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Thursday, July 02, 2015
  • From basement flood to lunch with Karen
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:35 PM

    Coming from a basement flood to lunch with me, I talked this week’s guest into letting me interview her because I love this little lady immensely. Convertible-top down, she was ready to cruise. In a few minutes, we were at one of my fav eating places (ha, not Pizza Hut this time) Up the Creek down by Turkey Run. We hadn’t seen each other for quite some time and we greatly enjoyed our visit, albeit it was too short. I met this gal when Jim, Jay and I moved in next door to her parents, Bob and Nancy Ford on Center Drive in Crawfordsville. She became a buddy right away and in the not too distant future, we were thrown together in various organizations as her daughter was in our daughter’s class and her son was a grade younger but in several clubs and sports with our son. We’ve remained friends for what now, 40 some years and I’d like you to meet Lynnetta (Lynne) Michael.

  • This week’s guests have fond county memories
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:47 PM

    My first question was, “Are either of you from this area?”  Thinking the answer was no, I was right but sure am glad they picked our community to settle in and raise two fine sons.  Now, I’ve known this week’s couple for 30 years or more, worked with her and admired him.  My buddy and I worked under Mary Bishop, Crawfordsville Library’s director for several years.  Now, our fella’ was born in Ilion, New York in the Mohawk Valley and graduated high school there.  She was born in Indianapolis and graduated in Boonville, Indiana.  This couple met at Indiana State University.  There really weren’t any New York colleges with excellent music programs, and Gary had received letters from a few NY people having gone to ISU.  They sang its praises, so he figured if he didn’t like it, he’d stay a year and go back home.  Loved it, actually, and so did his future wife, Phyllis and if you’ve not figured out by now who this week’s subjects are, meet Gary and Phyllis Hiller, two great folks.

  • Glad this Wisconsin-born fella’ landed in C’ville
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:33 PM

    Our young man (born 1921) is a C’ville transplant, but has been here for more than three decades! He grew-up in Clintonville, where he graduated from high school. Four brothers, one sister, his mother and banker-father helped make-up his life in the small Wisconsin town. After high school, my fella’ headed to the University of Wisconsin where he received his Chemical Engineering degree. I met this week’s guest, Bill Stieg, a few years ago at a genealogy meeting and have thought he was pretty great ever since! 

  • A thinker, doer and one good guy is this week's guest
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:05 PM

    Now, I’ve only met this week’s guest twice, but he’s becoming a buddy already. Why, I even gave him homemade cookies, a general indication that I like a person. This young man grew-up in the small town of Mays, Indiana then graduated from Rushville High School, where he had a little involvement with lots of things but Spanish Club, NHS and Choir (Madrigals) were his continuals. A paper route, McDonald’s and Hardee’s were all high-school jobs. Now, I’m not sure this has ever happened in an interview, but it sure was nifty when he mentioned having worked at Kroger in Rushville. Don Cabbage was sitting at the table behind us in Pizza Hut. Don popped-up and told us that his father began that Kroger, the first one in Indiana. 

  • This week's guest has a precious love story
    Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:14 PM

    This week’s guest was born in 1927 in New Britain, Connecticut in the home of his maternal grandfather, John Keyko.  Raised in Ithaca, New York, he went with his parents to Puerto Rico where he met his future wife.  He was 13, she 12, and he said, “I was enchanted by her.”  He still is and told Jim and I several times that he was so blessed, and had been for 62 years.  She agreed, but noted, “Well, there are moments!”  His father was head of the US Experimental Station as a PhD in Agronomy in Puerto Rico, in charge of corn and beans.  Her father was the Dean of Education at the University of Puerto Rico and in August of 1942, there was no food due to the Germans sinking all the U-boats on the Caribbean.  Our feature fella’ took a plane to Plainville, Connecticut to live with his grandparents and her family went to Illinois to live with her aunt who was a much-sought-after doctor during the war.  So, just who are our folks today?  Many of you will know them, Alex and Ann Lebedeff.  

  • Karen’s subject this week is a workaholic
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:04 PM

    For the last seven years while following our grandkids in athletics, I’ve watched this young man and I think he may be the biggest workaholic I’ve ever known. He grew up in Crawfordsville and is a 1992 CHS graduate where he played tennis, basketball and was in America’s PRIDE and NHS. He received his BA in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies from DePauw. Spending four years teaching Social Studies at Tuttle, he was Athletic Director there as well. He received his masters in Athletic Administration from Grace College and you know by now, likely, that my subject is the one and only great Bryce Barton, and he’s amazing at his job.

  • No curve balls here, Karen’s subject is a great young man
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:40 PM

    This week’s guest is a fantabulous young man. He has his priorities straight and goes out to accomplish what he wants. Also, he’s fairly unique that he went two years at the old high school and two years in the new CHS. For grade school, he attended Nicholson, and the Middle School in 6-8. It was at Tuttle that he found his first love, Jen Carroll. She ended-up his wife. Jen is now a first grade teacher at Hose. Although I had met, seen and heard of Jen’s husband, Brett Motz, I didn’t really get to know him until last semester when he became my lunch hour buddy at CHS. Since a bad break, I have no strength in my left arm, so I greatly appreciated Brett grabbing my Diet Dew bottle and opening it. I didn’t however realize that I had lunch about every day with CHS baseball royalty. 

  • Little ditty about Jean and Dion
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:32 PM

    Waveland was his town; Ladoga her place, but at Southmont, during typing class, they thought perhaps a Canner and Hornet might work. They went out a few times, then he thought, “Well, she seems disinterested,” but they remained pals. After all, her locker was convenient to the lunch room where he hustled to hang-out with the Wavelandites and she carried their books to her locker. This was all at the end of football and by the time Spring rolled around, their relationship was clinched. Thus began the story of Dion and Jean Wilson Thomas.

  • It’s a Navy life for this week’s guest
    Thursday, May 07, 2015 1:02 AM

    In awe through the whole interview, this week’s guest told me she really wasn’t very interesting. Boy, I thought so, and sure hope my readers agree. This gal grew-up in Montgomery County, her father being born here as well (in a log cabin near the Fountain County line). Her mother was Margaret Ratcliff, father Manning Davis. Both she and her father graduated from Waynetown HS. One day, there was a young man she’d not met before home on a Navy leave and she eyed him while driving around. “He was a good looking guy in a uniform. We honked, talked and got a coke.” However, when they parted, he forgot her name. Finally, he asked a friend how to contact her and Dale and Ruth Davis Trump began a quick romance but long marriage. She was 17, he 18.

    They only “dated”, mostly through letters from May until October. He came home three weekends and went out a few times, then dated on a 10-day leave. When he was transferred from Great Lakes to Florida, he came home on another 10-day leave, and they were married. She stayed here to finish her  
  • Lawyer son of a dentist’s son
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:26 PM

    This week’s guest grew-up a doctor’s son, but never desired to follow his father’s occupation.  However, the portion of dad’s life that did interest him was the love of politics.  During his growing-up years, Dad was gone a lot.  With Dad having his own practice, he made many house calls, often times taking some of the family along.  However, when Dad was home, he made the best of it and was a confident, loving father.  That father was one of my fav people, Dr. Sam Kirtley and our subject this week is his equally awesome son, Ray.

    Ray’s gpa’ Kirtley was in the medical field, as well, being a dentist who passed away during the 1918 flu epidemic when Sam was just eight years old. Ray’s “Nanna” was also a political influence on him as she was Montgomery County’s first female office holder.  Besides that, she won as a Democrat in a Republican community.  Nanna was also around her son’s home quite a bit to help raise the boys, clean house, cook or whatever was needed, as Ray’s mother had contacted t.b. when she was attending nurse’s school and remained weak throughout the rest of her life.  When Dr. Sam Kirtley was in the  

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