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Have you ever noticed that when there is a slow news day, the media takes a painful bite out of East Chicago? That’s in large part because East Chicago is so open to criticism.
In the recent listing of rodeo information relative to the Elizabeth Stampede, one of the three officials named was Mark Longoria. If I’m not mistaken, this is the same Mark Longoria who graduated from the late lamented East Chicago Washington High School in 1979.
Howard Duncan had a photographic memory for numbers that he put to good use for personal gain as the assistant treasurer at NIPSCO in the 1920's and 30's. After confessing to the company president that he had embezzled $132,000, he offered to help NIPSCO auditors unravel his scheme in exchan…
Howard Duncan had a photographic memory for numbers that he put to good use. He had been with NIPSCO and its predecessor companies since 1908, starting at the bottom and working his way up until 1924, when he became assistant treasurer, a position he would hold for nine years.
Think back over the past half century and identify the stars of electronic media. You’ll find that it’s surprisingly difficult to do.
The present flu epidemic is about to surround us, but let us hope that it is nothing like the 1918-19 version, which killed more people than WWI, somewhere between 20 and 40 million worldwide.
As someone once said, or should have, there is aristocracy in all classes. Most schools prior to World War II had a “Four Hundred.”
Back in the Big Band era of the 1930s and 40s, most of us had favorites, much like having a favorite baseball team. Mine happened to be Les Brown.
The mass murders that occurred in a small Connecticut town this month could, I think, have occurred anywhere. That kid of tragedy almost happened here nearly a century ago, as I described in my book “Reejin Archetypes:”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981.
The headlines of the past week or so have caused me to reflect on my past and conclude that a good deal of my adult life has been spent in matters medical. I had basic training in Washington state and, after finishing, was transferred to, of all places, an installation on Lake Shore Drive in…
Women’s liberation! It’s wonderful, that is, if you happen to be married to a beautiful and brainy Southern belle with a college education, a highly successful career as an executive, and an annual income that would choke an ATM.
The Calumet Region reached its apogee in 1929, just before The Crash.
Not long ago, someone raised the question within our conversation group, “How often did you eat out when you were in high school?”
I was always very good at touch football, and even tackle football in the park, but when it came to playing varsity football, a player had to weigh 130 pounds and have other assets. I didn’t even weigh 120 pounds.
When I was a lad just itching to get into high school, one of the favorite classroom games we played had to do with what I will call “follow the band.”
One of the growing social issues of our time is the one-parent family. That usually means that a mother is the only parent. Just who manages such a family is, I guess we could say, the luck of the draw.
A person only had to stand around the Calumet Region and soak it up to become an expert on one thing or another.
After downstaters got over their apprehension about “Duh Reejin,” they discovered that the Calumet Region produced the most attractive girls in all of Indiana.
If you were a football coach at a Calumet Region high school during the 1940s and you came across a player who outweighed everyone in sight, your cup runneth over.
One of the strongest-running local news story has to do with the bridge over the Indiana Harbor ship canal. Despite all these stories, I’m not sure that any of us are any the wiser about why the bridge failed. However, I’m inclined to think it has something to do with our obsession with bridges.
For as long as I can remember, people who should know have been telling me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I never had reason to doubt it.
What with the national conventions of both political parties running end to end, there has been an unusual number of news articles on what various politicos have contributed to their communities.
Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems to me that marriage in this country has made a strong comeback.
Earlier this week I had an interesting experience attending the expansion of the East Chicago Hall of Fame. Once again, I thought, every town in the Calumet Region should have such a hall.
In reflecting on the history of the Calumet Region, a great difficulty is that a piece of the territory might change not just once, but several times.
One of the interesting approaches to the study of Calumet Region history is to trace immigration patterns.
The heat of the past couple of weeks has been enough to melt a glacier. But we’ve seen worse. When I was a kid in Indiana Harbor, it was so hot that a breeze could have conquered the territory.
Whiting, Indiana is famous for several things.
After many years in the communication business, the best advice I can offer a newcomer is: do something. Do anything!
As I got deeper into the history of the Calumet Region, I came to rely to a certain extent on the work of Jim Lane, an Indiana University Northwest professor, and, to a lesser extent, his colleague Ron Cohen.
For kids living in Indiana harbor at the foot of Lake Michigan, the hero of one childhood classic was not fiction, but part of their daily lives.
Until a few weeks ago, I had a ready answer to the question: “What is the easiest job in the world?”
Although I grew up in Indiana Harbor, today I could not give you directions to the nearest drug store.
During the Easter season, most of us pause to celebrate the holiest of Christian holidays. Churches are full, flowers seem to be everywhere, and we renew our faith in the unknown.
During the past week, the mass media has been full of information about the sinking of the Titanic - a century after it sank.
The world lost a giant from the journalism field last Sunday. He was Mike Wallace, and you probably know him best from the TV program "60 Minutes."
Now that I have reached the point in life where I have some perspective, I can see that there really are "ages" of a person, as there are ages of man, e.g., the age of reason, the iron age, etc.
As a boy in my "gang," I was considered a rich kid. The reason for this misperception was that my family spent a good deal of time in Chicago and attended many events that did not even interest my peers.
World War II was a time of secrets. "Loose lips sink ships" and other pithy sayings ruled everyone's lives.
Cities and towns have discovered that athletic facilities can make or break a community.
High school sports generally, and football in particular, have produced some strange results.
One of the most fascinating things about the Calumet Region, among many fascinating things, is that everyone who lives or lived here is a walking storybook.
Football is a brutal sport. Yet, it produces more laughs than any field of endeavor I can think of. Here's an example.
As a matter of good fun, if nothing else, I have encouraged people over the years to dig into their family histories. One way that you can make this particularly interesting is to focus on the work component.
In recent years it has become rather fashionable for towns and cities to have their own Halls of Fame.
Who was the most famous name in World War II? General Eisenhower? General MacArthur? FDR? Churchill? Hitler? Audi Murphy? General Patton?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see a great deal of difference between now and The Great Depression. I've thought about this and thought about this and what I've finally concluded is that the chief difference is in the cost of our tools.
In June, I used this space to call attention to Jackie Evancho, a new sensation as a youngster who sounds almost exactly like an adult singer, and the feedback has been enlightening.
This is the time in the political process when representatives of the candidates say they will expand their organizations all over the country. Expansion, though, can have curious consequences. In the case of the Richard Nixon presidential campaign, of which I was part, the expansion had sev…
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