I love when you talk sh#t about central Ohio pizza, Walter, as well as when you sorta make fun of the people who love it, because you're right. I've lived here my whole life and I'd say you hit the nail on the head. However, as you've indicated, the people who love that crap are right, too; more right than Scott or anyone else who actually knows how to make an infinitely better pizza.
If you want to try by far the worst pizza I've ever had, go to Hound Dog's on North High Street in Clintonville (at Ackerman, I think). Conventional wisdom says even bad pizza is pretty good, but I could not eat the leftovers from this place. It was so disgusting. But this place seems to be doing great, as it has grown considerably over the last couple decades. Blows my mind.
As much as I value Scott's NY style expertise, I can say pretty confidently that if Scott opened a pizzeria in central Ohio, he probably wouldn't be in business very long unless he made the conscious decision to compromise his priciples and offer crappy pizza made of crappy ingredients, that goes through a sheeter and a conveyor and takes no skill or knowledge to create, because that's what pizza is to most central Ohioans. There is some accidentally good pizza around here (not NY style) if you show up at certain places at the right time. But if you do get something good in central Ohio, it's probably a total accident because no one actually knows what they're doing. They just do what they've been told to do by someone who never really knew any more than what someone else once told them to do.
Also, Walter, I like how you often point out the subjectivity of so many different things. Man, I could go on all day about some of this stuff. Can't wait to visit your class and meet you and your students.
To the people who have been arguing about whatever: You're all right and you're all wrong. It's fun reading it, and I'm glad the harmless arguing has been allowed to continue.