Normally, I might write a valedictory piece following the death of person of importance to Fort Wayne, someone who exemplified special character, or someone of statewide importance that my readers ought to know about.
However, I am too numb right now to do that. I have just been told that Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Rick McIntyre was found dead in his home in Bedford, Indiana, at age 51.
What follows are the first things that come to mind.
Rick and I served in the Indiana House of Representatives together.
He ran for Congress in 1984 against Frank McCloskey in a race that came to give that Congressional District in southern Indiana the term the "Bloody Eighth." After several recounts of that election - and after the State of Indiana certified Rick McIntyre as the winner - the US House of Representatives voted to declare McCloskey the winner.
Rick and I were the same age. Rick was elected two years after I was first elected to the Indiana House. We first met at the Indianapolis home of State Representative Ned Lamkin, the House Majority Leader. Within a few moments of meeting, Rick asked me my birthdate. He wanted to know if he would become the youngest member following that election. I had to laugh.
It was great to have an age peer to serve with in the General Assembly. It was great to have a philosophical peer as well. Our views were close. We would best be described at that time as Jack Kemp conservatives. He was a principled conservative guy and we worked closely together on several initiatives such as creation of the State's Rainy Day Fund.
When incumbent Republican Congressman Joel Deckard was involved in a drunk driving incident which cost him his seat in Congress, I called Rick in Bedford the same night that the news was released and remarked that his time to seek the Congressional seat had come early.
That congressional race became a national turning point regarding the partisanship of the US Congress. Rick had remarked to me that "people in Indiana believe that the state legislature is partisan, but, really, there are only a handful of high profile state issues that split along party lines. But in the US Congress, everything is partisan. People in Indiana need to know how lucky they are."
Rick later ran - and won - the Circuit Court judgeship in Lawrence County - where he has served with distinction for two decades.
Rick had entered US Navy air training at Pensacola with the desire to become a Navy pilot. He said that a bad knee foreclosed that possibility. He then entered law school at Bloomington, where he met his wife, Meredith. Upon graduation, they took over an existing practice in Bedford which became McIntyre and McIntyre.
At a Council of State Governments Meeting, my friend Ed Feigenbaum arranged to have Cokie Roberts sit at our table. She had covered the race in the "Bloody Eighth." Ms. Roberts was seated next to me. During the course of the luncheon conversation. she said that she had the opportunity to meet both Rick and Meredith during her coverage of the story and that "the wife was smarter."
While I was a little bit taken aback by Ms Roberts, I later told Rick of Ms. Roberts' assessment. He had to laugh.
I do not understand someone taken at this age. I do not.
You are apt to be reading about Shipshewana in the news in the coming days.
That's because of a bizarre truck accident near Chicago in Wadsworth, Illinois, Sunday that resulted in numerous horses being destroyed. The truck took on its load of horses in Shipshewana. A veterinarian risked his life by entering the overturned truck trailer to administer care to the horses involved.
Who knew you could pack nearly 60 horses into a double-decker trailer designed to haul pigs and cattle? The owner of those Belgian draft horses that were being hauled through Lake County obviously did. So far, 15 of them are dead with the remaining 44 safe at area farms.
The driver has been ticketed and national equine associations say they're going to fight to take those remaining horses away from the owner, who as of now remains a mystery.
And what were draft horses being hauled from Shipshewana, Ind. to allegedly an auction in Minneapolis? Equine folks tell The Hound they believe the steeds were headed to be slaughtered for pharmaceutical estrogen production someplace in Canada. Most of the horses were yearlings or two year olds, prime fodder for estrogen used in estrogen replacement therapy, The Hound is told.
Authorities have praised horse volunteers who rushed to the scene, taking them off the trailer one at time. Volunteers praise law enforcement for keeping a safe accident scene at Route 41 and Wadsworth Road, near the BP station. No humans were injured in the rescue attempt.
Kenneth Luu, a senior at R. Nelson Snider High School, was awarded the Jack McComb Memorial Scholarship at last night's Republican Bean Dinner.
Mr. Luu participates in speech at Snider High School. He gave an impressive speech in acceptance of the scholarship. His acknowledgement of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Long Luu, was heartfelt and emotional. His parents came to Fort Wayne in 1977 after emigrating to the United States from Viet Nam following the Communist takeover of South Viet Nam in 1975.
The award was presented to Mr. Luu by Mike McComb on behalf of the family of Jack McComb. Jack McComb was a well-liked Allen County Commissioner who died in office.
Mr. Luu intends to attend the University of Michigan upon graduation. His sister is a graduate of the University of Michigan. His sister, Janette Luu, is best known as the well-respected former reporter for Indiana's NewsCenter. She now anchors Canoe Live on Toronto's Sun TV; the innovative program is widely available in Canada by cable broadcast.
Kitty Hawk, Inc. and all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, "Kitty Hawk") announced today that it will immediately cease all scheduled network air and ground operations. Kitty Hawk will continue to operate air cargo charter operations. Approximately 500 employees at Kitty Hawk will be affected by the ceasing of operations, and such employees were notified of their termination today.
Kitty Hawk's financial condition has deteriorated significantly over the last year and the ceasing of network air and ground operations is necessitated by, among other things, a 25% decrease in year-over-year demand for its air product and a 15% year-over-year decrease in demand for its ground product. In conjunction with lower demand for Kitty Hawk's services, record high jet and diesel fuel prices have contributed to Kitty Hawk's inability to continue network air and ground operations.
On October 15, 2007, Kitty Hawk, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division in a continued effort to address significant financial challenges and identify a strategic or financial investor. Kitty Hawk has been unable to secure new sources of financing or a buyer for all or a portion of its assets after considerable and continuing efforts which commenced in early 2007.
The NBA D-League Mad Ants of Fort Wayne are hosting a public party to celebrate the first D-League draft.
[T]he team would like to invite you and your family to attend our inaugural Draft Party at Crazy Pinz on Thursday, November 1st, where you will be able to watch the Mad Ants’ future unfold live during the 2007 NBA D-League Draft.
The party will begin at 7:00pm with drink specials, game specials and giveaways. The draft itself will begin at 8:00 pm. Live coverage of the proceedings will be aired on NBA TV throughout the venue. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will begin their selection process with the seventh overall pick in the draft.
The current Space Shuttle mission provides fewer viewing opportunities than the one in June. The good news is that you don't have to stay up late to view it. However, you will need to be alert in the morning.
The best opportunity over the coming week and a half may come on Election Day just 10 minutes after the polls open. Starting at 6:10 AM on November 6th, the Space Shuttle and then the ISS will become visible for one of the longest periods and at the highest elevation above the horizon during this period.
If you miss it on Election Day morning, you will have another opportunity on Wednesday morning.
Columnist Carol Cain notes Dan Carmody's impending move to Detroit from his post as head of Fort Wayne's Downtown Improvement District. Her mention of Mr. Carmody appears in the Sunday Detroit Free Press.
Ms. Cain writes in her Freep column in the Business section:
Carmody will move to Detroit next month, armed with 22 years of economic development and urban planning experience, to take over as president and CEO of the Eastern Market Corp. on Nov. 19. He talks about the opportunity as a dream job.
"My forte is revitalization programs in places that are transitioning, and certainly there is a lot of room to grow the Eastern Market district," he says.
For the past two years, Carmody, 52, who hails from Chicago, has focused his efforts on downtown and neighborhood revitalization as president of the Downtown Improvement District of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
"Dan joins us at a pivotal and exciting time for the Eastern Market," Beebe says. "We are pleased to have someone of Dan's caliber take the helm as we continue the expansion and renovation of the market and surrounding neighborhood."
The renovation of Detroit Eastern Market's Shed 2 (on Russell between Winder and Adelaide), is to be completed soon. It is the first phase of a $10.8-million effort.
Freshman James Martin of Carroll High School finished second overall in the IHSAA Men's Cross Country State Finals held at Terre Haute Saturday.
Andy Bayer of Leo High School finished sixth.
The Carroll team placed sixth overall in team results. (James Martin, Robert (Robbie) Kleber, Michael Nussa, Austin Kilmer, Bradley (Brad) Hess, Nickolas (Nick) Card, Joshua (Josh) Snyder)
Northrop High School was eighth in team results. (Sam Bird, Cameron DeFord, Erin Milton, Travis Strock, Landen Hinrichsen, Cedrick Hannah, Andrew Piropato)
Brianna Johnson of Carroll High School finished fifth overall in the Women's Cross Country State Finals. Teammate Chelsea Blanchard of Carroll finished ninth.
The Carroll team was third overall in the women's team results. (Brianna Johnson, Chelsea Blanchard, Samantha Ginther, Janelle Gordy, Samantha Simonson, Audrey Hess, Rebecca Downs)
Full results for the men can be viewed here. Full results for the women may be viewed here. Results are posted on HoosierAuthority.com.
In other local running news, the River City Rat Race 10K was held in downtown Fort Wayne today. It helped to be from Bluffton; both the overall women's winner and the overall men's winner are Bluffton natives. Congratulations to Laurissa Dalrymple and Casey Shafer.
Results for the River City Rat Race can be seen here.
Upcoming races in the Fort Wayne area include the Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler on Thanksgiving Day. The race starts at the University of St. Francis Hutzell Athletic Center and winds its way down Leesburg Road, through the Lindenwood Cemetery and back. Online registration and a printable registration form are available by clicking here.
The Turkey Trot 5K Trail Run will be held on November 17th at Fox Island County Park. A rrintable registration form may be accessed here.