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Every Underdog has His Day

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in General

(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 General

(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 General

(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 General

(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 General

(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.

State steps up to STEM challenges

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Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in General

A discussion about careers in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — often involves statistics. That’s not surprising. We are, after all, talking about a field focused on facts, figures, and formulas. So, consider this:  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development projects that opportunities in all occupations will grow by 13.9 percent from 2010 to… Continue reading.

Footsteps to Freedom

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Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Features, General

For Eileen Baker-Wall, the Levi and Catharine Coffin house is more than just a state historic site and national landmark. It’s also something as deeply personal and cherished as her family’s rarest heirloom. Her great-great grandfather William Bush perhaps owed his life to the Coffins, their home and the Wayne County community of Newport. Perhaps… Continue reading.

A River ~ not so far away

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Features, General

The Wabash River is Indiana’s river. It’s the official state river, and the state song also sings its praises … “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.” But the Wabash River is not so far away for anyone living in Indiana. It enters the state at Jay County, not far from where it begins… Continue reading.

Doughnut Day: a family tradition

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Posted on Jan 01, 2017 in General

By Joe Craig We have a family tradition called Doughnut Day. This all started when my mother, Irene Craig, who just celebrated her 100th birthday in early December, found a recipe for homemade doughnuts about 50 years ago. Even though preparing the doughnuts required a significant time investment, she took them to church dinners, family… Continue reading.

Did you know…?

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in General

During the food rationing of World War II in the 1940s, bakers began to use beets to enhance the color of their cakes. In addition to creating a red color, the boiled beets, beet juice and even beet baby food allowed the cake to retain moisture. Using a natural alternative to red food coloring can… Continue reading.

Practice makes pysanky

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in General

(Note to readers: This story originally was published in the December 2003 issue of Electric Consumer.) When Paul Batz enters what he calls “The Egg Zone,” there’s no telling where he’ll end up or when he’ll get there. In this oval universe, Batz travels along thin ribbons of wax that en-circle and crisscross the surface… Continue reading.

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