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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
  • Baseball all the way for this week’s guest
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:14 PM

    This week, I interviewed one of my super-interesting cohorts, but I didn’t meet him at The Paper. Instead, we met on a baseball field. I’m not sure how many years ago, but more than a half dozen. This young man of course played baseball, along with football, basketball and cross country in school. Luck had it that his sweet wife, Michelle, and Corbin, the nifty youngest of their two sons, also ate at Pizza Hut with us, thus it turned-out to be a fun-filled family affair. Funny, I tried to make plans several times to meet our guest this week, but he’s one busy fellow. Finally, we set a time. Then, I got a text saying he might be late because he was officiating a sixth-grade football game at New Market. So, believe me when I say I’m lucky to have caught Scott Smith for today’s article. 

  • Doing what comes naturally – for 66 years
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:12 PM

    Ya’ know, I was a good waitress in my day, daughter Suzie was pretty amazing, as well as several who worked for us at the A & W for years (Susie; Brenda; Carolyn; Joyce; Janie; Jackie . . . ), but this ‘lil gal who worked in the restaurant business since age eight was an absolute awesome server. She worked at some places a long time, others not so long, still other jobs along with waitressing were involved in her life. Overall, she has done much hard work doing what she loved for 66 years. Certainly, she perseveres in whatever she chooses to do. For instance, she has been a volunteer greeter at the Russellville Community Church for years and a member since she was first married in 1949. She’s a hugger, for sure and that’s why this particular job as greeter is probably one of her favs. Now, this sweetie lives in an old hotel built in 1886 but that has been many other businesses, including a restaurant where she worked. Now, if you’ve not guessed at this point, meet Marge Detro Perry, super waitress, super person.

  • City boy settles at CDPL
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:08 PM

    This week’s guest is a big-city boy, having been born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Indianapolis where he graduated from Manual HS and continued on to college (U of I). His double major was English and religion, then he took graduate courses as he worked on restoring old homes. He wasn’t finding the job he wanted, so he applied to Library School, graduating with a library and information science degree in 1987. In Austin, Texas he worked at the public library in branch services. Moving back to Indiana, he went to the Kendallville Public Library where he met his wonderful wife, Amy Kepes from Lake County. She had worked as a NICU nurse with his big sister and sis thought they would be perfect for each other. An Air Force veteran, Amy served all over the world and was in England an extensive period. She used her GI bill to go to school and is now working in Home Health Care after retiring from hospital work. 

  • She volunteers, he loves cars
    Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:36 PM

    School made us acquaintances; admiration created a long-lasting friendship with this week’s guests. Although we don’t see each other a great deal anymore, when we do, we all four light-up with huge smiles. However, back in the day when their two kids and our two were students at New Market, we saw each other a lot. Chris was a year ahead of our son, Jay, and our daughter, Suzie one up on their Heather. Chris and Jay were in sports, as were the girls, so sometimes we’d see each other, but really it doesn’t matter because we always take pleasure when seeing John and Peggy Dixon.

  • It's anniversary bliss for this week's couple
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:25 PM
    I don’t usually write an article without an interview, but this week’s guests are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend and I thought it would be fitting to honor them this way. I’ll give you some hints. First off, they love the Mounties. Both of their children graduated from there and their son has coached basketball and tennis with their teams. Secondly, I have known him the 50 years of their marriage but knew this gal probably since I was born. Our parents were good friends and I literally grew up with her and her sister. She spent 27 years as a teacher’s aide at New Market School. He retired after 32 years at MidStates and seven at Yes Conveyors. Presently, he works for the town of New Market.  
  • This week’s guest went from dancing to shelving
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:22 PM

    What a talented young lady I met at the library where we spent a couple of hours together. Dance was her forte, having started at age five with dance lessons and acrobatics. She went through the sixth grade with lessons under Mrs. Cooper at the Masonic Temple and followed Bobby Hess awhile. Then there was none. Frustrated, she and Jane Sparks discussed creating a business to teach dance and the spark ignited. They held their lessons at St. Bernard’s and recitals at the 4-H building. Every Saturday and weeknights she and Jane led dance. She giggled, “Well, we weren’t no Dance By Deborah.” Certainly, it wasn’t like today as they had record players and rented outfits, but they did choreograph their own shows and I was just wowed by the memories she had made. Yet, she said, “But, I love the memories I’m making now!” And, Kathie Conrad Watkins is racking them up, big-time!

  • From a Christmas gift to a career
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:10 PM

    Pizza Hut time again! Interviewed the cutest couple and laughed a lot. I’ve known her for two decades or more, having worked with her mom at the old Crawfordsville public library, but I’ve not talked too much to my man before, so I really enjoyed getting to know him better as I’ve always admired him and his work. Both grew-up in Terre Haute, he in the Otter Creek area where he attended school through his junior year then with consolidation, joined her at Garfield HS where they graduated together. They met at the West Drug Store, near GHS in the spring before their senior year. His brother-in-law was her boss and introduced them. She said that she was basically a soda fountain jerk as it was certainly the local hang-out and she fixed a lot of sodas. Certainly, they are a wonderful couple many of you already know, and if you’ve not guessed yet, meet Jerry and Cindy Smith.

  • It’s a golf world for this week’s guests
    Wednesday, July 08, 2015 9:27 PM

    Back in the days, one of this week’s guests and I were twirlers together and the other one my children’s PE teacher. She was a Waveland Hornet (turned Flyer); he born and raised in Canner country. It was at a sports banquet, in fact, that he first laid eyes on her (she a Junior, he a Senior) when she was a server. Friends, Bill and Peggy Ray, then got the two together. One more hint as to this week’s featured couple – they are mad about golf. They’re pretty well-known and loved in the community so many of you will have already guessed that I met and interviewed Dave and Janie (Bullerdick) Williamson this week and bet ya’ know where, Pizza Hut (and thanks muches, Dave, for supper). Both Janie and Dave are Southmont graduates and still madly in love.

  • From basement flood to lunch with Karen
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:35 PM

    Coming from a basement flood to lunch with me, I talked this week’s guest into letting me interview her because I love this little lady immensely. Convertible-top down, she was ready to cruise. In a few minutes, we were at one of my fav eating places (ha, not Pizza Hut this time) Up the Creek down by Turkey Run. We hadn’t seen each other for quite some time and we greatly enjoyed our visit, albeit it was too short. I met this gal when Jim, Jay and I moved in next door to her parents, Bob and Nancy Ford on Center Drive in Crawfordsville. She became a buddy right away and in the not too distant future, we were thrown together in various organizations as her daughter was in our daughter’s class and her son was a grade younger but in several clubs and sports with our son. We’ve remained friends for what now, 40 some years and I’d like you to meet Lynnetta (Lynne) Michael.

  • This week’s guests have fond county memories
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:47 PM

    My first question was, “Are either of you from this area?”  Thinking the answer was no, I was right but sure am glad they picked our community to settle in and raise two fine sons.  Now, I’ve known this week’s couple for 30 years or more, worked with her and admired him.  My buddy and I worked under Mary Bishop, Crawfordsville Library’s director for several years.  Now, our fella’ was born in Ilion, New York in the Mohawk Valley and graduated high school there.  She was born in Indianapolis and graduated in Boonville, Indiana.  This couple met at Indiana State University.  There really weren’t any New York colleges with excellent music programs, and Gary had received letters from a few NY people having gone to ISU.  They sang its praises, so he figured if he didn’t like it, he’d stay a year and go back home.  Loved it, actually, and so did his future wife, Phyllis and if you’ve not figured out by now who this week’s subjects are, meet Gary and Phyllis Hiller, two great folks.


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