Indianapolis Monthly April 2021

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age-old problem

In Megan Fernandez’s wonderful profile of Barbara Baekgaard (p. 60), the Vera Bradley cofounder, who is entering the next phase of her entrepreneurial career at age 82 (!), shared the secret to her success: Say “yes,” she says, and worry about the details later. But one thing the story won’t tell you is that old people lie. Like, a lot. Joe Biden (78)? Big-time liar—Trump said so. Trump (74)? Total fake news. You might not know this, but that’s not even his real hair. That woman in the nursing home celebrating her 104th birthday? She’s really 102. The ability to lie is just something that comes with getting your AARP card, like a senior-sized soda at McDonald’s. Don’t believe it? Tell me the Rolling Stones weren’t just a bunch of white…

hear us out

Inspired by our cover story on podcasts (p. 48), our editors share what they’re listening to: “Pod Save America is my lifeline, and I trust them so much that I’ll buy the products they shill for. Except Magic Spoon—I can’t pay $10 for a box of cereal.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, EXECUTIVE EDITOR“Office Hours. This demented spin on the drive-time radio show, hosted by the comedian Tim Heidecker, is a really effective workday distraction.”—DEREK ROBERTSON, DIGITAL EDITOR“I have found comfort recently in Mall Talk Podcast, which is exactly what it sounds like: a podcast about shopping malls. It makes me feel both nostalgic and hopeful.”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR“I recently discovered Max Anderson’s Art Scoping, which frequently discusses his time at the IMA. The guy hasn’t lost anything in the eloquence department.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR…


Susan Brackney Freelance writer Susan Brackney loves junkyards, so she was drawn to Jason Wright’s tailgate benches (p. 24). Seeing the backends of those retired Jeeps and Chevys given new life also stirred up some nostalgia. “I used to play in the back of my dad’s Chevy,” Brackney says. “It was the color of an overcooked green bean, and it had bright white letters on the back. It would have made a great bench.” Adam Wren In his interview with Marion County prosecutor Ryan Mears (p. 39), contributing editor Adam Wren examined how the progressive policies of this political up-and-comer are rippling across the city. “Mears is a kind of progressive Democrat that Indianapolis hasn’t seen in a long time,” Wren says. “One of the big stories of the next few years is…


Our January story on Bottleworks inspired a lot of enthusiasm for the new Mass Ave development. WHICH BOTTLEWORKS DESTINATION WILL BE YOUR FIRST STOP THIS SPRING? “Great options all over. I think it will be a big hit for Indy.”—BLAKE FOGELSONG, via Facebook“Bottleworks is going to be an awesome place to hang.”—MATT PELSOR, via Twitter“The craftwork looks boss in the pictures I’ve seen so far.”—MCKENZIE SPOTTS, via Twitter“Who else is excited to check this place out?” —JEREMIAH SHEETS, via Twitter LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. IN THE POCKET Derek Schultz on Carson Wentz as the Colts’ new QB. LET IT SNOW Look back with our photo gallery on February’s big snowstorm. OUR POWERS COMBINED An NFL writer on why Indy was the perfect city for the…

where did the love go?

Newfields TROUBLED TENURE. In his eight years at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Charles Venable renamed the campus Newfields, gated the grounds, imposed an entrance fee, and was promoted to president in February. Only two weeks into the new role, more than 2,000 members of the community and 85 anonymous Newfields employees demanded his resignation over racist language he defended in the job description for his replacement. It specified diversifying patronage while “maintaining the museum’s traditional, core, white audience.” TOXIC CULTURE. In 2017, in a stated effort to bring more racial awareness and ethnic diversity to the museum’s collection, Venable called on Dr. Kelli Morgan. Morgan says she was hired because she is Black, not because of her skill set as a critical race-culture historian. Once she began to do the work…

golf season

Indy is vastly underrated as a golf destination because it’s not on TV every year hosting a pro event. When your golf buddies visit from out of town, the first tee time you make is Brickyard Crossing. No other course here will set you back a C-note. But no other course has four infield holes, either. Play a twilight round in May and you might be joined by a 500 driver looking to unwind. Noblesville’s Purgatory is billed as the longest non-mountain par-72 in the world—but the 7,754-yard back tees are better seen than actually played from. Every public course in the area welcomes walking players, but Fort Harrison State Park’s layout will test your calves as much as your game. Hear “fore” at Pleasant Run? Take it seriously. VENABLE PHOTO…