Although Lew Wallace put Crawfordsville on the map with Ben-Hur, most books written in the city's literary heyday are now found only in antiquarian bookstores.
The Lafayette postmaster took a leap of faith when he gave balloonist John Wise a mailbag containing 123 letters addressed to postal patrons in New York.
Public radio listeners are most likely familiar with the name Will Shortz. The Puzzlemaster from NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday mornings has been on the air since that program started in 1987. The estimated sixty-four million Americans who work crosswords have probably also encountered the native Hoosier’s name at some point or another.
It was invented in Massachussetts in 1891, but basketball's inventor claimed the game, "really had its origin in Indiana." And so began Hoosier Hysteria.
Lewis “Lew” Wallace led troops in the battle of Shiloh, and later in defense of Cincinnati and Washington. Wallace is little remembered today for his his literary masterwork, Ben-Hur.