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Amy Wimmer Schwarb

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B is for Basketball

And this, truth be told, is what I have always wanted for my child: I want her to be a Hoosier.

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All Hail the County Fair!

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.

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A Good Paddling: IUPUI Regatta

On September 21, the annual IUPUI regatta pits members of the school’s community against each other in a festive, free, spectator-friendly canoe relay. Here’s how to join the fun.

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The Canal's Troubled Waters

For all that downtown’s Central Canal is—mainly, a lovely spot for fresh air—it may forever be known for what it is not.

Say It Isn’t Sew: Vera Bradley will not disclose what portion of its products are made overseas.
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Vera Bradley's True Colors

On August 2, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., announced plans to significantly expand its presence in the Fort Wayne area.

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Moving Pictures: The Last of Indiana's Drive-Ins

The drive-in concept was invented by a New Jersey man who wanted to give his mother, a larger-sized woman, a place she could sit comfortably to watch a movie.

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What I Know: Grace Ybarra

“Anderson Cooper was hilarious. I was even shorter then, because I was 11. He bent down and talked to me face-to-face. He told me …”

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Front & Center: Talbot Street's Fair Game

Talbot (June 8–9) continues to lure new artists, but sometimes making a truly fresh discovery means looking beyond its rows. And you don’t have to go far: All around the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood, complementary events are cropping up that, to the average participant, must look like an extension of Talbot.

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In the Shadow of a Giant: Fairmount, Indiana, James Dean's Resting Place

The laws of nature dictate that the fainter the light source, the longer the shadow. Given his brief career and long-ago death, Dean’s light should have been all but extinguished by now. But in Fairmount his shadow looms large, his name and image a currency to be traded. The Rebel Rebel gift shop and the Giant Bar & Grill and the Boulevard of Broken Dreams scene painted on the side of the antiques mall distinguish Fairmount from other Grant County map dots like Jonesboro and Gas City and Swayzee.

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Best Zine: The Hipstorians Present Commercial Article

Untold chapters of local art history come to light through a series of enchanting design publications.

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Hello, Old Paint: Visiting the Studio of a Famous Hoosier Painter

When T.C. Steele, granddaddy of the original artists’ community of Brown County, first took his new wife there, he warned her not to put

JR Hildebrand skids to the finish line in a badly damaged car at the end of last year’s 500.
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Turning the Corner: JR Hildebrand

JR Hildebrand spotted the starter’s white flag. “Bring it home, baby, bring it home,” chirped the rookie’s support staff over the radio from their perch in the pits. Four left turns away from winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500, Hildebrand buried the rush of excitement. No one, he told himself, cares who leads lap No. 199 at Indy. In the ether, though, the announcer’s voice on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network was already rising. Here he goes, the final lap! Across the line, JR Hildebrand will see the white flag.

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The Hoosierization of Reggie Miller

Editor’s Note: Indiana Pacers hero Reggie Miller was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 2. Here, his cover story from IM‘s April 2005 issue. (See the companion Q&A piece here.)  He got to start a game in high school only after another boy showed up with the wrong uniform. He got a […]

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After the Fire

Even now, on off-duty drives through downtown, some of them will seek another route, any other route, to avoid the shadow of the nine-story building at Meridian and Vermont streets. For most of the city, the Indianapolis Athletic Club is an elegant landmark from an earlier time, an old-boy haven where Democratic Party elites once hosted parties and presidents. But for firefighters who crouched in its halls 20 years ago, it is still an imposing reminder of one of the Indianapolis Fire Department’s darkest nights.

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He Said, She Said

This month, Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and his Democratic opponent, Melina Kennedy, will spell out their positions on every major issue facing the city. Loosening up never hurts anyone, so we posed a few personal questions instead. Surprisingly, they found some common ground.

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