Archive for October, 2015

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October 31, 2015

This week’s story has all the hallmarks of a classic horror tale.  A slaughterhouse. A butcher. An insane asylum. And Coffins with Worms. It all started last Monday, when I got a terse email alert from a stranger. “The killer […]

At Your Leisure: Relaxing at Fireside

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October 30, 2015, 1 Comment

Indianapolis is a ‘meat and potatoes’ type of town. That tends to happen when you’re located some 600 miles from the nearest coastli ...

Penny Post: This is a dandy place!

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October 28, 2015, 2 Comments

Postmark:  INDIANAPOLIS, IND.     MAR 1, 1911    3:30 P.M. Message:  March 1st, 1911 Arrived all O. K. Having a good time. This is a dandy place ...

HI Mailbag: Tee Pee Restaurants

October 27, 2015, 20 Comments

Reader’s Question: When I was in grade school, my older sisters always raved about the Tee Pee.  By the time I was a teenager, though, it was g ...

  • Misc Monday: Keep Your Sauerkraut Away From My Bicycles
    October 26, 2015, 1 Comment

    In 1896, readers of the Christmas Eve edition of Cycling Life, a trade magazine for America’s exploding bicycle industry, might have noticed this clever ad.  Probably drawn by an illustrator at an advertising house in Chicago, where ...

  • At Your Leisure: Indy Ghost Stories
    October 23, 2015, 5 Comments

    As we approach that spookiest of holidays, the subject of haunted places and ghost stories always come up. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, it’s always interesting to reflect on the history and reasoning of such tales. Often they [& ...

  • Penny Post: A Fine Ride!
    October 21, 2015, No comments

    Postmark:  PERU  IND.      JUL 6 1929    11:30 AM Message:  Peru, Indiana 11:10 a.m. Fine ride! Best wishes HOW   Addressee:   Mary E. Olisky West Boxford Mass. Penny for your thoughts:  What’s your favorite nighttime v ...

  • Misc Monday: Rufus Cantrell, Intruder in the Dust
    October 19, 2015, No comments

    In 1935, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges weighed in on what mathematicians later called chaos theory: the results of some phenomena are simply impossible to predict, control, or even explain.  Take the freak reasoning of Bartolomé ...

  • At Your Leisure: In Celebration of our Origins
    October 16, 2015, 1 Comment

    Fall brings a plethora of internationally themed festivals in Indianapolis. Some of the more popular offerings include the French Market sponsored by St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and Irish Fest in Military Park. Activities culminate in e ...