy, a fleeing population, an image problem and an overbearing print media, to name a few.
What Toledo doesn’t need… is to be bullied; especially by one of our own residents.
I launched the #ToledoIsBeautiful Challenge as a way to counter The Blade’s investigative series on blight. My concern was and currently is that anyone who googles “Toledo” will have a hard time finding anything positive about the city, especially if they were to search on YouTube. The Blade has been documenting a local person’s YouTube Channel who’s numerous videos all expose Toledo’s ugly.
Here was a video submitted for #ToledoIsBeautiful
I refused to name the YouTuber because I didn’t want to further promote his videos, but that all is about to change.
Yesterday, EconCat88, took 5 hours of my life as I was hooked on viewing the continual train wreck he calls his YouTube channel. I couldn’t turn off the insanity, it was like the worst Netflix binge-watching of all time. Video-after-video bombarded my emotions with embarrassment, disgust, confusion, curiosity and eventually anger. I could not believe a man would dedicate so much time tearing down the city he was raised and currently resides in.
I was disgusted with myself for even watching. I was embarrassed to see his channel has over 2,400 subscribers, with some videos having been viewed over 37,000 times. If you search “Toledo Ohio” on YouTube, 9 of his videos are featured on the front page, out of a possible 20. He has over 140 videos on Toledo, all with one mission in mind; to embarrass this city.
Econcat88’s POV style videos exclusively show Toledo at it’s worst. Accompanying the constant visual of blight is a soundtrack of newstalk radio inspired insanity. He complains about the the murals, dog parks, bike lanes, Marcy Kaptur and Lindsay Webb, sound familiar? He loves using verbiage such as, “Toledo’s propaganda machine”, “Boondoggle” and calling Toledo “Groundzero of the Economic collapse,”.
In one video, he even calls the Toledo Mud Hens a “pig”, while accusing them of fudging attendance numbers.
Econcat88 offers no solution to any problem at any time during any video. His only remedy is to vote out all politicians, vote against all tax levies and cut funding for the arts. According to his videos he seems to be an expert in many things including economic planning, city management, the decline of college enrollment, landlord agreements, real estate, the art of counting people, minor league baseball, flowers, the history of bars in North Toledo and countless other things. Don’t believe me… just watch any of his random videos, make sure your firmly seated as he will blow your mind and be ready to be surprised as to what field his expertise covers over the next 10 to 20 minutes of your life. I am surprised he has evaded the University of Toledo’s faculty recruiting department for this long.
This man and his negative views of our home, are dominating one of the most visited websites in the world today.
EconCat88 is Toledo’s biggest bully and #1 enemy number.
The part that bothers me the most is he’s doing all this damage anonymously; he is cowardly hiding behind a screen name.
He won’t be able to for much longer.
I am perfectly fine with people being anonymous on the internet. I understand that many good things come from unnamed sources. What I am not OK with is a man who is asking for subscribers on YouTube, making monies off the views of his videos, who’s only mission is to tear down a place I call home. He loves to call people like me a “homer”; those who are proud of where they live.
There are some who may believe that EconCat88 is an internet troll, a person who is being negative by design to evoke reaction. If I thought he was a smarter man, I’d appreciate his Andy Kaufman-esque character, but he is not. He is quite dim.
EconCat88 is a real-life masked villain. I think it is time for his fellow residents to learn of his true identity. My plan is to act like a wrestler during the 1980’s and remove his mask; I want to Scooby Doo him.
I am offering a cash bounty for any information leading to the true identity of YouTuber EconCat88. The sum of $1, yes one dollar, will be paid to the person(s) who divulges any knowledge leading to the unmasking of Toledo’s Biggest Bully.
Here are the clues as to who he is.
– He is caucasian
– He is in his mid-to-late 40s
– He drives a 2013 Black Jeep Liberty
– By his knowledge of the streets and history of establishments, one can assume he is from the North End.
– He traveled to Thailand in Early April and Florida in late March. In fact he travels a lot, including stops in China, Las Vegas and Arizona
– He is a fan of Newstalk Radio
– He may have a female friend who lives in Commodore Perry apartments, who has a cat named ‘Murphy’.
Since he wants to be Toledo’s biggest YouTube star, then it’s citizens have the right to know whom he really is. I want every resident to know whom and to where to send their thanks, praise and adulation.
It takes courage to openly criticize an elected official, an organization or a city. My name is one of the first things you read on any every one of my columns; my face sadly appears too. I am proud of my words and my views. My columns are designed to evoke thought in hopes of making a positive change. I am proud of being a Toledoan, I choose everyday to remain and fight for what this city is and could be.
There is no honor in hiding behind a camera video after video, while trying to embarrass the city where you live. There is no courage in anything you, Mr. EconCat88 are doing.
The saddest part is I don’t believe EconCat88 is intelligent enough to understand the damage he is inflicting on Toledo’s future. I am surprised he has figured out how to upload videos on YouTube.
Mr. EconCat88; if you wish to remain anonymous, I strongly suggest deleting your YouTube videos and page. Unlike the Toledo Blade, I will proudly post who you are and where you lay that hat.
If you have any information that will help expose the identity of EconCat88, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you that are wondering “why my reward is only a buck…?” Because this guy isn’t fucking worth two.