My husband and I just returned from a 10-day cruise of the Baltic Sea. We visited seven countries and the best Findlay story comes from St. Petersburg, Russia.
We had just finished up on a two-day visit to some cathedrals and a river cruise. We were taken by bus to an outdoor shopping area in downtown St. Petersburg. I strolled down the lane of shops -- all the things looked practically the same on each display, with Russian painted boxes and many nesting dolls.
One man’s display of sports nesting dolls caught my eye. The gentleman asked me if I followed any sports team. I told him I was from Findlay, Ohio and that I followed the Pittsburgh Steelers because I was born and raised there.
He took me over to a nesting doll that, believe it or not, was painted not like a Russian lady but exactly like Findlay native Ben Roethlisberger in his Steeler quarterback uniform.
The seller proceeded to take the doll apart -- little one inside, then another, then another. It was full of Steeler players.
I wish I would have had my camera (mine died on the third day). They called us back to the bus so we were in a time crunch, but I wished I would have purchased it so I could show it to my family and friends in Findlay that even there –- in St. Petersburg, Russia –- there he is ...
Ben Roethlisberger, on display as a nesting doll.
Submitted by Bonnie Riley of Findlay