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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: It's déjà vu all over againRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary It's déjà vu all over again Every once in a while, I'm struck by the same-ness of things. My last column was filed from Florida, as was last year's second column in January. This week's is being written upon my return from a publisher's meeting in Puerto Vallarta, as was last year's first February column. That's a little scary. Is my life getting to be that predictable? Remember my passport debacle from last year? This year in...
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Architect of Colts' success worked his way to the topRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Polian, the multi-sport schoolboy athlete from the Bronx, never had the advantage of an inside track. So he broke into the National Football League the only way he knew how: by outworking and outsmarting the competition. By all accounts, Polian, 64 and now president of the Indianapolis Colts, is still at it.
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Ex-Baker & Daniels attorney a big wheel at Earnhardt Inc.Restricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
After being named president of Charlotte, N.C.-based Dale Earnhardt Inc. Feb. 1, Indianapolis native Max Siegel, 42, is now the highest-ranking minority executive in NASCAR.
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Super Bowl win not necessarily profitableRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
If the Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl Feb. 4, team owner Jim Irsay will be going deep into his pocket. Contrary to popular belief, winning the Super Bowl is not a huge financial windfall--at least not in the near term for the team and its owner.
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Super Bowl travel plans mix business, funRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Cory Schouten
Super Bowl XLI has become a can't-miss event for dozens of local business executives and government honchos, who are shelling out several thousand dollars apiece to watch the Feb. 4 game in person.
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SPORTS: Overdosing on the Colts? Enjoy it while you canRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Bill Benner
That sport, and not religion as Karl Marx once declared, has become the "opiate of the masses" is apparent in our fair burg, where we all-or at least most of us-are overdosing on the Indianapolis Colts. The TV types are in full hyper-ventilation. The scribes are cranking out words by the thousands. No angle involving the Colts and their upcoming Super Bowl date with Da Bears in Miami will go uncovered. And, yes, some of the story lines will be...
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SPORTS: AFC title game is a big event in a land of big eventsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Bill Benner
There is conjecture that the hosting of the AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots is the biggest/greatest/most significant-choose your superlative-sports-related event in the city's history. That got me to thinking. Is it greater than the 1911 Indianapolis 500, which led to the other 88 500s that, in their current form, generate far more annual economic impact than even a Super Bowl? Is it greater than the 1946 Indianapolis 500, when Tony Hulman took ownership of...
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IMS Productions joins Web video networkRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
IMS Productions, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's video production arm, has agreed to be one of the primary content providers for The Venice Project, a collaboration of big-name Internet entrepreneurs intent on shaking up the television industry by launching a 30-plus-channel, TV-like network online.
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Forget Elvis on velvet; Art Bullies have other plans

January 15, 2007
Mike Redmond
I've seen the picture of the proposed ginormous art installation for downtown, and I think I speak for many of us when I say ... Well, come to think of it, I better not say that, seeing as how many of us do not use that kind of language. In case you missed it, here's the deal: There's a movement afoot to erect a large, circular, steel, Dairy Queen curlicue over at 11th and West streets-a $10 million large, circular,...
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SPORTS: Nice Colts fans? That's OK-if they're loyal to teamRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Bill Benner
In the last couple of weeks, I've been interviewed by reporters from both the Kansas City Star and the Baltimore Sun. Both were pursuing the same angle: Indianapolis as a pro football town vis a vis Kansas City and Baltimore, and support for the notion that our citizenry in general and Colts fans in particular are "just too darn nice." My response to both was, well, yes, our folks and fans are nice, but that's not necessarily a bad thing...
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SPORTS: Predictions-and wishes-for sports in 2007Restricted Content

January 8, 2007
Bill Benner
Last week, I reviewed the ups and downs of Indy sports in 2006. Here's a look at what might transpire this year. I hope the Indianapolis Colts make it to the Super Bowl. I want to see this not so much for the city and Colts fans-although it would be great for both-but because I want to see Colts coach Tony Dungy recognized for the fine man he is without that "can't win the big one" asterisk (same goes for...
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Labor sector diversification could spur local economy: $200,000 study targets finance, retail and constructionRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Sexier industry sectors like life sciences or motorsports get all the press. But to remain robust, the Indianapolis Private Industry Council believes, the area economy needs diversification. The 23-year-old work-force-training not-for-profit believes the nine-county area also should target three tried-and-true industries: finance and insurance; retail, hospitality and restaurants; and construction. IPIC, whose $9 million annual budget comes from public and private grants, plans to spend $200,000 during the first quarter studying the three sectors, which collectively employ 270,000 people in...
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SPORTS: 2006 was a year of sports highs-and lowsRestricted Content

January 1, 2007
Bill Benner
What a mixed bag 2006 was. For every yin, there was yang. Yin: The Indianapolis Colts claimed home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs. Yang: They then lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers when mouthy M i ke Va n d e r j a g t gagged on the gametyin kick. Yin: The city hosted a simply extraordinary Final Four at the RCA Dome and welcomed to town a genuine Cinderella, George Mason. Yang: The games were one-sided, and, speaking of...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IBJ has big plans for coming yearRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
This has been a strong year for your local business weekly. We take seriously our mission of providing readers with the best, most in-depth coverage of local business, so it is with a sense of both pride and gratitude that I report on our most successful year ever. Editor Tom Harton has called 2006 the Year of the Award. This year, IBJ won 18 news awards-eight of them gold-from three different organizations. Our coverage was recognized nine times by our...
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SPORTS: Here are two opportunities to help our city's kidsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Bill Benner
Almost a year ago, IBJ asked me to write a column that placed sports in an educational context. Obviously, I have great passion for the topic, having spent my life writing about sports, those who play the games, and the lessons that can be learned through participation. Sure, there are plentiful examples of excesses, and we certainly just had another in New York's Madison Square Garden. But I maintain those incidents are not reflective of sports as a whole, any...
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Indians stock buyback raises more questions: Analysts say highest offer yet isn't high enoughRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Anthony Schoetle
The Indianapolis Indians saw attendance, profit and dividend payments shrink in 2006. But a recent stock buyback program launched by the baseball franchise to boost the value of its shares is the biggest in the team's long history. Whether the offer price is big enough is an open question. Market observers don't think so. With 799 shares outstanding when the buyback was announced Nov. 16, the offer price of $15,329 per share put a $12.2 million price tag on the...
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Stadium walkway carries $10M tabRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
An enclosed connector is set to be built, partly underground, that will link Lucas Oil Stadium to the soon-to-be expanded Indiana Convention Center. It will span about a quarter of a mile and cost more than $10 million.
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SPORTS: Even a Knight detractor can find reasons to miss himRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Bill Benner
I have a close friend with whom I can discuss amicably any subject under the sun. Except one: Bob Knight. My pal considers the hiring of Knight one of the greatest deeds in the history of Indiana University, and the firing of Knight one of its worst. He believes former IU President Myles Brand is the devil and former Athletic Director Clarence Doninger was an incompetent boob. My friend traces virtually all of IU's athletic and academic shortcomings to that...
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'Old fashioned' values manufacture Motionwear's growth: Acquisition should fuel leotard-maker's expansionRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It might seem as though the low cost of labor overseas has shifted the entire U.S. textile industry to Asia, never to return. Indianapolis-based leotard-maker Motionwear Inc. proves otherwise. The 120-employee company was acquired this month by the Italian sportswear firm FILA for an undisclosed sum and, as a result, it's poised to expand locally. Tom Wilson started the company in his attic in 1988 because his daughter Erin, an aspiring dancer, couldn't find performance apparel she liked in retail...
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TAWN PARENT Commentary: Have you noticed Indiana's new face?Restricted Content

December 18, 2006
When I stop and think about my own life, it doesn't seem so far-fetched. I went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant near my office last week, and most of the people in line were Indian. Driving through my formerly whitebread neighborhood, I see buildings painted in bold yellows and reds with signs saying, "Tienda Morelos," "Supermercado" and "Estetica Latina." My son's elementary school celebrates Chinese New Year with a big parade and lessons about eating with chopsticks and keeping...
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SPORTS: Keady takes on a job much harder than coachingRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Bill Benner
"Nursing's a lot harder than coaching, I can tell you that," Keady, 70, said from his Tippecanoe County home, not far from Purdue University where the basketball court in Mackey Arena bears his name. After 25 years on the Purdue sidelines in a storied career that had almost everything except the storybook ending, Keady signed on last year as an assistant coach with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. This year, Raptors management changed and his contract was not renewed. Just as...
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Strap maker hits right chord with guitar players: Action Custom Straps' products catch on thanks to attention from musicians like Jimmy Buffett, Keith UrbanRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Scott Olson
The guitar straps Terry Misner creates for musicians worldwide are the canvas for his artwork. In his specialty, though, the tapestry is really soft leather he uses to combine comfort and custom designs for performers such as Jimmy Buffett and Keith Urban. "It's like sewing silk rather than sewing canvas," he said. "You can rip through canvas in a hurry, but what would you rather feel?" The 56-year-old Misner operates Action Custom Straps with wife, Dena, and daughter Nikki O'Neal....
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Stewart helping promote Indiana to racing companiesRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
City and state officials are igniting a souped-up effort to draw motorsports-related companies here, and they're enlisting Hoosier-born NASCAR champ Tony Stewart to help drive their message home.
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Carving a niche outside Louisville: Hoosier Bat Co. finds success with Major Leaguers, amateur baseball playersRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Scott Olson
A three-piece wooden bat David Cook developed in 1989 became popular among professional baseball players, but ended up nearly devastating his upstart manufacturing company. Major League Baseball banned the bat just a year later after what Cook contends was a fierce lobbying effort from his largest rival, Louisville Slugger. The bat-made of ash, hickory and maple-is fused by finger jointing and remains in use at the amateur levels. The durability of the bat rivals that of an aluminum model, Cook...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Colts lover gets a new heroRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
I was quarterback for the Colts once. I was about 9 years old and I was playing pee-wee football at Meridian Street Methodist Church. As all the kids gathered to be selected for a team on the first morning, I somehow finagled my way on to the Colts. I had to, because the Baltimore Colts were my favorite NFL team at the time. My hero was Johnny Unitas, thought by some even today to be the best quarterback ever to...
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