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'Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets'
"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets" is the saying that brings to mind the wonderful family of this week's article. I met this awesome group several years ago during summer baseball with The Pony Express team. Our wonderful coach (head of this week's family) and some amazing young players were runner-ups in a large tourney in St. Lois and ended-with a 39-18 record.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Amazing athlete and fabulous teacher are at top of Karen's list
There are many type people I admire, many I've written about, but amazing athletes and fabulous teachers rank up at the top and I was lucky to interview one of each this week. Both are born and bred Montgomery Countians and although they are in my age range, they're practically newlyweds.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
One sweet ride has lasted many years
As I drove up to this weeks' subjects' home, I noticed what I thought was an old, beautiful Ford Fairlane in the driveway. When I got out of my little putterer, I checked it and for sure it was a 1963 fine ride. It was even more exciting when my couple told me it was a close duplicate (interior of the original being red vs. a beige) to the car they used to date in! How sweet is that?
Thursday, July 3, 2014
She was destined for a career in emergency management
This week's guest told hubs and me that it seemed like every job she ever performed had lead her to her current one which she loves dearly. One, if not her first job, was working for Zach's Family Restaurant during her high school years. While working for us, she was an exceptional teenaged worker.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This boy's family goes way back in county history
A Crawfordsville boy, this week's subject's family goes way back in our county to John Linn born Aug. 4, 1800, in Ohio, died in Montgomery County on Sept. 16, 1858. John Linn was a very early settler - of course in the Linnsburg-Mace area. Our fella's VanScoyoc and Harwood ancestors were also in Montgomery County early on. Gary and his sweet wife, Sherri (Murphy) once went to the Mace cemetery and noted, "There were all kinds of Linns!"
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I'm finally checking this guest off my list
This week's person is in The Paper almost daily. Love to read all of his writings. He has served in many of the capacities of the newspaper, including a newly-created position as website coordinator . . .
Thursday, June 12, 2014
If you knew Suzie ...
This week's subject is near and dear to me from day one, Feb. 15, 1972. I gave birth to this little sweetie, so excited to add a sister for big brother, Jay. I was soon told however, "Your baby's going to die!"
Thursday, June 5, 2014
She's a world traveler
This week's subject for ATC answered, "It's complicated, when I asked where she had grown-up. Indeed, it is! Born in upstate New York, by age five, she lived in the Chicago area. When nine, it was South Africa and back to Chicago at age 14. Older brother, younger sister, Mom, Dad and our subject ventured to these places because her father worked for International Harvester selling construction equipment all over the world. Definitely, Dr. Linda Spencer's childhood was full of adventure and travel!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Saunders remains active to this day
Christ, family and athletics are the center features of the life of this week's subject. I've known this young man since he was in school at Ladoga and later on at Southmont. During his high school days, he played football and wrestled on the South team with our son, Jay. Our feature fella' was the president of his class all four years and in National Honor Society. Active then, Brian Saunders remains even more so today.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
One of my college professors told me once to "read widely and wildly," which I've tried to do. However, this week's gal puts me to shame. Every year, she reads the Best American Essays. Along with that, her recent choices include Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart's life story. Not only did I spell his name incorrectly, but I'd never heard of him and he's had three best sellers. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is one I know but have not read. It is an 800 plus page book, longer than my usual fare. Literally, there was a book in almost every genre (humor, cookbooks, fiction) for my lady reader. Excited, I now have several grand reads I want to tackle. Of course, Helen Hudson also loves to read her husband, Marc's work. Rightfully so! Helen is proud of Marc's poetry and his widely-used translation of Beowulf, as well as his 27 years at Wabash as a language professor.
Thursday, May 8, 2014


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