Journey Indiana

S2 E17 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 217

Coming to you from the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville...grab a pint with the Craft Brew Doodle Crew; take a closer look at Indy's Teeny Statue Of Liberty Museum; and get a sneak peek of WTIU's latest documentary - Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches.

AIRED: February 25, 2020 | 0:26:45
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>>> COMING UP.

>> GRAB A PINT WITH THE CRAFT

BREW DOODLE CREW.

>> AND INDY'S STATUTE OF LIBERTY

MUSEUM.

>> EN. >> AND THE LATEST WTIU

DOCUMENTARY, ERNIE PYLE, LIFE IN

THE TRENCHES.

>> THAT'S ON THIS NEXT EPISODE

OF "JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> I'M ASHLEY DILLARD.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ.

AND WE ARE COMING FROM THE

GENERAL LOU WALL ALSO MUSEUM.

THIS IS HOME TO ALL PLACE LOU

WALLACE.

AND IF YOU ARE SAYING LOU WHO?

JUST STICK AROUND.

WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN ANSWER

THAT QUESTION AND GIVE US A TOUR

OF THIS BEAUTIFUL MUSEUM.

>> THAT'S ALL IN JUST A BIT, BUT

FIRST, WE'RE HEADED SOUTHEAST TO

INDIANAPOLIS.

TO MEET THE ARTISTS WHO MAKE UP

THE CRAFT BREW DOODLE CREW.

PRODUCER JASON PEAR HAS THE

STORY.

>> THE CRAFT BREW DOODLE CREW IS

A MUSICAL-CHAIRED STYLE

DOODLING, COLLABORATIVE ART

EVENT.

THERETHEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST

TALENTED ARTISTS AND

ILLUSTRATORS.

I FOUNDED IT AND I THOUGHT I

SHOULD NOT BE SITTING HERE AT

THE TABLE BECAUSE THERE'S AN

INSANE AMOUNT OF TALENT.

EVERY TEN MINUTES WE ROTATE

AROUND THE TABLE SO IT'S A

COLLABORATION OF EVERY ARTIST AT

THE TABLE.

WE CAN SEE WHAT THE PERSON

BEFORE YOU HAS DONE, AND YOU

BUILD OFF OF THAT, TO ADD MORE

TO THE PIECE TO WHERE THE STYLE

JUST KIND OF BECOMES REALLY

SIMILAR TO WHOEVER STARTED IT

OUT.

AND IF THAT DOESN'T END UP

HAPPENING, THE PERSON WOULD

STARTS THE INKING PROCESS,

ESTABLISHES THAT STYLE FOR WHERE

THE PIECE ENDS UP GOING.

>> WE STARTED SIX YEARS AGO,

RIGHT AFTER THE BREWERY OPENED.

I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING A

LITTLE MORE COLLABORATIVE WITH

OTHER ARTISTS IN THE CITY.

AND I SAW THIS EVENT IN NEW YORK

CALLED DRAFT AND DRAW, THAT THEY

WOULD HAVE SPEAKERS AT AND

EVERYONE SITTING AT THE TABLES

WOULD DOODLE ON THE TABLECLOTH.

AND IT WOULD END UP BEING A

COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PEOPLE

SITTING THERE, BUT I WANTED TO

BE MORE INTENTIONAL AND I

LEARNED IT'S BEST TO GIVE A

THEME TO EACH STATION SO THAT AS

IT ROTATES AROUND, EVERYONE KIND

OF HAS A JUMPING OFF POINT, TO

MAKE SURE THAT THE PIECE IS

SOMEWHAT COHESIVE BETWEEN

EVERYONE'S STYLE.

THESE SCENES ARE CRAZY, AND CAN

ABSOLUTELY SHAPE HOW WELL THE

PIECE TURNS OUT.

WE TYPICALLY HAVE SOMETHING

RIDICULOUS LIKE SUMO MERMAID OR

RAT KING OR ANIMAL AMA LGAMOUS.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE A BAND NAME.

THE BETTER YOU MASH UP THE NAMES

TOGETHER, THE BETTER THE ART

WORK COMES OUT.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, THE

BREWERY DECIDED THEY WANTED TO

PUT THEIR BEST PIECES AND PUT

THEM AS LABELS ON CANS.

WHEN WE HAVE ONE PIECE WHERE

IT'S LIKE THIS ONE IS THE BEST

OF THE NIGHT, AND THIS IS SOLID,

ONE ARTIST WILL TAKE THAT PIECE,

GO HOME AND FINISHING OUT THE

INKING, CLEAN IT ALL UP, AND DO

THE COLORING PORTION OF THAT.

SO THEY ARE KIND OF A FEATURED

ARTIST FOR THE FINISHING OF THAT

LABEL IF THEY END UP ON A CAN.

THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR A LOT

OF ARTISTS TO HAVE THEIR WORK

SITTING ON A SHELF IN A LIQUOR

STORE AROUND TOWN.

AND THERE'S A LEVEL OF

EXCITEMENT THAT HAS COME FROM

THAT.

EVERY SCENE FOR THE DOODLE PIECE

ENDS UP BECOMING THE NAME OF THE

BEER OR LIKE A CONDENSED DOWN

VERSION OF IT.

SOMETIMES WE GET DOWN TO TWO OR

THREE SHORT WORDS TO FIT ON THE

CAN.

THE OTHER COOL TWIST, A COUPLE

OF THE CANS HAVE HAD A THEME

THAT COULD RELATE TO A FLAVOR.

SO THERE WAS ONE THAT WAS ICE

CREAM APOCALYPSE AND IT WAS

LIKE, HEY, WE WILL THROW A TON

OF LACTOSE SUGAR IN THIS ONE AND

PLAY OFF THE ICE CREAM VIBE.

THERE'S A LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT

THAT HAS COME FROM THAT, BUT

ALSO, THEY HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED

ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING

FOR THEIR PRODUCT, THAT THEY

REALLY STARTED TO AWARD US TO

HELPING FOUND LIKE THEIR BEER

AND TREATING US RIGHT IN TERMS

OF HOSTING US AND THE ENERGY

THAT COMES FROM, WE GET TO BE A

PART OF THIS.

THIS SPECIAL THING THAT WE ARE

ALL PRODUCING TOGETHER IS

SOMETHING THAT NO ONE COULD

RECREATE ON THEIR OWN.

IT IS VERY MUCH JUST A CREATIVE

OUTLET FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

A BULK OF THE ARTISTS AT THE

TABLE ARE PROBABLY WORKING A

GRAPHIC DESIGN JOB BY DAY.

SO IT'S A NICE THING THAT BREAKS

YOU OUT OF SITTING IN A CUBICLE

AND DOING ART FOR A CORPORATE

DIG AND THIS IS JUST LIKE THIS

BRAIN EXERCISE THAT CREATIVELY

BREAKS YOU OUT.

THE PROCESS OF CREATING IT TO

GO, THIS IS A NICE CREATIVE

EXERCISE.

WHEN YOUR STYLE AND YOUR

CREATIVE WAY OF FITTING INTO

THIS GROUP CLICK, THOSE PEOPLE

KEEP COMING BACK.

IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO JUST TO

SIT AT THE TABLE WITH ALL OF

THESE ARTISTS.

I'M SUPER PROUD OF THIS WEIRD

BEEF THAT I HAVEBEAT THAT I CREATED AND

CONTINUES TO GROW AND GET

BETTER.

>> YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF THING

IS RIGHT UP OUR ALLEY, BECAUSE

BOTH ASHLEY AND I, IN MANY

FACETS OF OUR LIFE, WOK WORK IN AN

ART THAT IS BEST WHEN IT'S

COLLABORATED.

>> IT'S GREAT TO HAVE PEOPLE

AROUND YOU AND IT'S EVEN BETTER

WHEN ALCOHOL IS INVOLVED BECAUSE

IT LUBRICATES EVERYBODY'S

CREATIVE JUICES.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION AT

FACEBOOK.COM/CRAFTBREWDOODLE.

>> AND NOW WE HAVE THE DIRECTOR

OF THE GENERAL LOU WALLACE

MUSEUM.

>> THANK YOU FOR COMING.

>> CAN YOU TELL US WHO HE WAS

BEFORE THE MILITARY?

WHAT WAS HIS TIME LIKE IN

INDIANA?

>> LOU WALLACE WAS AN

INTERESTING GUY.

WE LIKE TO THINK OF HIM AS VERY

INTELLIGENT 19th CENTURY

FORREST GUMP.

HE SHOWED UP WHEN HISTORY WOULD

HAPPEN.

HE GREW UP ON EAST SIDE OF THE

STATE.

WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 10, HIS DAD

WAS ELECTED TO INDIANAPOLIS.

LOU WAS PROBABLY A CLASSIC

EXAMPLE OF A BOY WITH A.D.D.

HE WAS INTO EVERYTHING EXCEPT

SCHOOL.

HE WENT AND FOUGHT IN THE

MEXICAN WAR, PRIOR TO THE CIVIL

WAR.

HE WENT WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 18.

HE LEARNED HE WAS A GIFTED

PUBLIC SPEAKER AND RAISED HIS

OWN TROOPS TO GO TO MEXICO.

>> AND HE'S BEST KNOWN FOR HIS

INVOLVEMENT AT THE BATTLE OF

SHILOH, CORRECT?

>> THAT'S ONE OF THE TWO OR

THREE BIG BATTLES HE FOUGHT AT.

IT'S WELL REMEMBERED BECAUSE

THERE WERE CONTROVERSIES.

BUT HE WAS ONE THE SUCCESSFUL

GENERALS AT THAT BATTLE, WHICH

WAS THE LARGEST LOSS OF LIFE IN

AN AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD AT THAT

TIME.

IT WAS A TRAUMATIC EVENT FOR THE

NATION.

LOU CONSIDERED HIS MOST

SIGNIFICANT BATTLE ONE CALLED

THE BATTLE OF MONOCASEE CAN

SAVED THE WASHINGTON, D.C., FROM

CONFEDERATE ATTACK.

>> AND THEN HE GOT INVOLVED IN

POLITICS.

>> THE ONE POLITICAL THING THAT

DID HAPPEN FOR LOU AFTER THE

CIVIL WAR WAS HE WAS APPOINTED

THE TERRITORIAL GOVERNOR OF THE

NEW MEXICO TERRITORY.

HIS FATHER WAS GOVERNOR AND HIS

UNCLE WAS GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON

IDAHO TERRITORY.

AND DURING THAT TIME, HE HAD

DEALINGS WITH BILLY THE KID

WHICH IS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE

REMEMBER.

HE WAS SUCCESSFUL IN QUELLING

WHAT WE CALL THE LINCOLN COUNTY

WARS.

THIS WAS A FEAR THAT THE CIVIL

WAR MIGHT BREAK OUT AGAIN OUT

WEST AND LOU WAS SENT TO KIND OF

QUIET THAT SITUATION AND WAS

VERY SUCCESSFUL.

>> AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN TOUCHED

ON BEN HUR YET WHICH WE WILL DO

WHEN WE COME BACK TO CHAT WITH

YOU A LITTLE BUILT MORE, BUT

FIRST, WE ARE HEADED TO INDY TO

VISIT ANOTHER UNIQUE INDIANA

MUSEUM.

PRODUCER ADAM CARROLL HAS THE

STOREY.

>> EVERYONE COLLECTS SOMETHING.

WHEN YOU COLLECT AND AS YOU GROW

OLDER, YOUR MOTHER, SISTERS,

BROTHERS, COUSINS, DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO GET YOU FOR YOUR

BIRTHDAY OR FOR CHRISTMAS.

SO THEY LATCH ON TO ANY HOPE,

ANY RAY THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE THAT

YOU CAN -- THAT SOMEBODY WILL

GIVE YOU.

>> IN DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, A

CITY WITH MASSIVE MARBLE

MONUMENTS AND ENORMOUS SPORTS

VENUES, YOU WILL FIND A SMALL

BUILDING, MEASURING LESS THAN

200 SQUARE FEET.

AND INSIDE THAT BUILDING, YOU

WILL FIND TINY TRINKETS OF

AMERICAN HISTORY.

>> WITH MY COLLECTION, WHICH

WHEN WE OPENED THE MUSEUM, I HAD

356 PIECES.

A LOT OF THEM END UP IN BOXES IN

THE ATTIC.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH 356 PIECES?

I LOVED ALL OF THEM, BUT I JUST

DEPOSIT HAVE THE ROOM.

>> WHEN TIM AND HIS PARTNERS'

ORIGINAL IDEA FOR A DOUGHNUT

SHOP FELL THROUGH, HE DECIDED TO

USE IT FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT,

BUT THE BUILDING NEEDED WORK.

>> THERE WAS NO CEILING THIS WAS

NO FLOOR.

IT WAS JUST TWO WALLS AND A

ROOF, AND I FRAMED OFF 16 FEET

OF IT.

I STARTED LOOKING FOR MY STATUES

OF LIBERTY, WHICH WERE

EVERYWHERE, BUT WE OPENED THE

MUSEUM WITH 356 PIECES.

NOW WE -- I KNOW WE HAVE OVER

600.

I REALLY HAVE NOT COUNTED THEM.

PEOPLE LOVE THE STATUE OF

LIBERTY.

PEOPLE LOVE ODD THINGS.

I STARTED THE COLLECTION BECAUSE

I FOUND SOME THINGS THAT I

THOUGHT WERE PECULIAR.

NOT PARTICULARLY PATRIOTIC, NOT

PARTICULARLY PRO AMERICAN, BUT

JUST SOME THINGS.

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY HAS BEEN

MADE IN THE IMAGE OF TOOTH BRUSH

HOLDERS AND BALLS TO PLAY CATCH

WITH YOUR DOG.

EVERYTHING FROM THE 1880s,

WHEN IT WAS FIRST INSTALLED,

THROUGH 2020, WHICH IT IS NOW.

>> THIS OBSCURE COLLECTION HAS

RATHER HUMBLE BEGINNINGS,

STARTING WITH PACKING MATERIALS

AND RUBBER PARTY FAVORS.

TODAY'S TIM'S COLLECTION IS

FILLED WITH HARD-TO-FIND

MEMORABILIA.

>> WE'RE ON ATLAS OBSCURE.

WE AMONGST THE KIND OF ROADSIDE

ATTRACTIONS LIKE THE WORLD'S

BIGGEST BALL OF STRING AND THE

WORLD'S BIGGEST FRY PAN.

INDY'S TINY STATUE OF LIBERTY

MUSEUM IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS.

SO WE HAD PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER

THE WORLD -- AND, OF COURSE,

PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER AMERICA,

AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT

THEY'RE READING SOME -- YOU

KNOW, YOU ARE SITTING IN

ENGLAND.

YOU READ SOME LITTLE STORY IN

THE PAPER, AND YOU, YOU KNOW,

QUICK GRAB YOUR PHONE AND SAY

GET ME TWO TICKETS TO

INDIANAPOLIS!

I'VE GOT TO SEE THIS THING.

WE HAVE A GUEST BOOK HERE.

I KNOW WE HAD HUNDREDS OF

VISITORS FROM ITALY OR GERMANY.

WE HAD THREE GENERATIONS OF

PEOPLE FROM SWEDEN IN HERE ONCE.

>> ADMISSION TO THE HUMIDITY IS

JUST 50 CENTS BUT IF -- TO THE

MUSEUM IS JUST 50 CENTS BUT IF

YOU BRING ANYTHING STATUE OF

LIBERTY RELATED, YOU WILL

RECEIVE FREE LIFETIME FOR YOU

AND YOUR GUESTS.

EVERYTHING ADDED HAS BEEN GIFTED

FOR THE MOST PART.

>> I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE FELLOWS

WHO SAYS WHOEVER DIES WITH THE

MOST STUFF WINS.

I'M HAPPY EVERY DAY WHEN ABOUT WHEN PIECES

COME IN.

IT'S EXCITING TO MEET THE PEOPLE

AND SEE THE THINGS THAT THEY

HAVE FOUND, AND TO SHARE WITH

THEM.

I'M REALLY FORTUNATE TO BE IN

THIS POSITION WHERE I OWN A

BUILDING ON A COMMERCIAL AREA

HERE ON TENTH STREET.

IT'S A GREAT LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD

WHERE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED FOR

THE LAST ALMOST 47 YEARS.

I LOVE BEING HERE.

I LOVE THE MUSEUM.

IT'S PART OF THE CHARACTER OF

THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS EMBRACED

IT.

THE MUSEUM GIVES ME AN

OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH THE

COMMUNITY, BE A PART OF THE

COMMUNITY, BE SOMETHING, YOU

KNOW, TO OFFER THE COMMUNITY

SOMETHING SPECIAL.

>> AND NOW THAT HIS TEENY MUSEUM

IS A TALKING POINT FOR THE CITY

CIRCLE, HE IMAGINES HIS

COLLECTION GROWING, IF ONLY A

LITTLE.

>> LOOKING FOR MORE INFO?

JUST HEAD OVER TO FACEBOOK AND

SEARCH FOR TEENY STATUE OF

LIBERTY.

>> AND NOW WE ARE JOINED BY

LARRY PARELBERG.

WE TALKED ABOUT LOU WALLACE THE

ATTORNEY, AND THE GENERAL AND

THERE'S LOU WALLACE THE AUTHOR.

>> REALLY THE REASON WE ARE

STILL HERE TALKING ABOUT LOU

WALLACE, IS BECAUSE OF LOU

WALLACE THE AUTHOR.

HE WROTE I. WROTE SIX BOOKS IN HIS LIFE.

REALLY IT WAS BEN HUR.

IN THE 19th CENTURY, IT WAS

THE BEST SELLING NOVEL, AND THE

ONLY BOOK THAT OUTSOLD IT WAS

THE BIBLE.

PEOPLE REMEMBER THE 1959 MOVIE

WITH CHARLTON HESTON THERE'S

BEEN SEVEN FILMING OF IT, THE

'59 VERY IMPORTANT.

THE 1925 FILMING VERY IMPORTANT.

IT ALSO RAN ON BROADWAY FOR 21

YEARS AND RAN AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WHEN IT WAS ON STAGE, THEY

WOULD RUN AT LEAST EIGHT HORSES

FOR THE 20-MINUTE CHARIOT RACE

AND IN THE LARGEST THEATERS IT

WAS 20 HORSES.

SO IT WAS A SPECTACLE.

>> WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPERIENCE

WHEN THEY COME TO THE GENERAL

LOU WALLACE MUSEUM?

>> IT'S AN EASY DRIVE TO

CRAWFORD FROM INDIANAPOLIS.

WE WILL BRING YOU RIGHT IN THE

SPACE.

YOU ARE IN THE ROOM JUST AS LOU

WALLACE WAS IN THE ROOM.

EVERYTHING IS ORIGINAL.

SO IT'S A VERY UP CLOSE AND

PERSONAL LOOK AT WHO THE MAN

WAS.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL

FAVORITE ARTIFACTS OR AREAS ON

THE PROPERTY?

>> ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS

ACTUALLY INDIANAPOLIS US, THE

CLOCK.

IT'S REALLY A WONDERFUL PIECE.

LOU WAS NOT SHY ABOUT SPENDING

MONEY ON HIMSELF.

SO HE HAD THAT CLOCK MADE BY

TIFFANY STUDIOS IN NEW YORK AND

IT'S REALLY A PRETTY SPECIAL

FEATURE.

>> SO I KNOW YOU JUST OPENED FOR

THE SEASON.

>> YES.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY BIG PLANS FOR

2020?

>> EACH YEAR WE DO AN ANNUAL

EXHIBIT.

THIS YEAR IN 2020, WE ARE

LOOKING BACK AT LOU'S PARENTS,

HIS FATHER DAVID WHO WAS THE

GOVERNOR, A U.S. CONGRESSMAN

FROM INDIANA AND A VERY ESTEEMED

JUDGE.

HIS MOTHER ESTHER, WHO DIED WHEN

HE WAS YOUNG AND THEN HIS

BELOVED STEPMOTHER ZELDA.

SHE WAS THE LEADING SUFFRAGIST

AND THE LEADING TEMPERANCE

LEADER OF THE STATE OF INDIANA.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK BACK

AT HER CAREER IN THE 19th

19th CENTURY WOMEN DID NOT

HAVE -- WERE NOT REALLY ALLOWED

TO HAVE LARGE PUBLIC PERSONAS.

AND SO SHE DID.

WE WILL LOOK PRIMARILY AT DAVID

ANDDAVIDAND ZARELDA THIS YEAR.

>> AND YOU CAN GET MORE INFO AT

BEN-HUR.COM.

>> AND ANOTHER GREAT SOURCE IS

ARE "LOU WALLACE," IT CHRONICLES

THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF

HISTORY'S MOST SIGNIFICANT

HOOSIERS AND YOU CAN LEARN ALL

ABOUT IT AT

INDIANAPUBLICMEDIA.ORG/LOUWALLAC

E.

>> AND SPEAKING OF WTIU

DOCUMENTARIES, THEY ARE TAKING A

LOOK AT ANOTHER FAMOUS HOOSIER

THIS YEAR.

HERE'S A SNEAK PEEK OF ERNIE

PYLE, LIFE IN THE TRENCHES.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHETHER YOU KNOW

THAT LONG, SAD WIND THAT BLOWS

SO STEADILY ACROSS THE HUNDREDS

OF MILES OF MIDWEST FLAT LANDS

IN THE SUMMERTIME.

TO ME, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST

MELANCHOLY THINGS IN ALL LIFE.

IT COMES FROM SO FAR, AND IT

BLOWS SO GENTLY AND YET SO

RELENTLESSLY, YOU COULD AND YOU

DO WEAR OUT YOUR LIFETIME ON THE

DUSTY PLAINS WITH THE WIND OF

FUTILITY BLOWING IN YOUR FACE.

ERNIE PYLE.

>> AT THE TURN OF THE 20th

20th CENTURY, ON THE VERY

WESTERN EDGE OF INDIANA, IN THE

TOWN OF DANA, MOST WERE FARMERS

WHO TENDED TO SMALL PLOTS OF

LAND, ATTEMPTING TO CARVE OUT A

MEAGER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND

THEIR FAMILIES.

ON AUGUST 3rd, 1900, EARNEST

TAYLOR PYLE WAS BORN IN A HOME

SOUTH OF TOWN AND GREW UP HERE,

IN THIS SMALL FARMHOUSE.

THE ONLY CHILD OF A DANA FARM

COUPLE MARIA AND WILL PYLE.

>> IT WAS A HARD LIFE.

THEY GOT PAID MAYBE $1 A DAY,

MR. PYLE DID, AND MAYBE THEY GET

A GALLON OF MILK OR SOME EGGS

OR, SOME BUT IT WAS A HARD LIFE

WHEN THEY WERE FIRST MARRIED.

>> THEY ALWAYS CALLED HIM

EARNEST, THOUGH PYLE GREATLY

ADMIRED HIS MOTHER OVER THE

YEARS, PHYSICALLY AND

EMOTIONALLY, HE WAS BUILT MUCH

MORE LIKE HIS FATHER.

SPORTINGA THICK CROP OF CURLILY

RED HAIR, HE GREW UP TINY AND

FRAIL, CALLING HIMSELF'S

INDIANA'S GREATEST SKUNK

TRAPPER, HORSE HATER, AND SNAKE

AFRAIDER OF.

>> THIS WAS NOT A BIG STRAPPING

KID THAT TOOK TO PHYSICAL LABOR

EASILY.

IT WAS VERY, VERY HARD.

IT WAS VERY HARD PHYSICALLY.

AND HE WASN'T SUITED TO THAT

LIFE.

>> HE WAS QUOTED ONCE AS SAYING

THAT ANYTHING -- ANYTHING HAS TO

BE BETTER THAN LOOKING AT THE

SOUTH END OF THE HORSE THAT IS

HEADING NORTH AND HE JUST DIDN'T

SEE HIS LIFE HITCHED TO A HORSE

THAT WAS PLOWING A FORM PLOWING FARM FIELD.

>> ONE THING THAT PYLE DID HAVE

AN INFORMATION AN PASSION FOR

WAS WRITE, EVEN FROM HIS

EARLIEST DAYS.

>> ONE YEAR, WHEN ERNIE, I THINK

WAS IN THE FIFTH GRADE, HIS

MOTHER SAID, AUNT NANCE NANCY WANTS

SOME SUGAR MOLASSES COOKIES, AND

I'M BAKING HER SOME, BUT SHE

ALSO WANTS THE RECIPE.

SO WOULD YOU PLEASE SET DOWN

THERE AND WRITE THAT RECIPE OUT

FOR HER?

HE DECIDED TO WRITE A POEM ABOUT

IT.

BRING MOLASSES TO A BOIL.

THIS IS FUN, NO WORK, NO TOIL.

ADD SHORTENING, GINGER, SODA AND

MILK.

THIS WILL MAKE IT SMOOTH AS

SILK.

ADD FLOUR NEXT, AND THEN THE

SALT.

WHEN THIS IS DONE, YOU WILL CALL

A HALT.

PLACED NEAR TOGETHER ON BUTTERED

SHEET, THEY'LL ALL LOOK NICE AND

VERY NEAT.

>> HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, OH, I

WISH I HAD A BROTHER TO PLAY

WITH BECAUSE HE'S THE ONLY

CHILD.

AND HE HAD NO ONE TO PLAY WITH.

AND HE WOULD BEG HIS MOTHER AND

I TO PLAY WITH HIM NO HOW.

BUT HE WAS QUIET.

A VERY QUIET CHILD, QUITE

MANNERED.

>> YOUNG PYLE HAD A THIRST FOR

ADVENTURE.

HIS IMAGINE WAS FUELED BY

NEWSPAPER AND PICTURE POSTCARDS

THAT FEATURED EXOTIC FAR AWAY

LANDS.

THOSE BURNING DESIRES WERE ONLY

FANNED WHEN HE JOINED HIS FATHER

FOR A COUPLE OF BUSINESS TRIPS

TO THE STATE CAPITAL IN

INDIANAPOLIS, ABOUT 75 MILES

EAST.

THE HUSTLEN ATHE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE

CITY IGNITED IN PYLE, THE TYPE

OF WANDER LUST TO EXPLORE LIFE

FAR AWAY FROM HIS COUNTRY HOME.

AS A TEENAGER, HE HAD HIS FIRST

OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE INDY

500.

>> I WOULD RATHER WIN THAT

500-MILE RACE THAN ANYTHING IN

THIS WORLD.

TO ME, THERE COULD BE NO GREATER

EMOTION THAN TO COME DOWN THAT

HOME STRETCH, ROARING AT

130 MILES PER HOUR, THOSE 500

EXHAUSTING, RIPPING MILES BEHIND

YOU, YOU YOUR FACE BLACK WITH GREASE

AND DIRT AND 100,000 PEOPLE

STOMPING WITH EXCITEMENT.

I DREAMED OF MYSELF IN THAT ROLE

A THOUSAND TIMES, ERNIE PYLE.

>> MANY YOUNG AMERICANS,

ESPECIALLY, WANTED NOTHING MORE

THAN TO LEAVE THAT FARM BEHIND

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

AND ERNIE PYLE CERTAINLY WAS ONE

OF THOSE.

>> HE HAD THIS DESIRE TO GO

ELSEWHERE AND TO REALLY FIND OUT

ABOUT THE WORLD.

>> IN THE SPRING OF 19, IS 1917, PYLE

SAW THE OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE

THE DOLDRUMS OF DANA WHEN IT WAS

ANNOUNCED THAT THE UNITED STATES

WOULD SUBMIT FORCES TO THE

ALLIED CAUSE IN THE GREAT WAR.

STILL ONE YEAR SHY FROM BEING

ALLOWED TO ENLIST, PYLE WATCHED

IN FRUSTRATION AS ONE OF HIS

CLOSEST CLASSMATES ENLISTED,

THEN LEFT INDIANA FOR THE

BATTLEGROUNDS OF FRANCE.

>> MY FRIEND WAS ALMOST A YEAR

OLDER THAN I.

SO HE LEFT FOR THE ARMY IN 1918.

HE SENT ME POSTCARDS FROM TEXAS.

AT COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES THAT

SPRING THIS WAS AN EMPTY

FLAG-DRAPED CHAIR ON THE STAGE

FOR HIM.

I CAN HARDLY BEAR TO GO TO

COMMENCEMENT.

I WAS SO ASHAMED I WASN'T IN THE

ARMY TOO.

ERNIE PYLE.

>> THE FOLLOWING FALL, PYLE

ENLISTED IN THE NAVAL RESERVE

AND TRAVELED TO THE GREAT LAKES

TRAINING STATION IN CHICAGO.

BEFORE HE COULD BEGIN HIS

MILITARY TRAINING, THERE WAS AN

ARMISTICE, WHICH BROUGHT A HALT

TO THE WAR AND PYLE'S PLAN TO

FLEE DANA.

HE WAS NOW 18, A HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATE AND DESTINED FOR A LIFE

OF LABOR ON THE FARM.

FOR ERNIE PYLE, ANY OTHER

OPPORTUNITY WOULD DO.

LUCKILY FOR HIM, THE NEXT

POSSIBILITY FOR PYLE AND FOR

MORE THAN 2,200 OTHER STUDENTS

HIS AGE, WAS JUST KICKING OFF A

NEW SEMESTER 90 MILES SOUTHEAST

OF HIS HOMETOWN AT INDIANA

UNIVERSITY IN BLOOMINGTON.

>> I THINK HE HAD A CURIOSITY

FOR LIFE.

HE HAD' CURIOSITY FOR PEOPLE,

FOR PLACES, FOR EXPERIENCES.

HE WANTED TO GET OUT IN THE

WORLD AND SEE WHAT WAS THERE ARE

AND FIND OUT ABOUT THINGS.

>> NEARLY EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER

ATTENDED INDIANA UNIVERSITY WILL

TELL YOU THERE'S NOT A PLACE IN

THE WORLD LIKE INDIANA.

THEY ARE THINKING OF SPRING DAYS

WHEN THE CAMPUS IS BURSTING WITH

NEW LEAVES AND WHEN THE MOON IS

BRIGHT.

THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT THE

AUTUMN EVENINGS WHEN DUSK HAS

SETTLED AND ANOTHER FOOTBALL

GAME WHAT IS BECOME A MEMORY.

THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT

HUNDREDS OF WHOLESOME PLEASANT

PEOPLE WHO ARE THEIR FRIENDS.

ERNIE PYLE.

>> AND THAT WAS REALLY THE START

OF HIS SEEING A WIDER WORLD AND

TOOK EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT HE

COULD FIND TO GET OUTSIDE OF

BLOOMINGTON TOO, TO TRAVEL WITH

THE MANAGER OF A BASEBALL TEAM,

AND TRAVELED AROUND THE MIDWEST.

>> HE HAD THAT SENSE OF GLORY OF

AMERICA, OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN

AMERICA.

THE PEOPLE THAT MADE AMERICA.

HE WAS OF THEM, AND -- AND IT

WASN'T HARD FOR HIM TO WRITE OF

THEM.

THEY WERE HIS PEOPLE.

>> I DON'T KNOW A WHOLE LOT

ABOUT ERNIE PYLE.

SO I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THE

FULL PROGRAM.

>> WELL, IN THE MEANTIME, YOU

CAN SEE PHOTOS, READ SOME OF

ERNIE'S HOOSIER VAGABOND

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