Indianapolis Monthly November 2018

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the good doctor

The family practitioner of my 1970s and ’80s childhood was Dr. J.P. Salb, a man from central casting. I don’t know if in the passage of time I’ve conflated him with Robert Young from Marcus Welby, M.D., but the Dr. Salb of my memory was blessed with the TV looks, compassionate demeanor, and authoritative voice that was no act. Having lived an accomplished and honorable life, he passed away last year at 88. Before then, Dr. Salb had been an Eagle Scout, high school basketball standout, father, and husband of more than 50 years. Lesser achievements included stitching me up at least three times: wrist (sharp stick mishap), forearm (Coke-bottle catastrophe), and upper lip (shovel to the face). Early in my career, when I was a sports writer, I had the…


Lili Wright Freelance writer Lili Wright wants a dog. Maybe. So long as it doesn’t yap or jump or bite like some canines she has met. Curious about what disciplining a dog entailed, she contacted local trainer Bruce McNabb (p. 50). “He has a confidence you want to bottle,” she says. “The dogs sense this. They want to please and perform. But, really, he’s training the owners as much as the dogs.“ Katie Grieze Freelance writer Katie Grieze considers herself crafty, so she pounced on the chance to write about Sand Creek Wood Shop (p. 32). “I remember seeing their photos on Etsy and thinking, I’ll never need a vegetable peeler that pretty, but I sure would like one,” she says. Now in her final year at Ball State University, Grieze serves as…


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net worth

Romeo Langford ASSEMBLY HALL HAS HOSTED SOME FANTASTIC FRESHMEN. In his first year, Isiah Thomas scored 14.6 points per game. (“From the minute he walked onto the court,” one of his teammates later recalled, “he became our heart, our soul, our leader.”) Steve Alford averaged 15.5, Calbert Cheaney hit 17.1, and Eric Gordon went for 20.9. And Zeller? He scored 15.6 points per game. THE SCOUTS WILL TELL YOU ROMEO MEASURES UP. He’s a long-armed 6-foot-6, with smooth moves around the basket and a sweet jumper. He might not have Victor Oladipo’s athleticism, but Romeo will be able to score from day one—just like he did at New Albany High School, where he nearly broke the state’s record for career points. Top-10 recruits play much better than anyone else. “It’s a very top-heavy…


The entry times have increased to every half-hour. Google a sunset calendar before buying tickets. Borrow someone’s 3-D glasses if you didn’t hear about this new option. They transform lights into snowflakes. But you have to buy them online in advance. Dress warmer than you think you need to if the temperature will be in the single digits. Charge your phone first. No sneaking into Lilly House through the back door. Or through the front with a beverage. Buy a toasty drink inside. The lines are longer outdoors. While rubber-necking at the Tree of Toys, remember the name Karl Unnasch. He’s the sculptor who builds it. Hit the gift shop at the end to avoid schlepping around a Robert Indiana coffee-table book. Best photo: Snowflake Bridge.…

plain stumped

“BUT THOSE TREES! Those trees! Those Truffula trees! All my life I’d been searching for trees such as these.” Indiana’s state forests may be heavier on oaks and poplars than Technicolor Truffulas, but this tree-hugging salvo from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax could as easily refer to the woodlands of Brown County as the setting of kiddie lit’s most famous environmentalist story. Like the Truffulas, Indiana’s hill-country trees are stately—and in danger from loggers. Timber-harvesting in Indiana state forests has increased by 400 percent since 2005, when a Department of Natural Resources strategic plan called for increased logging to help fill its coffers. The policy has led to dramatic clear cuts in Morgan-Monroe and other state forests and, most recently, to a controversial November 2017 timber sale in Brown County’s Yellowwood State Forest.…