On Dec. 14, Mayor Ballard announced the first batch of 10 Hoosiers to be honored as part of the Georgia Street redo.
The first crop of honorees:
1. President Benjamin Harrison—A no brainer…the choice, not the pres…although not terribly exciting to anyone not familar with the Sherman Antitrust Act.
2. The Lilly Family—Picking a whole family, even such an important one, seems a bit of a cheat. Why not just start with Eli and bring in others later when ideas are thin?
3. President Abraham Lincoln—I like that we can claim Abe as our own, but at least two other states have a greater claim on him.
4. J.S. "Wes" Montgomery—The jazz artist was more Indiana connected then many other possible A&E choices.
5. Ernest "Ernie" Pyle—Seems the right media choice. Paul Poteet will just have to wait until next year.
6. Booth Tarkington—Indiana is all over the double Pulitzer-winner's work.
7. May Wright Sewall—If you'll excuse the later "psychic" wackiness,…and don't mind that she's not even mentioned on the state government list of famous Hoosier.
8. Tecumseh–After all, we are Indiana.
9. Madame C.J. Walker—Still high-profile after all these years. Let's just get more shows into her namesake theater.
10. Lew Wallace—Huge during his time. Nearly forgotten now.
So who's missing? And what of these choices?
Was Cole Porter more influential than Wes Montgomery? Kurt Vonnegut more deserving than Lew Wallace? Should there been a place for Eugene Debs? John Wooden?
And, collectively, does the parade of Hoosiers on Georgia Street make us proud or make us look like, well, like Hoosiers.