Nearly two decades after Indiana University fired the iconic former coach, two years since his unceremonious departure from ESPN, and just months removed from Knight’s full-throated political endorsement of Donald Trump, Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim (a Bloomington native and noted Hoosier basketball fan) takes a long look at The General’s increasingly bizarre—and sad—legacy.
The bestselling author made a late-life return to the hometown that angrily rejected him as a young man, after his greatest literary success. And in an ironic twist worthy of a novel, the city heartily embraced him at a time in his life when, perhaps, he needed it most. But does Indianapolis really want the complete, unabridged Dan Wakefield—or just the CliffsNotes?
Born into poverty in Southern Indiana, Forrest Lucas knows the value of a dollar. But since he dropped $122 million of his own hard-earned cash to have his name on the Colts’ new stadium, the self-made millionaire and oil-additives titan is reaping benefits even he could not imagine.
The Tippecanoe River and its twin lakes provide a stream of revenue and recreation to residents—and a home to some of the world’s most endangered animals, freshwater mussels. The effort to save six species of threatened mollusks hasn’t come without cost or controversy.
The pharmaceutical firm has spent nearly three decades and $3 billion in an Ahab-like quest to develop the world’s first effective drug to attack Alzheimer’s. The search has consumed the careers of Eli Lilly and Company scientists and staffers as they try to cure a disease that afflicts a new victim in the United States every 66 seconds. And this month—when the results of a milestone clinical trial are revealed in a top-secret room in the company’s Indianapolis headquarters—the world will find out whether they got it right.
How Thubten Jigme Norbu’s Tibetan Cultural Center came to be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is an incredible saga of changing identities, forced exile, international intrigue, and one family’s rags-to-riches rise to prominence. The players include the Dalai Lama, the CIA, an Eli Lilly heiress, celebrities, scholars, Buddhist monks, and reincarnated spirits. It’s the story of how one Tibetan immigrant became a Hoosier.
Don Huckstep thought he’d found true love in his small hometown of Fowler, Indiana. But when Teri Deneka mysteriously vanished from his life, the disappearance foreshadowed a bizarre—and grisly—series of discoveries that left Huckstep, police, and another man’s family with more questions than answers.