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July / August 2011


An Oral Otter History

So much of Evansville Otter lore connects with Bosse Field history. And why not? The 1915-built attraction is the third oldest professional ballpark in the country (behind only 1912’s Fenway Park in Boston and 1914’s Wrigley Field in Chicago). Inside it are talented players, committed fans, focused coaches, and a hands-on owner. In time for summer, this story of the Evansville Otters, a Frontier League team, comes from the people on and off the field who make the stadium fun. The Commitment

Good Living

On-air Hair

In April, we asked our Facebook community which local TV personality has the best on-air hair. The answer was overwhelmingly “Dan Katz,” 14WFIE’s morning news anchor. So we were curious — what is up with Katz’s hair? Does he have to work at it, or is it naturally impeccable?

The Spa at Trump

Spa experiences in Evansville are just fine; really great, actually. With numerous day spas and massage therapists, traditional and new, more progressive treatments are available here. Worth the drive (or flight or train fare), though, is an indulgence at The Spa at Trump Chicago. The 98-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, currently the 10th tallest building in the world, opened in 2008 on the Chicago River where the locally reviled Chicago Sun-Times building previously was sited.

The Death of the Baptisttown Boss

On Jan. 22, 1930, Ernest Tidrington and his wife Hallie, a local teacher at the black elementary school, pulled up to a drug store on Lincoln Avenue to buy stamps. While Hallie was in the store, Tidrington, an attorney, pulled next door to the recently closed pool hall, a place he had helped shut down. Tidrington glared into the window at Luther Bell, the hall’s former owner. Moments later, as Hallie returned to the 1928 Ford Limousine, Bell walked outside and fired a shotgun through the back window blasting into Tidrington’s head.

Tina Camp

In June, Tina Camp completed 700 hours of training for massage therapy through Bodyworks Massage Institute. It’s a career switch forced upon her when Camp, a 14-year veteran of Whirlpool, lost her job. The refrigerator manufacturer’s departure to Mexico meant she — and 1,100 employees — had to find a new job. At Whirlpool, Camp began as a tube puller, one who put boxes on refrigerators. Before she was let go in 2010, Camp was an assembler adding parts to appliances as they rumbled along the conveyor belt on a line employees called “hell.”

Free at Last

The 89-year-old Wallace Graves, former University of Evansville president, has only one favorite memory. It was caught in a photograph, and according to Graves, it was a picture worthy of the Smithsonian Institution. “It deserves a place right up there with the picture of the planting of the American flag on Iwo Jima,” he wrote in his 207-page memoir Don’t Fence Me In.

Motor City Makeover

It’s high noon on a Sunday in Detroit’s old Corktown neighborhood, and Slows Bar-B-Q is hopping. They’re taking names at the hostess stand and schlepping briskets, baby backs, pale ale, and sweet peach tea. The rich aroma of smoke, meat, and sauce hangs in the air.

Up Front

A Tale of Two Cities

Good summer day! My family just returned from a weekend trip to Louisville, Ky., where our sons competed in a unique and fun invitational swim meet, the Lakeside Swim Club Seahawk Invitational. They were among the 27 members of Greater Evansville Aquatic Team (GREAT) who competed.

Home and Style

Ardent Artwork

This pot is art, sold at Nance Galleries on the East Side. While the piece would work well on a mantel or shelf, it isn’t only for looks. Kentucky artist Laura Ross created it — like her other pottery — with daily use in mind. Ross uses stoneware clay, fired at a high temperature, to make her pottery oven and dishwasher safe.

Welcome to Goeddesburg

When Tom Goedde (pronounced “getty”) proposed to Mary Fold, the couple planned to marry in 2004 and live happily ever after in Tom’s home in St. Wendel with their combined seven children ages 13-21. It was a real-life Brady Brunch experience in a small, close-knit community on the west edge of Evansville. The Goeddes credit a neighbor, Clay Allison, owner of Allison Quality Woodworking, for one of the most visible and endearing wedding gifts. His handcrafted wooden sign reads, “Welcome to Goeddesburg.”

All Night Long

Several years ago, I was given an angel trumpet for my garden. The tropical shrub/small tree produces large trumpet-like flowers that hang from branches. It is like music to my eyes and nose (it produces a wonderful scent), and the angel trumpet plays for me at night. The flowers close during the day, and after sundown, they open wide and release a fragrance. (A word of caution: An angel trumpet is a toxic plant and dangerous if ingested or can cause skin irritation. Pictured is one from last year that had nearly 80 flowers on it.)

A Perfect Pitch

Vicky Carson asked for a new kitchen countertop. Her wish was granted — the centerpiece of her kitchen now is an island topped with stunning Tropical Treasure granite, sliced and pieced together like a leopard’s skin. Surrounding the kitchen is 9,500 square feet of signature Florida architecture, built from May 2008 to October 2009, in Eagle Ridge Estates in McCutchanville, Ind.

Barbecue Brew

A cold six-pack of cheap beer at a barbecue is an uninspired choice. The Smoked Vessel, our cocktail, complements the smokiness of slow-cooked barbecue. —Tom Fischer of Evansville is the host of an online show, BourbonBlog.com. He works closely with his website’s drink advisor, mixologist Stephen Dennison. Instructions: To smoke the vessel, invert a cocktail glass over the chimney of the smoker for 20-30 seconds.  


Bringing Back Sexy

Much ado has been made by the media, including by the editors of this magazine, about Downtown living. These stories often have references to the area’s longtime struggle to thrive. This article is no different. For decades, Downtown has been a business district by day, a ghost town by night. It might be too soon to pronounce that description completely dead, but right now, Downtown’s pulse is beating harder than it has for decades.

Michael Pittman

Abraham Lincoln was never a professional baseball player. The 16th president met his fate in a theater balcony before America’s pastime had players with multimillion-dollar salaries. Artist Michael Pittman suspects Lincoln would have made a great ballplayer, so he gave Lincoln a tryout. His painting, a piece displayed at a recent exhibition at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, depicted Lincoln as a 1920s-era player. “I felt like the kind of rawboned guy that (Lincoln) was, he probably would have been a good baseball player,” Pittman says.


Chew On This

Market 323 (323 Main St.) opened Downtown in June. This laid-back, eclectic restaurant offers anytime wine tours/tasting for any level wine enthusiasts — from beginners to know-it-alls. Its made-to-order menu offers dishes from paninis and pizzas to build-your-own salads and portabello bites. The owner, Kentucky native Kendra Wells, wanted a southern vibe in Downtown Evansville as well as an artistic staff of mostly musicians. The interior restaurant seats up to 80 people, with additional seating outdoor for 40.

Bottoms Up

In a dimly lit bar with smoke heavy in the air, a bartender with a beer belly pulls down one of three taps for a patron nursing a fried fish sandwich in a plastic basket. This scene is a Hollywood cliché of small town taverns. Here, during the summer when blockbuster movies make so much noise, we present three taverns — icons — in Southwest Indiana’s tavern culture because the truth is better than fiction.

Summer Salad

Here we are in the middle of an Evansville summer with that sweaty humidity but with that climate for growing tomatoes. The best tomatoes I’ve found are from Bud’s Farm Market, primarily sold from a stand on 3301 S. Weinbach Ave. Use the heirloom tomatoes as the flavor component of this black bean, tomato, and quinoa salad — a versatile dish.

Zesto on Wheels

Mike McAtee hails from Austin, Texas, where burrito trucks are as common as cowboy boots. The transplant and his wife Kay had toyed with bringing a food truck to Evansville for years. They bought Zesto, a drive-in restaurant, in February 2009. “Fifteen minutes into ownership,” McAtee says, “all thoughts of a truck went completely off the table.” Owning a restaurant, they learned, is harder than it looks.

Nostalgic and New

For a sweet treat, visit TF Ice Cream, commonly known as Tastee Freez, Boonville’s most nostalgic ice cream shop since 1953. Terry Fortune and his wife changed the name to Tastee Freez after they bought the vanilla-only shop in 1978. With coal mining and nursing jobs, the couple added new flavors to the menu of the corner café on the southeast side of the nearby town east of Evansville. When a national company bought the Tastee Freez name in 2003, Fortune ditched the moniker. The name change to TF Ice Cream stayed close to what Boonville residents knew.

Party Plate

In 1991, the 1950s were born again in Shyler’s BBQ and Wood Fired Grill thanks to owners L.B. and Marla Simmons’ penchant for Elvis memorabilia. Photos and posters of the “King of Rock” adorn nearly every wall of the 20-year-old family restaurant on Green River Road, but it’s the smiling cartoon hog on the restaurant’s sign that is synonymous with the Memphis-style barbecue joint.

Online Exclusives

Photos You Didn’t See

In our July/August 2011 issue we feature Dave and Vicky Carson's dream home ("A Perfect Pitch"). The inspiration for this home near a North Side golf course didn’t come from a desire to build. Vicky Carson simply gave her husband Dave the perfect pitch. The result was an abode blending a traditional viewpoint with a contemporary style. Here, we present additional photos of the home not seen in the magazine.

Link Up

The Healthy Living feature, “The Memory Story,” shows how people can give their memories a boost, and scientific research on memories is about to receive a big boost — from a man who couldn’t remember anything. Read this gripping story from Esquire magazine about that man here.