On September 8,1956, Richard Lugar and Charlene Smeltzer got hitched. Fifty years, one presidential campaign, several White House dinners, four sons and 11 grandchildren later, “Char” reminisces about her life with Indiana’s senior senator.
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.
Yes, this is Indianapolis. We know we’re supposed to be polite, practical, modest. But we have to admit: All this Super Bowl fuss has gone to our heads. Turns out we like being the center of attention—and it has us feeling pretty darn good about our city.
This month, the city’s most iconic tavern turns 60—the first anniversary for which lovable owner and taskmaster Russel Settle won’t be there to raise a glass. We had a cold one with dozens of the bar’s longtime patrons to ask what makes the place so special.