1972 Olympic Marathon Gold Medal winner Frank Shorter will be addressing members of the Fort Wayne Track Club this evening at the organization's Annual Banquet.
His victory in the 1972 Olympics brought public attention to long distance running and is credited with the explosion of road racing in the United States in the 1970's.
Mr. Shorter was awarded the James E. Sullivan award as America's top amateur athlete in 1972. Tonight, Mr. Shorter will be visiting a region that was the home of 1938 Sullivan Award winner Don Lash.
FWOb will provide additional coverage of Frank Shorter's Fort Wayne visit. His talk is likely to include his battle to review the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal award to East Germany's Waldemar Cierpinski, his recollection of Steve Prefontaine, and his work as chairman from 2000 to 2003 of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Mr. Shorter, a lawyer, has been at the forefront of the promotion of running and the promotion of honest athletic standards.
There are dire warnings about the snowfall possible from Tuesday night through Wednesday in Fort Wayne.
Predictions from published weatherforecasters vary widely, however. Fort Wayne Observed would like to get your opinion on the predicted snowfall amount.
Take the FWOb Snowfall Poll by scrolling down the left hand column for 'Your Take.'
This isn't so much to gauge the accuracy of your own meteorological judgment; we don't expect many FWOb readers have their own backyard weather stations or have an academic background in the field. This is more a poll of your 'triangulation' of the various media forecast services.
That is, we think many readers of FWOb discount the forecasts of certain weather forecasters, consider some forecasts to be examples of hyperbole, and generally, through their own experience, come to rely on a few weather forecasters they find to be the most reliable.
Expect a run on grocery stores the next two days as residents prepare for what weather forecasters are predicting as a large winter storm that could leave Fort Wayne with as much of a foot of snow by Wednesday. Accuweather is predicting that the snowfall amount could be as much as 22 inches of snow.
The heavy snowfall is set to begin Tuesday afternoon.
Last week, the City Council decided not to hold a meeting on February 1st due to a light agenda. That decision is looking fortuitous.
US News & World Report has noted Indiana Tech ranks 8th nationally in the percentage of alumni giving in support of institutions of higher education. This is a valued distinction for the Fort Wayne school.
The ranking puts it in the league of institutions like Princeton University and Williams College.
The two prototype garments bear a pink heart or a set of lungs. Blue veins on the organs appear when a censor in the fabric detects high carbon monoxide levels in the air. Nien Lam said he and his partner on the project, Sue Ngo, wanted to send a subtle message about air pollution, while also paying attention to style. "Air pollution is kind of one of these things that's all around us," Lam said. "You don't see it but it exists and it's invisible and we wanted to bring that to light."
Lam, 32, who lives on the Upper West Side, added that the sweatshirts are making some N.Y.U. smokers nervous: "When people would step out to have a cigarette, they would see our project, and then feel guilty going out to have that cigarette realizing, 'Oh, this is actually what I'm doing to myself.'"
A recipient of the oversize postcard shown might be forgiven for thinking that it was the first political mailing of 2011; perhaps a kickoff for 2012.
Shown below are State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on the right and former State Representative Matt Bell on the left. Mr. Bell is now President of the Northeast Indiana Regional Chamber. Neither is identified by name in the mailing but stand under the headline 'Made in Indiana.'
The mailing is from the American Red Cross in Fort Wayne and urges blood donation at the University of Saint Francis North Campus gymn on Thursday, January 27 from 9 to 3 PM.
The postcard states: "Help Hoosiers like you and prove that you're made in Indiana."
Mr. Mourdock and Mr. Bell are not without some image recognition. However, it is likely to be among the political cognescenti. Maybe the mailing was restricted to such people but that is probably unlikely.
Indiana voters used to vote for the statewide office of Indiana Supreme and Appellate Court Reporter. The legislature abolished the elected office in the 1980's.
The last person to hold the post was Marilou Wertzler. The well-respected Mrs. Wertzler has passed away at age 89 in Palo Alto, California; her obituary was published today.
Marilou Wertzler was first elected in 1968 and served through 1984. She shared the statewide ballot with three governors - Edgar Whitcomb, Dr. Otis R. Bowen, and Robert D. Orr.
The job of Court Reporter was to compile the decisions of the Indiana Supreme and Appellate Courts and then cause the official Indiana Reports to be published. This was an important function in the early decades of the State of Indiana when it was important that a continuous bound volume of state court opinions be made available for research.
In 1887, The West Publishing Co. created the National Reporter System and began publishing reported cases from across the country. The Indiana decisions are contained in West's Northeastern Reporter. West made a critical innovation - the West Key System for indexing decisions.
Acceptance by Courts of citations by the West's Reporter System began to make the official reports superfluous. As time went on, the official Indiana Reporter was published months after cases were available through West Publishing.
The legislature came to see the office as an artifact of another time. It not only had no executive or administrative function, the office did not really have a necessary clerical function either.
It should be noted that this is somewhat different than current debates regarding other offices on the local or state level where it is advocated that certain administrative or decision-making functions be moved to non-elected positions. Indeed, at the time that legislative consideration of the abolition of the office of Court Reporter was being considered, then State Representative Jerry Bales (R-Bloomington) suggested in caucus that the state Clerk of Courts be added for abolition. Others in the caucus room quickly made the distinction. The office of Clerk of Courts was subseqently made a non-elective position but it has a real and necessary function. It is now being administered under the guidance of the Indiana Supreme Court.
There were some prominent persons who served as Indiana Supreme and Appellate Court Reporter. Most notable was Benjamin Harrison who won election in 1860 and 1864. He, of course, went on to serve as a United States Senator and be elected as President of the United States in 1888. In the midst of his first term as Reporter, Harrison raised a regiment for service in the Civil War. He was made a Brigadier General for his service during the War. (Fascinating sidenote: The Indiana Supreme Court declared the office vacated while Harrison served in the Civil War. In 2003, the Indiana Supreme Court 'pardoned' Harrison.)
Marilou Wertzler was a well-liked and dignified office-holder. She served the Muncie community in several roles prior to her election.
Her four terms ought to gain more recognition if not least for the fact that she helped serve as a model and example of women seeking elected statewide office. Alas, her service seems to have escaped the notice of some of those who otherwise champion the pioneers of women in elected public service.
The Center for Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University publishes a list of statewide elected women that serves as a source for news media and other organizations. For example, it notes that Grace Urbahns (R) served as State Treasurer from 1926 to 1932 and that Fort Wayne's Dorothy Gardner (R) was State Auditor from 1961 to 1964. While it notes that Trudy Slaby Etherton (R) was elected in 1968 as State Auditor, the list does not show Marilou Wertzler's election that same year.
Korina Lopez of USA Today writes of Fort Wayne's Jordan Witzigreuter musical success as The Ready Set.
The solo artist has had a tremendous year with the song 'Love Like Woe.' You can sample the music video of the song from his album 'I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming' on the USA Today website. More videos are available on The Ready Set website.
His first national headling tour starts February 23rd in Indianapolis at The Emerson Theatre.
While his classmates were going to parties and playing sports, Jordan Witzigreuter was in his room writing music and playing drums in local bands in Fort Wayne, Ind. "I was pretty quiet in high school [Homestead]. I never liked going to parties. I was immersed in music," the 21-year-old says. "I used to skateboard, but I stopped because I was afraid I'd fall, break my wrist and not be able to play music. After I graduated from high school, I booked all my own tours. I did everything independently."
: If you haven't heard of Witzigreuter, you may recognize his stage moniker, The Ready Set. "I wanted my band name to reflect my vision. It means setting your inhibitions and fears aside and just going for it," he says. "Plus, Witzigreuter is hard to pronounce."
Former Indiana State Representative Lee Clingan of Covington has died.
Lee Clingan served 24 years in the legislature. First as a State Senator for 8 years; then, after his seat was reapportioned, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives for 16 years.
I was priveleged that my term overlapped with his for 10 of those years. He was the antithesis of a grandstander. He rarely went to the microphone. When he did, he was soft-spoken and self-effacing. When he did speak, though, everyone in the Chamber - and I mean, everyone - gave him their utmost respect.
What he never drew attention to, everyone knew. And that was that Lee Clingan had been a Prisoner of War in WW II.
He was tall and wore well the white hat of the auctioneer that he was. When the legislature was nearing the end of a term and the whole body had what sometimes seemed interminable waits for conference committee reports to come down, Lee Clingan was sometimes coaxed by members to take to the well of the House to demonstrate his auctioneer's talent as a caller.
The most good natured of any legislator with whom I served. This Democrat was a man of deep beliefs. He believed in small government.