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I had an idea... (1958) after I knew something about this one from the master: JJ
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Gladiolus Festival queen contestants in bathing suits, Wabash, Indiana, circa 1950

One of a series of portraits and bathing suit shots of young women who were queen contestants.

The queen pageant was held during the Wabash Gladiolus Festival and annual exhibition of the Indiana Gladiolus Society.


Creative Thinking, Inc   317 844-8189 to call Don
  Wabash IN, 46992 #RABHRN.14770 Exp 12-30
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I had an idea... (1959) after I knew something about this one from the organizers - Fred Senger and the Peru Daily Tribune

BY CHELSEA MATIASH
AUGUST 17, 2016 5:00 AM EDT
Summertime in most American cities evokes visions of ice cream trucks, swimming pools, and summer camps. But in one small Indiana town, summertime is the season of the circus.

Peru, Ind., known as the Circus Capital of the World, has been home to the Peru Amateur Circus since 1960. Each summer, for eight days in July, 200 young people put on a show that transforms the town of about 11,000 residents into a spectacular festival, culminating with the Circus Heritage Parade.

Tina Leto, a photographer who visited the circus first as a child and revisited the scene periodically, says she remembers wondering, “why is this circus here?”

She set out in 2008 to find answers, discovering that the love of circus ran in the city’s blood. Ben Wallace first brought his circus to the town in the late 1800s. He was followed by scores of traveling shows that established winter headquarters just southeast of Peru. The city was once so ubiquitous with the performances that, in the 1920s, Peru became known on maps as the “Circus City.” But by the 1940s the circuit no longer wintered in Peru, favoring, instead, Florida.

In an attempt to revive its heritage, the city launched Circus City Days in the 1950s. By 1959, high school students were trained to perform a few acts that were so popular that the following year a circus tent was rented for the inaugural Peru Amateur Circus. Leto says the value of the circus transcends the staged acts, serving as a community center. “It’s this community that kind of grows up together.”

No child is turned away from participating, as long as they are age seven to 21. “They’re not looking for just the talented who can shine—of course that is there,” Leto says, “but everybody is allowed in.” Some children come from generations of circus performers, carrying on a familial dynasty, at least at the community level. In one photograph, Tarrin Cooper walks a high wire during the occasional roadshow. She is the great granddaughter of famed lion tamer Clyde Beatty, who went from cleaning cages to owning his own show.

The circus is a vestige “from the halcyon days of the traveling circuses,” Leto says, noting a contrast between the jubilance of circus week and the local economic troubles. “It’s not vibrant. It’s suffering.”

While the summer liturgy is a spirited homage to the town’s past, it is fleeting. The borrowed exotic animals depart following a parade cameo; the ad hoc performers retreat to childhood; and the residents return to the struggling Midwestern town that is the subject of the Facebook page ‘Save Peru,’ dedicated to “promoting local businesses, history, events and the over all love for the town itself.”

But, the magic of the the summer spectacle will, it seems, tenaciously preserve the city’s proud title as the Circus Capital of the World—even potentially taking their talent to the nation’s capital, where the circus has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to perform at the National Mall next summer.


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  154 N Broadway Peru IN, 46970 #RABHRN.14772 Exp 07-30
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I had an idea... (1968) when the ACD Club threatened to move to Connersville IN

Auburn Automobile Company building in the late 1960s

Address: 1600 Wayne St, Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: (260) 925-1444
Established: Jul 06, 1974
Architectural style: Art Deco

Historic Automobile Museum | Auburn Cord Duesenberg ...
https://automobilemuseum.org
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Is Open 7 days a week from 9am - 5pm.

Home of the Classics Since 1974

When the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum first opened its doors to the public on July 6, 1974, an era of exciting automotive history came brilliantly to life. That summer Saturday, culmination of dreams, held by many, a permanent institution would be created as a lasting tribute to Auburn’s rich motorcar heritage. Never before had there been proposed an automobile museum inhabiting the auto builder’s original factory showroom building.

But such was the historical context conceived by a band of visionaries – local citizens believing passionately in the possibility of a museum – who would not give up their goal to rescue the Auburn Automobile Company's 1930 administration building.

After the Auburn company's demise in 1937, the factory showroom and headquarters served as a parts and restoration center for the obsolete Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg cars. Surprisingly, this activity lasted through the 1940s and 1950s, under the name Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company, directed by entrepreneur Dallas Winslow. When Winslow sold the business in 1960, the building fell into misuse and ill repair. Machine shops, garment manufacturers, auto and motorcycle lots and industrial warehousing ravaged the historic structure.

By the early 1970s, the handsome art deco edifice was grimy, weather-beaten and modified beyond recognition inside.

For many years the ACD Club of car owners gathered in Auburn during the Labor Day weekend for a swap event for parts and sometimes a parade of cars through town to show off refurbished vehicles and get help from other car owners or fans.

In 1968, Nixon Newspapers acquired the Auburn Printing Company which printed the Evening Star. Don Nixon was publisher.

Nixon along with John Martin Smith, Jack Randinelli, Bob Kokenge and Tom Nixon discovered the Club was tired of feeling less than a warm welcome back to Auburn and planned to move their Labor Day event to Connersville where the Duesenberg had been built.

Nixon's neighbor, Russell Kruse, was pestered to help the group raise money to refurbish the building and help keep the Labor Day event returning with the first annual auction, and included in the contract, a portion of sales would be dedicated to fund restoration of the historic building.

The auction continues annually, a Labor Day Weekend highlight and remains in Auburn. The building is now a fine museum with year round activities you can visit or hold private activities for business or personal events.


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum   260 925-1444
  1600 Wayne St Auburn IN, 46706 #RABHRN.14771 Exp 12-30
    Website Link:   automobilemuseum.org
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I had an idea... (1971) when I returned to Wabash

Mark Honeywell's Heating and Plumbing Building

I had been playing racquetball for more than 10 years and we had no courts in Wabash. This building had been office and workshop of Mark Honeywell's Plumbing and Heating business but had been empty for more than several years.

I fixed it so the court ws at the back part of the building, the basement was for ping pong and an efficiency apartment facing Wabash Street upstairs. There was areception room and locker behind and then the court. It was actually about 3 inches too narrow, but playable.

Set it up to have an access card to unlock the door, guaranteed an hour of fixed time each week and unlimited when the court was not scheduled on a first come basis. Limit of 50 card holders.

Not certain who owns or occupies it currently.


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  !44 S Wabash St Wabash IN, 46992 #RABHRN.14784 Exp 07-14
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I had an idea... (2002) after high school girls teams


There is a difference in many ways.
Blame
Bounce
Chide
Directions


Creative Thinking, Inc   317 844-8189
  160 W Carmel Dr Carmel IN , 46032 #RABHRN.14790 Exp 07-14
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I had an idea... (2008) after I knew something about including everyone



After more than 50 years with the family newspaper business, we made it a point to recognize each on staff to recognize their birthday. That effort was appreciated and seemed to be an opportunity to copy that effort which would include every class mate without any kind of solicitation for donations.

Using a feature all would recognize and help from Tom to make my photograph look better it was easy to set up a system to alert all classmates when there was a birthday upcoming and a way to make contact if so inclined. So the messages looked like:



Which would provide contact information and possibly help update records for address and other changes.

So what a notice would actually look like with a different photo and single day with a birthday like:


This is a basic barebones contact system with virtually no actual out of pocket cost, and with volunteer help, not a penny of cost for the school. It's possible to modify the procedure so not only members of the same class year get notices.

Although it would take a bit of effort, it would be possible to identify students with similar interests or activities, for instance, the basket ball team, so every player from earlier or later year classes would get notice when a 1960 class mate had an upcoming birthday.


Creative Thinking, Inc   317 844-8189 to call Don
  160 W Carmel Dr Carmel IN , 46032 #RABHRN.14781 Exp 12-30
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I had an idea... (2009) after the author got tired

Google search?
Eagles Nest Friendship List


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  160 W Carmel Dr Carmel IN , 46032 #RABHRN.14785 Exp 07-14
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I had an idea... (2010) after management complained

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I had an idea... (2014) after I played pickleball a couple of years in Florida

Guy Riordan, Howard Reed, Bruce Hayne, Tim Clune, and I began playing pickleball at Marco Island. Bruce, Howard and I had been playing racquetball a lot, and I don't remember which one had just started playing pickleball and suggested we invest some sweat and tears.

When I returned to Indiana, trying to figure out where there were tournaments, decided the national event in Utah was not prominent enough for the game and developed a plan to establish an outdoor event in Naples and an indoor event at French Lick.

And a great name would be: US Open. And it was available. And I registered domain names and submitted an application for an Indiana trademark which was issued.


Creative Thinking, Inc   317 844-8189 to call Don
  160 W Carmel Dr Carmel IN , 46032 #RABHRN.14783 Exp 07-13
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I had an idea... (2020) after I knew something about this

US Open Challenge
US Open Indoor Championships ®
US Open Sailing Championships™

TBA...
Bowling scores
Drama - exciting
Participation funded, welcome players - no ticket sales (security)
Ranking (fair)
Sponsors (Fromuth) (IBM) (Marguritaville) (New Balance) (Ralph Lauren) (Red Gold) (Simon Property)
Sporting Goods (Atlanta)
Trophy - Stanley Cup, Borg Warner
Venue - Recognition plaques (names) mounted, etched
Wager


Creative Thinking, Inc   317 844-8189
  160 W Carmel Dr Carmel IN , 46032 #RABHRN.14787 Exp 07-14
    Don Nixon   Email:   dmn.ez.nni@gmail.com   Ref:   dmn:marilynmonroe  
 
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