Journey Indiana

S1 E6 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 106

Coming to you from the Reitz Home Museum in Evansville...learn all about the Overbeck Sisters and their influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement; a visit to Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels in Dale, Indiana; and meet Purdue PhD student and wheelchair basketball player Shelby Gruss.

AIRED: March 19, 2019 | 0:26:50
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>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>>> COMING UP...

>> TRAVEL TO CAMBRIDGE CITY TO

LEARN ABOUT THE OVERBECK SISTERS

AND THEIR LASTING LEGACY.

>> MEET DR. TED HIMSELF AT

DR. TED'S MUSICAL MARVELS IN

SPENCER COUNTY.

>> AND JOIN SHELBY FOR AN

EARLY-MORNING WORKOUT AND HEAR

HER INSPIRING COMEBACK STORY.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY

INDIANA."

I'M BRANDON WENTZ.

>> AND I'M ASHLEY DILLARD.

AND WE'RE COMING TO YOU FROM

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA'S THIRD

LARGEST CITY, LOCATED ALONG THE

OHIO RIVER, EVANSVILLE IS HOME

TO THE MESKER PARK ZOO AND

HISTORIC FOSSY FIELD AND

INDIANA'S OLDEST LIBRARY.

>> THAT WOULD BE THE WILLARD

LIBRARY, WHICH APPARENTLY IS

ALSO HAUNTED.

BUT EVANSVILLE IS ALSO HOME TO

THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE, THE

WRIGHTS HALL MUSEUM, RIGHT HERE

IN THE RIVERSIDE HISTORIC

DISTRICT.

>> AND WE'LL LEARN ABOUT

EVANSVILLE AND THIS HOME IN JUST

A BIT.

BUT FIRST, WE'RE HEADED EAST, TO

THE SMALL TOWN OF DALE, INDIANA.

WHERE PRODUCER JOHN TIM HAS THE

STORY OF DR. TED AND HIS

COLORFUL COLLECTION OF MUSICAL

ODDITIES.

>> READY?

>> I'M TED WASSLER AND I'M THE

OWNER OF DR. TED'S MUSICAL

MARVELS.

>> I HAVE HAD THIS ATTRACTION

NOW FOR 30 YEARS.

JUST LIKE THAT.

THE GLEN MILLER MEDLEY.

>> IT ALL STARTED ABOUT THE

THIRD YEAR OF MY MEDICAL SCHOOL.

ONE WEEKEND AT AN ANTIQUE SHOP,

I FOUND A PUMP ORGAN.

I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE FUN TO

RESTORE, YOU KNOW.

IT HAD LOTS OF CARVINGS AND

THINGS.

I HAD TO GO THROUGH A CARD

CATALOG TO LOOK UP PUMP ORGANS

AN I FINALLY CAME ACROSS THE

TERM REED ORGAN AND THIS WAS A

BOOK ON THAT.

I REALIZED THAT'S WHAT I

PURCHASED WAS A REED ORGAN.

I HAD MY BOOK TO RESTORE A REED

ORGAN BUT ALSO IN THAT BOOK WERE

SEVERAL CHAPTERS ABOUT OTHER

INSTRUMENTS LIKE PLAYER PIANOS

AND --

>> NICKELODEONS.

>> MERRY-GO-ROUND ORGANS.

>> AND I THOUGHT, WELL, I DIDN'T

EVEN KNOW PEOPLE COLLECTED THESE

OR WORKED ON THEM, BUT THAT KIND

OF GOT ME GOING.

WHEN I WAS A KID, LET'S JUST SAY

13 AS I RECALL, ONE OF THE TIMES

I WENT TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK --

I MEAN, MOST OF MY FRIENDS, THEY

ARE THERE, AMUSEMENT PARK.

RIDE THE ROLLER COASTER AND SOME

OF THE OTHER THRILL RIDES.

THAT'S THE BIG DEAL.

I LOVED THAT MERRY-GO-ROUND AND

I LOVED THAT MUSIC!

>> NOW, NONE OF MY FRIENDS CARED

A BIT ABOUT IT.

NOBODY EVERY WANTED TO RIDE THE

MERRY-GO-ROUND.

THAT'S A SISSY RIDE.

I DID.

AND AT LEAST I WANTED TO HEAR

THE ORGAN.

SO I WAS ALWAYS THE TIME WHEN WE

WERE WALKING THROUGH THE PARK,

TRYING TO STEER US BY THE

MERRY-GO-ROUND SO AT LEAST I

COULD LISTEN TO IT WHILE WE

WALKED BACK.

BUT I -- I JUST LOVED THAT KIND

OF MUSIC.

IT GOT IN MY BLOOD AT AN EARLY

AGE.

>> WELL, OKAY.

IT STARTED, LIKE I SAY, THAT

SUMMER AFTER MY THIRD YEAR OF

MEDICAL SCHOOL, WHICH WAS 1973.

IT STARTED WITH THE PUMP ORGAN.

AND THEN IT'S JUST BUILT FROM

THERE.

'73, I GOT THE PUMP ORGAN.

A YEAR LATER, MAYBE THE PLAYER

PIANO.

ABOUT A YEAR AFTER THAT, I GOT

AN INSTRUMENT FROM GERMANY THAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN TAVERNS.

EVERYTHING IS NOT RESTORED.

I'M WORKING ON SOME OF THEM

STILL.

IN MADISON WE HAVE A SAYING,

FIRST DO NO HARM.

WELL, I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT

THESE INSTRUMENTS.

I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE GET

THEM AND MESS AROUND WITH THEM,

AND TRY TO MAKE THEM BETTER THAN

WHAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY AND

REALLY JUST NOT KEEP THE

ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS.

SO I TRY TO KEEP EVERYTHING AS

ORIGINAL AS I CAN.

>> I FEEL LIKE JUST THE

ATTENDANT, THE KEEPER OF THE

INSTRUMENTS, I GUESS THAT'S THE

WORD ONE OF MY FRIENDS USED

ONCE.

AND BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT'S MY

DUTY TO SHARE THEM.

I JUST FEEL THAT WAY, THAT I

NEED TO HAVE SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER

A COLLECTION AND -- AND OPEN IT

TO THE PUBLIC.

ARE YOU READY?

ONE GOAL THAT I HAD WAS TO HAVE

INSTRUMENTS THAT WOULD REFLECT

THE VARIOUS TYPES OF MECHANICAL

MUSIC OF THE TIME, FROM THE AGE

OF MECHANICAL MUSIC.

THE MAIN THING I HOPE IS THAT

THEY LEAVE HAPPIER AND WHEN THEY

ARE LAUGHING AND CLAPPING AND,

YOU KNOW, I JUST FEEL GOOD ABOUT

THAT.

>> MOST PEOPLE REALLY SEEM TO

PERK UP.

KIDS DO.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SCHOOLS THAT

COME -- SCHOOL KIDS COME IN, AND

PEOPLE FROM THE NURSING HOME.

EVERYBODY JUST SEEMS TO SMILE

AND ENJOY IT.

AND THAT'S WHAT I GET OUT OF IT.

NOW, I TOLD MARY KAY, MY WIFE,

THAT AS LONG AS WE ARE GETTING

GOOD REACTIONS LIKE THAT, WE'LL

KEEP GOING WITH IT.

IF IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE

PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO ENJOY IT

ANYMORE, THEN WE WILL PROBABLY

JUST CLOSE IT DOWN.

>> BRANNON, I LOVE DR. TED.

HE REMINDS ME OF MY GRANDFATHER.

I WISH HE SORT OF WAS MY

GRANDFATHER.

BUT MY GRANDFATHER USED TO

TINKER AROUND WITH TOYS LIKE

THAT, AND REBUILD THEM AND TAKE

THEM APART AND TRY TO, YOU KNOW,

FIX THEM UP.

AND I LOVE STUFF LIKE THAT.

>> ALL OF THOSE INSTRUMENTS ARE

JUST -- IT'S FASCINATING HOW

MANY WORKING PARTS ARE INSIDE OF

THEM.

I GOT A VERY TINY MUSIC BOX WHEN

I WENT TO CROATIA A COUPLE OF

YEARS AGO AND JUST THOSE FEW

LITTLE PIECES THAT MAKE THAT

MUSIC.

I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW MUCH TIME IT

TAKES TO BUILD SOMETHING LIKE

THAT OR REPAIR IT ON A LARGER

SCALE.

>> IF YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION

ON DR. TED'S MUSICAL MARVELS

HEAD OVER TO DRTEDS.COM.

WE ARE NOW JOINED BY MATT ROE,

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE

WRIGHTS HALL MUSEUM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US

HERE TODAY.

>> I'M SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE.

>> COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT

THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE?

>> WELL, THIS HOUSE WAS THE HOME

OF JOHN AUGUSTUS AND GERTRUDE

WRIGHT.

THEY BUILT THIS HOUSE IN 1870

AND THEY MOVED IN IN 1871 WITH

TWO OF THEIR TEN CHILDREN.

TWO OF THEM WERE -- EIGHT OF

THEIR TEN CHILDREN.

TWO OF THEM WERE MAR RAILROAD MARRIED.

THE INTERIOR REFLECTS A VARIETY

OF VICTORIAN DECORATING STYLES.

IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIX DAYS

A WEEK AND WE WORK THROUGHOUT

THE YEAR TO RAISE MONEY TO

CONTINUOUSLY MAINTAIN, OUR

CARRIAGE HOUSE, THE GARDENS.

WE CONDUCT FIELD TRIPS FOR

STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE REGION

WHO VISIT.

WE DO A COLLEGE INTERNSHIP

PROGRAM HERE.

WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF EVENTS AND

LECTURES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ON

A WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS THAT

PERTAIN TO HISTORY, INTERIOR

DESIGN, ARCHITECTURAL STYLES,

AND WE'RE KIND OF AN ANCHOR FOR

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

>> CAN YOU TELL US WHAT

DISTINGUISHES THE FRENCH SECOND

EMPIRE STYLE?

>> I CAN.

HERE IN EVANSVILLE, IN THE

RIVERSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT,

THERE'S QUITE A COLLECTION OF

VICTORIAN HOMES.

THE THREE MOST PREDOMINANT

STYLES ARE THE FRENCH SECOND

EMPIRE STYLE, THE ITALIAN STYLE

AND THE QUEEN ANNE STYLE.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE EXTERIOR OF

THE WRIGHTS HOME YOU CAN SEE

IT'S THE FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE

STYLE, WHICH IS DISTINGUISHED

ESPECIALLY BY THE MANSTARRED

ROOF, WHICH IS THE STEEP

SHINGLED PART AT THE TOP.

THAT IS TO MAKE THE ROOF A SPACE

WHERE YOU CAN STAND UP AND TO

MAKE THE ATTIC A USABLE SPACE.

IT'S ALSO DISTINGUISHED BY THE

COINS THAT ARE UP AND DOWN THE

SIDES OF THE HOUSE.

ON A EUROPEAN BUILDING, THE COIN

WOULD BE MADE OF STONE TO

SUPPORT A VERY LARGE WALL AND TO

LEND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT.

HERE AT THE WRIGHTS HOME, THE

COINS TORE GIVE ITCOINS ARE TO GIVE IT A GRAND AND

EUROPEAN FEEL AND IT'S HUNG ON

THERE, THEY ARE DECORATIVE, BUT

THEY ARE SOMETHING THAT

EXPRESSES THE FRENCH SECOND

EMPIRE STYLE.

THERE ARE OTHER LITTLE GOTHIC

ELEMENTS OPEN OUTSIDE THAT

DISTINGUISH THE FRENCH SECOND

EMTIRE.

AND YOU CAN SEE IT ALL DOWN THE

STREET IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

>> THANK YOU, MATT.

WE WILL BE BA BEING WITH BACK WITH MORE WITH

YOU IN JUST A LITTLE BIT BUT

RIGHT NOW WE ARE OFF TO WAYNE

COUNTY WHERE JASON PEARY HAS THE

STORY OF THE OVERBECK SISTERS

AND THE BUSINESS THEY CREATED

OVER 100 YEARS AGO.

>> IF YOU READ RUSKINS WORK AND

SOME OF WILLIAM MORRIS' WORK AND

SOME OF THE LATER WRITERS IN THE

ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT, IT WAS

ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH OUR

SURROUNDINGS AFFECT OUR

CHARACTER.

THEY REALLY BELIEVED THAT OUR

ARCHITECTURAL AND NATURAL

SURROUNDINGS RIGHT DOWN TO THE

OBJECTS WITH WHICH WE INTERACT

ON A DAILY BASIS, THEY BELIEVED

THAT ALL OF THOSE ELEMENTS OF

OUR DAILY LIVES AFFECT WHO WE

ARE AND HOW WE SEE THE WORLD.

TO RELATE THAT TO THE OVERBECK

SISTERS, THEIR EMPHASIS ON

WANTING TO DO SOMETHING LOCAL

THAT IS, IT WAS AN AMERICAN-MADE

PRODUCT, THEIR USE OF NATURAL

MOTIFS, THEIR USE OF LOCAL CLAY.

AND THE OVERBECK SISTERS' BELIEF

IN THEIR ABILITY TO CREATE A

BUSINESS OF THEIR OWN IS

ABSOLUTELY RELATED TO THE

FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS AND

CRAFTS MOVEMENT.

>> MORE THAN JUST AN AESTHETIC,

THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT WAS

A PHILOSOPHY.

ROOTED IN OPPOSITION TO

VICTORIAN EXCESS AND TOXIC

INDUSTRIALISM, A PHILOSOPHY THAT

SOMEHOW MADE ITS WAY FROM

ENGLAND TO THE UNITED STATES, TO

A SMALL HOUSE ON EAST CHURCH

STREET IN CAMBRIDGE CITY,

INDIANA.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS THAT

THE RESIDENTS OF CAMBRIDGE CITY

ARE UNAWARE OF THE OVERBECKS,

THEIR HOUSE AND WHAT THEY

PRODUCED.

AND WHEN THEY COME TO THE

LIBRARY HERE AND SEE WHAT THERE

IS, THEY ARE ASTOUNDED BECAUSE

THEY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT

HAD HAPPENED HERE IN THIS TOWN.

>> WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE LIFE'S

WORK OF THE OVERBECK SISTERS,

MARGARET, HANNAH, ELIZABETH,

MARY FRANCIS AND IDA.

THEY ESTABLISHED THEIR STUDIO IN

1911 AND OVER THE COURSE OF

SEVERAL DECADES BECAME KNOWN FOR

THEIR FANCIFUL FIGURINES, THEIR

SKILL AT MATTE GLAZES AND THEIR

STYLIZED DESIGNS OF PLANTS AND

ANIMALS.

>> AND THEY EXHIBITED ON THE

WEST COAST AND ALL AROUND THE

NATION, REALLY WORLDWIDE.

>> TRUE TO THE ARTS AND CRAFTS

IDEAL, THE SISTERS' GOALS WAS TO

PRODUCE QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY.

WILEWHILE THEY MADE A LIVING, THEY

CERTAINLY DIDN'T GET RICH.

>> SOMETIMES THEY WOULD SELL

THEM FOR A DOLLAR OR TWO OR

MAYBE A NICE VASE WOULD BE 5, OR

10 OR $25.

THIS IS A RURAL COMMUNITY.

IT WAS A FARMING COMMUNICATE.

SO PEOPLE WERE -- FARMING

COMMUNITY.

SO PEOPLE WERE INTERESTED IN

THEIR SCHOOLS AND KIDS AND

CHURCHES AND NOT SO MUCH IN ART.

>> BUT IT WAS A SUPPORTIVE

COMMUNITY.

ONE THAT CAN STILL BOAST OF

PERSONAL CONNECTIONS LIKE THE

ONE BETWEEN MARY FRANCIS

OVERBECK AND A YOUNG LEAH

HUDDLESTON.

>> I WOULD JUST GO IN AND SIT

DOWN AND SHE WOULD BE AT ONE

SIDE OF THE TABLE MAKING HER

CLAY.

I DON'T REMEMBER OUR

CONVERSATIONS, BUT WE JUST

TALKED.

SHE WAS VERY PLEASANT.

VERY PLEASANT AND NEVER DID SEEM

TO GET TIRED OF ME JUST SITTING

THERE WATCHING HER.

AND I HAD NO IDEA OF THE

MAGNITUDE OF THEIR WORK.

>> THE WOMEN OWNED AND HANDLED

ALL ASPECTS OF THEIR ARTISTIC

ENTERPRISE UNTIL 1955 WHEN THE

LAST OF THE SISTERS DIED AND

OVERBECK POTTERY CLOSED.

OVER THE ENSUING YEARS, AND MUCH

TO THE SURPRISE OF MANY

CAMBRIDGE CITY RESIDENTS,

OVERBECK POTTERY HAS RISEN

SHARPLY IN VALUE, BECOMING QUITE

COLLECTIBLE, BUT FOR SOME FOLKS,

A SMALL FIGURINE OR EVEN A VASE

IS NOT ENOUGH.

>> WE REALLY HAVEN'T CHANGED THE

HOUSE VERY MUCH.

WE TRIED TO -- THAT'S ONE OF THE

GOALS WE HAD WHEN WE BOUGHT THE

HOUSE IS NOT REALLY MAKE BIG

CHANGES IN IT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

PHYLLIS AND JERRY MATTIAS ARE

THE PROUD OWNERS OF THE OVERBECK

HOUSE AND STUDIO.

>> I WAS JUST TAKEN WITH THE

HOUSE BECAUSE I THOUGHT, WHAT A

GREAT FAMILY HOME!

THERE'S A BEDROOM FOR EACH ONE

OF OUR KIDS.

LOTS OF ROOMS TO EXPAND AND PLY

IN THE -- PLAY IN THE YARD.

>> THEY SOON REALIZED THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROPERTY.

>> WE KNEW THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT

FOR THAT TO BE PRESERVED AND

HERE YOU ARE WORKING ON IT.

>> YES.

>> AND WE ARE STILL WORKING ON

IT, EVEN AFTER 27 YEARS.

WE ARE STILL DOING THINGS THAT

WE HAD PLANNED TO DO THE FIRST

MONTH WE BOUGHT IT.

IT IS A MARRIAGE, AND THE MORE

YOU WORK ON IT, THE MORE YOU

BECOME A PART OF IT, AND IT

BECOMES A PART OF YOU.

IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE

HOUSE.

IT'S BEEN OUR LIFE.

IT'S BEEN OUR FAMILY.

>> FOR PHYLLIS AND JERRY AND THE

FOLKS AT THE OVERBECK MUSEUM,

IT'S ALL ABOUT CELEBRATING THE

SISTERS' ART AND WORKING TO

ENSURE A LASTING LEGACY.

>> I DON'T THINK THEY ARE

RECOGNIZED ENOUGH, REALLY, IN

OUR STATE AND LOCALLY.

IT'S SO SURPRISING TO US THAT

PEOPLE ARE SO UNAWARE OF WHAT

THEY

THE HER ITAGE HERE IN CAMBRIDGE

CITY.

PART OF OUR MISSION IS TO INFORM

PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM AWARE OF

WHAT'S HAPPENING AND OF THE

VALUE OF THE HISTORIC AREA HERE

IN CAMBRIDGE CITY AND IN WAYNE

COUNTY.

>> THE OVERBECK MUSEUM IS

LOCATED IN THE CAMBRIDGE CITY

PUBLIC LIBRARY.

JUST CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY'S

WEBSITE FOR HOURS.

AND YOU CAN GO ON OUR WEBSITE AT

JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG AND WATCH A

CLIP OF ONE GENTLEMAN ON THE

ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW FIND OUT THAT

HIS OVERBECK VASE IS WORTH A LOT

MORE THAN HE PAID FOR IT.

>>> WE ARE JOINED ONCE AGAIN BY

MATT ROE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

OF THE WRIGHTS HOME.

THE WRIGHTS HOME IS THE ONLY

HOUSE MUSEUM IN EVANSVILLE

THAT'S OPEN THE TO PUBLIC FOR

TOURS.

CAN YOU TELL US THE SIGNIFICANCE

BEHIND THAT OR WHAT YOU HOPE THE

FOLKS GET OUT FROM COMING HERE?

>> WELL, THIS HOUSE IS ALL

PERFECTLY INTACT.

ALL OF THE DECORATIVE ARTS, THE

WALL COVERINGS, THE LIGHT

FIXTURES, THE INTERIOR

ARCHITECTURE, IT'S ALL HERE.

IT'S ALSO FULL OF MANY OF THE

ORIGINAL FURNISHINGS THAT THE

WRIGHTS FAMILY PURCHASED TO GO

HERE.

THINGS THAT BELONGED TO THE

WRIGHTS FAMILY, AND BECAUSE OF

THAT, IT'S VERY, VERY UNIQUE.

I BELIEVE THAT TAKING A TOUR OF

THE WRIGHTS HOME CAN MAKE ONE

FEEL A CONTINUITY AND A

CONNECTION WITH HISTORY.

YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THE HOUSE IN

AESTHETIC TERMS AND THE

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE, AS WELL AS

THE DECORATIVE STYLES INSIDE THE

HOUSE.

YOU CAN ALSO TALK A LOT ABOUT

THE WRIGHTS FAMILY AND THEIR

SIGNIFICANCE IN FOUNDING

EVANSVILLE AND BRINGING INDUSTRY

TO EVANSVILLE AND BANKING AND

THEIR PHILANTHROPY AND THE

SOCIAL CONTEXT OF THE -- OF WHAT

WENT ON WITH ALL OF THESE

WEALTHY FAMILIES UP AND DOWN

FIRST STREET HERE IN THE 19th

19th CENTURY.

IT'S A VERY BROAD SET OF TOPICS

THAT IT TOUCHES ON WHEN YOU

VISIT HERE.

>> SO I HAVE TO ASK, AFTER GOING

THROUGH THE HOUSE A LITTLE BIT,

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF

THE HOUSE?

>> I'M SO PROUD OF LOTS OF

THINGS THAT ARE HERE IN THE

WRIGHTS HOME.

>> YEAH.

>> EYE SPECIALLY FOUND OF OUR

COLLECTION OF FAMILY PORTRAITS

OF WRIGHTS FAMILY.

WE HAVE A NICE COLLECTION OF

THOSE.

IT'S A NICE WAY TO REMEMBER THE

FAMILY MEMBERS.

THERE ARE STORIES THAT GO WITH

ALL OF THOSE PORTRAITS.

SEVERAL OF THEM WERE DONE BY AN

ARTIST IN CHICAGO WHO WOULD WORK

FROM A PHOTOGRAPH.

WE HAVE OIL PAINTINGS OF FAMILY

MEMBERS, AND I ESPECIALLY ENJOY

THOSE.

>> WELL, AS PEOPLE WANT TO COME

AND VISIT, WHERE CAN THEY GET

MORE INFORMATION?

>> YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

WRIGHTSHOME.COM.

CERTAINLY LOOK AT OUR INSTAGRAM,

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, OR YOU CAN

GIVE US A CALL.

WE WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU.

WE ARE OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE

WEEK EXCEPT MONDAY.

>> AWESOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING US

EXPLORE A LITTLE BIT AROUND HERE

AND TALKING WITH US.

>> I'M SO GLAD YOU COULD VISIT

TODAY.

>> AND FINALLY, WE'RE HEADED TO

WEST LaFAYETTE, MEET APRIL

ATHLETE WHO IS -- MEET AN AN

ATHLETE WHO HAS OVERCOME

ADVERSITY WITH FAMILY, TEAMMATES

AND A PRETTY RIDICULOUS WORK

ETHIC.

THE COREC ON PURDUE UNIVERSITY'S

WEST LaFAYETTE CAMPUS IS

PRETTY QUIET, ESPECIALLY BEFORE

SUNRISE.

MOST OF THE BOILERS ARE STILL

SLEEPING, BUT SHELBY GRUSS IS

NOT LIKE MOST STUDENTS.

>> I MAKE A PLAN WHEN I COME IN.

I HAVE GENERALLY SOMETHING FOR

AT LEAST AN HOUR TO AN HOUR AND

A HALF WORKOUT IN THE MORNINGS

AND THEN I HAVE MY LIFTING

WORKOUTS.

I THINK IT COMES FROM MY THREE

OLDER BROTHERS.

I WANTED TO DO WHAT THEY WERE

DOING AND THEN I WOULD PRACTICE

AND SAY, SEE, LOOK, I'M GOOD.

MY FAMILY WAS REALLY GOOD AT

MOTIVATING ME AND PUSHING ME,

BUT ALSO NEVER PUSHING ME PAST

MY LIMITS BUT THEY ALWAYS WANTED

ME TO PUSH MYSELF TO THE LIMITS.

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A POINT TO

PROVE SOMETIMES NOW, THAT

EVERYONE IN A WHEELCHAIR CAN DO

SOMETHING.

WE JUST MIGHT DO IT DIFFERENTLY.

I KIND OF HAVE THAT PART OF ME

THAT WANTS TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN

DO.

SO I GREW UP IN INDIANA, JUST A

SMALL TOWN SOUTH OF FORT WAYNE,

A CLASSIC, INDIANA FARM FAMILY.

WE HAD A HOOP INSIDE THE BARN

THAT I USED TO PRACTICE ON.

WE HAD ONE ON THE DRIVEWAY, AND

THE ONE IN THE DARN WAS A LOT

NICER AND THAT'S WHEN I TOOK

BASKETBALL MORE SERIOUSLY.

>> AND SHE BEGAN ESTABLISHING

HERSELF EARLY ON IN AAU AND

LATER AT BISHOP BLARE HIGH

SCHOOL, BUT IN 2010, WHEN SHELBY

WAS A SENIOR, A SNOWBOARDING

ACCIDENT, ONE THAT LEFT HER

PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN,

NEARLY PUT AN END TO HER

BASKETBALL PURSUIT, BUT VERY

SOON AFTER THE ACCIDENT, JUST A

WEEK OR SO, SHE WAS INTRODUCED

TO WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.

>> WHEN I WENT HOME, I DID

OUTPATIENT THERAPY AT TURNSTONE.

THEY WERE THE ONES THAT, LIKE, I

FINALLY STARTED PLAYING WITH.

>> INITIALLY RELUCTANT, GRUSS

FOUND OUT THAT IT SCRATCHED AN

ITCH.

>> ONCE I GOT TO MY FIRST

PRACTICE, I WAS LIKE, YEAH, I

WANT TO CONTINUE.

THIS I WAS IN MY COMFORT ZONE.

>> SHE STARTED A TEAM AT IPFW

AND TRANSFERRED TO THE

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.

IN 2013, GRUSS WAS INVITED TO

TRY OUT FOR THE U.S.A. WOMEN'S

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TEAM.

>> I WAS LIKE, SURE, WHY NOT?

IT DOESN'T HURT.

>> SHE DIDN'T MAKE THE FINAL

ROSTER THAT YEAR.

>> I WAS JUST LIKE, WELL, I CAN

GET THAT GOOD!

I'M NOT THAT GOOD YET, BUT I CAN

GET THERE.

AND SO IT WAS JUST EVER SINCE

THEN, I WAS LIKE I'M GOING TO DO

IT.

I'M GOING TO WORK HARD AND GET

THERE.

>> WHAT WAS REALLY GOOD ABOUT

SHELBY.

SHE SAID, LET'S IDENTIFY WHERE

MY WEAKNESSES ARE AND LET'S WORK

ON THEM.

SHE WENT BACK OWN WORKED ON

THEM.

THEY CAN GO IDENTIFY A WEAKNESS

BUT ARE THEY WILLING TO GO BACK

AND IMPROVE ON IT?

>> IT TOOK THREE ATTEMPTS AND

AGGRESSIVE HARD WORK EVENTUALLY

PAID OFF.

>> I MADE MY FIRST ONE IN 2017

AND MY LAST ONE IN 2018.

SO I HAVE BEEN ON IT FOR TWO

YEARS NOW.

>> ONCE WE SELECTED HER TO THE

TEAM, SHE CONTINUED TO WORK AND

CONTINUED TO PUSH HERSELF TO GET

BETTER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE

PROCESS.

SHE HAS TO BE INCREDIBLY PROUD

OF HERSELF OF THE EFFORT SHE PUT

OUT.

>> IN 2018, SHE NOT ONLY MADE

THE TEAM BUT MADE CAPTAIN.

>> MY WORK ETHIC IS, I THINK,

WHAT GOT IT FOR ME.

I'M ALWAYS THERE PUSHING AND I'M

ALWAYS WILLING TO PUSH SOMEBODY

NEXT TO ME OR ANSWER QUESTIONS

IF ANYBODY HAS IT.

IT MEANT A LOT TO ME.

I HAVE BEEN ON THE TEAM FOR TWO

YEARS AND THAT WAS HUGE.

I WAS HONORED.

>> SHELBY IS ONE OF THOSE UNIQUE

ATHLETES THAT CROSSES THE

BOUNDARIES BETWEEN ATHLETES AND

DISABLES AND ATHLETES IN

GENERAL.

BECAUSE OF HER APPROACH TO THE

SPORT AND HER DETERMINATION TO

GET BETTER, A LOT OF TIME PEOPLE

LOOK AT HER AS AN ATHLETE WITH A

DISABILITY BUT SHE'S AN

INCREDIBLE ATHLETE.

>> IN EARLY 2019, THERE WAS

ANOTHER ROUND OF TRYOUTS.

GRUSS TRAVELED TO COLORADO

SPRINGS AND AFTER A DARE DAY WHERE

SHE SIMPLY DIDN'T PLAY HER BEST,

SHE WAS LEFT OFF THE TEAM, BUT

CHANCES ARE, THAT WON'T BE THE

END OF THE OF THE STORY.

IN 2020, SHE PLANS TO TRY OUT

FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM BECAUSE

NOT LONG AGO, BASKETBALL WAS

NEARLY TAKEN FROM SHELBY GRUSS

FOR GOOD, AND SHE'S NOT READY TO

LET GO JUST YET.

>> NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK

THAT I SHOWED OFF SOME OF MY

BASKETBALL SKILLS IN OUR NAME OF

HORSE IN KNIGHTSTOWN, BUT I

DON'T EVER WANT TO GO UP AGAINST

SHELBY, BECAUSE I THINK SHE

WOULD PUT ME TO SHAME.

>> I WANT TO WISH GOOD LUCK TO

ALL THE ATHLETES AND COACHES

COMPETING THIS YEAR.

>> WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE

YOU TO STAY CONNECTED TO US.

>> WE ARE AT JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG

AND THERE YOU CAN SEE FULL

EPISODES, CONNECT WITH US ON

FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE AND SUGGEST

STORIES FROM YOUR NECK OF THE

WOODS.

>> AND BEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE ON

THIS FIRST WEEK OF SPRING, LET'S

TAKE AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT

APPROPRIATELY ENOUGH SPRING LOW

STATE PARK.

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