Article Archives: Bumps in the Night

Handsome Harry Pierpont, Part 1

This is a reprint of an article first published in September 2010. Handsome Harry Pierpont is probably the most famous Indianapolis outlaw that you’ve never heard of. Born on October 13, 1902, Pierpont has strong ties to Indianapolis, John Dillinger and Central State hospital. Although largely forgotten today, Pierpont played … Read More

Bobbie the Wonder Dog

I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2018 than with a good old fashioned dog story.  The story of Bobbie the wonder dog. Bobbie’s “tail” begins during a family visit to Wolcott, Indiana. This tiny town of 1,000 owes its genesis to being the last stop of … Read More

What’s the Matter with Minnesota?

Al Franken resigned this week. The Democratic Senator from Minnesota left office under a cloud of sexual misconduct accusations that surfaced in the autumn of last year. It was the end of a fairy-tale career by the former Saturday Night Live comedian who first came to Washington DC after a … Read More

Christmas Ghosts

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve discussed three of my literary obsessions (Charles Dickens, Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe) and their connection to each other this time of the year. While the airwaves will be filled with marathon showings of It’s a Wonderful Life and Ralphie’s A Christmas … Read More

Ebenezer Scrooge in America

There’s a movie out in theatres right now that I think I would like to see. That is a rare event in the Hunter household (the last one we saw was Daniel Day Lewis’s Lincoln five years ago). The Man Who Invented Christmas came out Thanksgiving weekend. It scored 83 … Read More