COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dave Stofka is a freelance web developer in northeast Ohio. It's not uncommon to have dry spells with work, but with all the news of the coronavirus, he knew he couldn't let his hands go idle.
So, he created.
"With nothing else to do I thought, well, maybe I could have some fun with it," he said.
With the constant, every day updates provided by Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, Stofka says he quickly realized they were doing more than offering information. He says they became a staple in the lives of Ohioans.
"At one point I think I asked myself 'Gosh, all they need's a theme song'," he said.
Using his trade skills, Stofka began development on a parody theme song, based off the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." The theme song took about three weeks to create and showcases many Ohio connections, including Battelle and OSU's mascot Brutus. It also focuses on social distancing, Purell sanitizer and has cameos from Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and ASL interpreter Marla Berkowitz.
Stofka says it was done as an uplifting, positive nod to the efforts being done to help keep Ohioans safe from COVID-19. He says he never wanted to make light of the illness, people dying or people being out-of-work.
"I don't want to poke fun at anybody," he said. "I didn't want to offend or make light of anything, but I did want to just kind of cheer people up."
In five hours, Stofka's YouTube video has gained more than 325,000 views on Facebook.