Zionsville’s Jeff and Tiernae Buttars surrendered their son William to the most radical procedure in neurosurgery. The grim choice to remove a portion of his brain left everyone changed.
By the time William was days away from his first birthday, the husband and wife had begun to make peace with a horrible conclusion: In order to save their baby’s life, they had to risk it.Read more
As an instructor of professional wrestling, Billy Roc isn’t your typical teacher. But no one compares to the self-proclaimed King of Indiana.
Billy Roc teaches his students professional wrestling, the art of fake fighting. A sweat-scented garage in Lafayette doubles as his classroom, dubbed The School of Roc. His program is one of a handful in the state to teach the sport.Read more
Did you read him today? Iconoclast. Idiot. Heretic. Horse’s ass. Call him what you will—he doesn’t care.
He reads his mail. He takes your calls. He looks at almost every single sarcastic and anonymous comment you leave beneath his stories on the Star’s website.Read more
David Gundlach died suddenly and left his fortune to the struggling Indiana town. But three years after Gundlach’s death, the picture of Elkhart’s mystery benefactor remains just a sketch.
The chartered jet was hard to miss. Multimillionaire Guy David Gundlach, a childless bachelor well into his 50s, certainly owned plenty of valuables. Eleven homes scattered across the country and abroad—some with waitstaffs and groundskeepers, others containing oddities like family photographs, Legos, and, in one, a potty-training chair. Fifteen vehicles that included a Bentley […]Read more
The beribboned road leading to that neon-lit crescendo of summer, the Indiana State Fair, may provide an even better reflection of our agricultural heritage—and inspire the next generation to embrace it.
The beribboned road leading to that neon-lit crescendo of summer, the Indiana State Fair, may provide an even better reflection of our agricultural heritage—and inspire the next generation to embrace it.Read more
No one expects to see a baseball superstar doing his shopping in Indianapolis–which is precisely why Tony Gwynn lives here.
“I just want to be normal again,” says the occasional Hoosier. “It’s not normal to be shopping and have people yelling just your name in the aisles.”Read more
Below Indianapolis, miners from near and far are drilling the largest public-works project in city history into existence.
Mining the city’s first-ever deep tunnel and the largest public-works project in Indianapolis’s history has required the help of experts from all over the country.Read more
Outside of his home district in Northern Indiana, congressman Joseph S. Donnelly Sr. was a relative unknown—until an upset election victory over Richard Mourdock thrust him into a Senate seat and the national spotlight.
In a chamber where one party enjoys a thin majority, Indiana’s junior senator has garnered disproportionate influence as one of a handful of Democratic legislators from red and purple states who hold swing votes.Read more
The wit and wisdom of Indy’s own “The Fault in Our Stars” author.
“I really like Indianapolis. I like living in a city where real people do real work. I love our friends here. I just went to the BMV, and it was almost pleasurable. It’s almost something I would choose to do on a Tuesday—to go get a driver’s license.”Read more
Four decades after a businessman from Indianapolis saved the publication, his daughter, Joan SerVaas, faces an even tougher challenge: getting America to read it again.
“My father once wrote, we’re old-fashioned enough to believe much can be learned from the past, new-fashioned enough to search for ways to a better future,” Joan SerVass says. “I feel like this is something that needs to be preserved.”Read more