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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

March Sadness

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I should adopt a perennial winner, like so many of my friends do.  But my loyalty to my Sycamores is written into my blood. On a chilly December night in 1989, I sat in the student section enveloping the baseline at Hulman Center.  My team, the Indiana State Sycamores took ...

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The Listening Room Returns to Greencastle

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Two decades ago I discovered the listening room.  I wasn’t there, of course.  At that time I wasn’t even following music.  This was the early ‘90s.  I was a young high school English teacher in northern Indiana, hell-bent on compensating for my lack of “jockiness” as a student by ramping ...

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Brian Dolzani: At the Edge of the Shore

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Brian Dolzani’s life on the road embodies the transitioning of a young man tortured by the early death of his father into an experienced musician finding peace and thriving as an artist. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Josh Wool and Brian Dolzani In Lord of the Flies William Golding’s protagonist, ...

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Conversations: Chris Dollar

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Garrett J. Poortinga, Green Hat Media LLC 2017 At their peak, Bloomington’s New Old Calvary, a traditional bluegrass band with creative, nontraditional elements were touring the Midwest and putting out recorded music hand-over-fist.  In the middle of it was Chris Dollar.  Last year he released ...

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Get Your Butt in Gear

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I don’t know why I lived and why my mother did not.  But if things had gone the other way around, Mom would have thought of some way to take on the disease which has touched our family.  To honor her, I want to do just that, and I can’t ...

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Coming Home: Will Scott’s Personal Journey

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After more than a decade establishing himself in New York City, Hoosier native Will Scott came home to care for his ailing father.  In the process he is gradually establishing himself as one of the most vocally competent and technically sound singer-guitarists in Central Indiana. by Donovan Wheeler photos by ...

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My Day on a Movie Shoot

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Last year Greencastle native Zachary Spicer caught local attention when he and his film company, Pigasus Pictures, shot The Good Catholic in Bloomington.  Now making its debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the film has garnered strong reviews out of the gate.  Here, we are re-posting Donovan Wheeler’s ...

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The Average Bad Date

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We weren’t confused with Russian spies, and we didn’t end up spending three days with the mob, but a run-of-the-mill bad date is still a bad date…unless it’s with the greatest woman in the world. I love buying flowers for my fiancée on ordinary days.  Nothing conveys that notion that “I ...

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Ken Owen: The Anchorman’s Journey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy Ken Owen Call that youthful glint of optimism winking from the eye of the average twenty-something universal if you want to.  Say that the lad sporting stockings, breeches and a tri-corner hat walks with the same confident ambition as the millennial peeking at you from ...

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Into the New Century: Eitel’s and Co.

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National Road Magazine is proud to welcome Eitel’s and Co. as one of our primary supporters and sponsors.  Please enjoy this feature profiling Jenny Sullivan, her store, and her work transitioning a century-old business into a viable consumer option in the modern world.  Additionally, if you’ve enjoyed the content in ...

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