Hayward in the heartland

Perhaps as a sign of Hayward’s growing global importance, I keep seeing the city appear in far-flung news reports from the American Midwest.

On Sunday, Detroit Free Press columnist John Smyntek pointed out that the old Wurlitzer pipe organ from Hayward’s former Ye Olde Pizza Joint was being featured on the Detroit area’s Somewhere in Time radio program.

And after the tragic Aug. 1 collapse of a Mississippi River bridge, our sister paper, the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., reports that Hayward’s own Gillig Corp. has sold a $16 million fleet of 40 new 40-foot buses to help people get through traffic surrounding the Mighty Mississippi.