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Archibald Mckinlay

Times Columnist Archibald McKinlay

Times Columnist Archibald McKinlay

Times columnist Archibald McKinlay

October 07, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Journalist needs columnist Arch McKinlay's help

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Journalist needs columnist Arch McKinlay's help

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 07, 2014 12:00 am

From fur traders to cyber companies, the Calumet Region thrives

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.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am

East Chicago pipeline stocked winning football bowl teams

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.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Christmas shopping used to require a bus trip or two

Christmas shopping ain’t what it used to be.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Local version of the Christmas story offers hope for peace

EDITOR’S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981, and has been retold every year since.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am

Current cold snap recalls coal handlers and clock house boys of '43-44

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.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am

Change angle, add perspective to get clear picture

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.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am

Just a walk around "the Harbor" provided plenty of excitement

Some young adults seem to have difficulty getting their days started. One effect has people kicking and lurching their way out of bed.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am

No matter what sport, park league ball games were tops

As sports become more sophisticated, they employ increasingly more gadgets. Sometimes the gadgets are prosaic.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader searching for columnist Arch McKinlay's 2003 book

OFFBEAT: Reader searching for columnist Arch McKinlay's 2003 book

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
Arch McKinlay with East Chicago Hall of Fame Honorees and Contributors

Arch McKinlay with East Chicago Hall of Fame Honorees and Contributors

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…

November 07, 2013 12:00 am

Popularity of Halloween may be about doing the unthinkable

Let’s have a show of hands. What is your favorite holiday of the year? How about Halloween? That’s what I thought.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Spooky stuff leads to cultural superstitions that abound in region

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.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am

Baseball was the name of the game in East Chicago

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.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

Basketball tournaments meant good times in the region

Among the most pleasant experiences I can recall in the Calumet Region are those associated with basketball tournaments.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana Harbor had athletic fields, a band shell – and a zoo

We had a variety of diversions in my hometown of Indiana Harbor. The most obvious was our zoo.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am

Len Garment - a bright light of politics shines no more

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.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

Youngsters pushed the limits with surfboards and abandoned cars

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.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am

Neighborhood holes were an invitation to digging and pitching

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.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am
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