Wells sought to internationalize IU, strongly supporting education in foreign languages and cultures. Yet he never forgot that IU is Indiana’s University.
As a man, Tecumseh believed in the power of words, and he was as ready to criticize fellow Indians for atrocities committed against white men as to criticize white settlers for the injustices they were perpetrating against indigenous peoples.
As a young man a century ago, Billy Sunday abandoned a lucrative career as a professional baseball player to become a preacher, a calling at which he became so effective that he eventually preached to 125 million people without the aid of broadcasting.
Skelton was a master of pantomime and physical comedy, and his many lovable characters included Clem Kadiddlehopper, a country bumpkin; Freddie the Freeloader, a hobo who struggled to avoid arrest for vagrancy; and Gertrude and Heathcliff, two cross-eyed seagulls.
Walker’s Indianapolis legacy remains strong. The Madam Walker Theatre Center in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue, once the headquarters of her business empire, is now a cultural center listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The son of a Hoosier governor, Wallace trained as a lawyer, rose to prominence as a general in the Union army during the Civil War, received an appointment as governor of the New Mexico Territory, and later served as U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire. But he is best known as the author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
Access to health care explains only a small part of health status—no more than 15 percent, according to the best evidence.