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Thursday, September 03, 2015
  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:42 PM

    September 11, 2001. 

    With each passing year it becomes more apparent how much our lives were changed by attacks on American soil, not by another nation but by those who hold another ideal. An ideal that we cannot accept. An ideal that is opposed to The American Way of Life.

    It has been 14 years and we continue to struggle to regain "normalcy." All the time we face the nagging fear that this is the new normal for America and the world.

    So, what was it like on Sept. 11, 2001? For every American, there is a different story to tell. Here is mine.

    My perspective is not much different than that of many reporters and editors.

    I was living in Waveland and had just started a new job as the editor of a daily newspaper some miles away. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:38 PM

    Some say we are losing our sensitivity to crime. I think that, as a whole, that may be true of our society.

    People enjoy seeing crime portrayed in the movies. That's nothing new. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the earliest silent movies involved an explosion.

    One of my favorite TV shows as a young adult was "Barney Miller." It was a comedy set in a New York City police precinct station run by Captain Barney Miller.

    The main characters were all somewhat squirrelly. Miller was the sanest of the lot.

    Each episode dealt with the crazies that were arrested by the detectives in the precinct.

    The show was popular and entertaining but didn't really treat the victims of crime very seriously. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:37 PM

    When you get Windows 10 for free, it's worth every dime.

    It is a work in progress.

    When Microsoft offered Windows 10 for free as an upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 for the first year, I was skeptical.

    An optimist says a glass is half full, a pessimist says the glass is half empty. I want to know what's in that glass.

    When Microsoft began running TV commercials with cute toddlers and the company claimed those toddlers will still be using Windows 10 when they retire, that only fueled my skepticism.

    At first, I thought Windows 10 would get you hooked for a year and then Microsoft would threaten to pull the plug on your machine unless you paid money to keep it. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:49 PM

    It's amazing to search the Internet for one thing and then learn other things, things you really didn't care to know.

    Linda is at Amanda's this week. On Saturday, Joey Robert Kinzel was born, making us grandparents for the seventh time, counting Terry's two children. So, last Saturday, while the dog and cat and I were home alone I decided to look up toys I loved when I was a kid. I was looking for a set of Doodyville buildings from the "Howdy Doody" TV show. 

    I remember the buildings were printed in full color on the back of a cereal box. You cut out the pieces and put the tabs and slots together. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:39 PM

    Office pranks can be a source of amusement and often indicate good morale among the employees. My boss and my boss's boss are both on vacation this week so I thought this would be a good time to write about office pranks.

    I have been the recipient and the source of more than one office prank over the years. I remember them fondly. And, I have heard about others that I wish I had been in on.

    My prankster days go back to college. I was deeply involved in our school's radio station. As a freshman I had the idea I would attend the basketball games and every other event where attractive females might be in attendance. 

     
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:05 PM

    I learned something last week about an agreement that protects historic bridges in Indiana, such as the covered bridge in Darlington, which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 28, 1990, and the covered bridge in Deer’s Mill, which is “eligible for the National Register of Historic Places,” according to Bridgehunter.com.

    It was while reporting (researching) a story about the historic bridge over Eel Creek at Bowling Green that I learned a bridge that is on the National Register of Historic Places cannot be moved without the agreement of the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation of the State of Indiana. 

     
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:55 PM

    Many of us remember the TV commercials starring Orville Redenbacher. He was always seen in his striped shirt and bowtie.

    “Hi, I’m Orville Redenbacher from Valparaiso, Indiana,” he would say.

    That line rankled some folks who knew he was born in Brazil, Indiana, a town that had a Popcorn Festival dedicated to his memory each fall.

    For the past several months I have been corresponding with one of his grandsons, Kevin R. Fish, an author who contributed to “Indiana’s 200,” to be published by the Indiana Historical Society in November.

    In one of our exchanges, Kevin wrote the following and gave me permission to make liberal use of it in this column:

     
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:45 PM

    The headline called it a "fiery crash" and a few people expressed their outrage that a newspaper would put photos of a burning car and firefighters working to rescue a person from his wrecked truck (the person in the truck could not be seen in the photo).

    Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 people looked at the photos, following the link from the newspaper's Facebook page to the newspaper's website.

    That raises the question (to paraphrase a line from a "Star Trek" move), "Do the desires of the few outweigh the desires of the many?"

     
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:05 PM

    One of the things my fellow Rotarians remember about me is that I used to ride a motor scooter to the meetings and all over town and much of the county, in fact.

    "Still have your scooter?" is a question I am asked from time to time. I can never tell if it's asked out of curiosity, derision or envy.

    Yes, I still have it but when I started working out of the county several years ago, it stayed in the garage. Occasionally, like twice in the past eight years, I would start it up and go for a spin down our county road.

    I remember the last time I spoke with Jim Dressler, a retired newspaper editor who was so good to me.

    "You had a lot of fun on that scooter, didn't you?" he asked.

    I did. 

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:32 PM

    It was a really big piece of ash. It was still glowing a dull orange color when it floated down to a few yards in front of our car. It landed exactly where we had been sitting on a blanket just a few minutes before.

    Mom, Dad and I had attended the fireworks show in a nearby town when for some reason — it was probably windy and a little chilly — and we had retreated to our car to watch the rest of the show.

    For some reason we had been able to park close to the area roped off for the viewers’ safety.

    Oops. The ropes should have been back about 6 feet further.

    This is the time of year when we sing about “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . ” even if we do not do so any other time.

     

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