With nearly 70 years of experience on Capitol Hill between them—as well as leadership on the Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs—Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton modeled an Indiana approach to government for the nation and the world: even-keeled, pragmatic, bipartisan, and wise.
“There is a Midwestern calmness, a stability of outlook, very well exemplified by Dick [Lugar] and many, many others, that goes over well in Washington,” says longtime Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton.
Indiana wears its frontier heritage proudly. But the groundbreaking didn’t stop at felling trees and building log cabins, as the legacies of these remarkable favorite sons and daughters attest.
Cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, one of the barrier-breakers honored in IM's Indiana Bicentennial coverage, was the first African-American athlete to win a world championship outside of boxing and to set world records.
Countrified, commonsensical, pragmatic, average, “basketball-crazed”—Indiana is one of only a handful of states with its own distinct brand, one that may not be sexy, but has proven powerful and dynamic enough to endure for two centuries. Too bad it barely captures the state’s true complexity.
Starting now, Hoosiers will mark two centuries of Indiana history with a yearlong party. But what, exactly, are we commemorating?
In the following columns, reprinted in a new book from IU Press, the legendary Hoosier journalist reveals, with touching candor and haunting prose, a deep spiritual connection to his state of birth—and the people who raised him there.
Compiling his writings about the state for the first time, a new book reveals just how important those Hoosier ties were to Pyle.
On the state’s Bicentennial, remembering one notorious Hoosier who perpetrated a painfully instructive worst-case scenario.
Yes, we know: Guiding 913 well-meaning followers—including hundreds of children—to their deaths is absolutely indefensible. So this is not an apology for Jim Jones.
IM caught up with Edge before the Pro Football Hall of Fame narrows the field of candidates for the Class of 2016.
Now a semifinalist for inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2016, James has the most career rushing yards of any eligible NFL running back not currently in the Hall.
Last summer, Chris Carlson left Indianapolis with his three grandsons for a male-bonding adventure in the Grand Canyon, a hike that would land him in prison for child abuse. Many called him a monster. But is it possible he just didn’t know any better?
“I can’t believe the way he’s treating those kids,” said ranger Meghan Smith. “You guys better do something.” Later: “You’ve got three great grandkids,” the judge told carlson at sentencing. “If you had anything to do with that, you should be proud.”
She was Indy’s most famous fitness instructor and a budding trainer to the stars, a woman who pledged to make her clients not just fit, but skinny—just like her. Then one day she was gone, taking thousands of dollars of their money with her.
Anderson says she wants to focus on the future, one that now looks glamorous. But her liabilities, brought on by years of financial missteps, keep her tethered to the past—and to Central Indiana.
As leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Militia in the 1990s, Mmoja Ajabu bred hate and anger in the name of social justice. When his son was convicted in a horrific murder, he incurred the wrath of the entire city. Now, Ajabu returns to prominence.
“We are all defined by our fathers,” says Bishop T. Garrett Benjamin of Mmoja Ajabu. “Everything we do in life is either in honor of, or in reaction to them.”