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MARK BENNETT: Rose professor’s bit part in classic holiday movie leaves a major memory
Most of us see a bit of ourselves in “A Christmas Story.” Mike Kukral does so, literally. The 1983 movie grew into a holiday classic because so many of its poignant, awkward and hilarious moments seem to have been pulled straight from our childhood memories.
MARK BENNETT: Ferrell’s love of Old Milwaukee shines light on Old Terre Haute
Will Ferrell didn’t walk through traffic at Seventh and Wabash for nothing.
Well, actually it might have been for nothing. Apparently, the comedian just likes Old Milwaukee so much that he came to Terre Haute, unannounced, one morning last September to film wacky commercials for the beer.
MARK BENNETT: Holiday season makes going to the mailbox fun again
Ants decided to set up a colony in our family’s mailbox last summer.
MARK BENNETT: First impressions: City benefits from hearing visitors’ views of community
The town should blush.
MARK BENNETT: When it comes to retail, Thursday is the new Friday
The new Thanksgiving dinner tradition?
Turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie served at a family tailgating party in a big-box store parking lot on Black Thursday.
MARK BENNETT: 'The Way We Worked' exhibit explains how work became a cornerstone of Americana
Young steelworkers, like Robert Bruno’s dad, often took dates to the railroad yards, watching train cars rumble past in blue-collar Youngstown, Ohio.
MARK BENNETT: He told tales of great-uncle Mortecai Brown, but Fred Massey's story is worth hearing
Fred Massey loved to talk about his family.
His wife and daughters, his parents, his brothers and sisters. And, his great-uncle, Mort. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, that is, the Hall of Fame pitcher who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series title in 1908 with an amazing curveball and without an index finger.
MARK BENNETT: Guess where the newest THPD headquarters is?
The city election involved lots of debate over a new headquarters for the Terre Haute Police Department.
But is Raleigh, N.C., really a fitting location? The 750-mile commute for the cops would be dreadful.
MARK BENNETT: Mayor’s progressive vision today has ties to leader long ago
Going backward rarely works as a leadership strategy.
Political groups often insist they’re primed to “take back America.” While their intent is to reclaim lost turf, the ultimate goal is to go backward — to a different time. Life isn’t “Back to the Future” or any other movie, though. The best policy for worthwhile living is to do things right today that make tomorrow better.
MARK BENNETT: ‘It’s giving with care, and without judgment’
Let’s avoid the P-word today.
Just for some clarity, we’ll offer its dictionary definition: “The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.”
MARK BENNETT: Pull up a telescope and see a show at Rose-Hulman observatory
Once in a lifetime. The phrase gets uttered often. Sometimes, it’s an assumption, as in traveling to Europe or getting tickets to see the Cubs play in the World Series. Occasionally, it’s definite.
MARK BENNETT: Year of the River inspiring new ideas
The Wabash River inspired the state song. That’s impressive.
MARK BENNETT: The significance of writing: T-S columnist Mike Lunsford pens third book
Our nerves buzz with anxiety for different reasons.
MARK BENNETT: Movie’s portrayal of fatherhood’s issues lives up to its name
For three summers, I had the good fortune to watch and listen to Tony Dungy day after day.
MARK BENNETT: Could a new champion for public schools be emerging?
Deep down, millions of Hoosiers would wear the label “advocate for public schools.”
Yes, many have their complaints, criticisms and a few “you-know-what-they-really-need-is” suggestions. But, in their heart of hearts, they want to see their alma maters and hometown public schools succeed and progress.
MARK BENNETT: In Prairieton, renovation gives new life to old park
There wasn’t much leg room in that Radio Flyer wagon.
Our sons — two years apart but squashed together inside its fading wooden rails — always fidgeted until the black wheels started rumbling over the uneven WPA-era sidewalks running through Prairieton.
Rekindling a dream on the river
Mark Twain probably would grin at the sight of John Cornell, Jim Foster, Dan Remaly and their raft.
MARK BENNETT: Just another Terre Haute celebrity sighting
At some point, this stuff becomes routine.
MARK BENNETT: Everyone has a role in this American story (see VIDEO)
We stood atop a hill in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, and I do mean rural. Cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs kept pulling into the parking area. Groups of people climbed out of their vehicles and into the suffocating July heat. Then, they too stood on the hilltop, staring down at a grassy clearing in front of a woods.
MARK BENNETT: It’s time for us to rekindle our volunteer spirit
Hoosiers exhibit generosity.
Terre Hauteans, in particular, displayed that virtue after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the local flooding in 2008. They donated blood, money, food, clothes and — most significantly — their own sweat and time.
MARK BENNETT: What would Debs think?
Pretend it’s the year 2111.
MARK BENNETT: This is the perfect time to lie on your back staring at the sky
August should be national hammock month. The night sky turns into an astronomical kaleidoscope in the year’s eighth month.
MARK BENNETT: Step back in time with barbershop shave
The wisecracks actually helped. Odd as it seems, references to grisly barbershop scenes in mobster movies relaxed me.
MARK BENNETT: Through it all, police officers continue to perform
Put one foot in front of the other. Again. And again. It sounds easy. Yet, in the wake of hardship or trauma, that’s one of the toughest challenges — to simply keep on keepin’ on.
B-SIDES: Renovations to bring eclectic dome into light
Few things in Terre Haute cause people to stare upward. Storm clouds, maybe. A murder of crows blackening the wintertime sky at dusk downtown. Fourth of July fireworks above the Wabash River.
MARK BENNETT: Daredevil attitude carries Kylie Hutson to new heights
Lots of people fear being upside-down. Such fright makes rollercoasters popular.
Kylie Hutson has never suffered that phobia.
MARK BENNETT: County’s prime working-age population needs replenished
At least they mean well.
So often, you’ll hear an adult try to inspire activity in a listless high school kid by saying,
B-SIDES: Terre Haute faces rare Y-less summer, but remedy possible
Sixteen-thousand kids just started summer vacation in Vigo County. Some will play baseball or softball. Some will attend camps. Some will work part-time jobs. Some will prepare for college. Some will watch TV, hang out, or “just chill” for 21⁄2 months.
Will revised Indiana alcohol ID law cause Hoosier run on botox?
The most high-pressure job in America used to be the “I-Can-Guess-Your-Age” guy at the county fair.
B-SIDES: Invasion of the buffalo gnats really sucks — blood that is
Ah, you can’t beat an invigorating springtime walk in Indiana.
In my case last weekend, it was just me, my wife, bright sunshine, a slight breeze …
… and three dozen gnats performing a sting operation as they relentlessly orbited my head for the entire 3-mile trek.
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