Countrified, commonsensical, pragmatic, average, “basketball-crazed”—Indiana is one of only a handful of states with its own distinct brand, one that may not be sexy, but has proven powerful and dynamic enough to endure for two centuries. Too bad it barely captures the state’s true complexity.
In the following columns, reprinted in a new book from IU Press, the legendary Hoosier journalist reveals, with touching candor and haunting prose, a deep spiritual connection to his state of birth—and the people who raised him there.
Standup comedian, sitcom star, ubiquitous TV pitchman—he has clean jokes, a nice-guy demeanor, and a self-deprecating persona. He left Indiana decades ago, but he still looks and acts like a Midwesterner. Just ask New York and Hollywood.