MickeyMaurer

IBJ columnist
Chairman, IBJ Media Corp.

An Indianapolis native, Maurer graduated from North Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Colorado. He returned home for law school, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, where he was a writer and an editor of the Law Journal. He also successfully completed the CPA examination. Maurer serves as chairman the board at IBJ Corp. and The National Bank of Indianapolis. In 2001, he established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $1 million for central Indiana charities. In 2006, Maurer was named Indiana’s secretary of commerce by Gov. Mitch Daniels, serving in that position until 2008. Maurer can be seen on Fox 59 in a quarterly program called “Mickey’s Corner,” interviewing Indiana luminaries. In 2008, IU's School of Law-Bloomington was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Maurer is a regularly published contributor to The New York Times crossword puzzle. His hobbies also include skiing, biking, mountain climbing, woodworking and underwater photography. His woodworking has won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair. In 1999, he successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. In 2003 Maurer authored a book of his underwater photography entitled “Water Colors.” His second book, “19 Stars of Indiana,” was published in 2009. Maurer and his wife, Janie, have three children and seven grandchildren.

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MAURER: Upon reflection, some personal advice

July 5, 2014
There are certain things you should do before it's too late.
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MAURER: Rep. Young's social impact bond idea is a winner

June 21, 2014
Invite the business community to efficiently solve some of society's most pressing problems.
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MAURER: Endocyte: What happens now?

June 7, 2014
The company, once heralded for a promising cancer treatment, is down but not out.
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Maurer puzzle answers

May 24, 2014
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MAURER: Shortz' Living Legend status isn't puzzling

May 24, 2014
The hard-to-please New York Times puzzle editor has earned this high Hoosier honor.
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Senators to sausage—Mickey's Camp has it all

May 10, 2014
Spaces fill up fast in the annual men's and women's camps that send money to favorite charities.
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MAURER: Good science—and some creativity—keep Lilly on its game

April 26, 2014
Things look bright for the city's pharma giant even if it doesn't borrow marketing slogans.
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MAURER: Does She Love Me?

April 12, 2014
Work this week's crossword puzzle for a reassuring answer.
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MAURER: A teaching program that works

March 29, 2014
The benefits of Teach for America show through at Kipp Indy.
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MAURER: Corporate muscle lifts Indiana

March 1, 2014
Companies are part of broad coalitions that have saved us from wrong-headed legislation.
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MAURER: Hoosier bigotry has real-life consequences

February 15, 2014
Let's elect legislators who recognize the damage that can be done by measures like HJR-3.
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MAURER: Anti-Semitism far from extinct

February 1, 2014
Plenty of examples, both at home and abroad, show the world is still an unfriendly place.
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MAURER: What the boss doesn't know

January 18, 2014
Does Chris Christie know all? Don't tell anyone, but the governor I worked for didn't.
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MAURER: Catching up before moving ahead

January 4, 2014
A look back at some of the topics and people I wrote about in 2013.
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MAURER: Wanted: chubby guy with white beard

December 21, 2013
Claus is known to drink too much eggnog and overwork and underpay his poor elves.
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MAURER: Who’s reading this newspaper—and others?

December 7, 2013
You can learn a lot about a person by finding out what newspapers they read.
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MAURER: A mystery to interrupt your feast

November 23, 2013
You are employed by the ASCAP Detective Agency. Your Thanksgiving has been interrupted by an urgent request to identify a celebrity whose voice has not been heard since 1998. Use the worksheet to help you organize the clues.
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MAURER: If you’re 70, Corporate Challenge is a breeze

November 9, 2013
In the seniors division, age is your primary competition in this fun-filled community event.
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MAURER: Costumes that are sure to be a hit

October 26, 2013
Some of them are heroes; others will scare the living daylights out of you.
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MAURER: Leonard Fromm is gone, but his wisdom remains

October 12, 2013
Former law professor's influence on students lasted long after they got their degrees.
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MAURER: Ivy Tech serves more than a tasty meal

September 28, 2013
I make my own breakfast. At mid-day, lunch is usually fresh fish simply grilled. Janie sets the dinner plans, and I go where I’m told. Now I’m writing a restaurant review?
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MAURER: If you get this letter, please recycle

September 14, 2013
The "bipartisan" Heritage Foundation's fundraising pitch isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
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