Weekend Indiana

(image courtesy of Mayberry In the Midwest) When you grow up in the South, as I did, it is a rite of passage to be shown the Andy Griffith Show as an example of "how life should be, if everyone was just nice to each other like Andy and the gang!" Note the use of the present-...
(image courtesy of arabella-steinbacher.com) Arabella Steinbacher used to play the piano in addition to the violin. She liked it. But it is not her instrument. "It is too far away, and the violin is so close to your body and to your voice," Steinbacher told me after rehearsing...
President Truman was trending for two straight days May 7-8, 1945. So were the hashtags #VEDay, #GermanSurrender and #GoodRiddanceHitler. You know that isn't true. This is how much of America learned that the war in Europe was over... There were two sources of news during the...
(image courtesy of 24 Hours of Booty) Cancer sucks. Anyone disagree with that? I didn’t think so. The language used by those of us who have lost family members and friends to cancer – and to those of us whose have had friends our own age diagnosed with cancer within the last...
Rep. Susan Brooks, R-IN (wibc.com file photo) To supporters of Hillary Clinton's second run for the presidency who complain that the timing of her appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi is political, given that it will be less than two months after Clinton's...
(image courtesy of Twitter/Adam Savage) MythBusters is the show where you learn how much fun it can be to blow stuff up and get paid for it. Nuff said. Well, except that this season, they did a show dedicated to seeing whether Indiana Jones's exploits could happen in real life,...
(image courtesy of IU School of Journalism) When you get into the news business, you are told from day one "write the way you talk." You are having a one-on-one conversation with your listener, viewer or reader. Good advice. Inevitably - at least in broadcast news - a consultant...
Part of my calling is the demystification of pro wrestling for the person who doesn't understand the greatest of the performance arts. Part of Angela Brown's calling is to demystify the second greatest of the performance arts - the opera. The down-to-earth native of Indy is more...
(image courtesy of YouTube) The greatest satirist in radio's history died last week. I can't add anything that hasn't been said already about Stan's genius. He was everything that was good about our business, the master of the nearly lost art of poking fun without needed (or...