Tom Blattler and the Indy 500 - A Winning Team
The Month of May — for most Hoosiers — enough said. Just the mere mention of the month of May and most of us are already conjuring up the oh-so-identifiable sound of a racecar screaming down the back straightaway or the feeling in your heart and stomach when the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” concludes, balloons float to the sun and clouds, and the traditional instruction “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!” hails from the starting line. As 33 cars rev up to begin the pace laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day — there is no better place to be on the Sunday before Memorial Day than at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing — the Indy 500.
Indy 500 Staples - For Over 40 Years
In this day and age, staying at one job for very long isn’t the norm. Not so for longtime Indy 500 workers Kaye Totton and Bill York.
Totton has worked at the Speedway since 1960. She began her work there over 50 years ago in timing and scoring and then moved over to work at the media center at the request of colleague Bill York. Totton also has worked with the Borg Warner Company for over 30 years and seems to be a smiling staple for those trekking through the media center daily during race time.
York began working at the track in 1957 with meat manufacturing company Stark and Wetzel. While with that company, York managed the “Rookie of the Year” program. The program in recent years has been sponsored by Chase Bank — but still counts York as its coordinator.
Take a Walk, It's Good For You!
You might have thought walking to get healthy was a craze, but that thought process is long gone. These days, walking to get healthy is a way of life spanning all generations and has become a daily ritual for millions of Americans. What might have started for many as a neighborhood stroll has now turned in to an exercise routine that has sparked walking buddies or groups whose walking venues include more than just neighborhood sidewalks!
Walking is a great alternative to high impact activities such as jogging or aerobics. It can be your “alone” time as you plug in your iPOD and search for your favorite walking tunes, a walk with your dog, or a family bonding activity. The great part about adding walking to your exercise plan is that it can adapt to your lifestyle and schedule and can be tailored to fit just about any fitness level.
Everything Old is New Again — Get Gardening!
Ask just about anyone from a rural area what the best food of the summer is and you’ll probably get quite a few of the same mouth-watering answers — bright red, juicy watermelon, vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob from the farmer’s field down the road, fragrant melons picked right from the ground or a pot of “just from the garden” green beans. But those country folk aren’t the only ones that know that the best-tasting and healthiest produce comes right from the ground – the city folk have caught on too!
“The trend around the country is to grow local, eat local and buy local produce. That’s why farmers’ markets are doing a booming business these days. Our theme this year is ‘Hip, Healthy and Homegrown,’” said Jenn Gleissner of the Zionsville, Ind. farmers’ market. “Our vendors know that shoppers are looking for the freshest ground-to-table produce they can find to provide the healthiest staples for cooking for their families.”
Chapter Two: From Broadcast Booth to Pulpit
If you’ve been around Indianapolis a few years or if you are a fan of the Indianapolis 500 or the “old school” Indiana High School Basketball tournament, you know the name Howdy Bell.
For those who don’t, Bell spent 50-plus years involved in both radio and TV broadcasting, taking his seat with local hoops legends Tony Hinkle and Tom Carnegie to call the basketball tournament in the mid-1960s and spending 41 years among the Worldwide Radio Network crew for the Indy 500. Over the years he acted as a DJ, a sales executive and even managed a string of radio stations.
Today, Bell’s primary vocation is officiating weddings and funerals as a layman care pastor. So how does one move from the Speedway pagoda to the pulpit?
The Show is Always Going On – At Any Age!
You wouldn’t know it was a windy and stormy Wednesday afternoon by the “light” shining in the Time Steppers rehearsal hall at the OASIS center located east of Indianapolis. No, the sun wasn’t shining…but the happy faces greeting each other and setting up everything from the mirrored front wall to the music would make just about anyone forget there was a storm brewing outside.
The Time Steppers are a group of aged 50 and over performing tap dancers all with a lifelong love of dance and a spirit and energy that is downright contagious. The group, sponsored by OASIS, a national nonprofit educational organization designed to enhance the quality of life for adults aged 50 and older, performs in and around Central Indiana from 12 to 15 times per year at venues including multiple appearances at the Indiana State Fair, assisted living and nursing homes, senior citizen’s centers and at OASIS sponsored functions.
“I am the dance captain,” shared 85-year-old Alice Moore. “I’ve been with the group a long time. I joined OASIS in 20 years or so ago and began by taking basic tap classes that were offered here. We used to be up to three levels of tap classes, but have now pared down to just the one performing group. After heart surgery over a year ago, I wasn’t sure if I could come back. But here I am!"
It’s Spring and Time to Get out and About — Try a New Class!
“Two years ago, I couldn’t lift my left arm very far at all,” says Marita Douglas. “I’ve been coming to this yoga stretch class every week for over a year and now I can get my arm completely over my head!”
Douglas’ grateful enthusiasm is contagious. In a class of more than 30 participants at the Fishers, Ind., YMCA almost everyone was excited to share their stories of improved mobility, flexibility and balance, and it was obvious from the smiles and laughter after class that it was an activity that they all looked forward to as well.