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SPORTS: From ticket manager to 'Mr. Baseball' in 50 yearsRestricted Content

June 26, 2006
Bill Benner
Not surprisingly, Indianapolis Indians President Max Schumacher and Victory Field, his own field of dreams, have something in common. Neither Max nor the ballpark looks anywhere close to their age. And by the happy coincidence of timing, there will be a double celebration at that downtown beauty of a ballpark July 16. Recognition will be made of Victory Field's 10th anniversary. Hard to believe, but it's been a decade since that pristine night, July 11, 1996, when the gates flew...
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Driving through adversity: First-time team owner uses business fundamentals to help reach the finish lineRestricted Content

June 26, 2006
Matthew Kish
It's been a bumpy ride for Michael Crawford this year. Scratch that-it's been like driving into a concrete wall at 190 miles per hour. Repeatedly. The rookie race team owner put his financial livelihood on the line this year to buy two cars and run them in the Indy Pro Series, the open-wheel racing equivalent of AAA baseball, one step below the major leagues. IBJ is following Crawford's progress in hopes of shedding light on the challenges startups face when...
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SPORTS: High school hoops border war reduced to a scuffleRestricted Content

June 19, 2006
Bill Benner
Often, when I'm asked to give talks reflecting on the success of the sports initiative in Indianapolis, I use summertime as an illustration. Back in the old days-and you know you're getting old when "old days" refer to anything pre-1970-Indy's June-July-August sports menu could pretty much be written on a single page and in large type. Once the Indianapolis 500 came and went on Memorial Day, about the only thing to do was wait for the start of college and...
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Hilbert estate drawing some offers: Letterman, Babyface, Judd not interestedRestricted Content

June 19, 2006
Tom Murphy
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning passed on a chance to buy the Carmel estate built for Conseco Inc. founder Stephen Hilbert that's on the market for a cool $20 million. Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal also rejected the opportunity a couple of times, real estate broker Dick Richwine said. Nearly a year after it went up for sale, the Carmel property labeled the most expensive home in Indiana is still searching for the right buyer. But a recent flurry of interest and...
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Diving for Dollars: Carmel water park looks to make splash by soaking up naming-rights dealsRestricted Content

June 12, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Carmel water park looks to make splash by soaking up naming-rights deals Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation has a novel business plan for the $55 million Monon Center at Central Park project that includes selling sponsorships and naming rights for its 10-acre water park and other attractions, possibly even for the entire venue. The mammoth development-which will feature meeting space along with sports facilities, including the water park and fishing lagoons-is under construction and won't open for nine months. But the...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Program opens eyes to community needsRestricted Content

June 12, 2006
In 1973, an automobile accident inspired a mother to create a dynamic memorial to the accomplishments of her son and for the benefit of the community in which he lived. For 30 years, the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series has offered a unique perspective to 25 individuals on the issues confronting our city and region. Guided by a moderator through tours, seminars, reading and interaction with experts, the participants debate education, government, health and human services, the justice system,...
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IUPUI again running in the fast lane: Track facility emerges nationally after long absenceRestricted Content

June 12, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
For its first 15 years after opening in 1982, the Michael A. Carroll Track & Field Stadium on the IUPUI campus hosted a major national or international trackand-field event almost annually. For the last decade, it's been primarily relegated to charity events and local grade-school championships. But with the first high-profile competition at the track since 1997 scheduled for this month, the venue is poised for rebirth. From June 21-25, it will host the U.S. National Championships-an event organizers hope...
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SPORTS: City's full-court press pays off with tourney victoryRestricted Content

June 12, 2006
Bill Benner
Before the press conference announcing the Big Ten's decision about the future of its men's and women's basketball tournaments, I pleaded-to no avail-with Conseco Fieldhouse Executive Director Rick Fuson to post a score on the fieldhouse board. Indy 5, Windy 0. He was right in refusing to play along. It's always good to take the high road. No sense rubbing Chicago's nose in the news that the Big Ten had awarded the tournaments to our burg for five successive years...
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Firm finds direct approach pays off: Marketing Informatics, part of hot industry, sees revenue rise by $28 million in 3 yearsRestricted Content

June 5, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Bob Massie came to Indianapolis in 1985 to preach the Word of God. Twenty-one years later, he's spreading the messages of Indiana businesses, not from a pulpit, but through direct-mail advertising. Massie is shepherding a fastgrowing flock of clients. His company's revenue has grown from $1.86 million in 2003 to a projected $30 million this year. The growth of Massie's firm, Marketing Informatics, reflects the growth of the industry. Directmail advertising is growing more than 15 percent annually, according to...
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NOTIONS: Fighting mountains, oceans with human connectionsRestricted Content

June 5, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
During the 1992 presidential campaign, H. Ross Perot used the phrase "that giant sucking sound" to describe what he feared would be a rush of American jobs into Mexico should the U.S. approve the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Indiana's 2006 economy, "that giant sucking sound" describes the rush of Indiana talent across the state line to anywhere but here. In a phenomenon known as the "brain drain," Indiana exports more young talent than it imports. But suppose we...
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SPORTS: Two Sams make most of their day at the BrickyardRestricted Content

June 5, 2006
Bill Benner
We often hear the sad refrain that the Indianapolis 500 "isn't what it used to be." I would concede the point, although, after last week's scintillating victory by Sam Hornish Jr., the pendulum unquestionably is swinging back in a positive direction. And while there may be fewer people in the seats and, certainly, fewer drunks in the infield, it remains the largest single-day sporting event in the world, which is a fact and not a marketing slogan. Sometimes you have...
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Danica deal just one of many for MainGate: Firm looks to relocate as profits soar 828 percentRestricted Content

June 5, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
With a deep history in motorsports, it would be understandable if officials for Indianapolis-based MainGate were focused solely on their recently signed exclusive licensing deal with racing diva Danica Patrick. After all, Patrick's merchandise outsold all other Indy Racing League drivers combined last year, and since MainGate has taken over making, distributing and selling her merchandise this year, sales have tripled, company officials said. But with the company busting at the seams and a wave of new business from various...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Let's tax phone, Internet, TV usageRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Morton Marcus
Felicity Futenmouth and I went to graduate school together. Her career in economics focused on consumer services provided by such first-class firms as MegaMedia, MegaMarkets and MegaMercenaries. We became reacquainted lately at our class's 35th reunion. Over a nightcap of hot chocolate and biscuits, she enticed me with a coy question: "How do you feel about local taxes?" "I am all for them," I responded. "If you don't have local taxes, you don't have a strong claim on the responsibility...
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PROFILE ALEX INTERMILL: Life is an ongoing adventure for local attorneyRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
-Della Pacheco
PROFILE ALEX INTERMILL Life is an ongoing adventure for local attorney As an attorney, Alex Intermill is used to the hectic pace of corporate law. So you'd think that in his spare time, he'd just want to kick back and relax. You'd be wrong. The 33-year-old is an environmental and real estate attorney with Indianapolis-based Bose McKinney & Evans as well as the town attorney for Pendleton, in Madison County. He gets his adrenalin pumping by competing in mountain bike...
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Standard Life turns page, rolls with changes: A year after sale, firm improves rating, makes profitRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Tom Murphy
Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana has much to celebrate as it passes the one-year anniversary of its sale to Capital Assurance Corp. Profitability, a rating upgrade and product launches all are among the positives the company can tout since it gained new life and left behind old owner Standard Management Corp. last June. Standard Life notched a $15.8 million profit last year, due mostly to a gain from the sale of its life insurance business. Subtract that, though, and...
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SPORTS: Child of city fears demise of program that saved herRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Bill Benner
You can sense the ache in Rochelle Taylor's heart, the knot in her stomach. She goes to bed at night wondering, "What are we going to do?" She wakes up thinking, "What are we going to do?" Kids are her passion. Not just any kids, but the ones who live in the city neighborhoods ... often underserved, undeserving victims of circumstances into which they were born. And circumstances in which they might remain, unless someone extends a hand. Taylor is...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IUPUI grads help tsunami victimsRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Many parents today fret over their kids' obsession with computers, video games and the Internet. "All he does is sit at that stupid computer." If I heard that once, I've heard it a million times. But sometimes, when young people's passion for the digital frontier intersects with compassion for their fellow man, great things can happen. Such is the case with Chris Podell and Zachary Shields, two recent graduates of the new media and arts program at the IUPUI School...
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Colts, Tribune sign deal to air shows on WXIN: WISH makes own adjustments in wake of changeRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts have signed a two-year deal with Tribune Co., moving the team's two television shows from Lin TV Corp.'s WISH-TV Channel 8 and WNDY-TV Channel 23 to Tribune's WXIN-TV Channel 59. "The Bill Polian Show" will air 10:30 p.m. Saturdays starting this fall, and "Colts Up Close" will air Fridays at 11:30 p.m. To beef up its Colts affiliation, local Tribune officials also are working independently on a Colts post-game show, which will air on WXIN sister station...
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STAYING POWER: Bryant in sixth decade as racing sponsor at BrickyardRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a few-thousand-dollar investment to put a company logo on Eddie Johnson's 1958 Indianapolis 500 car is now a year-round marketing commitment for Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, valued in the annual mid-six-figure range, to sponsor an Indy Racing League team for the entire season. For 48 years, Bryant's logo has adorned the sidepod of an open-wheel race car at the Brickyard, as the company has increasingly used the race-and later the entire IRL series-in its marketing and...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Good transportation paves the way for strong economyRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Patrick Barkey
"Like it or not," noted author Richard Florida opined as he looked out over a crowd that recently gathered in Indianapolis to discuss economic development issues in central Indiana, "you are all part of the greater Chicago region." That might come as news to you who pay taxes, follow sports, or subscribe to a newspaper. But the point is well made. In the larger scheme of things-the so-called Shanghai perspective one would take in looking at our economy from the...
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SPORTS: Justin Gatlin is a fast fix for USA Track and FieldRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Bill Benner
Shortly thereafter, he was on his way to Indy to promote the upcoming AT&T USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships. The event takes place June 21-25 at the Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI, and it's the result of Indybased USA Track & Field's initiative to bring more of its events to its hometown. Talk about good timing. Track and field's national profile needs a between-Olympic-years boost and track and field locally-the kind that used to electrify this city back...
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Stadium architect beats 'dark horse' status: Experience with other sports arenas wins HKS first pro football projectRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Scott Olson
The imprint HKS Inc. will leave on the city with its design of the new Indianapolis Colts stadium will reshape downtown for years to come. But the high-profile project is also significant for the Dallas-based architectural firm because it represents the first time HKS has designed a professional football arena. Any questions the selection team might have had about the firm's credentials were quickly put to rest, however. "[They] came and visited and said, 'When you guys start looking for...
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PROFILE: Complexions Day Spa: Downtown day spa has glowing business Irvington native focuses on organic products, attracts clients from entertainment, sports scenesRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Jo Ellen
Complexions Day Spa Downtown day spa has glowing business Irvington native focuses on organic products, attracts clients from entertainment, sports scenes Trinia Cox's venture builds on a 10-year career in skin care and makeup artistry with stints in Chicago and Los Angeles. And the location of Complexions Day Spa on Massachusetts Avenue was a good fit with her background in the arts, including gigs as a singer with Dr. Bop and the Headliners and her own group, Trinia and the...
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SPORTS: Fixture on local sports scene continues 42-year runRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Bill Benner
Since he nearly died a couple of months back, now is probably a good time to write something about my friend, Bill York. After all, I'd at least like for him to be able to read it. York is one of those behind-the-scenes folks who gives Indiana a good name. To the local and national sports media, he personifies Hoosier Hospitality. For years, York has directed the media room operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Conseco Fieldhouse (Market Square Arena...
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Daniels seeks to copy key-clusters strategy: Industry initiatives would mimic BioCrossroads planRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, BioCrossroads has been vindicated. Gov. Mitch Daniels hopes to see a series of similar industry initiatives sprout around key clusters in Indiana's economy. He envisions parallel initiatives for manufacturing, transportation and logistics and a series of other crucial business sectors. "We'd love some company," said BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson. As outlined in Daniels' "Accelerating Growth" economic development plan released last month, the initiatives would be based on proven Indiana strengths and identifiable...
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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