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.
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.
For much of the 20th century, the Soviets’ weapons of mass destruction were our nation’s biggest threat. New, unforeseen enemies now have our attention. But for 15 years, two U.S. statesmen have focused on tracking and destroying that arsenal of the past.
Or so his many supporters say. And his efforts to overhaul public education have enjoyed some success and drawn national attention. But as Indiana’s schools chief has learned, changing things means you’ll have a few playground fights along the way.