Indianapolis Monthly October 2020

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open for debate

For most Hoosiers I know, there’s a third rail of politics: politics. I’m not sure if it’s our Midwestern niceness, penchant for deference, or mind-your-own-business-ness, but I hear from a lot of you who have at least some level of discomfort with discussing the Xs and Os of statecraft in polite company. Whether you like it or not, though, staying abreast of the issues and engaging in public discourse about them is part of our civic duty. And if you haven’t noticed, Indiana, which has produced or shaped its fair share of iconic political figures throughout history, has found itself in the national spotlight on a regular basis over the last several years. We live in interesting times and on fertile ground. That’s one of the many reasons we’re fortunate to have…

the mild bunch

“I’m prepared to drink my own pee after watching Bear Grylls do it on TV.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS“Shimmying up the closest tree in a blind panic. I won the tree-shimmying contest at summer camp, and I could do it again.”—KELLY KENDALL, MANAGING EDITOR“I am a tentassembly savant.”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR“Even without GPS, I can usually find my way without getting hopelessly lost.”—ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR“I once went two days without drinking a beer.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR…


Linda Vaccariello • Whenever freelance writer Linda Vaccariello brought up Bob Ross in the course of reporting her story on him this month (p. 57), the reaction was always the same. “People love the guy,” she says. “And many have no idea he filmed The Joy of Painting in Muncie.” That includes young people, who have discovered the painter. “The man died 25 years ago,” she says, “but his show’s a huge hit on Twitch.” Julian Jones • As a child, freelance photographer Julian Jones often heard his father playing ’40s jazz records. That period is the subject of his fashion photo essay this month (p. 80). “In the 1940s, women’s clothing in the African-American community was all about creating an hourglass silhouette with masculine details,” he says. “Looking back on that time,…


“This is a wonderful counterfactual blended with hypothetical on how a great statesman might have led our country through this trying time.”—ALEXANDRA HUDSON, via Twitter“On Earth One, President Daniels is wrapping up his second term, handing over the keys to VP Romney.”—MAX ZORIN, via Twitter“Nice article. Looking forward to the new year follow-up to see the Nostradamus Score.”—PAT BROWN, via Twitter“I could spend all day reading stories of Mitch Daniels’s legendary cheapness.”—SCOT BERTRAM, via Twitter Adam Wren’s August profile of Mitch Daniels as Purdue returned to campus received high marks from readers. WHAT KIND OF U.S. PRESIDENT WOULD MITCH DANIELS HAVE BEEN? 22% The best we’ve had in decades. 46% Certainly better than Donald Trump. 15% A savior for the GOP. 17% A conservative hack, just like he was as governor. LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON…

electoral dysfunction

The BLM Murals from the summer protests find new life, p. 22. Voting In Indiana PAN-WHA? Indiana is just one of six states that refused to allow a pandemic to be one of the reasons voters can vote by mail next month—a factor that could disenfranchise an untold number of Hoosiers during the general election. IT’LL BE FINE, SAYS HOLCOMB Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, backed by his party, has frequently downplayed the risk of voting in person in next month’s election, even as he has curtailed other public activities amid the coronavirus outbreak. “Folks need to understand that it is safe to vote,” Holcomb said earlier this year. “Indiana will have a safe and secure and healthy, in-person election on November 3.” THE DISSENT IS REAL Indiana Vote By Mail Inc., Common Cause Indiana,…

corn mazes

Skip the dinky ones—10 acres minimum. With four elaborate mazes covering 9 miles of paths, Exploration Acres in Lafayette is the granddaddy of Indiana field puzzles, voted best in the country by USA Today. It has a help line to call if you get lost. And emergency exits. Designate a navigator. If you use a provided map, turn it whenever you round a corner. No map? Always go left. If you hit a dead end, backtrack and go right. It gets hot during the day without shade, and you might walk several miles. Take water. Expect a lot of pop-outs and chasers at Hanna Haunted Acres. Go soon—most mazes opened in September, and the corn gets trampled. Might as well try the pumpkin cannon while you’re there.…