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July / August 2010

Evansville Living

My Workout

If you’re an elected official, a busy working mom, or a pro athlete, how do you stay in shape? We asked three local fitness enthusiasts to describe their workouts.

Barbecue Season

For years, “organic” has been a buzzword among foodies. But how about “local”? The reasons for eating locally grown food are numerous: supporting the area’s economy, meeting the growers face-to-face, and enjoying fresher-than-supermarket tastes. In a 2007 Time Magazine article called “Eating Better Than Organic,” writer John Cloud pointed out, “It makes sense that a snow pea grown by a local farmer and never refrigerated will retain more of its delicate leguminous flavor than one shipped in a frigid plane from Guatemala.”

On the Top

Though derived from the saying “Everything but the kitchen sink,” the nine toppings on the Kitchen Sink pizza from 2 Daddy’s Pizza were no accident. Co-owner Andrew Klipsch, a veteran chef, chose ingredients that work harmoniously together: For example, the sweet pineapple pairs wonderfully with the sour banana pepper. Such is the case of the pizza covered with yin and yang options: sausage, mushrooms, ham, onion, green peppers, black olives, banana peppers, pineapple, and pepperoni.

Athletic Advantage

Every four years, the World Cup is a global sensation, soccer’s premier spectacle. Thirty-two countries compete in the world’s most popular sport. The last World Cup in 2006 generated 73,072 hours of televised matches in 214 countries and territories during the monthlong event, according to FIFA, the World Cup’s organizing body, and more than 715 million people worldwide watched the final match between Italy and France. What sports analysts ask in 2010: Will Americans, who typically find soccer much less appealing than the rest of the world, watch?

Exercise Encyclopedia

Every exercise involves movement, but these programs — CrossFit, Boot Camp, and Bodypump — emphasize speed (and calorie burning). Each exercise program has the same goal, a healthy you. We wondered how they differ.

Walking the Man

My man puts on his sneakers, and suddenly I’m on all fours. He stares down at me staring up at him. It’s a staring contest. I wag my tail, further testament to my willingness to walk. Sometimes it works. Am I walk-worthy? Wag. Wag. Wag. Sometimes he doesn’t really see me, my man, for what I am — his faithful friend. He frowns at me, like that time I chewed his $100 shoes, and thinks, “Did I really spend $325 for this dog? Was I crazy? This dog has no talent, no discipline, doesn’t understand a word.”

Happy Trails

On a damp spring day, a group of local children laced up their sneakers for a stroll near the future Cedar Hall Community School. Their guide down the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage? An affable, bandana-wearing Labrador retriever named Evie.

Flames at the Four Freedoms

Four years ago, Contessa Kindfire stood in a parking lot holding a plastic hoop with Kevlar wicks. As she lit the wicks on fire and began to spin the hoop around her body, a friend hovered nearby with a wet towel — “just to make sure nothing bad would happen,” Kindfire says. Kindfire, now a confident “fire spinner,” is one of five members of the Evansville Fire Family. The performers light up the Four Freedoms Monument every Sunday evening, piquing the curiosity of people strolling along the Riverfront or driving down Veterans Memorial Parkway.

What a Nut

In 1916, Mr. Peanut was a skinny-legged guy with a peanut body and fancy accessories: a top hat, monocle, and cane. He became the friendly ambassador for a simple snack. More than 90 years later, Mr. Peanut is an icon for Planters Peanuts. He’s graced Planters packaging, print ads, billboards, and television commercials. He even received a millennium gift: a new car.

Chill Out

Stress isn’t always the enemy. Our ancestors relied on short bursts of adrenaline to help them outrun predators and hunt for prey (also known as dinner). Now, that innate survival mechanism is more likely to help someone meet a tough deadline at work or compete in a tennis match. But prolonged unease — caused by family dysfunction, unemployment, substance abuse, or other stressors — can hurt your health.

A Fiesta of Flavors

Ignacio “Nacho” Toribio never planned to work in a restaurant. Nearly three decades ago, living in Atlanta, he spent weekends helping his older brother Ramon run a Mexican restaurant. Arriving early in the morning and staying late at night “was something I didn’t like at all,” Toribio admits. “I was 25 or 26 and enjoying my life. I said, ‘This is not for me.’”

Make a Date

Everyone feels the need to swoon and be swooned, and with the right date planned, summer’s hot weather means even hotter nights. The time-tested dinner and movie is great, but what else does Evansville have to offer? The Romantic Date Be Ready to Woo.

Sweet Serenity

In 1928, an Irish teenager named Joseph O’Daniel moved to Evansville from Waverly, Ky., with his parents and nine siblings in search of greater opportunity. He went to work washing cars in Downtown Evansville. Cars, it turns out, did hold the keys to his fortune. He would go on to buy several automobile franchises to establish O’Daniel Ranes in 1934. Later, his son  D. Patrick O’Daniel established D. Patrick Imports, absorbing O’Daniel Ranes — today one of the largest mega-dealerships in the Tri-State, known as D-Patrick.

A Real Solution, Here

When Wally Paynter arrived in Evansville more than two decades ago for a college education, he learned he could help the community fight a deadly virus and save lives. With a network of Christian leaders and local politicians, he’s doing more than that.

Tom’s Tom

So revered is the Tom Collins that the drink — most well known as a refreshing cocktail on summer days — has a namesake sexy and slender glass. It first surfaced when America was turning 100, but with a long history, how the Tom Collins came to be is tough to pinpoint. A few historians credit a London waiter named John Collins for the drink’s name while others cite a fictitious, bad-mouthing, bar-loving Tom Collins for sparking the cocktail’s popularity. What is clear, though, is the Tom Collins still is a sweet drink.

Center of Attention

More M*A*S*H

When Dr. Dale and Cathy Drake visited Richard Hornberger 15 years after the end of the Korean War, Hornberger “was just beside himself,” Dale remembers. The three were old friends who served in a M*A*S*H unit (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), and the night was spent with drinks and memories. They swapped stories of the down time at war. While Hornberger was thrilled to see his old friends, the visit also served to finish his book, M*A*S*H: A Novel about Three Army Doctors, a piece that showed what happened when there was nothing to do.

Editor's Letter

Summer Dates

Sure it’s hot; it’s summer in the city. What do we expect in the Lower Ohio Valley? It’s clear we’re into an authentic  Evansville summer, and when we think of summer, we think of dates – the focus of this issue and our feature story, “Make a Date” (p. 46). Here, staff members share their favorite summer dates.

Chew On This

Chew On This

2 Daddy’s Pizza (1801 Waterworks Road), which has been operating out of The Little Cheers (329 Main St.), has opened at Marina Pointe. The 250-seat, outdoor restaurant serves pizzas, strombolis, grinders, and Italian dishes.  … K.C.’s Time Out Lounge & Grill (1121 Washington Square Mall) has opened in Washington Square Mall in the former Quarter Note space. The menu includes hamburgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. … Penny Nejad will open Café Arazu (17 W. Jennings St., Newburgh), in mid-July.

Check It Out

Back in the Saddle

Historians call the 1920s the “Golden Age of American Sports,” and who could blame them? Legendary names such as Babe Ruth, Knute Rockne, and Man o’ War were achieving improbable feats. The latter was a stunning chestnut colt with an unbelievable winning streak. While Man o’ War’s popularity boomed, horses came to Ellis Park, a new racetrack in Henderson, Ky.

A Taste of Home

When German immigrants settled in the United States, they found comfort in familiar acts: gathering for a beer, eating bratwurst and sauerkraut, and singing traditional tunes. Nearly 200 years later, most of Evansville’s German families have been entrenched in the community for generations. They still celebrate their ancestors’ traditions every year at Volksfest (August 5-7).

Anne’s Court

Four years ago, an estimated 13,000 Hoosiers died of cancer. One was Evansville native Anne Keller. Her death came after a nine-year fight with liposarcoma, a rare, malignant tumor. Friends say the 39-year-old Keller was joyful, kind, and compassionate, and in her honor, they created “Rally for Hope.”


Teen Spirit

When readers last met Posey County native Jill Wilderman (“Hollywood Lights,” November/December 2007), the Emmy-nominated producer of the monster courtroom series hit Judge Judy had jumped onto the other side of the camera as a reporter for a celebrity news outlet. Now, she says she’s “come full circle.”

Comfort Zone

Strong Survivor

On a cloudy Sunday morning in March 2006, 17-year-old Ben Trockman sat astride his motorcycle, scanning the hills and turns of the dirt track that stretched before him. The Harrison High School junior was poised at the starting line of a motocross race in Poole, Ky. Earlier that morning, organizers had talked of canceling the competition due to low turnout. That was fine with Ben. Something didn’t feel right that day: The track seemed poorly constructed and dangerous, and Ben — the older, stronger rider — had lagged behind his younger brother, Josh, in practice runs.


A Beauty with a Bark

A few minutes before ring time at the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Dr. Melanie Helms hides. She hasn’t seen Manny for more than a month. Manny, Helms’ Welsh springer spaniel, has won Best in Show at several competitions, but a professional handler, Ryan Wolfe, will be exhibiting the dog today. If Manny so much as catches a glimpse of Helms, it would be disastrous.

Florida’s Forgotten Coast

The coastal communities of Franklin County, Fla., the heart of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast” are working hard to ensure their marketing theme doesn’t foretell the area’s future.

Passing on the Reins

Maureen “Reenie” Brown’s father, Garry Ingram, grew up on a farm, and he even rode a horse to school. “His love for horses carried over,” Reenie says. At 3, she had her first pony, and six years later, she joined the 4-H Club. Soon, she joined the Pony of the Americas, a national horse organization.


The Dukes of Evansville

The idea came from David Burke’s mother: Sing Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl.” Burke accepted her advice and convinced his three best friends — Tim Eli, Rick Morris, and Rob Daniels — to perform the 1962 doo wop song for their North High School variety show. The timing was right, says Burke; it was August 1980, and nostalgia for 1950s and 1960s music was high. The four juniors practiced in the choir room and in the boys’ bathroom.

Mark S. White

When sculptor Mark S. White works at the broad table in what he calls his “studio/dining room/family room,” he enjoys a scenic lake view. Ducks and Canadian geese are frequent visitors to White’s North Side back yard, but don’t expect them to appear in a future series: “I don’t want to be known for cute little ducks,” White jokes.

By The Numbers

E the People

91: Average high temperature Evansvillians endure while celebrating the nation’s independence on the Fourth of July. 53: Members of the Evansville Symphonic Band who will blow their horns at the July Fourth Freedom Celebration on the Riverfront. 196: Years since Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics for the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which the Evansville Symphonic Band will perform on July 4. 5: Thousand Evansvillians who will gather Downtown to watch the fireworks.

Online Exclusives

Football Flashbacks

In 1966, the Warrior was the mascot of the high school surrounded by cornfields on what was then considered the far East Side of Evansville. In its fifth year, the Harrison High School football team headed to the Reitz Bowl to play perennial West Side powerhouse Reitz High School in front of 12,000 spectators. After losing to Reitz every year since its inception, Harrison harnessed a warrior spirit that night and pulled out the victory (14-7).

Ugliest Office Contest

If your office hasn’t been updated since the 1980s (and you have the wood-paneled walls and orange sofas to prove it), here’s your chance for a new look. The 2010 Ugliest Office competition, presented by Y Factor Studio, will award a complete office makeover to one Tri-State business. To enter, download an entry form or send an email to jennifer@yfactorstudio.com with the following information:

Civic Project Power

By late 2011, construction on a $127 million arena will be completed Downtown, and Evansville isn’t the only city pushing forward with a major civic project. Indianapolis, Nashville, and Louisville continue progress on multimillion-dollar convention centers despite the economic recession. Here, we highlight other cities’ work and tell why their projects couldn’t wait.

Suit Up

Evansville may be hundreds of miles from the nearest oceanfront hot spot, but we can cool off in style. Whether your look is sporty, groovy, or glamorous, the swimwear and accessories on this page are available at Dillard’s in Eastland Mall.