Indianapolis Monthly October 2021

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small town

I WENT TO my first “boy-girl” dance in 1982, the fall semester of my sixth-grade year. The theme was “Jack & Diane.” When a giddy eighth-grade girl first pitched the concept in a student-council meeting—“the girls will be Dianes and the boys will be Jacks”—I remember thinking, ‘That’s not a theme—how stupid.’ I could tell our sponsor, the vice principal, felt the same, but I was outvoted. A few weeks later, in homeroom, we cast secret ballots to anoint one “Jack” and one “Diane” to serve as a king and queen of the dance. Alas, Kerry and Kenny, the power couple who won the crowns, did not last. But the song kind of stuck around, didn’t it? If I took a sense of pride that there was a guy from Indiana kicking…


ANTHONY DECURTIS Freelance writer and Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis has covered John Mellencamp’s career since the 1980s. “Sett ing aside the quality of his music, he’s fun to talk to because he tells you exactly what’s on his mind,” DeCurtis says. Chatt ing with Mellencamp about turning 70 (p. 50) had resonance for DeCurtis as well: He just passed that milestone in June. KAITI SULLIVAN Freelance photographer Kaiti Sullivan lives in Indy, but she wasn’t familiar with the massive warehouses along I-65 until she explored the areas around them for this month’s photo essay (p. 68). “Gett ing to know the people in those overlooked communities was the highlight of the assignment,” she says. “I’m so thankful to those who took the time to share their stories.” SUSAN BRACKNEY Covering “The New Brown…

riches to rags

This Adam Wren piece is perfect. It’s not only an exceptionally welltold rise-and-fall story, but it also captures why Indianapolis is a unique place to rise and fall. JAMES BRIGGS Via Twitter Great story. All of us techies of a certain age from Indianapolis wanted to be Scott Jones. Go to a coast, do something insanely great, get rich, come home. I wondered what happened to him, but never thought it would be this. TOBY SCHUMACHER Via Twitter Commendations to Scott for his honesty. That’s rare, and not easy. I’m pulling for him. KEN OWEN Via Twitter Great piece from @IndyMonthly on one of Indiana’s tech idols. Good insight about Jones, as well as Indiana’s need for a story like his. ERIK DAFFORN Via Twitter Adam Wren delivers one helluva piece. I think we underestimate the lasting effects of Big Scott Jones…

ghost town

DO THE MATH. This year marks the 75th festival, but not the 75th anniversary. The event debuted in 1927 with a costume contest, a street dance, and a parade along Washington Street—all planned in just three days. Aft er a few years, the festival fizzled, but it was revived in 1946 as an economic development initiative. The parade and costume contest were joined on the agenda by a new window-painting competition, with a badminton set as first prize. “Four generations of my family have painted on the windows,” said lifelong Irvingtonian Nancy Tindall-Sponsel. The festival died out again in the late’60s, only to be resurrected a few years later. Since 1974, it has been organized by the nonprofit Irvington Community Council. PRACTICE SAFE HEX. Aft er last year’s cancellation due to…

easy listening

Q: IS THAT PIPED-IN ORCHESTRAL MUSIC ON MONUMENT CIRCLE PERFORMED BY THE ISO? IT SOUNDS LOVELY DURING THE DAY. A: You can thank a $7.6 million audiovisual package installed on Monument Circle last year. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra can indeed be heard playing the nightly Signature Salute to veterans, but any other symphonic music probably isn’t its work. Most of the day’s programming consists of jazz and soft pop provided by Vibenomics, a Fishers–based company that supplies tunes to grocery stores and other businesses. The return of some traffic to the area has also brought an uptick in live acts utilizing the speakers. “We have so many ways we’re trying to program the Circle,” says Bob Schultz, senior vice president at Downtown Indy, which oversees the initiative. “We’re trying to find…

wiener dog race

If your doxie is social and chases squirrels, you might have a contender on your hands. Training is for suckers. Just bring the right treat or toy to tease your dog toward the finish line. You might play polka music on a few walks. It’s going to be the background noise. Lift a heat winner into the air for recognition and adulation. Youth doesn’t guarantee speed. Older dogs who enjoy playing and running are competitive. Remove any costume before the race so your pooch doesn’t get hot. Never blame the dog. Every wiener is a winner—of hearts.…