Indianapolis Monthly September 2021

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write and wrong

I HAVEN’T REALLY written or reported on a story for five years. I’ve wanted to, but the staff is small, time is tight, and—if I’m being completely honest—I’m prone to make and accept my own excuses about the staff being small and time being tight. It’s a skill. But, from the minute I Googled “Rebecca Raffle,” all of that went out of the window. Even though we live in the Golden Age of the Fugazi, it’s not every day that you stumble upon someone whose backstory seemingly falls to pieces with a couple of mouse clicks. Fortunately, I knew where I could find a great group of journalists who had the skills to do something with all of those pieces. Rebecca ended up becoming the subject of a feature (p. 54) I…


JULIA SPALDING Dining editor Julia Spalding had her work cut out for her in putting together this year’s Best Restaurants (p. 68). “First, we had to identify which places had survived,” she says. “And when we were first reporting it, restaurants were still limited in terms of number of guests.” But Spalding sees a silver lining. “Diners became much more aware of how hard it is to run a restaurant,” she says. DEREK ROBERTSON Digital editor Derek Robertson, a Wayne State University alum, is a spiritwear enthusiast. Unfortunately, fans of such smaller schools tend to have few options for T-shirts. Enter Homefield Apparel (p. 20). “I was gobsmacked when I saw this Indy-based company was selling Wayne State merch,” Robertson says. “It’s such a niche, but that’s where the most passionate people are.” OLIVIA…


(BUZZWORTHY) Cover Girl Amanda Kingsbury’s July cover story on Indianapolis’s fashion scene appeared to be in vogue on social media. I’m so excited for the magazine, the city, and Yemisi [the fashion designer on the cover]. Thank you Megan Fernandez and Amanda Kingsbury. JODY SPANGLER DEFORD Via Facebook I love this. Great fashion representation in our city. DEBORAH KATZ DORMAN Via Facebook This is just the beginning for Yemisi. Greater heights and more successes await her. Her hard work and resilience have paid off. FLORA DANIELS Via Facebook Seeing Yemisi on the cover heightened my excitement for her. Congratulations! TRACY HALLIBURTON Via Facebook Condolences Matt Gonzales’s July story about his cousin’s overdose also resonated with readers. Wow. I’m sorry for Matt’s family and for any of us touched by someone struggling with addictions. Pieces like this help people see these circumstances in a more understanding way. AMY KEMPER Via…

speed read

Monsters of Rock The original members of Guns N’ Roses come home this month for the first time since the summer of 1992. Here, an abridged history of Guns and Indiana. 1962 GNR founding members Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin are born in Lafayette as the much less rock-star-sounding William Bruce Rose and Jeffrey Dean Isbell. SEPTEMBER 1987 The “Welcome to the Jungle” video opens with a clean metaphorical break: Clad in a trucker hat and chewing on a literal stalk of wheat (come on, man), Rose steps off a bus into the neon fever dream of Sunset Strip L.A., where he promptly transforms into the mercurial frontman for the biggest band in the world. AUGUST 1988 Already huge, GNR opens for Aerosmith at Market Square Arena. OCTOBER 1989 GNR serves as the opening act…

wild things

Q: I’M GETTING REALLY CHUMMY WITH THE RACCOON IN MY YARD. IS IT LEGAL TO KEEP ONE AS A PET HERE, AND WHAT OTHER WILD ANIMALS CAN WE TAKE IN? A: You’ll be thrilled to learn (though your neighbors might be less so) that Indiana possesses some of the nation’s loosest wild animal ownership laws. So if you really want to bring that raccoon into your home, give it a bubble bath, dress it in crocheted outfits, and call it Johnny Trash, all you need to do is prove that it’s disease free, kept in adequate accommodations, and not abused. Oh, and fork over a $10 licensing fee. If you’re interested in adopting something larger and more dangerous, Indiana still totally has your back. With proper credentials, civilians can keep…


GARFIELD PHONE VINTAGE: EARLY 1980S Resides in a private collection THANKS TO some lucrative licensing deals, Garfield creator Jim Davis has turned out to be quite a fat cat. One of the Marion native’s biggest merchandising hits was this novelty phone produced by Tyco Toys, a division of Mattel, in the early years of the comic strip. Manufactured in Hong Kong and shipped worldwide by the thousands, the phones became a source of international curiosity when they began mysteriously washing up on shore in France in 1984. Year after year, dozens of them littered the beaches of Brittany. Not until 2019, when a group of journalists found a cave with a shipwrecked container of them, was the mystery finally solved. Because the container is largely inaccessible, the phones continue to surf ashore from…