Best Eternal Optimist

Thomas Mulready

The founder and owner of and a consummate glass-half-full kind of guy, Thomas Mulready is working to reverse Clevelanders' inferiority complex. His weekly e-zine counts Cleveland's movers, shakers, and politicians as avid readers. And with good reason, Mulready is an influential figure in the region -- known for his candid and thoughtful arguments, and his steadfast support of the local cultural and arts scenes. Mulready isn't just a sedentary keyboard pundit -- he gets into action. Among other contributions, he co-founded the Ingenuity Festival, a downtown showcase of art and technology, now entering its fourth year. Is Cleveland, by the strictest definition, cool? Who knows? But Mulready's cheer is.