Madison’s Birthday

Madison’s Birthday We all have birthdays once a year. Cities do, too. But seldom is notice taken of municipal birthdays, unless they’re especially notable. Like an observance of two centuries of existence. None of us humans will celebrate 200 years…

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road The Beatles, the greatest rock band in history, began recording their swan song, “Abbey Road,” almost exactly 40 years ago this month. Any of you who reply, “So what?” obviously didn’t live through the Beatles era like I…

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What Next!

What Next! Wonder what else could go wrong for us here in dear old Madison, IN? Factories closing or laying people off; the local hospital announcing a move to a costly new hilltop facility that will devastate the downtown —…

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Hoosiers

What’s the best-known state nickname out of all the 50? I’ll bet if you polled a good sampling of Americans, they’d say, “Hoosiers.” It was the name of a first-run, and first-rate, movie about our state’s first love — basketball.…

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Good Samaritans

Good Samaritans Good Samaritans are supposed to assist the injured, right? Rescue people from wrecked, burning automobiles, or out of flaming houses? Well, of course. Remember the original Good Samaritan bathed and bandaged a man of another ethnicity who had…

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Bon appetit!

When you’re a bachelor who doesn’t cook, you’re going to spend a lot of time eating in restaurants. And I have. Over 40 years of it, in practically every diner in Madison. Remember some of the ones everyone used to…

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Bell Ringers

Bell Ringers With Christmastime upon us again, a familiar sound, that of the Salvation Army bells, fills the air outside many stores in malls and also downtown. Old Corporal has volunteered to be among the bellringers this year, as with…

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Musicmen

Musicmen Our area is poorer today, because in the last week we’ve lost two local musicians who brought worlds of pleasure to so many of us for many years: Harold Kinman and Don “Duck” Youngblood. Say “Madison, Indiana” and “music”…

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Post Mortem

Post Mortem After 21 long months of often maddening campaigning, we finally have a new president-elect in Barack Hussein Obama. Hopefully the tears of joy — and of disappointment, depending on your point of view — have all been shed…

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SHORT AND SWEET

SHORT AND SWEET The election will finally be held Tuesday (let’s pause to say in unison, “Thank God!”) As a poll worker, I’m not going to make any partisan statements here, because I agreed not to. But I think there’s…

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Writers

Writing Those of you who aren’t professional writers probably think the hardest part of writing a column is — well, WRITING. You probably imagine the ink-stained wretch sitting in front of his typewriter — make that PC nowadays — clacking…

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Storm Aftermath

Storm Aftermath The sound of the chainsaw has been heard in our town for the past week as people removed downed trees from their yards, sidewalks and, unfortunately, often their houses. The unprecedented windstorm of last Sunday thankfully didn’t cause…

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