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Backtrack: The Riley Festival

Forever young.

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Backtrack: Pan Am Games

Gold-Medal Effort

Historic black and white photo of a man throwing a football from the stands to begin an NFL game.
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Backtrack: The Colts’ First-Ever Home Game

Out of the gate.

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Backtrack: Indy’s First Black Expo

From that first weekend to the 11-day extravaganza it is today, Black Expo has blossomed.

Historic black and white photo of a wedding day.
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Backtrack: Before Jonestown

The details of Jim Jones’s wedding to Marceline Baldwin belied the bizarre twists their life together would take.

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Backtrack: Indianapolis Soap Box Derby

For these boys and girls, the most important car race of the year isn’t the Indianapolis 500; it’s the Soap Box Derby.

Photograph of two elderly people sitting on a couch together.
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Xenia Simons Miller: Modern Woman

The female “Miller” behind Miller House & Garden.

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Backtrack: Dora Atkins

How a top Indianapolis florist planted the seeds of her own destiny.

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Backtrack: Helen McKay

“Steele’s page, on the other hand, was considered both beautiful and educational, teaching young readers tolerance and important topics of the day.”

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Backtrack: Norman Norell

The first designer to win the Coty Award, fashion’s equivalent of the Oscars, when it was introduced in 1943.

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Backtrack: Thanksgiving Parade

Lined up for a Thanksgiving parade, the neatly attired Station K newsboys in this photograph look like fresh-faced youngsters straight out of central casting.

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Backtrack: William E. English

An officer and a gentleman.

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Backtrack: Diving In

Indy’s first public pool made quite a splash.

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Backtrack: “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

The tune didn’t really take off in the major leagues until Chicago sportscaster Harry Caray began singing it in the 1970s.

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Backtrack: Past Blue Ribbon

Indianapolis Brewing Company took the gold ribbon at every World’s Fair between 1900 and 1915.

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