Newspapers are filled with stories about what the Calumet Region will do with its rich land. The next invasion should be the elbowing into the region of lusty information age companies.
With all of the news about football bowl games in the air, we can be reminded of the fact that the Calumet Region stocked many of the teams that created the history of the bowl system.
Christmas shopping ain’t what it used to be.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981, and has been retold every year since.
This past week has given us the coldest temperatures of the winter. It should take a few weeks for the effects to pass, but once passed, it may be that winter has been blunted for the year.
We all know that what something appears to be depends upon the angle at which it is observed. That is, an object can look different from the left side or the right side or the top side or the bottom side, and so forth.
Some young adults seem to have difficulty getting their days started. One effect has people kicking and lurching their way out of bed.
As sports become more sophisticated, they employ increasingly more gadgets. Sometimes the gadgets are prosaic.
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Archibald McKinlay, seated, is seen with East Chicago Sports Hall of Fame founder Jim Platis (left) and John Dull and Ardash Daronatsy in September 2012 at East Chicago Central High School honored with a display for being "individuals who for decades have promoted the East Chicago Sports Hal…
Let’s have a show of hands. What is your favorite holiday of the year? How about Halloween? That’s what I thought.
I have never quite figured out why Halloween has been my favorite holiday. I think it has to do with the fact that all the spooky stuff in life is concentrated into one day and that has led to our natural response to place “funny stuff” at the base of the holiday.
About this time every year, we would brace ourselves for a feed for having been the best baseball team in the Kiwanis League. That usually meant either a dinner or luncheon at the First Baptist Church of Indiana Harbor, which had the best kitchen in town.
Among the most pleasant experiences I can recall in the Calumet Region are those associated with basketball tournaments.
We had a variety of diversions in my hometown of Indiana Harbor. The most obvious was our zoo.
I try mightily to keep this column from being a necrology, since many of the departing people I know best have names that, at one time or another, were spelled in bright lights.
One of the practices common in the 1930s was the dumping of abandoned vehicles in empty lots. Naturally, this represented an invitation to youngsters who used those lots for recreation to gravitate toward the vehicles.
Holes. Much of the Calumet Region’s history can be found in holes. Such daubs of history, however, would be evanescent. Much of it would be whimsical.
Eventually, young people get around to being interested in their parents. The interest takes several forms. One of the most unique, for me, came from one of my daughters.
One day I dropped in on Richard Nixon's attorney, Len Garment, in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Seeing a football in the backyard, I reached over, picked it up, and heaved it at a crowd of people.
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