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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for HaitiRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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MAURER: 'Avatar' is a great movie I've seen beforeRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Did you ever see one of my favorite old cowboy movies, “Broken Arrow”? If you missed it the first time, it has been reissued under a new title—“Avatar.”
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PARENT: Why I'm rooting for the Saints in the land of Blue

February 3, 2010
Tawn Parent
The Indianapolis Colts may be the home team, but this Hoosier sits squarely in the New Orleans Saints' corner.
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KATTERJOHN: Stupid Bowl not so stupid anymore

January 30, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
In recent years, my two brothers have been fond of referring to the Super Bowl as The Stupid Bowl. Disgusted by the crass commercialism that has overtaken professional sports, they view The Stupid Bowl as the zenith of hype.
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MAURER: Here's how Katz Sapper Miller balanced its books

January 23, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Last November, Katz Sapper and Miller went back to schooll—Broad Ripple High School.
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MAURER: Stay in the game, don't break rulesRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I’m always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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KATTERJOHN: Rise to the challenge in 2010Restricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Multiple challenges remain, no doubt. But I feel a whole lot better about our prospects than I did a year ago at this time.
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MAURER: How many words can you find?

December 26, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As is the custom of the last few holiday seasons, I am pleased to present a puzzle. This year’s challenge, 3-D Word Hunt, is derived from a format conceived by Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times.
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KATTERJOHN: My Top 11 personalities of 2009Restricted Content

December 19, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
I saw where Barbara Walters did her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 shtick on television recently. So with a nod to the venerable newswoman, here’s my list of locals who got my attention this year.
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MAURER: Cousin Eddie is a fine doctor and a special guyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Remember Cousin Eddie? He is the obstetrician/gynecologist in Houston I wrote about who tried to cut the mustard in the hot dog business (“There ain’t no hog in the Yoso Dog”). He dreamed of having his own restaurant and, against the advice of friends, he went to the dogs.
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KATTERJOHN: Indiana Achievement Awards live onRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
en years ago, Dodson Group CEO Jim Dodson came to IBJ with an idea to launch a program that would recognize best practices in the not-for-profit community and reward organizations that practiced them. And not just with a pat on the back—with hard cash.
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MAURER: Mayor Ballard's rules going up in smokeRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Mayor Greg Ballard published his book “The Ballard Rules” in 2005. Apparently, the rules do not apply to Ballard.
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KATTERJOHN: Health care issues decades oldRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The unsustainable system of health care that we now find ourselves participating in has been decades in the making. What makes us think we can fix it—really fix it—overnight?
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MAURER: Inspiration flowers in BloomingtonRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As a participant in the Spirit and Place Festival that took place in Indianapolis Nov. 6-15, I was invited to share a personal story of how an ordinary space was infused with special meaning for me. This is my story.
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KATTERJOHN: Indianapolis is a 21st century schizoid townRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
With apologies to the rock group King Crimson, who recorded a song in the late ’60s called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” I’d like to draw attention to our city’s split personality. Good Indianapolis. Bad Indianapolis.
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MAURER: Now is not the time to fear failureRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Failure does not have to mean you’re through. Mistakes are inevitable in all businesses. A better test of the character of someone in business is how he or she reacts to failure.
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KATTERJOHN: Get out and vote for WishardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
You know, there’s an election on Nov. 3, right? We’re not voting for president, governor, mayor, or even dog catcher. We’re voting for a critical piece of the health care delivery system in central Indiana: whether to allow Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. to sell bonds to build a new Wishard Hospital.
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MAURER: Hoosier Quentin Smith's heroics worth noting

October 17, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Quentin Smith served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He is one of at least seven surviving Tuskegee Airmen who live in Indiana.
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KATTERJOHN: Newspapers still deliver - for YOU

October 10, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The Hoosier State Press Association, a trade group representing 175 paid-circulation Hoosier newspapers, including IBJ, has launched a campaign designed to remind the public of the important role newspapers play in our democracy. So this week, I’m ceding my space to David Stamps, executive director of the HSPA
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MAURER: Teach your children to reject hateRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Mickey Maurer
God hates fags. That’s the declaration we heard Sept. 24 from the Westboro Baptist Church road show that appeared at North Central High School and other Indianapolis venues throughout the day.
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KATTERJOHN: Buy some underwear, men

September 26, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
It turns out the purchase of men’s underwear is an esoteric economic indicator for economists all over the world. Alan Greenspan himself apparently considers it important. That was news to me.
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MAURER: Here's some off-the-wall advice for unemployedRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As an old-timer, I am honored when asked for business advice. Because so much of the labor force has been idled, recent inquiries have come from Hoosiers with resumes in hand. I am afraid my usual advice isn’t working, so I have some new ideas—new opportunities to investigate in the face of this job crisis.
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Ron Gifford's blog from China

September 16, 2009
Ron Gifford
Indy Partnership CEO Ron Gifford is traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels and a delegation of Hoosier business and community leaders on a trip to Asia through Sept. 16. Gifford is blogging about his experiences as he works to bring new jobs and investment to the economic development group's 10-county Indianapolis region. Bookmark this page and check back for updates.
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MAURER: Can you puzzle out My Word?Restricted Content

September 5, 2009
Mickey Maurer
I recently welcomed a special guest to “Mickey’s Corner”—Will Shortz, the crossword editor of The New York Times and the riddle maven we love to listen to every Sunday morning on National Public Radio. In order to engage this creative genius, I conceived a challenge that I present to you now: a two-part game called My Word.
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KATTERJOHN: Role model leading College MentorsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
Erin Slater might be considered an over-achiever. The 32-year-old CEO of College Mentors for Kids boasts a laundry list of accomplishments in her relatively short life.
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