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Columbia, South Carolina: Marvin Chernoff Gong

Memorial to a local businessman features a crank to bang an outdoor gong. He had a similar gong in his office, which he'd bang "to celebrate creative excellence, big ideas, and success."

1102 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC
Downtown, on the east side of Lincoln St., just north of its intersection with Senate St.
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Marvin Chernoff Gong

This eight-foot-high mechanical gong is diagonal from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at the corner of Senate and Lincoln Streets. The plaque reads: "For 30 years, Marvin Chernoff, head of Columbia's Chernoff/Silver Advertising Agency, sounded a going to celebrate creative excellence, big ideas, and success. Turn the handle, ring this gong, and signal your own success!"

[Ed Gomboz, 05/30/2021]

The Gong was built as a tribute to Chernoff shortly after his death in 2015. His agency, in its quest for pubic relations, was known for writing musical comedies and once baked the world's largest cake.

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