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A Hoosier at Heart

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Archives

(This article originally was printed in the October 1998 issue of Electric Consumer.) New Yorkers reputedly are a surly sort. But the old sayings about not judging books by their covers and nice guys finishing last sure don’t apply — at least when it comes to their baseball mascot. “Mr. Met is the nicest character… Continue reading.

Every Underdog has His Day

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Archives

(This column was revised and reprinted in the April 2006 issue of Electric Consumer. It first appeared in the April 1989 issue.) Springtime at last is here! And this middle-aged man’s fancy once again turns to thoughts of … baseball. To get through the dreary days of winter now passed, I’d often put on the movie… Continue reading.

The Day Moose wore Polyester PJs

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Archives

(This column originally was printed in the June 1997 issue of Electric Consumer.) To a kid growing up in small-town America in the early 1970s, the memories of summer were indelibly etched with the smells of cowhide, Topps bubble gum, freshly cut grass — and mothballs. But it all started changing in my hometown the day… Continue reading.

Old Man Riverfront

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Archives

(This column originally was printed in the April 2002 issue of Electric Consumer.) May 1975 … three neighborhood buddies, two sisters, one set of parents … road trip to Cincinnati … the Reds and the Atlanta Braves … baseball, hot dogs and Bat Day … Oh, wow! As if on a journey to Oz, we wound our… Continue reading.

Fowl Ball

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Archives

(This article originally was printed in the April 1993 issue of Electric Consumer.) Baseball season is once again at hand. It always seems that at least a couple games each year are made memorable by events of historic significance. Usually a great exhibition of pitching or hitting, an amazing catch or an odd-ball play will inscribe… Continue reading.

Our Grand Old Game

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Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in Archives

(This article was published in the July 2004 issue of Electric Consumer as part of a two-issue focus on Indiana’s “living history” interpreters.) A century and a half ago, gentlemen and ladies assembled on diamond-shaped fields playing a game of ball for pure pleasure. The game was a new sensation, an American creation, something called… Continue reading.

Gone Home: Revival at Lick Creek

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Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Archives

(This article appeared in the February 2002 issue of Electric Consumer.) A winter wind wails through barren tree tops. The rustling branches and creaking limbs break the silence above a small long-abandoned family cemetery just inside the Hoosier National Forest. Toppled headstones lie partially hidden beneath decaying leaves. Hands carved in the stones that once… Continue reading.

A Day of Thanksgiving

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Archives

(Note to readers: This article first appeared in the November 2001 edition of Electric Consumer.) The hugs around Eric Moody might be a little tighter at the family Thanksgiving gatherings this year. They might last a little longer. The family came close to losing the 30-year-old father of three. Just how close? Only the power… Continue reading.

Remember this September

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Posted on Sep 13, 2011 in Archives, Commentary

(Note to readers: This commentary was first published in the September 2011 issue of Electric Consumer.) Where the Ohio River flows along the southern toes of Indiana, the scenic countryside and the small towns make the bright lights of New York City seem a million miles away. Yet, whenever I visit my hometown of Tell City,… Continue reading.

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