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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.

A Regular Mountain Man

After nearly a decade playing bass in the Bloomington scene, Glenn Myers now finds himself touring nationally with the dynamic act Diane Coffee.  Yet despite his great success, Myers remains the same humble, grounded man he has always been. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Diane Coffee Watch Diane Coffee’s …

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$79 Dollars a Month

Originally published on January 16, 2016 For my entire life, car dealerships have always brazenly offered deals they’ve never intended to uphold.  My personal experience with a deal was so sweet I was destined to cave to the temptation. The first time I saw one of those early morning TV …

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A Man of Two Worlds

Raised on the southern edge of the Midwest and the northern border of the South…a hometown boy who is often on the  road…Jeffersonville’s Nick Dittmeier and his band, the Sawdusters, release their first full length album tomorrow.  It’s a product of years of work.  Much like the man himself–a man …

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Staring Down Goliath

Four years ago, Justin Oakley was the first Democrat to run for the office eventually won by Glenda Ritz.  Today, the activist and talk radio host has three words for every single one of the Hoosier State’s teachers:  Vote. Or. Die. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Justin Oakley If …

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Superman, Star Wars, and Our Collective Attention-Spans

The new Star Wars film is good…by our standards today.  But I don’t know if that really stands as a resounding thumbs-up. by Donovan Wheeler Consider two movies for a second. The first—1978’s Superman: The Movie—opens with a long, slowly developing Planet Krypton sequence. Marlon Brando struts around waxing philosophically …

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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for My Mortality

In the 87 years which followed his 1869 birth George Post Wheeler racked up a better-than-impressive résumé of accomplishments. He graduated from Princeton in 1891, and he proceeded to represent the US government serving everywhere from Japan to Russia to London to Rio to Sweden to Albania to Paraguay…yeah…Paraguay. He …

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Giving His Best: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Bruce Haley Mato Nanji has one of those disarming laughs—the casual, innocent kind which makes you think you’re talking to the guy you grew up with who now hangs drywall, shoots pool for a dollar a game, takes his kids to the lake for fishing …

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Chris Trapper: Feeling Less Alone

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Topher Cox When a man picks up his first guitar, writes his first song, and croons his first notes he presumably does so imagining himself on the big stage, under the biggest set of lights speaking to thousands (if not more) people at a time. …

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Kevin Crafton: It Begins Now

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Ray Tarantino and Ashlee Pinney To understand Kevin Crafton, you must first accept the paradoxes which define him. At age 33, Crafton is seasoned and experienced: treading the floorboards of mostly small Nashville stages with almost twenty years’ experience as a guitarist and slightly fewer …

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