Quick-notes Friday

December 12, 2008
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--Consider a stop at the Indiana Historical Society some time in the next few weeks. Most of it--including the gift shop, "You are There: 1945 Hoosier Home Front" and the History Lab will be closing to the public beginning Jan. 3 for extensive building renovations. Questions: Do you think most people here know the difference beween the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum? What can be done to change that?

--There's interesting and compelling speculation at "The Business of Classical Music" about the future of recorded classical music. Blogger Bill Stensurd argues that the big three labels will be out of the classical music business in two years and that most recordings will be of live music. "Recorded music," he says, "will have no commercial value other than promotion." So have you bought a classical CD or downloaded anything lately?

--Exciting news this morning from the Indiana State Museum, which has scored the world's largest private collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. Wide public availability was key to the pitch.

--This time of year is challenging for a certain A&E journalist trying to find worthy events to highlight in his weekly e-mail blast. Make sure you keep the pitches coming. 

 --And if you don't get my free IBJ Daily A&E e-mail--and its weekly ticket giveaway contest info--what are you waiting for? Sign up here.
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  • A friend forwarded me the IBJ's article on the fact that the Fort Wayne Lincoln collection will stay in Indiana instead of going to Pennsylvania or some place else. Yay, us! (Us meaning Indiana, of course!)

    Then I noticed who had written the IBJ article. Hey! I thought. I know Kathleen McLaughlin from Lou's blog!

    Small world, eh? Go, Kathleen! Go professional journalists! (And, of course, professional critics. Go, Lou!)

    And go, Indiana State Museum-led consortium!

    This is very, very exciting news.

    Hope Baugh (aka cheerleader)
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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