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April 26, 2010


Back Home Again in Indiana

In 1917, “Back Home Again in Indiana” hit gold when it was included on the second recording by a New Orleans combo credited with the creation of jazz.

November 23, 2009


Carve the Turkey, Strike Up the Band

Somewhere beneath the jumbo balloons and shy of the Rockettes’ high kicks, an Indiana institution will find its place in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

June 15, 2009


See you in September

Every spring a new generation of students around the county gets exposed to an Indianapolis-based brand name.

May 18, 2009


Spinning dreams out of two wheels

Two staples of twentieth-century American culture share a common progenitor. Ironically, the father of the Indy 500--and Miami Beach--rolled in on two wheels.

April 13, 2009


Littler Fives

In college towns across Indiana, spring colors include the bright jerseys of determined-looking bike riders thronging the streets. An annual spring cycling event on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus that began as a fundraiser for working college students has gained national renown thanks to the beloved 1979 film Breaking Away . Inspired by the Indianapolis 500 […]

January 8, 2007


Women in the Indy 500

Women drivers had a slow on-ramp into the racing world of the Indy 500. Janet Guthrie blazed the trail in 1977, changing the traditional invitation, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” to something more inclusive.

August 29, 2005


The Indy 500

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is one of the largest single-day sporting events on earth. It was the brainchild of four local businessmen, Carl Fisher, James Allison, Frank Wheeler and Arthur Newby. They purchased 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis in the hopes of furnishing a superior proving-ground for the industry’s latest models.

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