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Monday, August 31, 2015
  • Monday, August 24, 2015 8:25 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a “Sock it to ‘em, Bobby” Robert Kennedy for president bumper sticker . . .   

    Thanks to reader Ben W. Wright who sent me an e-mail after a recent column about a motorcycle fund-raising ride to the Ernie Pyle museum in beautiful downtown, Dana, Ind. Ben, being a more observant guy than yours truly, said he rides and was considering going along – but wondered what the ride was raising funds for?

    Smack me in the forehead and don’t give me a V-8!

    I routinely remind young journalists to be sure to include the famous five W’s in their stories. Might be nice if I followed my own advice.

    So, for anyone looking for something to do Saturday, the good folks at the Hoosier State Press Association and all-around good guy Dave McChesney – founder of 1Up Software – have created a first-of-its-kind motorcycle ride for newspaper folks (including readers).

     
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 11:29 PM

    Word from the third floor of Crawfordsville’s Commerce Center is that the Montgomery County Leadership Academy is growing and getting some of its shine and luster back.

    And that’s a very good thing.

    For those not familiar with the concept, leadership training is fairly common throughout Indiana and beyond. The idea is to teach people (mostly younger adults, but not always) the ins and outs – so to speak – of the community. Over a period of a couple of months – 10 weeks – they learn how government works, what the non-profit charities do, how to speak in front of a group and more. In short, the organization tries very hard to help groom that next generation of community leaders, thus making the community as a whole a little stronger . . . and more prepared for the future.

    Truth to tell, the organization stumbled a tad in recent times through no great fault of its own. In its glory days, the Leadership Academy had strong hands at the helm like Claude Johnson, Ken Coudret and others.

     
  • Monday, August 10, 2015 9:29 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Rowan & Martin Laugh-In script . . .

    Tried to go to Lafayette lately? If so, it is apparent that the adage about the shortest distance between two points being a straight line has been totally disproven.

    Surely you have heard that the good folks at the state have opted to re-route traffic off of Interstate 65 near Frankfort, send them across 28 to 231 so they can head north to where it connects with 65?

    Not sure why that is the best alternative, but it has created lengthy jams and delays in little Romney, of all places.

    Who would’ve thought the best (and quickest) way to Lafayette was via Attica?

     
  • Monday, August 03, 2015 8:44 PM

    Last week came and went without a lot of fanfare. Most folks didn’t realize that the little Paper that could celebrated its 11th anniversary of existence.

    Yup, it was now just more than 11 years ago when Daniel L. Taylor filed the necessary legal documents that turned an idea on a piece of paper into what would become into a multi-million dollar company – a company that provides jobs for close to three dozen people. It became a company that would cross county lines, grow from one product into five and prove the critics wrong time after time after time. It became a company that in 2008 endured what became known as the national economy’s heart attack moment. And that doesn’t even mention surviving the tumultuous period the newspaper industry has been going through.

    It’s the little newspaper that could that became the little company that could.

    And it’s a company proud to call Crawfordsville home.

     
  • Monday, July 27, 2015 11:09 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Wright Brothers Overland Stage Co. Concert poster . . . 

    The good folks at the Hoosier State Press Association are partnering with all-around good guy Dave McChesney and his 1Up Software Company to create a first-of-its-kind motorcycle ride for newspaper folks (including readers) from anywhere in Indiana.

    Why should you care – besides the fact that you are currently one of those aforementioned newspaper readers? Because the whole thing begins right here in downtown Crawfordsville.

    Here’s the scoop. 

     
  • Monday, July 13, 2015 10:03 PM

    Did you know that Claude Johnson is getting another firetruck ready to go to Mexico? Yup, Claude and the local Rotarians continue to send truck after truck after truck to our neighbors down south. While Donald Trump spouts off, Claude and folks like him do the kind of good deeds that make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

    * * *

    YOU MAY HAVE also noticed a story and photo of Claude in your favorite Montgomery County daily a week or so ago. Claude sent a letter to the King of Jordan offering his condolences over the loss of a Jordanian airman who was captured, tortured and killed by ISIS. He did it because he’s a former military guy who understands things about war. And death. And honor. He did it because that’s who Claude Johnson is.

    Thing is, what he didn’t do was expect a reply. However, the king or his court did exactly that and Claude was kind enough to share the story with us so that we could share it with you.

     
  • Monday, July 06, 2015 6:39 PM

    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. My heart and specifically the place where it connects to a valve was bigger than it should be. Or maybe the valve was too little. I’m kind of fuzzy on the details. One doc said something about cracking open my chest and fixing it.

    So I did what I’ve always done in my life when I got bad news. I went and asked someone else.

    The second opinion was much more to my liking. I’m pleased to report that I take a few pills now and the aforementioned chest is still intact.

    So, you would think that was a great wake-up call. After all, I’ve been a guy whose weight was hovering around three bills. Drank too much. Ate all the wrong things. A no-brainer, right?

    You would think.

    That’s the point, I didn’t think.

     
  • Monday, June 29, 2015 6:56 PM

    There I was, minding my own business. Just got back from delivering newspapers on a Saturday morning – and you thought being a CEO was glamorous – when it seemed like a giant shadow passed over the sun. I looked up and blotting out all the light while filling the entire frame of my door was John Hammer.

    “Great ghost of Lew Wallace!” I yelled. “Don’t you ever think about knocking? How do you walk in without making noise? How do you get up here anyways?”

     
  • Monday, June 22, 2015 8:41 PM

    Stop it. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.

    Last week, the Indiana Democratic Party staged an event that their own press release described as “opposition to (Indiana Gov. Mike) Pence’s arrogant and out of touch agenda that has crippled the middle class and held Indiana back from reaching its full potential . . . (Pence and his polices) have increased the wage gap, cut education funding for urban and rural schools and caused an economic panic across Indiana.”

    A day before that they sent this out:

    “Hoosiers (sic) Democrats will bring commonsense (sic) solutions to help solve today’s problems for hardworking (sic) families. Not only will it be priority to add LGBT Hoosiers to the state’s nondiscrimination (sic) laws, but Democrats will fight to help unite all families in Indiana.

     
  • Monday, June 15, 2015 9:53 PM

    I’ve been writing columns of one sort or another for more than 40 years now. The first one was in 1973 and got me yelled at by a coach I’d taken to task. You’d think over all these decades that I’d either have gotten better or at least learned to stop writing things that landed me in hot water.

    Wrong on both counts.

    However, there are a few things I write every once in a blue moon that the eight or nine of you who regularly read this drivel seem to enjoy. Not sure why that is, but I’m appreciative. One of those things is the silly semblance of a graduation speech, which this year, got a fair amount more feedback than normal. Since all the feedback was of the nice variety, it inspired me to write an addendum. (Hey, if you don’t like it, blame yourselves – you encouraged me.)

     

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