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February 14, 2013

RONN MOTT: People, places, and things

I was looking for vinegar slaw at the deli in Baesler’s the other day and a lady’s voice behind me said, “I think it’s a little to the right.” I learned it is not called “vinegar slaw,” it’s called “A Dutch Salad” in Baesler’s. I turned to thank the lady and to tell her I’m Ronn Mott and she said, “I know that.” The lady helping me was Sharon Miles. (Sharon is the widow of Chuck Miles, a politico and PR man known to many, and liked by all.) She’s the mother of football coach Trent Miles, who is quite happy with his recent promotion and past success at Indiana State. Trent is now the Head Football Coach at Georgia State. Like many grandmothers whose children are many miles away, she said, “I’m certainly going to miss them.” It goes to show you never know who you’ll meet when you’re looking for vinegar slaw.

The telephone rang the other day and the caller on the other end of the line was Mickey Burk. Mickey lives in Tucker, Georgia, but his heart is in Terre Haute. Loves the city, and misses its people and all of those things he grew up being fond of. He was reading this opinion piece and was enthralled with the story of the Indiana Militia, one of its members I had met at Baesler’s. He was slightly angry about someone disputing my claim that the Waffen SS wore the first camouflage. The writer had said the French were the first. Now, in the article we were talking about cammys, the camouflage uniforms, not the camouflage that hides artillery, tanks, and dug-in foxholes in battle. If you’re talking about that kind of camouflage, the Apaches were probably the best, but not the first.

Anyway, it was good to talk to Mick. When he called, he wasn’t feeling well and struggling a little with his MS. Anyone who ever heard Mickey on the air knows he was never boring. Mickey is bright, funny and sharp as a tack. We miss him and wish he lived closer.

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Dave Crooks was doing the play-by-play at a ballgame a week or so ago between Evansville Mater Dei and Washington. He noticed on the roster the name Bucshon. Dave, who ran against Congressman Larry Bucshon, certainly recognized the name. As he was looking around at the crowd he spotted the congressman, so he left the microphone to shake Bucshon’s hand and invite him to do an interview. The congressman told Dave he would not discuss politics, and who would blame him … the situation in Washington, D.C., isn’t anything to brag about.

So, they held the conversation to basketball and kids, and I hope they recorded it because there may be a little gem for history in that interview.

Dave has invited me up to Rockville to see the newly re-built WAXI studios.  We’ll follow up on that and let you know what I saw. I really enjoy bumping into folks, contacting and getting contacted by former associates and people I know because it gives me an insight I wouldn’t have from any other source.

I’m certainly looking forward to other people and other things to share with you.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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