East Chicago Washington High School
John Baratto's East Chicago Washington basketball teams produced several great players, but the movie credits didn't end there.
Ron Smith was a walking contradiction, extremely proud of his athletic prowess but as private as an island paradise.
High school sports generally, and football in particular, have produced some strange results.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the latest sensation, a child with an adult's voice. The response to that column has been interesting.
HAMMOND | Edgar Spikes has visited 49 of the 50 United States and traveled the world extensively. One of the few places he had not visited much was a college campus, but the 91-year-old East Chicago resident is making up for lost time.
Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.
EAST CHICAGO | Forlorn NBA fans are in the need for some good news, or at least a half-court shot of hope.
History, to a large extent, is made up of fragments that add up to a whole. Sometimes, these "wholes" go completely unrecorded, but nevertheless make a deep impression on one's mind. Such was the case of one we will deal with today.
Sept. 16 will be a day remembered as London's loss and the Calumet Region's gain. That's because Vinny Boryla will be putting away Teibel's boned and buttered perch rather than England's fish and chips.
We tend to praise to the heavens our earthly achievements, as if we had everything to do with them. This week, I had reason to rediscover the fact that there is a higher power driving us toward laudable goals.
The brightest star in the galaxy shined brightly that night. Of course this was back when Hoosier basketball was Hoosier basketball - before the morons outflanked the game and legislated it into powdered recollections.
I did not know Frank Hanak, or very much about him, but one day I heard a story of how he was down in the dumps. Frank, who passed away July 22 at the age of 89, had devoted much of his adult life to education.
There are so many good stories about the history of the Calumet Region. Straying from them into gray areas is like mining for gold in a jewelry shop.
Today is Father's Day, which, of course, makes me think of my own handsome, witty father, although I don't need a special day for that.
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