He, too, said that growing up in Greensburg and coming from a small community in general helped him remain grounded, which proved extremely helpful as he navigated Hollywood.
“It served me well,” he said, “to be considered an authentic human being from the mid-west (in Hollywood), as opposed to some jerk from Any City, USA.”
Craig considers himself semi-retired and has returned to live in Greensburg, leaving behind the bright lights of Hollywood.
Hellmich is the only one of the three living inductees who doesn’t reside in the Tree City. She still regularly visits, however, since much of her family still lives here, including her father, Bill.
Like Stewart and Craig, she too credited living in a strong, grounded community like Greensburg as having contributed to her success. She also attributed much of her success to a “wonderful, close knit, hardworking family with great values.”
She cited her teachers at GCHS as playing a primary role in shaping her career path.
“One of my high school guidance counselors – Mrs. Hemsley – suggested a career in journalism for me,” she explained. “And that’s really where I got started. Several of my English teachers noticed my love of writing and encouraged it.”
Hellmich emphasized that no single teacher or subject can be credited with her success. “I really had an excellent, well-rounded high school education,” she said. “I do a lot of writing on science and read a lot of scientific journals; I use a lot of what I learned in high school in my job.”
She also credited her success to her Christian faith, a sentiment echoes by Stewart.
Hellmich was hired by national newspaper USA Today in 1983, three years after graduating Indiana University with a double major in journalism and English, and has worked there ever since.