HAMMOND | Nominations open Monday for South Shore Legends to be honored on the Wall of Legends at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.
Organizers emphasize the accomplishment of the nominee, whether the individual achieved this here in Northwest Indiana or elsewhere, or whether the individual is living or past.
“We want to celebrate those ordinary individuals who live extraordinary lives, and have made a huge difference,” said John Davies, founder of the Legends Project and volunteer coordinator. “Northwest Indiana is blessed with talented people who have changed the world!”
Legends are those individuals who have lived or worked in Northwest Indiana and by their actions, have had a substantial impact with “lasting implications.”
Consultant on the project is Stephen McShane, of the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest.
South Shore Legends have made their contributions in past years, in contrast to modern day innovators whose contributions are more current. Davies said Legends may or may not be living.
Inducted last year were Avery Brooks, the acclaimed actor who is best known for his role as Captain Benjamin Sisko on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; John Edward (Jack) Chevigny, the Notre Dame football star who figured prominently in the “One for the Gipper” Legend and who died on Iowa Jima as a Marine; and Sue Hendrickson, who grew up in Munster and discovered the largest, most complete T-Rex ever discovered now on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The new Legends will be inducted on Dec. 19 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
Nominators must complete their nominations and submit them by 5 p.m. Sept. 4 to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. To obtain a nomination form, contact Davies via firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wall of Legends Project is sponsored by BP Business Whiting Unit.