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Podboy, Mike

Tavernkeeper and Promoter (1927 - 2003)
Inducted on November 27, 1993

Words do not adequately describe Mike Podboy, Cleveland-Style Polkas’ favorite "teddy bear." A founder and Trustee of the American-Slovenian Polka Foundation, Mike has been a tireless promoter and fundraiser for Cleveland-Style music throughout his adult life. Starting in his parents’ Sylvia Café and Podboy’s Tip Toe Inn, and continuing in three locations of his own Podboy’s Lounge since 1959, Mike has been associated with taverns featuring Cleveland-Style music across six decades. Attesting to his popularity among musicians, the Polka Poppers chose Podboy’s Lounge in Euclid, Ohio, as the site of their live recording, "Spontaneous Combustion," and Kathy Hlad honored Mike with her composition, "Podboy’s Polka." A longtime officer and director of the U. S. Navy League, Mike has often played Santa Claus for charitable causes. Or was he just playing...?

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