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he Shalimar Restaurant in Broad Ripple has been family owned and operated by Sukhdev (Dave) Samra since 1998. The Samra family took over the space from a prior tenant who was going out of business. “The former proprietors were discontent with the location,” said Samra. “We have had the opposite experience; the location is wonderful.” Upon walking through the entrance, the walls are covered with awards and plaques, all praising the cuisine. One award is “best kept secret.” The name, “Shalimar,” refers to the exquisite gardens that were built by Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.
For starters, we enjoyed vegetable samosas, vegetable pakora and the chicken pakora. All were lightly fried to perfection, without any heaviness. These are accompanied by a variety of sauces, ranging in spice and heat to the customer’s tastes. The tamarind, mint and onion chutney gave each bite a different flare, providing a selection to chose from. The onion chutney is hotter than the mint and tamarind, for an extra kick.
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Flavorful and fresh, the entrees of seekh kabab and chicken tikka masala were accompanied by saag paneer, dal makhani, garlic naan and biryani rice. The seekh kabab is finger rolls of ground lamb spiced with fresh ginger. The chicken tikka masala is comprised of boneless chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, then roasted What used to be a best kept secret can no The staff is professional while the longer lay claim. The essence of the original on skewers and sautéed in tomato sauce. atmosphere is pleasant and meticulously meaning of “Shalimar” is “the great place,” clean. The dinner menu is moderately and Samra’s Shalimar Restaurant lives up to priced and offers a popular lunch buffet. The The entrees were presented impeccably in its expectations. traditional Indian hand-hammered dishes. menu is comprised of dishes indicative of northern India. The drink menu includes an The side of saag paneer, which is spinach cooked with homemade cheese and fresh extensive wine list as well as a rich, Indian The Shalimar Restaurant is located in the strip spices, accompanied the seekh kabab lager beer. adjacent to Broad Ripple High School. atBrip.com / APRIL 2015 / BROAD RIPPLE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER / 9
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Working a summer job, most college students are focused on earning money for themselves. Jarrett Settles has a bigger goal in mind: to donate a portion of what he earns this summer to a foundation on behalf of a friend that has provided him with inspiration. Settles, a junior and defensive lineman for Marian University, met Cole Winnefeld last year during their national championship football season. Settles will donate a portion of his earnings to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which directly benefits kids like Cole. Settles is a franchise owner under College Pro Painters, a company focusing on the development of young, local business leaders. College Pro has had some presence in the Broad Ripple community for five to six years and has an established customer reporting base of 95 percent customer satisfaction. “My professional development is important to me, but one of the main drivers of my passion for business is a special friend, Cole Winnefeld,” said Settles. “Cole has been battling Neuroblastoma for about five years now and is a very inspiring young man.” While Settles’ major is in business, his minor is in giving back. For more information on College Pro Painters, check out Collegepro.com or contact Jarrett directly at 317-796-3559 or CollegeProPaintersIndy@gmail.com. For additional information on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit awoccf.org.
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Broad Ripple restauranteur Chuck Mack is a disabled Vietnam veteran. Having served in the Marines, Mack knows the challenges In 2014, Veterans Antiquities partnered with VSA Indiana. VSAI veterans face as they return home, whether injuries are evident or is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John not. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Veterans Antiquities asked VSAI to be their non-for-profit fiscal agent. Last year Dedicated to helping veterans get ahead, Mack’s latest effort the two groups partnered for War and Peace: The Veteran’s Art involves promotion of military veteran artists. "The Coffee House Project. War and Peace was designed to increase awareness about is now doubling as an art gallery,” said Mack, who is displaying the diversity of artists within our community and featured an artwork for sale by veterans or people who support veterans at the exhibit of art created by military veterans, as well as experiential Coffee House adjacent to his restaurant, Moe & Johnny’s. workshops for VSAI’s students. Teaming with art curator and fellow military veteran, Paul Richard, the interior walls of the Coffee House are now adorned like a professional art gallery. This is the first gallery showing at Mack’s restaurant, creating awareness of military veteran artists. Currently, the featured artist is Vietnam veteran, Tim Hildebrandt. Hildebrandt is a Vietnam veteran and Herron graduate. Of his art, he says, “Many people ask what a painting means and I always say, ‘Let it speak for itself.’ A painting is like music, or poetry; it’s not a medium that can be explained with words. It must be experienced visually. It must be seen to be appreciated."
VSAI was created in 1982 to provide access to the arts for people with disabilities. Facilitated through professional teaching artists, VSAI offers a variety of arts education programs in schools, hospitals, camps, community centers and onsite in their adaptive studios. Their programs are designed to serve students of all ages, all abilities and all around our state. Director of Grants and Marketing Lydia Campbell-Maher says, “VSAI and Veteran Antiquities share the vision of creating a more inclusive community by awakening an appreciation for the artistic contributions of people with disabilities.”
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“We believe that participation in the arts creates opportunities for individual accomplishments and promotes self-confidence. Through over 30 years of programming, we have witnessed the transformative power of the arts, which transcends differences and evokes social change,” said Campbell-Maher. One of the teaching artists for VSAI is Mark Smith. Smith, an Iraq veteran, was a medic for a Stryker Brigade as part of the Army 25th Infantry Division. Smith has a graduate degree in anthropology of art. Smith is working on an educational program for woodworking – blacksmithing, traditional and welders certification. With emphasis on arts, Smith has created a creative environment for himself and his workers, all of whom are combat veterans. “We are creating a veteran-centric nonprofit that helps to engage disabled veterans in a creative process,” said Richard. “We have created an assembly line, working with other veterans, who are building furniture, creating art, music, whatever is healing for them. We want to help through art-based enterprise.” When Richard was in the service, he was amazed by the incredibly talented people he was surrounded by. “I was like ‘wow, where
did these people come from?’ We were all drafted,” said Richard. “They were writing, they were conducting music, writing music, and war can take away some of the elements of creativity. We want to help re-light that spark.” Veterans Antiquities connected with Juliet King, art therapy director and assistant professor at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI adjunct assistant professor, department of neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine. Both Veteran Antiquities and King are focused on the healing potential through arts. “We are the practitioners, not scientists. We just want to help people who are artists, writers, poets, and help them use their talents to get back into the groove,” said Mack of Veterans Antiquities. King moved to Indianapolis to develop a graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art. A thorough training is required to become an art therapist. Herron’s program is a 60 credit hour master’s program made up of courses in psychology, human development, creativity theory and symbolism, which have a
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theoretic foundation and a scientific underpinning. The degree incorporates 1,000 hours of clinical internship experience.
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“Although Chuck’s program is not a clinical internship potential for graduate students, it might become a program that has great research potential, which would be a win-win for both Herron’s program and Veteran Antiquities,” said King. “I like to describe therapeutic arts, like Veterans Antiquities, and the profession of art therapy as a continuum, where people engage in making art, and it is a healing process on one end and the other is the clinical and psychotherapeutic practice of art therapy. Engaging in the art making process gives a person different focus, which is often accompanied by an increased self esteem and sense of self worth.” Given the interest in helping veterans, King is working to create potential programs with art therapy around the city. King moved to Indianapolis from Philadelphia where she taught previously at Drexel University. “There are about 1,200 art therapists in Philadelphia and the tri-state area. In Indiana, there are approximately 30 in the entire state,” said King. Herron Art Therapy worked with WFYI and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum to receive a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to create a multi-media campaign for veterans and the arts. Veterans Antiquities provided all of the art for a fundraising event in this context and is an important part of the community. Another shared venture was the Herron School of Art sponsored Combat Paper Project. Military veteran Drew Cameron put together a unique workshop experience where veterans brought in their old military uniforms. The uniforms are taken apart and turned into paper, then the veterans created art on the paper. Members from the Veteran Antiquities participated in this as well. Through therapeutics, veterans are not only finding a healthy outlet of expressing their creativity, but exploring career options. They are helping others and in turn, helping themselves. On April 9, Veterans Antiquities is celebrating the artwork of Tim Hildebrandt at The Coffee House, 7 p.m. Later in April, Veteran Antiquities will welcome a new exhibit celebrating the art of John Brooks. For more information on VSA Indiana, please visit: www.vsai.org. Herron School of Art Therapy: herron.iupui.edu/art-therapy And for Mark Smith’s information visit, backyardfarmusa.com.
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In addition to the Community Champion initiative, there will be two new events that people can participate in: Game Show Night with Peter Dunn and Lemonpalooza. Game Show Night will be hosted by Dunn, a nationally recognized financial planner, and will have teams of local entrepreneurs and media personalities against each other in mental and physical challenges. Lemonpalooza will be on Monument Circle to celebrate young entrepreneurs with live entertainment and local chefs will be creating lemon-flavored treats. Lemonade Day aims to have 15,000+ participants for this year’s main event. Registration is now open on the Lemonade Day Greater Indianapolis website. Additional information about workshops at libraries, sign-up events at The Children’s Museum and other locations across the area can be found on Facebook and Twitter as they are confirmed.
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While March has been filled with nothing short of madness, April in Indianapolis will be filled with even more excitement as the Final Four takes place. With the biggest college sporting event coming to town for the seventh time, Carmel resident and Vice President of Men’s Basketball Championships Dan Gavitt has been busy preparing. Gavitt explained that the event takes about 100 NCAA employees and thousands of local volunteers to make the event successful. But with Indy also being home to the NCAA headquarters, he thinks that the organization takes great pride in hosting the event in their backyard.
be the main focus of the weekend, Gavitt also thinks that families can make great memories by being involved with the Final Four festivities.
old – and I am approaching 50 now, and I remember it like it was yesterday.
“I also remember my first Final Four here in Indianapolis was 1991 when Duke beat “Well I mentioned this is the seventh time Kansas and Coach Krzyzewski won his that Indianapolis will host the Final Four first National Championship, and again, I which seems like a lot,” said Gavitt. “But remember it like it was yesterday. So, you the last time it was here was 2010, and the know, you can’t put a price on memories. next time it will be here will be 2021. So, And these opportunities come by so while a lot of great basketball is played infrequently, really in the big picture, I around here with NCAA Regionals and would just plead and encourage everyone things on a regular basis, the Final Four in this area to not miss this opportunity to is as special as it gets. I remember my be a part of it. It will be another few years first Final Four in 1979 – I was 13 years before it’s back.”
“It’s a big deal to the NCAA membership,” he said. “This is the seventh time that Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four. It is an ideal location on so many different levels; it is centrally located in the United States in a state that just adores college basketball. Obviously it’s this downtown area that is just so convenient, so walkable, great restaurants, great cultural activities, bars and of course Lucas Oil Stadium being a spectacular facility. It is truly one of the favorite places of all the folks of the NCAA from all over the country that go to the Final Four on a regular basis.” Downtown will have more than just basketball games going on. It will be like a weekend block party with March Madness Music Festival at White River State Park, Fan Fest at the Convention Center, a 5K and more. On Friday Lucas Oil Stadium will be open to watch the four teams practice the all-star game. The NCAA Fan Guide (which came with your newsletter!) has all the details of when and where the fun will be happening. And while the games and big plays will TownePost.com / APRIL 2015 / TOWNEPOST NETWORK
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BRYAN CLAUSON’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2014 CHILI BOWL CHAMPION • 2012 INDY 500 QUALIFIER • 2 TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPION • 2 TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPION • 3 TIME USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPION • 33 CAREER USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS • 31 CAREER USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS • 2 CAREER USAC SILVER CROWN WINS • 2 TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPION • 2 TIME BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS CHAMPION • 2 TIME TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX CHAMPION • 2 TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPION • 2 TIME HARF DRIVER OF THE YEAR • 3 TIME NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER OF THE YEAR • 2011 FREEDOM 100 POLE SITTER (FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS) • 1 CAREER NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES POLE (DAYTONA JULY ’08) • 1 CAREER ARCA WIN (GATEWAY ’07) • YOUNGEST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNER EVER (COLUMBUS SPEEDWAY ’05)
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acing is not just a hobby for Bryan Clauson – it is his life.
Growing up around racing – his dad was a Sprint Car Driver in California – at age 5 Clauson got behind the wheel of a gokart which later lead him being named the youngest Rookie of the Year in the Outlaw Go-Kart program. “I grew up around racing,” he said. “I went to my first race when I was less than a week old. Unfortunately, my dad got hurt when I was 5 years old, but that opened the door for me. He had to sit out a whole season, and during that time, I bugged him enough to get me a quarter midget.” But he was just getting started. He now has more than 140 wins in Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown ranks. This year, Clauson will race for Jonathan Byrd’s Racing in the 2015 Indianapolis 500, and he hopes that the second time
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will go better than the first. He finished 30th after having mechanical issues in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 while racing for Sarah Fisher Hartman Team. “It didn’t end how we had hoped, but I was proud of how the month went. We might have been a little underfunded and underprepared,” said Clauson. “I knew that I wanted to get back there because I felt like I had unfinished business.” And his new racing team, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, knows he will come back and take care of business. Clauson’s experience cannot be matched if you ask the team why they picked Clauson. “There are any number of reasons from which to choose,” said David Byrd of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. “He’s an Indiana kid. He’s a 4-time USAC series Champion and 3-time USAC National Driver’s Champion. He has experience at the Indy 500. His resume speaks for itself. Having brought other short track champs to Indy in the past, he resonates with our background and our family’s
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While the Indianapolis 500 may sound like quite the accomplishment for a 25-year-old, Clauson’s racing resume is filled with big races, including the 2008 Daytona 500 and the coveted dirt track Chili Bowl title. “I have gotten to do a lot of things at a very young age. I was in Daytona in a Nationwide car at 18 years old,” said Clauson. “I have been fortune enough to accomplish a lot at a young age. I had my first Indy 500 at 21. I won the Chili Bowl, which is a huge event when what we do is dirt racing and still only at 25 years old. Sometimes I feel like I am 35 years old and it seems like I have been doing it forever. But I have been fortunate to have a lot of great people around me and a lot of great people that support me to do what I love day in and day out.” In Daytona, Clauson got to race alongside some of the biggest names in racing. “I was a little young to be caught up in the moment,” he said. “At 18 I
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thought everything was easy, to go there for the first time, and it doesn’t hit you until you are out there in the middle of the race. You are out there drafting with Kyle Busch or Matt Kenseth.” Clauson also gave credit to the racing culture of Indianapolis in helping his success at a young age. “I think growing up in Indy is a huge part of who I have become and why I have been able to be so successful,” he said. “There are a few places we can race four or five times a week come the summer. I have 115 races on my schedule, plus the Indy 500. You can’t do that everywhere. We spend a lot of time here in Indy, and the culture here in Indy is obviously racing and basketball, which are the two things I love in life. So it works out great; it is a perfect fit for me.”
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And while Clauson has lots of racing left to do, he also has learned during his career to enjoy each day. “I have talked about how much I have gotten to do at such a young age: I’ve done some NASCAR stuff, I have done the Indy 500, I have been to every big short track race across the country, and honestly I just love driving race cars,” he said. “If it’s an Indy car, if it’s a truck, if it’s a Nationwide car or a Sprint Cup car – I just love driving race cars. If I don’t go any further than racing the Indy 500 every year, running Kokomo on Sunday nights and traveling with my sprint car midgets – I’m happy. It’s been a lot of fun. As I have grown and gone through the ups and downs of my career, you learn to enjoy it. You don’t do this to move up or to race NASCAR. You have to do it because you love it. There’s only 43 seats on Sundays and 25-26 Indy Car seats. So it’s a tough act to break into. If I had the chance, I would do either one. If not, I am perfectly comfortable with what I am doing and perfectly comfortable with what I have accomplished.”
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LIFE MAGAZINE’S APRIL 1945 COVERGIRL 70th Anniversary ‘Joan Geisendorff is a 14 year old freshman at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The letters on her hat stand for Mad Hatters Club, which is one of several thousand organized Sub Deb clubs in the United States. Joan is going steady with Wally Lee, a high school senior. Sub Deb’s would call them a “gruesome twosome.”’ -Life Magazine April 2, 1945
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oan Geisendorff Lee graced the April 2nd cover of LIFE Magazine 70 years ago by sheer luck. “I was in the right place at the right time,” said Lee.
During the early ’40s, social clubs — similar to sororities — were all the rage. “Sub Deb Clubs,” as they were known, had chapters at area high schools, including Broad Ripple High School, where Lee attended. Companies sponsored dances and social gatherings. L.S. Ayres, then family-owned, created an area for parties on the fourth floor of their building downtown. Lee recalls that Margaret Bond was the event coordinator for the Ayres social mixers. In the fall of 1944, a hayride event was hosted by Perry O’Neal, who lived near the Christian Theological Seminary on the west side of Butler. Leaving with her boyfriend, Lee was one of three girls singled out by the event’s photographer that was present
at the party. The photographer requested that these three girls come downtown to the L.S. Ayres photography studio the following week. Unbeknownst to the girls, the photographer was working for LIFE Magazine.
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Lee is a lifelong Broad Ripple resident, and her boyfriend at the party became her husband!
The girls reported to L.S. Ayres as requested for a few individual head shots. ”I did not think much of it at the time, we were not told what may happen with these pictures,” recalls Lee, “We thought L.S. Ayres was to use them for something.” A few months later, Lee’s mom received a call from Lyman Ayers, then CEO of L.S. Ayres, requesting that she and her daughter, Joan, come to his office for a meeting. The appointment was to show the sneak preview cover of LIFE Magazine, featuring Joan. Lee was not prepared for the attention that the cover created. “It was quite exciting,” said Lee. “It was a stroke of luck. I received a lot of fan mail. It was a fun thing and a great experience.”
Joan & Wally celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before he passed away 5 years ago .
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Mitchell Bridwell pulls from his backpack a curious black box. A voice echoes from the gadget’s speaker. Mitchell drags his fingers over the row of dots as he reads one of the many books inside. “I always love the ‘Harry Potter’ series,” says Mitchell, who often reads using his BrailleNote, an eReader for the visually impaired. His current favorite, though, is the “Maze Runner” series. A spirited Notre Dame fan, Mitchell is such a fluent Braille reader that he earned the highest honor at the National Braille Challenge. Held at the Indiana School for the Blind (ISBVI), the Braille Challenge begins with the arrival of students and families from across the state. After an opening ceremony, students assemble into different groups according to age. Students then take several tests that evaluate their skills in comprehending, spelling, proofreading, transcribing, and even deciphering charts and graphs in Braille.
Indiana is one of 37 states that hosts a Regional Braille Challenge. “While we came late to the table, Indiana has really been a force to reckon with at the national level,” said school Superintendent Jim Durst. In some years, in fact, Indiana School for the Blind has sponsored more contestants than California, the state where the Braille Challenge first began. This past February, 21 students participated in the Regional Braille Challenge. “Even the first year we did it, we sent out five kids to the nationals,” says Toni Hughes, director of outreach at ISBVI. “My goal was to surpass California, and we did that one year.” Hughes has planned and directed the event for six of its seven years. “It’s what we’re all about,” she said. All participants are awarded a certificate and medal engraved with the words Indiana Braille Challenge. “The kids always enjoy those medals. No matter how many times they’ve gotten them,” said Hughes.
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Toni Hughes (Director of Outreach), Mitchell Bridwell and Jim Durst (Superintendent)
The Braille Challenge is more than simply a competition — it’s an opportunity for families of blind and visually impaired children to network and support each other. While the kids complete their Braille tests, parents learn how to help their children acclimate to new spaces and even how to play an ISBVI favorite, goal ball. Eighth grader Mitchell not only won first place for the past two years, but he also earned such high marks his third grade year that he traveled to California to compete in Nationals, eventually scoring first place in his age group.
Even still, Mitchell enjoys other hobbies than just reading. But competing on the speech team and playing the trumpet and the piano can’t compare to one of his favorite pastimes — cheering for Notre Dame. And, as he leaves to return to class, he proudly chants, “Go Irish!”
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Mitchell will soon know if his scores will send him again to Nationals, where 60 students from all over country will compete. “I just hope I can make it this year,” he said. “I really want to win again.”
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The Red Key may have gotten its name from the original owner being from Red Key, Indiana. No one knows truthfully, and no one cares. What has eclipsed any known origin of the name is the legacy that Russ Settle created. For Russ, The Red Key was a clean, upstanding bar where no one was allowed to play with the ashtrays, a place where neighbors and friends could come to enjoy a drink â€“ as long as they hung up their coats,
took off their hats, did not drink in excess and were not too loud or cursed. The Red Key was a place to relax â€“ as long as they did not put their feet on the furniture or tilt back in their chair. Russ created an environment where a woman could come in and feel safe. He created a bar that transcended what it meant to be a bar. Russ looked after everyone, and given the rules and the fact that he carried a gun, you knew he had your back.
The Red Key is still all of these things that Russ created, and with his son and owner, Jim Settle, traditions continue amd rules still apply, if perhaps more politely enforced. In 2002, Nora Spitznogle was looking for a part-time job, and she found it at The Red Key. Thirteen years later, she has her ideal full-time job as Director of Programs for Second Helpings, but still works on Saturday nights at The Red Key out of love and loyalty.
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“Russ gave me a job when I needed one, and The Red Key has always been here when I needed it,” said Spitznogle. One Halloween, Spitznogle dressed up like Russell for Halloween, replete with a water pistol, mocking Russ’ gun. When she went to bathroom, it fell into the toilet, and Russell teased her about that event until he died four years ago. “Cool things happen here,” said Spitznogle. “The whole vibe in The Red Key is so supportive. It was difficult to explain to my parents why a bar means so much to me, they started planning an intervention. Russ enjoyed teasing me. He always called me by my last name which he said with a bit of a growl, and he loved the ‘water pistol in the toilet’ story. I am happy I entertained him so much.” Countless marriage proposals have occurred at The Red Key, ceremonial first official drinks on 21st birthdays, business dealings and political decisions. “I couldn’t wait to work here,” said Russ’ granddaughter, Leslie. “Then the first time I had to bartend, my dad and my grandpa were at the end of the bar watching. It was a bit nerve-racking.” The reputation of The Red Key has grown to mythologic proportions, touting a place that Kurt Vonnegut used to hang out, and while there is no proof of this, the mystique remains. It is where Mark Pellington filmed scenes for the movie, “Going All The Way,” starring Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz, before they were “famous.” While it could be named The Red lowKey, a common sight is author Dan Wakefield, inserting change into the jukebox, playing his favorite 45s. The Red Key is more than a legendary neighborhood gathering place with strict rules, it’s more than a tourist destination, more than a source of employment and more than a right of passage. For many, it’s home. 46 / BROAD RIPPLE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER / APRIL 2015 / atBRip.com
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