How did a self-described hick with a Ph.D. from tiny La Fontaine become hockey’s most acclaimed broadcaster and the voice of this month’s NHL All-Star Game? A tape recorder, thousands of handwritten thank-you notes, and 153 different verbs to describe puck movement in one game.
It wasn’t just the year of the e-scooter in Indianapolis. It was the year of the luxury mattress, destination coffee shop, boozy food hall, Amish doughnut, experiential boutique, daring theater company, Kimbal Musk restaurant, and offbeat park. These are among the 97 life essentials exalted in this edition of our annual toast to the city’s latest and greatest.
One year ago, Jeremiah Barnes finished up his time in the Air Force, moved to Indianapolis, and walked into Indy Reads to pitch the idea of “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Here, Barnes, the “Literate Drag Queen,” reflects on the journey he took becoming Mossy Stone.