Tough, engaging, and fiercely private, the man who is perhaps most responsible for the Colts championship remains little known to Indianapolis fans. Yet Bill Polian’s brilliant mind and competitive zeal brought the city a title—and a new identity.
Last summer, Chris Carlson left Indianapolis with his three grandsons for a male-bonding adventure in the Grand Canyon, a hike that would land him in prison for child abuse. Many called him a monster. But is it possible he just didn’t know any better?
She was Indy’s most famous fitness instructor and a budding trainer to the stars, a woman who pledged to make her clients not just fit, but skinny—just like her. Then one day she was gone, taking thousands of dollars of their money with her.
As leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Militia in the 1990s, Mmoja Ajabu bred hate and anger in the name of social justice. When his son was convicted in a horrific murder, he incurred the wrath of the entire city. Now, Ajabu returns to prominence.
From Indianapolis, one of the nation’s biggest trucking cities, comes Charci Thomas, one of its most improbable drivers. Having driven almost 1 million miles in her career, this petite pedal-pusher has hauled everything from cat food to caviar. Who better to take me on an eight-day, 5,000-mile, 18-wheel odyssey across America?