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Local pilot turns aerobatics into satisfying 'jobby'Restricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Billy Werth's passion for flying has landed him two jobs that pay the bills--as commercial pilot with Chautauqua Airlines and a major in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. His third job is just for fun. Since 2006, Werth has owned an acrobatic flying company called Grayout Aerosports.
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Reference librarians solve 'little mysteries' for patronsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Thirty-one reference librarians at Indianapolis-Marion County’s Central Library downtown, stationed at four buzzing reference desks, provide the personal touch even the best Internet search engine can’t duplicate.
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Legislative assistants keep wheels of state government turningRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
State lawmakers finished their work in Indianapolis this month, but the end of the 2012 General Assembly signaled the beginning of crunch time for a full-time staff charged with sorting out what happened during the contentious short session.
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Crooked Stick golf pro hits links every day, rain or shineRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Patrick White Crooked watch videoCrooked Stick Golf Club pro Patrick White works 90 or more hours a week and loves every minute of it.
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Architect's role goes beyond blueprintsRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Sean Morrison
Architect Sungano Ziswa, a native of Zimbabwe, is Domain Architecture's primary adviser on an apartment project that is the largest solo effort Domain has undertaken in its 15-year history.
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Watchmaker has a flair for precision

April 30, 2011
Sean Morrison
Bill Rostiser has practiced watchmaking for more than half of his life. At 60, he has worked 38 years at Windsor Jewelry just south of Monument Circle. During that time, he watched the downtown area flourish, along with the business.
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Interpretive naturalist helps park visitors commune with natureRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Sam Brattain
Angie Manuel is an interpretive naturalist at Mounds State Park in Anderson. Many make the mistake of calling her a park ranger, but she is quick to correct them.
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Science, creativity key ingredients for Sun King brewer

September 11, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Watch VideoSince its first tapping about 13 months ago, Indianapolis- based Sun King Brewing Co. has generated a noticeable buzz—pun intended—in the craft beer community.
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Math teacher has spent 25 years working Colts sidelinesRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Steve Taylor loves to tell his NFL war stories. There’s the time he taunted Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and the many times he’s been flattened by an overzealous tackler. Then there was the thrill of his Indianapolis Colts’ clinching a trip to the Super Bowl.
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A taste of summer: CPA spends summers as ice cream manRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Certified public accountant Dave Norris bought a 1976 Good Humor truck and started his family-owned U Want Ice Cream mobile route in 2007, aiming to make a personal connection with people—along with a little extra money.
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Cats, dogs just too ordinary for exotic-animal veterinarianRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Kim Puckett
Clad in iguana-patterned medical scrubs, Angela Lennox moves quickly around the clinic laboratory, administering barium to a ferret and ordering a guinea pig X-ray. From there, she moves to an exam room, taking blood from an unruly bird and diagnosing an injured pet duck—all in the span of about 30 minutes.
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Deloitte employees take part in company-wide volunteer dayRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. isn't the only company to set aside a day for volunteering. The Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte had its 10th annual IMPACT Day June 5.
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Real pinball wizard makes career of repairs

May 11, 2009
George Umbarger
Game technician Doug Clark has been going full tilt in unusual niche for 31 years.
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A real pinball wizard

May 11, 2009
It's a rainy Monday morning and Doug Clark is making a house call--an early but otherwise average start to his week.
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Apples, pumpkins, kids keep orchard tour guide hoppingRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Whitney Lee

Ruth Butterfield works as a tour guide at Beasley's Orchard & Gardens three or four days a week every fall, leading an average of two tours a day. Most are school groups, but some adults come with their church groups or on nursing home outings, too.


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Port-a-potty cleaning not such a foul job after all

July 14, 2008
Chip Cutter
Danny Hutson jumps down from the cab of his truck, grabs a giant yellow and black hose, and gets ready to deal with a familiar smell: human waste and disinfectant. It's all part of the job for Hutson, who cleans as many as 45 portable toilets a day for Aardvark Tidy Toilets, a division of Indianapolis-based Gridlock Traffic Systems Inc.
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Low-key guitarist's 'workaholic' approach helps Margot gain fame

April 21, 2008
Louis Jones
Andy Fry has played in five bands in the past 10 years or so, serving in various capacities, including singer/songwriter. He and his seven bandmates of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have just recorded their second album, "Animal!"
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Tattoo artist inks reputation for detailRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Louis Jones
Away from the job, Monte Agee is like any other family man. But in his 12 years as a tattoo artist, he has inked everything from pop-culture icons such as the Powerpuff Girls to Renaissance-style portraits of biblical figures and full-color scenes straight out of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are."
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Actor embraces ho-ho-holiday gigRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Emily Groen
Ty Stover is not your average mall Santa. From his real beard to his jolly laugh and rosy pink cheeks, he is a living, breathing version of St. Nick.
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Dog walker throws leash around new careerRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Emily Groen
Amanda Briggs weaves in and out of the bustling lunch crowd in downtown Indianapolis, keeping a close eye on her canine clients Griffen and Isabella. Briggs, 25, continues her walk through the busy streets, heading to the American Legion Mall and some much-needed grass. Such is the life of a professional dog walker and pet sitter.
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Working in Dinosphere lab painstaking, but rewardingRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Amanda Getchel
Working three years on one project can be tedious, but Mark Sims enjoys every minute he spends preparing dinosaur fossils for display at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Sims, 44, works in the Paleo Prep Lab at the museum's Dinosphere exhibit, picking away at the dirt left on 65-million-year-old fossils.
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Experience keeps fireworks biz in demandRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Amanda Getchel
Phil Ramsey, 65, knows what he's doing in the fireworks business--he's been working fireworks shows as a volunteer since 1968 and founded Frankfort-based Ramsey Pyrotechnics Inc. in 1982. When he's not battling Mother Nature, Ramsey is a grain farmer.
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Bassoonist hitting all the right notesRestricted Content

April 2, 2007
Lisa Gerstner
Although he wears one of his two tuxedos for concerts, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Samuel Banks dons sneakers and jeans for a Tuesday morning rehearsal. But he works hard once the music starts. That attitude likely helped the 26-year-old land his job in one of just 17 year-round orchestras in the nation.
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Chocolatier maintains steady routine between busy seasonsRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Lisa Gerstner
Each week at David Alan Chocolatier in Lebanon, three employees make a different variety of chocolate truffles, nut clusters and other chocolate-laden delights. Alan uses 7,000 pounds of chocolate a year to make his products out of the renovated gas station he has operated at since 1984.
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Dolphin trainer keeps busy in and out of water

September 4, 2006
Victoria D. Williams
Valerie Hollowell always has known she wanted to work with dolphins. After all, trips to Sea World were highlights of her childhood. But now that she's a senior marine mammal trainer, she knows the seemingly glamorous job she watched from the stands is more than wet suits and whistles.
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