Date of Entry:
December 11, 1816
|Map of USA. Indiana outlined in dark ink, shaded, &|
with name written on it.
|Close-up of Indiana & its neighbors.|
Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois
Lake Michigan, Ohio River, Wabash River
36,418 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Carmel
Famous Geographical Point:
The Hoosier State. People in Indiana call themselves Hoosiers. It's the official mascot of Indiana University. And yet no one knows what it means or where the nickname came from. The colorful yarn I heard when I first arrived at IU was that, after an old timey barroom brawl, someone picked a severed ear up from the floor and said, "Whose ear?"
Jim Gaffigan, comedian
So many famous Hoosiers! I've done quite a few musicians recently, so I decided not to go with the obvious choice (Michael Jackson). I've seen a few of Gaffigan's shows in person & I think he's hilarious. I'm going to ignore the fact that he went to hated rival Purdue University for a year. ;)
Book Set In/About:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
In this young adult novel, two lost souls have a chance meeting and begin to bond as they explore Indiana's natural offerings. It's on my list, haven't gotten to it yet, but I hear good things about it!
Movie Set In/About:
"Rudy" (1993), directed by David Anspaugh
Another wealth of choices for this category. I decided to go with the film that many men will say made them cry. It's the biographical tale of a young man who aspires to play football for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, despite many obstacles.
Headline of the Day:
"India-Based IT Company Plans Indiana Site with US Expansion" in US News & World Report.