The company blossomed in a corner of the state better known for truck parts than for purses and paisleys, earning adulation from fans and tax breaks from politicians. Then some handbags started bearing “Made in China” tags, and longtime business relationships began to fray.
As Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln hits theaters this month, I couldn’t help but wonder why my cousin Abraham’s Southern Indiana kin keep getting left out of the plot—and if our ties to the 16th president are more than just lines on a family tree.
On August 13, 2011, a violent wind gust toppled 35 tons of stage rigging onto the crowd gathered for a Sugarland concert. Now, survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse reveal the chaos, terror, heroism, providence, and pain of that night. And the slow healing.
From an Evansville strip mall, Bernard von NotHaus ran the most successful alternative currency in the country. Then the FBI raided his headquarters, arrested him, and seized eight tons of gold and silver backing the notes. But even as he awaits sentencing, the $65 million question remains: Was it really counterfeiting?