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Episode 1901

Original air date: 10/27/2008

Barry's Carnival

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Description:Fifteen-year-old Barry Compton from Orleans knew something was wrong was his friend, 5 year-old Tammy Lindley. And sure enough, she was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy; she would not live to be a teen-ager. Barry knew he had to do something. He and his dad built a merry-go-round in their garage. Any child that wanted could ride Barry’s ride for twenty-five cents. The money would go to help Tammy. Today, Barry’s Carnival takes up a whole city block. All the rides are built by Barry. And they still cost a quarter. And Tammy? She’s survived and is beating the odds. Her friendship with Barry has never diminished since the day she was first diagnosed – 40 years ago! Barry’s Carnival is a tradition and adults who once rode Barry’s rides as children are now bringing their own kids to share in the event. Now, here’s what you don’t know. Barry suffered brain damage at birth. He cannot read or write. But when Tammy needed his help, he became more than he could be to help his very best friend—raising $4,000 a year to fight Muscular Dystrophy. Now that’s a lot of quarters! With, Olympic Gold Medalist and Ben Davis graduate Lauren Cheney, who overcame open heart surgery to become an Olympic champion.
Credits:Jim Simmons and Emily Meyers
Location:Orleans
Contact:"No Boundaries" Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation


The House that Hats Built

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Description:We’ve never been to Orleans before, so we’re staying put for our next story as well. It’s the tale of one . . . no, make that two, love affairs . . . of a man for a woman . . . of a town for a house. John B. Stetson was known world-wide as “the hat king,” and everyone who had a head wore a Stetson hat! So, you can imagine the stir caused in the town when this millionaire-legend showed up to ask for local girl’s hand in marriage. Libby Shindler was 24; Stetson was 54, but they had a successful and happy marriage. John B. gave a house to Libby’s parents as a wedding gift . . . and what a house it was. Stetson had it built in Philadelphia and shipped by rail to Orleans. The train included a special passenger car filled with skilled carpenters and workmen from the East Coast to assemble it. But Libby’s romantic adventures did not stop there. After Stetson’s death, she found love again . . . this time, with a for-real Count from Portugal, earning Libby the nickname of “The Hoosier Countess.” Not bad for a farm girl from Orleans. Special Guest Reporters, The Ladies of the Red Hat Society . . . who ought to know a thing or two about hats.
Credits:Jim Simmons
Location:Orleans
Contact:Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Clerk/Treasurer, orleansclerk@netsurfusa.net


Time Machines

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Description:We’re going to have a little cinematic fun by taking an open cockpit bi-plane ride courtesy of the Mt. Comfort Airshow; relax and enjoy the wind in your face.
Credits:Kaline Schounce
Location:Mt. Comfort
Contact:Jim Simmons at "jsimmons@wfyi.org" concerning the biplane. Mount Comfort Airshow - indyairshow.com


Travels with Darby: Whitewater Memorial State Park

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Description:“Across Indiana” gets a lot of e-mails from viewers asking what there is to do at the various state parks. Ever one to escape his duties on the show, producer Jim Simmons and his trusty co-escapee, his dog Darby, head to Liberty to take in the swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hay-riding and horseback riding that is part of this special location . . . one where you can get away from it all without having to . . . get away from it all. Special guest reporter, Darby.
Credits:Jim Simmons
Location:Liberty
Contact:in.gov/dnr


Indiana's Crazy Laws

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Description:This one merits a one-sentence description: There is an old law still on the Indiana books that it is illegal to bathe between October and March . . . so even if you come clean, you still go to the Big House. Special guest reporters, our Emmy-nominated friends from IndyProv Comedy Troupe
Credits:Jim Simmons


Thought for Food

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Description:Aric Hartvig heads to Evansville, the only place in the state where you can buy . . . a brain sandwich . . . and we're talking real brains. PS. Watch for cameos as "zombies" by members of the WFYI staff.
Credits:Aric Hartvig and Brian C. Paul
Location:Evansville
Contact:nutclub.org

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