FrankBasile

The Traveling Life columnist

Basile is a professional speaker, author, community volunteer, philanthropist and retired executive of the Gene B. Glick Co.  He has presented 1,400 speeches and holds the designation of certified speaking professional.  The author of 13 books, he wrote a weekly column on management for IBJ for 20 years and has penned more than 1,500 articles for various other publications.  Basile served as board chair of nine not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of seven. He was senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. for 33 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for his volunteer and other activities. Basile was born in New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and is married to Katrina, who is a Realtor.  Besides speaking, writing and volunteering, his hobbies include ballroom dancing, reading, attending movies and plays, collecting art, exercising, travel and philanthropy.

E-mail: Frank_Basile@sbcglobal.net

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BASILE: For more fun, invite serendipity into your summer road trips

July 26, 2014
No matter what our plan, we are always flexible about modifying it if we come across some unexpected sight or event. Frequently the most interesting experiences are unplanned.
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BASILE: Visiting Vegas (while steering clear of the tempting slots)

December 28, 2013
A beyond-high end car dealership? A mobster museum? On a recent trip to Sin City, I experienced another side of Vegas.
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BASILE: Odds are Branson visitors will be treated like family

September 28, 2013
Hokey? Sure. But other cities could learn something about customer service from how this Missouri country mecca.
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BASILE: Getting to Cuba isn’t easy, but rewards are worth it

July 27, 2013
The Cuba we found was quite different from the Cuba of 1958, frequently portrayed in books and movies. Instead, of neon and casinos, we found crumbling buildings and functioning 1940s and 1950s American cars.
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BASILE: My (big) easiest destination choice: New Orleans

April 27, 2013
I have been remiss in not writing anything about a prime tourist destination—and my hometown—New Orleans. Correction time
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TRAVEL: For best experience, go with no reservations

December 29, 2012
Like most of our trips, the only reservations we made were for the flights.
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BASILE: In Houston, a megachurch offered a practical message

October 27, 2012
As a professional speaker myself, I could appreciate his pacing and understated gestures.
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BASILE: Glad to say goodbye to Kaliningrad

July 28, 2012
Two Russian policemen approached me and asked to see my “papers.” After a cursory look, they escorted me into a small cinder block “interrogation” room, which could barely contain the three of us and my backpack.
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TRAVEL: Learning about roots makes Sicilian sojourn worthwhile

April 28, 2012
The only information we had about my ancestral family on my father’s side was a baptismal certificate for my paternal grandmother. It said she was baptized in a town called Alia.
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TRAVEL: Surprise! Carmel has turned into a place I'd like to visit

January 28, 2012
Over the past few months, we’ve fallen in love with a charming city just a few miles north of our Indianapolis home.
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TRAVEL: Gambling on wedded bliss in Las Vegas

October 29, 2011
We did not want a traditional wedding. So we went to the traditional home of non-traditional nuptials.
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TRAVEL: Overcoming Olympic travel hurdles in Greece

September 17, 2011
How a tour guide named Poopie kept an accident from turning into a traveller's nightmare.
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TRAVEL: Heading south of the border again and again

August 27, 2011
Katrina and I have made more trips (10) to Mexico and traveled to more cities and towns there (35) than we have to any other foreign country in the last 12 years.
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BASILE: Navigating South America proves challenging

May 28, 2011
Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are connected to South America by land and little else.
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Frank's rules of travel

March 12, 2011
Following these guidelines can make for a better vacation
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TRAVEL: Perfectly Franks--Namesake meeting in Big Apple

January 29, 2011
In 2002, I received an e-mail from a gentleman in New York City named Frank Basile who said he attended Indiana University in the mid-1980s and was often asked if he was my son.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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