BACK IN THE SADDLE

Dustin made impact on the cycle

It was 14 years ago when I interviewed Tom Dustin. But if it had been 50 years ago or last week, it wouldn’t have mattered. His core principles would have been the same.

Jay County Fair has a rich history

One of these days, the sign will have to be changed. Ever since the Roundhouse at the Jay County Fairgrounds was restored in 1986, it has had a sign marking it, “Floral Hall 1891.” Trouble is, it was built in 1883.

Big brother hit marriage milestone

Fifty years. That’s a milestone for any marriage. And it’s a milestone my brother, Steve, and his wife, Beth, passed this month.

Young niece provided a reminder

It’s a standing joke at our house that we had our third child because we’d forgotten how much work the first two were.

Recorder caught history in the making

The tape is a time machine. Friday afternoon, alone in my office, I push the play button and Tiananmen Square erupts all over again.

Art addiction came about honestly

If this is a character flaw, I come by it honestly. My father had a problem with charity auctions as well. The latest proof of my own problem came over the weekend in Muncie. Connie and I had gone to a wine tasting event at Ball State that was fund-raiser …

Call added branch to family tree

The phone message went something like this: A woman from Kansas called who said she is related to you. OK, I don’t know about you, but that got my attention. Enough to call back.

Selflessness was signature moment

The place was crawling with Cub Scouts. Not that I have anything against Cub Scouts. I was a Cub Scout myself.

Day was a success despite weather

Sometimes, tradition trumps common sense. That was the case on Sunday.

Wonky move eliminated the wobble

It was about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. And there I was, standing in the stairwell at the back of the newspaper building in Portland, halfway between the landing and the first floor, trying to make my way up from the basement. I was bent over like a creature from …

Memories flew him back in time

As I snapped the picture, I was seven again. At my age, that’s a whole lot of time travel in the blink of an eye.

Let loved ones know they matter

Don’t wait. Don’t wait until someone is gone before expressing how much they mean to you. That’s the lesson driven home over the past month.

Birthday present hit a home run

When it comes to birthdays, sometimes you hit a home run and sometimes you strike out. I’ve had plenty of gifts misfire over the years, but I think I’ve knocked it over the fence a good many times as well.

Indianapolis hunt came up empty

It was about 4 p.m. when I parked my car in a garage on Pennsylvania Street not far from Conseco Fieldhouse. With a little time to kill, I gave Ray Cooney a quick call and asked if there was anything I could do for him in advance of Jay County’s …

Tub revelation made caller’s day

You never know when you’re going to need a butter tub.
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