Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 5, 2012

Smith: Pat's potpourri 090512

Pat Smith
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Some readers have been curious about where Bryan Brant is now.

He is the man who came walking through here with his horse, mule and dog a couple of weeks ago as they were on their journey to upper New York. I have tried getting in touch with him to see where the foursome is now but his mailbox is full and states that it Òcan't accept any messages at this time.Ó I will let you know when, or if I can get through to him.

Mel Fox is delighted, as are most of us, about the co-Grand Parade Marshals for the Tree City Fall Festival Committee this year. Her suggestion was accepted by the committee that makes the decisions about such things. She said, ÒMichael, Blue II and Trip plus Tiffany and Everett (Kaltenmark) represent what is wonderful about Indiana and Hoosiers. Greensburg has a great historical tie to Butler University!Ó

I always look forward to Ben Morris' columns. Has he ever told us what was found when there was a Òarcheological digÓ in Adams Township near St. Paul some years ago? I think it was in the 1950's, but I've never seen or read what they found. I've been curious about that dig for years but never found anything but a short piece in the Greensburg Daily News about it. Nothing about what was found or what tribe or kind of people lived there was mentioned.

If you ask me, The Greensburg Daily News has some excellent columnists. I got a kick out of Tami Wenning's column (Southern Exposure) last week when she wrote how she sometimes has to scramble to find paper on which to write notes for her column and of finding old notes in her purse. I do that too, only it often works out worse for me. I find old notes in my purse, by the telephone, or scattered about the house that I have no recollection of writing. Readers generously offer great ideas for columns, and if I relied on memory it may be lost forever.

Not long ago, I told Daily News Publisher Laura Wellborn that I've always accepted responsible for any mistakes in my column. Assuming, of course, that what I wrote wasn't changed. A recent column had a typo in it that I deeply regret and regret even more that the mistake was definitely mine. When writing about my visit with B. F. Phelps years ago and his telling about Tarkio I typed B. J. instead of B. F. Phelps. I particularly hate that it happened because Mr. Phelps was such an easy interview and a remarkable person to talk with.

Norm Voiles caught the mistake. Norm, who seldom misses mistakes of any kind, wrote, ÒI enjoyed your recent column on Tarkio and other interesting subjects. Your ÔB.J.' Phelps was actually ÔB.F.' Phelps, uncle of my late first wife, Thelma Phelps. I always thought B.F.'s real name, Belfield, conjured up images of a courtly southern gentleman, which indeed he was. His tiny devoted wife, Ada, was a dandy, too.Ó

I appreciate the columns about movies written by Rob Cox and those by Ryan Maddux and Andy Stucky, although if they wrote about ÒJ. EdgarÓ I missed it and wasted the price of admission. It should have been good because it starred Leonardo DiCaprio who was wonderful in ÒTitanic.Ó And the movie was directed by Clint Eastwood who has directed so many great movies. So how on earth could it fail? But it did and was a waste of money (in my opinion). I wound up wondering if anybody really liked that movie.

Dan Graves writes an interesting column as does Michael Layne and other local writers. If I missed one or more columnists you can be sure that I'll think of it as soon as I send this to the Daily News. It's pretty obvious that my preferences in columns are those written by Decatur County residents.

My preference is local businesses too. Not long ago I mentioned that Crafts & Occasions have the friendliest employees. Last week I stopped by the store for some cloth tape with snaps on it. They didn't have any in the store so Susan Rust looked in a catalogue to see if she could order it. There weren't any in that catalogue, but she said she'd keep looking.

Two days later, one of the employees called to say that the tape was there if I still wanted it. I sure did and was grateful Susan hadn't given up. That's just one of the things that I appreciate about smaller towns and smaller stores Ñ and friendly and helpful people.