Jack Trudeau: Short Lived Colts Quarterback

For Indianapolis sports fans, Peyton Manning might be the only Colts quarterback in recent history worth mentioning. Before 1998, there were several rounds of new quarterbacks for Indianapolis‘ NFL team, including Jim Harbaugh and Jeff George. Most of them were instantly forgettable, traded, cut, or demoted within the first few months of starting. One of […]

John Stehr: Channel 13 WTHR Anchor from Zionsville

Along with fellow Zionsville, Indiana resident Ray Cortopassi, John Stehr is a familiar face in Indianapolis news. He’s an anchor for Channel 13 WTHR, where he is the weekday co-anchor for the 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. news show. John Stehr has been an anchor with the Indianapolis television station since he was brought on […]

Rik Smits: The “Dunkin’ Dutchman” of the Indiana Pacers

Standing at a towering 7 feet 4 inches, Rik Smits is the tallest player ever to play for the Indiana Pacers and one of the tallest players in NBA history (there’s a tie between Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan for the tallest, both at 7′ 7″). Smits was part of the golden age of the […]

Hunter Smith: The Most Accurate Holder to Ever Play the Game

Not many people can say they have had a hand in both Indianapolis sports and Indianapolis music. The only person from Zionsville, Indiana who can make that claim is Hunter Smith, a former punter for the Indianapolis Colts who also plays in the Christian soft rock duo Connersvine. Smith played nine seasons for the Colts, […]

Rob Morris: Promising Prospect Earns Super Bowl Ring, Fades Into Free Agency

In the world of professional football scouting, you win some and you lose some. The best prospects often turn out to be major league duds (example: Matt Leinart), and under the radar players sometimes evolve into elite franchise powerhouses. One such hot prospect who didn’t quite pan out is Rob Morris, a middle linebacker who […]

Tom Mastny: Minor League Pitcher Has His Moment in the Sun

Tom Mastny is part of Major League Baseball history, though not through the usual channels of skillful play, commercial advertisements, and record breaking. No, Mastny is the first Indonesian born Major League Baseball player, though his parents were traveling Americans from Indiana, making Indonesia the 52nd country to spawn a professional baseball player in the […]

John-Michael Liles: Star Avalanche Defenseman from Zionsville

You don’t normally see too many professional ice hockey players come from Central Indiana. The Hoosier state is mostly known for the basketball virtuosos it produces, not masters of the ice. However, there’s at least one Zionsville resident who feels at home on the ice: John-Michael Liles. Liles is a defensive player for the NHL’s […]

Arthur Hansen: Purdue President, Masterful Mathematician

The campus of Purdue University wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of Arthur G. Hansen. Hansen was the president of the Indiana college from 1971 to 1982, but his legacy at the university goes deeper than that: the Arthur G. Hansen Life Sciences Research Building bears Hansen’s name, and a 300 seat theater in […]

Ray Cortopassi: Anchoring Indianapolis News Since 1999

A familiar face in the Indianapolis media community is that of Ray Cortopassi, a Zionsville, Indiana resident who has been a regular feature in Indianapolis news for the past ten years. Originally a resident of Chicago, Cortopassi is probably best known as the current anchor for Fox 59 Morning News on Channel 59 WXIN, but […]

Tom Carnegie: The Voice of the Speedway

“Aaaaaaand heeeeee’s ON IT!” If you’ve ever listened to a broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, you’ve surely heard this phrase. It’s a phrase coined and propagated by the “Voice of the Speedway,” Tom Carnegie. Carnegie has been broadcasting races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1946; though he retired from races in 2006, […]

Ron Artest: Forgetting the “Malice at the Palace”

Very few NBA players have gotten as up close and personal with fans as former Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest. After getting nailed with a Diet Coke during a game versus the Detroit Pistons in 2004, Artest climbed into the stands and proceeded to beat up the wrong Pistons fan, starting the now famous “Malice […]