Indianapolis Monthly February 2020

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dog gone

At one point over the holidays, I told my youngest brother that he was adopted—just so he’d know who was the boss. He tilted his head and licked me. Later that day, he went outside and ate some squirrel poop. I’m glad that was the order of things, and despite my harsh teasing, I really am grateful to have Max in my life. At least periodically. He is my parents’ dog, a late addition to their empty nest. This month’s cover package (p. 56) got me thinking about Max and the other canines in my occasional entourage. There’s my girlfriend’s stinky dog, Snickers, but he belongs to her and her boys, not me. Same with my buddy Martin—a spunky little bichon-poodle mix who lost the use of his hind legs and scoots…


Kate Franzman While researching architect George Fred Keck for her story about the House of Tomorrow (p. 76), freelance writer Kate Franzman was surprised to learn he had a cult following in the realm of solar home construction. “In a time when architects weren’t really thinking about sustainability,” Franzman says, “Keck’s use of solar technology may have been the most futuristic aspect of the house.” Laura Kruty Special projects editor Laura Kruty is thrilled that so many local businesses accept pets these days (p. 56). But Kruty actually kept her Golden Retriever, Lilly, at home while she sniffed out dog-friendly spots along the Monon Trail. “Even my legs were sore when I was done, so I’m not sure her 11-year-old legs would have kept up,” Kruty says. “But I still told her about…


“This one is stunning.”—CATHY KIGHTLINGER, via Facebook“Post Malone should bring Jerry Lee Atwood up on stage in February.”—RICK LIDINSKY, via Facebook“Love this cover and love Jerry Lee Atwood.”—ANDEE MARLEY, via Facebook“This is so great. Congrats, Jerry.”—TINA VINES, via Instagram WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE JERRY LEE ATWOOD EMBROIDER ON YOUR CUSTOM SUIT? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 25% The Brickyard. On a checkered jacket, naturally. 28% A pork tenderloin. With a few stitches of mustard. 22% Peonies. Our state flower would look great on a western suit. 25% Whatever he wants. Atwood knows what he’s doing.…

report card

I have been aware of DePauw’s financial woes, admissions fails, and administration bloopers since I graduated in 2013, but my former professor Lili Wright did an incredible job putting those problems in context (December). The broader issue is the challenges liberal arts colleges across the U.S. face. ELLEN KOBE New York, New York Lili Wright’s piece about De-Pauw’s struggles was interesting. She pushes back on some of the consulting firm’s ideas. In my brief work with that firm, I’ve been part of teams that talked to all interested parties within a university to help the institution tailor its mission or message. Her suggestions: “Provide students more entertainment than a beer bong. Build a presence in Indy. Pay student tour guides top dollar to be sure they are top shelf.” But surely there’s already…

galentine’s day

GALENTINE’S DAY IS A LADY-PAL LOVEFEST. This annual festival of female friendship was launched on TV by Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, proud resident of the imaginary Indiana town of Pawnee. And the sunny Knope says it best: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” THE HOOSIER-TINGED HOLIDAY WAS CREATED BY A MAN. Parks and Rec co-creator and executive producer Michael Schur told The Wall Street Journal that the show’s writers dreamed up the idea for the second season after spitballing about how Knope would handle Valentine’s Day. KNOPE’S MAN-LESS MAGIC…

shining a light

After the patriotic-themed, four-minute Signature Salute at 6:40 p.m. every night, there will often be an additional show immediately following it. Check the seasonal calendar online. It really starts at 6:30 p.m.—with a very cool countdown clock projected onto the side of the IPL and Circle Tower buildings. You could wait until summer to check this out, but it will take place at a later hour due to darkness. You only have to be outside for about 15 minutes. Best vantage point: first landing on the south side of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Do the kids need a game to play? Count the flags. Pull up the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” on your phone. If you see a member of the military, it’s a good…