|Cinnamon, Persimmon seeds and wooly worms|
I'm a big fan of the folks who write regularly in our little company. As such, a couple of columns recently - one in Noblesville and the other here from Editor Frank Phillips - caught my eye because they hit on a favorite subject, the weather. Specifically, forecasts for the upcoming . . . I hate to use the word . . . winter.|
Monday, September 8, 2014
|Tim Timmons will return next week|
Tim Timmons' column "Two Cents" will return next week. Tim is taking a well-deserved break.|
Monday, September 1, 2014
|State Police museum worth seeing|
A recent column generated some good reader feedback. It was about the Ernie Pyle Museum and a number of you told me that you had also visited there and enjoyed it immensely.|
If you didn't read it, the gist of the story is that each month our newsrooms do some training. It's more than just the Crawfordsville staff. It includes all of our folks who work on our other products, the Noblesville Times, the Sheridan News and the Hamilton County Sports Daily.
Monday, August 25, 2014
|This, that and 'tuther|
Maybe the sun wasn't shining much last weekend, but Crawfordsville and Montgomery County really did for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event just south of town.|
Do they still hand out keys to the city? If so, the Tom Shaver family should get a set. Those folks have single-handedly been front and center on creating a great economic boost for our little corner of the world through this event and their annual efforts with the Ironman.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
|A glimpse into Timmons' world ...|
On occasion I have been told that I too often refer to sports. So with apologies to Karen Zach, Ruth Hallett and a few others, please indulge me once again. (Or not. Mallard Fillmore and really good reading is just a few pages away.)|
I am a Dan Dakich fan. For those who aren't into sports and haven't already turned to the funnies, Dakich is a former Indiana high school basketball star who went on to play and coach at IU (and other places) and now is - in my not-so-humble opinion - the best radio talk-show guy around.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
|It's begun. MUFFY's 2014 drive is under way|
The MUFFY drive for 2014 is officially under way.|
Does anyone care?
It's been a rough few years for MUFFY, the organization that provides help to thousands of people in our community. First off, they had to go through a tough year with yours truly leading the effort to raise money. For the record, we fell short of our goal and that's a serious deal. I'm very confident that Lisa Cooper, this year's drive chair, will fare far better and will once again get MUFFY donations at the expected amount.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|Seven decades later, Ernie still has impact|
Back in April, the 18th was pretty much like any other Friday. Probably not many people stopped and thought about the fact that it was the 69th anniversary of the day WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle was shot and killed by a Japanese machine gunner.
Some guys grew up gym rats, I grew up a newspaper one. My parents believed strongly in reading, so it's no great shock that my life's work tilted toward the written word. Trips to the library started when I was too young to remember. It was a bigger treat when my dad would let me look at some of his books from the Army. I became a huge fan of two authors in particular, Bill Mauldin and Ernie. For those who are too young, Bill drew a wonderful cartoon about two GIs named Willie and Joe. Ernie tended to write about the same kind of guys. I also found out that Mauldin was from out west and that Ernie and I had something in common - we were both Hoosiers. From that moment forward, Ernie was my favorite. His writings made an impression on me and I don't know that the ink in my veins today came from there, but surely the transfusion had begun.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
|Wars and politics and Patriots, oh my!|
My sister-in-law is a wonderful person, except for an unfortunate lapse in judgment. Against all logic and the Hoosier genes ingrained in her DNA, she is the biggest New England Patriots fan I know. Most of the family won't even speak of it. I'm relatively sure it must have come from a terrible fall she took as a child. I presume she landed on her head and that's what created this peculiar and erroneous allegiance.|
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
|Hammer gets something off his chest|
It was a Saturday morning and the outer office was deserted and dark. My light was on and the speakers - and my voice - were cranked up. The Ides of March, a one-hit wonder from 1970, and I were teaming up on a loud version of Vehicle.|
"I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan, won't you-"
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
|Book might be upside down but Kelly's not|
Writers are different. No two ways about it. If you've never sent letters to complete strangers begging for just a morsel of attention (these letters are laughingly called queries) it would be hard to understand. Writers write. They write their thoughts, their observations. They write their hopes, their dreams. Red Smith, a noted newspaper journalist, once said that writing was easy - you just sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.|
Tuesday, July 8, 2014